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Pets 101

If You Have Children

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Keep your children safe and help both your family and new pet adjust by doing the following:

  • Teach kids how to handle and pick up the pet. For example, never to squeeze a pet too tight, drop it, fall on them, or pick it up too fast.
  • Teach children never to tease animals or pull their tails or ears.
  • Teach children never to bother animals while they are eating, sleeping, or tending to their young.
  • Teach children never to take a toy or bone away from a dog.
  • Teach children never to pet or try to play with an animal they don't know, or a wild animal.
  • Closely supervise pets and children.
  • Teach children to wash their hands with soap and water after handling pets. 


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