Buying a Pet Online Versus Pet Shops

October 24, 2012 by  
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Are you in the market for a pet? If you want a new companion for your home, there are a couple of ways to acquire one. You can buy one in person (from a pet shop or a breeder) or purchase your new friend online. Which is best? Keep reading to weigh your options.

A pet is a special friend and addition to your family. While dogs are pack animals and cats are pretty much to themselves, both want to belong and be loved.

At the same time, you want a pet that will suit your needs. All too often, people buy pets at Christmas or as birthday presents for someone and it is not the exact fit to the receiver. This results in animals being taken to animal shelters or turned loose on the streets to fend for themselves. Neither is a satisfactory end for your companion.

So, first and foremost, you want your new pet to fit all of the criteria that you have so they fit well into your home. But, how do you find just the right one?

Advantages of In Person Buying

There are a few reasons why it is advantageous to choose a pet in person. This includes pet shops and private breeders. We will concentrate on pet shops since it is a more affordable choice for the average family unless you plan to compete in shows or raise pure blood animals.

One plus is that you can examine the animal for yourself. You can see how they look and interact with them. Examine the dog, cat or other pet for signs of illness or disease.

Also, kids can get to know the pet and see if they like them. Because it will be a family pet, it is important that everyone agrees on the choice.

You can ask questions of the experts. Get specifics on how to care for different breeds of animal. They can answer most general questions. They can also steer you towards pet supplies and equipment so that you can weigh the cost of owning different kinds of pets.

Advantages of Buying Pets Online

With the advent of the Internet, the entire world is open to us. This means pets as well. You can find just about any type of pet you are looking for through an online search.

And, that is the first advantage. Pet shops and shelters acquire many pets but there may not be the variety in breeds that you are looking for. Online, you can locate those who are selling a larger animal variety for you to choose from.

You can fill out questionnaires. Online surveys can help you determine which type of pet is best for you, if you are undecided. Everyone else might have cats but you may discover that you do better with birds or dogs given your personality and lifestyle.

The Internet gives you access to lots of information. You can research all types of pets so that you know their health issues, temperament, needs for care, and grooming and size. Now you can make an informed choice before buying.

There are advantages to both buying in person and also buying pets online. Evaluate both and decide which process will accommodate you best.


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