May 7, 2010

Choosing a Pet

Filed under: adopting,pet shop — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:12 pm

We often consider our relationship with our pets as one-sided.  We are the providers and we care for our pets but the truth is that our pets can also care for us.  Still, it is important to choose a pet that fits your lifestyle rather than expecting your pet to adjust to the way you live.  Puppies and kittens are cute but they are also a big responsibility so you must make an educated decision with regards to pet ownership.

Research from around the world has shown that people with pets tend to be happier than people without pets.  When choosing your pet, you want to make a number of lifestyle considerations first.  Ask yourself about your activity level.  Do you love to spend time outdoors or are you a homebody?  People who spend most of their time at home should choose a pet that can live comfortably indoors most of the time.  Cats or bunnies might be a great choice; whereas, if you prefer to spend lots of time outside running, walking, or hiking, a dog might be a great choice.

You also have to consider your family when choosing a pet.  If you have small children or elderly people living in your house you need to think carefully about the energy level of your pet.  Small dogs can be energetic but also may become scared of overzealous children.  Likewise, large, active dogs may be a nuisance to elderly people.  Try to find a pet with personality characteristics that would easily blend into your family.

Finally, you need to consider how much time you have.  It’s not fair to get a dog, cat, or other pet when you know you’ll never be home.  Pets will almost certainly live for several years (10 to 15 for dogs and cats and as many as 30 for birds, for example) and you should ensure that you will be able to give them the attention they need.  Remember that pets are a great addition to your family but you also need to be responsible for their well-being.

February 26, 2010

Thinking of Getting a Puppy? Should You Buy from a Breeder or a Pet Shop?

Filed under: breeders,buy from a breeder,pet shop,purchase puppies from the pet shop — Dr. Amber Reed @ 7:35 am

getting a new puppyThe first decision that faces anybody who wants a puppy is where to get it from. You can adopt a puppy, which is always a great option because you’re saving a loving animal, but you can also get a young puppy from a pet shop or a breeder. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to make the decision and ultimately, your choice will depend on your personal preferences.

getting a new puppyPet shops are often associated with horror stories of animal treatment. Hundreds of dogs, cats, and other animals packed into a small space receive the minimal care required. How can pet shops not be a bad thing? It’s true, before you buy a dog form a pet store you need to do your research. Find a pet store with a good reputation and visit first. Decide if the animals are well cared for, in clean living environments, by loving professionals. In such cases, you can feel confident that you’re getting a happy and healthy puppy. But remember, there are pet shops that do not live up to these minimal standards and you run the risk of getting a dog that has various health or social problems.

Breeders are often a great alternative, especially if you want to make sure your dog is well cared for. Breeders, whether professional or not, often have much fewer animals to care for and their living conditions are much better. Dogs from professional breeders generally have good temperaments, are healthy, and friendly. Unfortunately, when you go through a breeder, you have much fewer options available to you. Usually, you can only select from one breed and there may only be one or two puppies at the time.

Ultimately, there are pros and cons to both pet shops and breeders. You need to consider your own opinions and do some research before you decide where to buy your dog.

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