The Important Reasons to Get a Pet for Your Family | Broadview University

The Important Reasons to Get a Pet for Your Family

Father and daughter sitting on the couch with their family pet

A career in veterinary technology is ideal for animal lovers who want to get into the field to help families find a loving pet. The first step to becoming a vet tech is earning a degree in veterinary technology. This degree program can be completed in as little as two years. Once you graduate and pass the VTNE, you’re ready to start working as a vet tech and help families find a pet companion. What are some of the reasons a family should get a pet?

What Are Some of the Reasons A Family Should Have A Pet?

There are many reasons for a family to get a pet. As a vet tech, you can steer them in the right direction. Different families will need different pets that will fit into the family’s day-to-day schedule. They have many choices including dogs, cats, birds or pocket pet. Even a family considering a dog may be more compatible with a small one or big one.

Companionship for Family, Child or Other Animal

Pets are excellent companions for families. It’s essential to choose the pet that will acclimate to your family’s lifestyle. For example, if you have an active lifestyle and enjoy outdoor activities, a large breed dog would be an excellent choice. However, if your family lives in an apartment and don’t have young children, your family may choose a cat or small breed dog.

A family may adopt a pet as a companion for your child. Caring for a dog or cat is a great way to provide companionship. A child that’s withdrawn or insecure gains confidence from spending time with a pet. Caring for a pet teaches a child about compassion and responsibility. Young children can take on some of the responsibility of caring for the family’s pet. They may fill food bowls, brush their pet, and help walk them.

Some people adopt a second pet as a companion for their dog or cat, an ideal option if you’re away during the day and want your pet to have company. Dogs and cats usually enjoy the company of another pet and feel more secure when their owner is away from home.

Teach Child Responsibility

When a child helps to care for their dog or cat, they learn to be responsible. The tasks a child handles should correspond to their age and ability. One of the first lessons a child should remember is to always be gentle with a pet. When children care for their pets, they learn to take on more responsibility as they grow older.

Security for Family and Home

Many people adopt a dog to provide security for their family and home. A dog that’s adopted to provide protection for you is still a family pet and should be treated with kindness and compassion. If your dog is going to live outdoors, make sure your yard is enclosed and has a shelter for your dog that keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Take time to interact with your dog and allow it to have playtime with your family.

Passion for Pets

Animal lovers are passionate about their pets and want to provide them with a loving home. Some people adopt dogs, cats, or both and treat them like children. Many pet parents feel more comfortable around animals than people. Whatever the reason, if you love animals, adopting a dog or cat can enrich your family’s life.

Rescue A Pet for Adoption

Rescuing a pet helps to save animal lives. When your family adopts from a shelter, you free space for another dog or cat that’s homeless. Animal control facilities and humane societies have dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens all waiting for a forever home. Many shelters spay or neuter pets and provide initial vaccinations before they’re adopted. Rescue groups also have pets available to adopt or foster. Most rescue groups have an application process and conduct a home check before they allow an animal to be adopted. As long as everything checks out, the dog or cat can be placed with your family.

Foster a Pet

Fostering is another option for a pet lover who doesn’t want to make a long-term commitment. A home check is still part of the application process, and in some cases, the homeowner may have to be inspected by local officials to get foster status. A foster home is a temporary solution for pets who need to be placed quickly. A foster family cares for the pet until it can be placed in a permanent home. Fosters are invaluable during kitten season each spring. Many mother cats and their litters are placed with fosters. In some cases, the foster may have to bottle feed newborn kittens that can’t nurse on their own.

Lower Stress and Have More Fun

Being around a pet releases chemicals that reduce stress, so we relax and feel less anxiety. Being a pet owner can alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression. Pet owners can have a lot of fun with their furry friends. Owning a pet is the opportunity to get outside, go for walks, and take trips to the dog park. A lot of retail locations and restaurants are pet-friendly, so pets and their humans can socialize and make new friends.

What Are the Responsibilities of Having A Family Pet?

When a family adopts a pet, everyone can help with the pet’s care, but it must be understood that one person must be responsible for:

  • Pet’s proper nutrition
  • Keeping the pet on a feeding schedule
  • Emptying the litter box and disposing of used litter
  • Walks with your pet
  • Pet’s general care

Dogs and cats need a nutritious diet based on their age, size, breed, and health needs. The food you choose for your family’s pet should contain meat, a combination of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Your pet’s food should be free of artificial ingredients and additives that don’t provide any nutritional value. Your pet’s feeding schedule should be at regular times each day and should be the responsibility of one family member.

Cat’s litter boxes should be emptied at least once a day or more often if needed. Litter box liners can be used if that’s your preference and a high-quality litter is preferable. Not only does a clean litter box prevent odors, but it’s healthier for your family’s cat.

If your pet is a dog, you should plan walks each day. If your dog is alone while you’re at work, a walk in the morning and again in the evening is necessary. Also schedule time in the yard in the morning and evening so your dog can get exercise. If your children are old enough, they can help with the yard clean-up. General care of your family pet involves:

  • Bathing
  • Brushing your pet’s coat
  • Keeping nails trimmed
  • Brushing your pet’s teeth
  • Checking your pet’s skin for irritations
  • Regular veterinary visits

Some animals are better for small children or families that are not home during the day. Small pets like rabbits or guinea pigs may be an option for younger children. Rabbits are friendly and have a gentle disposition, making them an excellent choice for families with small children. Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box and live from 8 to 12 years. Guinea pigs are cuddly and have a sweet nature, making them less likely to bite. They don’t mind being handled, so they’re an excellent option for small children.

Where Can A Family Find A Pet to Adopt?

There are many great places to adopt a friendly family pet. From pet adoption associations and pet shelters to animal sanctuaries, if you look hard enough, you will find the best pet for your family dynamic.

Pet Adoption Associations

Pet adoption associations may be non-profit, privately run rescues that adopt pets locally or feature their adoptable pets on nationwide databases like Adopt-A-Pet or PetFinder. Adoption associations may work closely with local animal control facilities. Rescuers often take homeless pets from these shelters, house them at their rescue or find foster families until they’re adopted.

Pet Shelters

Shelters may be municipal facilities or privately operated. Most shelters expect potential adopters to fill out an application and agree to an in-home visit. Some local shelters are humane societies. Not all of them are affiliated with the ASPCA or HSUS, but each has its guidelines about pet adoption.

Animal Sanctuaries

Animal sanctuaries are not-for-profit organizations that rely on donations and fundraising to operate. Sanctuaries care for animals that are homeless or abused and care for them until they can be placed in permanent homes. If a home isn’t found for an animal, it lives its life at the sanctuary where it’s safe and gets compassionate care.

Before You Adopt A Pet

Adopting a pet is an important step for a family. Before you adopt your furry friend, here are some things to consider.

  1. If you don’t own your property, make sure you’re allowed to keep a pet where you live.
  2. Don’t adopt a pet on a whim. Go to the shelter and visit with the pets. The best way to find your new family member is to talk to the staff at the shelter. They know the dogs and cats and understand their unique personalities.
  3. Make any necessary modifications to your home or yard before you bring your new friend home.

When You Bring Your New Pet Home

Give your pet time to adjust to the new surroundings. Provide plenty of love and time with your pet, especially in the first weeks while they get accustomed to their new home. A warm, comfortable bed in a quiet spot, nourishing food, plenty of water, and toys to play with are essentials. Remind families that adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment.

Final Thoughts

The best part about being a vet tech is helping families keep their pets happy and healthy. Take the time to learn about the different adoption organizations and shelters in your area. When someone asks where they can find a pet for their family, you will be ready to help.

Veterinary Technician Program

Interested in learning about becoming a vet tech? With an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, you’ll gain the knowledge, qualities and skills you need to start an entry-level career as a veterinary technician. Broadview University has been part of the community for more than 40 years, so we’ve developed connections that can help move your career forward. After completing our accredited degree program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Passing the VTNE allows you to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), a designation that will give you a competitive advantage when you enter the job market.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a veterinary technician and working in veterinary technology.