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The Best Vet for Your Pet

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Well Visit

Expert Douglas G. Aspros, D.V.M, weighs in on what to consider when your child asks to accompany you to the vet.

How It Can Help

  • She'll gain insight into the emotional commitment that comes with caring for another living thing.
  • By observing the staff's interactions with pets, your child will learn empathy, patience and compassion.
  • If she's interested in a veterinary career, she can see what the doctors and nurses do on a daily basis.

How It Can Hurt

  • He may see sick or anxious pets in the waiting room, which can be upsetting.
  • Even the gentlest animal can get anxious at the vet, which could lead to bared teeth or claws and a scared child.
  • Your kid might have to deal with potentially confusing—and distressing—decisions if your pet is gravely sick or hurt.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.