Important Guidelines for Adopting a pet
If you’re thinking about adopting a new pet this holiday season, think carefully about your decision and follow these important guidelines.
– A pet should never be adopted on impulse or given as a surprise.
– Make sure the pet is a good fit for your lifestyle, home and activity level. Educate yourself about the demands of feeding, grooming, exercise and health care before investing in a pet.
– Be sure you have the financial resources to care for your pet and any unexpected medical needs.
– Select a pet from a reputable source and visit the location to observe how the pets are treated.
– Consider putting off adoption till after the holidays and focus on books or supplies to prepare and educate about pets instead so a good choice is made for the entire family.
– If the pet will be given as a gift (and those primarily responsible for ensuring the pet receives proper and ongoing care have already agreed to taking on the responsibility, of course! No surprises, remember?), consider giving a photo of the pet on Christmas day or a stuffed animal as a stand in and bring the new pet home during a quieter time.
– Introduce the new pet to all family members–including the furry ones!–before committing to an adoption.
– Prepare your home for your new pet. In other words, it’s time to pet-proof! Things to consider include hiding wiring, putting locking lids on trashcans and removing toxic plants.
– Buy appropriate supplies, including food, toys and bedding.
– Schedule a veterinary examination for your new pet to ensure she has a clean bill of health and has proper vaccinations, parasite treatment and is spayed or neutered.
– Register your new pet with your local government and consider microchipping her.
Adopting a pet requires a big commitment for the lifetime of the animal. Do your homework ahead of time to ensure a smooth transition for everyone!
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