What to Consider Before Bringing a Pet Home

Written By Alla Levin
December 05, 2023

What to Consider Before Bringing a Pet Home

Bringing a pet home for the first time can be extremely exciting, especially if you have had parents who have famously said you can “have a pet in your own home.”

You have probably already picked out the accessories, the corner of your home that they can call their own, the perfect, plushest bed, and have several names ready to see which suits. That being said, there are sometimes things you can’t always prepare yourself for, and it is important to consider the not-so-exciting aspects of bringing your new friend home to ensure they get the best care.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at what you need to consider before you get yourself a pet.

Can You Commit to Your Chosen Pet?

It is no secret that different animals require different levels of care, commitment, and interaction. This is why it is important that you are honest with yourself about what level of care you can provide for whatever pet you bring home. For example, a tarantula is not exactly going to be hounding you for cuddles every 5 seconds or needs a babysitter when you go away for the night.

However, a puppy will more than likely keep you on your toes for a long time while they settle in, and you won’t be able to leave them alone for long periods of time (or maybe at all, depending on your particular pup) without causing them stress.

You will need to provide enrichment, exercise, and food every single day for them, so if you aren’t prepared to go out for a walk every day or keep them on top of the litter tray, certain pets might not be for you. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a pet! Just choose one that is going to fit your lifestyle and not be a burden on you to be fair to the animal.

Will Your Chosen Pet Fit Your Lifestyle?

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You’ve seen the cutest little pup in the street, or you have seen a turtle rescue on the television, and now, all of a sudden, you need to look after a turtle more than anything you have ever needed in your entire life. It happens.

It can be easy to fall in love with animals before really thinking about the implications of bringing a certain kind of animal into your life; it is just important that you consider the pros and cons properly before making the move to call one your own.

To choose the right pet for you, you need to understand their requirements, temperament, and what will be required of you as a responsible owner. This will include researching breeds and enclosures and also being able to change your mind if you realize that it doesn’t quite fit your lifestyle.

Really think about your schedule, where you can be flexible, and also about what is important to you. If traveling and holidays are important to you, and you aren’t prepared to search for dog-friendly accommodation for many of your getaways, a dog might not be the best pet for you – especially if you plan to leave them regularly. Mobility should also be considered, as certain breeds of dogs will need a lot of daily exercise and stimulation.

Something else worth mentioning here, if you are looking for a pet that will be suitable for children, is that while hamsters have long been hailed as being “my first pet” suitable, that couldn’t be further from the case, especially if your children are going to want to handle them. Choose animals that are more tolerant of children (though this will vary between each individual animal), or start simple with cold water fish. Remember, it will always be your responsibility to ensure they are fed, watered, and taken care of.

Financial Costs

Owning any pet will have financial requirements – some will be more expensive than others.
While you can take out an insurance plan from various providers for a monthly fee, it is important to consider the excesses.

When considering common health ailments that come with certain breeds and species, essentially, it will be luck of the draw regarding the financial costs of food, toys, and, of course, medication and vet care. Before bringing your pet home, make sure to find a trusted vet that is within reach so that if anything goes wrong, you have a port of call immediately.
Take a look at ortinganimalhospital.com, which can provide you with everything you need to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Be Prepared for an Adjustment Period

You have invited a new pet into your life and home, and while it would be great if it could be plain sailing immediately, that is not often the case. This time might test your patience and even make you wonder if you made the right decision. Try not to worry, and give your new friend time to settle in and get used to their new surroundings and new parents.

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