Dr. Chris Dobbins explains why pets should never be given as unexpected gifts. As people head towards the holidays, they think "I'm gonna give someone a kitty or a puppy." Why is this a bad idea? Well, everybody needs to be on board and you need something that starts ahead of time. You don't want to do that at the last minute. You don't want to do that as an unexpected gift. You're talking here about a 10-, 15- or 20-year commitment taking care of these animals. Everybody needs to know what goes in. So, it's great to say "Hey, let's give a small chil or even an elderly person a pet." You gotta make sure you take everything in consideration: where they live, their lifestyle, what they're gonna have as area where they can live in. You wanna make sure they can think ahead of these kind of things, because again, you are talking about 10 or 15 years down the road.
It's also a huge financial commitment. A lot of people don't consider that, even the health expenses that go into that. Yeah, not only you need to have food, housing and things like that, but you've got all these vaccinces and all the things that need to get done. You know, you may wanna consider things like health insurance policy for them as a Christmas present as well just because this is gonna help things long term. But yeah, it's like raising a child. You've got a lot of things to consider, not just a nice little fluffy pet that sits in the pet store you walk by and say "Oh, that's gonna be great!" You know, we don't want the pets to end up like a sweater that you didn't really want that sits in your closet for five years and you never touch it. So, it is the time of the year when animals get abandoned and are put into shelters. So, we can see that's something that gotta start out ahead of time.
All right, if you may have found your perfect pet, talk to your family about it. You also need to make sure that your home is pet safe. If you've got small children, you probably already have a house that's child safe, so that's kind of one step up, you know, the cabinets, cleaners, pesticides, things like that, making sure the environment they're in is safe, you know, walling areas off. If you have a two-story house, you may not want your little kitten or puppy up in the balcony and things like that. So, if you think your house is being child safe, it'll probably be close to pet safe.
What kind of things you need for your pet to be happy? It's gonna be an adolescent pet type, whether it's gonna be a kitten or a puppy, so you wanna make sure you're gonna get treats and toys and things like that that are appropriate for their age and what they're going through in terms of their lifestyle. Christmas time, unfortunately, is the kind of time when people do a lot of impulsive buying and you don't want to end up with an abandoned pet. (Source: KGPE CBS 47 Fresno)