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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 12/11/2017

Every child grows up either with a dog or dreaming of the day they will have a dog. And if itís not a dog, itís a cat, a hamster, or even a goldfish. But sometimes having a pet is just not an option. Here are a few things to consider before getting a pet. Allergies: Itís important to know whether or not you or anyone living in your home has any allergies to animals. And itís best to know before you adopt or buyó there are tests that your doctors can run. Itís never a good situation for the pet owner(s) and animal if the animal has to either be given back or given to someone else due to an allergy. This will put a lot of stress on the animal being moved around too much and it can also cause harm to the people involved, as it is always difficult letting go of a pet. If someone in the home has an allergy you may have to stick with goldfish and hermit crabs. However, there are certain types of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. Travel: Do you work long hours? Do you travel often for work? Will there be anyone home when you arenít? These are all important questions to consider before adopting a pet. These questions donít apply as much to pets such as goldfish and hamsters (even though they still require care), but are extremely important if you want a cat or dog. Time: Do you have the time for a pet? Consider the questions above such as work hours and traveling, but also if you have the time between having a social life, taking care of your children, bringing them to soccer practice or dance class, etc. If you think you have the time then you must also consider that there are different breeds of dogs that require more attention and work than others. The same goes for different types of cats. Be sure you are completely aware of the work that goes into the type of dog or cat you want. Cost: The cost of a pet goes well beyond the initial adoption or breeder fee. Itís important that you consider the lifetime cost of owning a pet and whether or not you can afford an animal. Again this more pertains to dogs and cats rather than hamster and fish. Thereís the cost of food, grooming, veterinary care, toys and walkers. And the costs will vary depending on the breeds of cats and dogs. Itís also important that you save for emergency vet visits, as they can be completely unpredictable and very trying at the time. Having money saved up will take a small bit of the stress away. A pet is a large responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. You are caring for another life and the adoption or purchase of any animal should be well thought out and something you are prepared for. If that sounds like you then go out and find the pet thatís perfect for you and your family.




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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 11/6/2017

Pets have different grooming and dietary needs as well as different exercise and social habits. Just like humans, pets also have diverse temperaments and personalities. Own a large Rottweiler or German Shepherd and you may be better off living in a house that has a large back yard, as these dogs need lots of room to roam, play and exercise to thrive. Smaller pets, like a Chihuahua or a Beagle, may be easier to groom but drive your neighbors nuts with their constant barking while youíre away. Each of these dogs looks cute while a puppy. Yet, each requires regular care. If youíre a busy homeowner whoís looking for a perfect pet to call your own, consider these pets: ē Turtles Ė Choices available to you for pet turtles include land and water turtles. Some small turtles, like the red ear slider live 40 or more years. Large, land turtles can live hundreds of years. If you get a water turtle, upgrade the tank or aquarium as the turtle grows. Make sure that the aquarium is large enough for the turtle to swim freely in. You may have to clean the tank once a month, depending on the filters that you use. ē Fish Ė Similar to turtles, fish are relatively easy to care for. There are small fish that have lived several years, especially when given good care and affection. Avoid over feeding fish. Have fun decorating their tank and watching them swim and play. ē Cats Ė While kittens, these pets rarely stay still, pouncing on nearly anything that moves. Grown cats tend to be independent and can keep themselves quite entertained. Yet, they do appreciate and enjoy love and affection just like other pets. A litter box, cat food, scratching rod, toys, perching area and a sleeping bed are items that cats need. ē Dogs that donít bark a lot Ė Pugs, Chinese Shar-Peis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, whippets and golden retrievers are amongst dogs low on the barking scale. These dogs offer companionship without keeping you or the neighbors jittery or up at night. ē Hamster Ė The lifespan for a hamster is about two to three years. These animals are small, needing little room for play and exercise. They especially make good pets for young children. Because they can stay in a cage, you wonít have to worry about them messing up your house. They can also look out for themselves while youíre at work. ē Parrots Ė This is another pet that can stay in a cage while you are away. Parrots can live up to 80 years. Opt for a cage that gives a parrot room to fly. Consider taking the bird outdoors in a cage once a week. They donít talk. They rarely cry and you wonít hear them complain, but pets have needs, both physical and emotional. Before buying a pet, ask a pet store clerk to tell you the grooming, exercise and daily care that the pet youíre thinking about getting needs. You can also read books or search the web to find information about the particular pet youíre thinking about bringing home. Avoid getting a pet simply because your kids beg you to. Make sure that your everyone in your family wants the pet and will do her or his part to help care for and clean up after the pet.




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