WCIU You & Me: Introducing Babies & Pets

This morning, Dr. Derse visited WCIU-TV’s You & Me morning show to talk about the ‘ABC’s of introducing pets & babies‘ with hosts Melissa Forman and Jeanne Sparrow.

Below are some of her top tips for preparing pets for the arrival of a new baby (or babies):

Before the Baby (or Babies) Arrive:
– Obedience training
– Make sure your pet is healthy, up to date on vaccines, heartworm and flea and tick preventative
– Introduce to the nursery
– Reward good behavior

After the Baby (or Babies) Arrive:
– Bring home items from the hospital
– Calm, controlled environment

Months following:
– Special activities with pets only (walks, dog park, brushing, special treat)
– Reassurance
– Continue to enforce obedience
– Keep baby toys, diapers and medications out of reach

Best Breeds for Families:
– No one breed is perfect
– Each pet must match your particular lifestyle
– Do your research

Take home message:
In the mind of your pet, your new baby (babies) is/are invading his/her home and territory. Creating a bond between them takes time, training and reassurance.