Choosing The Best Pet

Choosing The Best Pet

Do not consider an animal to be just a pet, consider that they will be a new member of your family and they have needs just like you do. Know how to choose the right pet before you bring an animal home and you will be off to the right start.

The first things you must consider are your lifestyle and living situation. Do you have a lot of free time or are you away from home often? If you live in an apartment, you will need to find out if pets are allowed. If you are away from home a lot, you will need to consider that as well. You need to consider if you have time to spend with a dog, playing, walking daily and training. Choosing the right pet is much like choosing the best paint color for your home. Thankfully our friends over at Summit Painting had made the paint process very easy. But reading this article, we hope to make the process of choosing a pet as easy as possible!

If you decide a dog is a right animal for you then you must decide if you want a large or small breed. Consider your living situation when making this decision. If you live in a small apartment, you may not want a large dog. Large dogs have a great deal of energy and in a small living space, they cannot expel it. If you live in a home with a yard, you can choose any size dog that you prefer provided you have more space available for the animal and a yard to play in.

If you are away from home often, you need to consider this regardless of what animal you would like to own. All pets require attention and care daily and also some social interaction. If you have a busy lifestyle, perhaps a cat would be a better choice for you. Cats do not seem to mind if you are not home all the time, but dogs require more attention and affection from you. If you do not meet the animal’s needs, you may come home to find your sofa chewed to pieces, accidents on the floor, or other disruptive behavior issues. Cats do not require daily walks like dogs do and may just be the right pet for a person who does not have much free time.

One way to find this out is to spend time with dogs and cats and see if there is any reaction. The last thing you want is to adopt an animal, bring it home, and then find out you have an allergy.

Another important thing to keep in mind is your finances. Can you afford a pet? Make sure you take into consideration that every pet will come with expenses. Food, beds, vet bills, toys, etc… all need to be considered. Animals do require some of their own personal belongings to be happy. Pet food alone adds up in a monthly budget expense so make sure you know you can afford the expenses that come along with being a pet owner.

Once you have figured out which animal will make your family complete, I recommend getting your new family member from a shelter in your area. There are lots of homeless animals in shelters that would love to for you to bring them home.

Guinea Pigs

Pros and Cons of Guinea Pigs

They will need lots of loving handling and social interaction everyday through their lives, and YOU have to provide this. Guinea Pigs are not nocturnal (sleep in the day time), so they will be awake for most of the day for you to play with.

They are just the right size to sit on your lap and easy to cuddle, they don’t fight when being held so are easy to carry from the cage to your lap and back.

They love being stroked so will sit on your lap and purr happily. Although there are few piggies that won’t settle down and loves to explore (like my Patch), you will just have to accept it as part of their charms! If this is the case, do not force them to sit still if she doesn’t want to. Be patient, give them time and most will want to settle.

The guinea pig is very lively and enjoys a free run around a room in your house (or a large exercise run), they will ‘popcorn’ if they are very excited. They might leave wee puddles and poops, it’s natural! MAKE sure they can’t get to electric cables, any house plants (could be poisonous), or any hazards, they love to nibble anything they find. Guinea Pigs lives up to between five to eight years, sometimes more, so they will give you years of love. Spend a lot of time with them and lavish them with love then your piggies will love and trust you.

It is not really expensive to house Guinea Pigs, the general maintenance such as hay, a bag of food and fruit/vegetables is low, but you have to be prepared to pay for vet visits.

Going away for a holiday? You must get someone to care for your pigs. Make sure that person knows enough about Guinea Pigs and write out lists of what to feed them and how to clean out their cage properly.

If you are a vegetarian, then they are very ideal as they do not eat meats, fish, or dairy products, they are herbivorous. Piggies generally do not smell and are clean, however, make sure you clean their environment at least once a week, twice if needed, otherwise, it will impact their health. Have you got the time? Are you physically able?

Get your family to handle a cavy for a short while and watch for any reaction, be aware that allergy symptoms may not show up straight away. It is not fair to abandon or give away guinea pigs even though they pose health risks to your family.

You need to ensure your pigs are healthy and watch out for symptoms of illness. Learn what to look out for and be prepared to take the proper action.

I am sure you will be feeling overwhelmed by all this information, now give them a long and hard think and decide in a few days or even weeks.

At the end of the day, I am sure you will make a right decision, as long as they involve putting the pigs’ happiness before yours. They are living, breathing, and loving animals NOT a toy and they are dependent on you to keep them alive and well.


Selecting The Right Veterinarian For Your Pet

One point we need to all recognize with regards to our beloved pets -they rarely talk to us when they are in pain. Well, they do not communicate in human language.

Certainly, you will want to select a vet that meets yours plus your pet’s requirements and expectations. This is why it is best to review some different criteria so that you can care for your family pet effectively. Successfully choosing the right veterinarian will also help in reversing a number of the common stress-related troubles that handling a unwell pet can bring. So, what are the customary areas you ought to look at before selecting any veterinarian? Here is a look.

The price of veterinary service would have to be taken into consideration. Various veterinarians can charge higher fees than others. Based on the actual illness, service could be lengthy and extensive. As such, you really need to locate an affordable vet and, hopefully, one which can give payment plans when needed.

Even though cost could be an element of your choice, you would also have to look at the quality of treatment. Getting referrals from those who may have taken their pets to a particular veterinarian could also be beneficial. Learning about the type of treatment your family pet could receive is really a must prior to looking for treatment from a veterinarian. Really, you never want to be in the dark about the manner of care your pet would receive.

Are there other services offered at the veterinary office? Leaving a pet with a veterinary office vs a conventional boarding venue may prove beneficial if the pet gets sick while you’re gone. If you have already established a relationship with the veterinarian and he/she would be familiar with your pet, this could become an additional help. The vet will be better aware of the pet’s overall condition and the way to take care of the condition.

Does that seem to be a lot of “legwork” to cover when you are in search of the best vet? It might very well be. However, taking a few extra steps to know about the veterinarians in your vicinity is worth the time commitment. (Your family pet will appreciate all of the extra effort too) Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of veterinarians within the profession seek to provide the most stellar service possible. Your pet would probably be in great hands no matter which particular veterinarian you choose.