Pick a pet to suit your family… not your Instagram

Sydney vet shares her best tips for choosing a furry friend

August 01 2018

We Aussies love our pets it seems, with 24 million animals residing in 62% of Australian homes. In fact, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world.

However, Sydney’s My Vet Animal Hospital veterinarian and owner, Dr Cherlene Lee, says potential pet owners should choose carefully before picking a furry friend to join the family.

“Bringing a pet into your life is a big commitment,” says Dr Lee, “You should consider the cost of keeping a pet, your current lifestyle and living environment, and existing allergies.”

“It’s very easy to get distracted by the plethora of cute animals on social media but it is extremely important to choose a breed that fits into your lifestyle rather than your Instagram,” Dr Lee explaines.

“A lot of people love the fluffy look of a Pomeranian or a Persian cat but they tend to forget about these breeds require a lot of grooming.”


Choose the right pet and you'll have a furry friend for life

Choose the right pet and you'll have a furry friend for life


If you’re keen to get a pet, the following tips will help you make the right choice.

Pick a pet that fits your space
If you live in a small apartment or are out of the home a lot, cats are a better choice than dogs. “Dogs generally require more time, attention and space than cats. Since you don’t really have to walk your cats, almost anyone can have any breed of cats,” says Dr Lee.

Adopt from a shelter
Rescue animals are wonderful and it’s so rewarding to give an abandoned or unwanted animal a forever home. “Check out the animal shelters as there are so many cute furbabies desperate for a new home,” Dr Lee says.

Choose the right breed
“For those who have young children at home or plan to have a baby in the next few years a Cavoodle, Havanese or Mini Schnauzer will be a welcome addition to your growing family,” Dr Lee advises.

Remember pets are for life
“At the end of the day, all pets require time, effort and training to help them stay physically and mentally happy. Talk to your local vet to work out what kind of pets will suit you best."