Choosing the Right Pet

Pet AdoptionFor many of us, the pets we adopt become our best friends and closest companions, so it’s only natural that we want the best pet possible. Because of this, adopting a new pet into your home and family is a big decision. Or, at least it should be. As pet owners we need to know that we can meet our pet’s needs and give them the best possible life, too.

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to choosing the right pet…

No Impulse Shopping

Don’t add a long-term family member to your home on a whim. Take the time to find the best pet for you, your family, and your lifestyle. The consequences of an impulse pet adoption can be heartbreaking.

Do Your Homework

Take the time to learn about the type and breed of pet you are considering and what their specific needs are. Once you know what you’re looking for, shop around and get to know the pets that might fit the bill. This can take time, but it’s worth it. Many of the best pets can take some “getting-to-know-you time,” making a quick decision impractical. You want the right fit, both practically and personally. Continue…

Holiday Pet Safety

Part of having a happy holiday is being sure that we keep our loved ones safe and sound. Our pets are no exception. Pay attention to the following do’s and don’ts to keep your pets merry and bright this holiday season.

Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

DO make sure to familiarize yourself with holiday plants that can be toxic, including mistletoe, lilies, and holly. Be sure to keep these plants well out of the reach of curious pets or do not let them in the house at all.

DON’T decorate with items that can be hazardous to your pets. Tinsel is extremely tempting for cats and can be ingested. Glass ornaments and metal hooks can also pose a risk if chewed on or swallowed. Continue…