Caring for Pets

Caring for a pet is a big responsibility, but there are many ways a preschooler can help.

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Whether you already have a pet or are considering bringing one home, talk to your child about the things pets need. Sprout more compassion and responsibility as your child takes on simple tasks.

Pet Care Tips for Sproutlets

Dish It Up

Serve the right amount of food and water each day, and wash food and water bowls regularly.

Pet Your Pet

Everyone needs love. Use gentle hands as you pet and cuddle your pet.

Play Together

Pets need exercise. Play with your pet and give him plenty of space to move.

Bathe and Groom

Baths, brushing and grooming are a must for furry friends.

Visit the Vet

Pets need doctors, too. Include your child in regular well-check visits to the veterinarian.

* Remember: No matter how responsible the child, all children need instruction, gentle reminders and a watchful eye.