Taking the leap into pet ownership can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things that you will ever do. Having a new friend that offers unconditional love and companionship is a feeling second to none. However, it also comes with a large amount of responsibility. From the day your new family member arrives, they will be depending on you for all their needs. So, the first question you need to ask is…
The age-old saying, “a puppy is for life, not just for Christmas,” may seem a big cliché, but it is so true. We see too many animals going through the upheaval of finding a new home because people have jumped in too quickly and not thought about the long-term responsibility that they are taking on.
We cannot advise strongly enough to do your research and thinking before adding a new pet to the family. Speak to experts – trainers, breeders and breed societies – and speak to us. We are very happy to advise you on prospective purchases and to advise whether a new animal would be a good fit for you and your family.
Choosing the right animal for you is so important – not just the type of pet but also the breed. One breed of dog can be very different to another, for example.
You need to consider factors like:
If you are getting a pet for a child or family member, can you be confident that they will uphold their promises? Are you prepared to care for the animal yourself if they get bored?
So, you’ve done your thinking and you are ready to welcome a new pet into the family. It’s such an exciting time and we are here to help every step of the way.
Whether you are buying a young pet or rehoming an older animal, you need to think carefully about where you get your pet from. Our vets have seen too much heartache when people have purchased pets from unscrupulous sources. You want to make sure that you purchase a pet from a reputable breeder or pet shop. Look for word of mouth recommendations or a seller where you can speak to people who have previously purchased.
If you are buying a young animal, try to see at least the mother of the animals (ideally the father as well) so you can see that they are healthy and have a good temperament. Make sure that the pet you are purchasing is old enough to be leaving its mother and all requirements have been met – for example, a puppy should not be leaving it’s mother before 8 weeks of age, so therefore should come with a microchip (a puppy is legally required to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age).
See our puppies and kittens page for advice on where to buy puppies and kittens.
If you have any questions about purchasing an animal, please contact us for advice.
There are many charities in the Coventry area looking to find homes for all sorts of animals of all shapes and sizes. The benefits of adopting through a reputable rehoming centre is that they will be on hand to offer help and support throughout the rehoming process and as the new pet settles into your home.
It is important to be honest about your experience with the rehoming centre – if it is your first time looking after an animal, let them know so they can match you with the right animal. Be prepared that they may advise that you are not suitable for a particular animal. Some rescued animals have complex needs and may need an owner with more experience.
However, if you are prepared to be patient and to put your trust in the rehoming centre, there can be nothing more rewarding then giving a pet a second chance with your family.