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Is it the right time to get a pet? Online tool may help owners decide

Ontario Veterinary College veterinarian Jason Coe wants to make sure prospective pet owners put enough thought into the impact getting a new pet will have on their lives for the next 10 to 20 years, and he and his team have created a website with a budget calculator and other resources they hope will help. Dr. Coe says the idea was prompted by a study that found many people don't do enough research before they get a pet, which sometimes leads to people giving animals up to shelters.

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