Few things in life are as cute and cuddly as a puppy (except maybe a kitten) and even fewer things add as much joy to your life. But, as wonderful as puppies are, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their headaches and hassles. If you’re considering adopting a new pet, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself to determine whether or not a puppy is a good fit for you and your lifestyle.

1. Do you have time for a pet?

Pets, especially puppies, require a lot of care and attention. In addition to feeding, grooming, and walking your dog, you’ll need to spend ample quality time with it. This means frequent snuggles, plenty of play time, and showering it with endless love and affection. If you’re pressed for time as it is, then a dog might not be the right choice for you.  Carefully review your life and how you spend your time. Determine if there is room in your life for a dog and its many needs.

2. Do you have the financial resources to care for a dog?

While dogs and happiness go hand in hand, so do dogs and dollar bills. Caring for a dog can be a costly undertaking. Vaccinations, visits to the vet, medications, food, and toys can all add up to big bucks. To be a good pet owner to your new puppy you need to be able to provide all these things…and more! If your cash flow is a little light, then a puppy might not be in the cards for you at this exact moment. Wait until you have the extra money to treat your pet the way it deserves!

3. Do you know a good vet?

One of the most important things your new puppy will need is a good veterinarian. Before you adopt a pet, make sure you have a knowledgeable and caring vet on hand to keep your pup healthy and safe. A new puppy requires vaccinations, exams, and possibly other unforeseen medical care. Having a veterinarian you can trust can make a world of difference for both you and your dog.

4. Is Your Home Pet Friendly?

Whether you want a small dog or a big dog, all dogs need sufficient living space to move around and be comfortable. An ideal home for a dog is one that has enough space to accommodate its physical lifestyle as well as a yard for it to roam around. Before you get a puppy, make sure your home is equipped for one.

5.  Can you keep your puppy safe and healthy?

Puppies are notorious for getting into anything and everything they can. That’s why your dog’s environment at-home should be safe and free from any potentially hazardous items like toxic plants, chemicals, or anything that they could choke on. Apart from providing safe living conditions for your pet, you should also be sure you know what to feed it so that it lives a long and healthy life. If you’re serious about getting a puppy, you should do some research to find the most nutritious dog food to give your pup the proper nutrients it needs.

No matter what you decide, remember that owning a dog is both a blessing and a responsibility. Make sure you’re ready for that responsibility so that you can fully enjoy all the fun that comes with owning a new pet.