By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn
We’ve all seen the pictures – it’s Christmas morning, and Mom or Dad brings an adorable puppy wearing a red bow into the room. The kids are delighted! The puppy is delighted! Mom and Dad high-five because this was the Best Christmas Ever!
Well, maybe it was, but maybe not. Giving a pet as a surprise gift can work out fine, but there are some important factors to take into consideration:
1) Does the recipient have the time, energy and finances to be able to care for the pet appropriately? Kids may pledge to care for a new...