How To Buy A Pet
the decision to bring a pet into your life is a
very exciting time. But before rushing out to
bring your chosen pet home it is important to
slow down, take your time and really do
your homework. I won't take up your time with
lectures pet ownership and the responsibilities
that come with that, it's been covered
elsewhere. But I will attempt to provide you
with some pointers to ensure you and your future
pet don't fall into the trap many people do.
the species of animal, you must decide where to
obtain the pet from.
professional breeders who provide pets for
almost all types of domestic pet (cat, dog,
fish, rabbit, rat, mouse). These are people who
have often devoted years of their lives to
breeding their chosen animal. Before I go
further though I will add that not all breeders
are created equal. Just because they are
registered with the appropriate pet councils
doesn't mean that some bad breeders don't slip
in too. So you must do your homework.
of animal can be prone to specific medical
issues. For example certain breeds of dog are
more likely to suffer hip dysplasia, and
therefore it is important the breeder screens
for these issues. Once you have decided that you
want a certain breed, it is a good idea to look
up any possible health problems them are prone
to investigate weather these conditions
can be tested for.
recommend visiting the breeder's house and
seeing the pets in their home environment. Are
the conditions clean and sanitary. Do the
animals look well cared for? You may not be a
veterinarian but you can still do a basic check
over the animal(s) to get a basic idea of their
health. Things to look for include;
Should be bright & clear with no discharge.
Should be clean, with no discharge.
coat should look and feel healthy. It should
not feel or look dirty which could be a sign
the mother isn't looking after her baby
properly. There should be no sign of
parasites such as fleas.
Should be plump but not too thin or round. A
pot belly can be an indication of worms.
This is important. Is the animal confident
and friendly? Does it interact well with
it's siblings and you?
ask the breeder.
animal come with a health guarantee?
included? Desexing, microchipping,
offer support after I've taken the animal
appropriate medical tests been done? Hip
option to consider is the shelter. Every year
tens of thousands of animals find their way to
shelters and sadly many of them are euthanised
because there just aren't enough homes for them.
Both purebred mixed breed animals are at
shelters although the purebreds do tend to find
This is also
a cost effective way to adopt an animal. Cats
and dogs will leave desexed (spayed/neutered),
microchipped, vaccinated, de-wormed and
Again, it is
important to check the animal over for signs of
assume that a pet shop is the natural place to
buy a pet from. This may have been so in the
past but it's generally not accepted as a great
place to obtain a pet. You won't know the
history of the parents, generally won't get
follow up support & can often pay considerably
more than you would have had you gone to a
breeder or shelter.
or in your local paper. Many people assume that
a pet who is free to good home is the cheapest
option. This is not always the case, especially
with younger animals. Remember you may not be
paying for the animal but you will have to pay
to have it desexed, microchipped, vaccinated
etc. This can often end up costing considerably
more than had you purchased the animal from a
breeder or shelter.
many fantastic sites that allow people to
advertise pets for sale or rehome. This can be a
great place to start. Many shelters advertise
pets who are up for adoption and if buying a
purebred, you can often visit the breeder's
website have a look at their animals. Be
aware though, a fancy website doesn't say
anything about the quality of the breeder. Many
people have fallen into that trap. It is still
vital that you visit the home & assess the
environment and the animals yourself.
bring your pet home, it is a good idea to buy
any products the pet will need such as pet
bowls, beds, bedding, food etc.