What to look out for

As individual as you are

We all know that pets, puppies and kittens in particular, are incredibly cute. But if you make a decision based on looks alone you’re setting yourself up for a bumpy ride. Not all animals behave the same way. Some are more energetic and need lots of space and outdoor time, while others will be more adaptable. Particular breeds might also be more prone to certain health conditions later in life. If you have children or are considering starting a family consideration should also be given to dogs and cats that are good with children.

When you visit the pet store or shelter make sure you ask lots of questions about your potential future pet’s dietary and exercise needs, general temperament and any quirks that might be exclusive to their particular breed. Do your research and be as informed as possible about this new addition to your home.

Give a dog or cat a second chance

If you are looking to get a new pet, you may also want to consider pet adoption. This is a wonderful way to give an orphaned dog or cat a new start to life, many of whom have had a difficult time. There are many beautiful animals available for adoption at shelters around Australia. All have undergone vigorous health and temperament checks to ensure their suitability as pets. These animals deserve a second chance, so if you are considering purchasing a pet, why not consider pet adoption.

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Caring for your pet

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