An animal can be a lot of fun if your family is ready to take on the responsibilities it entails. It can teach children values and social skills. Most relationships between humans and animals are positive.
There are some important factors to think about before incorporating an animal into your home. Your children and the pet will be happier and healthier if they know and understand the rules. It is important to take the time to understand and prepare for the realities of owning an animal.
If your child has allergies, seriously ask yourself if it’s a good idea to want an animal. If their allergies get worse, it may be difficult to find a new home for your pet. If you get an animal and your child starts to have signs of allergies, ask your doctor for advice and take medicine from affordable pet care stores.
If you decide to adopt an animal, make sure it is healthy
Adopt your pet with a person you trust. Your veterinarian can give you suggestions.
Take the final adult size of your animal into account when choosing a species. Remember that your pet is going to grow and that it may outgrow your expectations.
Make sure your pet goes to the vet every year and that he gets all the vaccines he needs.
Sterilize or neuter your dog or cat.
If your pet is sick, have it treated by a veterinarian.
Watch for your pet’s contact with other animals that may be carriers of the disease.
Once the animal is installed in your home
Teach your children to treat your pet gently and with respect.
Never leave a young child alone with an animal. Accidents can happen when children tease or touch an animal in a way that bothers them.
Involve your child in animal care. Children get a sense of responsibility.
Make sure your pet has a quiet and comfortable place. Do not allow your pet to sleep with your children.
Look for a dog that has a gentle character.
Older dogs are only suitable if they are used to children. Puppies can be a source of great pleasure, but they are bursting with energy. It takes a lot of time and patience to train them well. Involve all family members in training, so your children and the dog can easily remember the orders used.
Do not leave your dog alone at home for long periods of time. If you are going to be away for extended periods, the dog may not be the recommended pet for your family.
Keep your cat indoors to protect it from injury. You will also ensure that it does not come into contact with animals carrying diseases.
Keep the litter box clean. Always wear gloves when cleaning and wash your hands well after finishing.
If a dog or cat is not suitable for your home, you have other choices. Ask your veterinarian for ideas and advice on care.
Reptiles, wild or exotic animals
Reptiles, like turtles, lizards and snakes, are often carriers of salmonella, a bacteria (or microbe) that can be very difficult to kill. Always wash your hands after handling a reptile.
Exotic animals, such as the flying phalanx, the hedgehog and the monkey, are not good choices of animals for children. They can be dangerous or need special care that young children cannot give them