An animal can give you a lot of fun if your family is ready to assume the responsibilities it entails. It can teach children values and social skills. Most relationships between humans and animals are positive.
We must consider some important factors before joining an animal to your home. Your children and animals will be happier and healthier if they know and understand the rules. It is important to take the time to understand the realities of owning an animal and prepare it.
If your child has allergies, ask yourself seriously if it’s a good idea to want a pet. If allergies worsen, it could be difficult to find a new home for your pet. If you purchase an animal and your child begins to have signs of allergies, ask your doctor.
Animals do not make good gifts, especially during the holidays. Families may be too busy to give the new pet the care and attention it needs.
If you decide to adopt a pet, make sure it is healthy
- Adopt your pet from a person in whom you trust. Your veterinarian can give you suggestions.
- Consider the final adult size of your pet when you choose a species. Remember that your pet will grow and it could become too big for your needs.
- Make sure your pet is going to the vet every year and it receives all the vaccines they need.
- Spay or neuter your dog or cat.
- If your pet is sick, do it treated by a veterinarian.
- Watch for contacts that your pet may have with other animals may carry disease.
Once the animal is installed in your home
- Teach your children to treat your pet with kindness and respect.
- Never leave a young child alone with an animal. Accidents can occur when children tease an animal or affect it in a way that bothers him.
- Involve your child in the care of the animal. Children derive a sense of responsibility.
- Make sure your pet has a quiet and comfortable place. Do not allow your pet to sleep with your children.
- Do not allow your pet to stay in the room alone with a baby.
- Do not allow your pet to lick the face, cuts or scratches your child.
- Look for a dog that has a sweet character.
- Older dogs are only suitable if they are accustomed to children. Puppies can be a source of pleasure, but they are full of energy. It takes time and patience to properly train them. Involve all family members in training for your kids and the dog can easily retain used commands.
- Do not leave your dog home alone for long periods. If you are away for extended periods, the dog may not be the recommended pet for your family.
- Install your dog safe in an area where it will be comfortable.
- Expose your dog to different types of people and situations.
- The dogs need lots of exercise. Encourage your children to walk the dog with you. Remember to use a leash when walking your dog.
- Keep your cat indoors to protect it from injury. You will ensure also that it does not come into contact with disease-carrying animals.
- Keep the litter box clean. Always wear gloves when you clean and wash your hands thoroughly when finished.
If a dog or cat is not suitable for your home, other choices are available to you. Ask your vet for ideas and tips on care.