Christmas is coming and you are thinking shall we get a new puppy, kitten, rabbit??
Things to think about before you buy??
Is Christmas the best time for a new pet to settle into your home. The festivities can be very stressful for pets. The noise and commotion can create additional worry for pets who find themselves in unusual surroundings. What they really need is peace and quiet while settling into a new home and routine.
It’s easy to get distracted with visitors, parties and getting that last-minute shopping done, meaning that you may not be able to give a new pet your full attention and all the care they need. There are also lots of pet hazards around at Christmas: decorations and presents can pose a danger to inquisitive animals, who may end up at the vet’s after swallowing paper, ribbon or bows, or getting their paws on harmful food such as chocolate or raisins.
Owning a pet can be rewarding and immensely enjoyable, but it takes a lot of time and dedication. To help you make the right choice, think about if you can provide for five key things all pets need to help them to lead a happy, healthy life: the right environment, diet, to be able to express natural behaviour, the right companionship, and to have their health needs met (which includes regular vet care such as checks, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, but also one-off costs such as neutering, and emergency care).
Your new pet will bring so much love in your family life and happiness.