A good rescue centre will tell you as much about the background of the animal as they can and make sure you suit each other.
Accidents can and will happen, especially when you bring a puppy or a kitten into your home. Young animals are usually inquisitive about their new environment, which can lead to unexpected visits to the vets.
LV= insure puppies and kittens from eight weeks old, so you can even get your pet insurance in place before your new pet comes home.
Other things to think about when getting a new pet:
Of course it's super exciting to get a new pet. And many families get pets to help their children learn about animals.
But it's essential when you first bring home your new pet that they're given time and space to get used to their new environment.
Teach children how to gently stroke an animal and how to understand when a pet wants to be left alone.
If there are certain ways you want your pet to behave, make sure the rest of the family are supporting this and reinforcing good behaviours.
Contrary to what you may see on the internet, your pet doesn't need a different outfit for every day of the week. However, it will need a few things to help it settle in.
Cats tend to be solitary animals and are happy to be independent, but dogs need to be socialised to help them develop in to happy adults.
Ideally, dogs should encounter lots of different experiences before the age of 12 weeks. After this time they become more cautious when confronted with new things.
Your pet will need a series of vaccinations to help them stay healthy. These usually take place when the pet is very young with boosters given annually.
If you're not planning on breeding from your pet, it's essential to get it spayed/neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies in females and aggressive behaviour in males. It's important to know that LV= insurance won't cover neutering or spaying. Speak to your vet about what age it is suitable to do this.
Your pet should see a vet at least once a year for a check-up. Although your pet insurance won't usually cover the cost of check-ups, it can help pay towards ongoing treatment if needed.