If you have recently decided to take on the responsibility of owning a dog, there are many points to consider from pet insurance to adjustments you may need to make to your home; however the first decision to make is exactly where to find the right dog for your family.
Before you begin scouring the pages of your local paper to find a puppy, take a moment to consider adopting a dog from a shelter instead.
The sad fact is that thousands of unwanted dogs are currently filling the UK’s animal shelters and are in desperate need of a loving home, so why not pay a visit to your local re-homing centre first?
You may find your new best friend is waiting for you.
The recession saw a rise in the number of unwanted canines, often due to the cost of owning a dog as aside from food and pet accessories, unforeseen health problems can result in catastrophic financial consequences if insurance has not been purchased for the pet.
Once you have decided on adopting a dog, the second decision is where to purchase appropriate insurance to safeguard
yourself from hefty vet bills and give the dog the best quality of care should it ever be required.
There are many advantages to adopting a dog as opposed to purchasing from a breeder, the first being the significant difference in cost. A pedigree puppy can cost in to the thousands whereas re-homing a dog will often be the cost of a donation to the centre.
Choosing the right dog for your family is an incredibly important decision and takes careful consideration. With a wealth of knowledgeable staff on hand at rescue centres to take you through noted behaviours and the history of the animal you can reach a decision based on accurate information, something which cannot always be obtained from a breeder.
There is no doubt that puppies have the ability to make any heart melt, but they can be incredibly hard work and require extensive training and discipline to ensure that their behaviour is appropriate. With so many different reasons as to why a dog has been put up for adoption, you may find a beautifully natured dog is in need of a new home, reducing the need for endless hours of training.
If you are giving a home to an older dog, you may be interested to know that some insurers will now provide cover for older animals, giving you peace of mind from the offset.
Adopting a dog will not be without its challenges regardless of breed, age or history so if you decide to adopt consider the following tips to give your new furry friend the best start;
- Take out appropriate pet insurance from the very beginning
- Register with a veterinary practice straight away and book in for an initial check-up as well as any necessary injections
- Take note of their previous type of food and feeding times to retain continuity for them
- Ensure you have the essentials such as bowls, a lead, collar and appropriate bedding before you collect them
- Be patient, it can take a while for them to settle in to their new surroundings
Creating a safe and loving home for a previously owned dog could bring endless amounts of pleasure to your family.
If you are unsure if re homing is the right decision for you, why not visit your local centre and speak to a member of their team?
This article was written by Sophie Baker-Britton on behalf of Debenhams pet insurance, for a policy that gives peace of mind to many pet owners.