Make sure a pet fits your daily routine, activity level and ability to provide exercise, training and care.
Research food, medical, supplies and other costs so you can properly budget for a pet's expenses.
Ensure your home has enough room for a pet to play and move around comfortably.
Consider if you have the time and energy for a high or low maintenance pet based on its breed and age.
If you have allergies, look into hypoallergenic pets or prepare allergy medication.
Be ready to invest time and effort into training a new pet, especially a high energy puppy.
Pet-proof your home by removing dangers, securing chemicals and blocking off unsafe areas.