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Getting a Pet Will Change Your Life in 22 Ways

The life changes that come with acquiring a pet might be scary at first, but once you have a four-legged BFF in your arms, that major choice you were debating becomes a no-brainer.

Pet owners understand that their dogs are much more than just lap warmers. Our pets, such as dogs, cats, bunnies, and lizards, teach us valuable life lessons such as the necessity of being a good listener and taking a nap every now and again. Not to add, studies suggest that keeping pets lowers blood pressure, increases activity, and improves happiness in general — and this is science.

We sometimes lose sight of how much value our pets offer to our lives as animal carers. After all, they’ve been with us for so long that we sometimes forget what life was like before we adopted them. If we were to envisage our life before our beloved dogs entered the scene, we believe it would be similar to the early portion of The Wizard of Oz, which is still in black and white. Basically, until the technicolor kicks in, this is the portion you always fast-forward through.

While you were previously a passionate food Instagrammer, life after dog has resulted in your page overflowing with photos of your dog doing just about everything. Your salary now goes towards completely different things than it did before the puppy, and what about your car? You don’t expect the chairs to be clean again, do you?

You’ll quickly realize that the mess and the money are little in comparison to the unconditional love and delight your dog provides every day. Illustrator John Huang illustrates the lovely life he spends with his golden dog Maimai in the cartoons below. Every dog owner will understand.

“All I can think about after work is going home and knowing [my pets] are waiting for me,” John wrote.

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Getting a pet is thrilling, but as The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals in the United Kingdom shows out, supplying everything for a new animal may be daunting. Think P-E-T-S: location, exercise, time, and spend when choosing a pet and understanding its needs, according to the organization (with bonus points for additional knowledge.)

Getting a dog isn’t something you should do on a whim. When individuals adopt a lovely puppy on the spur of the moment, the dog may wind up at a shelter because the owners were unaware of the consequences of their decision.

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You must decide whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, as well as what breed of dog would be ideal for you, before obtaining a dog.

A puppy is always adorable and entertaining, but they usually have a lot of energy and require a lot of attention. If you don’t have a lot of time or energy to devote to socializing and training an active puppy, and you don’t want to clean up tiny “oopsies” when house-training the puppy, an older dog could be a better fit.

Although an older dog may not require as much attention as a puppy, it may still have certain bad behaviors that require correction. Most older dogs are housetrained, and their activity levels, especially when adopting a senior dog, may be lower than a puppy’s.

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Aside from deciding whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, the breed of dog you wish to adopt is a crucial consideration. Each breed has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Don’t just choose a dog because you like their appearance. The personality is a far more significant consideration.

After you’ve decided on a breed, find out what to anticipate when your new dog arrives. Be truthful to yourself about your way of life. If vegging in front of the television is your idea of leisure, don’t buy a dog who enjoys exploring the outdoors.

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Aside from deciding whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, the breed of dog you wish to adopt is a crucial consideration. Each breed has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Don’t just choose a dog because you like their appearance. The personality is a far more significant consideration.

After you’ve decided on a breed, find out what to anticipate when your new dog arrives. Be truthful to yourself about your way of life. If vegging in front of the television is your idea of leisure, don’t buy a dog who enjoys exploring the outdoors.

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Now that you’ve decided to become a dog owner, there are a few fundamental procedures to do in order to properly care for your new pet.

Your four-legged infant enjoys exploring and chewing on anything that comes across its way. Ascertain the safety of the exploring locations. It could be a better idea to confine your dog to a restricted section of your home at first, where it cannot do too much harm or injury.

Make sure there are no deadly houseplants like mistletoe, poinsettia, amaryllis, or holly in the vicinity. Medicines and cleaning materials should be kept in a locked cabinet. Access to elevated porches, balconies, and decks should be restricted. Also, keep the toilet lid tight, electrical wires secured, and any plastic objects out of the way.

If the puppy has access to the entire house, you should never leave it unattended. Purchase appropriate chewing toys and praise your puppy for chewing on the appropriate items. Begin training as soon as possible; it will make life much simpler for you and your new family member.

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You are now in charge of the dog’s welfare. Regular checks with a veterinarian are an important part of this. A puppy needs multiple rounds of vaccinations between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks to avoid becoming ill.

After that, you should see your veterinarian for checks at least once a year. You might also want to think about getting dog health insurance in case something goes wrong. Another factor to consider is spaying and neutering. If you don’t want a litter of pups, spaying or neutering your dog is the best way to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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Overall, don’t forget to properly feed your furry pet.

The most crucial year is the first one. Teeth, muscles, bones, and even fur will grow quickly in your puppy. A puppy requires more calories per day than an adult dog. Read the product labels carefully to ensure that your puppy digests the right amount of fat and protein.

Also, follow the portion size and feeding schedule recommendations. Between meals, avoid giving your puppy table scraps, bones, or large munchies.

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