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Having a pet is a joy for many children. But as a responsible adult, it's up to you to ensure that your child is safe and well-equipped to have a pet. If you're considering getting a pet for your child, consider these three steps before adopting one.
If your child likes animals, it's a good idea to have them allergy tested just to be safe. Allergy testing is a common pediatric service offered at most pediatrician's offices. Doing so ahead of time will prevent the heartache of bringing home a pet for your child, only to find that they're terribly allergic and can't be anywhere near the animal.
Is Your Child Ready?
Pets often make children happy, but some kids are just plain terrified of animals. Before trying to adopt a kitten or puppy for your child, get your child to spend some time with pets first to see if they even like them.
There are a few easy ways you can do this. Dog shelters frequently look for volunteers to walk and play with the dogs to ensure that they're well-socialized. You can go with your child and see if they take to the dogs, and if so, perhaps even adopt one from the same facility. If a cat is more appealing to you, you can volunteer your time at a cat shelter or go to a local cat cafe to allow your child some one-on-one time with a kitty. Watch your child carefully, and if they're fearful, don't hesitate to take them out of the environment. If they don't seem to be ready for a pet just yet, you can try again when they're a little older.
Lastly, make sure that your child's rabies vaccination is up to date. If you adopt a cat or dog from a reputable shelter, the animals should have received all of their vaccinations and will have been tested for rabies. However, if your child gets a dog, it's likely that they may spend time around other dogs while on walks or at parks. Cats may also bring home prey that are infected with rabies if they're allowed to go outside and hunt. While your dog or cat is sure to be safe for your child to be around, there's no guarantee that other animals will be. It's a good idea to make sure that your child is protected for the rare instance where your child is bitten or otherwise harmed by another animal.
Most experts agree that having a pet is a wonderful experience for kids and can be helpful in teaching responsibility as well. With these potential stumbling blocks out of the way, your child can spend many memorable years with a loving pet that will help to shape them into a responsible and thoughtful adult.