Owning pets can be a rewarding experience for the whole family, and it’s something many people consider at some point. Children are very often instrumental in the decision to bring an animal into the family, as most kids love the idea of having a pet. However, animals are not like stuffed toys or electrical appliances – they have feelings and needs that can never be neglected or denied to them. If you’re considering purchasing a new pet, here are some ideas for ways in which you can help them settle into a new home and live a long and healthy life.
The right environment
When you are thinking about which kind of pet to have, the first consideration should be your home environment and lifestyle. All animals have specific requirements regarding their need for exercise, feeding, and companionship. For instance, if you work all day and there is no-one at home, that’s a long and lonely day for a dog, whereas a cat wouldn’t have a problem with solitude. You need to have the time and ability to cope with the demands of your pet, who will be entirely dependent on you for its well-being. Small animals such as hamsters and gerbils may not make their presence felt in the same way as a dog or cat, but will still need attention and stimulation to lead a healthy, happy life. There’s also the issue of the outside environment – do you have access to safe open spaces for walking a dog? Do you live in an area where there are high levels of traffic? Busy roads and cats are not a good mix, as they tend to be ignorant of the dangers posed by vehicles on the roads.
The right care
Pets need the right food for their species and breed, access to clean drinking water, and a warm and comfortable place to sleep. They need to be able to perform their toileting in a suitable place, which will depend on the type of animal, and be kept clean. That means you have to be prepared to clean up after your dog or cat and keep small animal bedding fresh; so if you have an aversion to this, you might find pet care a bit of a challenge! They will require inoculations, worming, flea treatment, and care of teeth and claws, all of which are best achieved by forming a good working relationship with your veterinarian. Animals can also suffer from behavioral problems and may be prone to stress and anxiety. CBD pills for dogs are known to ease the symptoms in vulnerable canines, and there are both herbal and conventional remedies for many animal ailments. You need to choose the best treatment for your animal and be prepared to pay for their veterinary care. Pet insurance will help minimize costs associated with major pet health problems and is well worth putting in place for your peace of mind.
Living with animals is a wonderful experience that can enhance your lives and bring you years of pleasure. You just need to be sure that you’re able to deal with all the needs an animal has before committing to pet ownership.