6 Steps to Prepare Your Pet for Your Baby

By March 25, 2019 No Comments

Congratulations from us at Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital! Now that you’re expecting a two-legged baby, your four-legged baby is in store for some serious life changes. Do your best to prepare fur baby for human baby by keeping the following six tips in mind:

  1. Train basic commands first — Before your baby arrives, spend time teaching your pet basic commands, like “sit,” “stay,” “leave it,” and “off,” or sign him up for obedience classes. You’ll appreciate a well-behaved pet when you have your hands full with a new baby.
  2. Stick to your routine — While there will certainly be changes in routine after your baby is born, try to keep staples—like your pet’s walk, meal, and bed times—consistent to help prevent him from resenting your new family member. If you have to make changes, try to make them before baby arrives to give your pet time to get adjusted.
  3. Introduce new sounds and smells — The sound of a crying baby can be nerve wracking to anyone, especially a pet who doesn’t understand what’s going on. Before baby comes home, play a recording of baby noises while giving him treats so he’ll develop positive associations with the new noises in his life. Similarly, use baby lotion and other products you’ll use on baby, and send a blanket home with her smell on it, so your pet will get used to her smell.
  4. Shower your pet with extra love when you get home — When you arrive home from the hospital, have someone else carry baby inside so you can pepper your furry companion with plenty of love, praise, and extra special treats right when you walk through the door.
  5. Create a safe place for your pet — Be sure your pet has a place all his own with comfortable bedding, calming pheromones, and favorite treats and toys that is away from the noise and not accessible by even the most mobile of toddlers.
  6. Never leave your pet alone with the baby — Even the most well-behaved and mild-mannered pet will not understand how fragile the baby is and will need to learn how to appropriately interact with her. Your pet may inadvertently lay on the baby or knock her baby seat over, causing accidental harm.

Have additional questions? Call our office and let us help you get your fur baby ready to meet your growing family!

Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital will be open our regular hours in order to care for your pets. The adventure camp will be available 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

For overnight boarding or more information:
Call 303-670-7118 / Email Email Us
or complete the online boarding request form.
Please call 303-674-3156 or email if we can help with other pet care needs.

We will be following CDC recommended protocols for curbside service. When you arrive at the hospital please remain in your vehicle and call our main phone number 303-674-3156. A hospital employee will come outside, take a brief history and bring your pet inside. The doctor and technician will communicate with you via text message, telephone or come outside while practicing recommended social distancing.