How to prepare a four-legged friend for a meeting with a small owner?
Yesterday your dog or cat was in the position of a beloved spoiled child. And today everything has changed because you are going to become a mother. How to prepare a four-legged friend for a meeting with a small owner?
With the advent of the baby, life in the house will change dramatically. The freedom of animals will have to be limited in many ways, they can no longer sleep where they want, or bark loudly. So that all these restrictions are not associated with the child, start changing their regimen and order in the house a few months before the trip to the hospital.
- Teach your cat and dog not to enter the nursery, much less climb into the crib.
- Young parents have a shortage of free time. You can make your life much easier by switching animals to ready-made feed. Do it better within a month.
- Animal psychologists say that in many ways how your four-legged friend will accept the baby will depend on their first meeting. Try to make it the least traumatic for the animals. Firstly, be sure to caress your pets as soon as you return from the hospital, because they miss you a lot. Second, show them the child. But do it not in the nursery - remember, animals are not allowed there, but on neutral territory. Finally, never yell or swing at pets for wanting to sniff your baby.
- Be aware that many dogs try to take part in baby care, they guard his sleep. And they immediately run to call his mother if he cries, others, however, may not even let his parents near him. Sometimes bitches try to lick the baby like their puppy, and they can even take off and eat diapers, as the mother dog eats all the excretions of her offspring. To avoid such incidents, do not leave the child alone with animals, and prepare a container with a tight lid for dirty diapers.
LET'S TALK ABOUT HYGIENE
As soon as you find out you're expecting a baby, you need to check the animals and get yourself checked for various infections and helminths that are transmitted to humans.
Toxoplasmosis - 30% of cats are carriers. Clinic of the disease: intestinal disorders and diseases of the upper respiratory tract and lungs, enter the fetus through the mother's placenta. May cause miscarriage or fetal malformations.
Prevention: Before the 20th week of pregnancy, be sure to donate blood, your own and that of the animal, for toxoplasmosis. In the future, make sure that the cat does not come into contact with other people's animals. If the animal is infected, the veterinarian will prescribe a course of antibiotics.
Chlamydia - carriers are not only cats, but also birds. Leads to fetal pneumonia, miscarriages and malformations.
Prevention: people and animals donate blood and mucous secretions for analysis, follow the rules of hygiene. Treatment with antibiotics.
Mycoplasmosis - cats are carriers. The infection affects the joints and respiratory tract of the fetus, leading to various malformations. Prevention measures are the same.
Helminths - infection passes through the feces of cats and dogs.
Prevention: Animals and people are dewormed once every 3 months.
Allergy- some women experience an increase in allergic background during pregnancy. It manifests itself in different ways: cough, runny nose, skin rashes.
Prevention: urgently need to take allergy tests to understand what the reaction is - food, wool, feather - and eliminate the cause. If the animal itself causes the allergy, unfortunately, you will have to part with it before the birth. After the baby is born, the allergy usually goes away on its own, but if the pet stays in the house, your baby may be allergic to animals for life.