Purchase a pet Part 3: Budget
Yes, having a pet is a luxury and make sure to be able to bear the costs of its care before adopting it. Here are the elements to think about:
Good nutrition is necessary to prevent disease and it goes without saying that health experts have experience to answer questions on this subject.
Think you put money aside for unexpected events such as intoxication or injury.
Certain breed requires sessions to the groomer regularly to avoid discomfort in the eyes, mouth, skin or to withstand the heat better.
Think about food and water bowls preferably ceramic, leash, litter bags and litter box (at least one per cat and not all in one place), cushion the scratching and treats for training.
Vaccines, deworming and sterilization
The first year will be the one that will cost you the most because most vaccines need to be repeated 2 or 3 times to be effective the first year. Subsequently boosters of these vaccines will be annually or every 3 years. You also need to think about deworming every summer if your animal goes outside. Also, when your loved one will be 6 months old, also need to put money aside for sterilization because his essential to prevent reproductive system diseases, runaway, overcrowding and to provide longer life for your pet.
Ask about the breed you want because some are known for developing hereditary problems or to be more conducive to certain disease.
Given our overloaded lifestyle, animals now spend a lot of time alone at home and they are more likely to develop behavior problems because it is bored or they have too much energy to spend. To overcome this problem it’s necessary to buy interactive toys such as Kong or soft bone to chew.
Remember, the bigger your dog is more money it will cost. For people with a smaller budget, I recommend an interior domestic cat. Also be aware that some company offers insurance for your pets and other may offer you a credit service if you need to shell out a large sum of money to cure your pet.
The projection in time
Adopting a pet is a long-term commitment. Their life expectancy is now between 8 and 15 years depending on the breed, medical care that is given to him, its maintenance and supply. So I suggest you to try to imagine your situation in the future before making this type of decision.
Finally, the key is planification. You must prepare a budget to research and provide training classes especially for less experienced people. Keep in mind that a pet is not a toy that has an instruction manual that comes with it. For this reason it is not recommended to give an animal as gift to a family member. If the fur ball is for your children, know that it will inevitably fall under your responsibility.
Rather than buying a purebred that costs more and has generally has more health problems, why not offer a second chance to a in shelters. Although its genetic seems often difficult to identify but it will be very grateful and it will become the best companion you ever have. If you can, try to learn about their past in order to understand their behavior and develop better chemistry.
You should brush your pets teeth daily to prevent tartar, but you must use specific tooth paste (with less fluoride) in animals.