Pets

  • Our little Planet

    We have a 5 years old Garfield cat Julia. We are curious, how will the cat get used to have a little baby in her area, I hope she will be OK with that news :).

  • When Your Child's Pet Dies

    Our dog is getting on in years, and it's apparent he won't have many years left with us. How can parents make it easier for their kids when the "day" finally arrives?

  • Pregnant? Protect You and Your Baby - Get Vaccinated!

    Your mood can change on a dime. Your feet are swollen, you have heartburn, you can't sleep, and you can't stay away from the bathroom for longer than fifteen minutes. A lot of discomforts come with the joy of pregnancy. Adding the flu to that could be overwhelming, or much worse.

  • Life is getting crazy but I love it!!

    I'm pregnant with my fourth.. Yes my fourth. Eleven weeks in and we are getting ready to move five hours away. In february. With a 2,3, and 6 year old. Pregnant for my fourth and my chihuahua just had five puppies.. Life is crazy.. So I bet your wondering how I deal with it?? Simple.. My husband helps and I just stopped being so picky. My house doesn't have to be spotless.

  • Look What the Cat Dragged In: Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy

    by Michele Brown

  • Divorced Parenting: Pet Custody

    Custody of children is a hotly contested issue in many divorces, but many divorces also involve a heated debate about the custody of small furry children as well. If you're in a situation where custody of your pet is an issue, the first thing you need to do is understand what the law is.

  • Postpartum Stress & Your Dog

    Your first days, weeks and even months can be an emotional roller coaster!

    Having just experienced the postpartum stage again for the fourth time, I can honestly say that sometimes even preparing does not seem to help. You are preparing for something you have no idea how it will present itself. Your birth is unpredictable, and so is postpartum.

  • Parenting Kids & Dogs

    After having already had three children and a houseful of dogs and cats I pretty much thought I was prepared for our fourth baby, Kelsyann. I'm an experienced Mom right?!? This should be easy.

    Well boy was I wrong! From the beginning Kelsyann has been a needy baby. Nothing that worked with the others seemed to work for her. This has been interesting, frustrating and challenging at best!

  • Getting Fur Family Ready for the New Baby

    QUESTION

    Our baby is due this summer. I'm concerned how to prepare our pets for the arrival.

    I have a 4-year-old cat who has been our little princess since we got her at 8 weeks old. She is spoiled absolutely rotten and is used to getting attention when she wants it. We also have a 150-pound Malamute/Wolf mix who is an absolute sweetheart but is incredibly hyper.

    I am afraid of the dog crushing the baby and I am afraid of the cat having fits of jealousy. What should I do for them?

  • How Will Our Older Dog React to a New Baby?

    QUESTION

    Dear Pet Expert,
    A year ago my husband rescued a dog approximately 6 years old from an ice storm. She seemed to have been neglected when he found her. She has been a well-behaved dog except occasionally getting in the trash. Within the past month she has began to get into the trash within seconds of us leaving and her new trick is to get into the freezer and eat a pound of ground beef.

  • Can I Touch Cat Litter?

    QUESTION

    Dear Pet Expert,
    I'm 3½ months along with my first child. My husband and I just got a new kitten, and I've had seven different relatives tell me that I can't touch cat litter. Is there any truth to this anymore, or was this a problem years ago and the new litter has different effects, or is it just the urine?

    Is there anything else I should know about kittens and pregnancy? Is there any possibility of baby developing allergies because we have a cat?

  • Life is getting crazy but I love it!!

    I'm pregnant with my fourth.. Yes my fourth. Eleven weeks in and we are getting ready to move five hours away. In february. With a 2,3, and 6 year old. Pregnant for my fourth and my chihuahua just had five puppies.. Life is crazy.. So I bet your wondering how I deal with it?? Simple.. My husband helps and I just stopped being so picky. My house doesn't have to be spotless.

  • Healthy Treats for the Whole Family: Furry and Non-Furry

    If you have children, then you know they're a magnet for hovering hounds and mooching mousers. Living in a busy home that includes kids, pets, and adults, the line between who eats what can sometimes become blurry!

  • Kids and Dogs: Things Change When Your Baby Learns to Crawl

    by Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC

  • Parenting Kids & Dogs

    After having already had three children and a houseful of dogs and cats I pretty much thought I was prepared for our fourth baby, Kelsyann. I'm an experienced Mom right?!? This should be easy.

    Well boy was I wrong! From the beginning Kelsyann has been a needy baby. Nothing that worked with the others seemed to work for her. This has been interesting, frustrating and challenging at best!

  • How Will Our Older Dog React to a New Baby?

    QUESTION

    Dear Pet Expert,
    A year ago my husband rescued a dog approximately 6 years old from an ice storm. She seemed to have been neglected when he found her. She has been a well-behaved dog except occasionally getting in the trash. Within the past month she has began to get into the trash within seconds of us leaving and her new trick is to get into the freezer and eat a pound of ground beef.

  • Postpartum Stress & Your Dog

    Your first days, weeks and even months can be an emotional roller coaster!

    Having just experienced the postpartum stage again for the fourth time, I can honestly say that sometimes even preparing does not seem to help. You are preparing for something you have no idea how it will present itself. Your birth is unpredictable, and so is postpartum.

  • Could Our Dog Be Jealous of the Baby?

    We are having a baby soon, and I'm worried about our dog and if he might get jealous of this new family member?

  • Divorced Parenting: Pet Custody

    Custody of children is a hotly contested issue in many divorces, but many divorces also involve a heated debate about the custody of small furry children as well. If you're in a situation where custody of your pet is an issue, the first thing you need to do is understand what the law is.

  • Top Ten Best Known Cat Breeds for Kids

    Over the years, cats have been notoriously (and unfairly) pegged as unfriendly toward children. While there are certainly breeds that are less comfortable with active children, there are a large number of breeds that are very kid-friendly.