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B. Considerations | Columbia Animal Hospital

Before you commit to adoption:

  • When choosing a pet, please consider the life span of the animal in question; dogs and cats live between 10 and 18 years, making them a long-term commitment
  • Pets require training, regular health checks, and yearly vaccinations
  • There is a continual financial commitment associated with pet ownership; hidden costs are associated with the purchase of food, leashes, collars, litters, toys and licenses
  • Some pets in shelters have troubled pasts. Please be aware that they may initially exhibit negative behaviors such as biting, chewing and scratching – most behaviors can be corrected by proper training
  • Proper care is needed for an animal to lead a happy life.

For more information on how to select a pet that fits your family and lifestyle, go to growingupwithpets.com