Can We Have One?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Kids with Cats and Dogs

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LSU Press, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 150 pages
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The decision to include pets as a part of your family can be fraught with uncertainty. How do you know when the time is right? How do you select the right pet? Choose a proper diet? Avoid common injuries? Provide adequate exercise? Avoid allergies? Share caretaking responsibilities? Not share germs or parasites? Whether you are ready to take the plunge or just beginning to explore the possibility, Can We Have One? is an essential, convenient resource for parents considering pet ownership--or pet owners considering parenthood.

Veterinarian Lynn F. Buzhardt and social worker Sue D. Steib combine their expertise and experience with emerging scientific evidence to offer practical and easily implemented recommendations for critical issues related to raising children and pets together. With engaging warmth and humor, they explore bringing a new baby into a pet-owning couple's household, selecting the right companion animal for your family, managing child-pet interaction, coping with the loss of a pet, and more. The authors focus on dogs and cats, the most common pets in American households and the ones with whom children and adults are most likely to form the strongest attachments.

Pets require a lot of their caretakers, but they give much more in return. Can We Have One? explains all the adjustments to anticipate and the pitfalls to avoid, helping you provide a happy home for your pet while allowing your children to get the most out of the pet-child relationship.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 AND BABY MAKES FOUR Bringing a Baby into a PetOwning Household
7
CHAPTER 2 IS THIS THE RIGHT TIME? Assessing Your Familys Readiness to Acquire a Pet
31
CHAPTER 3 A DECISION YOU CAN LIVE WITH Selecting the Right Pet for Your Child and Family
45
CHAPTER 4 BUT FED HIM LAST NIGHT The Physical and Medical Responsibilities of Pet Care
69
CHAPTER 5 LIVING LEARNING AND GROWING TOGETHER Managing ChildPet Interactions
97
CHAPTER 6 THE YUCKY SIDE OF PETS Addressing the Potential Health Risks Pets Pose to Children
115
CHAPTER 7 CONE TOO SOON Helping Children Cope with Pet Loss
133
Notes
141
Index
147
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About the author (2008)

Lynn F. Buzhardt, DVM, has practiced veterinary medicine together with her husband for more than twenty-eight years. They live in Zachary, Louisiana, and have two adult sons who are proof of the benefits of growing up with pets in a healthy environment.

A policy and practice consultant to child and family-serving organizations, Sue D. Steib, MSW, PhD, has held a lifelong interest in the human-animal bond and its effect on human adjustment. She lives near Jackson, Louisiana, with her husband and their two Shelties and two cats.

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