Pets Can Be a Wonderful Way for Children to Grow

Most of us had pets as a child, but have you ever thought back on just how that cat, dog, or rabbit influenced your growth as a person? Children live in the moment and derive great pleasure from the time they spend with their animals. However, in those same moments, they are also learning things unconsciously that better allow them to adapt to and succeed in the world.

Some families might wonder whether it is a good idea to get their youngest a pet, given the responsibility and costs involved. However, here are some points that might help convince parents that this is a good idea that goes beyond the fun pets can provide.

Responsibility

Pets don’t care for themselves and some parents rightly worry that they will end up with this burden, should the child ever lose interest in the animal. However, caring for a pet can really help to teach children the importance of responsibility. If their animal is not properly fed and cared for, they can become sick and even die. While no one would ever wish for this to happen, it can be a stark and necessary lesson.

Exercise

More and more children these days are becoming obese from having sedentary lives, thanks to computers, smartphones, and video games. Pets (dogs, especially) must be regularly walked, so that means getting out of the house and indulging in some physical activity a few times a day. Playtime with a dog can also be highly beneficial in this regard, for both the child and the canine.

Personality Growth

Some children are quite anxious, while others are easily stressed, and/or lack self-esteem. A study by the U.S. Public Health Service revealed that all three of these conditions are less likely to occur in children that have a pet. Animal companionship can also improve both relationship development and communication.

Vets Now Part of the Opioid Problem?

Most everyone knows that opioid addiction is an increasing problem in many parts of the world and various steps are being taken. One of these is more closely examining the source of the drugs. Doctors that have been prescribing large amounts are being scrutinized more closely, and border officials are discovering new ways in which the pills are being smuggled in from overseas.

However, another type of doctor has become involved in such investigations and you probably weren’t guessing that it could be your local vet. Animals receive medication for pain just like humans do and, as it turns out, many of those drugs are identical, including opioids like fentanyl and hydromorphone.

Investigation has revealed that addicts in search of a fix are now taking wounded or otherwise ill pets to their vets eager to receive prescriptions for pain medication. However, they are instead ingesting the drugs themselves and ensuring a steady supply by “vet shopping.” Yes, just as addicts used to bounce from one doctor to another in search of what they desired, some individuals are doing the same with vets. Others are using the opportunity to sell the drugs to other addicts. As a result, authorities are finding animal medication circulating on the street.

This scheme is working because vets, unlike doctors, do not have restrictions placed on them when it comes to prescriptions. While many officials have expressed agreement for a plan to put restrictions on the way vets can write scripts, others are worried that animal pain management could also be compromised in the process.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever had to give a pet pain medication of the sort described above? Do you think there is a happy medium or do we need to place limitations on how vets operate in this area? Click the comment button and let us know!