What to Consider Before Getting a Family Pet

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If
you have kids, then you probably have been asked a thousand times; ‘can I have
a pet?’.  Kids love pets but need to understand the responsibility that
comes with owning one. Having owned several animals over the years, I quickly
learned pets are a great addition to the family. However, pets come with a lot
of responsibility that the entire family must be willing to take on. You don’t
want your son’s turtle to suddenly become your turtle that you and you only
clean up after.

Here
is a list of what you are going to want to consider before getting a pet.

Cost

  • Shelter verses pet store versus private owner– Purchasing a pet can be expensive.
    If you decide to buy a pet, you need to consider purchasing options.
    Shelter fees vary, but most include shots. Purchasing a pet from a pet
    shop can be expensive, but you’ll know exactly the animal’s history..
    However, if money is an issue, purchasing a pet from an individual may be
    the best option.  If you really want a pet, weigh your options
    carefully and make sure you can be in it for the long term.
  • Vet visits- Owning a pet means a lot of vet visits. Pets need shots
    to stay healthy, yearly office visits and if sick, pets may need pricey medicine
    or surgery. When considering getting a family pet, consider the expense of
    vet visits before making your decision. if you decide to purchase a family
    pet, you may want to consider pet insurance.
  • Food- Pets need to be fed on a daily basis, usually more than
    once a day. This is definitely an added expense you’ll need to be aware
    of.
  • Other expenses- Grooming, toys, and other items pets may need can add up
    to a lot of money. Before investing in a pet, consider what your pet will
    need.

Scheduling

  • Setting time- Before getting a family pet, consider how much time is
    needed to care for a pet. Try to divide up responsibilities within the
    family so everyone can contribute.

Responsibilities

  • Training- Pets need to be housebroken. Whose job will it be to
    house train a pet?
  • Walking- Some pets need to be walked. Whose job will it be to
    take the pet for a walk?

To
buy or not to buy? That is a question that can only be answered when you know
the facts about pet ownership. Know the cost, scheduling, and responsibilities
of owning a pet before bringing one home.

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