What to Know Before Getting a Pet

We’ve all had that moment when we see that adorable puppy and the cuteness overload takes over. Here is where we need to stop and think about how much this will affect you long-term.
Puppies grow quickly, so unless you choose a small breed dog, you need to think about how much yard space they will need. Some breeds are meant to work and when they are made into house pets, they can become destructive with boredom. These include Huskies, Shepherds, Collies, Malinois, herding breeds and bird dogs. Those may typically be predisposed, but any dog can become destructive due to boredom.
If you live in an apartment you must gain approval from your landlord before having a pet. Some pets may be very vocal and bother neighbors living next door in an apartment building. You will also need to walk them for exercise and to potty as most apartment complexes do not have yards.
It is also important to evaluate your lifestyle. If you have a career that requires you to travel and not have the ability to take your pet with you, having a pet may not be a good option. Decide things such as: is there someone that can care for my pet, or leave them with a family member or sitter.
Healthcare is another important factor. Thinking about the cost for the pet is imperative. Puppies and dogs need heartworm prevention every month. Healthy pets also require monthly and yearly care. Puppies need a series of vaccines that begin at 6 weeks and end around 15 to 16 weeks. Then they need vaccines either yearly or every 3 years depending on the state and city ordinance. They also need to be spayed and neutered between 5 and 6 months of age.
In conclusion, factor in your lifestyle and the pets needs before choosing a pet. Pets are wonderful, but not everyone has the time or the appropriate environment for a pet.

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