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Jul 05 2016

5 Questions To Ask When Getting A Pet

Getting A Pet is a huge move.

Ah, the age-old question: Can we have a dog, please? A pet can be an excellent addition to a family, but there are some important things to think about before welcoming a new furry friend.

1.  Think carefully about whether you really want a pet.

A pet can be a lot of fun, but they also require love and attention. Becoming a pet-owner is a big responsibility!

2. Does your family have time for a pet?

If your pet needs to be walked, are you willing to wake up early every morning? What time do you get home from school and how late do mom and dad work? How will a pet fit into your current schedule?

3.  Does your family have space for a pet?

How big is your family? Do you live in a house or an apartment building? Do you have a big yard?

4. How will your family pay for a pet?

Pets need food and shelter, and sometimes pets get ill, all of which costs money.

5.  What kind of pet is best for your family?

Fish are low-maintenance pets. They do not require a lot of attention and they do not need to go outside for exercise. Dogs are high-maintenance pets. They require lots of love and attention and they need to get lots of exercise outside. Cats, rabbits, hamsters, and birds require more maintenance than fish, but less maintenance than dogs.

If you’re thinking, yes, it’s time for a pet, here are ten fun facts about pets.

  • Pets help to teach children about responsibility and commitment.
  • Pets encourage nurturing and give children practice as caregivers
  • Pets help to relieve stress, loneliness, and anxiety.
  • Pets help children to build self-confidence. 
  • Pets encourage exercise and play just for the fun of it!
  • Pets are nonjudgmental listeners who can help children improve their reading skills.
  • Pets help to teach children about discipline.
  • Pets help children understand consequences.
  • Children with pets are less prone to allergies and asthma.
  • A family pet can help strengthen bonds between parents, children, and siblings.

Want to learn more about pet care? Pet Education Resources is filled with pet-related resources, such as interactive games, quizzes, videos, worksheets, and posters. We like this educational poster about caring for your pet.

If you are ready to take the next step check out your local pet adoption shelters.

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