Thinking about adopting a pet this holiday?
With the holidays and Christmas around the corner, many animal shelters are at their busiest. Part of the reason is new adoptions, but many animals are relinquished at this time as year as well.
Many people that jump into pet ownership may not be prepared for all the responsibilities of owning a pet. Here are some things to consider as you search for your new family member.
1. Get a breed of dog or cat that best suits the activities you want to do with them. Consider pet size; grooming, feeding and exercise requirements; friendliness or any aggressive tendencies; and fit with the family.
2. Get complete vaccination records and spay/neuter certificates.
3. Consider expenses beyond just housing and feeding your new family member. Other potential costs include veterinary visits, toys, training and bedding.
4. Prepare the home with dog bowls, bedding, toys and food prior to bringing the pet home.
5. Make sure everyone in the home is on board with getting the new pet.
6. Puppies and kittens require a lot more work to train than more mature dogs and cats.
7. People with young children or smaller pets should avoid dogs with a history of aggression issues, especially larger breeds, to prevent injury to their other family members.
The ASPCA is another great resource when deciding if you're ready to adopt. If you've recently adopted a new pet, give us a call at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin with any questions.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052