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Pet reminders for the holidays

Posted at 9:31 AM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 09:31:03-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich - It's that time of year when many people may be receiving pets as gifts, but veterinarians are reminding us that having a pet is a big commitment.

Vet expert Dr. Kirsten Marshall from Bridges Animal Hospital says that you need to make sure the person getting the animal as a gift is completely prepared to care for their new pet.

She suggests even waiting until after the holidays when things slow down a little bit, so your pet can adjust to a new home without chaos.

Dr. Marshall also reminds everyone to keep your pets indoors as the weather gets colder and avoid feeding your furry friends food scraps during meals. She says be especially careful not to leave bread dough on counters where your pooch could potentially scarf it down as it can cause serious stomach problems.