Pet Research – What You Should do BEFORE Getting a Pet

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Why is pet research important? The Animal Welfare PAW report for 2018 reveals that quite a big number of pet owners didn’t do research before getting their pet and that resulted in welfare issues for their pet.

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According to the report, based on statistics from the United Kingdom, one in four pet owners, that is around 5.2 million people, never researched about having a pet. Information about the specific breed, congenital or hereditary disease, what to look for, behavioral characteristics, etc.

What Happens When Prospective Pet Owners Don’t do Research?

Because of this research failure, many pets and their specific need have been neglected or passed on as “bad behavior”. Many of these pets end up in shelters because they do not behave “like in that film we saw last Summer”…

Some of the statistics showed that up to 40% of pet owners don’t know the correct bodyweight for their dog or cat, 77% of cat owners would like to change some of the normal cat behavior without even caring to understand why the cat is behaving like that, and that half of the rabbits that are kept as pets are alone, when in fact they should be at least in pairs.

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Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet

Now that you have decided what pet is right for you, it’s time to consider some important research on pet care. So as a pet owner, there are several things that you need to know and keep in mind.

In terms of pet care, some of the most important factors that will help determine how healthy your pet includes:

  • The size of a pet
  • A pet’s diet
  • A pet’s living environment
  • Playtime with a pet
playtime with a pet

Another way to ensure your pet stays healthy is by taking him or her for regular checkups at the veterinary clinic. A veterinarian can spot any health problems early on before they become serious or life-threatening.

Taking your pet for checkups doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money either. There are many pet health insurance benefits that you can use to take care of your pet’s health needs at affordable rates, usually costing less than other pet-related costs.

So as you enter into pet ownership, remember that there is a lot of research and effort that goes into caring for them properly. So consider all these factors before getting any pet to ensure they are the right pet for you!

The Basics of Pet Ownership and Pet Research

Research your pet choice thoroughly. Visit websites and read online reviews about various types of pets and their needs. You may even want to visit a local pet shelter and spend some time with the animals there before you make any final decisions.

puppy in a cage at a pet shelter

Make sure you can afford to own an animal. Remember that they need food, water, pet insurance (if necessary), toys, treats, pet supplies, pet-related products like leashes and pet beds. They may even need to visit the pet hospital for routine visits or illnesses.

Think about whether you are ready for pet ownership. Do you have enough time to play with your pet? Are you willing to be home to take care of them? Pets require attention and care throughout their lives.

Conclusion

Today’s pet market is filled with different kinds of pets that promise to bring happiness and joy to your family.

However, there are a few things you should consider before getting one.

A pet might seem like a good idea as it will be good company for you and your family, but is it really? Think about this: do they have the time to care for the pet? Will they be affected emotionally when they inevitably die or leave? Do not let emotions cloud what could happen if something were to go wrong.

You should decide carefully before considering a pet because once they arrive in your home, there is no going back –  you would have already made a commitment towards them.

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