Playing matchmaker for your child and a new pet? There are certain things to consider before making the commitment. Here’s where to start.
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Does Your Pet Belong Indoors or Outdoors?
How Do You Know if Your Pet Is in Pain?
Have fond memories of the pet you loved in childhood and want the same for your children? Or maybe you’re just looking for the best way to respond to your child’s request for an animal companion. Pet health care requires a significant commitment — so before you bring home a furry friend for your child, take some time to make the best match.
Are You and Your Child Ready for a Pet?
Here are the first two questions to ask yourself when considering pets and kids: Is your child ready to help take care of a pet, and are you ready to supervise?
If you’re hoping to hand the care of a new pet over entirely to your child, think again. “Parents have the ultimate responsibility for pet care, regardless of the age of the child,” cautions animal behaviorist Melissa Bain, DVM, assistant professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, Calif. “If the child is given chores