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Want healthier children? Get a pet

 

Last updated 10/25/2017 at Noon

Pets can contribute to cognitive, physical and emotional wellness in children. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added responsibilities, but the health benefits associated with pet ownership may be well worth the investment of time and effort.

Caring for a pet is sometimes viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but there’s much more to the experience than just learning responsibility.

Experts say a child’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social development can be enhanced through interaction with a family pet....



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