Smart tips on how to choose the right family pet

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Thursday, 04/08/2016 03:08

Choosing a pet for your family is not an easy task. It takes time to learn which pet is right. There are also lots of factors that you need to consider when buying a pet such as your finance, time, environment, and life styles, etc. Here in this article, we give you some advice on choosing a family pet, choosing a dog, dog selector, family dog breeds. Animal facts.

How to choose the right family pet

#1 Your finance

Consider your finances before choosing a family pet. Some pets are more expensive to take care of than others. With a goldfish, you just need to feed it and maintain its tank, after the initial expense of purchasing a tank, rocks and decorations. Tropical fish, whether they are fresh water or salt, are more expensive and require more equipment, such as a filter and heater. Larger pets, such as dogs and cats need more food, beds and toys. They also need regular checkups and seasonal medications, such as tick medicine and heart worm pills. Consider the expenses incurred on a regular basis when selecting a pet. Remember also, that when a pet gets older or sick, the vet bills are larger.

#2 Your family dynamics

Recognize your family dynamics before getting a pet. If you have young children, determine whether you want a large dog. If you do, then learn which dogs are good with children. If you stay at home with young children who cannot help with the pets, ask yourself if you have time to clean out a bunny or bird cage.

#3 Your lifestyle

Think about the type of lifestyle you lead and whether a pet can fit into it. If you travel a lot as a family, determine what kind of pet can be alone with just someone popping in to feed it. You could also get a pet that can travel with you. You don't want to get a pet for the family that stays home alone or at a pet care facility most of its time.

How to choose a family pet

#4 Your children

Understand that young children often don't follow through on promises of taking care of pets. For this reason, you may decide to get a pet that is low maintenance. A bunny or bird needs their cages to be cleaned. The novelty usually wears off pretty quickly. You will likely find yourself nagging your child about cleaning out the cage, so ask yourself if you are willing to do that on a regular basis, or even clean out the cage yourself.

#5 Your desire

Decide whether you want a baby pet or one that is full grown. Full grown dogs and cats may be harder to train since they are often set in their ways, especially the latter. Adopted older pets may also have been mistreated and have concerns. Ask about an older pet's history before getting it. You don't want to get a dog or cat that is not safe around children because it has insecurity issues.

#6 The training

Think about the training that some pets will need. If you think you may want a dog, find out how much it costs to pay for obedience classes. Training is necessary especially if you have young children in the home. Oftentimes, dogs need to learn that all humans, including babies, are pack leaders.

#7 Family member wish

Take your time when selecting a pet for the family. Sit down with the whole family and come to a mutual decision. Make a list with everyone's wish. Go over the pros and cons of each idea. Make sure everyone agrees on the final decision.

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