What to Know About Adopting a Pet for Christmas

dog licking a little boy

Whether it’s been inspired by a commercial featuring a puppy popping out of a gift-wrapped box, or the insistent pleas of a child begging for a new fur friend this holiday season, it can be hard to resist the notion of adopting a pet for Christmas. But is this the right thing to do?

Holiday pet adoptions are a hot button topic among animal lovers, and for good reason. Surprising someone with a pet they don’t really want means that pet may have to be surrendered to a shelter – something no one wants. Taking the time to gather the facts in advance will ensure that any decision you make regarding pet adoption has a happy ending.

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Looking for an Old Friend? It May Be Time to Adopt a Senior Pet

While every life stage has its own unique advantages, a pet’s golden years are likely to be some of the best. They graduated from housebreaking long ago, they know exactly what makes them happy and comfortable, and they provide a calming, supportive presence to any household lucky enough to have them. 

There are loads of other reasons to adopt a senior pet, and your friends at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care have a few we can share from experience.

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The Ins and Outs of Kennel Cough: Protecting Your Pet

Kennel cough is contagious and a threat to pet health

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… eight dogs a- coughing? If you board your pet with any frequency you probably are aware of kennel cough, a highly contagious disease that can spread rapidly in a kennel environment. If you are planning to board your pet over the holidays, or any time of year, this potentially serious illness should be on your radar.

In this modern era of vaccines and cleanliness, you might wonder why kennel cough is still so prevalent. As always, your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care will do our best to answer your questions, and to reassure you that you the power to keep your pet well lies with you!

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