Matching Up with the Right Pet

By Susan Aiello • Published: November 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

A spirited retriever pup may not be the right pet for a senior citizen, while a teacup poodle might not be the best choice for a household of rambunctious boys.

Unrealistic expectations are a common reason that pets don’t seem to work out, so make sure to think about your circumstances and lifestyle before bringing home your new furry friend.

Do you have enough space for a large dog? Can you provide adequate exercise? Will shedding or the need for grooming be a problem? Does anyone in your family have allergies?

Also remember that pet ownership requires a commitment of many years. So before making your selection, seek advice from authoritative sources such as books, websites and especially your veterinarian.

When the right furball is matched to the right owner, everyone benefits. So do your homework before asking “How much is that doggy in the window?”