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Taking Care of Your Pet

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There are many responsibilities to owning a pet. My mom is a veterinarian.

Until last week I had 9 pets. Now I have 8 pets. I have 1 dog, Zena, 2 cats, Calvin and Summer Cupcake, 2 fish, Goldy and Geo Sparkles, 2 doves, Rainbow and Snowflake, and I had 1 frog, Sunny Mecheil.

The first thing to do when you want a pet is research the type of pet you want. For example, if you’re getting a dog, you’d look up what they eat, and how to care for them.

If you’re getting a new puppy you should dogproof your house like you would do for a new baby.

And sometimes it would be a good idea to crate a new pet when you go away for a short while.

When you get your pet you should take your pet to the vet once a year for a yearly check up (unless they’re sick).

A dog needs to be walked several times a day. For a caged pet like a guinea pig, ferret, or bunny, you have to clean their cage every day and wash their cage once a week. A cat needs the litter box cleaned everyday.

The caged pets need floor time, and most dogs need toys and to go running. If you don’t have a fenced-in yard then it is a good idea to take the dog to a park.

Guinea pigs should have a friend in the cage with them. The only thing is males will fight with other males and females will have babies with males and they have babies pretty fast.

My mom once had 108 gerbils. (Not at one time.)  

When you get your pet I personally recommend getting your pet from a shelter or rescuing them. For example, I rescued my dog.

In February my family and I drove to Staten Island and got my dog from the people who didn’t want her any more.

That’s why I recommend adopting your new pet instead of buying them.

Everyone should have a pet. They’re awesome!

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