11 Things To Consider Before Getting A Pet

If you’re pet obsessed like me, then you probably spend the majority of your day scrolling Instagram for cute pictures of dogs. With each scroll, you imagine how much better life would be with a puppy, and you resolve to make it be so. And yet, as we all know, there are so many things to consider before getting a pet. So let’s put down our phones, log out of PetFinder.com, and review.

After all, this is a big responsibility we’re talking about. Unless you’re daydreaming about the perfect pet goldfish (which still needs care and attention), your entire life will change the moment you bring home a pet. “Pet adoption is certainly a major step — and a long-term one,” says Alison M. Jiménez, director of media and communications at ASPCA, in an email to Bustle. “Most pets can live upwards of 15-20 years (depending on species and health conditions), meaning this pet will be around for a long time.”

Of course that’s a good thing, and yet the huge lifestyle change should make you take pause before adopting a pet. Will you have the time? Do you have the space? These are all questions to ask yourself before marching off to adoption day at your local animal shelter. And below are a few more things to consider to ensure you’re bringing a dog or cat into the best possible situation — for you and them.

1. Why Do You Want A Pet?

First things first, let’s talk about why you want a pet. This deep question might not cross your brain as you stare into the big, shiny eyes of an adorable puppy. But you really should take some time to soul search before adopting one. Are you lonely? Do you crave responsibility? Do you want to save an abandoned animal? Getting a pet is a big commitment, so figuring out why you want to do it is the best place to start.

2. Which Breed Will Fit Your Lifestyle?

Sometimes it’s necessary to burst your own bubble, and realize that a certain pet will never be right for you. For example, the great dane of your dreams won’t work if you, say, live in a 200-square-foot apartment. “Fortunately, most shelters and rescue groups are excellent at match-making when it comes to finding adopters the best pet that fits their lifestyle,” Jiménez says. “They will ask you questions about your schedule, activity level and hobbies and what you’re looking for in a pet, so that ultimately they can match you up with a pet that best matches your lifestyle and expectations.”https://fa5ff421ba6a6705ef7c0ab36c6a0217.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

3. How Much Spare Time Do You Have?

Sure, maybe a goldfish doesn’t need as much attention as a puppy, but everything obviously requires care. “Dogs, cats and other companion animals cannot be ignored just because you … are too tired or too busy,” noted an article on SSPCA.org. “They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of the year.” Just something to consider when you are choosing which pet is right for you.

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How to treat and care for basic pig wounds (With audio version)

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Pigs are known to be very intelligent animals.  But when they get in a fight with another pig it is not uncommon for them to bite each other. This post will help you learn how to treat these wounds safely and effectively so your pigs don’t have to suffer any longer than necessary.  Each different type of wound deserves its own treatment method but if you follow the guidelines laid out below then you’ll know what to do every time. If at any point, your pig seems uncomfortable or their injury looks severe please consult with your veterinarian immediately!

Abrasions, lacerations and punctures/penetrating wounds are all examples of the types of skin damage that can be inflicted on pigs. A mild abrasion is an injury where there has been scraping; something like a blunt iron bar might do this if the pig rubs against it repeatedly over time without letting up pressure or speed.


Abrasions and lacerations happen when the outermost layer is scraped off or torn away in some way respectively but not enough for a puncture penetrating wound which will leave an opening into muscles deep inside causing pain upon touching it.  

Puncture wounds are a common type of injury. They can be caused by anything from needles, sharp structural objects, to animal bites, and often times entail the risk of infection as well because it pierces through so many layers in a pig’s body. Punctures need emergency care at home or veterinary clinic for cleaning purposes depending on how deep into tissue they go; however 50% – 100% end up becoming infected eventually even without treatment!

Cleaning and dressing a wound begins with careful cleaning. All dried blood, dirt or debris should be washed away using mild soap and lots of water for best results in removing any infective germs that may have infected it before they can cause infection on top.

Topical antibiotics only need to be used for the first 48 hours as they also kill any good bacteria in the pig’s body. You should not use prescribed antibiotic medications unless it’s been directed specifically by a vet.

In conclusion

Sometimes it’s inevitable for a pig to get hurt, but you can take care of them with some basic supplies.  The best course of action is to clean the wound with water and soap. If there is dirt or debris in the wound, use tweezers to remove as much as possible. Next, apply an antibiotic ointment and bandage over the area with a non-stick gauze pad.  This will help protect against infection and promote healing while keeping out any foreign particles that could cause more damage to your pigs’ skin. Lastly, monitor the injury site daily for signs of inflammation or infection like redness or pus coming from the wound. Do this by removing any dressings if they are present before cleaning again.

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4 Ways to Get Pet Hair Under Control

Our furry friends are like members of the family—we love them dearly, but the fur they shed when summer rolls around? Not so much. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains that too much pet dander and hair in the air can aggravate allergies—especially in the areas of the house where pets are allowed*. Now that it’s shedding season, check out these four pet hair solutions for preventing and reducing the pesky particles.

Invest in the proper tools.

Knowing how to tackle pet hair on any surface is key.

  • Hardwood floors: Vacuuming won’t do much on hardwood floors, blowing the fur around rather than picking it up. Instead, try an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop, which will trap particles.
  • Carpet: Scrape something with a rough surface—like a pumice stone, or even a tool used for de-shedding your pet—across the top. The hair should gather, making for easy vacuuming or pickup.
  • Furniture: On a day-to-day basis, keep a throw on couches and chairs to prevent fur from sticking, but when it comes time to remove pet hair from furniture, a little moisture should do the trick. Simply put on a damp rubber glove and run your hand over your couch, bed, chair—whichever fabric-covered surface the dog or cat likes to make his or her home.

Throw it in the dryer.

When the job is too big for the lint roller, try throwing items such as blankets and pillow covers in the dryer with a dryer ball before washing. The fur should come right off and get stuck in the lint trap.

Develop a grooming schedule—and stick to it.

Owning a pet comes with some not-so-fun responsibilities, like grooming. But if you make brushing a daily habit (or, hey, assign the task to the kids!) it will do wonders to prevent hair everywhere. An appointment with a professional groomer every four to six weeks is also a good idea, since he or she can share specific treatments to prevent shedding.

Install the right filter.

Are you keeping up on your filter changes at least every 90 days? When it’s time for a swap, check out Filtrate’s Allergen Defense Air Filter, which is designed to trap particles such as pet dander.

source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology