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Multiple Pets Benefit Families

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More Than One Pet Can Be Good For Whole Family

A family that has more than one pet in their home could be providing more good for the family - and the pet - than they realize.  Multiple pet families may have multiple dogs, cats, rodents or a mix of several species.

Know that no matter the mix, your pets are learning from each other and providing comfort to all in your home.  Your pets can also help to reduce allergies and increase learning and social skills in your children.

Talk with your veterinarian about the benefits of multiple pets in your home during your next visit.

Just like humans, furry family members need to have company, playmates and social interactions to be happy.  Sometimes it's hard to remember that our family pets are animals first and family second.  We typically look at the benefits of pets in homes from the standpoint of work and expense involved.  But are there benefits to having more than one pet in the home?

Pets can enjoy having playmates.  Dogs enjoy cats and cats can enjoy dogs.  Growing together, animals can overcome barriers that would ordinarily make them snap and snarl at various other animal species.  Animals living together in a home can often develop or create social experiences around those other animals.  The experience may or may not be with their own species.

Pets can learn from other pets.  Just like how children learn from older children, family and neighbors, your pets will learn from other pets in their environment.  You will find that your pets often have better social habits when they spend their time with other well-mannered animals.

Pet dander may actually improve your immune system.  Sid Kirchheimer, in Early Exposure Found to Reduce Later Risk in Children, indicates that despite the long-held belief that cats and dogs in the home could lead to childhood allergies, there's mounting evidence that the opposite may be true.  Thomas Platts-Mills, MD, PhD, found that children growing up in homes with pets had less frequency of allergies to pets.  The decreased frequency was most marked when the child was frequently exposed during the first two years of life.

Pets can reduce stress.  Children reading to their parents, teacher or an adult typically experience an increase in their stress levels.  Those same children experience a decrease in overall stress or anxiety levels when reading to a pet.  "Curling up with a dog or cat, on the other hand, is a lot more appealing," sugggests Mary Renck Jalongo, author of The World of Children and Their Companion Animals

Pets in homes provide comfort to ailing hearts.  The hurts may be from a recent death, illness, or related to age.  Animals, by their presence, increase advantageous hormone production that can help in healing.  Multiple pets in a home can also bring comfort to each other during a time of loss. Children and parents frequently refer to their pets as family members and treat them as members of the family. 

Pets can teach nurturing and caregiving abilities.  Children are able to learn how to nurture and care for animals early in their lives.  These habits can help them as they transition throughout their lives in relationships and social circles.  Being around animals can teach kids how to help others in need.

Having multiple pets can provide peace of mind.  Having multiple pets at home while you are working can bring peace of mind.  You can rest assured that your pets will entertain each other while you are away.  They are less likely to feel lonely during your absence and they can help keep each other company until you return.

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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