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Choosing the right breed of cat or dog can be an exciting but stressful time for prospective owners. There are many things to consider when buying a new pet and here at Vetsure we want to make your researching a little bit easier, we have detailed what to research and look out for when choosing your perfect breed.
If you are wanting a new dog, make sure you consider their size, this is especially in ratio to where you live. For example, if you have a large dog, they would need a lot of room to roam around, so a small one bedroom flat may not do well for them. Although smaller, cats also need room to roam, they are adventurous but also lazy, but they do get the added bonus of leaving the house when they want to.
The larger the pet the more food they will consume and the more expensive their medical costs may come to, some smaller breeds prone to health issues can also mean an expensive trip to the vet. Something to consider is whether you have the expenses to fund your new pet, a good way to budget for this may be to take out pet insurance.
For a dog, their size also dictates how much you need to walk them; smaller dogs may only need an hour a day whereas bigger dogs may need up to 3 hours. Do you have the time in the day to provide them with the walk they need?
If you buy your new pet as a puppy or kitten there will be a lot of attention and training needed, you must make sure you have the time to cater to your new pets needs, making sure they go outside for the toilet, and rewarding them when they have been good. Otherwise this may cause disobedience or even aggression.
Getting an adult pet may be easier as they can be already trained, their energy levels will be significantly lower than a puppy/kitten, and they should have a good temperament. They of course would still need a lot of attention. Dogs especially shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time.
As we get older, we are more likely to get an illness and this is no acceptations for our pets, senior pets have a much lower energy level but their medical bills can be a lot higher.
Certain breeds tend to shed more than others, make sure you are prepared for the extra cleaning and hoovering.
Things to ask yourself
Does everyone in the house want a pet? Is the breed known to be family orientated, this is especially important if you have children.
Do you have the time to exercise, socialise and train your new pet?
Can you afford the expected and unexpected veterinary bills, as well as basic care, such as food for a pet?
Can you provide a safe and secure home for a new pet?
…To research the breeds likes, dislikes and temperament.
…To have the complete vet history of your new pet.
Pets can be a huge commitment, but they are rewarding and fulfilling to any owner, you want them to become part of your family so it is best to research your new breed to check they will fill that position perfectly.