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A Pet for Christmas

Is a new pet the best Christmas gift?

By Pet Lover
December 21, 2011

Getting a puppy or a kitten as a Christmas present for your family may sound like a tempting idea. A small cute creature wiggling under the Christmas tree could be an adorable scene. Still, you may want to consider this option further and take all aspects into account. First of all, make sure that all routine tasks, like grooming, feeding, and walks are carefully considered and planned. The best solution is to prepare a pet to-do list before you finally decide to get a puppy for Christmas.

Don’t make decision just by looking at a puppy. It may look so cute, but there are other aspects to consider. Get information about different breeds and their exercise needs. If you don’t have enough time to exercise your dog daily, you may want to look for s breed that doesn’t need so much exercise. The same applies to grooming. Adjust your future pet’s needs to your life style.

You will definitely find some great online pet stores; still think twice before making your purchase on the Internet. NBC news recently brought a story about an online retailer that promised healthy pups from responsible local breeders. Nevertheless, buyers got sick dogs raised in unhealthy conditions. Much better option is to visit a shelter where you can adopt some healthy dogs. As a matter of fact, about 30 percent of all shelter pets are purebred. Or you can simply go to breeders directly.

If you are getting a pet for your family, it is a good idea that all family members participate in the pet search by visiting shelters and rescue organizations. This way, all family members will get the pet they want, not the one you think everybody wants.

If you decide to buy a puppy from a breeder directly, be ready for detailed interview, as a reputable breeder wants to make sure the dogs are going to good home. An advantage of this is that you will be able to get all needed information about certain breeds or even a certain puppy. A breeder will advise on what kind of dog is best for you and your family, and will make sure you get a healthy pet. Most breeders will agree to stay in touch just in case you have any additional questions or concerns.

Make sure you arrive home with a healthy dog. It is very important that your perspective pet has a clean bill of health. Many pet shelters perform detail medical exam of a pet before adoption. Schedule a thorough veterinary exam, and complete vaccinations before bringing your new pet to your family.

Many breeders and professionals working with dogs do not recommend getting a puppy for Christmas. One of the main reasons is that this time of the year is the most stressful, emotionally. Furthermore, many people are usually visiting, which can be very traumatic for a delicate creature such as puppy. What they suggest is to get a puppy after winter holidays are over, so that your new pet can have a good start, without any unnecessary emotional disturbance.



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