Orchard Vet's Blog

Pets are for life not just Christmas!


The Dogs Trust coined the famous slogan that ‘a dog is for life not just for Christmas’ and this is the message being reinforced in Germany this month. The Berlin government has placed a temporary ban on adoptions in an attempt to stop people giving animals as Christmas gifts.

In our view, an outright ban is perhaps excessive. Where the person receiving the pet knows it is coming and is ready and willing to take on the responsibilities, there can be little cause for concern. For example, if parents are buying a pet for their child at Christmastime one would hope that they would anticipate taking final responsibility for the welfare of the new member of the family. However, Christmas can be a restless and noisy time of year that can make it tough for any animal to settle into a new home.

If you are thinking of getting or giving a pet this Christmas, please come and talk to us first so that we can help you make the best decision for the wellbeing of the animal. §