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Can we have one? : a parent's guide to raising kids with by Lynn F. Buzhardt

By Lynn F. Buzhardt

The choice to incorporate pets as part of your loved ones could be fraught with uncertainty. How are you aware whilst the time is true? How do you decide the appropriate puppy? decide on a formal vitamin? keep away from universal accidents? offer sufficient workout? stay away from bronchial asthma? proportion caretaking obligations? now not percentage germs or parasites? even if you're ready to make the leap or simply commencing to discover the chance, will we Have One? Read more...

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After all, the pet is part of the family, right? Commercial pet foods vary in quality and cost, with premium foods commanding a premium price. Even so, your pet’s food bill should not be extraordinarily high, considering that she doesn’t dine out or ask to breeze through a fast food drive-through. indd 48 ~ Can We Have One? 8/5/08 3:16:48 PM Immunizations and parasite control will be recurring expenses. Vaccinations are usually more expensive for pups and kittens receiving the initial series of immunizations, but even older dogs and cats need occasional boosters.

If so, this section is for you. Here we provide a brief look at what research has to tell us concerning the benefits that children may derive from growing up with pets. W hat W e Know and W hat W e D on ’ t There are many assumptions about the role of pets in children’s lives. indd 31 8/5/08 3:16:45 PM probably heard some of them: Pets teach children to handle responsibility, help them learn compassion, and so on. 2 But is it sufficiently strong to suggest that you will be doing your child a disservice if you don’t get him or her a pet now?

If you see your dog stand dominantly over the baby, be alert to the potential for danger. If you notice your dog twitching his tail, raising his hackles, or barking aggressively, take precautions. A child injured by a “loving” dog is injured nonetheless. The number of dog bite victims in the United States varies with the study conducted, but all the statistics say the same thing: There are too many dog bite cases and most of them involve children. 2 Dog bites are the second most frequent cause of childhood emergencyroom visits.

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