Being A Pet Owner

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 

 


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What You Need To Know About Being A Pet Owner

The excitement of even the thought of bringing home your four-legged family member can be overwhelming. There is nothing quite like owning a pet and their love and affection can often be unmatched. However, there are major responsibilities and many factors that any person should take into consideration before embracing the life of pet parenthood.

Lifestyle

Your current lifestyle is an influential factor in your decision to become a pet owner. For those who are interested in adopting social animals like dogs or cats, it is important to know that you can give them the love and affection that they will need. For those that travel a great deal, these animals may not be the best fit. Conversely, if you spend a lot of your time outdoors, running, hiking or walking, a dog could be a wonderful fitness pal. There are many breeds of dogs that require a great deal of physical activity to stay healthy, happy and avoid behavioral problems. Regardless of which pet you choose, you must be ready for a pet in your life, as these loving creatures will inevitably change how you live.

Housing

Your current and future housing situation can impact your decision to bring home a pet. For those who reside in smaller housing, such as small condos and apartments, an extra-large dog breed, such as a Mastiff or a Great Dane could struggle to have enough room in a small living space. Additionally, for dogs who require a great deal of physical activity like herding dogs, if you reside in the city where there is little room to roam and run around, they may become depressed or act out. While housing choices will have less impact on animals like fish or rodents of various sizes, it is important to consider if your home is conducive to a healthy living space for your pet.

Cost

While many pets are much smaller than their human owners, they can often require a very significant financial commitment which first-time pet owners should know. Much like humans, pets will require housing, food, toys, supplies, visits to doctors, safety devices and much more. This can require a significant initial upfront cost and consistent expense over time, however, it is important to take this into consideration when deciding to become a pet owner. Just as humans, our pets can have health issues and may require trips to the vet which can be costly. Considering financial implications before bringing a pet into your life is an important factor.

Food

Not all pet foods are created the same. Establishing a diet for your pet that will meet their nutritional needs will keep them happy and healthy so that you can support a nutrient-filled life. In the case of store-bought foods, there are plenty of options available, in addition to what is being offered online. As you consider what foods will be the healthiest for your pets, it is important to know what exactly is in your pet’s food. Companies should list their ingredients, like Dr. Marty’s dog food. If you have concerns about which food options are the best, consult your local veterinarian.

Veterinarian

Before you bring your new family member home, it is important to make sure that your pet has options for their physical care. Make sure that you locate a veterinarian that can offer your pet the support and assistance that they need, both when they are well and just going in for a check-up and if they fall sick. It is important to establish a relationship with this health professional so that when they’re sick, you have someone to contact.
Pets are essential members of the family, and as such will present many needs and requirements to live a healthy and happy life. Consider carefully if you and your family are ready for the massive responsibility that it can be to own a pet and welcome this companion into your home.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.