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Tips for Finding the Perfect Pooch

You’re finally ready to bring a canine family member into your home. You’ve researched dog care requirements until your eyes became bleary from reading the computer screen. You also got lots of good information from your dog-owning friends. While you’re ready to take the plunge for a pooch, you can’t decide on the best dog for your lifestyle. You’ve decided to ask your veterinarian in Richmond for his advice. Learn more about some things you should consider when choosing your new furry family member.

Consider Lifestyle Limitations

Choosing a pooch that matches your lifestyle will make both of you happier. Perhaps you love spending time at home, reading an interesting book or relaxing on the couch to watch a good show. A small, laid-back dog would enjoy sharing that lifestyle. On the other hand, maybe you’d rather spend time in the great outdoors, and you’d appreciate a high-energy canine workout partner. An athletic sporting or working dog would be chomping at the bit to join you.

More Vital Variables

Purebred dog breeds each have their own health and behavioral issues. For mixed-breed dogs, consider the predominant breed’s traits. View the American Kennel Club website’s breed profiles for useful information.

Also remember you have to keep your new pooch well groomed. While that beautiful dog with the flawless coat appeals to you, understand that this high-maintenance canine requires daily brushing and regular visits to the groomer. Otherwise, his coat will become one big matted mess.

Breeder or Adoption?

Now, decide where you’ll find your new dog. Avoid dogs bred in an owner’s home, along with pet store puppies, as these dogs are often susceptible to parasites and contagious diseases.

While breeder-raised dogs are worth considering, remember that animal shelter and regional rescue groups receive thousands of adoptable dogs each year. Chances are, you’ll find that perfect dog, and he (or she) might just find you first. If you’re looking for a purebred pooch, contact a regional breed rescue group. Whichever option you choose, take your time and don’t rush your decision.

Time for a Child’s Pet?

If you think your child needs to be more responsible, will a dog help them learn that lesson faster? If your older child has shown they’re mature enough to care for a pet, your plan might succeed. Otherwise, prepare to become the dog’s caretaker once your young child gets tired of feeding, watering, and poop scooping duties. If your children are very small, follow your vet’s and pediatrician’s advice about getting a dog right now.

Remember, your capable Richmond vet is ready to support you through your dog-owning experience. When medical, diet, or behavioral issues arise, your vet’s expertise is just a phone call away.

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