There are ways to ensure a happy and safe introduction of a new family member to the household. Learn how to address this important change so the new baby is welcomed and accepted by the resident dog or cat. Although rare tragic incidents of pets attacking babies do occur, you can prevent them simply by never leaving your pet and baby alone together.
- Teach your pets in advance which areas are off-limits
- Before the baby leaves the hospital, bring home an infant cap the baby has worn, baby products and used diapers to get your dog or cat accustomed to the new scents
- Upon returning home from the hospital, give your pet a warm greeting – let your pet sniff the baby, watching carefully (supervision is extremely important)
- During those first hectic days, try not to change your pet’s feeding and walking schedule