A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or laboratory animal. Establishments where the boarding of animals is being carried on as a business are subject to the 1963 act, which requires such establishments to be licensed by the local council. For the purpose of this act the keeping of such establishments is defined as the carrying on at any premises, including a private dwelling, of a business of providing accommodation for other people’s cats and dogs.
Some people are into pets, however, while others simply aren’t interested. Why is this the case? It is highly probable that our desire for the company of animals actually goes back tens of thousands of years and has played an important part in our evolution. If so, then genetics might help explain why a love of animals is something some people just don’t get.
Pet owners should also consider the possibility of emergency situations while overseas that could require rapid departure or shipping of a pet. Take time to think about the resources your pet(s) might need and consider options for sheltering them in-country as well as making plans for departure on short notice. The resource sheet below from the Overseas Briefing Center offers tips and topics to assist you in planning for emergency needs for your pet.
Owning a pet while aging in place is certainly not for everyone. Ask your veterinarian, family members, and doctor if this is the right decision for you and your health. If you are healthy enough or your caregiver is willing enough to care for a pet, the rewards of pet ownership can be life-changing. An aging dog, cat, or even bird could be the best medicine and your best friend, all in one.
Two of the most popular pets are dogs and catsA cat lover is known as an ailurophile and a dog lover is known as cynophilist. Other animals commonly kept include: rabbits , ferrets , pigs ; rodents , such as gerbils , hamsters , chinchillas , rats , and guinea pigs ; avian pets, such as parrots , passerines , and fowl ; reptile pets, such as turtles , lizards and snakes ; aquatic pets , such as fish , freshwater and saltwater snails, and frogs ; and arthropod pets, such as tarantulas and hermit crabs Small pets may be grouped together as pocket pets , while the equine and bovine group include the largest companion animals.