Top Ten Facts About Pets Too Many People Don't Know
The Top Ten
There is no such thing as a tea cup pig. It's just a lie that unscrupulous sellers tell in order to move product. And in this case, the product is an intelligent and loving animal that will depend on you to provide for its needs long after it is no longer a cute little novelty.
There's no need to go into the horror that is a commercial puppy mill here. You can do the research if you haven't already. Just know that by buying a dog from a pet store is most likely funding a system of cruelty and abuse.
Sure, they're just fish, I can hear people say. Certainly it's worth the death, torture, disfigurement and sickness for a little bit of novelty.
It's crazy how many people buy a living breathing creature without having any respect for the life they are taking responsibility for. Rabbits are a relatively high-maintenance pet that will live up to 10 years. Impulsively buying one to surprise a kid on Easter without taking the time to properly research and commit to its care is cruel.
Another high maintenance pet that is sold as a novelty. People buy them because they are so cute without realizing proper care is a serious commitment. I'm bet the mortality rate among sugar gliders sold to consumers is shockingly high.
Microchip your pets people. It really does make a difference. This isn't the place to be stingy. It's not that expensive anyway.
Yet another novelty pet people get without realizing the work involved. Your hedgehog isn't going to be happy or healthy with an ordinary cage or box sitting in your house. They need a controlled environment and you're either going to have to sacrifice your comfort or spend the extra dough to put together a quality environment.
Before getting little Johnny an "easy" to care for pet to teach him some responsibility, do a little research. Are you getting him a chore he's going to want to do until he's in his 30s? And what if he doesn't want that? Is the lesson in responsibility you want to teach that you get rid of things when you no longer want to care for them?
There is no Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act for veterinarians. The animal hospital isn't legally required to treat your sick pet. Veterinary clinics are for profit businesses and while the doctors employed there would almost certainly prefer to be able to do everything possible for your furry one, the realities of the business prevent it.
Don't put yourself in a position to have to decide how much you are willing to pay for your pet's medical treatment and don't put your vet in a position where the have to put down an animal that could be saved. Get pet insurance.
Considered the ultimate in low maintenance pet (heck, they used to give them away at the fair), goldfish can actually become something of a burden if you take care of them. Of course, most people probably don't bother with that.