The pet you choose for your family is a very personal but our West Pymble Vet can help you identify the pet that’s right for you.
Having a dog as a pet is a wonderful thing. Dogs will not just provide you with lasting, loving companionship, they will even give you unconditional love. Studies suggest that having a dog can even lower your blood pressure and stress. And of course, they take care of your health when you take them out for a walk. While most people are happy with mixed breed puppies, families should take careful consideration before adopting or buying a puppy. That’s because you need to find a companion that’s perfect for your family and great around the kids.
The decision to bring home a dog warrants careful consideration because they all have different nature, temperament and attitude that make them different. At the same time, there are some dogs that are more suitable for certain environments than the others. So, apart from looking for a good West Pymble vet clinic, you should follow these tips to find the right dog for your family and kids.
Take your lifestyle into consideration, your activity level and your ability to adjust with a dog. Large dogs usually require more activity, such as Dalmatians. So, if you and the kids are ready to go out for hour long walks and extra activity, then go ahead have such dogs. Otherwise, look for breeds that don’t require a lot of activity. But remember that irrespective of the breed, all dogs love physical activity and need outdoor time.
Living in an apartment or urban areas? Then consider breeds like Welsh corgi, Beagle or Cocker Spaniel. Choose Labrador Retrievers, Saint Bernard, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers only if you have significant amount of space where they can play and exercise. Climate should be taken into consideration as well. For instance, huskies should be avoided in hotter regions and pugs and bulldogs can have respiratory problems in hot weather.
There are some breeds that are better for people or kids with allergies. For instance, Maltese, Portuguese water dog and Shih Tzu are perfect for individuals with allergies, while dogs that have and shed a lot of fur might not be a right choice. Consider grooming and care as well, shorter or longer coats while getting a puppy.
The temperament of your dog should match that of yours and the kids. If your kids are outgoing and gregarious, go for friendlier and approachable dogs while if you have reserved kids, you should focus on cautious mind-set dogs.
Once you have a dog, choose a good West Pymble Vet to get the best benefits for your furry friend.
About the Author:
Gordon Vet Hospital is an independently owned hospital that has been serving the North Shore for more than 40 years. They pride themselves on providing professional pet care as well as compassion and understanding to all animals and their owners. Our partners are David Loneragan and Scott Lackenby, who are supported by a wonderful team of experienced, caring vets and nurses. They are specialists in tick treatment for dogs and cats.