Choosing a suitable pet
One of the hardest decisions to make, once you have made the decision to get a pet, is ‘choosing the right pet’ for you. One of the most common reasons animals are dumped, re-homed or taken to the pound is that they are NOT SUITABLE for their owner’s lifestyle and become a handful. An excellent website to guide you in your decision Pedigree Select-A-Dog. By simply answering a few questions it will determine what dog is most suitable for your lifestyle.
In order for your new little family member to ‘fit in’, and become a loyal companion, there are many factors that you need to consider:
- Are you thinking dog or cat?
- Do you want an inside or outside pet?
- Cats can live exclusively indoors and be very content indeed
- If outside, then how big is your backyard?
- Do you lead an active lifestyle?
- Certain breeds of dogs require lots of exercise or they become destructive or try to escape.
- Will your pet be a constant companion or lap dog, or be left alone for periods of the day whilst you are at work?
- Behaviour problems can develop with certain breeds if they are left to their own devices day in day out.
- Do you already have other pets?
- Your 15 year old cat may not take too kindly to being chased around the house by a new puppy.
- Do you have children, and if so, then how old are they?
- A large boisterous puppy may bowl toddlers over, or frighten young children.
- Do you have time for grooming a long coat each day? If not, then a Persian or an Old English Sheepdog is not for you.
- Do you travel a lot?
- Your pet may not take too kindly to spending every school holiday in a boarding facility.
- What is your weekly budget?
- The larger the animal, the larger the feed bills!
- In fact, often flea treatments, worming pills and heartworm prevention, in addition to veterinary medications will increase according to the weight of your pet.
- How much do you want to spend on purchasing your pet?
- Have you considered adopting a rescue animal? Four Paws, SCARS and RSPCA all have healthy animals looking for loving families.
- Are you aware that some pedigree pets have pedigree problems (eg, hip dysplasia, heart disease, breathing problems, eye issues etc).
As you can see, being a responsible pet owner takes a lot of forethought.
Please contact the staff at NWVS for advice on 5493 2655, as we are more than happy to discuss any queries you may have.