Bet­ter pets

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Animal Advice -

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 are

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!

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