Selecting A Pet
Many problems and disappointments can be avoided if a few factors are considered before you bring a pet into your home.
- Be sure to select a pet that will fit into your family's style of living as well as fit into your home. Allow enough room for the animal to sleep, eat, play and exercise. Ask yourself "How much time and effort can I devote to the care of a pet?" Find out as much as you can about the type of pet you think you want before you adopt.
- Think twice about selecting a pet for someone else. Be sure it is really wanted.
- "Exotic Animals" such as monkeys, skunks and other wild animals rarely make good pets. They are usually expensive and difficult to care for.
- Be prepared for the everyday expense of food, health care, etc. Make sure your new pet is in good health before you bring it home. A veterinary check is always a good idea.
- Have your pet examined and vaccinated against infectious disease.
- Keep a medical history of your pet. Know his behavior when he is well so you can quickly spot when he is not well.
- Help control the animal population by having your dog or cat spayed or neutered.
- Remember, some animals live to a ripe old age.
- Adopting an animal is not a temporary commitment, but rather a long-term friendship.
The rewards of loving and caring for an animal are many. Be a responsible pet owner and you will have a happy, healthy pet!