A Veterinarian Answers All of Your Questions About What Type of Pet You Should Get

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You’ve decided that you want to add a pet to your family, now onto the next big question: What kind of pet? Between hundreds of breeds to choose from, behavioral factors to consider and shelters both near and far, your pet-searching journey is just getting started. To get advice on the best pet for your family, we’ve teamed up with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and veterinarian Dr. Kristin Wuellner—an expert on all types of furry friends. Keep reading to see Dr. Wuellner’s answers to our user-submitted questions:

Cat or dog, big or small—We all want our furry friends to be healthy and happy. Hill’s provides science-backed nutrition for every age, size and need and makes it easier to support your pet’s needs. See how Hill’s science-backed nutrition can give your best friend their best life.

What’s the best large dog breed for someone who is allergic to dogs?

There's no best large dog breed for someone with allergies, however many of my dog-allergic clients prefer the breeds and breed mixes that tend to shed less. However, it's just as important to ensure that the breed is a good fit for your lifestyle and home environment.

What breed of dog would be good for a senior couple?

There is no right or wrong answer as every dog's personality and lifestyle needs are unique! I'd recommend reaching out to your local shelter for their recommendation and if they have any dogs that they feel would be a good fit for your lifestyle and home environment. Fostering can be a great option to help introduce you to different breeds, ages, and sizes of dogs.

I would like to adopt a cat but my girlfriend is allergic to cats. What, if anything, can I do?

There are so many variables to consider. Depending on the severity of her allergies, she could limit her contact with the cat and wash her hands after petting. It is also important to keep the home free from loose hair and dander as best as possible with frequent vacuuming and dusting. You could consider a hairless breed to help decrease hair and dander around the house.

Is it important to find out the breed of your adopted dog so a vet can better understand their unknown history?

It may be helpful in some instances to know the breed of your adopted pet as some breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions. If you're interested in learning your dog's breed mix, I'd recommend a DNA test that also screens for genetic diseases to provide the most information to your veterinarian.


 

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