Things to Consider When Buying a Pet

Things that you need to consider when deciding what type of pet would best suit your environment and lifestyle include:

Your home and property:

  • Is there adequate space?
  • Can the pet be securely confined?
  • Can you provide adequate shelter?
  • Can you set up separate areas for pets and young children (if applicable)?

Your lifestyle:

  • How much time can you (and your family, if applicable) devote to a pet?
  • Will you have time to supervise young children with a pet (if applicable)?

The costs which could include:

  • Purchase
  • Housing
  • Feeding
  • Micro chipping and registration
  • Vet checks; vaccinations; and worming, tick and flea treatments
  • Desexing (permanent sterilisation)
  • Grooming
  • Training
  • Boarding

Once you have considered these factors, you may have a greater understanding of the type of pet that would suit you and your family. Sometimes, the most responsible thing you can do is to decide not to have a pet until your circumstances change.