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Pet as a surprise can be a bad idea Submitted: 11/29/2013
MADISON - Surprising people with a new puppy or kitten may sound fun, but it can be a bad idea. The Wisconsin state veterinarian is encouraging people not to give pets as gifts this holiday season. Doctor Yvonna Bellay says giving a pet as a gift is a serious commitment and should never be a surprise. She issued her warning as holiday shoppers start hitting the stores in a big way.

Bellay says even if someone wants a pet, it's better to wait until after the chaotic holiday season. Bellay says another problem is that people often choose species or breeds during the holidays that are a fad. Those pets often end up in animal shelters a few months later. Bellay suggests giving pet supplies and other material during the holidays. Hold off on the pet itself until January. (Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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