As a nation, we truly do love pets of all breeds, shapes and sizes. According to a 2016 survey which analysed that nation’s 8.5 million dog owners, it was estimated that they spend around 10.6 billion pounds on their four-legged friends every year. But, while having a pet brings joy to many people’s lives, many owners don’t fully understand what having a pet means. During the same year that this survey was released, the RSPCA revealed they rescued over 250,000 abandoned animals.
If you’re considering a pet, it’s important that you think about every aspect of responsibility before making a decision. To help you do just that, this blog will explain some of the questions you need to think about before bringing a pet into your home.
Why do you want a pet?
First of all, think about your reasons for wanting a pet. Are you lonely? Do you love animals?
Or do you simply like how a particular breed looks? If your reasons for wanting a pet are genuine, then the right kind of animal could suit your family well. However, with the rise of social media, it’s become increasingly popular to buy pets simply for the way they look – this is not a good enough reason to purchase a pet. Remember, a pet is a long term commitment and not a temporary addition to your home.
Does a pet suit your lifestyle?
If your job requires regular stays away from home or you find yourself busy most weekends, then a pet that requires a lot of attention may not be suited to you. Cats and dogs, for example, cannot be ignored simply because you are working away, and you cannot rely on other people to take care of your pet constantly. Furthermore, think about the size of your house. If you purchase a breed of dog that will eventually grow to a large size, it’s important that your home can accommodate this and owning a garden is even better.
What kind of pet is best?
Do your research into what breed of animal is best for you. If you have children, then it’s important that you choose a pet that is friendly and playful, enjoys being petted and is okay in a noisier environment. Perhaps start with a smaller pet such as a hamster or rabbit, to show your children what it’s like to take responsibility of a pet – they can help out by cleaning out the hutch and feeding it on time. Alternatively, if you live alone you may require a less demanding pet – though it’s important to note that all pets require a degree of care.
Can you afford a pet?
Having a pet is not cheap. From vet bills and vaccinations to all the paraphernalia that comes with having a pet, you will notice a difference in your outings. Make sure you’re able to cover the costs before going ahead with bringing a pet into your home.
Once you have your new pet, one of the first things you need to do is get them registered at a professional veterinary practice. Abbey Vet Centre located in Grimsby also has two partner location in Immingham and Caistor, all of which provide high-quality care for a range of animals. With the latest technology and experienced vets on site, you can rest assured that your pet is in safe hands. Get in touch today for more information.