Dear Christopher Cat
My daughter loves animals and would like to be a veterinarian when she grows up. However, at 12, she is still too young to volunteer at the animal shelter. What do you suggest?
Have her spend a Saturday shadowing your veterinarian. She’ll get to watch appointments, hospitalized patient care and perhaps surgery.
In addition, give her the computer game “Pet Pals: New Leash on Life,” the sequel to “Pet Pals: Animal Doctor.”
The new game features 35 cases written by veterinarians, so it’s both entertaining and educational.
When she plays the game, your daughter will assume the role of a veterinarian in an animal rescue center, diagnosing and treating the cute, virtual pets. The game ends happily, as each animal is healed and adopted into a loving, forever home.
The level of difficulty can be adjusted to make the game fun for everyone in the family over age eight.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Humane Society of the United States. Visit www.petpalsgame.com to order this and other veterinary games, including Vet Emergency, Farm Vet, Zoo Vet and Pet Vet Animal Hospital.