Both mean better care and a longer life span for dogs and cats. But, good medical care can also mean a greater expenditure of time and money on the family’s part. If you have a young pet, eventually you will (hopefully) have an older pet, so make sure you are prepared to provide medical care for that pet throughout his life. Veterinary visits can be frequent and complicated, so although children may certainly want to accompany you, medical care should be the responsibility of an adult.
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Parents cannot expect a young child to make medical appointments or comprehend medical jargon. Adults need to take charge of a pet’s medical care but include the child in a way that matches her age, temperament, individual sensibilities, and practical circumstances.
Pic of the Day: I mistook the pole cap for part of this cats face.