Adopt a Puppy from a Shelter? Should You Even Buy a Dog?

Should You Adopt a Puppy from a Shelter?  More importantly, should you even buy a dog?

Christmas is a time when many puppies are brought into homes.  But potential dog owners need to think about all factors involved in owning a dog. 

The first thing to consider is the cost.  Dogs can be very expensive. Healthy dog food, treats, and supplements are critical to the dog’s health.  There are no shortcuts here.  There are cheaper dog foods on the market, but that lesser cost will be far more offset by veterinarian visits in the future.

The puppy must go for regular vet visits.  These regular checkups along with required shots and vaccinations are absolutely necessary for the long term health of the dog.

Do you like to travel?  As a puppy, you may be able to take the little guy along with you.  But as the dog matures and becomes bigger, this may not be possible.  So you must also figure in the cost of kennel for your trips.

Some breeds of dogs require a lot of exercise.  This is going to require your time.  Are you willing to put in the time and effort in order that the dog is properly exercised?

There are many other factors to be considered before buying a dog.  What kind of dog fits into your lifestyle best?

Once your decision has been made to get a certain breed of dog, you must decide where you will get the puppy.  I prefer to adopt a puppy from a shelter.  But I am very biased.  My present dog was adopted from a shelter and he is the sweetest, healthiest dog we have ever owned.

But there are many other sources.  I recommend researching reputable breeders in the area.  There are many advantages to buying a dog from a good breeder.  The only real negative is the cost.

I read a recent article that discusses getting a puppy for Christmas.  It is entitled “Thinking of a puppy for Christmas?”  It’s published in Waterford Today.

Here is a quote from the article:

When you make the decision to get a puppy, there are a number of factors that should be considered, such as the type of dog, taking into account the size it will grow to, how much exercise it will need, and the costs involved, e.g. food, beds, kennels, veterinary care, grooming etc. It is important to source your puppy from a reputable breeder or family set-up, so that you can be sure the pup you take home is healthy, free from parasites (i.e. fleas, worms, mites etc.) and has been well-looked after.

There are plenty of well-reared, healthy pups available that have been bred by conscientious people, so there is no need to be scammed by puppy farms, who are profiting by producing animals as cheaply as possible, often in unsanitary and unsuitable conditions. If you are going to see a puppy with a view to buying it, insist on seeing the puppy with its mother and littermates in their own normal accomodation. Check that the facilities are hygienic, comfortable and warm and that the dogs are in good condition with adequate food and water provided. Look closely at the pups for signs of ill-health, e.g. discharge from eyes/nose, coughing, signs of diarrhoea. Check whether the pups have been vaccinated and ask for veterinary certification. A cheaper price for the pup may save a relatively small amount of money, but is often a mistake as an unhealthy animal will cost more in the long run in terms of veterinary treatment. If you suspect a puppy farm, do not buy this pup as you will only be encouraging cruel and exploitative practices. If you are happy that the pup is healthy and well cared for, it is a good idea to bring him/her to your vet for a checkup, vaccination and worming, as required.

You can read the entire article here.

The complete article needs to be read if you are considering buying a puppy.  It points out some important things to consider before making the decision.

If you own a dog, where did you get the puppy?  Did you adopt a puppy from a shelter or from some other source?  What factors did you consider before making your decision?  I hope you have a great day.

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