Acquiring an adult pet can be a win-win situation. You give a home to an adult pet that may otherwise have difficulty being adopted. You reap the rewards of having someone else go through all the housebreaking and litter box-training hassle.
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And you may just find the ideal pet for your family. If you choose an adult pet, it comes with a past, so get a full medical history. You need to know about its previous vaccinations and health issues. For cats and dogs, inquire about the status of intestinal parasite and heartworm tests. Ask if the pet has been consistently given monthly heartworm prevention.
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