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Pros and Cons of pet ownership in 2017

Pets are everywhere. You see them on the internet, from funny cat videos to animal fails, you see them out in public, and you probably have heard the infamous saying: adopt, don’t shop! Owning a pet is considered normal in today’s world, and many pet owners exist around the globe. Pets are wonderful creatures, but too many pets can be a hassle. Are you considering getting a pet? Here is a simple pros and cons list to help you make your decision!

Cons

 

  • In-home waste. Most pets require a bathroom space. That bathroom space is determined on what kind of pet you get. Most dogs do their business outdoors, or on “pee-pee pads” in the house. Other pets, such as cats or rodents, do their business in a designated area. This could mean a little box, or this could mean their cage. Either way, their waste is in your home, and you have to maintain it.
  • Training. At some point, each pet will require some training. Training pets can go really well, or they can be extremely difficult. What determines the difficulty of the training is dependent on both the pet and the owner. This is also a great time for both pet and owner to create a bond together, but you may need to have someone help you train your new pet.
  • Money. Owning a pet is not something that is cheap. The initial set up for any pet is probably the most expensive cost you will pay, unless your pet becomes ill. The financial aspect of owning a pet is not always brought up, because it is simply a given. When searching for your pet, take into consideration not only the adoption cost, but the cost of their food and other materials as well.

 

Pros

  • Cute. Even if you do not currently own a pet, you have probably called one cute in the past—and this is true! Pets are so cute, and are wonderful creatures. They are soft and comforting, but also entertaining.
  • Forever a Companion. Forever is a bit of a time stretch for a pet, as most pets do not live past their humans’ life. However, for the pet’s whole life time, you will have a forever companion. No matter what pet you get, they will be forever loyal to their owner. As long as you spend valuable time with your new pet, you will always have a companion.
  • Happiness. You will never know unconditional love until you get a pet. These creatures do not care if you stink, or if you are having a bad day, or even if you look like you just rolled out of bed. Pets do not care about that stuff, they only care about you. They provide you with loads of daily happiness that will brighten your day, every day.

Pets are wonderful creatures, and wonderful companions. Always do your research before getting a pet, and make sure they are compatible with you. You will find the perfect pet, and when you do, get ready for years of happiness and love!

Our favorites types of pets for companionship!

Why we love to have pets in our lives

One aspect of life that people seek out is companionship. Everyone wants a someone who can understand and love them and who they can understand and love back. Building a strong network of companions helps improve people’s quality of life, so sometimes people adopt pets to strengthen their network. Pets can offer unconditional companionship and they can help many people maintain happiness even through the toughest of times. Also, people can adopt a pet to help with other things like work or home security.

Common types of pets in our households

There are many different types of pets one can obtain. The most common types of pets are cats and dogs, but some people like more exotic pets like rodents, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and spiders. Other people even like adopting pets that are commonly seen as wild animals, like foxes, skunks, raccoons, and wolf-hybrids. Any “wild” animal that is kept as a pet should be domesticated in order to keep the animal safe around humans. All states in the US have their own laws regarding what kind of pets someone can have, and some pets are restricted or illegal. For example, in some states, you need to have a certain amount of property acreage in order to have a large animal like a horse, and in some states it is illegal to have certain species of monkeys. Some states require permits to have a wildlife pet as well.

There is almost no limit to what type of pet someone can own, but it is important to do research to make sure you are well-equipped and prepared to take care of whatever pet you want to adopt. All animals deserve to have a healthy and happy environment to live in, so it is essential that their owners do everything possible to give that to them. It is also important that owners train their pets and warn other humans of any behaviors that could be dangerous for them or the animal. Animals have their own instincts and personalities that cannot always be molded to what humans want of them, so sometimes we as humans need to respect their needs and find ways to work around that.

Caring for your pet properly

Taking care of pets can become time-consuming, stressful, and costly. Training your pets requires extended time and patience. Cleaning up after your pet or having to make time to take care of them can sometimes become stressful especially if you are caught up in work or other responsibilities. Vet bills can become expensive when unexpected medical issues arise in your pet. It is important that you be prepared for any of these things. Having a pet isn’t just about having a companion to keep you happy – sometimes your pet needs you, too.

Adoption

When you adopt a pet, they become part of your family, no matter what purpose you obtain them for. Whether you adopt an animal to help with work, to keep you company, to help protect your home, or just because you like to have them, it is vital that you take care of them and treat them as if you would treat any member of your family.

Check out this list of 10 popular small pets from Animal Planet

Pet health issues to be aware of- Diabetes

Common misconceptions

Admit it, when you think of diabetes your mind automatically jumps to humans. Humans are prone to diabetes for reasons such as obesity or the pancreas not functioning properly. However, humans are not the only ones who are capable of getting diabetes. Your pets are capable of developing diabetes as well.

When it comes to pets and diabetes, owners tend to have the same reaction. Questions like “what did I do wrong?” or “how could he have diabetes if he is not overweight?” All are questions we ask ourselves, but the truth is, it was more than likely not your fault.

Signs of diabetes in your pet

The signs of diabetes in pets are a little bit different than in humans and across different breeds and species. Dogs and cats will start to become lethargic, drink a lot of water, frequent urination, lose weight quickly, and so on. If you see your pet start to do this, take them to the vet as soon as possible. Catching diabetes in the early stages can help with treating the disease at later dates. If these symptoms are left unnoticed (and yes it does happen), then there is a chance your pet will develop ketoacidosis.

In simple terms, ketoacidosis is when the blood starts to become a little bit more acidic because there is the presence of too much sugar in the body. In terms of diabetes in pets, the sugar cannot be properly processed because the pancreas is not producing enough insulin. If the blood stays acidic over an extended period of time, then you may have to rush your pet to the emergency vet.

There is a whole medical side to pets and diabetes, and getting information from your vet is the best way to learn more about pets and diabetes or to receive treatment from your vet. There is a hidden emotional side to diabetes, however. One that your vet can only do so much to help with.

Diagnosis

When your pet becomes diagnosed with diabetes, and you have already received all the materials needed for insulin therapy, there comes some side effects. If you pet is used to getting treats or table food all the time, they may have a hard time adjusting to their new diet. This becomes stressful for the owner because the pet does not quite understand that they are sick and by eating all this human food or treats will cause their pet diabetes to act up.

There will also be days where your pet is not feeling the best. They will lye around the house, and even show little to no interest in their favorite things. This is a scary thing for those of us with a diabetic pet. It is important to remember, however, that like any other disease, diabetes comes with bad days. As long as this behavior does not continue, your pet just needs a day to relax.

Pet diabetes can become difficult, but working with your vet is the best way to keep everything simple. Your pet will thank you by becoming their old selves again, and your efforts to help them feel better are so rewarding. As long as you follow any instructions from your vet, and continue to love your pet, pet diabetes is something that can be properly managed.

We All Love Pets- Things To Think About

Pet expenses

Pets can be very expensive for their owners. Many first time dog or cat owners do not understand how big of an investment their new family member can be. As a living, breathing organism, pets require some of the same things that human beings do, like food and water, but also also require pet specific expenses. Taking your dog or cat to the vet regularly can add a significant amount of cost, especially if they have a history of illnesses or medical problems. Some owners may have to groom their dog or cat frequently due to the nature of their hair, fur, or skin. For most pet owners, neutering or spading your dog or cat is optimal because it prevents accidents from adding unwanted puppies and kittens. These procedures can cost up to $200 per pet, and are commonly forgotten when owning a young or once feral animal for the first time. Younger pets are also required to get the core vaccines, which includes a rabies shot. These vaccines, although not very expensive, are a $20 cost that also must be included.

The type and size of your animal can also determine how often and how much you need to feed it. Larger dogs with bigger appetites will be more costly to feed and maintain when compared to a smaller, less active cat. Although there are many kinds of foods, most pet owners prefer to feed their animals high quality foods in order to keep them living longer. This extra quality usually comes with an extra cost.

Bigger dogs and cats also require bigger cages for them to stay in while the owner is away from home. Theses cages and shelters can range anywhere from $15 to $1000, and it is advisable to choose a product that is made of a suitable material and is big enough to comfortably hold a dog or a cat. Some pets may like their cage and will abstain from damaging it; others may gnaw on or break it. The expenses from these damages will involve buying another cage or getting a current one repaired.

Training your pet

Most first time dog owners get puppies, which usually infers that they are going to pay for some level of etiquette training or home preparation. Some pet stores have training school included with the purchase of a more expensive breed, but most owners pay extra for schooling. Dogs can be very stubborn, which translates to longer training hours. Some training schools charge a lot of money by the hour, especially if a dog is consistently misbehaving or ignoring commands.

 

Most people take vacations at least once a year – these vacations usually don’t involve their pets, so pet-owners must organize temporary living arrangements for their animals. It is common to drop a dog off in a kennel, where it is taken care of for a price over time. Cats can be a little easier, but may still need supervision. Although kennels are expensive, they make sure that your dog or cat is safe and fed well. Hiring a cat or a dog sitter, although cheaper, can result in unwanted results due to incompetence.