A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime: Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet for Christmas

A puppy sits among some Christmas gifts and tree next to a fireplace. Adopting a pet for Christmas is a big step, so be sure to consider all that's involved before making that choice.

Christmas and other holidays are popular times of year for pet adoptions. What could be better than seeing someone’s eyes light up when they get the gift of a sweet puppy, cat, or other furry friend, after all? Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when many pets are promptly returned  to shelters. 

Adopting a pet for Christmas isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there are many factors to consider ahead of time. The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants you to make the best decision for your family and a potential adoptee. Here are some important considerations. 

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Following the Trends: Spending the Holidays With Your Pet

Holidays with pets.

If you’re one of those jolly types that starts humming Christmas carols long before December, you’ve probably already envisioned how you want to spend the holidays with your pet. There’s so much more to do together than ever before, thanks in large part to the growing acceptance of pets in public places. This means loads of choices regarding how best to spend your time together this holiday season. If you need a little help narrowing down the list, we’ve got some ideas on how to joyfully (and safely) spend the holidays with your pet.

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Reptile Rescue: What to Do When You Need to Rehome a Reptile or Amphibian

A small green and brown constrictor snake wraps around a person's hand. Rehoming a reptile or amphibian comes with many considerations!

It’s always upsetting to come to the realization that a beloved pet needs to be rehomed. There are many reasons for this, from losing a home or job to ill health or other hardship. Sometimes, the pet-to-people match isn’t always a great success

Finding a new home for a dog or cat is one thing, but things can get a little tricky when you need to rehome a reptile or amphibian. Since the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants all of our pet companions to have the safest, best options for their adoptions, we want to shed some light on what to consider when rehoming these amazing exotics.

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Creative Ways to Include Your Pet in the Holidays

The holidays are a time for loved ones, family, and friends, and our pets are included in the love. After the weeks of shopping, wrapping gifts, and going to parties and gatherings, we may not always take the time to include our four-legged friends. After all of the busy, busy, the holidays can be exhausting. Why not take a moment to think up ways to include your pet during the holidays, though? 

The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital are here to help with these festive, creative ideas for merriment for your furriest pals.

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Jump On the Bandwagon with These Amazing DIY Pet Gifts

DIY pet gifts make pet-safe holiday gifts

We love DIY pet gifts! They’re fun to make and relatively easy when you have the right supplies/tools. But probably the best thing about making your own pet gifts is that you can customize them based on your best friend’s interests and preferences. Plus, it’s a labor of love to design and create items that you know your pet will enjoy.

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Pets and the Holidays… A Perfect Match?

pets and the holidaysWhen it comes to pets and the holidays, we try to have all the bases covered. In fact, we’ve written a bit about it before. With that in mind, it’s clear the combination of pets and the holidays – especially with regard to safety – is powerful enough to warrant ongoing attention.

The holiday season provides an opportunity to reflect on what matters most. Certainly, holiday pet safety is a top priority, but if you were to spend an entire day with your pet, would it include favorite holiday movies and some scrumptious food? We thought so!

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Is Holiday Cat Safety a Real Thing?

We are swiftly sliding toward year-end, a fact that many cat owners brace themselves for. Is Fluffy going to bring down the Christmas tree again this year? Burn their whiskers from getting too close to festive candles?

With our holiday cat safety measures firmly in place, you won’t have to worry quite as much. And Fluffy? Ringing in the new year in style, comfort, and top health.

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Creating New Traditions: Celebrating a Low-Stress Holiday With Your Pet

Puppy wrapped up in Christmas lightsFor some, skipping the holiday madness is definitely the way to go. Whether that means foregoing gift-giving or taking a pass on hosting the annual feast, there’s certainly good reason to opt for a simpler holiday this year.

For pet owners, this new version of holiday “chill” is especially helpful for keeping a pet stress-free or when you’re looking to increase quality time with your animal companion.

If you want to shake it up this season and make some new memories and traditions, we have you covered. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy an easy-going, hard-work-free holiday with your pet.

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Just Hangin’ Around? Unlock the Mystery of Holiday Cat Safety

Cat siting in snowdrift in winter forestYou could say that cats love Christmas, but it may be more accurate to say their “love” is really more of an obsession with Christmas trees. As far as your cat is concerned, the installation of an evergreen tree (whether natural or artificial) is a clear invitation to inspect, chew, jump, climb, and possibly take down and destroy with one pounce. This begs the question: what are your plans to deter your cat from being on or around the tree? With our holiday cat safety tips, you won’t have to scratch your head for long.

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This Year’s Trendiest Holiday Gifts for Pets

Puppy wrapped up in Christmas lightsWhen it comes to indulging our fur kids, the holidays can be the best time of year! Many owners wouldn’t dream of keeping a beloved pet off Santa’s gift list and thankfully, buying gifts for pets is the norm these days.

To help you create the perfect pet wish list, the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has compiled some of our favorite ideas along with gifts you should avoid.
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