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The Doggie in the Window? Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

girl smiling A spirited game of fetch in the yard, a sleepy cat curled on the lap, an adorable hamster spinning his exercise wheel. Like adults, kids develop special relationships with their pets. Studies have shown that owning a pet can have actual health benefits, such as lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Kids can gain a sense of responsibility from sharing in pet care duties. And, especially if they own a dog, they’ll have to get out and get moving with their pet.

But are your kids ready for one? And, what pet would be the best match for your family?

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: March 2013

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