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Everything You Need to Know Before Becoming a Pet Parent For the First Time

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Adopting a pet into your life is a beautiful, life-changing moment, but not one to rush into.

To be the best pet parent possible, you need to prepare a few things for your future cat/dog/rabbit/etc before heading to the shelter.

PEOPLE Pet Vet Dr. Evan Antin has a few simple questions to ask yourself before you decide to welcome an animal into your life that will help you get ready.

Potential pet parents need to be prepared to commit to an animal for its entire life. Many furry friends live to be well over 10 years old, so while you may be certain you want a pet right now, you also need to be certain you will have the enthusiasm, time and devotion to care for your pet for years to come.

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Find out the other questions you need to check off your list before you bring that special, fluffy somebody to your forever home by watching Dr. Antin’s advice above.