Two is Better Than One
Are you considering getting another pet for your home? Here are a couple reasons why you should consider adopting a new family member to your household!
- Loneliness and Separation Anxiety - Not only are they a new companion to you, but they make a great friend to your pet too! While you are out of the house, your current pet will be less lonely at home. That companionship and playfulness helps alleviate boredom, anxiety, loneliness, and separation anxiety. They could be spending time with one another and playing in the yard. How else can they get in a good game of tug-o-war? Since they have each other, the dogs will need less attention from you and they won’t be as needy. You won’t have to feel guilty leaving them alone when you’re off to work.
- Physical Health - This can enhance their physical health and keep them in shape. A partner gives them more of a reason to exercise as they encourage play and interaction in both parties. This health benefit also extends itself to longevity, helping both animals live a longer and healthier life.
- Dogs are Naturally Social Creatures - If they don’t have a human companion with them, your next best bet is to have another pet. They’ll have a life-long companion to grow old with. If one of them is distinctly older than the other, they will be able to teach the youngster how to practice normal behaviors, while a younger dog encourages youthful vigor.
But before you bring a new friend home, here are some things to consider:
- Do you have a senior dog? If yes, certain younger pets may be too playful and energetic for older dogs, so it’s best to take some time to introduce the two in a neutral setting.
- Does your dog or cat get along with other pets? Know if your pet is social and willing to welcome in an unfamiliar dog or cat to your house.
- Is your pet spayed/ or neutered? If you’re considering getting a pet of different genders, be sure your dog or cat is already spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Your best bet is to have both of them spayed/ neutered before bringing a new pet home.
- Are you ready? Only consider adopting another pet if you’re ready to give attention to another animal at home. Having one dog or cat is already a lot of work! A second companion is not a substitute for your own affection and attention, so be ready to expand the love you’re capable of sharing.
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