Choosing a Pet

A pet is for life! Before you make a decision on what type of pet you would like, remember that this is a lifelong commitment. Many dogs and cats are now living well into their teens. One cat under our care lived to the ripe old age of 24.

It is important to consider if you can afford things like feeding, grooming, boarding fees and veterinary care as your pet will be dependent on you for all its needs. Pet ownership may be a long-term responsibility but having a pet is a most rewarding experience for both adults and children.

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How to choose?

  • Are you a dog person or a cat person? You must consider your own particular circumstances.
  • Do you live in an apartment or a house?
  • Do you have a big or a small garden?
  • Do you work all day?
  • Do you want a pet that is good with children?
  • Do you want a lap dog?
  • Do you want a dog that can go everywhere with you?
  • Do you want a pedigree animal or a mongrel?

These questions will help you to make a decision on the type of pet that is suitable for your lifestyle.

If you live in the city and choose a large breed dog, it will need a lot of exercise on a daily basis. If you are not in a position to provide this, you should consider a cat or a small breed dog that will get enough exercise in your garden, supplemented with regular walks.

If you would like some further advice please contact us and talk to one of our nurses who can guide you through the decision process.