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Child Wellness: Picking the right pet
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What child wants a pet for a pal? If you are considering a pet for your family, there are a few things you need to consider.
Your child's age is the first factor when looking to add a pet to your home.
"In the early newborn period, there is going to be a lot of focus on getting to know that child, caring for that child, so it's not a good idea to go out and purchase a new pet in the first six month of an infant’s life," pediatrician Dr. Manny Cirenza said.
A child younger than 8 years old may not be a candidate for small pets like mice or gerbils. They can be easily and unknowingly manhandled.
Lizards or iguanas may make cool pets, but they come with risks.
"Some of those pets can carry certain diseases, bacteria, salmonella, are famous with those reptiles,” Dr. Cirenza said. “Children really need to be trained if they are going to have a pet like that about washing their hands and appropriate care for a pet like that."
Dogs may be a good choice, but don’t let little dogs fool you. They can be hyper and hard to handle. Learn the temperament of a dog before you bring them home, whether they are big or small.
"The temperament of a larger animal is something to consider, whether it is a cat or dog. Can it handle a child who may unknowingly manhandle it?" Dr. Cirenza said.
Fish are the easiest and safest pets for young ones to care for.
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