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Possibly one of the most rewarding and joyous life changes, having a baby can be very stressful for an unprepared pet. To a confused animal, a newborn can be a frightening addition to the home. Here are several ways to help your pet know what to expect when you’re expecting:
While you’re helping your pet become accustomed to your new baby, it’s also necessary to take certain precautions:
No matter what the life event, there are three basic steps pet owners should take to help pets accept a change in the household:
Pets, just like people, are creatures of habit, so you don’t want to overwhelm them and confirm their suspicions that something different is bad. Whatever it is that’s new in your pet’s life, keep it low-key and pair it with lots of rewards so she has reason to like it.
Remember that you know your pet better than anyone else does. If you notice a change in her behavior or body language, contact your veterinarian to be sure that the pet isn’t suffering from anxiety or a medical issue. And be patient. With a little extra attention and affection, your furry friend is likely to happily accept the new and the exciting.
When faced with an unfortunate life change, like a foreclosure or eviction, and you can no longer afford to care for your pet, do not leave your pet behind assuming that someone will find her. Instead, ask a responsible friend to care for the animal or contact your veterinarian, who may be able to assist with short-term boarding or can direct you to an agency, such as a local humane society, that can help.
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