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What's the Best Pet for Your Family

Aug 07, 2020 12:26PM ● By The Hood Magazine
By: The Hood Magazine

Congratulations, you have decided to expand your family, with a new pet! These are exciting times, but it can also feel stressful and overwhelming when you begin to look at your options. Here are some things to consider when deciding what the right kind of pet is for your family right now.

1. What kind of "people" are you? Are you a dog person? A cat person? Are allergies a concern? Do small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs make you uncomfortable? It's easy for kids to see a cute animal at the pet store and immediately say, "I WANT THAT!", but at the end of the day children need help when caring for pets and if Mom or Dad are not comfortable around the small hamster that looks more like a mouse, than you know that's probably not the pet for you.

2. What do you have time for? All pets require time, but it is no secret some take more time than others. If your family is committed to long days with school, work, and extra curriculars; a pet that requires multiple walks a day may not be a good fit for your family in this phase of your life. Take a good look at your routines and schedules and put forth a realistic expectation of what you can give for time. Remember every phase of life is different so even if righy now you can only commit to a fish, it doesn't mean down the road a furry pup isn't in the cards.

3. What's affordable for your family?  Add an animal to your family costs money. Of course some cost less than others! Fish, birds, hamsters, and guineas are are going to requires cages, food, and supplies; but will still probably cost less than a new puppy. Remember to do some budgeting. Supplies, food, and vet bills should be considered.

Most importantly, whatever you choose enjoy the process! These are exciting times for your family and you are sure to make memories together that will last a lifetime.