If you are reading this then you may be undecided as to the right pet for you, and getting the right pet for you is really important – some pets will actually out live you! You will also need to consider how much time you have available for the care of your pet and whether your home will be suitable for your choice of a pet.
Thinking of a Dog
If you don’t have time to spend with your new pet on a daily one to one basis, then a dog is not for you. Unless you invest the time to train and socialise your dog to become the kind of dog you want him to be, you will be saddled with a dog that you can’t comfortably take anywhere, a dog that simply doesn’t have any manners, either with people or other dogs, and generally be stuck with a pet that you really don’t want. And that would be your fault – not the dog’s.
Considering a Cat
Cats, on the other hand, will pretty much ‘own you’. They will be less time consuming than a dog in a training sense, but they will be demanding of your attention. Some cats need grooming so if you aren’t prepared to spend time doing this, choose your breed carefully.
Maybe you want to Horse Around
Many children at some stage will want a horse. If you don’t know anything about horses and are thinking a pony would be a nice gift for your child, then think again! Owning a horse is not only very time consuming, it is an expensive exercise, one that demands a complete commitment otherwise there will simply be tears.
Caring for your Pet
All pets will need their own specialised treatments; cats and dogs need microchipping, regular worming, flea & tick treatments plus vaccinations. Horses also require regular worming, vaccinations, dental and hoof care. In addition, if you are not planning to breed professionally with your pet, then you should have it desexed, a responsible move which will save you much time and potentially the anxiety of unwanted off-spring.
Any pet you choose to have will need considerable care and attention. A pet is a commitment. It’s the age old thing, you only get out what you put in.
Some interesting statistics on pet ownership can be found here on the Australian Veterinary Association website.