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Should I Give a Pet as a Gift?

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Should I Give a Pet as a Gift?

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:

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12:37PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

No! Thanks for Sharing.

4:05AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

never,thank you for sharing 29/6

1:59AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

NO and NEVER...a person can pick out their own pet and should,always.

11:51PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Shared on Facebook.

5:46AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

This is absolutely a NO

6:15AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

thanks for sharing

7:40PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Not a good idea.

7:39PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Not a good idea.

6:58PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Only if the party getting the pet wants the pet and it's talked about, or if parent(s) give it to their kids knowing the responsibilities of the pet. Never get pets without knowing exactly what you are in for.

8:49PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

PLEASE PLEASE NEVER GIVE AN ANIMAL TO ANYBODY FOR ANYTHING IT'S A VERY VERY BAD IDEA PLEASE DON'T EVER DO IT NO! NO! O!

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