Bringing Home Baby: 5 Tips on Prepping Pets For New Baby

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When we first brought baby Scarlet home from the hospital nearly eight years ago, we had an elderly Siberian Husky.

Stormy had only ever lived with Cassidy – and in San Francisco, no less. She was accustomed to strolling through Haight/Ashbury, jumping up on counters to receive treats from store clerks, and getting friendly pets from tourists from all over the world. Now, suddenly, she had been driven over 3,000 miles to go through a New England winter – FULL of ice storms – and to watch my belly grow, and grow. That was when I wished we could communicate better with pets.

How could we help her with the transition?

Bringing home a baby is a HUGE adjustment for everyone – especially your pets! Stormy was used to living with only one person, and just when she had gotten used to me – we threw a baby into the mix. She was quite old then, and Des never got to meet her. That said, we have learned so much about preparing pets for babies since then. We are quite happily kid parents and pet owners. I always say that it’s important to me to get one-on-one time with each of my kids, as well as my husband, but that extends to Athena and Juniper too! Although I can’t promise that I get that special bonding time with all 11 of our chickens, but give me some time. You never know! I love all of our pets, and I want to do what’s best for them.

Chances are, your pets have always been an important part of your family, and always will be. Show them how much you care by taking those extra steps to help them through the introduction and transition of meeting your newest family member – your baby. They are used to getting all the attention, and now may feel uneasy with the unfamiliar noises of a crying baby, the changes in household smells, the new household routines, and all of the well-meaning and well-wishing visitors in the house! What do pets need? Love, and Zylkene – a behavior supplement that helps dogs and cats relax and cope with challenging new situations (fireworks, travel, storms, new babies, etc.) – but withOUT making your pets drowsy.

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5 Tips on Prepping Pets For New Baby:

1 – Before the baby arrives, arrange for a pet-sitter to be on call for when the big day arrives.

2 – Create a safe space/retreat for your pet for when you arrive home with your baby. It should include blankets, towels, or old clothes to make it smell familiar. Also, provide plenty of toys/scratching posts for your dogs and/or cats.

3 – After your baby is born, but still in the hospital, have a loved one take one of baby’s first items of clothing home for your pet to start getting used to the new smell by the time you arrive home with your baby.

4 – Make sure you get your pet’s attention, and vice versa, once you get home. Involve your pet in baby routines, whenever possible. You can offer a treat before feeding the baby, etc. Associate that baby with positive experiences! Ask visitors to pay special attention to your pet(s), and make sure your pet has plenty of toys so as not to take the baby’s stuff!

5 – Try an all-natural calming supplement like Zylkene. Incorporate it into your pet’s diet to help him/her cope with the changing situation. It’s clinically proven to help them relax without causing sedation or drowsiness.

Zylkene is easy to use and highly palatable for pets. You administer it once daily – either whole capsule or opened and mixed with food for one daily meal. The vegetable capsules are well-accepted by both cats and dogs. This balanced behavior supplement contains a unique, milk-derived ingredient that promotes calmness. Zylkene has been a trusted resource for pet owners, veterinarians, vet techs, and behaviorists around the world for over a decade.

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Zylkene products for my own personal review. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. If your pet’s behavior changes suddenly in any way, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she can rule out any underlying medical issues as well as make additional recommendations. Consult your veterinarian before giving your pet Zylkene. Follow the recommended administration on the package, unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.

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7 Ways To Strengthen Your Bond With Your Dog

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Lately, I worry that Athena is feeling a bit left out.

Life is full force, even more than usual! We have almost completed our chicken coop, and moved all 11 chickens in. We still have to add their egg boxes, but they’re not old enough to lay eggs yet anyway! Juniper the cat, in seeing an unusually high amount of chicken energy, has taken to sleeping on my feet just to make sure I still love her. (I do) Des graduated preschool this week, and Scarlet gave a speech into a microphone in front of HER ENTIRE SCHOOL. Who is this girl? I’m not kidding!

Cassidy is building gardens, I’m taking on way too many work projects, and we have architects and builders traipsing in and out of the house to get our two year renovation plan underway. See what I mean about full force ahead? It hasn’t been quiet at all. May was pretty much an entire month of rain, and Athena HATES rain! (she gets that from her mama) I have often found her cuddling and huddling on her special chair upstairs. And did I mention she almost lost her chair?? That’s more of the craziness! One of our loved ones had major heart surgery and Cassidy offered him our chair. Luckily for him, he already had a suitable chair. Luckily for Athena, she still has her little “nest” in her chair! Thats one point for Team Athena.

That said, summer has started and I’m going to take a lot more breaks. With the kids heading to camp soon, I want to make sure our dog knows that we still love her as much as we did, and that we’d rather just sit and watch the world go by with her too. We don’t want to be on the go all the time. We want summer days at the water, some ice cream and watermelon, and bonding time with our girl. In fact, today I have it scheduled to go read a book by her side in the garden. I can’t wait!

This week is Animal Rights Awareness Week, and I’m celebrating with my favorite I and love and you. Animal Rights Awareness Week was started in 1999 by the animal rights group, In Defense of Animals, to help raise awareness of animal rights. They educate the public about the basic needs of animals around the world – and advocate for the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals. This extends from our own beloved pets to companion animals, farm animals, wildlife, and animals used for testing. I have been using this week to think of ways to strengthen my bond with Athena.

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7 Ways To Strengthen Your Bond With Your Dog

1 – Start training, if you haven’t already, or maintain it. This creates communication between your dog and you. It helps her focus, and fosters teamwork and belonging. We teach her to come, sit, stay, down, down-stay, etc. Teach your dog a new trick once a month. This will make your dog smarter, and will strengthen your bond.

2 – Don’t just play with her. Keep it special and engaged. When we first got Athena, we took her to the beach and she SWAM with us! We were so surprised. Fun and agility-based activities build loyalty and a deeper relationship.

3 – Have quiet time together. No gadgets, no screens, no devices – just the two of you.

4 – Travel together. I first fell in love with Athena because of how awesome she was on our annual Cape Cod vacation. And I think she falls in love with us a bit more each time we trust her enough to take her on our adventures.

5 – Turn negative experiences into positive experiences. Athena hates grooming and bathing, but those are bonding experiences in themselves. Use treats, toys and a slow transition to make the experiences more positive.

6 – Create in your dog a sense of purpose. Dogs want to work and serve and play and focus.

7 – Feed at a specific time of day. With our cat, we leave food for her all day, but with Athena, we feed twice a day at the same time. She will tell us when it’s time if we forget! This will make her depend on you, and bond to you more.

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Enjoy your bonding time!