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?  It is full of tips that will help new and expectant parents manage the introduction successfully and create a safe, healthy environment where babies and pets can live and grow together.

Click here to open a copy of Pet Meets Baby, with a foreword by Victoria Stillwell, well-known author, trainer and star of "It's me or the Dog!"  And, you might also be interested in Pets and the New Baby, and Preparing Your Pet for Baby's Arrival, also available on this website.

Contents:
PREPARE AHEAD
  • Modify attention and interactions
  • Desensitizing to the sound, sight and smell of the new arrival
  • Relocating your pet's living quarters
  • Dogs in beds and on furniture
  • Relocating litter boxes
  • Appropriate knowledge of your pet's species
  • Mental and physical exercise
  • Asking for help

ENSURE APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

  • Evaluate and train appropriate manners
  • Never punish warnings
  • Signs that your pet is stressed
  • What your pet is saying

THE BIG DAY

  • Pet meets new baby or toddler
  • Dog meets older child
  • Other pets meet older child
  • Visitor traffic

RAISING KIDS AROUND PETS

  • Supervision
  • Appropriate interactions
  • Baby- and child-free zone

HEALTH AND DISEASE CONCERNS

Cats and toxoplasmosis
Dos and toxocariasis
Reptiles and salmonella
Rodents and LCMV
Allergies
Gardening and Sandboxes