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Parents

You child is not the only one who has to research pets if your family will be getting one. You will also need to know the about the different animals. Below are books and websites you can look through to help you choose, locate, and care for you new family member.

Books

Buzhardt, L. F. (2008). Can we have one? : A parent's guide to raising kids with cats and dogs. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press.
A guide to raising pets and children togethe
 
Kalstone, S. (2006). Allergic to Pets? New York : Bantam Books.
Do you want an animal, but are afraid of the allergic reaction it will cause yourself or your family? This book can help. It will show an innovative way to stop those allergies.
 
Murray, L. (2008). Vet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health. New York : Ballantine Books.
This book has everything. It discusses how to find the best vet, make the most of your appointment, locate pet specialists, pay for all, and more.
 
Griffin, D. (2007). 24 Weekend Projects for Pets: Dog Houses, Cat Trees, Rabbit Hutches, & More. Chanhassen, Minn. : Creative Pub. International.
I know your children aren't the only ones who want to show their creative side. While there working on crafts, pick a project from this book to have some fun with.
 

Websites

HealthyPet.Com
A website which provides health related facts and articles on various household pets. Developed by the AAHA.
 
Dog Breed Information Center: Breed Selector
Selects a variety of dog breeds for your family based on various questions. Pops up with information and photos of those breeds.
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Ezine Articles: What kind of pet should you get for your child?
An online article that offers valuable information about choosing out pets for children.
Parents.com: What Kind of Pet is Right for Your Family Quiz
This 11 question quiz will pick out the right type of pet for your family. What will it be?
 
eSSORTMENT: Teach kids to care for pets
A helpful online article that offers advice on how to teach children to care for pets.
 

Videos

Cats Understanding, Training, & Loving Them.
Great Neck, NY : GMG Video Productions.
This video will teach you everything you need to know to keep your cat happy and healthy.
 
Virtual Pets  
Handipoints
This website deserves a section all of its own. It's really neat and completely free. To use this site you create an online chore (or goal) chart for your child. As your child completes his/her chores he/she checks them off. You then grade the chores and give your child points. As your child collects points, he/she earns rewards in in Handiland. Talk about motivating your child.
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Don't forget to check out the other sections. They may be geared towards children, but they contain a lot of valuable information!!!