Determine what provisions you will need to shelter, feed and care for the pet, including the costs of such responsibilities. Consider checking with your local humane shelter or rescue organizations to aquire a pet that really NEEDS you! Select a source that is very knowledgeable of the particular type of animal you are interested in, keeps its animals clean and healthy, and shows true caring for the pet. Determine where the pet came from, and be very leery of animals that were obtained from more than 100 miles away. Acquire a pet if your living situation is likely to dramatically change within a short period of time, possibly preventing you from devoting the time, energy and overall care your pet needs.
Rely on information provided by pet stores; they are notorious for giving out BAD advice! Allow any salesperson to bully or badger you into acquiring a pet you’re not absolutely certain about. Acquire a pet from an individual or establishment that is clearly not taking good care of the animals by keeping them clean, healthy and happy. Even consider obtaining a pet from a source that provides no health guarantee or opportunity for you to have the pet checked by your vet. Allow your pet to be the type of animal it is; it is not human.
Take care of yourself; YOU are your pet’s most important asset in the world. Keep the pet and care for it well until YOU find it a good home. Be extremely diligent in finding someone TRULY appropriate for this pet; remember, if YOU hadn’t made YOUR mistake this pet might already have a good home. Expect to gain back ANY of the money you spent on the pet; your responsibility is to ensure that this living creature is well taken care of… and you deserve an expensive lesson for YOUR mistake!
Pawn the pet off on someone else who may be an equally poor prospective keeper.
Texas Department of State Health Services, Infectious Disease Control Unit > Pets
The state of Texas requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. When traveling with a dog or cat, have in your possession a rabies vaccination certificate that was signed by the veterinarian who administered the vaccination. For an animal to be considered currently vaccinated against rabies in rabies exposure situations, at least 30 days must have elapsed since the initial vaccination and the time elapsed since the most recent vaccination must not have exceeded the recommended interval for booster vaccination as established by the manufacturer. Local jurisdictions may require more frequent rabies vaccination intervals.
All dogs and cats 12 weeks of age or older that are being transported into Texas must have been vaccinated against rabies and not be overdue. Proof of vaccination must be provided via a rabies vaccination certificate signed by the attending veterinarian. Veterinarians in Texas are restricted to using vaccines approved by the United States Department of Agriculture; however, for entry purposes only, dogs and cats traveling into the state from another country may be inoculated against rabies with killed, modified live, or recombinant vaccine. Once in Texas, if a USDA-approved vaccine was not used or the veterinarian who administered it was not licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the US, compliance must be achieved. Although not required by law, it is recommended that livestock, domestic ferrets, and wolf-dog hybrids be vaccinated against rabies.
Again, check with your veterinarian about other available vaccines for these animals. Additional information is also available:Details on dog and cat entry requirementsTexas Administrative Code with rabies vaccination requirements.
Pets Benefit Human Health
Pets Benefit Human Health Many articles present pet ownership as a key to heart health, social support, and long life. In one study last year, researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that married couples who owned pets had a lower heart rate and blood pressure whether at rest or when undergoing stressful tests than those without pets. Last May at a seminar in Portugal, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Surgeons emphasized the many health benefits of pet ownership. The health benefits of pet ownership are obvious for people who like animals, and most of us doat on friendly, clean, non-threatening animals. Dogs and cats are generally more affectionate and entertaining as pets than, say, fish or birds or ferrets, though many delight in those animals, too.
Nursing homes now arrange for pets to visit residents, and some facilities keep pets on the premises. The National Institutes of Health conducted a workshop almost 20 years ago on the health benefits of pets and pet-facilitated therapy. Pets are not medicine, and the scientific case for the benefits of pet ownership is not watertight. In 1995 in a review of research, Dr. Friedman said there’s no question that emotions have an impact on health, and that pets may help promote positive emotions.
You can’t really hand out pets and test their effects, as you might test the effects of a drug. Still, Dr. Friedman concludes that since heart disease and other stress-related diseases are so common in our society, it can’t hurt to recommend pets for their calming effect, at least for people who like animals and are willing and able to undertake the responsibility of owning one. Pets are not a panaceaas Dr. Friedman notes, they won’t cure cancer or heart disease.