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Hihi, any mums-to-be with poochies in their home when pregnant?
Alot of ppl say it's not good for you and your coming baby..is it true?
Cuz i've a mini schnauzer, and my family just got a chihuahua recently..
Before that alot of ppl already ask me to give up my schnauzer , but i just cant bear to part with her..she's like my big daughter
Izzit ok if i let my dog to mix with my baby? i'm giving birth in dec..
Last edited by paull; 16-11-2009 at 08:36 PM.
So sweet!! I hope mine is so caring also..but with all the fur and saliva, is it harmful to our babies? Should i wait till my baby is older before i let them mingle together?
i have a big retriever at home, and i've had her when i was pregnant. Before i was pregnant, i had many other pets when i was living with my in-laws.
Having pets, especially dogs, are good for bbs, cos bbs who grow up with dogs are less likely to get allergies, and more likely to learn how to love and interact with animals.
A lot of pple are ignorant; when you are pregnant, and later when you've delivered, you must learn to sieve out useful comments from useless comments.
You will have to train your dogs to be respectful of the baby and baby toys and not leave them unsupervised with your baby. As long as your dogs are cleaned, and have been dewormed regularly and checked for fleas and ticks, and you are there to supervise them, dogs are really good for bbs.
i have dogs even before i was preg, n i'm still having them..
i have 1 each at my in laws (we're staying there with the babies) and another one at my parents place (styed overnight there once aa week).. both love my elder girl and vice versa.. i can let them mingle by themselves, of cuz under my watchful eyes (more of protecting my doggies from those notti hands of my girl.. lol) when my girl was younger, the one at my mum's place actually ran to us for help when my girl cries.. (he's lyk telling us that his mei mei is crying.. GO ATTEND TO HER..) and he'll sleep under/ beside her cot/playpen while my lil girl sleeps..
there's some things that you should take note of though:
1) bring a nappy cloth/ any cloth to the hospital for your newborn to "season".. hahaha.. make sure the cloth is full of the baby's smell.. get someone to bring it home for the dog before you discharge.. if you got mutiple dogs, use diff cloth for the diff dogs..
*if possible, observe their reaction when and after they smell the cloth. keep a look out for any threatening reaction (e.g. growling at the cloth).. if the dog just left the cloth alone, it's ok.. it just shows that it's not interested..
2) record the cries/ sound of the baby n play it at home suddenly.. let the dog get use to the sound of sudden cries~~
3) let someone else carry the baby when you enter the house.. enjoy the welcome your dogs are giving you.. dont worry if he's not interested in you.. lol.. that's what Rocky did when i first brought my girl to my parents place.. he was more interested with the lil bundle in my hubby's arms.. (i was heartbroken lahz.. hahahaha..)
4) NEVER reprimand them when they show interest to the baby.. Encourage them to accompany you while you r changing baby's diaper/ bathing baby or just spending quiet time with baby.. n also VICE VERSA.. meaning bringing baby for doggy's walk, involve baby in doggy's games etc..
I have a cocker spaniel with me since 2003. My 6 month old baby will look at my dog if it is near her. When we brought our baby home after the delivery, my dog was so excited that it charged into the room pouncing up and down even though it was not supposed to do so. When my baby was 5 days old and the beansprout bag accidentally covered her face when she was sleeping, it was my dog who alerted my mum-in-law by pouncing on the dog suddenly. Whenever my girl cries, my dog will go to the door of the bedroom and look.
However, we try not to have our dog going too near my baby as it likes to scratch itself and it will "shake" itself at times. We feel bad for neglecting my dog ever since the baby arrives. And it seems that my dog has accepted the fact that there is a baby in the house and most of our attention is on the baby now.
Many people including docs have asked us to give our dog away when I was pregnant but I refused to listen. I have a few friends who have dogs with them despite having babies themselves and there are not much health problems among their children (except more frequent diarrhoea for a friend's child due to his constant playing with the dog).
I have 2 small dogs at home and these fur kids are like my own daugthers.
Now I am nearly 3 months pregnant and I have been talking to my dogs about the newcomer and constantly reminding them. You might think they dont understand but somehow I believe they know some changes is gonna happen. I just love my dogs too much to give them up and irregardless, I will never give up my dogs.
I have friends whose dogs and their kids get along well without any allergies. Most importantly, they cannot share toys.
I cannot wait to see how my doggies react with my baby. I think it's gonna be fine.
I have dogs at home, I think its perfectly fine with baby growing up with the dogs.
My youngest sis grew up with dogs in the house, her health is perfectly fine.
But make sure certain cleaniness have to be kept, mother or care giver just have to work abit more in taking care of the house.
Lol, luckily all support having keeping dogs together with the baby..
ya i cant bear to give up my dog also..hopefully my dog will get use to having a baby at home..
there's a research in the western countries that having dogs around baby is good as it makes most baby become less-allergic and able to develop better immune system. just be sure you groom the dog regularly and clean him after taking strolls and keep the fur short.
I have a big dog. And alot of ppl have been asking me to avoid my dog, or carrying the small dogs etc etc. The relatives kept citing examples of how their kids get asthma and such due to the dog fur in the house.
But hubby and I refused to give him up. I feel that as long he is being regularly groomed and cleaned, there should be no such problems. Plus I check online, its not due to the fur thus the kids get asthma, its due to the dead skin cells. And the relatives kept insisting that kids should not go near the dogs at less than 5-6 years of age etc. And how I should even avoid my dog (NO WAY) in case my baby looked like him.
but I think my in-laws had come to realise that there's no use nagging continously at us, as we can be pretty sturrborn at times, Plus I had already tried my best to please them at other areas, but giving up my dog who has been with us for 1.5 years? Its like asking me to give up my child as well. For hubby, as long as our dog dont't do anything funny like jumping on me, he's ok with anything.
I got a feeling we'll get into another conflict regarding our dog when the child is born. They will definitely complain of the child getting asthma or getting sick if being too near the dog.
I have a maltese at home and he really sticks to me. Now that i can't bath him while i'm expecting and my hubby forbid me to go to the vet with my maltese in fear i will catch cats or birds diseases and affect the baby.
I'm also worried that my dog will be fierce to my baby when born due to jealousy. ALso i notice my dog is not friendly to kids and always bark at kids who ran around the park.
same, my dog doesn't seem friendly to kids. But he tends to warm up pretty fast to strangers when we are around and tell him that that person is ok. Then he'll start getting all sticky and clingy.
We had put a newborn puppy with him once and he just ignored the pup after satisfying himself by sniffing her all over.
sorry.. i just need to say this. it can be quite irresponsible to give away the pet just because you become pregnant. isn't it much like exchanging one life for another? (this is really just my opinion..)
i've got two big dogs at my parents place.. after giving birth, my two dogs were very protective of my baby.. whenever she cries, they would come and alert us. even now, they're pretty affectionate to her..
hmmmm, some people say that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.
Having said that, some dogs are just better with kids than others.
I guess as human beings , it's really up to us to determine how we want to train our dogs and how we want to interact with our dogs, cos we are the ones who can do so many things that our dogs can't do, like reason and plan.
if you think that your pets may have a prob getting used to your bbs when your bbs arrive, perhaps you can take the time now to prepare them and train them?
I actually tried to prepare my retriever for the baby by carrying a small doll around. I gave a lot of attention to the doll, and trained my dog not to touch the doll without my permission etc... My neighbours must have thought that i was cuckoo, but i think it helped my dog, who was still a puppy at that time.
Our dogs didn't ask to be our pets; we are the ones who bought them ...
I am under confinement right now at my mother in law house. They have doggy here and I can happen to found fur at my newborn baby lip and outer nose (i was so worry) hence we avoid the dog from coming into confinement room.
my inlaws are ok with my dog too, just that my mother in law will remind me to keep her away from my boy cos she's worried about fur or biting. fortunately my dog is obedient, will not disturb my boy. i remembered when my boy 1st came home from hospital, whenever he cries, my dog will quickly run into the room. my hubby even said she's like his mother, more anxious then me!
just to share, this is my darling doggie!
pkshl and bbphir,
your darlings and dogs are so cute!
some info about asthma and pets from PEDIATRICS Vol. 112 No. 4 October 2003, pp. 974-976. The gist is that having pets can help lessen the severity of childhood asthma.
Given the clear evidence that asthma is worsened by exposure to pets, how are pediatricians to interpret the recent studies showing a possible protective effect of having lived with a pet early in life or currently living with a pet? Three cohort studies provide evidence of a lower risk of asthma among children exposed to pets in early life compared with unexposed children.15,16 Children exposed to cat in the home during the first year of life had a lower frequency of asthma at age 12 to 13 years compared with those not exposed to cat during the first year of life.15 A longitudinal birth cohort study in Norway demonstrated a reduction in the odds of asthma at 4 years of age among children who were exposed to pets in the home when the child was born.16 In a prospective birth cohort study, living in a household with at least 1 indoor dog at birth was associated with a lower cumulative incidence of frequent wheezing during the first 13 years of life.17 A recently published prospective study followed 835 children in suburban Detroit from birth until the age of 6 to 7 years.18 The overwhelming majority of the children were white. Children exposed to 2 or more dogs and cats in the home during the first year of life were significantly less likely to have developed allergic sensitization to cat or dog at age 6 to 7 years. In addition to decreasing the likelihood of sensitization to cat and dog, exposure to 2 or more dogs or cats also reduced the likelihood of the development of allergy to other environmental allergens including house dust mite and pollens. Exposure to 2 or more dogs or cats during the first year of life was associated with lower serum IgE levels, less methacholine responsiveness, and higher level of lung function, but these finding were only seen in boys. Perzanwoski and colleagues19 recently reported that 7- to 8-year-old children who lived with a cat in the home had a significantly lower risk of having a positive skin test to cat and physician-diagnosed asthma. This effect on asthma was most pronounced among children with a positive family history of asthma. Other studies have also found that individuals living with a pet have significantly less asthma or less severe bronchial hyperresponsiveness.10,20 Previous studies showing protection from pet ownership are potentially confounded by the likelihood that subjects with less severe asthma can keep the pets, whereas subjects with more severe disease are unable to hold pets. However, in the report by Ownby et al,18 there was no difference in the rate of pet ownership based on parental history of asthma, allergy, or hay fever, suggesting that, at least in this study, there was no effect of the presence of parental allergic disease on the rate of pet ownership. "
uddermummy, thanks for the info!
Last edited by pkshl; 20-11-2009 at 01:28 PM.