Ask the Family Pet Expert

A Nanny, a Dog and Kids!

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When there is anyone other then Mom or Dad supervising a baby in the home there is likely to be a change in dynamics for the dog. Dogs are sensitive to the changing of people coming and going. Some dogs, more then others.

This is often reflected in articles of major dog bite incidents that hit the news. Many times it is not the parent who is the caretaker when the bite takes place. Some reason for this may be:

  1. The caretaker is less familiar with the dogs responses and signs indicating stress or agitation.

Parenting Kids & Dogs

Jennifer Shryock's picture

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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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