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Kids and Pets

In honor of National Kids and Pets Day, which occurs every April 28th, we wanted to take a moment to discuss some of the best pets for kids based on their age, including what considerations you should be making.

Considerations for Kids and Pets

Pets are an excellent way to enhance your children’s lives, but it’s essential to consider a multitude of factors first. In finding a perfect match for kids and pets, you’ll want to think about the following:

  • Your child’s personality (calm versus hyper, etc.)

  • Nocturnal vs. diurnal behaviors of the pet

  • What your child wants to do with the pet (look, touch, play, etc.)

  • Health care costs associated with the pet

  • Care requirements and needs

  • Space needs

  • Life span

Another serious consideration parents must keep in mind is the plan for the pet if their child suddenly loses interest. You do not want your new pet to suffer because your child can no longer care for it, so be sure to have a backup plan in place, just in case.

Best Pets for Kids Based on Ages

While every child, household, and environment is different, here are some excellent recommendations for kids and pets based on a child’s age.

Kids 4-7

  • Crested gecko

  • Parakeet

Kids 8-11

  • Guinea pig

  • Canary

  • Finch

  • Rat

Kids 12-15

  • Cat

  • Dog

  • Rabbit

  • Bearded dragon

  • Greek tortoises

  • Corn snake

Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture and Your Kids and Pets

When it comes to kids and pets, there are many determining factors in making such a big decision. But, regardless of the pet you choose, it is always necessary to ensure property veterinary care. Veterinary acupuncture might be just what the doctor ordered.

You can look at the benefits of veterinary acupuncture, and feel free to contact us with any additional questions you might have. You can also schedule a video consultation with Dr. Kho, who can discuss your pet and address any questions or concerns you may have about veterinary acupuncture!

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