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Pet Care: Finding Time As A College Student

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

A lot of people get their first pets when they go to college or a little bit after. I started with a cat, and then added another, and now I have a dog! I also have a full time job, an internship, and school. Needless to say, I’ve had to come up with some ways to not only keep my grades and work ethic up, but also how to be a good parent to my fur babies!

1. Put Them First

I used to go out on weekend getaways, stay at friends’ houses, not come home for hours all day, and now I can’t do any of those things without a solid plan. If I’m not going to be home all night, I either spend the money to board my animals to know they are safe, or I get a trusting friend to go feed them and play with them! If you get someone, make sure they play with your animals. As much as they need food and water, they also need love!

College Student Male Playing With Pet Cat

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2. Make An Effort

There are days of the week that I work eight hours, go straight to school, and then have meetings. I could easily just go home and be lazy, but I make myself take my dog on a walk for at least fifteen minutes. I chose to have this animal, so the least I can do is give him a short walk at the end of the night! Plus it is a bonus exercise for me too! With my cats, I bring out their toys, and while I’m watching TV, I just play around with them! This actually is a great way to de-stress!

Male College Student Walking Pet Dog At Night In Park Outside

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3. Save Money For Your Animals

It makes me so sad when I see people get a pet when they don’t have the money to truly care for them! I’m not saying you have to lavish your pets with diamond collars and fluffy beds. But, you do need to have the money to buy good food, grooming, boarding (if needed), and vet visits! I only get my dog groomed every few months so I’m not crazy about it, but with him being long haired I know that it’s necessary!

Cute Puppy Dog Groom Hair Cut

Photo © Pet Buddies Pet Care

Take care of your pets, even if you are a super busy college student! If you don’t have time to take care of them, then please give them to someone who does because they deserve it. Not only will taking care of them make them happy, but it will make your relationship with them so much stronger, which is why we get pets in the first place!

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Dog or No Dog: a Post-Graduation Pet?

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Joyce Du Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Life as a college senior consists of job searching and trying to stay focused on school without falling into the senior slump. I’d say the first half is so much easier than the latter probably because senioritis has hit me like a sack of rocks. But as I’m looking for a job for next year, I’m also questioning whether or not I want to get a pet to keep me company. As an avid dog lover, I’m trying to figure out when is the right time to get my first dog.

But before I go running down to the pet store to bring home a super cute, adorable, and cuddly ball of a puppy, there are a few things I would need to think about regarding both my lifestyle and the animal’s lifestyle:

1. Cost

The yearly cost of having a dog can range from $360 to $2,520 (or more). Considering the average lifespan is 12 years for a dog, raising a puppy could cost between $4,620 and $32,990 over its lifetime. Dogs are a life time commitment and it can be an expensive one.

2. Time

Dogs require a daily time commitment. I need to keep in mind how much time I can commit to take my dog out for a walk, play in the park, feed it, etc. Also a puppy will require even more time with potty training and doggy-sitting.

3. Emotional Commitment

Getting a dog becomes a full-time relationship. The dog needs love, attention, support, and care very much similar to a small child.

4. Type of Dog

Bigger dogs take up more space; smaller dogs need to use the restroom more often; bigger dogs may be energetic; smaller dogs may also be energetic. It is important to note the breed of dog as it pertains to where I will be living.

It is a lot to consider. Get a pet when you are fully ready to be responsible for it. As much as I want one now, it may be better to wait for the right time.

10 Canine Commandments Before You Get A Pet

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