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Essential research

There are many things to consider before you commit to a new pet and research is one of the best ways to prepare yourself. If you already have pets, then understanding how introducing a new pet could impact or affect your current animals is one important consideration. When choosing a pet, your decisions should be based on what best suits your lifestyle and living situation. Doing research on the different species and breeds will help you find a pet that matches your preferences and will teach you about their specific needs.

Breeds and age

Do you want a kitten or puppy, or an adult pet? You will need more patience and time for training puppies and kittens, but adult pets have more established behaviours. Knowing the breed of cat or dog you want is very important, as certain breeds may have unique needs or could be more at risk of certain health conditions later in life. For example, certain dog breeds encounter respiratory problems, some are more likely to develop joint issues, and others may need more regular exercising.

Altering Your routine

Pets need grooming, and dogs need training, walking and social interaction. Ensuring you have enough time in your daily routine to care for a pet is important so that they receive the attention and care they require. As well as allowing time for your pet, you’ll also need the space. Pets need a safe environment and a space that can be their own with their bed and toys.

Financial responsibility

The initial costs of acquiring a pet may include the cost of their vaccines, microchipping and any other requirements like neutering and spaying. You should also think about the ongoing costs of caring for your pet, for things such as food, veterinary care, grooming and supplies. Pet insurance should be something to consider, as it can help with unforeseen costs if your pet gets ill or injured.

Chess Vets in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood offer an annual Pet Health for Life Plan, which is a convenient way to meet your dog or cat's preventative healthcare needs through monthly payments. Our plan includes an annual health check, vaccinations, microchipping, 2 vet consults and 2 nurse consults per year, and discounts off services such as neutering.

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Long-term commitment

Most dogs and cats can live for many years, so you should prepare for a long-term commitment, as dogs and cats especially can live as long as 15-20 years You should not commit to getting a pet if you do not have the space or time to look after them long-term.

Emergency needs

It’s important to consider what you would do if you need to leave your pet at home for a long period of time, and how you could ensure your pet was looked after in an emergency. A neighbour, a trusted friend, a pet sitter/walker or a family member could be the answer, but you need to make sure you have plans in place in advance of any emergencies.

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Taking the time to carefully consider these factors will help you make an informed decision and ensure that you can provide a loving and stable home for your new pet. Remember that pet ownership is a long-term commitment that requires time, effort, and dedication. Having a pet can be truly rewarding, from companionship to stress relief and physical benefits.

Booking your pet in for appointments for check-ups, or if you ever have concerns, is important. We are here to help and support you and your pet where needed. As a pet owner, you should be prepared for all the above commitments and select the right pet for you, or for your family. Make sure that all family members are on board with the decision to get a pet and understand their responsibilities in caring for the new addition.

If you have recently got a new pet, join Chess Vets in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood today!

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Chess Veterinary Clinic Surgeries

Rickmansworth Surgery 97 Uxbridge Road Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 7DJ
Opening Hours Mon - Fri: 8.00am - 8.00pm Sat: 9.00am - 6.00pm Sun & Bank Hols: Closed
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Chorleywood Surgery 1B New Parade Chorleywood Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 5NJ
Opening Hours Mon & Fri: 9.00am - 7.00pm Tue - Thur: 9.00am - 5.00pm Sat: Closed Sun & Bank Hols: Closed
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