Fellow Creatures on the Downsides of Having a Pet

We like to think about the rosy side of pet ownership, but it can also be tough at times. My latest post at Psychology Today looks at the downsides to consider before getting a pet.

Fellow Creatures on the downsides of pets. Photo shows a happy black-and-white dog.
Photo: Kat Jayne/Pexels.

By Zazie Todd, PhD

From doing research on sources of pets (something many people skip) to the daily chores, and recognizing the emotional burden of caring for a sick or dying pet, pet ownership isn't all fun all the time. Perhaps it helps to consider the negatives as well as the positives before getting a new pet. Read more in the post

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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, writes The Pawsitive Post premium newsletter, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. 

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