Pets and children
In this very special WGN Radio Petcast, experts on pets, babies and children talk about how to keep that family intact when the little bundle of joy arrives home. Click HERE to listen to this WGN Radio Petcast. (wait a moment for the petcast to load)
The American Humane Association is the only national organization with a dual mission to protect children and animals - the perfect organization with the expertise to create lots of free information, including a user friendly handout called "Pet Meets Baby."
American Humane Association scientific advisor Dr. Patrica Olson and her daughter Dr. Amy Olson, a critical care and pulmonary specialist at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, talk about how human and veterinary medicine intersect and may benefit both babies and pets. Dr. Amy Olson ought to know about bringing home babies, she's a new mom to twins. Dr. Amy Olson no longer requires a vacuum, because her now toddlers drop food for their dog. That's the good news. The bad news is that her dog is now on a diet as a result.
So what happens as those little babies begin to become mobile, and toddlers want to yank on the dog's ears or pull the cat's tail? Certified pet dog trainer Colleen Pelar offers definite opinions; she is the author of Kids and Dogs: A Professionals Guide to Helping Families and Living with Kids and Dogs Without Losing Your Mind.
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