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Why raising your children with pets can be a good thing

Published: Jul 09, 2012

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Many parents can attest to the benefits of raising their children with pets in the house, but a recent study gives scientific evidence as to why raising puppies, kittens and other pets alongside children is a good thing for both human and canine members of the family.

The study, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, suggests that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than those who did not, the Los Angeles Times reports. The scientists believe sharing a home with an animal may help develop the human body's defense systems. These findings also give evidence to the belief that babies should not be raised in an overly clean environment.

Raising a dog alongside a child can also have benefits to the dog in terms of socialization. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, dog aggression can be caused by a number of things, but a lack of proper socialization can cause the dog to lash out in fear. Raising a dog alongside a child, provided you educate the child on the proper ways to treat animals, will get it used to attention from kids and expose it to a variety of different situations to make it more sociable and comfortable in many experiences.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.