Puppy love con­sid­er­a­tions

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

While many chil­dren may want a puppy for Christ­mas the SPCA is warn­ing that adopt­ing an an­i­mal is a big de­ci­sion to make as well as a long-term com­mit­ment.

SPCA Auck­land chief in­spec­tor Vicki Border said all too of­ten pets are bought on im­pulse.

‘‘It’s some­thing that needs to be taken very se­ri­ously.

‘‘You’ve got to think about the big pic­ture and not just the cute lit­tle fluffy puppy.’’

She said peo­ple need to con­sider:

The suit­abil­ity of their home, their cir­cum­stances and the na­ture of the pet - es­pe­cially ex­otic dog breeds which of­ten have spe­cial which need ex­er­cise, love and com­pan­ion­ship as much as food and wa­ter

Fail­ure to pro­vide for es­sen­tial needs can re­sult in poor house train­ing, ex­ces­sive ac­tiv­ity, dig­ging, prop­erty dam­age and noise

Dog costs in­clude food, reg­is­tra­tion, in­oc­u­la­tions and teeth clean­ing/health checks

Mak­ing sure their home is se­cure and get­ting per­mis­sion from land­lords.

BIG DE­CI­SION: The SPCA warns fam­i­lies to think be­fore adopt­ing a puppy.

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