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Having a pet in the family is a personal choice, of course, but children can benefit from pets in many ways. In addition to being lots of fun, pets can also:

• Provide a source of emotional and physical comfort
• Help boost a child's confidence and self-esteem
• Support a connection to nature and a respect for living things
• Promote exercise with walks outside or interactive games
• Teach responsibility, especially to older kids who can help care for a pet

Browse the ASPCA® Kids and Pets Interaction Guide on the ASPCA's website for more information.

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It’s no secret veterinary practice employees work long hours. That’s why Seventy First Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C., throws an extra special seasonal gathering for its staff—one that’s fit for the entire family.

“This party is something for the kids to get excited about and a way for us to include them in the holiday celebrations,” said Faye Barnes, Client Relation Specialist for Seventy First Animal Hospital. “We’ve hosted this party for three years in a row, and we hope to continue our tradition for many more.”

This year, 15 children, ranging in age from one month to 12 years, attended the event. The families enjoyed a potluck dinner, games, special goodie bags and even a surprise visit from Santa.

For more information about Seventy First Animal Hospital, visit http://www.seventyfirstanhosp.vetsuite.com/Templates/contained.aspx

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Veterinary Clinic Spotlight

WELCOME,
PET PARENTS!

As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

Social Media Coordinator

Pet Parent to:

Lucy, a 7-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

Blog Guidelines

While we’ll strive to present all viewpoints on this blog, comments will be reviewed before posting. Offensive or inappropriate language, off-topic remarks and comments containing personal policy information will not be featured.

Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

As always, if you have a question about your plan, call us at 1-866-204-6764.

*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.