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How to Choose a Pet


Did you know that pets outnumber people in the United States? Recent statistics have shown that 62% of homes have a pet, and that 46% of homes have more than one pet. That adds up to 380 million pets in a nation with a human population of 290 million people.

The first three categories are cats (78 million), dogs (65 million), and birds (18 million). Also popular are fish and small animals but their number is far behind the numbers of cats and dogs.

More and more people are buying pets because they realise the great advantages of having a pet, a pet is a great companion, a loyal friend and a part of the family. Since a pet has such an important role to play in your life it is important thinking hard to pick the right pet for you.

Carefully considering what pet you will get before getting it will pay off in the long run, that way you wont pick a pet you are incompatible with, you will get on well with your pet and you wont have problems with it in future. A poorly chosen pet may eventually have to leave, and the blame for the imcompatibility will be with you.

If you are choosing a pet the real choice you are probably making is whether to get a dog or a cat, perhaps you are considering a pet that requires less effort such as a fish or bird also. If you decide to opt for a dog you must then choose what breed of dog toget, with over 150 breeds you are spoiled for choice!

A dog will probably prove to be a better companion than a cat - it will be more of a friend, however a dog will also need more care than a cat. Dogs like to be around people whereas cats are more autonomous, they will generally spend their day off by themselves. Cats are more attracted to their home then to their owners generally.

You will need to carefully consider how much space you have, cats and dogd reuire quite a bit of space, so if you live in a small apartment then even a small breed of dog or a cat will feel restricted. If you have very little space perhaps you should go for a bird or fish, or may be a hamster?

Bear in mind that a dog cannot be left alone for very long, they need feeding, walking and attention. This may be a problem if you are away often and there is no one else around to mind the dog. Perhaps a kennel or neighbour would be available to care for the dog while you are away. Cats, though independent, do not like being left alone either although they can cope better than a dog.

Dogs need a lot of attention, they must be walked at least once or twice a day, on top of that they are full of energy and need space in which to live and play. Obviously the larger the breed of dog the more space it needs, large dogs such as shepherd dogs and Saint Bernards need a lot of space. Also consider how much your dog will eat - big dogs eat big meals!

Big dogs have the advantage that if trained properly, they can protect their owner and home, while small dogs (like poodles) are more like a joyful toy at home. Small dogs are also suitable for children or for elderly people, who do not have the energy to walk a dog for miles and miles.

No matter what pet you decide on, ensure you have thought your desision through properly, a badly chosen pet will be unhappy if it doesn't suit you, so pick carefully.

Alyssa Hallam is the webmaster and operator of AH Pet Her site has a great collection of information on all different kinds of pets, including a free newsletter, pet resources and articles. For great pet information, go to: http://www.ahpet.com


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Dogs And Cats All Have One Last Wish Before They Die, According To A Veterinarian  WECB

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Separation anxiety, guilt can be part of owning a dog or cat  The Washington Post

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As demand to insure pets grows in Maine, employers are starting to offer coverage  Press Herald

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All 4 Pets contest: Vote for your favorite finalist!  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Family flees into home as cougar chases pets in yard: Watch video  USA TODAY

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Family and pets safe after house fire in Longwood  WESH 2 Orlando

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Four pets dead after Buffalo County house fire  WEAU

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Kyle family loses home to fire, temporary homes found for 7 pets  KEYE TV CBS Austin

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Owner Watches Pets Posing in the Window, Dog Has Other Plans  Newsweek

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Pet scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 19  Summit Daily

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Pets for adoption from Treasure Fur-Ever Animal Rescue  NorthJersey.com

Plant City continues mega pet adoption event at fairgrounds - WFLA
Plant City continues mega pet adoption event at fairgrounds  WFLA

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Behind bars, WA women learn to care for pets and themselves  The Seattle Times

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Yes, You Should Be Brushing Your Pet's Teeth. Here's Why — And The Best Products To Use  HuffPost

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PETCO LOVE LAUNCHES ANIMATED CAMPAIGN TO REUNITE LOST PETS  PR Newswire

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East Bay pets of the week for May 24  East Bay Times

This Week's Standard Journal Pets of the Week - Northwest Georgia News
This Week's Standard Journal Pets of the Week  Northwest Georgia News

KCBD's Pet of the Day: Meet Tater - Lubbock - KCBD
KCBD's Pet of the Day: Meet Tater - Lubbock  KCBD

Vet on the Streets: Dr. Kristen Schmidt's Mission to Help Atlanta's Homeless Pets - Angels in Medicine
Vet on the Streets: Dr. Kristen Schmidt's Mission to Help Atlanta's Homeless Pets  Angels in Medicine

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Desert Cat Rescue Cat of the Week | Pets | eacourier.com  Eastern Arizona Courier

Meet Central Jersey's Cesar Milan: This vet can help your pet behave - My Central Jersey
Meet Central Jersey's Cesar Milan: This vet can help your pet behave  My Central Jersey

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Clarksville Pets of the Week for May 20th, 2024  Clarksville Online

Upcoming Event: Pet Fest at Senior Coastsiders | Community | hmbreview.com - Half Moon Bay Review
Upcoming Event: Pet Fest at Senior Coastsiders | Community | hmbreview.com  Half Moon Bay Review

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Pets of the Week, May 22, 2024  Colorado Springs Gazette

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Pets of the Week  Manning Live

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Pets of the Week – Meet McQueen and Sheila  Main Street Media of Tennessee

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Central Bank IL Pets of the Week: Kane & Holland!  walls102.com

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Tips to protect your pets as tick season has arrived in Idaho  Idaho News 6 Boise Twin Falls

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WoW Cataclysm rare hunter pets  PC Gamer

PIN IT: Share your rescue dog pics for National Rescue Dog Day - WSLS 10
PIN IT: Share your rescue dog pics for National Rescue Dog Day  WSLS 10

KCBD's Pet of the Day: Meet Tater - KCBD
KCBD's Pet of the Day: Meet Tater  KCBD

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Walk-a-thon raises funds for Louisville nonprofit supporting therapy pets  WDRB

Pet of the Week: Meet Sage - The Gazette
Pet of the Week: Meet Sage  The Gazette

New platform for missing pets launches in Evansville - Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
New platform for missing pets launches in Evansville  Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend unleash new pet food brand - Pet Food Processing
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend unleash new pet food brand  Pet Food Processing

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springtime pets.jpg | | fredericknewspost.com  Frederick News Post

The Best Pet Insurance for Multiple Pets (2024) - MarketWatch
The Best Pet Insurance for Multiple Pets (2024)  MarketWatch

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Adopt Samus at Austin Pets Alive!  FOX 7 Austin

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More Than 300 Bags of Name-Brand Pet Food Recalled in 4 States  The Healthy

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‘Us, Our Pets and the War,’ Documentary About Animals in Ukraine, Acquired by Autlook (EXCLUSIVE)  Variety

Advice | What's your favorite Carolyn Hax column about pets? - The Washington Post
Advice | What's your favorite Carolyn Hax column about pets?  The Washington Post

Remy's Kitchen expands distribution - Pet Food Processing
Remy's Kitchen expands distribution  Pet Food Processing

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Four pets killed, home total loss in Town of Buffalo fire  WXOW.com

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Join Us for Puppies & Pride Pet Fest with The Mall at Green Hills  Nashville Lifestyles

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Town of Buffalo home completely loss, four pets killed in structure fire  News8000.com - WKBT

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KPRC 2 Pet Project: Meet Smiley, the pup who will bring a smile to your face  KPRC Click2Houston

Wirral pet rescue overwhelmed by support after losing home - BBC.com
Wirral pet rescue overwhelmed by support after losing home  BBC.com

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Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter on May 20  News 12 Long Island

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Pets of the Week: Meet Penguin and Hattie  Brainerd Dispatch

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Adopt Me! x Fingerlings partnership to unleash physical pets  Licensing.biz

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Phillipsburg Farmers Market Hosts First Pet Parade | Phillipsburg, NJ News TAPinto  TAPinto.net

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Rescued Pets Movement seeks donations after storm knocks out portion of facility's roof  KPRC Click2Houston

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AKC GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES AKC | Farm Dogs & Pets | caledonianrecord.com  The Caledonian-Record

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Meet The Heroes Saving Lost Pets In El Paso, Texas  klaq.com

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Nearly 100 new pets brought to Orange County Animal Shelter in 1 day  FOX 35 Orlando

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Best Pet Loss Gifts 2024 | Reviews by Wirecutter  The New York Times

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List: Red Cross shelters offering aid to storm-affected residents and pets  KPRC Click2Houston

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Billings South Side teens recognized after rescuing neighbor's pets from fire  Q2 News

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NBC 2024 Paris Olympics preview: Olympic athletes love their pets  KTVZ

PET OF THE WEEK | Stormie - Texarkana Gazette
PET OF THE WEEK | Stormie  Texarkana Gazette

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Meet this week's SPCA featured pets: Sierra, Dep, Oakley and Nala  The Ledger

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Dogs and cats are available for adoption at OKC-area animal shelters  Oklahoman.com

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Pets of the week: Rufus is energetic and intelligent. Fandango is curious and spunky  MLive.com

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Animal Alerts powered by PetPace™ Turns Pet Health Data into Earthquake Warnings  Business Wire

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Pets of the week | Nonprofits | victoriaadvocate.com  Victoria Advocate

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Truckee-Tahoe – Pet of the Week: Jet  Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Goat gone missing: Pet thefts on the rise in Chapel Hill  WRAL News

A new family member is waiting for you. Adoptable pets looking for a home to share with you. May 18-19 - SILive.com
A new family member is waiting for you. Adoptable pets looking for a home to share with you. May 18-19  SILive.com

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NUTRO adds apple flavor to Crunchy Treats range  Pet Food Processing

Autumn called a talker | Pet Photos - Leader Publications
Autumn called a talker | Pet Photos  Leader Publications

'Emotional Support' Cat Receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree - Parade Pets
'Emotional Support' Cat Receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree  Parade Pets

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Global Pet Foods Strategic Industry Report 2024-2030 - Manufacturers Launch Novel Products to Stay Competitive ...  GlobeNewswire

Congratulations to the April 2024 RJN Pet of the Month - River Journal Staff
Congratulations to the April 2024 RJN Pet of the Month  River Journal Staff

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Weekend roundup: Local music, art, pets and more!  MyNorthwest

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Is it safe for dogs to eat grass? | Pet Project  CBS Philly

Firefighters save a family and pets from house fire in Seminole County - WFTV Orlando
Firefighters save a family and pets from house fire in Seminole County  WFTV Orlando

Rabies Vaccination Clinics & Pet Health | Environmental Health - Erie.gov
Rabies Vaccination Clinics & Pet Health | Environmental Health  Erie.gov

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PET OF THE WEEK: Siphira  Odessa American

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Three pets lost in Union City house fire, UC firefighter taken to ProMedica for evaluation  WTVB

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Las Vegas pets meant for cremation end up dumped 100 miles away: ‘It’s just really sad’  KLAS - 8 News Now

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Toxic algae blooms hit Inland Empire lakes, threaten people and pets  The Press-Enterprise

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Pet food baker creates new business from start in Minhang  SHINE News

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Pet of the Week | Lifestyle | gloucestertimes.com  Gloucester Daily Times

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Luxury pet-friendly services on the rise in Korea  Aju Press

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Cicadas Coming Soon: Tips on living with these little bugs and your pets  KMTV 3 News Now Omaha

Black Dog Animal Rescue Adoptable Pets - May 19, 2024 | Lifestyles | thecheyennepost.com - The Cheyenne Post
Black Dog Animal Rescue Adoptable Pets - May 19, 2024 | Lifestyles | thecheyennepost.com  The Cheyenne Post

PET COLUMN: For the safety of pets, people and property - Montrose Daily Press
PET COLUMN: For the safety of pets, people and property  Montrose Daily Press

Meet Tink, WENY's Pet of the Week! - WENY-TV
Meet Tink, WENY's Pet of the Week!  WENY-TV

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Poisoning the well for outdoor recreation in northeast Oregon: Alarming incidents lead to collateral damage for wildlife ...  ODFW

Animal Alerts powered by PetPace™ Turns Pet Health Data into Earthquake Warnings - Joplin Globe
Animal Alerts powered by PetPace™ Turns Pet Health Data into Earthquake Warnings  Joplin Globe

Pets - Lassen Volcanic National Park (U.S - National Park Service
Pets - Lassen Volcanic National Park (U.S  National Park Service

Live, from Parliament Hill! It's the cutest pets photo contest - The Hill Times
Live, from Parliament Hill! It's the cutest pets photo contest  The Hill Times

One pet dead, residents displaced in Coeur d'Alene house fire - KHQ Right Now
One pet dead, residents displaced in Coeur d'Alene house fire  KHQ Right Now

Enter your pet in our All 4 Pets Spokespet contest! - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Enter your pet in our All 4 Pets Spokespet contest!  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Books: Why caring about animals benefits humans - Slate
Books: Why caring about animals benefits humans  Slate

12 people, pets displaced in Northeast DC fire – DC News Now | Washington, DC - DC News Now | Washington, DC
12 people, pets displaced in Northeast DC fire – DC News Now | Washington, DC  DC News Now | Washington, DC

Pets of the Week for May 18, 2024 - The Montana Standard
Pets of the Week for May 18, 2024  The Montana Standard

12 people, pets displaced in Northeast DC fire - DC News Now | Washington, DC
12 people, pets displaced in Northeast DC fire  DC News Now | Washington, DC

Vet warns dog and cat owners over 'harmful' trend affecting pets' ears - Yahoo News UK
Vet warns dog and cat owners over 'harmful' trend affecting pets' ears  Yahoo News UK

This List Will Help You Discover Your Pet's New Fave Toy - BuzzFeed
This List Will Help You Discover Your Pet's New Fave Toy  BuzzFeed

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Adopt-a-Pet May 20  Chadds Ford Live

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12 people, pets displaced in Northeast DC fire  Yahoo! Voices

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