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How To Choose The Right Pet For You

Mar 4, 2008
Thinking of getting a pet, but not sure what type fits into your lifestyle? Pets come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. It is important to consider various factors when deciding which type of pet you prefer. Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle and personality. If you like to run or jog you might consider a dog to run with. If your are a less active type person maybe a cat, fish, bird, etc would be a better choice. Also, consider the physical requirements of taking care of a pet. Do you like small animals that are easier to care for, or medium to larger animals such as dogs, cats, etc?

A pet can be adopted from an animal shelter or purchased from a pet store or private breeder. A fast developing source is online pet adoption through not-for-profit websites. These service sites have searchable databases of pets, maintained by thousands of animals shelters, and are searchable by the public.

Some factors to consider when choosing a pet:

* How much space is available for the pet to live.
* How much will your budget allow for expenses (food, veterinary care, etc).
* How much time you are willing to spend and care for a pet.
* Can you have a pet where you live?
* How big will the pet grow to be?
* Do you or any family members have allergies?

The two most popular pets are Cats and Dogs. Next are freshwater fish and birds. Other popular pets are Rabbits and Hamsters...Guinea Pigs...Turtles...Lizards...Mice...Ferrets...Snakes...Iguanas...Gerbils. Exotic birds such as Parrots, Cockatoos and Cockatiels are also becoming increasingly more popular as pets. Some cities and towns may restrict or forbid owning an exotic animal. Small animals, such as birds, fish, or lizards, are practical for small living quarters.

Having a pet seems to help individuals obtain health goals and provide health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and relieving stress, in particular the elderly, giving them someone to take care of and help lead a longer, healthier life. Even individuals residing in a long-term care facility, such as a hospice or nursing home, experience health benefits from pets. Pets can bring happiness, enrich our lives and provide delightful companionship. Walking your pet dog can also provide exercise and fresh air.

Acquiring a pet can be rewarding, but it is also a big decision which requires time, money, and commitment. Different pets require varying amounts of attention and care.

Recommended 5 Freedoms of animal welfare:

I. Freedom from discomfort due to environment.
II. Freedom from pain, injury and disease.
III. Freedom to express normal behavior for the species.
IV. Freedom from fear and distress.
V. Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition.

Choosing the right pet can be a time consuming process, but it will be in the best interest, not only for you but the animal as well, to take the time to research and select a pet accordingly.

'Responsibility' is the key word to keep in mind when adopting a pet.
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