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Hygiene in the coexistence of children and animals

Hygiene in the coexistence of children and animals



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If you have the desire to have a pet, but you do not know if that coexistence can be harmful to your child, with proper hygiene habits everything will be advantages. Having a pet at home can be very educational for children. Although they can be very annoying, pets enhance the caring side of children. They become more affectionate with animals, plants and people favoring their sensitivity.

Children want to have an animal at home because they see it as just another toy, but it moves and does things by itself. We have to teach our children to treat animals with care and respect, making them see that a dog or a cat is not a toy but that they need care like them, for example, hygiene.

Having a pet at home can be very educational for children. And do you want to know why?

- Stimulates the affectivity of the child.

- It generates attitudes of responsibility (they have to take them out for a walk, feed them ...).

- Help children to be more sociable.

- It enhances the child's sensitivity.

Pets must be given affection, our time (we have to take him for a walk in the case of dogs, we must play with him and teach him good habits), money (food, veterinarian, accessories ...) and an exclusive space for him in our house.

Many parents worry about the possible health risks to their young child from having a pet. However, if you practice a few simple rules of hygiene, you don't have to worry:

- Ringworm is a highly contagious skin condition that can be spread from companion animals and is commonly seen in children. If you suspect ringworm, see your doctor.

- Always avoid that the child kisses the animal, especially near the nose and mouth.

- Encourage him to wash his hands after playing with the pet, especially before touching or eating food.

- Both fleas and worms are easily avoided through regular use of preventative treatments.

- In the event of an infection, treat it quickly, and keep the child away from the animal until the treatment has worked.

The care that our pets need are: in the case of dogs, take them for a walk two or three times a day, bathe them once a month, vaccinate them, feed them, change the water, brush their fur every week, apply insecticide repellants once per month and intestinal deworming every three or four months. It seems like excessive work, but considering that a pet can be very rewarding for both children and adults, this care is worth it.

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