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Is your family expanding on the 25th to include a new dog or cat? Vanessa Budnick, humane educator for the Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County, helped us with an article in a past issue of Families First magazine.
Budnick offered the following tips to ensure a happy, healthy home for puppy, kitty and kids.
#1 – Teach kids to be kind & gentle to pets.
#2 – Avoid extremely close contact/smothering.
#3 – Do not interrupt pets while they are eating or playing with toys.
#1 – Pay attention to your pet’s reaction and body language.
#2 – Allow dogs ‘alone time’ when chewing bones/rawhides.
Even if you embrace these guidelines, introducing a new pet is bound to present some unexpected, funny and challenging moments. Just remember that time spent with an animal can be very rewarding and healing for children. Plus, an active animal can motivate a child and a family to get outside – yes, even in the winter!
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