One of the best friendships that you can forge is that between you and your pet. Have you recently decided that you need a pet in your life? Here are some things to consider.
1. Do you have the time?
Raising a pet requires commitment. You need to put in the time to feed, clean and exercise your pet. If you work a busy schedule then you can get around this by having someone else perform such tasks when you away.
However, if you lack someone to help you out then you may not be ready to get a four-legged pet. Perhaps the best companion for you would be a fish!
2. Learn about your desired breed
Every too often people go out and get a pet only to realize that it doesn’t fit their lifestyle. A dog’s temperament, type of coat, energy requirements and size are all important considerations.
If you are going to leave your dog near kids, then you might need a more mildly tempered breed like a golden retriever as opposed to more aggressive ones like pit bulls.
3. Seek more advice from your vet
One of the most qualified people to offer you pet advice is a vet. They have interacted with a lot of different breeds and can tell you which one is best suited for your lifestyle and personality. What’s more, you will learn about the different health conditions prone to each breed to help you make a much more informed decision.
4. Ensure your home is pet-friendly
There are many everyday items that could pose a threat to the health of your dog or cat. A simple chewing gum may be toxic and there could be live wires around that can electrocute your pet. Take measures to ensure that the environment both inside and outside the house is safe for your animal.
Perform a complete and thorough check of your yard and uproot any plants you think can be hazardous to your pooch or kitty.
5. Know how to pick the right food
Just going out to the supermarket and buying pet food with the most attractive cover will simply not cut it. To ensure your pet receives the best nutrition to remain healthy and strong read through the content of the food.
Talking to your vet about what your animal needs based on size, health and age will provide you with valuable insight on how to choose the right pet food.
6. Train your pet
After bringing home your pet, train them on how to live with the rest of the household. If it’s a new puppy, walk him around the house and neighborhood to familiarize them with their new surroundings. Sometimes he may get out of the compound and he should know where he lives well enough to find his way home.
For the kitty, introduce them to their litter box so they know where to relieve themselves anytime they feel the need to.