Picking Your New Family Friend – Part 1

Looking for a new family companion? Choosing the right pet for your family is key for your new pet and family’s happiness. Pets come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and personalities, with a variety of needs and not every type of pet is suitable for every family. This week we will discuss some of the key features of choosing the right pet for your family.

There are dozens of online quizzes and forums discussing how to choose the right pet for your family, but it boils down to a few key questions.

  • What is the make-up of your family? Will this pet be surrounded by young children, older children, other pets? Make sure the pet you bring home is comfortable with all of your family members.
  • How much time does your family have for your new pet? Different species require a different level of time commitment. For example, some small pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs require regular pen cleaning and attention to detail resulting in 10-15 minutes a day. A new puppy needs daily training, socialization, exercise, and regular cleaning that can easily result in several hours of your family’s time per day.
  • Where will this pet live? The majority of pets are better suited for and live a higher quality of life inside the home. How much of your home will your pet be exposed to and how will you protect them from common home hazards and keep them comfortable?
  • How much do you have to spend? Different pets have different regular expenses ranging from regular examinations, vaccinations, preventative care, food etc. to regular pen cleaning and a special diet.

Before choosing your new family pet, start with answering these few key questions and stay tuned for Part 2 to delve into the various pets for your family.

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