Health Tip: Thinking About A Pet?
(HealthDay News) -- You should think about your lifestyle and family's needs before introducing a pet at home, the American Veterinary Medical Association says.
Pets require love and attention, and a pet isn't right for every family, the group says.
It advises here's what you should consider:
Do you already have a pet? If so, will your current pet get along with another?
What are you looking for in a pet?
Do local laws or your housing situation limit your choice of pet?
Are you capable of providing the amount of attention your pet will need for the animal's entire life?
Can you afford the cost of caring for your pet?
How long will you be away from your pet during the day, or if you travel?
Who will care for your pet in your absence?
What changes might occur in your living situation that would affect your ability to keep your pet in years to come?