Questions To Ask before Purchasing Living Things

Over the course of a lifetime, you will have many occasions to purchase living things. If you own a home, there will be landscaping that might require plants. Wherever you live, you might want houseplants. Perhaps you want a pet, whether that means a dog or a canary or a horse. If you know your way around a nursery or you have had a lot of experience with animals, it may be easy for you to make your purchasing decisions because you will know what to expect. If you are entering the market for living things, both plants and pets, you need to be your own investigative journalist and ask some important questions before you buy.

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6 Responses to Questions To Ask before Purchasing Living Things

  1. As someone who has an enormous long haired dog (Bernese Mountain Dog), I can attest to the fact that they cost more. He destroyed our back storm door, broke my desk and thanks to his constant shedding I’m on my second Roomba …

    Another issue to check out is health issues with certain breeds. Some breeds are more prone to certain diseases, joint problems, etc. Although some of these can be prevented with good exercise and healthy diets. And plan for the unexpected. As a puppy, my Brodie had lyme disease and other issues. Just the other day he ate a frog … but that seems to have digested fine.

    I would also recommend you have a plan for how you will handle issues like will you be willing to pay $5,000 for cancer treatments.

  2. Miz Pat says:

    I have always wanted a lizard, until I found out they require you to buy clean vitamin injected crickets to eat. I just don’t like the idea of being stuck constantly buying a living thing to feed a bigger living thing. I know its stupid, because, hey – OMNIVORE here, but its a point.

  3. Mary says:

    You may want to re-check your stats on the goldfish. My son won our goldfish “spot” at the state fair. She lived 7 years. The pet books state that goldfish can live up to 18 years or more.

  4. A Fan says:

    Good advice, David. SO many people do not stop and consider the future consequences of their decisions, thus leading them into major problems all because they did not stop and think it out properly.
    I am sure that this will be of help to many that read it.

  5. miclason says:

    I bought 2 guppies about 7 years ago…. they reproduced….in biblical proportions…we had to upgrade the bowl to a tank, then luckily someone gave me a WAY bigger tank (for free, filter included, yay!)… I now care for a whole school of fish (at last count, we had 62…that was over a year ago…I’ve since given up counting them!)…I have had to buy new filters 2x….not to mention I have had to buy a couple other fish to introduce some genetic variety!

  6. Larabelle says:

    Yes, I totally agree on all counts particulary you should consider the vet bills. I now have my vet on speed dial and I have learned more about what a dog can digest and what they can’t then I ever really want to know.

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