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.