Teaching a child about pet care responsibilities

You have a curious child at home who is continually asking for a pet of her very own. How can you teach her about pet care responsibilities?

The best way to address the needs of a pet is to talk about them with your child in a way they will be receptive to. Consider how old your child is to help you determine what and how much information you will be sharing. Consider offering story telling or roll playing as a way to help a young child better understand the importance of meeting a pet’s needs on time and in an appropriate way. Books may also be a great source of information, as would time with friends who care for pets of their own. The latter may offer your child a chance to practice the skills you’re trying to develop in her. Your Kennesaw, GA veterinarian can help you care for the pets in your home.


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