Click here to learn more.
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
A. The visit should be a proactive team effort. As a parent, it’s your job to advocate for your child, and as a pet parent, it’s your host’s job to advocate for their pet. By working together, you can avoid miscommunication and ensure a good experience. Before the visit, talk to your hosts and discuss the following questions.
If the dog has had numerous good experiences with children the same age as your child, then it’s likely he will also tolerate your child. If the dog has had little exposure to children (especially during his socialization period of 4 to 12 weeks of age), or has had a negative experience, use caution and watch for signs of stress in the dog.
Asking this question ahead of time can help the pet owner think about how they will manage specific situations. The following are general rules that should always be discussed.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
Researchers have finally determined
what killed Knut, the world-famous polar
bear who suddenly died at age 4.
Looking for a canine who won’t leave a
trail of fur in his wake? We polled 249
experts on which dogs they recommend.
The inspiring new film, based on the true
story of a hoarder’s dog turned therapy
dog, opens nationwide Friday.
It can be hard to resist the wild-looking
Ocicat, with his short, spotted coat,
intelligent mind and playful…
The gentle, affectionate and sociable Selkirk Rex is a good traveler and excellent therapy cat.
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.