Which Pets Best

Best Pet Guide

If you have decided to get a pet, for companionship, for the kids, or just because you’d like to have one, then there are certain things you need to consider otherwise you could end up with the wrong pet for you and your circumstances. Don’t jump into anything just because you feel something at the local pet store looks cute.You might just bite off more than you can chew. Be considerate, because it isn’t just you that will be affected but the innocent animal too. These tips can help you make the appropriate decisions, you may have already considered some of them which is great but check the other ones over and just in case you have missed anything, they can jog your memory and help you think of things you may have forgotten.

In the first instance you need to realise that having a pet is more than just giving it food. They are like people. Things go wrong, they need to be checked up on by professionals and you may need certain medications that cost money. Dogs are a prime example, they will likely need Advecta II for Dogs, as well as a whole glut of vaccinations and yearly check ups. Do you have the finances to check for this? Cats are the same. Needing vaccinations and checkups to ensure they stay healthy. Bear in mind these considerations before you commit to owning an animal.

You also need to check out your accommodation and whether it is right for the animals you want to keep there. For example, an apartment is likely not good for a cat. They like to be able to go out and range the local area on their own. They can’t do this from a few floors up. The space also provides problems for the bigger dogs. If you own a husky or German shepherd then it is going to be hard to find space for them in an apartment. Consider a smaller dog instead and ensure there is enough room for a bed or something similar for them to have their own space.

The most important thing to consider is whether you have the time to dedicate to the animal. If you are really busy all the time then a cat may be the right answer as they tend to need less company than dogs. Even so, they need some. So you could think about getting something else entirely like a lizard or snake, something small and easy to care for. A dog is a big no because some need two walks a day. If you don’t have the time to do this they will grow restless and irritable, and it will be your own fault. Be considerate and chose an animal that you can care for properly. It can be easier if your partner is willing to help, or your have kids who want a specific pet and can help with the walking of the dogs or sharing of affection. It can be easy to buy an animal without thinking, but remember the old saying, pets are for life not for christmas.

It’s Pup-Time! Do You Have Enough Time For A Dog?

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Dogs are serious commitments. Not only will you be stuck with their beautiful, fluffy little faces for the next decade or so, but you’re giving a serious chunk of your time to them on a daily basis. If you’re living a seriously busy life, it can be harder to find the time to give your pup the attention and quality of life they deserve. If you think is a dog on the horizon, keep these time constraints in mind before you commit.

Healthcare
Regular checkups with the vet are essential to check your pup is running like a well-oiled machine, so you have to be at least able to commit to those trips. Then, be sure to add in the odd emergency trip for the time they accidentally-on-purpose decide to snack on a bee, or find their way into the secret chocolate stash. And then there is always the possibility that they might develop a health problem with requires even more regular treatment, which you would need to be able to find time for.

Training
A dog doesn’t come ready trained, and it’s only with time and patience that you can help to mould your dog into the perfect companion. While they’re young, a couple of sessions at around 15 minutes each everyday is essential. And this needs keeping up even as they get older so they don’t get bored or start pushing boundaries.

Grooming
Unlike cats, dog’s can’t self-groom. You’ll need to brush them anywhere between daily or weekly, depending on the breed, and they’ll need baths, hair trims, nail trims, and ear and eye cleaning. They’ll need de-worming, and to have the best flea and tick treatment administered to keep them healthy and safe. This can take a few hours every week, unless you’re willing to spend the money to outsource it to a professional groomer.

Walking
At the very least, dogs need two walks a day of at least 15 to 20 minutes each, although some breeds need far more. If you’re not at home most of the day, finding time to ensure your dog gets an appropriate amount of exercise can be tricky. When they’re under-exercised they get bored and destructive, frustrated and potentially aggressive, and it puts them at increased risk of obesity.

Chihuahua puppy playing

Playing
Dogs learn and socialise by playing. While it’s great for them to see other pups at the dog park, they also need to play with their humans – it’s even a great way to train them to respect you while you play. If you don’t have time to play, they’ll become bored and destructive, and your home will bear the brunt.

Cuddling
A dog needs love and affection. When you’re not around they can get seriously lonely – they are pack animals after all. So if you plan on leaving them crated for eight or nine hours while you’re at work, you should probably reconsider. They need company and cuddles in order to be happy.

Dogs aren’t just for cuddling in the evening when you get home from work, they need care day in, day out, and there’s a lot to do. If you don’t think you currently have time to give them the love they deserve, why not leave it a few years, and volunteer with a shelter in the meantime to get your cuddle fix?

A Quick Guide To Choosing Your First Family Pet

Brown Horse

One of the most wonderful things you can do for your child is to give them a pet to care for. Learning responsibility and empathy for living creatures is an essential life skill they need. Sadly, vets and animal care professionals continue to be called upon to intervene in neglect cases. Many of these animals are pets that the owners simply couldn’t manage. There are many reasons for this. It’s not always about cruelty.

So how can you be sure your family doesn’t take on too much when it comes to taking on a pet? Start by considering your budget. All pets cost money to care for. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pet ownership with a small income. But it may mean you need to choose an animal that won’t break the bank in veterinary, food, or care costs.

The next thing you need to consider is your accommodation. If you want to own a horse, do you live close enough to the stables for an emergency or to regularly tend to them? If you live in a small apartment, do you really want a juvenile Alsatian? Even if you have a large house and a good sized garden, you might prefer a pet that doesn’t run around a lot.

Allergies and lifestyle choices will also have some bearing on the suitability of different pets. Dogs must be walked twice a day. Cats can be quite active at night. Lizards aren’t keen on the cold, and tortoises might choose to hibernate.

Pets also need a lot of accessories. It’s not just food bowls and collars you need to worry about. You might need extra bedding or things like a horse fleece rug to ensure they are comfortable if it gets cold. There are also accessories to curb unwanted behaviour. For example, a bell on a cat collar can reduce their chance of catching unsuspecting wildlife. Chew toys for dogs will give your pup an alternative to your favourite shoes.

You might be considering a particular breed of cat, dog or pony. However, please bear in mind that there are thousands of rescued and homeless animals out there. They could offer you just as much love as a pedigree breed. Charitable organisations are not funded by the Government. Maybe you could consider purchasing your pet accessories from their fund-raising stores? Why not offer a donation of pet food from time to time?

One of the most important considerations for your first family pet is the age and future size of your human family. While it is very rare for any pet to deliberately harm a baby, it is important you never leave your pet unsupervised around small children. Equally, your toddler may not fully understand that the cat’s tail is attached and painful when pulled. Managing their interactions can reduce the risk of unwanted behaviour. Don’t forget to keep pet food and medicines out of sight of children (and vice versa!)

Pet ownership is wonderfully rewarding. With a few careful considerations and a little planning, you can enjoy a lifetime with your new family pet.