Just about everyone loves a cute puppy, bunny, or kitten video. What’s the only thing cuter than a video of puppies or kittens? Adding babies or little kids to the mix! It seems children are drawn to furry little pals, and together, they make the sweetest pairs. But did you know there’s actually a scientific reason why kids and pets go great together?


In this post, our Normandale Vet Hospital veterinary clinic team shares how beneficial pets can be to your child’s mental and physical development.


There are four main ways pets are good for your children’s growth:


1.      Social Benefits

Children and pets are natural friends and can often develop a deep and lasting bond from early on. Both animals and children share some important traits. Kids and pets are both groups who accept others exactly as they come. Pets can teach children empathy because they provide unconditional love and support, particularly when their family is hurting.


Pets are also a great way for introverted children to connect with others. That’s one of the reasons animals are used in therapy for children with disabilities and PTSD sufferers.


2.      Cognitive Benefits

Children are naturally curious, and adding a pet to the mix only helps their curiosity. Pets provide an incredible learning opportunity for children. As children grow up with pets, their natural desire to learn about their family’s cat or dog will foster cognitive learning. Whether they’re poring over books about their pet’s care and health or they’re watching their pet’s behaviors, pet ownership is an intellectually stimulating activity for kids.


3.      Physical Benefits

Pets are naturally active, which encourages children to get up and run around. Walking your pet, playing with him or her outdoors, and tending to grooming and feeding are all ways to get your children up and moving. Pets can also benefit a child’s gross motor skill development.

Your Edina Veterinary Hospital Care Team

If you’ve decided to adopt a furry friend to grow up with your children, congratulations! Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Once you’ve taken home your new puppy or kitten, your new family member will need regular care. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, we can schedule your new family member’s vaccinations, spay or neuter, and regular care.


We’ll also help you with any questions you may have about caring for your new pal! Contact our veterinary office to schedule your furry friend’s appointment at 952-831-8272 or message us on our contact page to speak with a member of our team.