Before you bring home a new pet, here are a few things to think about.

Enzo and Stella love to come to Oak Ridge and their owner makes sure they have everything needed for a great stay!
Enzo and Stella love to come to Oak Ridge and their owner makes sure they have everything needed for a great stay!

Working in pet boarding has opened my eyes to a lot of people who purchase pets on a “whim” or for someones birthday only to re-home them  a short time later for remorse.  Below are a few things to think about before you make that decision.

Breed:  This is one of the most important things that you need to research.  All breeds require different care.  Whether it be training, grooming, or medical each breed has specific needs.  If you look beyond the “cute” or “cool” factor and look into all aspects of a breed you will bring a pet home who is a good fit for you.

Training:  Training is the key to a happy pet and happy family.  How much training is needed?  Do I have the time to invest in properly training.  Can I afford for someone to train my pet if I can not?

Costs:  All breeds cost money to own and care for.  Some require a lot more time and money.  Does the pet you like require grooming?  Depending on the breed that can run $60-$200 every six to eight weeks.  What medical needs will your pet have?  Certain breeds are susceptible to various ailments which can be quite expensive on your part.

Time:  Do you have the time to invest in taking care of, training and being with your pet.  Pets need love, training and attention every day.  If you are a busy traveler or take lots of vacations you may want to decide if a pet is the best thing for you or make sure you have a good boarding facility that knows you and your pet so that they will be well taken care of when you are away.

If you take some time and really research the breed you are interested in, you will bring home the perfect companion and will have years of love, loyalty and fun!