March 10, 2016

It always seems like there are an endless amount of things to take care of before bringing your new baby home for the first time. Baby proofing is important- but for pet owners, it extends beyond the usual room-to-room safety precautions. That’s right, not only should your home be prepared for your infant’s arrival- but your pet should be too!

Just because your dog or cat is seemingly well tempered doesn’t mean you should skip the safety precautions. After all, they were your “first child” and suddenly having someone else around to divide your attention could create problems.

Begin with the basics:
Make sure to take your pet for a complete checkup with your veterinarian; you wouldn’t want your little one catching any sort of sickness that your pet may be carrying. As an extra precaution, you may also want to have them groomed or declawed.

After bringing your baby home, be sure to supervise all interactions between your infant and pet. Even if your dog or cat reacts well to the new member of the family, they should never be left alone in the same room. Human babies are much more fragile than a puppy or kitten, and your pet isn’t likely to understand why this “little creature” refuses to play!

Lastly, be sure to pay attention to any developing allergy symptoms that could occur in your child. If cold symptoms or an abnormal rash begin to appear, it would be a good idea to consult your pediatrician so they can set up an allergy test.

Don’t forget that your HANDS Home Visitor may have some helpful tips when it comes to pets or baby-proofing, and will always be sure to offer their best advice!