Is your child ready to help care for a pet?

You have a child at home who is begging to look after a pet. How can you tell if she is ready to help do so?

You know your child best, so you will need to take the time to assess your pet’s maturity level if you are going to determine what she may be able to handle at this point. Talk to her and see what she is interested in as well as what she feels comfortable doing. Explain pet care to her thoroughly and make a point to offer reasons why each care task is necessary. Make sure to answer any questions she may have. Take the time to practice any skills you teach her by imagining different scenarios or role-playing if you feel it would be helpful. Your local Naperville, IL veterinarian can help you care for your pet. Learn more here.


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