It’s commonly thought that giving a pet to a child is a way of teaching the child responsibility. But actually, no matter how old the child is, parents are ultimately responsible for making sure the pet receives all the necessary care, including vet services. When it’s time to choose a pet for your kids, you should also consider whether you’re ready and willing to assume the duties of pet care. If so, you can look forward to many years of unconditional love and affection from your furry family member.
Before you can choose between a cat and a dog, or from specific breeds of these animals, you need to consider your family’s lifestyle. Are your kids involved with sports activities after school? Do you work long hours? Does your family take frequent vacations? Some animals need their caretakers to be frequently present in the home, while others, such as cats, do well by themselves or with another furry companion. But if your family travels often and you’d like to bring the pet with you, then it makes more sense to adopt a dog, since cats don’t generally care for travel.
It’s an incredibly rewarding feeling to bring home a rescue pet who has had a difficult life and needs support and care from a loving family. But make sure your kids’ personalities and the pet’s temperament are a good match. A rescue pet who has been abused may be very fearful and shy and might not be a good fit for kids who are active, extroverted, and loud. But if your kids are shy and introverted, taking care of a previously neglected rescue pet may help give them the self-confidence they need.
Whichever pet you choose for your kids, you can help your furry family member stay healthy with complete care from Horizon Animal Hospital. Our veterinary staff offers a full spectrum of preventive wellness care, diagnostics, and interventional services in our modern vet clinic. Call our location in Scottsdale, AZ at (480) 800-4559.