Pets and Kids: When Baby Makes Four
By Dr. Jeff Feinman
The first rule of introducing your dog or cat to a new baby is that it must be a gradual process. Pets, especially dogs, need time to adjust to a new family member. When you learn a child is on the way, review basic obedience skills daily with your dog so that it will reliably and consistently obey you. The commands to "sit/stay" and "down/stay" are essential to control your dog and give direction for desirable behavior.
A curious and affectionate pet can unintentionally harm a baby. A child may be accidentally scratched or even dropped when a friendly dog jumps up on you to investigate. Keep your pet's nails well trimmed. If your pet has any type of behavior problem, resolve it now while your life is still relatively uncomplicated.
In anticipation of a baby's arrival, take preventive measures. Pre-existing behavior problems are often magnified with time, especially as seen through the eyes of a sleep-deprived new parent. New parents who are thinking of obtaining a pet soon after a baby's birth should carefully consider the additional investment of time and energy required and deserved by any pet. If you have any doubts, don't adopt a pet until later. READ MORE.
© Jeffrey Feinman
Jeffrey Feinman, BA, VMD, CVH, holds both molecular biology and veterinary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In clinical practice, he quickly became alarmed by increasing rates of allergy, cancer and other degenerative diseases. Frustration with the results of conventional therapy of these chronic diseases fueled an interest in natural, holistic therapies. Currently his practice integrates the latest, safest, diagnostic techniques and treatments with holistic modalities such as clinical nutrition and homeopathy. www.homevet.com