Think twice before giving pets as holiday gifts, advises Frenship Vet Clinic
Many people consider pets great holiday gifts. But in spite of their popularity as presents, pets do not always make the most appropriate holiday gift.
Giving a pet as a present seems like a great idea, but shoppers might want to give it more consideration before giving a gift that is such a considerable responsibility. A puppy at Christmas or a bunny at Easter may be given with good intentions, but that well-meaning sentiment can easily backfire, ending with the pet being given up for adoption when recipients don’t feel up to the task of raising a pet. In such instances, the companion animal pays the steepest price.
“Buying a pet should not be an impulse purchase,” says Dr. Steve of Frenship Vet Clinic. “You see sad eyes looking back at you from behind a cage door and want to give that animal a new home. However, introducing an animal into a family is not a decision to take lightly. Do schedules allow for quality time spent with the animal? Is it a financially good time to care for an animal that will cost money? Making those big decisions for another person may be crossing a line. Would you want to have such a life-changing decision made for you?”
Another consideration is the timing of adding a new pet to someone’s home. The hectic nature of the holiday season can be a difficult time for a pet to grow acclimated to its new environment. He or she may be frightened or take longer to settle down. Pets often need several weeks of quiet and constant care to become comfortable in their new environments.
“Often a child is the recipient of a holiday puppy or kitten. Once the glow of the holidays wear off, children may be disillusioned. They may not like the responsibility that comes with being a good pet owner,” says Dr. Steve. “Also new pets should be carefully supervised around children to see how they behave. A child may not be accustomed to handling a puppy or kitten and could injure the animal. Similarly, the pet may be skittish and lash out at the child.”
Animal welfare groups warn that an estimated 50 percent of pets adopted during the holidays end up right back at shelters.
“If it is your intention to gift an animal, talk to the gift recipient and discuss the pros and cons beforehand,” advises Dr. Steve. “Then you can work together and make the right decision for all parties involved, including the pet.”
Frenship Vet Clinic provides quality, affordable veterinary care for Wolfforth, Lubbock, and the surrounding communities. Celebrating their 11th anniversary this year, Frenship Vet Clinic is here to meet the health care needs of your family pets and offers a full range of pet health services, including vaccinations, dental, other preventative medicine, diagnostics, internal medicine, surgery, and others. At Frenship Vet Clinic, pets are treated like the valued family members they are!
“Our mission at Frenship Vet Clinic is to provide a caring, affordable, high-quality medical facility for all our companion animal friends,” explains Dr. Steve. “In addition, we stand strong on educating our clients regarding the health of their animal with an emphasis on preventative medicine.”
Frenship Vet Clinic is located at 202 E Hwy 62 in Wolfforth (on the access road of the Brownfield Hwy). For information or to schedule an appointment, call them at 806-866-2838.
And for additional information, or to schedule an appointment online, please visit www.frenshipvet.com. There you can learn more about Dr. Steve and the staff, read pet health articles, and access valuable resources like the online pet pharmacy.