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Introducing a New Family Member to the House

Introducing a new family member is a fun and exciting time. One thing to consider when bringing your new family member home is how your pets will react. Animals can be very territorial, and it is important to make sure your animals are comfortable with all the changes that will be happening.

Preparing before the baby arrives — the day the baby arrives and as they grow together can help the whole family adjust to the changes easily. Preparing for the baby to meet your animals long before the baby comes is very important. One of the ways to make your animal comfortable with the process is to make any space changes very gradual. Animals love their little areas within a home and having that space taken away can be very stressful for them. If you need to make some space for your growing family, be sure to move their items around very slowly. It will give them a chance to get used to their new space long before the baby arrives.

When the new family member arrives home for the first time, try to introduce the pets slowly and with very careful supervision. Your pets are unsure of what is going on, and any sudden move could make them react in an unusual manner. By introducing the baby slowly and consistently throughout the first few weeks, you will make your animal comfortable very quickly. Also, be sure to pay plenty of attention to your animals when the baby arrives. If your animal doesn’t feel neglected, they are much more likely to carry on their normal routines even with a big change in the family.

After some time has passed and your animal has adjusted and becomes comfortable with the new member of the family, it may be time to teach your child about the family pet. Having your child assist with some daily chores or playing with the animal can get them both comfortable with one another. Remember that close supervision will be required as your child, and the family pet may still not be comfortable with one another right away.

Having a family pet is a great thing for a child. They can learn the responsibility of taking care of them and form a long relationship that they will always remember. Taking a few steps to help them adjust to one another quickly will form that relationship that much sooner. If you are adding a member to your family, always remember to help your pets along the way because they are family too.

If you have any questions or want some more tips, give us a call at 613.542.7337.

Written by: Natasha Dehoop, VA

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 22, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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NEW PET OWNERS

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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Kingston Veterinary Clinic