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Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Dog [Part 1 of 4]

The decision to get a dog is a simple one for most people, you either love dogs and want one in your family, or you don’t. The tricky part is selecting dog breed and getting everyone in the household to agree on what they want from their new companion.

So, this inspired a four-post series on getting a new dog and everything you need to know to get started. Today’s post will cover how to determine if you’re ready to get a dog. Next week’s posts will cover choosing the right breed for YOU, and part three will cover how to compromise on a breed with others. Part four is a big, fat surprise!

Before getting a dog you need to be sure that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes along with it. Think of the end of the movie Aladdin, when Jafar wants to become a Genie for the power.

At first, he’s like “Great Idea!”

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And then, the responsibilities catch up with him, and it ends up a disaster.

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Yeah, getting a dog is kind of like that.

So, how can you be sure you’re ready? You have to ask yourself a few questions first, and the answers will tell you whether you’re ready for a new pup or not.

Can you afford a dog?

Not simply, can you purchase the dog… but can you afford to give him a good life?  A dog is an awful lot like a child, and medical expenses can come out of nowhere. Make sure you have enough savings, and a steady income that will always provide your pooch with what he needs.

Do you have “itty bitty living space” like Jafar’s lamp?

Make sure you have enough room inside the home and in the yard. A tiny apartment might be okay for a Teacup Poodle, but certainly not a Golden Retriever or Rottweiler.

Is Your Abode Safe and Dog Appropriate?

In addition to size, you need to be careful of things dogs can get into. They’re not like cats, they won’t avoid something that is dangerous for them; dogs eat things. I repeat: Dogs. Eat. Things.

Be sure everything is out of the way, use bitter apple spray on cords, and look into the materials used to build your home or apartment. For example, ask someone to inspect the paint on your walls. If you have an older house that still has lead paint, you’ll either need to correct that or watch your dog like a hawk. You never want your dog to scratch paint or lead paint off walls, and risk ingesting it.

What are your limitations?

Do you dislike the idea of walking daily, or, do you find that you get irritated easily? When your pooch needs something, and you don’t want to do it, you can’t take it out on the dog. Be sure you’re ready to handle the care and maintenance of a dog. Your reward? Unconditional love.

If you feel that you’re ready for a dog after this post, then I warmly welcome you to the world of being a discerning pet owner. Congratulations on your decision to give and receive the uninterrupted bliss that is loving a canine.

Check back on Monday for more help, as the next part will help you select your dog breed!

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

 

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Advice for Choosing Your Pet’s Veterinarian

When it comes to veterinarian selection, the best thing that you can do for your pet is research several candidates, thoroughly. While word-of-mouth referrals are a big help, it doesn’t always mean that the vet is consistently amazing. The person raving about his or her wonderful experience may have not caught their antics yet.

Not to say that all vets are evil. In fact, just the contrary, vets dedicate their lives to helping animals heal and thrive. Alternatively, a select few vets out there are just lazy and negligent. Sometimes, you even wonder how they made it through college. Even though the good vets outweigh the bad ones, you must protect your loved ones from the lazy.

Cleanliness

Imagine walking into an office, and it looks pristine; everyone is quite friendly. You would never know that their methods for sanitation consist of haphazard cleaning efforts. You can eliminate this worry by reading reviews and checking for professional endorsements. For example, a vet in good standing with the humane society most likely follows the sanitation rules meticulously.  Remember that just because a place looks clean, does not mean that it is 100% safe.

Caution & Experience

Obviously you should not judge a book by a cover, but consider finding an older, experienced vet. New and inexperienced vets may practice extra caution, but they’re still prone to beginner mistakes and learning experiences. Yes, they have to learn, but not with a being that you cherish so dearly.

Etiquette and Behavior

Do a search online to see what others think of the veterinarian. You’ll see if the vet does or says anything inappropriate in the off-hours. Check Facebook, if it looks like your vet is a post-grad party-animal, you might want to steer-clear. Hangovers do not go hand in hand with caring for living things. Furthermore, by running a search on your vet, you’ll learn more about what being a client is like.

A good example is a blog run by a veterinarian in “who knows where”. This vet was smart enough to leave his or her name off it, but it is still very upsetting to pet owners. “Vets Behaving Badly” is a blog run by a myriad of vets and vet techs. Sure, they think they’re venting about their day and making fun of the “insanity” that is the American Public. However, what they don’t realize is, they’re making fun of their clients; the people who give them their income. They’re publicizing the events of a vet visit, which should be kept private. This is a good thing to check before visiting your vet, because, imagine you’re having difficulty with potty training, or maybe you fed your dog something unhealthy. You didn’t know, and your vet should simply educate you, not judge you and publicize it. True caregivers would never mock pet owners for lacking a vet’s knowledge.

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*Photo courtesy of positivedoggie.com

Sure, we all despise the people who leave their dogs outside for weeks straight, and other horrible things. Positivedoggie.com does it right, whereas ‘Vets Behaving Badly‘ does it wrong.

Another thing to look out for is vets with ‘tude. They might not behave badly on the internet, but some vets will judge you right to your face. As long as you’re not neglecting or harming your pet, your choices are yours and yours alone. If your vet is anything less than respectful and polite to you and your furry friend, then they do not deserve your business.

To recap that’s cleanliness, experience, and etiquette. If you search reviews, look online, and ask around, you’re sure to find the best pet doctor in Illinois!

 

 

Tips from eHow!

  • Knowing that a veterinarian is well-educated and knowledgeable about animal health is important, but compassion for animals is an absolute necessity.
  • Although choosing a veterinary clinic based on location is tempting and traveling is stressful for your pet, the extra driving may be worth it to receive quality care.
  • Trust your instincts and ask for a second opinion if you think one is warranted.
  • All veterinarians who practice in the United States must be graduates of an accredited school of veterinary medicine and must have a current license on display.

 

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