August 6 is American Family Day! Pets can be a delightful addition to any family, bringing companionship and joy. According to the American Pet Products Association, 65.1 million U.S. households own a dog. Before deciding whether or not you should add a furbaby to your household, it is essential to ensure that you are choosing the right pet for your family that matches your lifestyle and needs.
The Pets a Go Go team understands that this can be an exciting yet overwhelming decision, which is why we compiled a guide to help you add the perfect furry friend to your family.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Pet
- Lifestyle. Can you fit a new pet into your life? Pups are a lot of work, as you are caring for another life and their well-being. Ensure you are fully prepared for having pets, such as regular veterinary care, exercise, socialization, and training. Enrolling your pup in doggie daycare is an effective way to fit a pup into a busier lifestyle because these facilities ensure that your dog is getting the socialization and exercise that they need while you are at work or children are at school.
- Finances. Can you afford the cost of a new pet? According to the ASPCA, caring for a dog can cost up to $3,000 a year, and some pets have even more needs than others. Some veterinarians offer assistance and payment plans for low-income families, but ensuring that you have the funds and means to take care of your new addition is essential.
- Space. Do you have enough room for a new dog? Some pups need more space than others, and giving them all the space they need to be comfortable, happy, and enriched is essential. To learn more about each breed and their unique needs, you can explore the American Kennel Club database. Some dogs thrive in apartments while others require a yard to run around in.
- Allergies. Do you know if you have pet allergies? According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, over 50 million people in the US have allergies, and 24 million have asthma. Pets can trigger allergies and asthma, as some people are allergic to their dander or saliva. Birds, reptiles, fish, and rodents may be better for those with these pet allergies.
With these thoughts in mind, we at Pets A Go Go hope you feel more prepared and confident in choosing the right pet for you. Bringing a new pet to the family requires total commitment, dedication, and patience, but the rewards are boundless. Take the time to consider your needs and lifestyle and evaluate if you are ready to take care of another life. Lastly, embrace the process of learning more about different animals and personalities and choosing the perfect fit for your family.
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