From furry big German Shepherds, to little guinea pigs, from gamboling indies to slow tortoises, having a pet at home makes each day seem better.

While pets are perfect to keep our loneliness at bay, they are also a big responsibility. All they ask in return for their love, is food, cleanliness and affection.

If you are thinking of getting a pet or already have one, here are some tips that might help you and them.

Choosing your furry friend

Having a pet, is like bringing home a new member of your family. You want to get a pet, but you also want to make sure that you can take care of it. Just like with a baby, there is no return policy on a pet either.

If you are planning on getting a pet, do think about how much time you can spend with it and who all in your family can take responsibility for it. If you have the time and have the inclination to play with a high energy furr ball, it’s fabulous to get a dog. And, don’t worry if there isn’t someone to stay at home the whole day. You also have dog kennels, where you can drop off the dog for the duration of your work.

Cats are definitely more independent and can manage more easily by themselves. All they want is attention when they ask for it.

If you want to have smaller pets, you can consider getting guinea pigs, tortoises or even a fish tank.

Checking for allergies

Before getting a pet, do make sure that you are not allergic to that animal. Often, people are not allergic to dogs or cats but to the dander on their skin. Spend some time in an animal shelter or with a friend’s pet to make sure that you or anyone in your family doesn’t have allergies to them.

Fur fur everywhere

Whether you get a cat or a dog, you need to understand that all animals go through a shedding season, and some animals have a perennial shedding season. While you can always get rid of the hair with a lint brush or a clothes brush, if you don’t like it, do get a pet with shorter hair. For example get a doberman or an indie, rather than getting a golden retriever.

Being a responsible pet owner

Do understand that having a pet, comes with its own responsibilities. While, you should obviously feed, exercise and groom your pets, also make sure that they visit the vet regularly and are up to date with all vaccinations.

The BBMP also has a dog license that it gives out to dog owners. Do get it and keep it updated.

Being a responsible pet owner also means taking care of your pet without harming other pets and people in your society.

If you have a dog and walk it regularly, do ensure that you walk it on the leash in areas which are not clearly earmarked as dog parks. Also, socialise your dogs when they are young so they no how to behave around other people and dogs. Most importantly though, do pick up after your dog on your walks.

If you are planning on moving to a new house, do ensure that the society is pet friendly and that you have ample space available nearby for walks. It’s also of paramount importance to know of the closest vet available for any emergencies.

We, at AARNA understand that your pet is a part of your family. To accomodate the needs of you and your pet, we are creating pet parks in almost all our locations. To know more, do get in touch with one of our executives, and we can schedule a visit.

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