Saturday, January 15, 2011

Things to think about when deciding on a pet!

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A few basic questions to ask yourself and everyone in the family before getting a pet

Why do you want a pet?

Pets like dogs and cats live upto 15 years. If the pet is for your kids, they will be out the house much earlier than that. 

Do you have time for a pet?

Dogs, cats and other companion animals require food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day of every year. Thousands of animals end up in shelters or are put to death (euthanized) because their owners did not realize how much time it took to properly care for their pet.

Can you afford a pet?

The adoption fee is just the beginning of a lifetime of expenses.
Adoption (at a shelter this includes spay-neuter fee)$85$85
Vaccines (2 per year @ 15 each)$450$450
Heartworm test (1 per year)$25$30
Heartworm prevention pills (varies depending on size)$900$600
Leukemia testN/A$40
Leukemia prevention shot (1 per year @ $17 each)N/A$255
Basic health exam (1 per year @ $30 per visit)$450$450
Microchipping (implanted I.D.)$30$30
Flea control (varies depending on size)$1,800$1,440
License ($10 per year if animal is altered)$150$150
Food (dry) ($182 per year)$2,730$2,730
Grooming (brushes, combs, shampoo, nail trimmers etc.)$100$100
Cat Litter ($60 per year)N/A$900
Litter box and scoop (1 per year @ $10 each)N/A$150
Collars and leashes$225$50
Please note that this list is based on a 15 year life expectancy and does not include all the expenses you will incur. Don't forget training, illness, toys, treats, bowls, bed, doghouse, carrier, kennel fees, etc. It is estimated that the average cost per year of owning a cat or dog is about $1,000.

Plan for the future. Can you have a pet where you currently live and how many times do you think you might move in the next 15 years?

Many rental communities either don't allow pets or have restrictions as to the type of pets they allow. It is not uncommon for landlords to require an additional deposit if you own a pet. If you might move within the next 15 years, what will be your plan for your pet.

Are you prepared to handle: 

Accidents in the house, soiled or torn furniture and unexpected medical emergencies? 

How will this pet be cared for while you are away on vacation or business or emergencies?

You will need reliable friends, relatives or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet sitter.

Is this the right pet for you?

Adopting a large or energetic dog to share your small apartment, for example, is probably not going to be successful. Some breeds of dogs require a lot of physical and mental exercise.  They will display their frustration and built up energy with any or all of the following behaviors: barking, digging, chewing or jumping. Breed research and talking with the volunteers at the shelters, humane society, rescues will help you choose the right pet. 

Do go through the Choosing a pet questionnaire in Seattle Humane Society's Choosing a Pet  and find answers to your questions!

More links on the sidebar to help find local shelters and rescues!

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