Why Are More Pets Euthanized During the Holidays?

Pet stress

The holidays can be a very stressful time for pets, due to changes in their routine, loud noises, and unfamiliar people and animals.

Pet illness

Pets are more likely to get sick during the winter months, which can lead to euthanasia if the illness is severe or if the pet is elderly.

Financial constraints

The holidays can be a financially difficult time for many people, which can make it difficult to afford the cost of veterinary care.

Family travel

Many pet owners travel during the holidays, which can make it difficult to find someone to care for their pet.

Pet behavioral problems

Pets with behavioral problems, such as aggression

Pet overpopulation

The holidays are a time when many people adopt new pets, which can lead to an increase in the number of unwanted pets.

Lack of education

Some pet owners may not be aware of the alternatives to euthanasia, such as hospice care or adoption.

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