Do you know what impact the pets have on the children?

16 November
2012



All the parents have been attacked regularlyby the child on "Can we have a puppy?", "Let's leave this kitten at home", etc. Children are very attracted to pet, and would love to put up a zoo at home. Some parents, who already havepets, have another problem with the appearance of the child in the family, they are worried about whether the pet will not bring harm to the child and how they get along with each other. Pets are surely useful for the development of the child, but also they bring some risk for the children.

At first let's talk about the benefits. It's no secret that children with autism are even treatedusing dogs for this, or, for example, dolphins. Communicating with animals the child learns the nature and gets a lot of positive emotions. He improves his cognitive skills and sensory. We can say that animals are the best educational toys. Animals stimulate the development of logic (the child learns to identify various signals given by the animals and to form his intercommunion with them based on that information). Pets give a grounding of the environmental education, the child learns to be careful about nature and caring toward animals.

Pets also help in the moral education of the child. The child learns to be responsible andhigh-minded. From the labor educationpoint of view, the child is trained to perform some operations by himself that are necessary for the care of the animals.

Scientists from the University of Warwick have found that children are very attached to the pets. 90% of children at 7-8 years considered them one of the main components of their life, many children even think that pets are more important than friends, educators, and even (in rare cases) parents. But there lies a certain dangerin: when the pet dies the impressionable child will be struck to the heart. The death of the pet can cause the serious psychological trauma to the child, especially if the parents don’t take appropriate measures to decrease the harm. Soit’s better to havethe pets that live long or relatively long. Gnawing animals, for example, live only for 2-3 years. If however the irreparable happened the duty of parents is toexplain to the child the pet leave properly, presenting everything in positive way.

For a child of 3-4 years you can get an aquarium or buy a parrot. Certainly the child won’t be able to participate in the life of your pet actively (and there is no need, because the birds and the fishes are very brittle!). So be ready to take care of the pet by yourself. Birds can be very dangerous source of respiratory diseases, so as soon as you get a bird in the house, pay attention to your child’s breathing. If you suspect something is wrong, take your child to a pulmonologist, and necessarily say that you have a birdat home. Take the bird to the veterinary and cure if it’s infected.

Starting with 6-7 years you can alreadytake a cat or dog, immediately having discussed with your child his duty to care of the pet. Be carefultaking a hamster or a rat as they are less "controlled" than a cat or a dog, and they canreally bitethe child and infect him by many diseases. Keep watch for the health and well-being of the rodent! Hedgehogs are not the best pets as they suffer in captivity. Turtles are quickly becoming uninterestingto the children.



If you already have a pet in your family at the time of appearance of the child, so don’t worry, as a rule, cats and dogs get along with kidswell. If you are still very worried about, you can give your cat or dog to friends orto relatives for a while until the child will be out of newborn age.

Regarding to the risks associated with health, you should pay attention to the following. First, this is an allergy. If you find that the child has an allergic reaction to the animal hair, so keeping them at home is unacceptable. Unfortunately, you’ll have to find other owners for them.

Cats can be carriers of toxoplasmosis (especially those cats that eat raw meat and walking on the street). In addition, there is a "cat scratch disease", and this disease is very easy to get, which is reflected in its name. If your cat has an aggressive nature, then they should not communicatewith the child. Try to shear off the claws and wean the cat from scratching.
To make the cat not scratching, and the dog not biting, you should certainly get the child through the instructions: can’t touch animals when they eat, sleep and go about their own things. This will significantly reduce the chance of the child’s traumatizing.

Both dogs and cats can be a source of fleas. To avoid this, wash your pets with special anti-parasitic remedies. They can also infect the baby by parasitic worms. This won’t happenif you give the anthelmintic drugs to yourpets in order to preventive measures.

All of these issues can be solved, if you care about the health of your pets and take them to the veterinary for a checkupregularly. For many diseases pet can be vaccinated. You should be very attentive to any disease appearance of the pet and visit a vet immediately.

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