Parents are often asked by their children about the possibility of a family pet. In some cases, a family pet is not permitted due to rental conditions and/or health issues. Some parents also choose to not have pets because of the additional financial burden that comes with pet ownership. However, in spite of this, there are many benefits of pet ownership. Here are some tips on choosing a family pet.
Research– The first thing to do before choosing a pet for your family is to do some research into some animal choices. Think about their lifespan, overall health, cost of food, licensing, and veterinarian care, before deciding on a pet.
Temperament– The temperament of an animal is important. Choose one that is a companion and easy to care for. You certainly would not want to have an animal that is likeable, lovable, but has a bad temperament that could flare up at any time.
Maintenance– If you are a stay at home parent who works from home, choose a pet that everyone will love and enjoy. There are some high maintenance breeds of dogs, such as a Jack Russell, who can be trained to your liking and might make a good pet. However, this breed is high maintenance that often gets stressed and needs extensive training to learn how to cope within the family unit. There is no sense getting a high maintenance breed if you do not have the time and inclination to train it properly. Choose a breed of animal that is passive, lovable, and can be trained without causing much disturbance to your household.
Care– Caring for your pet is vital to its health and happiness. If your budget cannot afford huge veterinarian bills, vaccines, medicines, food, toys, and other accessories, that is no reason to say no to having a pet. Small animals such as a hamster or guinea pig make lovely pets, which can be accustomed to you and your kids and are trainable to a degree.
These are just a few things to ponder when deciding on whether or not to introduce a pet to your family. Although the idea of having a pet in your household may seem to be something that you might not like, having a pet in the family will teach your child or children about responsibilities as well as rewards.
Pets are loving creatures and come in all shapes, types, and sizes. Although they cannot speak in our language, they can surely brighten our day with their style of love and affection. Pets are a wonderful addition to any home; they offer companionship, and unconditional love.
Do you have a pet? What type of pet do you have?