Pets may not be good holiday gifts

TYLER (KYTX) - The holidays are here, and that means a lot of us are buying presents. While puppies and kittens make cute, cuddly gifts, it may not be a good idea to surprise someone with a pet for Christmas.

"They'll chew on electric cords. They'll chew on your nice couch. They'll chew on your good shoes."

Mark Boyer has eight dogs and knows the responsibility that comes along with being a pet owner.

"Puppies are a full-time job." he says. "And, they're in the morning and during the day. And, at night, they always want something."

PetSmart pet trainer Judy Gregg says pets don't make good surprises.

"You don't want to do that. You need to make sure the person is set up and wants a pet at that time."

Mechele Mills with the Better Business Bureau of East Texas agrees. She says the holidays are already stressful enough.

"It may not be the right time in that person's life, so you just need to be really careful. Also, we've received hundreds of complaints over the past year from people who have purchased pets, mostly via the Internet."

Mills says buying a pet online has it's risks.

"You might receive a pet that's very unhealthy. You may not even receive a pet at all. The business may be gone as soon as they receive your money."

If you do insist of buying someone a pet for Christmas, consider this..

"Adopting a pet can be a great option. That way you can see it in person and you know what you're getting yourself into.

"Go to the shelter." says Gregg. "There's so many dogs waiting on good homes there."

If you do receive a pet as a gift, make sure you take it to the vet within the first 24 to 48 hours. And, it's a good idea to get it spayed or neutered as soon as possible.


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