Pets For Christmas: Everything You Need To Know

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Pets can be a fantastic Christmas gift for everyone, however, giving the gift of a pet has often received a lot of controversies, you know the saying a dog is for life not just for Christmas’ right? And this is because over the years people have notoriously given up their dogs just days after Christmas. According to the Dog’s Trust in the UK, in 2016 they received a shocking 3,596 calls from people looking to give up their dogs in the weeks after Christmas. It was one call every five minutes. The trust cited some of the worst reasons for giving up a dog were: 

 

  1. Winning a free holiday and unable to take the dogs with them
  2. Being a vegetarian and the dog only wanting to eat meat
  3. Getting him as secret Santa present
  4. The dog being too friendly and wanting to greet every dog and human they met on a walk
  5. The dog was panting too much
  6. He didn’t like playing dress up
  7. She slept in her own bed all night and didn’t want to sleep in the owners bed

 

These seven reasons alone show that not everyone understands what a big decision and a commitment it is to have a dog or any pet in fact and getting a pet is not just something you should do on or whim or give as a gift to someone without discussing it with them at length first. 

 

There are definitely some positives to getting a new pet over the holiday season, for example, you will have more time to settle them into your home and start forming strong bonds as you and your family will be off work and school. It’s also good to have the whole family involved when you first get your new pet and make sure everyone gets their cuddle time as well as know their responsibilities. 

 

There are a number of pets you could get for Christmas or any time of year, and each one will require its own unique set of needs and research prior to bringing it home. If you do choose to get a pet over the Christmas period you need to remember that it might be harder to get to a vet if you need to or a pet shop. So, aside from the basics such as food, water and a place for your pet to sleep, what else do you need to know so that you’re not alarmed when you bring them home?

 

Reptiles

There are some amazing types of reptiles who make perfect pets for those who like them and luckily, they are actually a great pet to get for Christmas as the wrapping paper and Christmas dinner won’t bother them. You’ll need to be prepared though with everything you need and you’ll need to do your research so that you’re not frantically googling on Christmas day ‘Why Is My Bearded Dragons Beard Black?’ Reptiles have a quiet and calm nature and make wonderful pets, just make sure you’re prepared for one before you bring it home. 

 

Rabbits

Rabbits make excellent beginner pets and if you’re thinking of getting one for Christmas then you’ll make your child’s day. Just bear in mind that it is winter and you’ll need to keep your rabbit somewhere warm. Rabbits are also among the quietest pets to own and won’t bark or meow at you to demand your attention. However, they are very sociable and friendly animals and they will be cheeky and ask for attention and treats. You can also teach them to do tricks. Just remember on Christmas day, there will be lots going on and wrapping paper and fairy lights for them to chew, so if you are going to introduce a rabbit to your home on Christmas day itself then be gentle with it and keep a watchful eye on it. 

 

With so many animals, it’s difficult to go through them all but if you are certain that you’re going to get a pet for Christmas then go with a small pet that is easy to look after. If you’re adamant that you want to get a cat then it might be a better idea to wait until after Christmas. The reason for this is that there is so much going on at Christmas and it can actually be a dangerous time for them. They could eat the Christmas decorations, chew through the fairy light wires, get scared when you have visitors over, get ill from eating chocolates and generally find it difficult to settle. 

How To Keep Your New Dog Healthy & Happy

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Getting a new family dog is an exciting time for you and your loved ones. However, you may be a bit anxious if this is your first pet, or you’ve never had a dog roaming around the house before.

As the pet owner, it’s your responsibility that your dog is happy and healthy and well taken care of over the years. The following advice will help you achieve this goal and ensure that your household knows best practices when it comes to attending to your dog’s needs. Divvy up the responsibilities among your family members so you can all participate and share in the joys that a dog will bring you.

Focus on Feed Your Dog A Nutritious Diet

You can keep your dog healthy and happy by feeding it high-quality dog food. Invest in healthy kinds of dog food that contains fresh ingredients and is free of any harmful preservatives or fillers. Your pet will have more natural energy and will enjoy mealtime because of how delicious the food you’re serving tastes. Avoid feeding your dog human foods that can be dangerous to their health and find a wholesome dog food that they’ll love that will help them grow strong and live a long and active life.

Provide Them with A Designated Space in Your Home

You want to make sure your new dog feels safe and comfortable when entering your home. Therefore, designate a space in your home where they can spend time. Buy them a cozy bed they can lay in when they’re tired or want to rest that’s away from all the foot traffic and noise in your house. Also, place their food and water in an area that’s easy for them to access and where they can eat and drink as they please. Adequate shelter and clean, dry bedding will help to ensure that your new dog remains healthy and feels happy.

Find A Trusted Vet

Your new dog is going to need to visit the vet every so often. Find a trusted vet in the area that’s close to home, and you feel comfortable taking your dog to for checkups and other procedures. Read the online reviews and ask around for advice to help you decide where to go. Keep your dog healthy and happy by following your vet’s recommendations and making sure you stay up-to-date with their required shots, medicines, and vaccinations.

Make Time for Daily Play & Exercise

Another way you can keep your new dog healthy and happy is to make time for daily play and exercise with them. Dogs love to run around and play fetch or other games, so put in the effort to ensure that you set aside plenty of opportunities for your pet to burn off some energy. They’ll sleep better at night and will be able to maintain a healthy weight and heart when you commit to making sure they fit in their daily exercise. Having a pet to care for is also an excellent way for you to stay in shape and get outside to enjoy some fresh air.

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