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Pitfalls of Pets as Presents


DENISON, TX --  They are cute, cuddly and may seem to be the perfect presents, but pets should not be given as Christmas gifts animal advocates warn.  But that doesn't mean you should rule it out altogether.  KTEN's Chris Severy explains.

Denison veterinarian, Dr. Billy Martinadale and his Animal Hospital of Denison, actually encourage people to give pets a home at Christmastime.  But, he says, you have to be careful or it could have bad results.  There are always plenty of dogs and cats available for adoption, too many in fact.  But according to Dr. Martindale, they could end up right back behind these cages if somebody gets one as a gift, especially if they're not expecting it.  Dr. Martindale says, "Make sure the recipient of the gift is prepared to take that on, because it's a very time and energy challenging kind of thing to have pets."  If you're just dead set on getting a friend, family member or significant other a pet for Christmas, a better idea might be to make up your own gift certificate that says good for the adoption of a new family member.  According to animal advocates, another reason not to give pets as gifts is because the holidays can be hectic, stressful times and adding a new pet into the mix can be problematic.