Pets Can Improve Your Child’s Health

November 18th, 2015 watchmegrowdaycarecenter
Children and Pets

Pets have seemingly always played a part in the lives of children  growing up, whether in present day America or even ancient times. There’s just something special about caring for a pet cat or dog, isn’t there? They can be the best of companions.

 

Research shows that pets help make today’s children “more responsible,” according to the 2015 Pet Report commissioned by Pets at Home, which surveyed some 4,000 parents. In addition, pets can “improve children’s health, boost their school work and reduce anxiety.”

 

Over time, pets become beloved companions, and because they cannot do everything on their own, children (and adults) must take care of them, from feeding them to cleaning them. Along the way, children learn valuable life lessons about caring for living creatures. In many ways taking care of pets is akin to taking care of newborns.

 

Health-wise, a Swedish study of more than half a million children who had a pet dog during the first year of their lives had a lower risk of asthma by the age of 7. Living on a farm with animals also cut the risk of asthma as well. Interesting, right?

 

While dogs are the most popular pet for children, with parents believing they bring the family the most happiness overall, cats are a close second, and smaller animals also have merit. The “easier to take care of” pets include guinea pigs, hamsters, and goldfish.

 

Since all pets require humans to care for them, they are good to have in the home in order to teach children responsibility. It doesn’t hurt that they’re often cute and cuddly, too.

 

At Watch Me Grow Daycare Center, we make it a priority to introduce the children in our programs to a wide variety of animals.  For example, the Niagara Falls Aquarium Touch Tank and the Buffalo Zoo Mobile are annual visitors to our center.  Field trips to Becker Farms and Hidden Valley Animal Adventure are also held annually.  These experiences are not only educational, but also help grow the bond children have with animals

 

 

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