There may come a time when you want to add another member to your family. No, we are not talking about children, we are talking about pets. Your children or even your other half may have been pestering you for a family pet for ages. You can only say no so many times before you give in.
You can get a smaller pet that is easy to look after such as a hamster or a rabbit or you could opt for something more playful. You could get a gorgeous puppy. If you do decide to get a puppy then you have to remember that they don’t come cheap. You should also keep in mind that they are for life, not just for Christmas.
Here are some things you should consider when getting a dog or puppy.
The first and most important aspect of getting a dog is knowing how much you have to spend on one. Puppies are not on the lower end of the price scale and some can even set you back a couple of thousand dollars. Decide amongst yourselves how much you are going to spend. Remember to keep some back for the essentials you will need when the doggy is here.
You could save yourself some money and rather than buying a brand new puppy you could go to a rescue or rehoming center. There are always dogs out there who need long-term loving homes.
Now you know how much you want to spend it is time to look at breeds. You may already know which dog you are getting. Ensure even if you are familiar with the breed that you do your research. If you have children you need to make sure that they will be compatible. Go for a gentler breed of dog if it is going to be in the family home, a labrador or golden retriever for example. If you have allergies you may need to opt for a non-shedding, low allergy dog. Mixed breeds such as a cockapoo or Goldendoodle are great for this.
Before you pick up your new doggo you will need to make sure you have everything you need for them. They will need a collar and lead, a comfy bed to sleep on, food and bowls. When you are choosing which food to feed your new pet make sure you get a good quality one that isn’t filled with bulking products. You may choose to feed your dog a raw diet, you can find good suppliers for this online.
Another essential we should mention is something to help calm your pet down when they are anxious. One yearly event that could cause this is bonfire night. Invest in a good quality Dog CBD Oil to help your dog relax and stay calm during the loud bangs and crashes.
Finally, you will need to find a decent pet insurance provider. This is necessary as illnesses and accidents can occur when you least expect them and vet bills can be huge. Make sure you check reviews from previous customers before signing up. Be sure you check how much you are covered for as well as how much excess you are required to pay in the event of an accident.