Are Pets a Good Present?

Are Pets a Good Present?

We’ve all seen it before. Maybe it’s on a friend’s social media or maybe in a movie or television show. A little girl or boy is gifted a pet by their parents for their birthday or for a special holiday like Christmas. While of course joy is to be expected, are pets a good present? Whether it’s a puppy, a new kitten, or a small pet like a hamster, pets can make great gifts…if they’re in the right hands.

It’s important to think about all the different factors that go into caring for a pet long term. We’ll dive in to discuss these factors and how to choose the right time to give a pet as a present. After all, it’s not just about the joy of the person on the receiving end. It’s about the happiness and well-being of the pet, too!

Pets as Gifts for Prepared Families/People

First and foremost, pets should only be gifted to people and families who are prepared to receive the pet. While you can keep the pet a surprise, there are other factors to consider, as pets require time, money, and energy to get the best care. Below you’ll find ways to get a sense of readiness before gifting a pet.

  • If the pet is young, will someone be around to help train it? Pets, especially when new to the home, require time and attention to help them adjust to their new life. It’s also important to remember that while children are primarily the ones given a pet, that pet will become a family pet. Children aren’t able to handle all the responsibilities, such as late night potty breaks, so the adults will also need to be on board with training.

 

  • If the pet gets sick, will they have the funds to keep it healthy through vet care?  While pet care is pricey, it’s not the only cost related to pets that you should know in advance. Pets require things such as a cage or crate, bedding, toys, food, treats, a leash, a collar, flea medicine, etc. The list goes on and on. Making sure the receiver or their family is able to afford and provide these items is crucial to the pet’s well-being.  

 

  • Does their home or lease allow pets? This is an important detail you might not think about. If someone is renting, it’s important to make sure that their landlord allows pets. Certain places also have breed restrictions when it comes to dogs. If they own the home, is this something they will want to take on? Having a pet can require getting new carpet and other repairs if they move.

 

  • Will they be committed to this pet? Most importantly, will the person or family be committed to taking care of this pet? Depending on the pet, they can live to be close to (or even over) 20 years. Pets are a lifetime commitment, and it’s important to ensure that the person receiving the pet is ready for this commitment so that the pet is not taken to a shelter or re-homed, causing distress.

 

If the Commitment is there…

If you’ve thought it over and considered all the factors of preparedness, pets can make a wonderful present. They’re a great way to add joy, love, and companionship to your home and life. However, if you’ve decided that the person or family isn’t ready for a pet, you can always wait another year and re-evaluate. It’s important to look out for the best interest of the pet and caretaker and ensure that it’s a match made in fur-heaven!

 

10 Human Snacks That Are Healthy For Dogs

10 Human Snacks That Are Healthy For Dogs

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Have you ever found yourself eating a delicious snack only to look down and see some “puppy dog eyes” staring up at you? We’ve assembled a list of ten human snacks that can also be used as a healthy treat for your pup. Now you can share your food…but remember; moderation is key!

1) Peanut Butter: Peanut butter makes a yummy snack for humans and dogs alike. Peanut butter gives dogs protein, healthy fat, vitamin B and E, and other beneficial nutrients. Choose a peanut butter that is unsalted and that does not contain sugar substitutes. A common sugar substitute is xylitol, which is toxic for dogs.

2) Carrots: These crunchy snacks are fun to give and fun to eat. Carrots are low in calories and also contain vitamin A, which helps your dog’s immune system and promotes healthy skin and coat. Not only do dogs love the crunch of chewing on a carrot, but carrots actually help the dog’s dental health by helping to remove plaque on your dog’s teeth. It’s a win-win!

3) Chicken: Humans may reach for chicken as an easy, high-protein snack, but did you know it makes a good snack for dogs too? As long as it’s cooked, and not heavily seasoned or flavored, chicken makes for a perfect snack or treat.

4) Yogurt: You may have heard of the amazing things probiotics are capable of doing for humans. Have you thought about it in relation to your dog? The probiotics in plain (unsweetened and unflavored) yogurt can help your dog become more regular and alleviate some upset stomach issues. Make sure that you’re choosing a yogurt with active live cultures.

5) Eggs: If you’re making yourself eggs, it’s okay to share some with your furry friend. Eggs for dogs should be cooked without salt or any other seasoning. They’re a great way to give your dog protein and necessary amino acids. As an added bonus, you can feed your dog small amounts of raw eggs, as egg yolks are high in Biotin, which helps keep their coat healthy.

6) Green Beans: If you’ve ever had a dog that needed to lose some weight, you may be familiar with this snack. Green beans are a popular snack for dogs that need some treats without the high-calorie content. Green beans are also high in fiber and are filling to eat as an added snack into a dog’s diet.

7) Sweet Potatoes: If you’re cubing up sweet potatoes to roast, you can treat Fido to a few pieces. When cooked (you can steam or bake them) without seasoning, these are high in vitamin A. High in fiber as well; these snacks are a delicious addition to your dog’s snack list.

8) Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a powerhouse snack that is full of vitamins and minerals essential to your dog’s health. Not only that, but it also boasts a high fiber content as well as assists in weight loss. Dogs will love the taste of this healthy treat while getting great benefits from it as well.

9) Rice: This popular side dish is a healthy treat to add to a dog’s meal. The rice contains complex carbohydrates, which work to make your dog feel full. Rice also has Niacin (Vitamin B3), which helps with a dog’s bone growth. Rice is a tasty treat that can be served unseasoned.

10) Oatmeal: While humans love oatmeal for breakfast, dogs like it any time of the day! When served unseasoned and unsweetened, oatmeal is a high-fiber way to help regulate glucose levels in the blood. If your dog has grain sensitivity to other grains, they may actually be able to tolerate oatmeal.

We hope you and your dog are able to enjoy some nutritious and delicious snacks together. Share the love with your best fur-friend and treat them to something special in addition to their normal diet.