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Christmas Time

English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ba...
English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ball from the ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is approaching, and many children are requesting a pet for Christmas.

If you receive a pet for Christmas, remember that a pet is not like a toy you get tired of and ignore; a pet is a part of your family for life and is a living creature that needs to be taken care of.

If you want a pet for Christmas, you should also be willing to take on the responsibility of taking care of your pet, and any other animals in your home. Never ignore your pets just because you get tired of them because the novelty wears off.

Dogs and cats can live for 15 to 20 years old, unfortunately the larger the dog the shorter the life span, some breeds as low as 10 years.

When you have a pet, you are responsible for the pet’s food, water, health, training, and emotional stimulus. Pets need someone to clean their living space, have toys to play with, someone to watch out for foods that can harm them, like plants, cleaning products, and other home hazards, and kept safe from other animals. Fish that a cat can reach is not a safe environment for your fish.

Once while getting licenses for my pets, a father, and his young son came to the pound saying they didn’t want their dog anymore. The dog was a young golden retriever, if no one adopted that dog, it could end up put to sleep.

Before you ask for a pet for Christmas, think about the fact you need to care for that pet for its lifetime.

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How to Add a Second Pet to the Family

If you decide to add a second pet to the family, do so cautiously and slowly. It is best to allow the pets to meet in a neutral spot to avoid any territorial disputes. Some pets feel they need to guard their home and family. Bringing a new pet into the same space can cause problems if they are not watched closely.

The temperament in the pet you have, and the one coming into the family is important to think about. If you have an older pet, and the new one is much younger and full of energy, there could be problems with them adjusting to each other.

Whether the pet is male or female can make a difference when choosing a second pet. A neutered animal is less likely to have aggression problems. Is the new animal the same type as the one you have? You have a dog or a cat, and you want a second dog or cat. A dog may or may not accept a cat in the home. Two cats or two dogs may or may not get along with each other.

When adding a second pet into the family, do not forget about the one already there, this can cause problems. You should treat booth the same way and not leave them alone until you know that they will get along. Watch pets while you are near so that you can break them up if you have to. This is something to do whether the pets are new or have been in the family for some time. There may be some petty arguments from time to time. My pets do, but it happens less now than it used to. They are both male dogs.

If you are thinking about bringing a second pet into the home remember, let them meet in a neutral spot, watch how they interact, keep an eye on them, treat them equally, and there is a good chance that they will get along and become a great addition to your family.

Please consider a shelter for your new pet. Shelters are overloaded and you can save a life by adopting a shelter animal.

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