Pros and Cons of Having a Pet and a Baby At Home

Pets have always been known as man’s best friend, greatest partner, finest companion for life, etc. Studies have shed light on the fact that pets are the best way of making children move around and exercise their body rather than just sitting idly and playing games on a tablet or Smartphone. Since children will be exposed to pet allergens from their early ages, it is less likely that they become allergic to pets in later years.

The pros and cons of owning a pet, especially when you have a baby are listed below.

Pros

Here are some of the pros of having a pet.

Safety

The first positive impact in having a pet is that your home will be safe from thieves. As you already know, pet animals tend to roam freely all around your place. Barking dogs or even the smell of dogs makes many insects, lizards and other such living things in your home, to run away from your home, besides strangers. This results with decreased level of health hazards in kids, especially from infections caused by such insects, lizards, cockroaches, etc.

If there are any minor hazards such as gas leaks, fire, etc, then the pets first make sure that they alert you. The easy roaming of pets in and out of your place makes it impossible for the invaders to intrude your home. Breeds of dogs, which grow taller and broader, offer excellent protection throughout the day and night and can also be the best partner for your child.

Enhanced Immunity Level

People often come to a conclusion that the shedding of fur in dogs and cats is the main reason for the allergic reactions that the children are suffering from. The fact is that the body system of your kid is not compatible with allergens, dander, urine and feather, etc, and other such byproducts of pets.

Exposing children to such allergens at their early stages helps to strengthen their immune system and they develop immunity against such allergy causing proteins. The immunity grows stronger as the children grow up. Briefly speaking, it seems like you are vaccinating your kids against such allergic reactions. Be it a cat, dog, rabbit or hamster or any other such pet animal, early exposure is the best way to help your child’s body to build immunity against harmful protein development.

Saving an Animal’s Life

You can visit the pet shelter, where you can find animals that are trained and also tamed. Almost all pets in shelter homes are basically abandoned or the ones that ran away from their home. Getting a pet from such shelters can help you find a well trained pet to take care of your child and family.

Cons

For the Families with the History of Pet Allergy

If your family has the history of allergy, then it is suggested not to get a pet. However, if you already have one, then consult your physician. It can help you with finding the ways to live with the animals.

You can still live with a pet, even if your family has a history of pet allergy, by getting shots on periodic basis, keeping the home clean by vacuuming, washing the pets and cleaning their fur with particular shampoos and solutions, etc. Upgrading the ventilation system of the home to increase the flow of fresh air is also the most suggested way.

Time

Getting a pet does not mean that you play with it when you feel like and be busy with your daily schedule. Pets should be taken care of by providing love and care, and also you should schedule enough time to play or spend some quality time with it. Even though you have a kid that loves dogs, you will always have an important role to play in their upbringing.

Cost and Charges

When you check the cost of the puppies, you will notice that the cost varies with the breed and also the age. It is not like once you buy a pet and there are no additional charges that are associated with taking care of pet.

You should consider the charges for veterinarian that is compulsory, maintenance charges, cost for the vaccination, etc, if you are planning to own get a pet. Hence, if you have a baby, then make sure that you are ready for the charges that come with the pets.