Giving pets as gifts – Good idea or recipe for disaster?

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Every holiday season, we have families looking to add new furry friends to their homes. Being pet lovers ourselves, we can appreciate the thought of adopting a new dog, cat, rabbit, or any pet, but sometimes these good intentions miss the mark.  Giving a pet as a gift doesn’t always end happily for the animal.

It is true that pets bring us the utmost joy and friendship, but what many forget is the daily responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are toying with the idea of gifting a pet to a loved one:

The gift is free, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a cost

Taking care of a pet takes a lot of time and money. It is a long-term commitment and can be equivalent to taking care of a child.  And when you consider the cost of food, toys, and veterinary care, this can add up for a family that’s unprepared to shoulder these ongoing costs.

Pets have personalities, too

Pets have their own characteristics, just like people. When you are gifting the pet to someone else, you could be potentially choosing a pet that won’t fit into their life and family. This could mean that the pet could be returned to the shelter.

No Surprises

The most important thing to remember is that a pet should be a gift without being a complete surprise.  Make sure the person or someone in the family knows about your plan to gift a pet. This way, you can work together to find the perfect companion that will fit into their lives.

What can you do instead of gifting a pet?

This season, instead of buying or adopting a puppy or kitten as a gift in time for the holidays, consider waiting until after the holidays. Build up the excitement of the new addition by gifting a food bowl, treats, and toys. This way, you already have something waiting for the pet, and you can plan with your loved ones to choose a good fit. And, if it turns out they would rather not have a pet, you can always gift these items to a local shelter that are always in need of these items.

Quality Veterinary Care in Potomac, Maryland

If you have any questions about different breeds of dogs or cats, or where to find local animal shelters, contact Falls Road Veterinary Hospital. We can also help your new companion get up-to-date with their immunizations and dental care.

 

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