Pets: Introducing them to the new baby
Bringing a new baby home can be quite an adjustment, especially for your pets.
We are having a baby soon, and I'm worried about our dog and if he might get jealous of this new family member?
Dr Moore answers:
Our pet pig "Muffin" was not jealous, but we didn't take any chances with our Rottweiler "Cody."
Mark and Melanie Greene of Country Hill Vet in Prestonsburg, Kentucky recommend "baby training" during mid pregnancy and then for the last six weeks prior to birth. Your baby's room and changing table are already setup and stocked. Buy a life-size baby doll. Apply lotion then dress it in a diaper and baby tee. Carry it around as you would the future baby. You should even lay it in the crib and close off the room for nap time.
Man's best friend will learn that there is no threat from this tiny helpless bundle. It will imprint the fragrances of the baby to its memory in a good way. Even still, any pets can be unpredictable, some more than others, and close observation should be kept on them at all times.
Unsupervised babies and pets do not mix. Check with your pediatrician and vet for more tips.