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Growing up with pets can be a very rewarding experience for children. Owning one will instil in them a sense of responsibility as they learn how to feed, bathe and take care of their dog, cat, rabbit or gerbil.


Being around animals not only builds up junior’s immunity, this helps them to grow up to be more empathetic individuals.


You have plenty of good reasons to welcome a furry friend into your family, but be sensible. Not every pet is a good fit. Scroll through the photo gallery to find out which ones make great starter pets that seem like they would make a great addition to your family.

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