With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the Christmas holidays soon to follow, Santa Claus is already making his list and checking it twice. Children’s holiday wish lists can range from simple to fanciful as they ask for everything from a brand new bicycle to a sweet little puppy to call their own. While most pets given as holiday gifts end up becoming beloved family members, unfortunately, some can end up in animal shelters or worse yet, out on the streets.

 

At Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, Minnesota, we know better than anyone how rewarding pet ownership can be. That’s why we’re committed to helping pet owners make the right decisions to keep their furry family members healthy and safe. We’ve put together our best advice to help you give pets safely so they can live long, happy lives with their new families. Give us a call to schedule your new pet’s first visit and get started on a healthy future for your pal.

1.   Make sure the pet is wanted.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming a pet will give the recipient the joy you feel in giving it unless you’re absolutely sure it’s wanted. If someone mentions they’re looking for a dog, for example, make sure you understand the size or breed they’re looking for.

 

Certain breeds can require a higher energy level or more upkeep than the recipient is ready for. It’s also important to make sure the interest in a pet is sustained rather than a passing one, especially if the recipient is a young child.

2.   Adopt from Responsible Sources

Every day, pets are rescued from irresponsible breeders who raise animals in unhealthy circumstances and are not concerned with the animals’ health. Only adopt pets from responsible sources such as friends, family, animal shelters, or animal rescues. If you purchase a pet from a breeder, make sure they’re responsible and maintain healthy conditions for animals.

3.   Understand the Commitment

Make sure the recipient understands the commitment level of adopting a pet. If you’re the parent of the recipient, be willing to take on the responsibility yourself even if your child loses interest. Adopting a cat or dog means committing to up to 18 years or more of loving pet care. Some pets, like snakes and birds, can live for many decades.

 

Be sure the pet owner is up to the financial responsibility of veterinary care, spaying/neutering, food, and other pet supplies. Make sure they’re able to commit time to play, pet care, and exercise. Finally, be sure the recipient has plenty of space for the pet and an appropriate habitat if needed.

Schedule Your New Pet’s Vaccine and Neuter Appointment

If you’re thinking of adopting a pet to gift this holiday season, be sure to schedule their first pet care appointment when you do. To speak with one of our veterinarians and schedule an appointment, call us at 952-831-8272 or stop by our contact page today.