It can be hard to resist a cute little face with big eyes pleading for you to take them home, whether it is a puppy, kitten or some other type of domesticated pet. However, it is important to do it right. The wrong match could be devastating for both you and the pet. Too many animals end up in shelters because of conflicts with owners and sadly, too many little lives are lost as a result. To avoid getting the wrong type of pet or making some other type of mistake, we have compiled a list of common mistakes made by new pet owners.
Making an Impulse Adoption
Don’t ever adopt a pet just because he or she is cute and needs a home. That animal needs the right home, not just any home. While there are some circumstances that require an expedited response, it is always best to make sure you know what you are getting into before you bring them into your home. Adoption should be a lifetime commitment and if you are unable to see this animal through, provide them with the food, shelter and care that they require until the end of their days, then you shouldn’t adopt them at all.
Not Researching Breeds
There are different needs and requirements associated with different breeds of cats and dogs. Some cats require a lot more attention and care than others, such as the Ragdoll, Maine Coon and other very social breeds. The same holds true with dogs. Some require a more active lifestyle, while others are prone to certain disabilities, disease and issues as they grow into adulthood, needing more veterinary care in Massachusetts at your local Dartmouth animal hospital. You can speak with a local Southeastern Massachusetts veterinarian about specific breeds that you are considering to make sure that it is a good match with you, your family, your lifestyle and your budget.
Not Being Financially Secure
And speaking of budgets, you need to take into consideration what it will take to properly feed and care for your pet throughout its lifetime. A “free” puppy can end up costing more in veterinary check-ups, vaccinations and treatments due to poor initial care than a $500 dog from a respected breeder. Learn all you can about dietary requirements, costs for visits to your vet, vaccinations, spaying and neutering, as well as other breed-specific needs. If you aren’t financially secure, secure in your job or secure in your home, don’t make a commitment to a pet that you might not be able to keep if things were to change suddenly.
Underestimating a Pet
Some people think that little dogs are easier to take care of than big dogs. The truth is that smaller dogs are often more nervous and likely to nip or even bite than bigger dogs. They are also more likely to bark, which could cause problems if you share your home with small children who need to nap, neighbors who like to complain about noise, or if you live in an apartment where you are expected to keep quiet during certain hours. You will discover most of this information when researching the breed, but make sure to consider all of the potential issues that could occur at your residence and how a pet might be problematic.
Skipping Training Classes
You might think that your sweet little snookums doesn’t require training because he or she can sit, is already housebroken or is too small to cause problems. Regardless of the breed or size of the pet, it is worth it to take them in for obedience training. Just as veterinary care in Massachusetts is important to your pet’s health and longevity, training helps to keep them safe as well. Speak with your local Southeastern Massachusetts veterinarian at your first veterinary check-up for referrals to reputable trainers in your area.
Not Vaccinating Your Pet
Some people think that vaccinations are not important to the health and welfare of their pets. While most get the initial puppy or kitten shots at our Dartmouth animal hospital, many don’t follow through and get the annual boosters that could protect their pets from dangerous viruses or disease. Rabies shots are often required by law and many boarding facilities, doggie daycare centers, and groomers will require additional vaccinations before allowing your dog to use their services. Speak with your local vet to find out about requirements for vaccinations and veterinary care in Massachusetts. You can also learn about preventive treatments for fleas, ticks, heartworm, and other common pests in our region.
Visit Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth
If you are looking for a Southeastern Massachusetts veterinarian to bring your new pet in for a veterinary check-up or to receive vaccinations, give us a call at 508-996-3731. Our team can help you make sure that your new pet receives all of the care that he or she needs at the age and stage that it is required. Call today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.