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What Kind of Pet is Best For You?

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What Kind of Pet is Best for You?

If you are thinking about getting a pet, there are several things you’ll want to consider. The last thing you want is to adopt a pet only to find that it is too much for you to handle. Many people get in over their heads, and this is why shelters are full of unwanted pets. When trying to choose the perfect pet for your lifestyle, you should consider the following:

  1. Your home
  2. The time you have to spend with your pet
  3. The money you’ll need to spend on your pet
  4. The amount of exercise you can handle with your pet

Your Home 

A large house with a yard is the perfect place for a dog of any size. A large home is also a great place for a cat to run and play. If you live in a small home or an apartment, a big dog may not be ideal. In this type of home, you would be better off getting a small dog, a cat, or an animal who typically lives in a cage.

Your Finances

The amount of money that you have to spend on your pet is very important. If you don't have much money to spend on a pet, a large dog who eats a lot isn't the best idea. Also, getting a breed of dog that is known to have health issues might not be the best idea, because the vet bills can be expensive. If you have a large budget for your pet, the sky's the limit. If not, you would be better off with a small dog, a cat, or other small pets.

Your Time

If you spend your days at work and your nights out with friends, a dog is a bad idea. Dogs need plenty of attention, and they need to go outside often. If you are a busy person, you are better off going with a cat or a guinea pig. If you work from home or if you have a great deal of flexibility at your job, a dog could be a great pet for you.

Your Physical Limitations

If you have physical limitations, a large dog won’t be the ideal pet. Big dogs need to go for long walks. If you cannot handle that, you might be better off with a small dog who doesn't need to walk as much. A cat or a guinea pig could also be good ideas. If you are active and athletic, a big dog would be great for you. You can incorporate your dog's walks into your daily exercise regimen.

Whatever type of pet you end up choosing, you will need to make an appointment with Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner. Your pet will need to see our veterinarian regularly to help him or she live a long and healthy life.

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