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Pets enrich our lives in so many ways. We naturally seek out their loyal nature and unconditional companionship. They remind us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and to live in the moment. Bringing a pet into your life is a privilege as much as it is a joy. But, being a great pet parent is not without responsibilities.
Research breeds: It’s easy to see a cute puppy up for adoption and make an impulsive decision. But putting in the time and effort to research which breeds best suite your lifestyle will better benefit everyone. It’s important to have realistic expectations for the breed you select. If you’re looking for a jogging partner with lots of energy to burn and you end up selecting a breed more suited for being a couch potato, or vice versa, you may be disappointed in the long run. Some breeds can be pretty high maintenance when it comes to grooming. If you simply don’t have the time or budget for a pet that requires frequent grooming then perhaps it’s not the best choice for you.
Acknowledge owning a pet is an investment of time & money: Pets are great fun but they do require a lot of work. They also thrive on our attention and affection. If your schedule simply doesn’t allow you to be home enough to care for a pet you might want to reconsider. Pets also need proper nutrition, medical care, training/socialization and grooming. None of this is cheap. Look over your budget and consider your new pet’s costs. If you simply can’t afford proper care for a new pet, you aren’t doing yourself or the animal any favors by bringing it home.
The final part of being a responsible pet owner can be to protect your pets with an active pet insurance policy. Get your free quote below.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.