So you have decided to give pet for your children. There are many benefits for children to have family or their own pet; here are some of those benefits;
Teaching social skills and self-esteem. Feelings and positive experiences with their pet can help children feel good about their own. Loving a pet can also help kids to love and trust other people.
Exercise. All pets need to exercise, and playing with their pet is a fun way to incorporate some physical activity to your kid’s lifestyle.
Teaching responsibility and respect. To learn how to take care of their pet can help kids develop empathy, concern and responsibility towards other beings. On top of that, during the life cycle of the pet, parents have the opportunity to talk to their kids about birth, sickness and death.
Improving children interaction with their parents. Kids and their parents can spend more time together playing and taking care of their pet.
Taking care the pet
Here are some tips so the children can help their parent to take care the pet;
A small child can help out by feeding or providing fresh water to their pet (portions must be measured by you).
The child can help walking the pet, not alone of course, but just another time to spend together with your kid.
Children can help you in bathing and grooming the pet.
Assign to your child small, simple tasks that can be performed under your supervision.
Keep the pet and children safety
Children will need guidance and supervisor from parents to have safe interaction with the pet. Here are some considerations that parents must to take so their children and pets do not hurting each other.
Choose your pets wisely, if you don’t already own a pet, study and learn from the different breeds and species, you will find that some are specially “kid friendly”.
Consider any allergies a family member could have, before acquiring a pet. Consult with your kid’s pediatrician about any allergies that may be present.
Take your pet to the veterinary to a general checkup before you bring it home.
Always supervise interaction between pets and kids.
Teach your child not to touch any pet, unless you say it’s OK to do so.
Never leave pets and kids unattended. Kids tend to play rough and that could provoke an attack or harm a small pet.
Make sure your child stays away while the pet is eating, sleeping or taking care of its own offspring.
Teach your child to keep a good hygiene, not to touch the pet droppings and wash his hands after playing with the pet.
Treat immediately any scratch or bite caused by a pet. Consult with your child’s pediatrician if the scratch or bite tears your child’s skin.
Missing a pet can be as painful as missing a family member. The wait from someone who answering your missing pet fliers or your pet’s ID tag will contact you or from the animal control who found your pet can be very painful.
So take precautions and keep your pet protected at all times, and if your budget allows, consider acquiring a GPS Pet Tracking device it is the most effective tool available today. Thanks to the miniaturization of GPS receivers and mobile phone modems, now most pet can carry devices that allow them to be tracked by the owner.
In the past few years, the technology development has made the GPS device become small enough so it can be attached to medium size cat collar. Unfortunately it probably will take few more years to develop smaller device for smaller animal such as kitten or birds.
GPS Pet Tracking devices consist of a GPS receiver and a GSM modem. In some of the models data, sent to the secure website via a GSM network, can be accessed by the owner directly or through a call center. With other devices you simply call the telephone number of the GPS-GSM dog collar with your mobile phone.
The GPS receiver in the collar calculates the position of the dog and sends the co-ordinates immediately in a SMS text to your mobile phone. Other models work as a wireless, electronic pager device that easily and remotely monitors the location of pets via the Internet anywhere in North America. The locations can be reported to email, pager, cell phone (as text message) and website.
The prices of GPS Pet Tracking devices could be quite pricey (there are some device that is up to $1000), but there are some inexpensive solutions such as radio tracking, which works in a similar way to the find button on your telephone, you press a button and the device on your pet’s collar emits a sound to alert you on the location.
Hopefully in a few years a tracking chip can be implanted under your pet’s skin, much like the pet identification chip and with lower prices, but until then, keep your pet safe!
Usually the Holiday season will be very noisy especially with firework display. Some people also love to play with firecracker to celebrate the day in the noisiest way. But, have you thought about how that noise affects your pet?
Pets don’t understand what is happening, even if you dress them with a patriotic costume. They don’t know that this are “happy” noises, they just perceive them as a sign of danger.
They get nervous, afraid, and if they feel they’re exposed they will try as hard as they can to look for a hideout, sometimes this means they run away. What can you do to minimize the effect of loud noises on your pet?
Ask your veterinarian if it’s recommended to give your pet a mild sedative, be sure to ask for the correct dose depending on the pet’s weight. There are natural remedies to cope with stress for pets you should consider those too.
Keep your pet in a room in which he/she feels safe. Put there his/her bed, fresh water, food and make sure the room has proper ventilation, but that the pet is not capable to escape.
If you have to leave your pet outside, check all fences for loose parts or openings and fix them in order to prevent your pet from escaping through them.
Keep your vet’s phone number at hand in case of an emergency.
Make sure your pets wear his/her collar with ID tag at all times, and that the contact information in the tag is updated.
Keeps a recent and clear photo of your pet available, in the event of your pet getting lost, you can make flyers and post them everywhere. Remember that a frightened pet can run long distances so he/she may end up far from home and don’t know his/her way back. Send the photo to your local paper too, they must have a missing pets section and it can reach more people than the flyers.
Remember this is only the beginning, later comes, Christmas, New Year, 4th of July. Keep these precautions at hand and your pet will do fine.
Is your home safe for your animal friends? It might surprise you to know how many hazards there are in a typical home for the pets we love.
Most everyone is aware that anti-freeze, pest sprays, rat poison and the like should be kept where no pet can get to them. And many of us have heard about plants that are poison to our pets such as mistletoe, lilies and poinsettias.
But have you ever considered the following potential dangers to your pet?
Electrical cords; pets chewing on electrical cords can receive a potentially fatal shock. This is especially prevalent around the holidays when extension cords are often used.
Ingesting harmful foods; chocolate can be fatal to pets.
Worn out toys; toys that are worn or badly chewed can begin to fall apart and small pieces of them can be swallowed.
Garbage; pets that get into the garbage can may eat bones, coffee grounds, spoiled food, cigarette butts, etc.
Chemicals; pets may ingest cleanser, soap, bleach, mothballs, paint, pool chemicals, fertilizers, etc.
Medications; many medications intended for humans can be fatal to pets, as can nicotine gum.
Open clothes dryer doors; the dryer is a wonderfully warm spot for a cat to take a nap…make sure they can’t get inside.
Sharp objects; put any sharp object such as needle, scissor, knife and razor to some place safe that cannot be reached by our pets. Sot they wouldn’t injured themselves from messing around with that stuffs.
Power tools and machinery; when you are using potentially dangerous tools like power saws, drills, etc., make sure your pet is confined to an area away from your work place. Is your ceiling fan running when your bird is flying free in the house?
Pets usually investigate things with their mouths, and there are many dangers in the average home. Take a look around your house and see just how safe it is for your pets. A quick check may save your pet from injury or death, and you from expensive vet bills!