If you’re a pet owner, you already know that having a dog or a cat comes with its own unique yet rewarding set of challenges. In almost every part of life, you’ll need to make special considerations for your animals. So before you rent an apartment, ask yourself, and your potential landlord, these questions to ensure that you and your pet are both happy and healthy.
What is your pet policy?
It may seem like a no-brainer, but the most important question you can ask a potential landlord is for clarification on the apartment’s pet policy. Does the apartment allow pets of all sizes, or only small animals? Does the apartment welcome cats, but not dogs? Will you only be allowed to bring a fish? To determine whether or not an apartment is right for you, you’ll also need to figure out whether the place will welcome your furry friend, too.
Is a pet deposit required?
You’ll want to square this one away early on to financially prepare for the fact that you might have to pay a pet deposit before you move into your apartment. Some landlords will want to charge an extra monthly fee for you to keep your pet in your apartment, while others may charge a minimal deposit that you should be able to get back when and if you decide to move out, assuming that no major damage has been done to the apartment.
Where is the nearest vet?
Nobody wants to think about the fact that Fluffy or Fido might have an emergency and need immediate vet assistance, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when choosing an apartment. You’ll want to make sure your potential apartment is close to a veterinary office, not only for emergency reasons and other minor procedures, but also for regular checkups to keep your pet healthy.
Is there a dog park on the property, or nearby?
You might not have a lot of space in your apartment for Fido to run around and play. And if you’re living in an apartment complex, chances are that you probably won’t have an expansive yard, either. That’s why it’s important to ask whether or not there is a dog park on the property or one nearby. Dogs love to get out and run around, and the proper amount of exercise is healthy for your animal, so make sure that your pup will be covered.
Are there dog walkers or pet sitters in the area?
If you have a busy schedule, or will be traveling quite frequently in the future, it might pay to find out whether or not there are dog walkers or pet sitters nearby the apartment. It will be nice to have that peace of mind knowing that your pet will be taken care of while you are away, and that your dog is getting enough exercise, regardless of whether or not you’re going on a short weekend getaway or an extended business trip.
Where is the nearest pet supply store?
While your local grocery store might not have your dog’s or cat’s favorite brand of food, it’s likely that the larger pet supply stores will. If Fido regularly chews through his toys or Fluffy is always losing her catnip mice, you’ll want to know where the nearest pet supply store is to make sure your pet has everything he or she needs.
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