So, you’re thinking about getting a pet for your family? That can be a huge decision and it’s not as simple as driving down to the kennel and picking up a new puppy.
Remember the saying? ‘A dog is for life, not just for christmas’. That applies very well here. It’s a big undertaking, almost like moving a family into a new home.
Pets can be a huge part of a family. Furry, purring cats rubbing against your knees for food at dinnertime, throwing a frisbee for a small,hyperactive dog or even feeding the fish. Pets may as well be your children. That’s why bringing a pet into your home is a big decision.
First off, discuss it with the entire family. Does everyone want a pet? If so, is every single member of the family willing to chip in and help with its care? In the case of a cat this is simple – a good brushing, changing of the litter box and feeding is natural. A dog is a bit harder and requires teaching, attention, feeding and walking. Some families can’t cope with a dog and the sad reality is that the unfortunate pup will end up at a dogs home. This is an unacceptable situation. Make sure that you choose the right pet for you and your family’s situation otherwise, it’s going to be a horrible time all around.
Now, once you’ve decided on your pet, you need to make sure that your home is their home. Buy beds, toys, protect your valuables and ensure you’re ready. If you’re not willing to do this, are you sure you’re making the right decision?
After you’ve romanced the idea of outfitting your home for a pet, it’s time to get a little more serious. Once you know what pet is arriving, you need to ensure that they are cared for medically, this could be anything from a flea collar that will stop the poor pet enduring agonising bites or something like discount trifexis, which can prevent nasty heartworms and parasites. Contact the vet and get the pet registered. As said before, if you’re not willing to do all of this, don’t get a pet.
Perhaps the final question to ask yourself is the same as the first one. Get the family together and discuss the final steps, talk about the new pet that will be arriving soon and make sure everyone is on board and willing to play their part in caring for the animal. Remember that this pet could be going to a good home, so ensure you are providing that at all times.
Once everything is finalised, it’s time to bring the pet into the home and enjoy the many happy memories that a pet can bring to you and your family’s life. Just make sure to bath the critter in adoration, attention, and love and you’ll have a loyal friend for life. Do not let them down and remember that it’s their home as well, not just yours and even though you pay the bills and buy the food, they might just believe that they are in charge. But, that’s another adventure.