Don’t Buy Pets for Christmas

Christmas is coming and we are all thinking what kind of presents we should give for Christmas. From all the great gifts we can think about – books, gadgets, holidays, clothes and all the other surprises – there is a really small step to pets. Getting a puppy or kitten seems like the best idea ever, doesn’t it? Still, you should think it through before making what should be a life changing decision.

The first few days are like heaven with your new friend but you have to think about the rest of its life, as well. You must consider the responsibility you are taking once you get a pet. Your new friend is going to need a proper diet, healthcare including annual vaccines, anti-parasite treatments and periodical check-ups. All these are necessary and they can cost a lot of money, believe me.

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made. —M. Acklam

Moreover, you need to consider you schedule. Your newest friend will need all the love and caring you can give it. Your dog will hopefully live 10-15 years, a cat usually lives even more (up to 20), so that means some beautiful years of your life in which your pet’s needs are quite as important as yours. Don’t forget that you can’t take your pet with you wherever you go. What will you do with it when you want to go on a vacation? This is just another aspect you mustn’t forget when making the decision of getting a pet.

After you have taken into consideration all the responsibilities and life changes involved, double think everything. If you are still sure this is what you want your next 15 years to be like, go ahead and get a pet. Still, you might want to adopt instead of buying. This way you can make Christmas a special day for a used-to-be stray dog, as well.

I  hope you make a wise decision and wish you a Merry Christmas.

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