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What age is it okay to get a pet?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
The best answer comes with who you expect to do the day to day care for the pet.
There are downsides to any animal around infants & toddlers & i recently counselled a parent whose 4yo shook a biting chiuahua into a wall & killed it accidently.If you plan to care for it, find a kid friendly pet & go for it.There are few kids under 8 that possess the maturity & dependability to handle daily pet needs.

In brief: Depends
The best answer comes with who you expect to do the day to day care for the pet.
There are downsides to any animal around infants & toddlers & i recently counselled a parent whose 4yo shook a biting chiuahua into a wall & killed it accidently.If you plan to care for it, find a kid friendly pet & go for it.There are few kids under 8 that possess the maturity & dependability to handle daily pet needs.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Pediatrics
In brief: Older than you think
Individual children vary widely in their acceptance and respect of various pets found in homes today.
No single age could be touted as the "perfect age" to acquire a family pet. Many experts indicate that no animal can be 100% reliably safe around an infant or small toddler...Animals are inherently unpredictable in behavior. So, not only "when" but also "what" kind of pet must be in consideration.

In brief: Older than you think
Individual children vary widely in their acceptance and respect of various pets found in homes today.
No single age could be touted as the "perfect age" to acquire a family pet. Many experts indicate that no animal can be 100% reliably safe around an infant or small toddler...Animals are inherently unpredictable in behavior. So, not only "when" but also "what" kind of pet must be in consideration.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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