- Do you have the time required to care for a puppy? Having a puppy is a lot like having a toddler, they need constant supervision. They need to be taken outside to potty frequently. Your house will need to be puppy proofed to help keep your puppy from chewing on inappropriate things and also to keep the puppy safe. Accidents that happen will have to be cleaned up and young pups will need to go outside to potty in the middle of the night. Remember though, like a toddler, this is only a short term stage. That puppy that you had to take out numerous times will become your best buddy for long walks or binge watching TV on the couch.
- Does everyone in the family want a puppy? Taking care of a puppy will require the help of everyone in the family. If a child wants a puppy, you, the parent, need to be enthusiastic about its care too, since you will be responsible for it for the next 12 to 16+ years. Childhood memories of a canine companion can last for a lifetime though, and children can learn a lot about responsibility and love by helping to care for a pet.
- Can you afford a puppy? Whether you purchase a purebred dog or adopt one from a local shelter or humane society, there will be financial obligations as there are with any pet. The cost of food, toys, veterinary care, boarding, monthly heartworm and flea medication can add up. There’s also the possibility of unexpected expenses if your puppy should become ill. Pet insurance is now available that can help make your pet’s care more affordable and you will find though that the love you receive from your dog is priceless and more than worth the expense involved.
- Will you be as enthusiastic about your pet when it’s no longer a cute little ball of fluff? Puppies grow into adult dogs, and adult dogs grow into senior dogs. If you don’t think you’ll be able to care for an animal for its entire life, now might not be the right time to add a pet to the family. If you do though, caring for your aging pet can be rewarding, fulfilling experience. They may not have the exuberance they once did, but you can find just as much pleasure in having a gray tinged face lying beside you on the couch to cuddle. Your best memories of your dog may well happen in his senior years.
Dogs can be wonderful companions and add joy to our lives, but they are not something to add to the family without serious consideration. If you do decide now is the right time to add a puppy to your family you can go to www.akc.org or Dog Breed Selector to search for purebred pups. You can also find dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, at www.petfinder.com. When you find your new canine friend, we here at Troy Animal Hospital will be happy to help you keep your pup happy and healthy.
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