Ask the Veterinarian, Alison
My due date is closely approaching and we could not be more excited to welcome our first child into this world. Currently we have a Labrador and a Maltese, who are our beloved first children, and we are worried about them adjusting to our new baby. Any tips on things we can do to get our pets ready for the family transition?
This is a great question and one I commonly receive from clients at my animal hospital. There is a lot that goes into getting your dog ready for the new baby to make the transition a smooth one. Here are my top tips for new parents with pets:
I want to stress how important it is that if your dog has ever shown aggression towards children, to always be very careful and aware when your dog is around your child. This behavior is instinctual for certain dogs and although a dog can be worked with and trained, the behavior may never 100% go away. No matter how extensive the training has been, ALWAYS be aware and proactive in scenarios that involve your children.
And don’t forget, most dogs and cats adjust well to new family members. It just takes some time and patience. It is easy to get caught up in the stress of everything. Try to enjoy the process and take lots of cute pics of your babies together.