With the festive season almost upon us again, it’s time to start considering the gifts that you are planning to purchase for your friends, family, and loved ones. For many people, the idea of adopting a brand new furry little member of the family is one that particularly appeals at this time of the year, particularly where children are involved.
Here at Pet Tags, as retailers of 100% guaranteed engraved pet ID tags, we can definitely recommend this choice – but we also recognise the importance of the decision. We know that deciding to adopt a pet isn’t something that should be taken lightly – after all, pets are for life, not just for Christmas.
So, if you are interested in potentially adopting a pet, what do you need to take into account.
A Big Responsibility
Firstly – and most importantly – is your household really ready to take on a brand new pet?
New pets require a lot of care and attention as they settle into your home, even more so if they are young puppies or kittens. If you lead a busy lifestyle or are likely to be out of the house for many hours at a time, you will have to seriously consider if it will really be fair for a pet to be left shut up and alone for that long.
Similarly, if you live in a flat or a house with no garden, it isn’t always practical to adopt a large dog that will need lots of space. Likewise, an energetic dog that needs plenty of exercise probably isn’t the right match for someone elderly or with limited mobility. Use your common sense and some careful consideration to find a pet that suits your lifestyle.
Are you prepared to dedicate a considerable chunk of your life to the care of your new pet? With an average life expectancy of 10-15 years, both cats and dogs have the potential to be lifelong companions and faithful friends for many years to come. It is also worth considering the fact that pets can be expensive. In fact, over their lifetime, a dog or cat can rack up a surprising £1,000 a year in expenses and outgoings; from food to grooming to vaccinations and toys, it all adds up.
One of the main reasons rescue centres find thousands of abandoned pets in their care each year, with many arriving after Christmas, is that the characteristics of particular breeds are not taken into account. Important research needs to be done when choosing a breed of dog and there are many considerations to be taken into account. Our free tool, the Breed Selector, is a great place to start. You’ll enjoy doing the quiz and finding out the top dog breed choices for you, your family and lifestyle.
Once you’ve done your homework, have found the perfect breed and are confident that you will be able to properly care for a new pet, you are probably on the road to welcoming a new furry friend into the family.
Now, all that’s left to do is find the right dog for your family – this might be a puppy or a rescued dog looking for a new forever home!
So now you have your new pet, what are the next steps?
It is important to make sure that you register your new pet at a veterinary surgery and make sure that they have all the necessary vaccinations – especially if they are still young. It may also be worth your while taking out pet insurance, to save you money on expensive vet’s bills in the long term.
You will also need to ensure that your pet is microchipped and has n ID a tag. In the UK it is a legal requirements for all dogs to wear identification including their owner’s name and address, when out in public. Here at Bow Wow Meow Pet Tags, we have a great range of engraved pet ID tags for you to choose from, along with our fun and colourful range of eZeClips to help attaching and removing tags easier than ever. Check out our seasonal Christmas tags to find the perfect tag for your new pet this Christmas! Engraving and first class postage within 24 hours is FREE!
New puppies will be in the market for a new name but taking on a rescued dog can be just as rewarding as a puppy.
Not only can we help with choosing the right breed, the perfect pet name and the smartest engraved ID tag, our comprehensive Puppy Guide is packed with everything you need to know about looking after your new puppy.
Whichever way you choose to celebrate Christmas if you’re bringing a new pet into your family, then we wish you luck and much joy, for a family pet is a wondrous thing!