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Is Giving A Live Pet For Easter A Good Idea

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Rabbits and Chicks are dropped off at shelters weeks following Easter

Pets as Easter Gifts

 

  Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

With Easter approaching and everyone getting their shopping done, there is one thing that should not be on the gift giving list; and that is surprising someone with a pet as an Easter gift. While it may initially seem like a good gesture to give someone a pet as a present, it usually doesn’t end very well for the animal. Many times the pets given as presents are unwanted and usually end up at shelters.

Pets that are mostly given at Easter include, but not limited to; ducklings, rabbits, kittens, chicks and puppies. So many people think that these animals are cute gifts to give, and they fit the Easter theme. While it’s true that these pets can make wonderful companions and bring untold joy, they’re a huge responsibility. It usually means a long term commitment, energy and money, which might exceed one’s abilities. When the recipient finds it difficult to care for the pet, they usually decide that the pet is better off somewhere else, like an animal shelter. Unfortunately, the fact that the “gift pets” end up at animal shelters is not really the fault of the owner or the animal, it is your fault for giving that person the surprise pet. That said, lets now take a closer look at some of the reasons why it’s not a good idea to give a pet as an Easter gift;

1. Pets Should Never Be Surprises
No matter what type of pet(s) you are planning to surprise a loved one with, it is never a good idea. Pets, especially puppies, are a long term commitment, and it takes lots of preparation to be ready for such responsibility. For instance, before any pet is brought in, pet proofing and such other preparations need to be done. Moreover, pets need routine care like providing food, water, clean bedding, playtime, daily exercise, grooming, and regular veterinary check ups. Without adequate preparation and safe guarding, the animal can be at risk. Saddling a loved one with the burden of caring for the pet that they are not prepared for, will make them have to surrender the pet to an animal shelter.

2. Requires a Lifestyle Change
Living with pets creates a lifestyle change. Somebody who lives alone might actually prefer the solitude, and might not want the responsibility of having to care for an animal. Pets generally require routine care, and the recipient might not want to change their current lifestyle to accommodate the pet. In addition to that, the recipient’s lifestyle may not be best suited to give the animal the care and attention needed. For instance, if the recipient’s work schedule requires them to be away from home all day, and can’t afford to hire a pet sitter, the new pet might suffer from separation anxiety. In such situations, the recipient usually ends up surrendering the pet to an animal shelter.

3. There’s a Huge Financial Responsibility
The costs which are involved in caring for the pet, throughout their lifetime, are quite huge. Some of the costs include, but not limited to, food and pet supplies, annual veterinarian checkups, pet medical aid, grooming and training costs, among such other expenses. The recipient might not be willing or able to invest in the care and maintenance needed. Surprising someone who’s financially unable or unwilling to care for the pet is not fair to that person, or to the pet.

4. Your Choice of Pet isn’t Necessarily the Right Choice 
Well, even if you are right about the recipient wanting a pet as a companion, the choice you make might not be the right one for them. There are many factors that go into matching the right type of pet to the individual, and it is not a choice that you can make on behalf of somebody else. Some of the things to consider can include, but not limited to; type and breed of pet preferred, time available to interact with the pet, the space and environment available for that pet, among such other factors. It is because of such factors that one should never give pets as Easter gifts. A poor fit can mean the pet is sent to an animal shelter which is usually hard not only on the pet, but also on the person who received the pet as a gift.

5. It’s a Hectic and Busy Time 
Easter is usually a busy time of the year, and thrusting a pet in the mix is never a good idea. Even if you are sure that someone would like receiving a new pet as a present, doing so during the Easter holidays puts extra stress on them and the animal. During Easter celebrations, many families do not have the extra time needed to fully adjust to, and create a proper routine for caring for the new pet. The pet may end up eating the wrong things, escaping from the doors when left open by the visitors, or may even get neglected because there is so much going on during the Easter celebrations.

Alternative Gift Ideas
Instead of giving a pet as an Easter gift, there are many other alternative gifts to give the animal lover in your life. Some of them include, but not limited to

  • Giving them a gift certificate from the local shelter; the certificate covers the pet’s adoption fee, and allows the future pet owner to come in the animal shelter, and choose their very own pet.
  • Arranging for a loved one to volunteer at the animal shelter, or sponsoring a farmed animal on their behalf.
  • Giving them useful pet supplies (that is if they already have a pet), like a cat collar, a leash, a dog bowl, toys, a scratching post, treats, just to name a few.
  • Making a donation to the rescue center on their behalf.
  • Giving them a stuffed animal representing the shelter pet.

For further reading and ideas, please see our article – Pets As Gifts, Is It A Good Idea 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Thank Your Pets This Holiday

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No, the pet sitter is ALL mine!!
Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

How do you

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Thank Your Pets

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This Holiday Season?

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Hire a Professional Pet Sitter

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Author, Noelle, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, fancy feasts and most importantly, a time for showing our gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.  Have you thought about how you might show your appreciation for your pet?  One of the best ways you can show your pet how grateful you are is by enlisting the services of a professional pet sitter should you decide to go out of town without him this holiday season.  This can be a tricky task but it doesn’t have to be if you do some research.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you choose a pet sitter.

Choose a “Professional” Pet Sitter. 

What is a professional pet sitter? A professional pet sitting service will is characterized by a few things.  A Professional pet sitter will be a license, bonded and insured company. They will have an active website with testimonials from happy clients.  Additionally, a professional pet sitting company will screen their employees and then carefully and extensively train them before placing your pet in their care.  Pick a company that’s been around for awhile.  Experience speaks volumes when it comes to the care of your pet.  But that’s not it.  Keep reading.

Choose a Pet Sitter that will provide you with a detail of what will be done.  

This will clearly establish what services you are to be provided with.  This prevents miscommunication and protects both you and the pet sitting company alike. You and the pet sitter should be aware of each other’s needs and expectations.  Any reputable pet sitter will ask for a pet care profile to know you and your pet. 

So thank your pet this holiday season by doing your research and hiring the most qualified pet sitter.  There are too many horror stories involved when friends or neighbors are hired to watch your pets.  Hire a professional company who knows how to handle emergencies. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Quick Halloween Tips for Dogs

Halloween puppy for Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Halloween puppy for Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Quick and Easy

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Halloween

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Safety Tips

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for Dogs

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  Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Halloween can be a fun time for dog owners, but it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year for your canine companion. We’ve compiled a short list of halloween tips to keep your puppy safe during the trick-or-treating bonanza.

  1. Don’t feed your dog candy.

I wish tips like this could go without saying but each year veterinarian clinics are slammed with panicked pet owners on November 1st. Absolutely nothing with chocolate is good for dogs, and those who ingest it will develop chocolate poisoning quick. It doesn’t matter what form it’s in, keep all the chocolate goodies away from your pup.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. If your dog starts showing any of these signs shortly before or after Halloween then you need to rush him/her to the vet immediately.

  1. Keep your dog indoors and away from the door Halloween night.

Young mischievous pranksters get up to all sorts of things Halloween night. Don’t run the risk of something happening to your dog or your dog mistakenly harming someone else. Keep him/her inside even if your pup’s a little big for the indoors. As disgusting as it is, there are reported events of dogs being harmed and even killed on Halloween. Protect your canine by keeping him/her close.

Chances are there will be a lot of people visiting your front door during the festivities. It’s best to keep your dog away from the door even if you’re not expecting trick-or-treaters to stop by. You don’t want to have to go chasing after your lost loved one during the Halloween madness because someone accidentally let him/her out or worse.

  1. Don’t let your dog eat traditional Halloween foods.

While not dangerous like chocolate or candy, most kinds of traditional Halloween food will upset your dog’s tummy and cause health problems just as easily. Go get some dog treats from your local pet supply store if you want your pup to enjoy a treat during the festivities too.

  1. Try on dog outfits before the big night.

Some dogs don’t like being dressed up. Forcing your pup to dress up when he/she doesn’t want to could lead to your dog being injured or even become ill due to stress. If your dog doesn’t want to wear a shirt, try a scarf. Sometimes less is more and your dog won’t mind something less intrusive.

You should also make sure any outfit you dress your dog in doesn’t restrict his/her vision or movement, ability to breathe or capability to bark. Your dog’s safety is more important than him or her matching your costume.

  1. Remove electrical cords and wires from your dog’s view/reach.

This tip goes double for all of you with younger canines. The last thing you want is to happen across your puppy after he/she has chewed through a cord and been electrocuted. Be smart and keep your home safe of canine hazards.

Keep your pet safe this Halloween so you can all have a barking good time. Happy Halloween!

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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