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Chapter 3

Small animals
as pets
objeCtiveS
After reading this chapter, you should be able to:
list the questions a person should ask before buying a pet.
compare the different options available for obtaining a pet.
describe what is meant by responsible pet ownership.
list the important lessons children can learn from their pets.
describe the benefits pets can have for the elderly.
define euthanasia.
describe the importance of euthanasia to a pet owner.

termS to know
allergies

neutered

pocket pets

cognitive

no-kill shelters

spayed

conformation

non-rehabilitatable

unadoptable

entropion

pedigree

euthanasia

pet therapy

ChooSinG a pet

p

eople have kept domesticated animals for more than 14,000 years; dogs
were probably the first animals domesticated, followed by cats. Dogs
have been called man's "best friend," and until recently, more dogs were
kept as pets than any other animal; nowadays, however, cats outnumber dogs.
Before World War II, many pets were hunting, farm, or show animals. Space
and poverty limited animal ownership in cities. Following World War II,

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