With the holiday season approaching, one popular gift idea is getting a pet. Pets are serious commitments and should not be taken lightly. There are many things to consider before taking the plunge. We will outline some of them below.


  1. Getting a pet as a gift for someone can be a bad idea: This is especially true if the pet is a surprise. You might be forcing responsibility on someone who may be unwilling or unable to take it on.
  2. Consider the financial strain a pet can bring: There are many things an owner needs to pay for. These include vet appointments (both scheduled and emergency ones), medications, toys, dog food, bowls, bedding, crates, and grooming. It adds up.
  3. Getting the pet spayed or neutered is important: Shelters are already overflowing with animals in need of homes. Cut down on the risk of unwanted puppies.
  4. Make sure to properly prepare your home: This can include many tasks. Examples include getting baby gates to bar entry to certain areas, placing toxic chemicals well out of reach, and keeping easily-chewed electrical wires out of the way.


These are just a few things to consider. This list could go on. Regardless, getting a new pet is a major commitment. Make sure that you’ve thought things through before adopting.

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