Q: Our kids are campaigning for some kind of Easter pet this spring. What’s your opinion of rabbits, chicks or ducklings as pets for children?
A: Baby chicks and ducklings are among the cutest critters on the planet. But, adorable as they may be, getting them as pets is not a great idea — for the kids or the animals — for many reasons. Not the least of which is salmonella infection: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that humans can get salmonella from handling chicks and ducklings, and children are the most susceptible. While no deaths have been linked to exposure to live poultry, the diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps caused by salmonella can lead to hospitalization. Not the way you’d want to spend your Easter vacation!