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Preparing Your Pets for a New Baby
Preparing Your Pets for a New Baby

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Its official, you're going to be a parent. The lengthy checklist has already started as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. While baby names, color themes and pregnancy books are top of mind, be sure to include an existing family member through this important time — your pet.

The addition of a new family member means that your four-legged companion will no longer receive the same amount of attention as before. They will be sensitive to any changes in routine and environment in the coming months. You can help your dog or cat cope with this big change well in advance of baby's arrival.

Here are some tips to prepare your pet for a healthy transition:

• Address any behaviour concerns your pet has going forward. If your dog has bad habits such as jumping on people or exhibiting aggressive behavior, it would be especially important to correct this to avoid any danger around your baby.

• Take your dog or cat for a checkup to ensure your pet has a clean bill of health. Consult with a veterinarian about using a preventative treatment to protect against fleas, ticks, and other unwanted parasites that can infest your pet and home.

• Pets thrive when they have consistency. Try to create a new routine to alleviate the stress your dog or cat will feel while adjusting to having a new family member. This includes making time for one-on-one quality time with your pet.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511?ref=ts. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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