By Lynn F. Buzhardt
The choice to incorporate pets as part of your loved ones will be fraught with uncertainty. How have you learnt while the time is correct? How do you decide the suitable puppy? decide upon a formal nutrition? stay away from universal accidents? supply sufficient workout? steer clear of asthma? percentage caretaking tasks? now not percentage germs or parasites? no matter if you are prepared to make the leap or simply starting to discover the prospect, do we Have One? is an important, handy source for fogeys contemplating puppy ownership--or puppy proprietors contemplating parenthood. Veterinarian Lynn F. Buzhardt and social employee Sue D. Steib combine Read more...
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L i t t l e d o gs We usually focus on the harm a dog may cause, but injury is a two-way street. Size matters here, too. Many parents avoid getting very small dogs for fear that the child may harm the dog. A very tiny dog may sustain unintentional injury at the hands of the child. Imagine a two-pound toy poodle pup being accidentally dropped down the stairs by a pair of three-year-old hands or being run over by a tricycle going full blast. That’s not to say that very large and very small dogs are never good pets for children—they can be.
Monthly parasite control is important, so be sure to have plenty of this on hand. Have one last fecal examination performed to minimize exposure to intestinal parasites. Deworm your dog or cat if in doubt. Also ask your doctor about monthly heartworm preventatives and monthly flea and tick control products. Ask the veterinarian to check your pet’s teeth. A dental cleaning will reduce the bacterial exposure resulting from the imminent sharing of toys, bottles, and pacifiers. indd 22 ~ Can We Have One?
Family surveys keep you focused and allow everyone to express an opinion. Ask your family members what kind of dog or cat they might like in general. For older children, opinions may be based on pets they’ve encountered at the homes of friends. For younger children, opinions may be entirely based on the latest movie they’ve seen. And the average household pet, like the average pet owner, never turns out to be just like the movie. So parents should provide a reality check. Weigh the preferences and opinions of your children and discuss the following points in your survey: What size pet do you want?
Can we have one? : a parent's guide to raising kids with cats and dogs by Lynn F. Buzhardt