Five Things You Should Do Before Getting a Pet
1. Guard Dogs or Toy Dogs: Be Aware on Why You Want a Pet
Although it would seem to many that the reason for getting a pet is not that important, I actually believe that this should be top priority in considering whether you should go through with buying one or not. For example, you want a dog and you want its main purpose to be for guarding the house. Then that means that its breed, training, and housing would be totally different than if you want a dog for your toddler to play with. Some of the best guard dogs according to Animal Planet includes the German Shepherd, Bull mastiff, and Boxer. Based on experience, I would probably include the Rottweiler. on the other hand, breeds that are good watch dogs as well as cute toy dogs would include the Shitzu and Poodle.
My Sweet Furry Gaffy
2. Check for Allergies in the Household
Pets soon become a part of the family. Everyone would have to interact with it since it would be a permanent part of the household. Thus, it would be detrimental if you find out too late that even one of your family members has an allergy to your newcomer. It is better to know in advance to make sure that poor kitty or puppy will not need to relocate so shortly after you just got it. I know this for a fact since I got an allergy after my cat gave birth to four kittens and had to let go of all of them in the end.
Small Dog Breeds for Kids
What do you think is the best small dog breed to have for families with small children?
3. Do a Research
Before I get a pet, I always make sure I know what they need. I used to buy books about them, but fortunately we now have the internet, so getting information about the correct diet, housing, exercise, breeding, and others would just be a few clicks away.
4. Make Sure You Have All the Necessary Resources
Pets, like kids, would require money and your time. Cats and dogs would need several shots from the vet. They also need space- the bigger they are, the more space they need. They also need exercise. Fishes would need certain types of water. Depending on your schedule, you may even require different accessories. If you can't clean an aquarium that often, then you need to buy the kind that does not need much maintenance. Rabbits are better kept in a cool, open, easy to clean place since they can get pretty smelly when their cages are not regularly cleaned and their fur can also cause allergies if they're in a confined space. However, whatever your pet is, make sure you are ready to shower them with love since their temperament also depends much on the affection you give it.
5. Have a Plan in Case Things Don't Work Out
This would seem pretty strange but it is important to always expect the worst when you're planning for something grand- and getting a pet is a big move. Who'll take care of them in case you get sick or suddenly have an emergency? What if you suddenly have to move and there won't be space for them? As in most things in life, you should have an idea on what to do for such possibilities.