Teaching Your Children Animal Hygiene
Family pets make ideal companions, and can help your children understand how to show kindness, loyalty and empathy, as well as how to be responsible for an animal’s welfare. Understanding that maintaining high standards of hygiene is important will help your child act responsibly and sensibly where cleanliness and health are concerned.
Encouraging Your Child to Take an InterestTeaching your child to care for a family pet will enable them to experience a sense of accomplishment, and encourage them to build a nurturing relationship with the animal, whether that is a cat, dog, small rodent or reptile. Children of all ages can be encouraged to take an interest in a pet. This could include being responsible for choosing new toys for the pet or assisting with washing and grooming.
Teaching Your Child How to Care For a PetThe best, and most effective, way of showing your child how to properly care for a pet is to lead by example. Being a good pet carer yourself will encourage your child to take an interest in helping out with feeding and grooming etc. Pointing out, and reinforcing, rules concerning hygiene, safety and animal training and welfare will also help your children understand the importance of maintaining good hygiene around animals.
By choosing the right type of pet for your family you will be encouraging your child to become confident and comfortable around animals. Teaching your child how to be a good pet carer will therefore become a natural part of home life.
Preventative MeasuresIn order to stop the spread of germs and disease your child must understand the importance of animal hygiene. Teaching, by outlining the potential health risks and hazards, is a necessary preventative measure that all responsible pet carers must acknowledge. Without explaining the simple ways of maintaining a good hygiene practice around animals and pets, your child will not be able to understand why hygiene rules are so important.
Throughout the day our hands accumulate dirt and germs, from many different sources – from coming into contact with other people, contaminated surfaces, raw or undercooked meat or from handling animals and their waste. The simple task of ensuring we wash our hands thoroughly, before and after handling and preparing food, going to the toilet or petting, playing and grooming pets and animals considerably reduces the risk of contamination and infection.