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No matter your age or stage in life, a pet can be a lovable companion. Whether you’re old or young, living with others or alone, becoming a pet owner is a significant responsibility. That’s why it is important to consider your options and learn more about different types of pets or breeds before you make a decision. In fact, the most common error cited regarding pet ownership is making an impulsive decision. By doing some advanced research on animals, identifying your preferences, and recognizing lifestyle issues, you can choose the ideal pet for you.
Okay, so you’ve decided you want a pet. Begin by asking yourself some important questions about the responsibility, time, attention, effort, and money you can commit, and think about your preferences for interacting with your pet. Consider these questions:
When you’ve answered these questions, you should have a clearer picture of the type of animal that best matches your needs and preferences.
Next, you’ll want to do some additional research to select the specific breed or species. Pay attention to important facts like the pet’s expected lifespan; its projected adult size; the space and resources it needs to live, eat, sleep, and exercise; any special needs for caring for the pet; and any common illnesses. Also, be sure the pet you select is legal in your locality, state, and country. If you are found with an illegal pet, the pet will be seized and likely euthanized. The more research you conduct, the more likely you and your family will be able to choose a pet that fits.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to start meeting the real candidates. Decide whether you want to purchase from a breeder or a shelter. Don’t hurry. Take your time to play with the pets around people and other animals and, if possible, alone. Take a toy or two with you and see how each animal responds to you. Is the animal quick to follow your lead, or is it distracted? Does it respond to your voice? Does it exhibit fear? Also look closely at the animal to make sure it appears healthy. Often, if a pet is sick when you adopt it, the situation will get worse, not better. Even if you feel one particular animal may be right for you, keep on observing and examining other animals. After all, once you make the choice, there is no going back.
Choosing a pet on impulse may be the most common error new pet owners make, but there are others that are equally important to avoid. Here are some smart steps to start your relationship with your new pet on the right path:
By doing your research, choosing wisely, and preparing for pet ownership, you’ll find a pet that makes a great addition to your life and your family for years to come.
To all Pet Medical Center of Edmond Clients: We have started curbside appointments at this time. We are asking all clients upon arrival at the clinic to pull up to the front door and remain in their vehicle. One of our team members will come out and discuss further instructions. We are going to greatly limit the number of people entering our facility due to the COVID-19 concerns. We are still scheduling all regular appointments at this time and seeing emergencies. We politely ask any client with fever and/or respiratory symptoms to reschedule their appointment if it is a non-emergency situation. If your pet is experiencing an emergency situation and you are not feeling well, please notify our receptionist upon arrival so our staff can take further precautions. We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Thank you for your understanding as we all find our way through this challenging time.