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Five Things You Should Do Before Getting a Pet

Updated on September 10, 2020

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.

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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.

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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.


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    • raeyecarlos profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Grace 

      10 months ago

      Thank you for your positive feedback, JC.

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      JC Scull 

      10 months ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Good advice. Thank you for sharing.

    • raeyecarlos profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Grace 

      7 years ago

      That is good advice, independentminded. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      7 years ago

      It's agreed...getting a pet is a huge responsibility, but oh, the rewards are tremendous enough to make it worth it. I'm a big advocate of getting a good HEPA air-purifier if you get any kind of pet except for fish (Unlike furry, feathered or scaly pets, fish don't shed for obvious reasons.). Change the HEPA filter as often as necessary, and make sure you get a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, as well, and vacuum your house. at least once a day.

    • raeyecarlos profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Grace 

      7 years ago

      Why not, jpcmc? :)

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      There are no pet day cares here in the Philippines. At least none that I know. I think that would be a good business for some communities.

    • raeyecarlos profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Grace 

      7 years ago

      Hi jpcmc and georgescifo, it's true that having a pet is a huge responsibility and can be difficult. That's why it's important to consider many things before getting one. However, having one really does pay off in terms of the affection they can lavish and their use (e.g. guard dog) in most cases. You just need a back-up plan in case of trips. :)

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      7 years ago from India

      One of the major difficulty in raising a pet is that you cannot go anywhere leaving the pets behind for a day or more. The only option left is to carry the pets with you if you are out of your house for more than one days, but most of the time, it is not practical.

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Having a pet is a huge responsibility regardless of the size or purpose you got it in the first place. The whole household should pitch in. However, some people are more fond of taking care of pets than others.

    • raeyecarlos profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Grace 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for voting it up, Bk42author. I have had many different kinds of pets growing up and it just breaks my heart whenever I feel I didn't care for them as well as I should have, so now I make it a point to learn about their needs before getting one. Planning would make both owners and pets happier in the end.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Great info! I absolutely believe you should think long and hard and do research before getting a pet. Too many people don't do that and that is why animals get abandoned. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!


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