Magnolia Veterinary Hospital News
The thought of a cuddly puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree may be tempting, but think twice before giving a pet as a present. The months following the holidays are often the busiest time for shelters as new pet owners grow weary of their Christmas gifts and the unexpected demands they require. Some shelters estimate that 50 percent of pets given as gifts end up abandoned.
A pet should never be given on impulse or as a surprise. Pets require a commitment of time, energy and financial resources for their entire life. Those interested in owning a pet should carefully consider their decision and choose a pet who fits their lifestyle when the time is right.
Pets are not toys and can't be placed on a shelf once the novelty of the gift wears out. Children lack the skills and responsibility for a long-term commitment to a pet, and those tasks often fall to an adult caretaker. Teach children that bringing a pet into the home is a family decision that requires research and commitment. In addition to the time required to get a new pet situated to the family, the costs are estimated to be $1,000 to $2,000 in the first year, and that’s provided the new puppy or kitten doesn't get into any trouble that might require emergency care.
Unscrupulous puppy mills and pet stores will take advantage of the emotional draw of the holidays to market puppies and kittens for sale as pets. But taking a new pet home during the busy holiday season is stressful on both the pet and the new family and is a recipe for disaster. The holiday season and all of its trimmings present extra dangers to a pet. Bringing a new pet home requires extra time and attention on training and establishing routines, which the extra bustle of the holidays doesn’t often lend itself to providing.
If you're thinking about getting a pet, save the adoption for after Christmas and choose books and gifts that will help inform the decision instead. If you are certain the recipient is interested in getting a pet, consider paying for the pet's adoption fees ahead of time and allowing the gift receiver to choose the pet who best suits them after the holidays when the hustle and bustle has settled down and they can truly enjoy getting to know one another and create a life-long bond.
When you are ready to bring a pet into your home, we’ll be excited to meet him or her at Magnolia Veterinary Hospital! Call us at (832) 521-5464 to make your first visit and get started off on a journey of pet wellness! Happy Holidays!
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March is Pet Poison Prevention Month. Many pet parents are surprised by the number of seemingly harmless items around the house that can cause serious injury or death for cats and dogs. To help you march through this spring and into the rest of the year with a safer home for your animal companions, here are the most common and dangerous household poisons to keep away from your pets.
Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? We love that this month is devoted to your canine’s canines, your kitty’s chompers, and your pet’s pearly whites. While your companion’s mouth may be a source of kisses and smiles, pet parents may overlook how much their pet’s dental health affects their overall well-being.
Are you ready to ring in the New Year with some new tricks to teach your dog or cat? Yes--cats can learn tricks, and they’re rather good at it! January is “Train Your Pet Month”. You can celebrate with your best friend by teaching them a few new moves to impress the neighbors. It’s also a great time to make an appointment with our clinic to work on breaking some bad habits if you’re concerned about new or recurring behaviors that are getting in the way of the bond you share.