* Will your pet be all right on its own or does it need company?
* Can you afford the new pet?
* Will your lifestyle be able to accommodate a pet?
* How long will your pet live? In other words, how long will you have to pay for it?
* Who will care for your pet while you are on holiday?
* Do you have the time to care properly for your pet? Can you go the distance? The amount of time and exercise a pet needs varies greatly. A border collie dog needs about seven kilometres exercise every day, which can be a big commitment to a busy pet owner. A cat on the other hand can exercise itself. Both cats and dogs need regular grooming and long-haired animals need more than short-haired.Veterinarians recommend that dogs should be vaccinated, neutered, insured and micro-chipped. They also need regular treatment for worms and fleas. Insurance is becoming increasingly widespread and necessary. The ordinary costs, such as worming and vaccinations, are not normally large enough to cause owners problems; it is the unexpected costs of treatment for haustiere that can spiral and cause headaches for pet owners. Third party insurance at least is probably necessary to cover expenses if your dog is the cause of an accident. And add in the costs of putting the pet in kennels: You will probably need it if you are going on holiday.AUTHOR BIO
Warren Savage is a complete animal lover, with a fondness for Burmese cats and dachshunds. He writes on animal care and behaviour for a range of websites and blogs.