As I found out for the first time in November 2009, and again this August, welcoming a new baby into your family and home is truly one of the greatest joys in life. If you’re a pet owner though, this great joy can be shattered by a host of emergencies that can happen to your children and pets when they share a home.
Of course I’m not saying this to ‘bring you down’ from your elation of becoming a parent, or (heaven forbid) to encourage you to give up your pets; rather I’m trying to bring to your attention a reality that’s best faced early on and with full awareness. After all, the dangers of not facing this reality, or of not preparing for it, are many, and some can prove debilitating, disfiguring, emotionally scarring, and even fatal - for children or pets. And thats on top of the heartbreak, stress, inconvenience, and expense that you will likely experience!
Did you know…
- Over 400,000 children aged 12 years and under are treated for dog bite injuries each year. And most of those bites happen in their own home and are inflicted by the family dog.
- Because of their aggressive behaviors towards children, or the anticipation of such behaviors, thousands of pets are relinquished to shelters each year when a new baby is brought into the household.
- Bringing a new baby into the household can be one of the most stressful events in your pet’s life - and that stress can lead to injuries for baby or pet.
- Many common diaper bag & baby nursery items are harmful to pets - some fatally so.
- Most pet emergency visits cost owners several hundred to a couple thousand dollars and precious hours of free time - both commodities that are typically in very short supply for new parents.
Fortunately though, with some prior knowledge and planning, you can greatly decrease the likelihood that your children or your pets (or your wallet, for that matter) will wind up in the ER.