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Small Pilot Survey on Parents' Perception of the Relationship between Children and Pets

By Natalia Russo, Diana Vergnano, Domenico Bergero, Liviana Prola

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Since companion animals are taking on more important roles in family life, the aim of this study was to evaluate the perception of parents about the relationship between their children and pets. A number of parents were asked to fill in a questionnaire; the principal topics were: pet ownership, pet care, relationship between pets and children, and sources of information about pet management. Eighty-two parents completed the survey; 71.4% of them already had pets before having children; pet care and health has emerged to be rather important, since 96.4% of the pets are taken to the veterinarian at least once a year; moreover, the great majority of the parents (97.2%) were not worried about the possible risks, linked to pets, pertaining to their child’s health. The present survey confirms that pets are mostly considered as members of the family, and not only as a benefit for the children. Moreover, the relationship between children and pets is basically seen as a positive experience for children.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Veterinary Sciences
Volume 4
Issue 4
Pages 5
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/vetsci4040052
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2306-7381/4/4/52
Language English
Additional Language English
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Tags
  1. Animal roles
  2. Children
  3. open access
  4. parents
  5. peer-reviewed
  6. perceptions
  7. Pets and companion animals
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  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed