Spring is a time of the year, when many people think of adopting a pet. Pets are a lifetime commitment though and the decision to adopt a pet should not be made on a whim. Puppies are a lot of work- especially in the first year. It
is a full time job. They must go out every 1-2 hours and until the age of 4 months, will not be physically able to “hold it” for longer than 4 hours. Daily exercise and training is a must.
There are so many different breeds to choose from when considering whether or not to adopt a pet. Purebred dogs can have the advantage where traits are more predictable but they can also have more health problems and are usually more expensive to purchase. Consider the breed and its characteristics and whether it will be a good match for your family. There are so many relinquished pets out there looking for new homes why not consider a rescue? Not sure if you are ready to make the leap yet? Maybe a pocket pet or reptile would be a better choice? Last time I was at the Alliston Humane Society I was blown away by the number of exotics up for adoption.
Your biggest responsibility is to educate yourself as to health care needs and costs of pet ownership and to spay and neuter your pet. With exotics, there are particularities with each species that you need to be familiar with. Expect to spend close to $2,000 in the first year for a kitten and close to $3,000 for a puppy (http://www.ovma.org/pet_owners/cost_of_owning_dog_cat.html) Definitely consider insurance and/or starting a bank account for pet accidents/illnesses.
Your veterinarian would be happy to assist you in finding the right pet. If you do take the leap, one of the first stops should be your vet clinic for a full physical examination.