What to look out for

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.

As individual as you are

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.

Things you should know

The information provided is general information only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary medical advice. Medibank Private does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information, representations or advice contained. To the extent permitted by law, Medibank Private accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by readers of this website as a result of or in connection with the information contained on this website (whether by way of negligence or otherwise).

Medibank Pet Insurance is issued by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd ABN 78 090 584 473, AFSL 241436, is arranged and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 95 075 949 923, AFSL 420183 (PetSure) and is promoted and distributed by PetSure’s Authorised Representative (AR) Medibank Private Limited ABN 47 080 890 259, AR 286089. Terms, conditions, waiting periods and exclusions apply. Any advice provided is general only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. Please consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to ensure this product meets your needs before purchasing. PDS and Target Market Determination available at medibank.com.au/pet-insurance.

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