Have you spent hours scrolling through cute videos of cats or dogs? With each video, you start imagining how much better life would be if you had a fluffy companion. However, pet ownership is a huge responsibility, and there are several important things you should consider before getting a pet. Most pets live up to 15-20 years, and your life will likely change once you bring home a pet.

Here are some things you should think about before heading out to adoption day at your local animal shelter.

Why Do You Want A Pet?

Getting a pet is a big commitment. It’s a lot more than playing with a cute, fluffy animal. You’re their caretaker and if you cannot devote your time and energy to care for them, getting a pet is probably not a wise decision. Or, perhaps you can choose a pet, like a fish, that is less time demanding.

Can You Afford It?

Here’s the reality: owning a pet is not cheap. Vaccinations, vet visits, medications, collars, food, grooming…the list goes on and on. According to the SSPCA, you can expect a bill of at least $1000 a year, not to mention any health emergencies that may come up.

Will Your Pet Fit Your Lifestyle?

Do you have long working hours, travel a lot, or are you always busy? You may want to think twice before getting a pet. Most pets require lots of time and attention. Long hours of solitude can be detrimental to their mental health and cause serious behavioural problems. Other factors to consider are your activity level and living arrangements. Ultimately, your pet should match your current lifestyle so you and your pet can both be happy.

Are You Settled?

This is another important question to ask yourself before getting a pet. It’s not wise to bring a cat or dog into your life if you are always moving. It’s probably best to wait until you’ve settled down.

Are You Willing/ Have The Time To Train Them?

If you don’t want your pet to cause havoc around your home, you have to set aside time to housetrain them. It can’t wait, and it can sure be tedious, but it’s all part of being a responsible pet owner.

Is It Allowed?

Last but not least, does your landlord or rental community allow pets? Make sure to check with management or your landlord before going off to adoption day. The last thing you want is to get super excited about a puppy, only to be told that pets aren’t allowed.

Finding a reliable veterinarian for all your pet’s medical concerns is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. If you are located in the Mississauga area, Eglinton-Hwy 10 Veterinary Clinic is here to give your pet the best care. We are a full-service animal hospital and are equipped to care for emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical and dental issues. Call us today to book an appointment!