Playing too rough with pets

Kim Carvalho, DVM Veterinarian, discusses how to properly teach young kids how to interact with family pets and why it is important for both the safety of your children and your pets
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Playing too rough with pets

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Setting boundaries for your children on how to interact with pets is really crucial to the safety of both your children and your pets. Teaching empathy at an early age is crucial. Animals have feelings. They get hungry. They get tired. They have painful situations. So they are just like humans, and they need to be treated like them. Teach your children at a young age, how to pet them gently, how to caress them, how to feed them, and not to pull their tails or pounce on them. We can't always predict their behavior, because they are animals, but sometimes recognizing subtle warning signs ahead of time and teaching them those signs, will help ensure the safety of your child and your pet.

Kim Carvalho, DVM Veterinarian, discusses how to properly teach young kids how to interact with family pets and why it is important for both the safety of your children and your pets

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Kim Carvalho, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Kimberly Carvalho attended the University of California at Davis for her undergraduate studies, then went on to graduate from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at California Animal Hospital in 1993 and went on to become a partner at Brentwood Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles. Dr. Carvalho became a Board-Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2002 and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California.

Dr. Carvalho has served on the Medical Advisory Board of PetDrx Corporation, is currently serving as a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Veterinary Centers of America (VCA corporation), and donates a lot of her time and resources to the Friends of Animals Foundation. She also currently serves on the board of The John Thomas Dye School Parent's Association.

Dr. Carvalho is a native of Hawaii and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. When not working in the office or at her children's schools, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling and golfing.

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