Before you get a pet

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Getting a pet means accepting responsibility for its lifetime wellbeing. There are many factors to consider before getting a pet, such as:

Home

  • Do you have enough space in your home or property for a pet?
  • Can the pet be secured and confined?
  • Are you able to provide shelter?
  • Do you have young children and do you need to create separate areas for pets?

Lifestyle

  • How much time can you devote to your pet?
  • What arrangements will need to be made for your pet when you are not available?
  • If you have young children, will you be able to supervise your children with a pet?

Costs of Owning a Pet

  • Microchipping and registration
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Veterinary health checks, vaccinations and parasite treatments
  • Desexing
  • Grooming
  • Training
  • Boarding

Dogs

It is important when choosing a dog that you decide on a breed that is suitable to your lifestyle and home. If you are unsure as to what breed is suitable for you and your family speak with the Ranger for advice. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your dog is healthy, safe, well cared for and does not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood. Ensure your dog has a collar with a tag showing your contact phone number. It is recommended to have your dog desexed to avoid any unwanted litters.

Cats

Just like dogs, cat breeds have their own unique temperaments so when thinking about getting a cat, it is important to investigate the breed and whether or not it will fit into your lifestyle. Consider the following before purchasing a cat:

  • How much grooming it will need
  • If the breed you want is shy and quiet, or active and robust
  • If it will be an indoor or an outdoor cat.