Choosing a Pet

During the holidays, people often consider giving a pet as a gift. Choosing a pet carries responsibility along with pleasure. This means that you should take the time to become aware of what being a pet owner means.

Ask yourself some questions about any pet you are considering:

How much space do I have for an animal?  How much money will it cost me food/Vet/toys, etc.?

What’s your real purpose in choosing a pet?  Companionship? Protection?

How much time do you have to devote?  Do you travel for business? Who will take care of him/her when I am gone?

Do I have older/younger/grumpy/shy pets already that would not appreciate a new member of the pack?

Whatever you do, it’s important to do everything possible to make sure you wind up enjoying the results of your decision. In some cases, you can wind up disappointed or in a terrible fix if the decision you make turns out to be wrong.

For example, a longhaired cat that requires lots of daily brushing may be hard to fit into your hectic day-to-day schedule. Or a dog that turns destructive or isn’t housebroken can be even more disastrous if you live alone in a small apartment and work long hours. Or do you have small children? Some pets can be moody and irritable around youngsters.Or a child can unintentionally hurt some small breeds by squeezing them too hard.

Once you’ve decided what kind of pet you want, check the potential pet (cat or dog) for the following points:

  • Bright alert and active
  • Not depressed and lethargic
  • Clean, shiny hair coat and healthy-looking skin
  • Good flesh on body not too skinny and ribs sticking out
  • NO Nasal discharge or coughing
  • No vomiting or diarrhea

If you’re selecting a cat or dog from a litter, ask to see the entire litter and the mother. The most active and curious are the ones that make the best pets. One that growls or resists your handling is not a good prospect.  Don’t let sympathy sway your judgement.

Rescue groups and local shelters are a great place to start your search for a new pet. Visit,  and

Also, remember veterinarians make good, friendly advisors. We’ll be glad to help you make the best possible decision In fact, if you buy a pet, ask to bring the pet in for a complete check-up before buying.

The Veterinarians of Heritage Veterinary Hospital (Dr. Joe, Stephanie, Jessica, and Julie) 918-627-8575


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One response to “Choosing a Pet”

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