WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - During the holidays, children become overjoyed with the excitement of receiving a new pet. Little do they know that joy can fade with the responsibility of the pet.
There are several factors parents should be aware of before buying their child a pet.
Dogs should be walked three to four times a day, puppies and kittens will require more attention during the night time.
Vets recommend adult dogs and cats come see them every six months and for puppies and kittens every three to four weeks.
Pets should have a wellness exam when they are first bought and you should always call your vet when your pet is sick.
Most importantly families need to factor in the expense of veterinary care.
"I think one thing that may be helpful is seeking out volunteer opportunities for children at an animal shelter or with a rescue group or something like that so they can get the hands-on experience and decide this is something I want to be doing everyday versus a few days," said Kara Duffy a veterinarian at Atlantic Animal Pet Resort.
Vets want you to remember the holidays can be a busy time of the year. During this time, pets should be kept in quiet places and it is not recommended to travel within the first few weeks of having a pet.