adopting a petFrom all the cuddles and snuggles to the endless companionship, the benefits of adopting a pet are pretty clear. In fact, the pros of pet ownership are so attractive to prospective pet guardians that the cons aren’t always carefully considered. However, the truth is that adopting a pet is a sizable commitment that requires a great deal of forethought. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital believe in the power of adoption – if it’s the right time for everyone involved.

What to Know

Sometimes, an animal comes into someone’s life without invitation. This can definitely work out positively, but it’s more common for families or individuals to seek out the pet of their dreams.

Before adopting, it’s important to narrow down what type of animal you’d like to find. Knowing whether you want a cat or dog, male or female, etc. can help in your search. However, it’s equally valuable to zero-in on personality, size, lifestyle needs, fur type (do you have allergies?), demeanor, and age.

Puppy Love

The first year of a puppy’s life can be very challenging. No one can deny the cute factor, but addressing all the hard work before you adopt is key. It’s necessary to set aside extra hours for exercising, training, socializing, and more.

An adult or senior dog can be the perfect companion, but they don’t necessarily require less time or effort. That being said, however, their demands are somewhat tempered by age. Felines also have a reputation for being “lower maintenance,” but their health hinges on your time, attention, and financial means to provide care.

The Skinny on Cost

Looking beyond the costs associated with the adoption itself (which can vary depending on shelter, breeder, or re-homing fees), there are costs related to spaying or neutering and vaccinations.

Pet owners should be prepared for general pet care costs that include:

To help mitigate the costs, The Pet Experts offer a variety of Preventive Care Plans. These not only reduce overall fees, but also ensure that your pet stays on a wellness schedule for a lifetime of good health. You may also consider pet insurance as a way to reduce veterinary bills in case of injury or illness.

Adopting a Pet

Before you decide that adopting a pet is the right choice, please consider your household. Do you have children or other animals? There are proven benefits to involving kids in pet care, but attention to safety is a priority. Also, does your housing situation allow for pets? If so, will anyone be affected by allergies to dander or shedding fur?

For these reasons (and more), we hope that all prospective pet owners take a moment to consider how adopting a pet can impact everyone involved. If The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital can address further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.