6 Things to Consider Before Bringing a Pet Home
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Pet ownership is a decision that can bring immense joy and companionship to your home. Unsurprisingly, 66% of households have at least one pet. Whether it is a furry or feathered companion, learning all you can about the pet before bringing it home is important. Some animals can trigger allergies and compromise your child’s well-being. Before walking that new pet through your home’s doors, this discussion delves into six top considerations.

Lifestyle Compatibility

The first question is whether your current lifestyle aligns with pet ownership. The truth is that owning a pet is not a walk in the park. These responsibilities and care requirements feed into your pet’s health. These care requirements will differ depending on the type of animal you settle for as a pet. Varying activity levels, social needs, and vet visits are things to consider when assessing lifestyle compatibility. You will notice several contrasting care requirements, even among dogs, because of the breeds available. More importantly, time is of great essence with pet ownership. Therefore, coping with an animal companion can be challenging when you have a busy schedule. An active or sporty lifestyle gels well with a Labrador Retriever because they are highly active dogs. However, a busy lifestyle that takes you away from home for long hours or days may not be ideal for the same dog. On the contrary, cats are more solitary and may be compatible with your busy lifestyle.

Financial Considerations

Several cases exist of pet owners abandoning their animal companions because of financial constraints. The average annual cost of pet ownership can run into thousands of dollars. Food and vet bills account for the most throughout the year. This is closely followed by grooming, toys, and other essential supplies pet owners must provide. Your pet choice also determines how much you will likely spend in a year, explaining why you must choose wisely. Breeds like the Savannah cat, Tibetan Mastiff, and macaw are expensive pets. Data shows that owners can easily cross $10,000 in pet care even before the end of the year. So, remember this if you have expensive taste. Remember to learn more about the cost involved, no matter how much you desire to have a particular pet. Beyond the initial purchase, there are other essential costs worth knowing to avoid being in a fix. The last thing you want is to buy your pet only to be faced with the painful option of giving them away because you cannot keep up with their expenses. Proper financial planning will ensure financial stability and prevent unexpected strain on your monthly expenditure. 

Find the Right Breed or Species

Finding the right breed can make a big difference in your role as a pet owner. The right breed complements your lifestyle, is suitable for the pocket, and adds to a positive pet ownership experience. If you want a dog companion, all the more reason to be particular about the breed. For example, the German Shepherd breed makes excellent service dogs, and that is why many security agencies choose them. Households have different dog needs ranging from guarding the home to companionship. What’s yours? If you have young children at home, you may want to rely on child-friendly breeds that can ensure the safety of minors. Many households prefer the Labrador Retriever because of their friendliness, loyalty, and intelligence, which make them excellent family dogs. It is necessary to rely on breeders who adopt ethical breeding practices when you want to buy a pup or a grown dog. Breeders like Lucky Labs and others make it a point to provide well-socialized dogs you can welcome into your home without problems. 

Consider Your Living Situation and Space

How big is your home? Secondly, is it rented or one you own? A larger dog like the Saint Bernard isn’t ideal for a rented studio apartment. They are big dogs and require more space to move around. Additionally, some rented properties have strict no-pet policies that make it challenging to keep an animal companion. It would be best to check your rental policy, agreement, or contract if you aren’t sure about the owner’s stance on pet ownership. Even when it’s a property you own, you must first make certain considerations. For example, is it a pet-friendly environment with minimal to non-existent accident risks? Most animals are curious and may harm themselves while discovering new things in and around the home. Puppies are the most curious young animals, so there’s every reason to secure your home before letting them in. 

Additionally, if house occupants have respiratory allergies, hesitate before bringing a pet home. Many people are allergic to animal dander, so cats and dogs are not ideal for such homes. This will, however, be discussed fully in the next point.

Health Considerations

Certain dog and cat breeds trigger severe respiratory allergies in people, while others have mild reactions. Do you have any allergies yourself? If you do, spending ample time with the breed you want to discover your specific allergies is best. According to science, these allergies are due to negative responses to the protein in pet urine, saliva, and dead skin cells. It could be any of these three, so finding out where you belong is best. 

Another point worth considering is vaccinations. Did you know you and house occupants must be up-to-date on certain vaccinations before bringing a pet home? It is particularly important with exotic animals. Experienced vets say exotic breeds and species often carry unique diseases, so owners must be vaccinated before owning one. For instance, you will require a Salmonella Typhi vaccination to own an exotic pet like an iguana. The veterinarian is the best person to consult if you want exotic pets.

Long-Term Planning

The average lifespan of a dog is thirteen years, and it’s the same for cats. However, certain variances depend on the breed and the animal’s health throughout its years. It would help to be up-to-date with your pets’ care requirements as they age. This is a critical aspect of pet ownership that cannot be ignored. Are you in a position to own your pets for the long haul? This question is meant to draw your attention to long-term planning and the potential challenges in your years as a pet owner. Many households consider pets as part of the family. This mentality helps in prioritizing pets and long-term care.

Long-term planning is a commitment to being around for your animal companion for as long as it takes. It is no easy decision, so you must factor it into your pet ownership considerations. If you own a pet before starting a family, would you want it to grow alongside your children? Secondly, would you want your mastiff in a smaller home if you retire and plan to downsize? These are questions you may think nothing of but are critical in your long-term planning decisions. Statistics also show that pet owners tend to outlive their animal companions, so with that in mind, it’s important to factor end-of-life care into your plans. Would you want your cat or dog buried or cremated? Making these decisions can help you deal with their imminent transition. On the contrary, if all indications point to your pet outliving you, you must plan on who takes over from you when you depart.

Assessing these factors before bringing a pet into your home will help you make the best choice and ensure you and your family enjoy your new addition.