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How To Choose a Pet

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Choosing to add a pet to your family is a major decision. However, it is only the first in a line of important choices and careful considerations to be made in selecting not only the right type of pet but also the individual animal best suited to you and your circumstances.
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Pets are a major investment, not only in financial terms but, most importantly, in terms of the time, effort, resources and skills required to properly care for an animal.
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Do extensive research before choosing a pet type. If you are considering buying a dog, look into important factors such as the nature and size of the dog, the size of your living space, whether or not you have a garden, how much open space is available in your area and, if you have children, whether the particular breed is child-friendly.
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Allergies are common and can determine whether or not you are able to have a particular type of pet. This often applies to cats, rabbits and long-haired dogs. Though remedies are available for allergies, it is seldom a good idea to have a pet to which you are allergic.
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Consider your life-style when choosing a pet. If, for example, you are seldom home, avoid choosing a dog with high energy levels as it is likely to be unhappy, lonely and potentially destructive when left inside for extended periods.
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Consider your life circumstances and future plans when deciding both pet type and whether you should have a pet at all. Think carefully about getting a pet if you intend to travel, are unwell or are financially uncertain.
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The most important consideration when deciding on a pet is the animal's welfare. Be one-hundred percent sure that you are able to provide a safe, loving and suitable environment for the pet you choose.
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Please consider visiting animal centres such as the RSPCA. There are countless pets which are in need of a safe, loving home environment. In addition, the staff at animal rescue centres are often well informed regarding the nature of their individual animals.
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Your financial situation is a vital determining point. Do extensive research into the costs involved in owning a pet, from purchase price to feeding, insurance and the costs of medical treatment. If you can't afford it, don't buy it.
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Be realistic about the lifespan of the pet you choose. Some animals have long life expectancies and this should be kept in mind if you are aged or unwell.
Conclusion: 
Doing a little research, thinking about what you would like from a pet and making sure you are able to provide for its needs can help you to add the ideal new member to your family.
Tips: 
If you have children, consider their age and the typical temperament of the animal you are considering.
Good options for those living in a small house, flat or apartment include hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, snakes, goldfish, birds and cats.
Warnings: 
You have a Care of Duty under the Animal Welfare Act. Be aware of your obligations and make sure you are able to meet them.
You and your pet will need to form a relationship so be prepared for an initial period of potential damage to household items. This is especially true in the case of dogs.

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