Pet ownership is openly recognised as being good for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Just stroking a pet or watching the restful action of fish swimming around in an aquarium is said to be a powerful stress reliever that can help to temporarily lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Pets can also be great companions and offer security to adults and children alike.
If you’re taking your first steps towards pet ownership, one of the biggest decisions will be whether you buy an animal from a breeder or decide to offer a home to an unwanted pet.
Only you can decide but researching your preferred pet and whether it will fit into your lifestyle can pay dividends in the long run.
If you’ve got your eye on a dog, the Kennel Club has devised a fun tool to help you find your perfect pet. Its website also has lots of information on getting a puppy or how to find a breeder. Watching the upcoming Crufts television coverage is also a good start as it showcases lots of different breeds.
You to the rescue?
Many people feel that offering a second chance to a rescue animal is a rewarding investment.
If you decide to adopt from a shelter, there are hundreds of local and national charities that would love you to give a home to one of their charges.
Whichever path you decide to take, you can rest assured that introducing a pet into your life will be one of the best decisions you can make.