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Pet-Focused Gift Giving

Rachel Phelps
Written by Rachel Phelps

I met Protect Your Bubble Pet Insurance at the BarkWorld Social Media Expo and I was impressed with their straightforward approach to pet insurance.  They recently wrote a guest post about the myths and facts of pet insurance.  So today they are back  to tell us about the do’s and don’ts of gifting this holiday season.

 With more than 85 million pet households in the United States, millions of Americans will gift pet products, services, or even pets themselves this holiday season.  With the potential for millions, or even billions, of dollars to be spent on pets this holiday, Protect Your Bubble pet health insurance brand urges pet parents to make the most of their pet-focused spending by avoiding some common pet spending mistakes.

“Whether you’re purchasing gifts for your pets, someone else’s pets or you’re considering gifting a pet this year, it’s important to understand the unwritten rules of the game as it concerns gifting and spending on pets,” says Stephen Ebbett, President of Protect Your Bubble.  “At Protect Your Bubble, we are passionate about protecting our customers and giving them advice that will save time, money and heartache.”

Considering these useful ideas will keep the holidays happy and stress-free for you and your beloved furry family members:

Think twice before gifting a pet: While it may be fun and exciting for you to pick out a puppy or kitten and give it as a gift, not everyone is ready for that commitment.  Remember that pets can live several decades and every pet deserves to have a family that can care for them throughout their entire life.  Instead, consider purchasing a gift certificate to a rescue organization, shelter or breeder  – that way the recipient can choose to either redeem the certificate for a pet they pick out themselves, or consider it a nice donation in the holiday spirit.

Gift thoughtfully for your pet loving friends: It may be tough to come up with a unique gift every year for that hard-to-buy-for family member on your list, so think outside the [litter] box and gift something clever that is focused around their pets.  You might consider a certificate to their favorite pet spa, grooming and boarding facility or even some pet training sessions.  These practical gifts are thoughtful, useful and endearing to those whose pets are truly a part of the family.

Don’t overspend on the latest and greatest: As humans, we tend to purchase for our pets as we purchase for ourselves; we must have the latest and greatest this, that and the other.  Our pets are much simpler and typically happy with a warm human to cuddle with and a few inexpensive toys.   Purchasing items that make your life easier like a better leash, a new pooper-scooper or a self-cleaning litter box will free up your time to better serve your pets.  This means more play time or longer cuddle sessions. Your pets will appreciate this more than a new expensive item.

Give the gift of health: If you haven’t been diligent about your pet’s veterinary visits in the past, remember that as your pets get older, they will likely need more medical attention.  Instead of purchasing costly gifts for your pets this year, stash some money away in savings specifically earmarked for pet health care.  Better yet, consider purchasing a health insurance policy that will cover accidents, emergencies and illnesses that may arise throughout the year.  This way you won’t be overwhelmed with an expensive vet bill should something happen to your pet.  Protect Your Bubble offers policies that start at just $15 per month. So, for the cost of what you might spend on a single holiday gift, you can protect your pets’ health all year long.

By keeping these simple tips in mind when shopping this year, pet families can make the most of their holiday spending, while keeping human, canine and feline family members happy.

About Protect Your Bubble

Headquartered in Atlanta, Protect Your Bubble is available online, via mobile app or phone, and allows consumers to understand, buy and, most importantly, protect what’s most important to them. The insurance company offers the following types of insurance plans:

  • Pet – Plans provide up to 90 percent reimbursement for covered vet fees for eligible accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions and routine wellness visits. They allow owners to visit any licensed vet in the country. Additionally, there’s only a $100 annual deductible that only needs to be met once per plan year. Coverage starts from less than $1 per day.

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About the author

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer, and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from Preston Speaks. Her three Westies — who think they are mini-humans — and three cats rule the house. To learn more about Rachel go to: Rachel Phelps Website

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