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Pets as holiday gifts: good intentions, bad gift ideaSubmitted: 12/11/2017
Story By Natalie Cardona

Pets as holiday gifts: good intentions, bad gift idea
ANTIGO - Getting your family a new dog or cat for Christmas can be more troublesome than thoughtful.

Shelter animals tend to be extra sensitive when they come to a new home.

With visitors coming and going, the holiday season often creates an even more stressful environment.  

Those Christmas decorations can also frighten a new pet.

"It's a little nicer to maybe wait until January when the holidays are over where you can really spend time with the animal, get them used to the home and there's no hustle and bustle of the holidays," says Langlade County Humane Society President Bob Zoretich.

Between yearly vet checkups, food, and grooming, pet care can add up.

It's best for potential pet owners to be mentally prepared for a major time commitment.

"Don't surprise anyone with a pet," says French's Homestead Veterinary Care's Dr. Alison French. "They really need to know what's coming and be prepared for it and that the family is ready for it."

A safe option for "pet-gifting" during the holidays is to buy a gift certificate for a later adoption.


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