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Published: May 04, 2011

There are many choices when it comes to picking out the perfect four-legged companion. A person has to figure out if they want a cat or dog, and also which breed they want. It is also important to find the right veterinarian for the pet, according to The Seattle Times.

There are some easy steps to ensure that a pet is taken care of, including helping them maintain a healthy diet. In addition, it is important for an animal companion to receive the necessary vaccinations.

Louise Murray, the vice president of the ASPCA animal hospital in New York, explained to the news source that each type of dog needs to be treated differently and a veterinarian should develop an individual plan when it comes to vaccinations.

Regular veterinarian visits are an important aspect of pet ownership. If an animal is not checked on a regular basis, a sickness may be overlooked, which could cause more pain and suffering for the pet. In addition, the more doctor appointments made because a dog or cat got sick, the more money it will cost the parent. According to the Humane Society, the average cost of veterinary visits each year for pooches is $225, compared to the great deal of money it could cost if they become sick.