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What NOT to give (pet owners) this holiday season

Dear Readers, Listeners, and Viewers

The winter holiday season is a great time to give pet enthusiasts a little something special to pamper their beloved pets…but, there are some things you really should steer clear of purchasing stated furry companions, otherwise risk injury, illness, or worse. I know I may have missed the boat with some of you Black Friday and Cyber Monday crowd, but tonight, I will highlight Dr. Roger’s top ten list of pet holiday gift no-nos this holiday season.

In addition, we have 2 listener/viewer e-mail comments to address this evening. If you wish to e-mail your questions/comments to be addressed on the air, you may do so any time at comments@web-dvm.net. We are also taking live calls, so feel free to call me during the broadcast if you are a live listener/viewer.

Thanks as always, for caring about what I have to say! 🙂

Sincerely,

Roger Welton, DVM

Dr. Roger Welton is the President and chief veterinarian at Maybeck Animal Hospital in West Melbourne Florida, as well as CEO of the veterinary advice and health management website Web-DVM.net.

Post Script

You will note that I did not include talking points in this archive, as I really prefer you watch or listen to this particular episode. However, I will include my Number 1 WRONG gift to give pet owners or ANYBODY for that matter, since the majority of it got cut off from the video at the end (but not he podcast):

DO NOT GIVE ANYBODY A PET OF ANY KIND AS A GIFT FOR ANY HOLIDAY OR OCCASSION, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS!

Folks, this is the reason that we see a spike in shelter turn ins this time of year, because people are given pets as gifts that they did not want, are ill prepared for, or simply cannot accomodate. A pet is not a piece of property to be traded, bartered, passed around, or discarded…it is a living, emotional being that derseves better than to be handed a life a neglect, hardship, or even euthanasia only because some jackass thought it would be cute or fun to bestow it as a gift.

Sorry the last couple of minutes got cut off from teh video…I did not realize I went beyond my 30 minute video limit. 🙁

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