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

May 16, 2018
Sarah J. Wooten, DVM
Sarah J. Wooten, DVM

Dr. Sarah Wooten graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. A member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, Dr. Wooten divides her professional time between small animal practice in Greeley, Colorado, public speaking on associate issues, leadership, and client communication, and writing. She enjoys camping with her family, skiing, SCUBA, and participating in triathlons.

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

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.