Which Pet is Right for Me?
Consider your home, time, activity levels, and budget. The PDSA charity has a great ‘Petwise’ quiz to discover which pet will fit right in.
Which dog for life…?
Dogs are the most genetically diverse species. This diversity is the result of selective breeding over generations. Each breed comes with its own unique characteristics. Traits like behaviour, exercise needs, eating habits, or how much they shed are all impacted by the breed. So it’s key to find out which breed is the right breed for you.
The PDSA charity has some great information on dog breeds. Or you could try the Kennel Club’s ’Find a Breed’ quiz.
I Know Which Pet. Where Can I Buy One?
Some dealers are importing more and more pedigree puppies from overseas. Because of the growing demand for popular breeds, this is often done illegally. You can help: buy responsibly from breeders who give puppies and kittens the best start.
How to Buy a Pet Responsibly:
• Meet the parents. If you’re buying a puppy or kitten, visit the litter with their mum in their home environment.
• Review the vet paperwork with your own vet. Make sure the pet you want has had the right preventative vaccinations, and flea and worm treatments.
• Check the breeding paperwork. Ask to view the pedigree certificate. A pedigree puppy will have individual registration papers. The breeder will sign these and give to you on purchase so you can transfer ownership.
• Check the health tests. Certain breeds are prone to inherited diseases. The good news is, there are tests for these. Parent pets can be tested to reduce the risk of inherited diseases in the litters. Your vet will be able to advise you which pre-breeding tests are recommended.
• Be cautious about using social media or local media adverts to buy a pet. Rather follow the steps above.
• Do think about contacting your local animal shelter or breed rescue. Older pets often fit into a busy family routine more easily than a puppy, too.
Preparing for the New Arrival – What Does My Pet Need?
Rabbits need the right size of the enclosure, with different levels and plenty of space to exercise. House rabbits will need litter trays and some protection around electrical cables.
Cats need places to jump, hide, scratch, and look outside. They can be quite particular about the type of litter, too. Puppies may need a crate as their safe space. And it’s a good idea to get them toys to chew to save your soft furnishings.
Take the time to get good advice from your vet. Do your research and choose your perfect pet responsibly. Doing so will give you and your furry friend the best possible start and who doesn’t want the best for their new best friend?