The Christmas Gift That Keeps on Giving


Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Director of Grooming and Education of Espree

With the Holidays quickly approaching, many people are starting to think about that special present to give to their children, spouse, or significant other.  That image of everyone sitting around the tree, and your child opens up a big box, when out jumps a fluffy, adorable puppy with a big bow around its neck is simply priceless.  But, let’s stop and think about this.

When a puppy or kitten go to their forever homes, it is a stressful time in their life.  In order to make a peaceful and healthy transition, the house needs to be puppy proofed for starters.  Little things like making sure they do not have any access to electrical cords is very important.  When the new family member starts to explore their surroundings, you don’t want to entice them with chewing on a cord. Unless they can be monitored closely, they should be kept in a safe place like the kitchen, laundry room, large bathroom, or a crate.   Their food should remain the same as what they were eating when they were at the breeder until a smooth transition can take place too. These are just a few suggestions for your puppy to transition smoothly.

Now imagine the hustle and bustle at Christmas time!  The beautiful tree is up, and of course you want to turn on those pretty lights.  Tinsel is hanging all over the tree, which could potentially send your pup to the emergency vet clinic if he gets into it.  Now you are cooking up a storm in the kitchen.  The puppy acts like a vacuum cleaner so you better not drop any scraps on the floor.  Then you have all of your friends and family coming over to celebrate.  Do you really think it is a good time for your puppy to transition into their new home this time of year?

If you purchased the puppy for your children, it is likely you will be the one taking care of it with football games, dance recitals, and then off to college.  But what if you purchased it for your significant other, and they were completely surprised? At the time, the puppy seemed like a great gift, but eventually the novelty will wear off.  The commitment to get up in the middle of the night to potty train is tough.  But the financial commitment with supplies, vet visits, trips to the groomer and boarding kennel is far greater.  So before you try to put the puppy or kitten under the tree as a gift, just remember, a Christmas puppy or kitten is the gift that keeps on giving.

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