A pet is for life, not just for Christmas
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A pet is for life, not just for Christmas

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It’s the famous phrase that resonates with so many of us this time of year. A pet is for life, not just for Christmas.

Those with a loved and cared-for companion will understand its true meaning. For those thinking of welcoming a pet into their home this Christmas, here are 5 things to consider before you do.

Buying a dog is not an impulse decision

You like the idea of a bouncy Labrador or a fluffy Bichon but is the breed you desire suited to your home life under normal circumstances? The festive period tends to haze what our day-to-day routine and surroundings look like. Welcoming a dog takes time and tons, and tons of research and acknowledgment from all members of the family that every breed is very different with very different wants and needs.

Tender-loving time

Family dinners, work Christmas parties, lunch with friends…where does caring for your new pet fit into the hectic festive schedule. The answer is…they don’t. Big crowds and loud noises will cause stress and may lead to harmful consequences. A new pet needs your constant care and attention whilst setting into its new life.

A change of heart and mind

Your kid’s face lit up when holding a new pup paints a perfect picture, but will this be the reality for the next 10-15 years? You have to determine whether your family is committed to the idea of welcoming a dog or a pet into your home and helping to take care of, nurture and love them for the rest of their life.

Financial impact

Buying comfortable bedding, bowls, and bouncy play balls is just the beginning. As well as the initial cost of a dog or a pet, you have to consider many financial commitments such as upcoming vaccines, vet visits, health care, insurances, and training.

A lifelong commitment

Pets are permanent members of your family, not presents. When you have decided that you and your family are ready for a new member—make sure it’s done properly and safely. Find a reputable breeder, ensure you can offer a loving and comfortable environment, and be willing to sacrifice time to give your dog or your pet everything they need to live a happy and wholesome life.

A pet is for life, not just for Christmas!

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