Pet Planning

Getting a pet? We'll help you get it right!

Here at Ark House Vets we know just how special the bond with a pet is, and that our four-legged friends enhance our lives in so many ways.

Of course, welcoming a new pet into your home brings responsibilities and expense alongside the cuddles and excitement, and so it’s really important to be fully prepared.

If you haven’t had a pet before, or it’s been a while, you might be surprised at some of the practicalities and realities of pet parenting that you may not have considered – which is where our free Pet Planning sessions can really help.

Our friendly and experienced nurses will guide and advise you towards choosing the right pet for your lifestyle, considering a wide range of topics such as:

  • The pros and cons of adopting and buying
  • Selecting the right breed and breeder
  • Rehoming an older pet
  • Buying the right equipment
  • Getting your home pet-ready
  • Expected lifetime costs
  • Routine preventative care
  • Exercise and diet regimes

Whether you’re considering a rabbit, guinea pig, dog or cat or an alternative small furry, bringing home a new pet is not a decision that can be taken lightly. When it comes to choosing the right pet for you, we can help lighten the load.

More resources

For further information before you get a new puppy, read the Puppy Contract. You should take this with you on your first visit to a breeder.

For more information about getting a kitten, read the Kitten Checklist from the BVA

Visit PDSA’s Which Pet website for advice on which pet is right for you.