Things to Consider When Acquiring a New Pet

Pets come in all shapes and sizes and make a wonderful addition to any home. Here are some top expert tips from the Village Vets to consider!

There is a species or breed that will fit with any lifestyle or housing environment. The first thing to do when choosing a new pet is to think about your lifestyle and how they are going to fit into your day to day life.

Pets are a big commitment and it is important to consider the life expectancy of your chosen pet and consider if your personal situation will change in this time.

  • Here are a few questions that will help you decide what pet would be suit for your situation;
  • Have you had a pet before?
  • How much time can you afford to spend with your pet?
  • How much time will it be left alone for on a regular basis and what arrangements will need to be made for the pet if you’re away?
  • How much space do you have for a pet?
  • What type of housing/bedding will it require and how will you be able to provide it?
  • Do you have a young family?
  • How much will pet cost to look after in the long term?

Traditionally dogs and cats are the first choice when thinking about pets, but there are more and more opportunities now to have different and exotic pets as well. Bunnies, birds, ferrets, mice and rats can make great pets if space is limited. If you are after something more exotic then you can apply for a license which allows you to have certain species of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs just to name a few.

If you have the space you could consider some of the smaller farmyard animals. Pigs are very intelligent and are becoming a popular choice for a backyard pet although most farm animals which are hand raised can also make great pets as well.

It is very important to research the species or breed you like before committing to having them.  A piglet can make a great pet in the backyard until they turn into a 200kg sow that is digging up the backyard and breaking into the neighbours (Miniature pigs exist in Australia but not the same types as overseas and they still grow fairly big!). Also some of the exotic animals require very specific housing enclosures to ensure the temperature and humidity is controlled to stop them getting sick. Different breeds of dog and cat can have very different characteristics and it’s important to consider these, as well as any particular needs (grooming or housing) and any specific diseases that can occur in that breed.

Choosing a new pet is a very rewarding and fun process, but it is also a serious and lifelong commitment to that animal. These pets become part of the family so it is worthwhile investing some time into making sure you make the right choice.

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