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Posted on 09-25-2012
The excitement about adopting a new pet can sometimes overwhelm a potential pet owner's ability to objectively evaluate their situation. Before you bring a dog or cat into your home as a new member of your family, our animal hospital in Canton recommends that you carefully answer the following questions.
Can you provide the proper preventative care? Pet vaccinations and regular checkups are a must for all dogs and cats. We also recommend spay and neuter surgery to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to help lower the risk of reproductive diseases in pets. Your pet will also need routine dental exams and cleanings to help him maintain good oral health. It will be your responsibility to provide this necessary care.
What about illnesses or injuries? A sick or injured pet will need prompt professional care, so you must be willing and able to transport him to the veterinary hospital and invest in his treatment, medications and recuperation. If your current financial situation does not allow you to make that commitment, you may want to reconsider getting a pet.
Will your pet and your home be a good fit? Some landlords may not allow pets at all, while others may be too small for a large dog or too noisy for a sensitive cat. If your children are too young to understand how to play with a pet without harming him, you may need to wait until they grow a little older. You will also need to pet-proof your Canton home by tucking wires out of the way, putting any potential toxins behind locked cabinet doors, and possibly using toddler gates to block off certain rooms.
If you do decide to adopt a pet, you can rely on Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic for all your Canton pet services. We provide pet vaccinations, pet spay and neuter surgery, emergency treatment and other critical pet services to help you provide a healthy life for a very lucky dog or cat.
Is your home “pet proof?” How so?
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