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Tips for Adopting a New Pet

Thinking About Adopting a New Pet in Loves Park, IL

Are you thinking about bringing a new pet into your household? At Animal Hospital of Loves Park, we always advocate adopting over buying from a breeding mill! By doing so, you'll save the life of an animal in need and free up additional space in your local shelter. Before you bring home just any new pet, however, there are some important considerations and tips worth keeping in mind!

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Important Considerations to Keep in Mind

Remember that adopting a pet is a long-term commitment; while some animal shelters may offer a sort of "return" period for pets, keep in mind that returning a pet to a shelter creates a huge burden for that shelter, as well as emotional trauma for a pet that has grown attached to you. With this in mind, it's important to do everything in your power to find a pet that will work out for your specific household and lifestyle.

Take some time to think about your household needs and lifestyle before you decide to adopt a furry friend. If you're away from home for long periods in the day, then a dog may not be the best option for you unless you're willing to put your dog in daycare. On the flip side, a cat (or a bonded pair of cats!) may be a better option, since cats are more independent and don't require frequent trips outside for walks and potty breaks.

Additional Tips for Finding Your Ideal Pet

When visiting a shelter to look for a pet, it's always a good idea to visit multiple times before making a decision. This will allow you to get a better feel for how the pet behaves in different settings and scenarios. Furthermore, if you already have other pets in the home, ask the shelter if they'd be willing to let you bring your pet in to see how they get along with your potential new pet. This is something that many shelters will offer as a courtesy.

Schedule Your Pet's First Exam With Our Loves Park Vet!

Once you adopt your new pet, make sure to get them off on the right foot with a wellness exam from our Loves Park vet. You can schedule your pet's first exam with us by calling (815) 986-4445.

What type of pet are you thinking about adopting?

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