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Pet Shopping Tips: To Buy or Not To Buy

The RSPCA has recently revealed that they have witnessed an astonishing 65% increase in animals abandoned over the last five years. Following this, a local veterinary surgery is urging owners to make the right choice when buying a pet.

Julian Peters, owner of Arthur Lodge Veterinary Group, commented: “Many people like the thought of owning a pet but it is a huge undertaking. There is no doubt that animals bring a lot of joy to people’s lives, however it is essential that potential owners are 100% certain before making the decision.”

Julian continued: “It can be a confusing task to choose a pet so it is often useful to weigh everything up and even write a pros and cons list, both for whether to buy a pet and what animal to opt for. More important than anything else, the owner needs to be absolutely certain that they know everything about the animal they are purchasing before making the final decision.”

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility, as is choosing one. It is important to purchase a pet from a reliable source. Never buy pets that are sold on the street or at markets, as it is illegal to sell animals in this way. If buying a pet from an individual, make sure to ask the right questions as this can affect an owner’s legal rights.

Where puppies are concerned, it is vital to check that the seller has a license to breed dogs. If making a purchase at a pet shop, ensure that they have a licence from the local authority and that the conditions are acceptable. Another option is to find an animal at a charitable rescue centre, of which there are many.

Arthur Lodge urge everyone to think about the following when buying a pet:

  • The age of the animal – the older the animal, the more veterinary care it is likely to need and this is something to bear in mind.
  • The animal’s mood – people with young children may wish to avoid an aggressive animal.
  • The care and food that the animal requires – some animals are more costly to keep than others and it is important to consider the economic implications before buying.
  • The health of the animal – if an animal has an existing medical condition, it is essential to be made aware of this, not only for the sake of the animal but also for the owner as it will inevitably entail costly veterinary bills.

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902