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Reasons to Adopt a Pet

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reasons-to-adopt-a-pet-palm-beach-flMillions of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year. Most of the animals that are put down are fully functional and sweet, loving creatures. Meanwhile, about 2 million puppies are bred each year in puppy mills. This is the reason that, when looking for a new pet, it’s better to adopt than to buy. Other reasons include being cheaper, being able to choose from different age and temperaments, and also saving lives.

 

Although most people stick to buying from puppy shops because it’s more simple, they will come to find that a lot of these animals have hidden problems that are not initially seen when they are bought. Animals that were bred in puppy mills tend to have anxiety problems due to the fact that they were forced to live in small cages and then separated from their litter mates at such a young age. Other problems include heart disease, pneumonia, and deformities. Since a lot of these animals are inbred, they also have lowered immune systems which means they can get sick easier. All these problems lead to expensive veterinary bills throughout their lifetime, which is at the cost of the buyer.

Shelters Are Great Places to Find Your Pet!

People tend to avoid adopting from shelters because they fear that they don’t know what they’re buying. They think that the animals are there because they are too aggressive or just not good around people. In reality, animals are brought to shelters for a variety of different reasons. Some are surrendered by their owners simply because the owners can’t take care of them anymore. It has nothing to do with the dog itself, but because the owner was moving into a place that doesn’t allow pets, or simply cannot afford it. If an animal shelter receives a dog that is not fit for adoption, they will try to rehabilitate it or simply put it down. This means that it is very unlikely to get a dog that is “too aggressive”. Also, many animal shelters evaluate the dogs before putting them up for adoption. This means that they test their overall temperament as well as how well they get along with children, cats, and other dogs. They also try to figure out what their age and breed are. This makes it easier for the person adopting to find a perfect match for them.

 

People tend to avoid adopting from shelters because they fear that they don’t know what they’re buying. They think that the animals are there because they are too aggressive or just not good around people. In reality, animals are brought to shelters for a variety of different reasons. Some are surrendered by their owners simply because the owners can’t take care of them anymore. It has nothing to do with the dog itself, but because the owner was moving into a place that doesn’t allow pets, or simply cannot afford it. If an animal shelter receives a dog that is not fit for adoption, they will try to rehabilitate it or simply put it down. This means that it is very unlikely to get a dog that is “too aggressive”. Also, many animal shelters evaluate the dogs before putting them up for adoption. This means that they test their overall temperament as well as how well they get along with children, cats, and other dogs. They also try to figure out what their age and breed are. This makes it easier for the person adopting to find a perfect match for them.

 

Heartworms are very dangerous. They are spread by mosquitos, so they can be transmitted to any dog, even the ones that rarely go outside. Although the disease has become less and less common due to regular preventatives, it is still heavily carried by dingos, foxes, and stray dogs that don’t have access to veterinary care. Since it is pretty much impossible to completely eradicate heartworm, it is important to do year-round treatments for your pets. Dogs with heartworms will seldom show symptoms until the damage is too severe. This is why it is important to have regular check-ups.

Advantages of Adopting a Pet From the Shelter

Adopting from an animal shelter actually gives people more options than from buying from a puppy shop. At an animal shelter, you can adopt dogs of many different ages. They range from puppies to senior dogs. Some people want a dog, but are scared of long term commitment or don’t want to go through the hassle of training. The senior dogs benefit many people because they are usually already trained and they shorten the time of commitment. They also are usually calmer. At a puppy shop, you are getting just that….a puppy. Although many people are looking for a puppy, animal shelters are a quick solution for the people who aren’t.

 

However, it should be noted that while Revolution and Trifexis work well as a preventative, neither of these medications work against tape worms, which come from fleas. If your pet has tapeworms, it will need a dewormer with either Fenbendazole Panacur for dogs, or Praziquantal for cats. If you aren’t sure if your pet has worms, ask your veterinarian to do a worm test before starting treatment.

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