• How To Get Your Child’s First Pet: The Basics

    For parents getting their child a first pet, here are some basics you need to cover.
    by Julian Vorpal .
  • boy with goldfishGeneral Pet Tips:

    Wait Until Your Child Says She Wants One – If you preempt them and bring one home, it’s really more your pet than anything else.  Only if they want one will they show more care with it.

     

    However….

    It’s Really Your Pet More Than Anything Else – Pets need care, depending on the type of animal you get.  If you’re getting a pet for your child very early in life, it’s because you want to expose them to animals and teach them things like compassion for other creatures.  But understand that you will need to give your child some slack if he forgets to feed Bantay.  Letting your child’s pet die due to starvation or parasites is not a good way to teach them about the consequences of neglect.  However, if you feel it’s too much work, as early as now, do not bother buying the pet.

    Discuss The Pet With Your Child – Lay the groundwork for the rules on caring and handling of the pet.  Talk about what pets are acceptable and unacceptable in your home.  Be open to alternatives.

    Do Research – Read up on everything you can online or try to get a book or two about the pet in question.  Go ask friends who also have similar pets for their experiences and tips. 

    Check For Allergies – If you or your child have asthma or get rashes due to dander, feathers or fur, certain pets may not be advisable for your home. 

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    Click here to learn more on checking out where the pet comes from, preparing your child for the pet, tips on taking the pet to the vet.

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