For as many proven benefits as there are to pet ownership, there can be just as many drawbacks if you're not prepared for them. Take our quick quiz to help find the right pet for you and your family.
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Make sure you've considered what you'll do with your pet while you're away. You may be lucky enough to have a family member who will watch your pet for free, but you may need to consider a boarding facility or pet hotel for longer trips.