Pets as Gifts a Bad Idea and Other Animal Xmas Tips
Prince George, B.C. – If you’re thinking of buying a friend a pet for Christmas, you may want to re-think that idea.
That from Angela Lotze, executive director of the Prince George Humane Society.
“We in general usually discourage people getting pets for other people,” she says. “The main reason for that is responsible pet ownership requires a long term commitment to an animal.”
Lotze says that commitment can include more than just day-to-day care, including things like addressing behavioural issues and inevitable medical costs.
“The person adopting or buying a pet should be making sure that the person is going to make the commitment and can afford to make a long term commitment,” she says, adding long-term plans should also be taken into account.
“Are you going to stay where you are now? Are you planning on going into an apartment? Are you planning on moving?”
Lotze says there are other considerations for pet owners during the holiday season, including Christmas trees and the dangers they pose to cats.
“You know there was a recent instance where a little kitten got caught up in the Christmas lights of a Christmas tree and unfortunately hung itself and didn’t make it.” she says.
“We’ve also had instances where cats eat and swallow tinsel which can cause an obstruction. Things like bones are also a choking concern people need to be concerned about.”
And when it comes to dogs, she says to steer them clear of chocolate.
“Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and during Christmas we tend to get a lot of that as gifts or leave them lying around. We just want people to be cognizant this time of the year.”