July 3, 2018
If your child is like mine then you have probably been asked more times than you can remember to adopt a bunny from the SPCA or to bring home the lizard that your child’s friend Johnny is getting rid of because he wants something else.
A first pet for a child age seven or older is a great way to expose them to the responsibility of caring for another living creature. Although children should always be supervised while handling pets, the experience teaches them trust, compassion, respect, and patience.
Dr. Karen Becker of Healthy Pets believes pet ownership may also boost self-esteem, promote better grades at school, and improve health among children.
Research conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, also shows that children from dog-owning homes (during their first year of life) have fewer ear infections and respiratory tract infections, and require fewer antibiotics, perhaps because the exposure stimulates the immune system.
This article, Best Small Animal Pets for Children, will explain which small animal pets top the list as the most kid-friendly.
What pets did you have growing up? Share below!