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Why You Should Never Give a Pet as a Gift

Many kids and adults alike ask for pets for Christmas, birthdays, or other holidays. Puppies and kittens are frequently at the top of people’s Christmas lists. While the idea of an adorable animal under the tree can be appealing, there are many reasons why pets shouldn’t be given as gifts.

One major reason to not give a pet as a gift is the cost associated with them. Often times, the adoption or purchase fee for a pet is one of the cheaper things to worry about. So while the gift giver may be able to afford that fee, the new owner is then stuck with the vet bills, food bills, cost of buying supplies like leashes, toys, bed, and other things, daycare/boarding fees, insurance fees, etc. Pets are very expensive, and many people don’t realize that. If you give a pet as a gift, the new owner will then have some immediate major expenses when they have to buy that new pet everything else that they need. The new owner may not be prepared for these expenses, especially around the holiday season. The vast majority of people have financial concerns around the holidays already.

Another great reason is the lifespan. Dogs and cats can live for upwards of 15-20 years. Reptiles and birds can live even longer. Pets are a major commitment for a number of years. Before getting a pet, we as owners need to think long and hard about if we can commit to that pet for its whole life. If the pet is given as a gift, we no longer have that choice or the time to really think it through.

Holidays are stressful for most pets. There is so much hustle and bustle going on, pets often get overlooked. Many pets need time, and peace and quiet, to settle into a new home. Being brought into a home around the holidays can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety for the pet, especially if you have a busy household with holiday parties or gatherings. There are also always lots of decorations, food, and other tempting things for pets to get into. If we are busy enjoying our holidays, our pets may be tempted to get into these things, leading to potential toxicities or GI obstructions, or GI upset. New pets also often require training and socialization, which many people don’t have time for over the holidays.

Another reason is the preparation. Before you bring a new pet into your home, you should be as prepared as possible. You should already have everything they will need, and have really thought it through. Also, you should think about what species of animal you want, and if you want a particular breed. Different breeds tend to have different characteristics that mesh well with some people, but maybe not with others. It is important to bring a pet into your home that you think will get along well with all family members, existing pets, and lifestyle.

If you really wanted to give a pet as a gift, consider purchasing them some supplies for that animal instead, for when the time is right. You could even offer to take them to an animal shelter or reputable breeder when the time comes. You could also consider donating to an animal shelter, or sponsoring an animal at a rehab facility, in the gift recipient’s name. Another great option would be offering to pay for pet insurance for the future pet, or getting a gift certificate for a vet, pet store, daycare facility, or groomer. If the person you are shopping for already has pets, you could also buy some supplies for the pets already in the household.

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What You Should Know About Onion and Garlic Toxicities in Pets

Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets.  It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online.  They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital