Children love pets – and with good reason. Pets can provide a child with much – needed companionship and unconditional love. Pets teach kids lasting lessons about responsibility and how to care for other living things.
If you already have a pet, like a dog or a cat, remember that the pet used to get the most attention and may be jealous when a new baby arrives. The pet could attack the baby, and its overall mood may change. So what should parents do to keep their pet happy when the baby arrives? And how should they protect their baby from their pet?
– animals like routines. Try to keep your pet’s routine the same as it was before the baby arrived.
– Make sure that you spend one-on-one quality time with your pet.
– Get a box for your pet to hide in while it’s in the house.
– Choose a specific room where you will be able to play with your pet.
– Before your baby is born, it’s important to teach your pet not to go into the baby’s room.
– Before the baby arrives home from the hospital, send home a garment the baby has worn for your pet to get used to the small.
– Never leave your pet alone with the baby.
– Take your pet to the veterinarian for a routine health exam and any necessary vaccinations.
– If your pet exhibits fear and anxiety, get help from an animal behavior specialist.
Many pets are very tolerant of small children, but it’s still important to be aware of potential dangers and take precautions to avoid them. No matter how well you plan ahead, the addition of a new family member can be difficult, so it’s understandable if your pet feels like an outsider.
A lot of animals are sent to new homes or animal shelters when a baby arrives. You can make it easier for your pet to cope with the introduction of the new family member. Don’t give up-having a pet is good for your baby. Let your child share some of the responsibilities of caring for the pet. With proper training, your new baby and your pet should be able to live together safely and happily.
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