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Updated December 24th, 2023 at 15:08 IST

Thinking about getting a dog? These pros and cons will help you decide

Are you planning to get a pet dog? These pros and cons will help you make a decision.

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Furry creatures with aww-dorable eyes, slobbery kisses, offering an ecstatic homecoming and a much needed companionship - who can ever say no to having a dog? However, no matter how cute and adorable the idea of having a pet dog around may sound, it has its own set of disadvantages. 

The prospect of having a pet dog is often very exciting. So much so that we forget the important factors to consider beforehand. If you are someone who is considering adding a pet dog to your family, here is a list of pros and cons that will help you with your decision. 

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Cons 

Added expense: Like any other family member, a pet also comes with a set of responsibilities, which often means an added expense. A pet dog, or for that matter, any other pet, will add to your living expenses. The initial costs will include that of a bed, crate, grooming items, a leash, a litter box, and many other miscellaneous things needed immediately. Then comes the recurring expenses, such as the cost of food, toys, vaccines, and more. Before welcoming a dog into your home, you may also need to spend some money on pet-proofing your space. Meaning, that you will need to purchase bins, utensils, and add certain furnishing items. Even when done with pet-proofing, some of your belongings could end up chewed. This is an additional cost that many pet owners usually forget. 

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Care when away: Whenever you are planning a trip, you need to make sure that the needs of your dog is being taken care of.  If you are gone for an extended period of time, you may need to find a sitter or a daycare. This may come up with an added expense. Having a dog can often put time constraints on your outings. You need to ensure that your pet is timely fed, taken out of a stroll. 

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Pros 

Unconditional love and companionship: Pet dogs are known for the unconditional love and companionship that they have to offer. There is nothing like coming home every day to a dog who is thrilled to see you and greets you with cuddles and kisses. The companionship of a dog also has benefits for your mental health. Pet parents have repeatedly highlighted that having a pet around has often helped with their level of depression and anxiety. Besides this, a pet dog also gives the parents a sense of responsibility. 

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Home safety: A pet dog, or any other vocal pet can alert you to strangers or a suspicious activity outside your home. If you live alone, having a dog can also be a comfort. According to many researches, cats and dogs have been able to detect fires and gas leaks.

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 12:36 IST

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