Buying a pet online can be an exciting, yet daunting task. With so many reputable breeders and retailers, the options are seemingly endless.
Before you take the plunge and purchase your new furry friend online, there are some key points to keep in mind.
1. Do Your Research
The first step in buying a pet online is doing your research on the seller, as well as any potential health risks associated with the breed of pet you’re interested in.
Look for feedback from past customers on third-party review sites or discussion boards; this will give you an unbiased opinion of the seller’s reputation. Likewise, it’s important to educate yourself about any possible hereditary health issues associated with the breed of pet you’re considering buying— knowledge that could save you time, money, and heartache down the road.
2. Ask Questions
Connecting with prospective sellers via email or phone is an important part of vetting them prior to purchase.
Keep an eye open for red flags such as poor customer service or lack of communication and remember that you have every right to ask questions about their practices and procedures pertaining to selling pets (such as their policy on returning animals if things don’t work out).
3. Verify Authenticity
When purchasing a pet online, it’s essential to verify that both the buyer and seller are authentic individuals/businesses who aren’t perpetuating fraud or other unethical activity.
Be sure to request veterinary records from sellers proving that all relevant vaccinations have been taken care of properly (for dogs) or that cleanliness standards were followed during breeding (for cats).
4. Transport Carefully
When it comes time for transport, make sure the animal’s welfare is top priority when arranging transportation services; inquire with several different companies if necessary until you find one that meets all of your requirements regarding safety and comfort for your new family member during transit time.
5. Have Fun!
Above all else—have fun! Whether it be finding out what type of personalities different breeds possess or researching interesting facts on their particular species; consider each step along the way part of building your bond with your future furry companion before they even arrive home!