Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of children having a pet is the simple happiness factor. Children and pets just go together. The interaction with animals has shown to raise levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are the chemical building blocks of positive feelings. All science aside, playing and interacting with a pet means a day of giggles and roaring laughter. They are the best companion and confidant and that’s something we all need.
Growing up with a pet is a life-enriching experience and it’s one of the best gifts you can give to our kids. There are also a wealth of life lessons about caring for something and responsibility that are learned in the day-to-day experiences. The rewards are huge and there’s simply nothing better to teach love and compassion than pets, kids and laughter!