• Signs Your Kids Are Ready for Their First Pet

    Although there is no one right age for a child to get his or her first pet, there are signs to pay attention to let you know that yours are ready for the responsibility. Before you choose a pet and make that all-important first appointment at the animal hospital, see if you recognize these signs that your kids are ready for a pet.

    They behave appropriately around other people’s animals.

    How do your kids act when you visit friends or family that have pets? Do they pet the animal, play with him or her, and help out in an age-appropriate way when given the opportunity to assist with feedings or walks? If so, then your kids could be ready to have a pet around full-time. On the other hand, if your kids yank tails, chase a nervous animal around, or are scared of the pet, then you may need to wait a little longer before making an animal part of your family.

    They help around the house.

    Having a pet is an enormous responsibility. They also offer a great opportunity for your kids to learn from sharing that responsibility with you. They may be ready to take on the extra work of having a pet if they already pitch in around the house. If they are reliable about completing their chores and don’t complain when you ask for an extra hand, then it could be a sign you can count on them to walk the dog, feed the cat, and otherwise take an active role in caring for the animal.

    They have time in their schedules.

    Some kids are so involved in so many activities that they don’t realistically have time to devote to an animal. Your kids should have enough free time each day that that they can spend some of it socializing with the pet, contributing to taking care of the pet, and helping with duties like feeding, walking, grooming and so on.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we love to help families get their new pets off to a healthy start, with wellness exams, vaccinations, and cat and dog spaying and neutering services. After your family adopts a new animal, make an appointment at one of our veterinary hospitals in the metroplex by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or dialing (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area of Texas.