By Lynn F. Buzhardt
The choice to incorporate pets as part of your loved ones may be fraught with uncertainty. How are you aware whilst the time is correct? How do you choose the proper puppy? opt for a formal vitamin? stay away from universal accidents? offer sufficient workout? keep away from asthma? percentage care-taking tasks? no longer percentage germs or parasites? no matter if you're ready to make the leap or simply starting to discover the chance, do we Have One? is a necessary source for fogeys contemplating puppy possession or puppy proprietors contemplating parenthood, delivering a wealth of invaluable info in a single handy, interesting guide.Veterinarian Lynn F. Buzhardt and social scientist Sue D. Steib mix their services and adventure with rising clinical facts to supply sensible and simply applied concepts for severe concerns concerning elevating young children and pets jointly. With attractive heat and humor, they tackle matters corresponding to bringing a brand new child right into a pet-owning couple's loved ones, choosing the right significant other animal to your family members, handling child-pet interplay, and dealing with the lack of a pet.The authors concentrate on canine and cats, the most typical pets in American families and those with whom little ones and adults are probably to shape the most powerful attachments. canine and cats also are at maximum threat of relinquishment to animal shelters. via studying what to contemplate earlier than committing to a kinfolk puppy, you're outfitted to make sure the simplest final result for all concerned. Pets require loads of their caretakers, yet they provide even more in go back. do we Have One? explains all of the changes and elements to count on and the pitfalls to prevent, aiding you offer a contented domestic on your puppy and permitting your kids to get the main out of the pet-child dating.
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8/5/08 3:16:46 PM child is a bit older, you need to consider some of the most important issues in deciding whether to acquire a pet. W ho’ s in C harge H ere , A nyway ? Before you decide to adopt a pet—or not to do so—take some time to ask yourself some important questions. Honestly assess your own level of interest in having an animal. Does the thought fill you with anticipation—or dread? Does everyone in the household want a pet? If you want an animal, but your partner is opposed or indifferent to the idea, what will this mean for the pet and the children later on?
Most parents think they need pets; pets seem to exert a positive influence on children, but they can also expose children to significant worry and emotional trauma. Now you’re really confused, right? Is This the Right Time? indd 35 ~ 35 8/5/08 3:16:46 PM Two undisputable facts provide what are probably the best arguments for getting an animal for your family. 23 Second, pets are, for the most part, just plain fun. They add another dimension to our lives and connect us with the natural world from which, in our increasingly urban society, we have become otherwise disconnected.
Take time to educate yourself and your child. Information is as close as your local library, the Internet, or a veterinary clinic. √ Are other changes on the horizon? Will you be caring for an elderly or ill family member or having another baby? If so, how will these events influence your ability to keep and care for a pet? indd 42 ~ Can We Have One? indd 44 8/5/08 3:16:48 PM chapter 3 A Decision You Can Live With Selecting the Right Pet for Your Child and Family S o your head is spinning with the thought of getting a pet.