Questions about potential pet health problems should top the list when considering a pet to adopt. Unfortunately, we tend to adopt a pet based on emotions and the cute puppy or playful kitten will win our hearts before we ask questions about the pet’s background.
Adopting a pet based on emotions can lead to more time spent at the veterinarian’s office (not to mention money spent) than spent enjoying and playing with a newly adopted pet. These tips will help you find a healthy pet to adopt for a healthy, happy relationship between pet and owner for years to come.
Pet Store Puppies Often Come From Puppy Mills
Puppies sold at pet stores may have been born in puppy mills and are often in poor health from the very beginning. A puppy mill is where dogs are kept in very small cages and bred constantly. Sanitary conditions, food, human care and contact are sorely lacking in puppy mills, resulting in weak, sickly adult dogs producing weak, sickly puppies. Ask the pet store owner where the puppy came from and contact the breeder before adopting a puppy from the pet store.
Visit the Breeder’s Home
When considering adopting a pet, choose a reputable breeder and visit the breeder’s home. Be sure the dogs or cats are kept inside the home and not in cages. Ask to meet the puppy’s or kitten’s parents to see if they look healthy and well cared for. A reputable breeder will not have a problem with potential pet adopters visiting their home.
Visit an Animal Shelter
Before adopting a pet, pay a visit to a local animal shelter. A reputable animal shelter examines and vaccinates each animal that arrives at the facility. The animal shelter will also have a medical file on each animal available for adoption, ask to review the medical file prior to making a decision about adopting a pet.
Consider Adopting a Rescue Dog
Many animal rescue groups specialize in one breed of animal, such as abandoned Dalmatians or abandoned Siamese. When looking for a purebred dog or cat, research online for a rescue group that specializes in the type of purebred animal you are interested in and check out their facilities. A rescued dog or cat often comes from a good home with good owners who simply could not care for the pet any longer. A reputable rescue group provides all needed care for the pet until if/when the pet is adopted and will provide potential pet adopters with a history and medical record of the animal.