Have you investigated the true financial costs of ownership? This includes the costs of housing/fencing, feeding, grooming, training, basic preventive medical procedures (vaccinations, de-worming, neutering/spaying), non-elective veterinary medical care for treating disease or accidental injuries and dental care.
Are you ready to take care of a pet financially?
There are numerous costs in owning a pet:
- Spaying and neutering costs
- Vaccination costs every year
- Cost of good food for a healthy pet
- Flea control medication
- Emergency veterinarian costs
Is Your Home Pet Ready?
- Does the home have a yard? Is it “Pet Ready”?
- Have you puppy/kitten proofed the indoors.
- If you are adopting a dog or puppy, is your yard fenced?
Vacations / Travel
- What happens when you go on vacation? Does the pet accompany you, go to a boarding facility, or do you get a pet-sitter?
Do Your Homework
- What species and why?
- What breed, and have you done your homework to know a breed’s particular needs?
- Are you prepared for the time, training and care that is needed for a kitten or puppy? Or should you get an older pet?
- What kind of time do you have to spend/invest with your pet, now and later?
- Who will be the primary caretaker? Is this person capable, mature enough, physically able, and willing to undertake this task?
- What are each family member’s attitudes towards a pet? Is there consensus on the type? Has your family discussed the role of each member in caring for the new pet?
- Are there any allergies among the family members that could be affected by the pet?