Bouncing puppies with ribbons tied gaily ’round their necks, fluffy kittens with bright bows atop their heads, twittering birds to join in the holiday chorus and brighten a dull winter day. Companion pets have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, bringing joy, love, and devotion to their human families while asking for little more than the same in return.
Receiving an animal as a gift is an honor, and speaks much for the giver’s affection toward the human friend, and the regard one holds for the importance of animals in society. But gifting an animal can be precarious, at best. A lot of thought and homework needs to go into it — animals are not disposable, nor can they easily be repackaged, regifted, or returned if the recipient is not pleased.
We at petMD believe that pets are essential to a well-balanced life, and take great satisfaction in sharing the joys of a well-matched companionship between animal and human. And while some of you might be dying to give a new pet to that special someone for the holiday, there are a few considerations to take into account. Now that doesn’t mean you should scrap the idea of gifting a pet. Just gift wisely, with thought and foresight, so that you can be sure your present is both well-received and well cared for. Click onto the next page for a few suggestions: