Many people get pets because they’re soothing creatures. Nothing calms anxieties like a purring cat on your lap, or a walk in the park with an excited dog. On the other hand, pets can also stoke your anxieties – you’re wholly responsible for this life. It looks to you for food and shelter, for care, play and medical help.
Today we’re taking a look at some of the ways you can ensure you’re ready for the difficult times, and keep your worries under control.
Do Some Research
One of the most worrying things about having a pet is when they’re behaving strangely and you don’t know what’s going on! Are they in pain? Playful? Distressed? They can’t tell you, they can only show you, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll be all at sea.
Do some research about the species and breed you’ve picked as a pet, and learn about some of the common health problems they experience. If you can recognise what’s a serious symptom, and what’s just an upset stomach, then you’ll be able to silence a lot of common worries.
Register at the Vet
Building a good relationship with the vet means worrying less. If you know where to go when your pet is in need, then those rare emergencies will be easier for you to face. And it’s not just direct medical attention that a vet can help with. They’re at the centre of the local pet owning community, and they might be able to help you with recommendations for important services like sitters and trainers.
Online vets can also be an important resource – if you’re worried about your pet but not sure whether your worries warrant a trip to the vet, you can get some online vet help to either set your mind at rest or let you know prompt action is required.
Pets can be expensive, and never more than when they’re sick. An unexpected vets bill can wipe out your savings – and if you care about your pet and its wellbeing, then there’s no question about whether you’re going to pay.
One way to cushion yourself against this financial worry is to get pet insurance. As long as you make sure you get comprehensive insurance without surprise exceptions, you’ve swapped the occasional surprise big expense for a regular insurance premium that’s easier to budget for – sparing you some of the worries