Children and pets

Children and pets

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You certainly thought you'd give the little one a play buddy, didn't you?
Because the safety and health of your child are the most important, the pet should be chosen with great care.
First, you must choose breeds and species that are more likely to be gentle with your child.
Some types of pets suitable for a child would be: cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, small birds, fish. However, no animal should be considered totally harmless.
Some animals, such as reptiles (turtle, snake, lizard, iguana), transmit salmonella through direct contact with the animal or indirectly if we come into contact with objects that the animal has touched.
Others, such as dogs and cats, carry infections that can cause certain conditions, such as Lyme.
If you still want to take your child a pet dog, small dogs are best suited because their bite is not as harmful as in the case of large dogs.
The next step is to take the pet to a veterinary check and discuss any allergies of the child with the pediatrician.
Even a gentle animal can hurt him, so teach him to be smart with his new friend and stay away from him when he's eating, sleeping, or taking care of his chicks.
Hygiene is very important, which is why children should be taught not to approach pet food, to wash their hands after playing with it, and to treat any bite or scratch caused by the animal immediately.
Children may not be entirely responsible for the care of the animal, but you can give them small, easy tasks to perform under your supervision.
This way, you will gradually learn what it means to be responsible. You should also consider the fact that all children learn to behave with their pet by observing their parents' behavior.
There are many benefits to a pet. The life and personality of the child will be significantly improved. Some of these advantages can be:

  • the child will experience a well-being and will learn to love and trust others;
  • if he spends a lot of time with his pet he will learn to understand certain values ​​such as loyalty and affection;
  • if the animal needs exercise, the game taken with him will bring him closer to nature and will teach him with constant physical effort, which later will help him develop an active and healthy lifestyle;
  • the animal can also function as a unifying element of family members and can contribute to their closeness.
    So, if you love the idea of ​​buying a pet for your child, you should remember that the baby will stay healthy and happy only if the pet feels the same.
    Alina Sica