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Getting a New Pet for the Holidays?

Posted: December 12, 2014

Thinking about getting a new pet for the holidays?

 

The holidays can be a great time to add an addition to your family and pets can make wonderful presents – BUT there are a lot of things to consider before buying someone a pet as a present.  First and foremost – does the receiver of the present truly want a new pet and are they able to appropriately care for it?  Unfortunately every year alot of these holiday pets end up in shelters for a variety of reasons including inability to appropriately care for them.  The ASPCA now suggests that if you are going to gift a pet – gift to a member of your household, knowing you as the gifter are committed to helping with the care of the pet.  Also consider the recipients lifestyle and help them choose a companion that best suits their needs (including them in the decision can help ensure a good fit!) 

Remember, companions come in all different shapes, sizes and levels of furriness!  Here are some things to...

From the Doctors

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