UPDATED January 12th, 2018
Your kids have been begging for a cat, dog, goldfish, snake or gerbil. You’ve been dodging the issue for months but finally cave to pressure and are considering a non-human addition to the family. The right family pet can make your life even better; they reduce stress, provide companionship and teach your children responsibility. The wrong pet can make your life miserable, become a source of tension (“It’s your turn to take the dog out in the rain!”) and create a reason for the landlord to cancel your lease.
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Having considered all that, you’ve decided to allow the kids a pet anyway. Use this guide for choosing a family pet to determine which pet is right for you and your family.