Friday, February 23, 2007

Pet Owner Responsability

In my opinion there are several factors that must be considered before one decides to adopt a pet. I suggest one asks the following questions:

“Do I have enough time to devote?”
Ask yourself if you have the extra time to care:
This means literally spending time with your new puppy to get to know it and for him to get to know you.
Time to prepare meals and feed your new dog.
Time to socialize you new pet with its new family and the other dogs or pets in the house.
Time to clean up after this new pet.
Many younger animals require constant attention and caring for and this responsibility is a daily one!

“Can I adequately house the animal?”
Would you have proper facilities to keep the pup in so that he doesn’t get into harms way or is safe when you are not around?
Is the area free from harmful objects/chemicals?
Can you keep the animal when it matures into an adult?
Is your yard fenced so that my dogs will not get into the street and be run over? Would the other people in my house share the same love for my pet or would they object to him and mistreat him?

“Am I prepared to train my animal properly?”
Starting with potty/paper training and obedience, one has to be prepared to train an animal in the proper ways to behave in a home and toward people. This is a process that requires patience!

“Can I afford the Veterinary bills?”
This is a very important consideration.
Young animals just like babies require vaccinations and regular checks. Have you factored this cost into your budget?
The average vaccination visit costs 65 to 80 dollars.
Your puppies and kittens require at least of these visits from the age 6 weeks.
Remember all breeds of dogs are susceptible to the common dreaded diseased of Canine Parvo virus, Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Influenza and Leptospirosis (which can be fatal if passed to humans.)

“Am I prepared to care for unwanted offspring?”
Most pets reach breeding age before you anticipate. It is advisable to neuter you pet to avoid having a yard full of puppies or kittens, which you had not planned for. Also spaying a female greatly reduces the chances of uterine and mammary cancers and her life span. It is a fact that neutered animals ate one third less likely to bite someone.

“Where can I get information on my animal?”
There is a wealth of information for the asking! Your local library, Veterinarian and the Internet can always help. Information is usually free.

“The Experts”
This is without a doubt, your Veterinarian! Many people turn to friends, neighbours, drugstores, and pet stores for medical advice when their pet is ill. Visit your Veterinarian! This is not to say that these other sources cannot provide helpful information, but your Veterinarian has been trained and this is his field of expertise. Also remember that there is little anyone can do for your sick pet via the telephone.

Consider the facts carefully. Form a relationship with your Veterinarian. Be informed when you make the decision to get a pet. It is a life long commitment.