Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Pets & Kids - The Perfect Combination!

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There comes the point where kids begin to ask for a new addition. Typically it tends to be a dog or a cat, but there are so many other options too! Rabbits are lovely, great for slightly bigger kids who want to hold something but understand they need time and space to hop around alone. Lizards are excellent for those who have a slightly deeper interest in nature and pay close attention to details like the temperature of a room, or a heat mat.

But before you start buying puppy pads and kitten collars (go to petsgetthebest.com) . It is important to note that there are a whole heap of reasons why pets are good for your kids.


Healthy

When you have a dog, you need to keep them walked and entertained. This means that kids will get to take part in taking care of them and get to enjoy all that they have to offer. We often take our animals to places we don’t usually visit. And can build a routine around them than includes many more outdoor activities. Dogs have a lot of energy, which means your children get to burn off their excess energy as well.

Alone

Pets have a fantastic gift of making sure that their owners ever feel alone. They can’t talk, but they seem to have amazing senses - and know precisely when you need that extra snuggle. Researchers say that and animal can help ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation for people and even help with depression because they are silently there for you - when you really need them. This goes for all ages, having some type of animal in the house can give you a friend when you need one.

Lowers Blood Pressure

There have been so many studies into this one. Sitting with a pet, and more specifically stroking your pets can lower your blood pressure. You become calmer, and some forms of stress can be lifted slightly. This is great for kids who might be struggling with exams or even just tricky homework or other school stressors.

Allergies

Research has shown that children who grow up in houses that have pets are likely to have a stronger immune system - which isn’t surprising if you think about how many times a dog will come home muddy from the garden. They also say that kiddos are less likely to develop childhood asthma.

“Research carried out by health psychologist Dr June McNicholas of the University of Warwick and drug company Novartis Animal Health tested the saliva of 138 children aged between four and 11-years-old for IgA antibodies- an antibody found in the immune system that helps fight off infection.”

This means, of course, children will have less time off from common colds and sick bugs. Because overall, their immune system is better equipped to fight things off.

Learning

This one has made serious leaps in the last few years. More specialist schools use horses and dogs as therapy to help children with additional needs to learn at a pace that suits them. Dogs and horses are well known for their cool, calm and patient demeanours. They don’t judge people based on anything other than how they are treated.

In fact, a child will more confidently read to a dog than they will to a person. Because they don’t won’t know if they have messed up the words or skipped a sentence, they just sit and listen. Which is pretty fantastic.

Companion

Childhood can be a turbulent time for making and breaking friends. Cats, dogs and even a lizard offer a constant steadfast companion - they can be relied on to be there at the end of the school day and each and every morning. Animals are magnificent at providing quiet support when it really matters.

Life

The sad fact is that most pets will not see the duration of a child's life into adulthood. At some point, your four-legged, or feathery friend will pass on. It gives children the chance to learn about death and experience what the circle of life really means. Dealing with the death of a pet, because it is so difficult, can actually prepare them for future changes in their friends and family groups and other life challenges.

When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude. W. Bruce Cameron

Fun factor

Animals bring so much life to a home. When they are small and learning their own way in the world, and where they fit into your already formed family is fantastic to watch. They can learn tricks at a rapid pace and become very independent pretty quickly. Animals all have a different personality, and you might just end up with a clown for a dog, or a cheeky cat who likes to give the gift of socks hidden under the couch.

Responsibility

While there are a lot of light and fun things about owning an animal - the fact remains that you have to take care of everything they need. It is an excellent way for the children, and most adults to learn that sometimes taking care of something or someone that can't really do much for you beyond sleeping on your feet or wagging their tail can be incredibly fulfilling.

Looking after a pet will teach everyone empathy and how to love something without any barriers or expectations. The most you will expect from your pet is to simply be there.

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life. - James Cromwell

Owning any kind of pet is a big commitment and not one that you should make lightly. But it will also bring so much joy to your life that it is hard to remember a time where your pet wasn’t there at the end of a long day.

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