DCAH_iStock_000066569031_LargeIt’s easy to fall in love with a precious pet, but properly caring for an animal involves so much more than your affection. While you certainly must acquire the necessities for optimal health, wellness, and safety, a solid pet guardian knows that it doesn’t stop there, either.

Adopting a pet is probably one of the most fun and rewarding experiences, and to help in your success, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center offer the following ideas…

Big Commitment

If you decide to adopt a puppy or kitten providing for your new pet can last well into two decades. Sure, the time will be full of unconditional love, constant companionship, and stress-relief, but before you get ahead of yourself, try to visualize your future life. If travel plans, change of employment, or family dynamics are on the horizon, how might that affect your newly adopted pet?

Adopting a pet is a common experience for growing families, and parental involvement is an absolute must.

Time On Your Side?

Some pets require more of your time and attention, but that doesn’t mean you can leave your indoor-only cat or senior pet alone for long stretches, either.

If you unable to meet a pet’s basic needs that involve regular mealtimes, routine bathroom breaks, and daily exercise you may want to put off adopting a pet until later.

Dollars Make Sense

Love is free, but providing for your pet isn’t always cheap. Adopting a pet can come with certain costs, such as required vaccinations, microchip, and a spay/neuter procedure. Similarly, you should invest in excellent food, bedding, toys, litter, gear, and other items that benefit your pet’s wellbeing, such as preventative care plans or pet insurance.

A senior pet may not need much in the way of training, but providing an opportunity for your pet to socialize and enjoy others is important.

Adopting a Pet

If all the elements associated with time, money, and commitment are aligned, how do you really choose the perfect pet?

  • Does your current living situation allow for all pets, or are there breed exclusions on your lease or homeowner’s insurance policy?
  • Do you have a pet friendly backyard? Take away poisonous plants and reinforce fencing and gateways to prevent escapes.
  • Understand your pet’s energy levels and do what you can to provide stimulation and exercise to mitigate possible behavioral problems.
  • Adopting a pet demands patience and understanding; never rush your new pet into his or her new life.

The Perfect Pair

All of us at Springbrook Animal Care Center want the best for your new pet, and look forward to the opportunity to assist you with the adoption process. Please let The Pet Experts know how we can help!