As we approach the merriest part of the year, many people may be thinking about buying a pet for themselves or a loved one. However, there are a number of factors to consider and it’s important to think about these well in advance – especially to avoid the cute-puppy-in-the-window trap. Here’s a light-hearted look at the top 5 considerations before purchasing a pet.

  1. Be completely certain that getting a pet is the right choice for you

Remember that a pet is for good or for worse till death do us part.

  1. Avoid buying pets for other people unless you know without a doubt that they want one and can look after it
  2. Research which breeds suit your lifestyle the best

When choosing a dog or cat, make sure you pick the right breed for your situation. If you’re an active person, getting an active dog such as a Kelpie or Border Collie is a good match. If lazing around on the couch is your thing, get a cat instead. While dogs and cats are popular choices, remember there are many other options such as rabbits, guinea pigs, goldfish, reptiles (a licence may be required) and birds.

Make sure that you have enough space to keep an animal – housing a German Shepherd in a small apartment is not a great idea. And remember there are always adult pets available for adoption at animal shelters (puppies can be cute but they do require a lot of effort in the first year or two of life). Feel free to speak to any of our staff for further advice.

  1. Get pet insurance*

It’s important to understand that there are certain costs associated with owning an animal – in the same way that having a child costs money. Examples of basic care to help our pets live long and healthy lives are routine vaccinations, worming, annual check-ups and providing good quality food. Pet insurance will cover you for unexpected events – conditions may apply.

  1. Enjoy

Give your pet lots of love and attention and they’ll do the same for you. And the world will be a better place …

*For more detailed information about the coverage provided by pet insurance, please speak to one of our veterinarians.

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