Choosing the Right Pet For Your Family

by | Apr 21, 2017 | Animal Hospitals


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There are any wonderful animals in the world and there are many wonderful pets, but just as different animals have different needs the same is true for pets. Just because they all live in your home does not mean they are all ideal for your unique home situation and lifestyle. Many pets end up at rescue shelters or are abandoned by their owners because the family did not think things through and go a pet they were not ready or equipped to take care of. From the vets at Albany Park, here are some of the things you need to consider for your selection of a family pet:

When it comes to space, size, care, food, shelter, and exercise it is important to pick a breed that fits your life, your home, your family, and your limitations.

While they do not get as big as dogs and generally do not need as much care and attention as dogs, cats still need to be properly tended to and taken care of.

Some of the smallest beginner pets for children are rabbits, hamsters, and mice. Other rodents also are sold as pets and their habitats often are very specific, so you need to be able to give your pet what they need to thrive.

Birds are beautiful and sound amazing but they are very high maintenance and most live a very long time so getting a bird is a very big investment and commitment.

Like birds, many reptiles have lifespans over 20 years so it is a commitment to buy a turtle, lizard, snake or other reptile and make it a family pet- be sure you are ready for the work and commitment!

Many people are attracted to the exotic pets like hedgehogs, ferrets, chinchillas and sugar gliders. It is best to avoid these pets because their care and needs are so very precise and specialized it is hard for most families to adequately care for them.

Whatever pet you may have, if you need a vet in Albany Park, consider stopping by Portage Park Animal Hospital today for one of a kind care!

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