Every year pets are given as gifts during the holidays. However, the recipients of these gifts may not be fully prepared for the responsibility, costs, and dedication involved. Thousands of pets are given up to rescue organizations and shelters after the holiday excitement has passed.
To a new pet, the holidays can be stressful and chaotic. Pets, especially new ones, thrive on routine. The holidays tend to be busy and bustling. With parties and visitors, this is usually not an ideal time to add a new member to the family.
Christmas trees, bows, ornaments, tinsel, candy, poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are all things that bring Christmas cheer!…. but are also hazards to our furry friends.
As most of you already know, animals can be expensive. Not just the adoption fees associated, but also the long term maintenance. There will be veterinary exams, preventative medications, training classes, food, and of course toys! It is a lot of responsibility to give to another.
While there are many breeds and species available, your choice may not fit the lifestyle or preferences of your gift recipient. For example, our technician Ranee may be thrilled with a whippet or basenji, but may not be as excited to see a cat under her tree (since she is allergic!) Tiffanie, our assistant, would rather have a boxer then a bulldog. Julie, another technician, goes hiking nearly every week, therefore a Pomeranian might not be the best fit.
Even though receiving a furry bundle on Christmas morning may seem like a great idea, many many many animals are relinquished to shelters every year. That is why Santa’s elves build toys and don’t breed puppies. Puppies require time, patience, and training. It’s an investment of a lifetime.
As always, if you have any questions or need any guidance, please contact Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, right here in Frederick, MD at 301-631-6900. Happy Holidays!!!