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Ask a Vet: Resist urge to buy animal for Easter

POSTED: April 20, 2014 1:00 a.m.

I do not like Peeps.

There, I said it. I hope this doesn’t change how you feel about me and how you view my advice.

The taste just isn’t my cup of tea. And the texture kind of creeps me out.

So whenever I get some for Easter, I go into fantasy football mode and work on a trade.

Ultimately, if no trading partner is around, Peeps go into the trash. I feel no guilt.

You may view it as a waste, but I’m just more of a chocolate and peanut butter kind of guy.

In the grand scheme of things, what harm is there if Peeps go poof?

Peeps have no nervous system. They don’t feel pain or fear. And even though you can microwave them and they’ll swell impressively, they don’t grow once you purchase them.

As I said, if nobody wants them, just toss them.

This is where Peeps are different from baby chicks or bunnies. Yes, all three are associated with the holiday season. Yes, all three are cute (if you don’t hold my view of Peeps). But only one is guilt-free after the holiday passes.

Not that getting chicks or ducklings or bunnies is wrong. If you have the means to care for them and want some as pets, I’m very much in favor. But keep in mind, they’re not Peeps. They will need care in the future, including food, shelter and possibly medication.

Many stores this time of year offer these animals as gift ideas. Please resist the impulse buy.

If you intend to buy, carefully consider what they’ll need after the initial joy fades. They represent a pet and a responsibility. Make sure they are wanted.

Bunnies grow up to be rabbits. They make great pets if you put in the time. They can even be house-trained. But they need care and upkeep.

Ducklings and chicks can make good pets as well, but they also need care and time.

Some ducks make for very effective security. If you’ve ever met a grumpy duck, you know.

What Peep can offer that?

Matthew Sisk is a practicing veterinarian from Habersham County. Have questions about your pet? He can be reached at mattsisk2003@yahoo.com.


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