Puppy love considerations
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.