The Price of Unconditional Love: A Hard Look at the Cost of Pet Ownership

Cost of pet ownership.

Owning a pet is a gigantic responsibility. Not only are pet owners tasked with keeping their pets safe from harm, they must establish and maintain a high quality of life for all animals in their care. That can be a relatively tall order for many that struggle financially. It’s not a question of love or devotion. Taking a look at the bottom line is often enough to discourage impulsive pet adoptions, or result in painful pet surrenders. If you take a detailed look at the true cost of pet ownership before adopting, you can create a loving (and sustainable) home environment for your future furry friends.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Pet

senior dog standing on grass.

A lot of people are drawn to puppies and younger dogs when they consider adding a new furry friend to the family. Younger dogs have a tendency to chew up shoes, bite fingers, and knock things off the counters, however. They might be cute, but they can kind of wreak havoc on your home.

Senior pets need just as much love as younger ones, and they have already outgrown their rambunctious periods, which means they will be much kinder to your house and your belongings.

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Why Socialization Is Necessary for Your Adopted Dog

A group of dogs in the park.

In a perfect canine friendly world, all adult dogs would have had the early training and socialization that makes them a well-mannered dog without any behavior problems. Unfortunately, many dogs, and especially those who end up in shelters, lack several of the essential life skills to keep them safe, happy, and trained. This is one of the primary reasons for dogs being surrendered.

Many pet owners are enthused about bringing home an adopted dog, only to realize that they have some work ahead of them. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital can offer you some great tips on how to socialize your adopted dog for a lifetime of happiness.

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