Jul 5, 2016

Where to Go When Buying Your First Pet

Deciding to get your first family pet is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. You want to make sure that you do everything you can to make your new family member feel welcome, and provide them with the very best beds, toys and food. But where should you pick up your new best friend from? How can you tell which private breeders are better than others? Or should you go to a charity instead? Hopefully, the following post should help you.

Do your research

If you’ve already decided on the kind of pet you like, then you really have three options: go to a private breeder, go to a kennel or similar organisation that chooses breeders based on quality, or go to a charity and pick a rescue pet. There are pros and cons to each of them, but first of all, you’ll have to research the ones that can be found in your local area.

Most of these places have good websites these days, with the breeds and types of animals they care for online. Then, look for recommendations and reviews from people that have used them. You’ll often find advice on what to look out for on local forums, but the key things to remember are that you need to check they’re registered breeders, and affiliated with local authorities. 

Choosing a registered breeder

Your first port of call will most likely be independent breeders, and the great thing about these is that you can go round to their home for visits and meet the parents of the litter in a relaxed environment. However, the down side is that you often have no way of knowing how credible they are; this is your first pet after all, so how are you going to judge one breeder from another?

Luckily, there are many establishments that remove this concern for you. Kennels are a very popular option and can be found in most cities; if you’re looking for puppies for sale in Scotland, for example, Douglas Hall Kennels are an excellent choice, as they keep them in top conditions, have regular veterinary care available, and you can be sure that they have hand-picked the best breeders around. 

Don’t dismiss a charity

Of course, another option is to choose a pet from a rescue centre, and this certainly shouldn’t be disregarded. There are many loving animals that are found abandoned, and they simply need owners who are able to give them the care and affection that they need to thrive. However, there’s plenty of advice available to figure out if this is the right choice for you. 

You should always check whether the pet you have your heart set on is good with small children and animals, for example, as this can often be an issue for rehabilitated pets. No matter where you choose though, always be sure to go down there and meet them before you sign any adoption papers. 

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