Pets are enormously rewarding and make very special gifts for Christmas. Be prepared for a lifetime commitment of responsible care and you’ll reap the benefits – love and loyalty! Even better, your furry friend or playful pal won’t end up in a shelter or a pound.
YOUR FOREVER PAL
If you’re thinking of a pet as a gift, keep the following tips in mind before buying.
they’re for life. in the family is involved in the pet-purchase decision. for the animal’s size, breed traits, health issues and grooming requirements as an adult.
Ensure everyone Be prepared Will you spend quality time
with your new pal by walking him daily and also training, grooming and playing with him?
Consider your family
budget and the 10 to 20 years of vet bills, food costs, toys and training.
a pooch online as you may be supporting a puppy farm. Instead, visit a shelter/ pound, a reputable Australian National Kennel Council registered breeder or a Pet Industry Association of Australia member store that offers lifelong support.
Best not to buy For great advice,
free information and e-guides, see pets4life.com.au We tend to treat our pets as if they were our children, and the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing gifts to show how much we love them. The latest trends include food and innovative tech products to enhance their life or provide environmental enrichment. So, just in case your critter isn’t spoiled enough yet, consider bakery animal treats, a remote wi-fi camera, personalised collar/lead, laserchasing scratching post, interactive ball thrower, cat or dog wine (and a merlot for you!), a bird bath, maze for your bunny or guinea pig, habitat decor for the scaly wild child or a castle for your fish. But the best gift of all? Time and attention!