Well, one thing that never closed my husband’s and my mind when we decided to adopt a pet was that this was a very important decision. If you ask me, I would say that it is almost as important as that of having a baby or getting a good running car. We were ill prepared, and we thought that getting a pet would be as easy as walking down to the adoption center and getting one. So we did not do much research on this topic. However, we would find out the hard way that this was not as easy as it looked. Since I would not like you to make the same mistakes, here is what I have learned since and I know it will help you get ready for that very important addition to your family – the pet!

Pets are expensive to maintain

three dogs

Unless you can spare the extra expense, I would advise you to wait just a bit until you get that Labrador that you have been desiring so much. You see, pets, like children, have to be taken to see the pet doctor, have to have a healthy diet, have to be cleaned and they have to have a place to live. Most people think that pet budget is all about food, only to find out later that there is more to pets than that. Be ready, think whether your family budget accommodates a pet.

You should both be agreeable about the pet that you want

Many couples have walked down to the adoption center without knowing clearly what they want. So they have been swayed by the good looks of the furry cat when what they actually wanted was a dog. This is indeed very serious since one person can be a dog person while the other one is a dog person. You need to decide beforehand what it is that you both want and then go for it.

Getting pets is the next phase of your relationship

Getting a pet is such a big deal such that it is considered as the next phase for most relationships. Thus, you should only go for a pet when you decide that your relationship is mature enough and that you can both handle the added responsibility. Believe it or not, pets have caused splits in relationships.

Decide how you will share responsibilities

Just as it is with children, you should decide how you will share the responsibilities of raising the pet together. For example, you need to know who will be walking the pet when, who will be shampooing the dog when and so on. Do not assume that these are small decisions that will eventually work themselves out. Decide about them in advance.

Gauge your communication skills

sick dog

When the pet is sick, needs attention, needs to be fed and watered … that is when you will see that indeed, it is just like raising children. You will need to communicate quite often to make decisions about the pet. If your communication skills are lacking, there will be conflict.

Finally, talk about your fears candidly

Everyone has his/her fears about getting a new addition to the family. Thus, whatever pet you have decided to adopt, you should speak your fears candidly regarding the same. If your partner’s strengths do not cover your fears, well, then maybe a pet at this time is not a good idea.