Pets and Children

Pet Meets Baby

Bringing a new baby home is such an exciting event.  But if you have pets, you may be worried about how your dog or cat will react to your bundle of joy -- especially if your pet has been an "only child" up until now.  But, not to worry...and DEFINITELY do not feel you must give your pet away to make room for baby (or toddler)!   Here's a link to Pet Meets Baby,  a wonderful guide from the American Humane Association -- why re-invent the wheel, right?

Pets and a New Baby

What can I do to prepare my pets for the new baby? Getting ready for a new family member is a busy, exciting time. In addition to all that you need to do to prepare for the new baby, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier for your pets.

Children and Dogs Together

Living with children and dogs can be rewarding all around: kids learn about being responsible for another creature and considering their feelings and thoughts, and the bond that kids and dogs form can be very strong. The whole family can benefit from living with pets. But kids and dogs (or any animals) aren't automatically going to know how to get along; it's up to parents to make sure the relationship goes well.

“After All, He was Only a Pet…” (When Being Strong Hurts More than Grieving)

The death of a pet is never an easy time. Whether it is an older animal, who may have been a part of the family longer than most of the furniture and some of the children, or a pet who has been with you for only a few years, the loss can be truly traumatic. And if the end comes through a conscious decision for euthanasia, other emotions become entangled with the basic sense of loss.

Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.