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Pet talk - Aug. 12, 2013

Children and pets: the benefits and risks

Posted: August 9, 2013 6:24 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Whether they want it to bark, purr, slither or squawk, there comes a time when a pet appears on nearly every child’s birthday wish list. For most parents, this decision can be a bit daunting. Is your child ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet? Will the new animal negatively affect his or her health? Though your child may think your wary attitude is unnecessary, these are valid questions for every parent to ask themselves and their family before welcoming a new pet into their home.


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