Account for food, medical care, supplies - a pet is a financial commitment. Have a plan if your income changes
Pets need daily care and exercise. Consider your work hours and lifestyle to match with an appropriate pet.
Ensure your rental or HOA allows pets. Plan for deposits and gradual introductions if needed.
Stock up on species appropriate food, housing, toys, cleaning products so your pet has everything they need.
How will a pet change your routine? Prepare for schedule adjustments, training time, less spontaneity.
Adopt an energetic or low key pet to match your lifestyle. An active dog will need more exercise.
Long haired pets require much more grooming. Be realistic about your grooming commitments.