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For 5 long years our family dog, Jawz was my husbands and I’s only “child”. He was spoiled, a huge attention-hog and the centerpiece of our family.
In 2011 that all changed when I became pregnant with our first child, Jade.
I admit I was concerned with how our fur baby was going to handle the change. I didn’t want him to feel left out, but I knew we weren’t going to be able to show him as much attention as he was used too.
He had zero experience with children before Jade was born and I was a little wary when it came to how he’d behave. I decided to do some research as well as talk with our vet about prepping Jawz for his newest human family member.
By our second child’s birth in 2016, Jawz was a seasoned pro.
Both times he did amazing and accepted his siblings into his pack without a second thought. I believe by helping Jawz adjust before our babies arrived we made the transition smoother for him.
Below you will find a few ideas to help your furry kid get used to the idea of adding a sibling.
Prep Before Baby Arrives
- Buy a baby doll (or borrow one) set the doll up in different areas around your home using equipment, such as a bouncer that your baby will use. Once you have staged the scene it’s time to play actual crying baby sounds off of YouTube. Do this a couple times a day once you’re in your third trimester to get your pet used to the sound.
- Create a space just for your fur baby. Maybe get them a special blanket, toy or bed that is all their own.
- Set boundaries pre-baby. If you are not going to allow your pet in the baby’s room make sure to enforce that rule before your baby arrives. It will make it less stressful for you and your pet if you set limits ahead of time.
- Incorporate an all-natural calming supplement like Zylkene into your pet’s diet.
Zylkene gives pet parents the power to help their pets cope with a variety of long-term and short-term situations such as: traveling, thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, new home, kenneling, adoption, grooming, and meeting new people.
Zylkene is a balanced behavior supplement for dogs and cats containing a unique, milk-derived ingredient that promotes calmness without causing sedation or drowsiness. Adding one pill a day can help your pet ease into his or her new routine.
After Your Little One’s Birthday
- The day before you leave the hospital have your significant other bring a blanket or other item with the baby’s scent home. Place that item in your pets area along with something that belongs to you as well as your spouse.
- Greet your pet as you normally would, add a little extra excitement and let them know how much you’ve missed them.
- Ask visitors to acknowledge your pet before the new baby. This creates a positive experience for your pet associated with the new baby.
Taking a few extra steps can really make a difference for you and your pet during this exciting time. #ZylkeneDifference #MyHappyPets
Zylkene is ideal for pets to help cope with various challenging situations, such as loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms), traveling with pets, etc. Ask for Zylkene by name at your veterinary clinic, or purchase it online.
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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.