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December 22, 2013

ASK A VET:

DEAR DR. WELDY’S: I would like to get my 7-year-old grandson a pet as a gift. What type of pet would you suggest?

DEAR READER: Let’s see. ... The best pet would have a low price tag, be low maintenance, wouldn’t make a mess and would be easy for a child to care for. In my opinion, the best pet to give as a gift is a stuffed animal.

In all seriousness, I would never recommend giving a pet as a gift to a child, especially if you have not discussed it with his parents. I would not give an animal as a gift to an adult unless they had expressed a desire for a pet. An animal of any kind is a long term commitment. It has been said that getting a pet is like having a child — there are a lot of financial, emotional and time concerns.

The unconditional love that comes from a pet can be wonderful, but it does come with responsibility. Who will care for the pet if your grandson forgets, or gets tired of the work involved in caring for it? Are you willing to take the animal into your house if there are allergy problems or other reasons the family can’t keep the pet? If not, can it be returned to the place you got it from?

Does your grandson’s family have the finances for a pet? A puppy or kitten can cost upwards of $1,000 in the first year of its life. This includes vet visits, vaccines, neutering, toys, food, flea/tick/heartworm medications and other supplies. Even small mammals such as hamsters and gerbils have costs that may not be in a family’s budget. Bedding and proper housing, water bottles, and chew toys to keep teeth healthy can run more than $100 to get started. Are you willing to help pay these costs if the family can’t?

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Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

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