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Adopting a New Pet

“Please, please, please can we get a pet?” It’s a question many parents will hear this fall because puppies and kittens will be of adoption age. A new pet in the household is an exciting and rewarding experience.

It’s really important to find a pet that fits your lifestyle. Finding the right pet can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider:

1) How long the family is away during the day. Puppies need to be let out every few hours while older dogs can be kept inside for longer periods. Is there access to a fenced yard; is your home pet proof?

2) Other considerations in selecting a potential pet are size, activity levels, training, and compatibility with children.

3) Where to get a pet is another important question? Contact reputable breeders if you are looking for a purebred. Local animal shelters are full of pets that would love to find a good home. Their animal care technicians work closely with you to find a pet that suites your needs. Another great source of information is contacting Westside Pet Hospital. We know a lot about breed peculiarities.

Once you’ve narrowed the search, plan on spending 15 to 20 minutes with each potential pet. Give the pet a little time to settle down and then see how it engages with the family, whether it likes toys, how responsive it is and its energy level.

Take your time in the selection process. You’re inviting a new member into the household that will be there for many years.

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