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Southern Veterinary Center

1) Commit to your pet for life.

Pets should not be considered disposable. Not all pets are good choices for all people. Some pets need more space, more exercise, more interaction, have more health problems, or have exotic diets, etc. If more pet owners researched a breed and its particular characteristics, before bringing it home, there would be less unwanted pets abandoned at shelters or pounds.

2) Make sure you can afford your new pet.

Pets are a luxury and will need routine and possible emergency veterinary care during their lifetimes, which can become costly.

3) Check into pet insurance.

Pet insurance is a great way to avoid possible financial burdens due to unforeseen medical problems that are not budgeted.

4) Dedicate time to spend with your pet.

Most pets need human attention. When we take them home, we become their surrogate families and they depend on us for attention and interaction.

5) Ask friends, colleagues, and neighbors about their choice for veterinary care.

Multi-doctor practices tend to offer a Doctor of veterinary medicine with a personality fit for you and your pet. These hospitals tend to stay more current and have second or third opinions built in.

6) Exercise is very important for your pet!

Regular daily exercise will keep your pet healthy and stimulate their senses which prevents many behavioral problems.

7) Socialize your pet.

Introduce your pet to as many people, other pets, and things in the outside world as possible. Good socialization is so important to prevent behavioral problems.

8) Diet choice.

Purchase a super-premium diet that meets AAFCO standards for your pet. There are so many choices in diet selection it is best to seek the advice of your veterinarian.

9) Obedience training.

Group training is so important for you and your pet's relationship. Establishing leadership will prevent many behavioral problems down the road.

10) Regular biannual veterinary care and checkups.

It is important to have physicals done on your pet especially as they age, at least biannually, as well as wellness blood work and senior profiles.