Friday, June 13, 2014

Is it a good idea to bring your kids to the vet with you?

Well Visit
Expert Douglas G. Aspros, D.V.M, weighs in on what to consider when your child asks to accompany you to the vet.

How It Can Help
  • She'll gain insight into the emotional commitment that comes with caring for another living thing.
  • By observing the staff's interactions with pets, your child will learn empathy, patience and compassion.
  • If she's interested in a veterinary career, she can see what the doctors and nurses do on a daily basis.
How It Can Hurt
  • He may see sick or anxious pets in the waiting room, which can be upsetting.
  • Even the gentlest animal can get anxious at the vet, which could lead to bared teeth or claws and a scared child.
  • Your kid might have to deal with potentially confusing—and distressing—decisions if your pet is gravely sick or hurt.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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