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Research, Research , Research!
In today’s world, all of us face unprecedented change and a lot of uncertainty. That is why it is vitally important that we keep on developing our knowledge and adapting to the changes that are ongoing regarding animal husbandry and pet care. Life-long learning is playing an increasingly important role in caring for animals. It helps us to be responsible pet owners and it is helping our pets live longer and happier lives.
I think that sometimes before, during and after we get a pet, many of us often lose sight of what is the most important thing to think about when getting a new pet and caring for it for the rest of its life. Unfortunately, when deciding on a pet, all too often some people place more importance on what a pet looks like, or if it is a boy or if it is a girl then what they need to thrive happily. We often overlook many of the sacrifices we need to make and the responsibilities that we need to accept before we make a commitment to bring a pet home.
- Before getting any pet be sure to do as much research as possible and never commit to taking in a new pet until you are confident that you will provide outstanding care for the pet, for the rest of its life.
- After getting a new pet continue to keep learning about it. Scientific knowledge grows leaps and bounds annually. What we learn can have a huge influence on how we care for our pets.
Owning pets is an emotional issue. We need to except that quite often, some of the things we read, see and hear, are often perpetuated by people who are well-meaning but are motivated to share information by relying on their ambitious sense of emotion, rather than by presenting facts. False facts are mistakes that people think are true and unfortunately do not realize they are making a mistake until after they have made it. When dealing with animals, false facts and mistakes can be fatal.
When doing any research, we need to rely on our own common sense. If we second guess anything that we read, hear or see, then we need to investigate it further.
I have listed a few resources that I find helpful for when doing research.
• Libraries and Museums
• Veterinarians and Animal Specialists
• Long Term Breeders and Hobbyists
• Zoos and Zoological Societies
• Shelters and Rescues
• Animal Trainers and Behaviorists
• Friends and Family
• Pet Supply Stores
• The Internet
(The internet is quick and easy. It can be a valuable resource for people doing research , although much of the information online is true, there is also a heck of a lot of ‘False Facts’)