ANYONE considering getting a pet this new year is being asked to be careful.
The Welsh Government has warned people to think twice as to whether they can cope with a pet.
Environment Minister John Griffiths said: "As we enter a new year some people may be thinking about purchasing a pet dog or cat. I would ask anyone thinking about getting a pet to make sure that they understand what is involved in looking after an animal properly, including the veterinary costs, and to ensure they know where the animal has come from.
"If you do not know where your animal has come you will have no assurance that proper care has been taken of its health and welfare nor that it has been socialised properly. This could potentially lead to behavioural problems and costly veterinary expenses."
Chief vet Dr Christianne Glossop urged people not to buy animals from unknown sources, particularly online, because they may have diseases.