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Pets are a big commitment, they rely entirely on their owners for all their needs and, therefore, it is imperative careful consideration is given before embarking on this venture.
It is not a good idea to just choose a particular animal without first thinking whether it is the best one for your particular situation. e.g. A St. Bernards dog in a studio apartment would be a disaster (particularly for the dog) as would a cat for someone allergic to cat fur.
Before choosing a pet thought should be given to the following:-
A dog needs a lot of commitment for many years and should not be left alone for long periods.
It needs somewhere for exercise etc. A garden makes this a little easier but is not essential.
Choose an animal of the size most suitable for your home.
Young puppies may be too boisterous for children under three.
The dog has to be able to put up with children tormenting it without turning nasty.
A new baby can cause dogs to be jealous.
Obviously, the bigger the dog the higher the costs involved. Costs incurred include purchase price, vets fees, vaccinations and annual boosters, desexing, pet insurance, holiday kennel fees and, of course, food.
Dogs are excellent company, particularly for housebound people, however, it is essential to have help exercising the animal on a regular basis. It may be a good idea to choose a fully grown dog ensuring you will know how much exercise it will need.
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