Before You Get Your Puppy
Creature Companions|March 2021
Despite being in the third month of 2021 now, we are still getting used to the new normal with this pandemic affecting everyone worldwide.
Jayel Rao*

One thing that has helped countless individuals and families during these stressful times is the company of their pets. It has been proven scientifically that petting, cuddling, or even making long eye contact with our pets releases ‘feel good’ hormones like oxytocin, serotonin etc. and also helps in lowering our blood pressure. One of the benefits of pandemic was the work from home option available to almost everyone. And a majority of us have taken the big step of getting a puppy during this time. Let us take a look at the points that all prospective pet parents need to consider before getting a puppy, be it a pandemic situation or otherwise:

LONG TERM COMMITMENT

Pets are a long term commitment for at least 10–15 years. They would be dependent on you for their food, water, exercise, and vet visits. Getting a pet home should be an informed decision and not an impulsive one! You need to consider that your kids would eventually grow up and go away for college/work or that you may have a very good possibility of moving out of the country for work in future. If it is indeed on the insistence of your kids that you are getting a puppy, please know that you or your partner would still have to remain the primary caretaker. Who would take the responsibility of your pet in that case? Would you be willing to take the pet with you in case of relocation? You need to discuss this with your family before deciding to get a pet.

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