5 common pet blunders owners make but are easy to avoid
Most pet owners do their best to provide excellent care for their four-legged friends. But even the most well intentioned of owners can make mistakes. Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her advice about some of the mistakes pet owners can make and aspects to be careful about.
Buying a pet online
Buying a pet online is risky because you will have absolutely no idea about the conditions that the pet was raised in or the health of the pet. You should aim to see the puppy or kitten in the place it was born, preferably while they are still with their mother. Ensure the premises are clean and the puppies or kittens are friendly and well cared for. Consider adopting a pet from a welfare shelter as an alternative. You should always be prepared to wait and travel to find the right pet.
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Choosing the wrong pet for your lifestyle
You should never choose a dog or cat based on appearance or because you saw that breed in a movie. Be realistic about how much time and space you have, how much exercise you can provide, the amount of money you’re prepared to spend on care and grooming, and how much time the pet will be alone each day. The energy level of the pet is important – some owners want a dog to take out jogging, while others want a lap dog to watch TV with them. Take time to find the right pet for your lifestyle.
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