Handout: Help clients prepare for a kiddo when they have a doggo

Handout: Help clients prepare for a kiddo when they have a doggo

Pregnant pet owners often have a lot of questions and worries when it comes to bringing a baby into a home that’s already ruled by a beloved pup. Help them create an environment that’s safe for both the dog and the baby with this free veterinary resource.
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May 16, 2018

First things first: Never (ever) ask your client if she’s pregnant.

But if your client volunteers this information, be prepared to provide her with helpful advice (instead of a pregnant pause).

This handout from Fetch dvm360 speaker Sarah Wooten, DVM, was designed with dog moms in mind who might have some concerns about bringing a baby into a home that’s already ruled by a pup or two. Here are just a few of the questions it covers:

  • Should I be concerned that my dog will make me sick?

  • What behavior issues should I try to fix before the baby arrives?

  • What can I do to start getting my dog used to a baby?

  • Should I get a second dog so that my dog feels less ignored when the baby comes?

  • If my dog growls at the baby or shows other signs of aggression, do I need to get rid of him?

Your pregnant client will already have a lot on her mind, so giving her this handout (or sending her a link to the PDF via email) allows her to digest the material at her own pace and refer to it when needed.

Click on the image below to download a free printable copy.