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7. Owning a pet

 

Thinking about getting a pet

If you do decide to get a pet, here are some of the things you must remember:

  • it must have a proper diet and fresh water
  • have somewhere suitable to live
  • it is kept with or away from other animals, depending on its needs
  • is protected from, and treated for, illness and injury
  • is microchipped if necessary, and that you keep your contact and address details up to date on the microchip.

Think PETS:

  • P - How suitable is the PLACE where you live?
  • E - How much EXERCISE can you give your pet?
  • T - How much TIME can you spend with your pet?
  • S - Can you afford to SPEND money on your pet for the rest of its life?

PDSA have a quick quiz on their website that will help you decide whether you are ready to own a pet.

Buying a pet

Before you buy a pet, there are a few things to think about:

  • Try an animal charity first - There are healthy, loving animals of all ages throughout the UK who need a home.
  • See young animals with their mum - Are they old enough to leave her? Kittens and puppies aren't independent until they are eight weeks old.
  • Go and see the pet - Make sure you ask about the animals health and medical history.  Dog breeders especially have to follow certain rules, and you should check these are being followed before you buy a dog from a breeder. 
  • Understand your pet's needs - Many animals need companionship, space and exercise. Know how much it will cost to keep your pet.

 If you have any queries or would like some help with your pets, you can contact the RSPCA


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