Getting a dog is just about one of the best things you can do, both for them and for you. So if you've thought about it, and it feels like a good choice, now may be the time to adopt. But do know there are many difficult things about owning a dog that no one ever talks about.
"Many people adopt a dog thinking they'll get nothing but snuggles and happiness. You certainly will get that, but you'll also have accidents on your couch, moments of misbehavior, and missing socks," Dr. Jessica Trimble, DVM, a vet with Fuzzy Pet Health, tells Bustle. "Your heart will break when they have to stay the night in the hospital after being treated for eating that missing sock, and your wallet will hurt too if you don't budget for those sorts of misadventures."
It sucks to think about these potential downsides, but they're important to be aware of all the same. Not only will it help you make the right decision, but knowing exactly what you're signing up for can make you a better pet owner. Here are a few potentially difficult situations to expect and prepare for, if you want to get a dog.