Pointers on Selecting a Pet

Individuals have various reasons for getting a pet. Pets reduce loneliness of people especially those who live alone thus they are good company. They give joy and sense of security to their owners but taking care of pets entails responsibility. It’s like you are taking care of your own children. Pets like humans require attention and tender loving care. You have to feed them, bathe them, have them checked by the veterinarian, clean their nooks, and ask someone to take care of them when you’re not around. Some of them need to be exercised like the dog perhaps.

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Taking care of pets or giving them as gifts have a lot of considerations to keep in mind. PSST! PH gives you the following pointers:

– It is a rule that never give a pet to a child without parental approval.

– If gifting a pet, always check first the health condition and willingness of the recipient.

– Don’t give a young child any small animal like a kitten or puppy as a pet. This child doesn’t understand that improper handling can cause animals to be rough which can cause very serious injuries and even death.

– Never give a wild animal as a pet because they can’t be tamed and their behavior is unpredictable. It is not advisable to keep a wild animal captive without the right facilities or knowledge necessary for its care.

– Unsanitary conditions breed unhealthy animals. Avoid purchasing a pet from dirty and unhygienic establishments where animals appear lethargic or listless.

– There are a lot of persons selling pets. Buy from the ones who are cooperative and willing to ask your questions.

– Before dealing with pet sellers, check their reputation first. Your friendly neighborhood veterinarian is the best person to help you.

– Never buy a kitten or puppy before it’s six weeks old. The ideal age to consider is eight weeks old because it’s weaned and ready to be separated from its mother.

– Don’t buy a puppy or kitten from a seller who says that an animal under four months old has a complete immunization. It may not be true.

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– You must get the necessary documents if you are buying a pure-bred pet.

– To make sure that you are getting the right pet, spend time alone with it and see if you can create an instant “spark” or connection.

– Pet store owners may be reliable sources of information about animal care and nutrition but seeing a veterinarian can teach you more.

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SJ Valdez

Dreamer, Doer, Self-proclaimed Adviser... Simply a MOM!