Pets

Share and discuss your furry child, including how to prepare dog for your newborn baby, dealing with allergies to cats and dogs, choosing a family pet, and more.

Does anyone have a dog but has a toddler with minimal allergies

  • Jenn
    Sep 04

    Yup. I also have allergies. Lots of grooming, vacuuming and swiftering. And allergy pills of your choice on hand. Also, washing hands after playing w/the dog and not touching/rubbing their eyes.

  • Vonda
    Sep 06

    Yes. We just vacuum, dust, and lots of grooming. Have two Aussies so brushing is a must. Washing hands is also a good idea after playing with the dogs.

Ali posted in Pets Aug 01

Dog problems

We got a dog about a year and a half ago. We did our research beforehand but after 10 months with the dog we decided it was a poor fit (chewed up everything, played too rough with our young kids, was supposed to be a hunting dog but had no hunting instincts, not fully housebroken) and the breeder refunded our $. We waited about 6 months and put a deposit on a puppy. In the meantime we had th... More

Daughter is rough with our senior kitty

My 9-year old daughter who has always been an animal lover is now suddenly being very rough with our 13-year old cat, Kiki. This has started in the last 6 weeks - basically, the start of summer break. My husband works from home, but since he is working, he probably isn't giving her as much attention as she would like. I think she's bored, but since I'm at work M-F for about 10 h... More

Anonymous posted in Behavior May 22

13 month old and dog

I have a 13 month old that thinks pulling on the dog is funny. The more I try and say no to pulling on the dogs feet, tail etc the more she thinks it’s funny and goes back for more. I have tried to implement petting nice and being kind to the dog from day one with her. Any advice to correct this behavior would be welcome

  • Vanessa
    May 23

    Maybe try to distract with a toy just to get her away from the dog try to show no interest in what she’s doing to the dog I did this with my son and he eventually just stopped he occasionally does it but he’s 2 now so I tell him ur hurting the dog and he walks away

  • antigrav_kids
    May 23

    I told the kids here that it really hurt the dog when they did that. I pulled my saddest, most hurt face while explaining, and after a few tries that seemed to do the trick.

Retraining or rehomeing ??

We have an older jack russell who has become become aggressive with our 10 month old baby. They have their moments when they are great together. But lately the dog goes off or snaps at the baby for dropping or reaching out for a toy. That is nowhere near her. The baby knows how to pat her gently. But the aggressive behaviors has me worried that it could become worse. The dog was adopted. Sh... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 01

    As hard as it is there will be someone that is able to provide a better environment for your dog. Your baby comes first and I think you are being totally smart about this. Your dog sounds great for an older person with a lot of time and no kids around

  • Amy
    Apr 03

    An immediate step would be strict separation unless you're closely supervising! Your baby is likely crawling and almost walking, so you probably need baby gates around anyway now. The dog might have to become an outside only dog. Probably, with good and consistent training (classes or private or read some books), your dog can be taught to think of the baby as part of the family and stop ... More

Jade posted in Pets Mar 27

Tips on re-homing a pet

Our poor cat has really struggled with anxiety since our daughter was born last year. Ultimately, we’ve decided that the kindest thing we can do for our kitty is to find a new, child-free home for her where she can get the attention she needs! We’d like to make this transition as smooth as possible for her. Any practical tips? Has anyone had to re-home a pet after having a baby? Thank you!

  • Jade
    Mar 28

    Thank you for your responses! We are currently setting up interviews and will definitely be doing a home visit with final candidates to ensure she’s going to a responsible and prepared home. Part of the problem is that we have a small home (we are looking for a larger one) so, the cat doesn’t have many places to hide from our active toddler. She spends most of her day sleeping, and then has ... More

  • Elle
    Mar 28

    Ug, I feel for you. We were in a similar position, where, just like you, we tried EVERYTHING. The fact that we tried everything made it a little less horrible, logically, but it was still so so hard, and I felt so sorry to give up our kitty. Knowing he went to a good home, where the issues were able to be addressed, helped lessen the sting, too.

Rye posted in Family Life Mar 26

Dogs that are good with active kids? Is getting a dog a good option for kids?

My son is 7 years old. Only child. I’m thinking about getting him a dog but I want to here other peoples opinions about having a dog (pros & cons).

  • Anne
    Apr 16

    We have a Black Russian Terrier. By far one of the greatest breeds. He is huge, plays fetch endlessly, doesn’t shed (unless he really needs a bath), and has the best temperament. Pros of having a dog: teaches your kid responsibility; protection Cons: do you have the time, space, energy?

Victoria posted in Pets Mar 12

Looking for some advice from parents who have had to talk to their children about their pet death.

Our cat Miss Peaches has cancer and is nearing the end of her life. I'm looking for ways to start talking to my almost 3 year old about what's going to happen. He knows she's old and we've talked about her being sick, so at least we're there already. He's very gentle with her and loves her very much. Now she probably only has about 2 months left and we're planning on... More

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 20

    First of all, I am so sorry. Second, if you are religious you could tell your child(ren) that the cat went to Jesus/Heaven. You could also distract them with a fish or hamster or other small pet.

  • Elle
    Mar 20

    Ditto Stacey's advice. 1000%. It's best to use clear and honest and factual explanations of what happened. It's best to let them know both verbally and by displaying the range of emotions that they might feel, that is it OK and normal to feel feelings of sadness, loss, and grief. There are some things people do to that are well-meaning but ultimately detrimental... Making up stori... More

Anonymous posted in Pets Feb 20

Unleashed neighbor dogs

We just moved to our new house and we found out that our neighbor's dogs will come by our yard and roam all the way down the street completely unleashed and without their owner ... They have destroyed our path lights and they poop and pee in our yard... They are two very huge German Shepherds. I’m so scared because we have a nine month infant and he will probably be walking by summer. The ... More

  • Mel
    Feb 21

    We have had a similar issue with a neighbor’s dogs. They bark and lunge at anyone who gets near and are constantly pooping in our yard. The neighbor is nice about it but has neglected to put up a fence or do anything to prevent the dogs from roaming. She mostly only lets them out at night so it’s not much of an issue for our toddler, except for the poop!!! This summer as the days grow longer an... More

  • Kelligrace
    Feb 24

    Call animal control and report him

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Jan 25

How to balance life

Between both parents working full time opposite shifts, having too many pets (4 of them, took them in from the streets and don’t know what to do with them now) (not trying to take them to a shelter either) a toddler. How to not go crazy taking care of pets when I should just be focused on my kid. Sounds terrible but these pets drive me crazy. Love animals, hate having pets. And keeping the hous... More

  • Christa
    Jan 25

    I can’t entirely sympathize with the two parents working parts. But I can help I hope maybe ease your mind on the other issues. I am a full time stay at home mom- and we live on one income- but I do understand the stress of not feeling like you’re doing everything right, and that you feel like it’s all on you. I get that, and I think most moms do, at least at some point. So for the dogs- we h... More

  • Elle
    Jan 26

    Pay people to do the tasks you hate most or are most time consuming. Paying $100 for cleaners to come every other week will go a long way in making the to-do list seem less insurmountable. Do NOT give up on your pets. Get a dog walker! Before you know it, baby will be able to walk and feed them. What IS good to get rid of is clutter. It affects us more than we realize and helps make for an an... More

How to determine if my son is allergic to dogs

im worried that my son is allergic to dogs. We have three at home that he absolutely loves and they love him. He dosent break out when they lick him or hes playing with him. However he does rub his head alot and has a horrible cough (which got noticably worse after crawling on the carpet) and a tendency to rub his eyes. Hes only a year old, how do I know if hes allergic? And could it be asthma?

  • Vanessa
    Dec 08, 2018

    My kids did the same thing at our old house and runny nose. It was the carpet. Dr said carpet is one trigger for children with allergy and asthma. You will probably start noticing other times as well if it is allergy’s

  • Vanessa
    Dec 08, 2018

    Mowing, rain during pollination season, anywhere with dust and dirt I had to make sure he had allergy meds and asthma medicine

Anonymous posted in Pets Dec 03, 2018

Pet loss

If anyone is dealing with the loss of a family pet and wondering how to comfort their children during this process the book “Dog Heaven” is great to help them grieve and somewhat understand the loss of their pet. Also what helped us to communicate the death of our dog to our 3-year-old was to be honest and upfront, use the words “he died,” and say it’s ok to be sad or mad about it.

Mira posted in Pets Nov 21, 2018

Large dog at grandparents

We have a 4.5 month old and want to be able to spend more time with her at her grandparents. They have a high energy curious golden lab and for now she stays in one of our arms, but as she starts wanting to play and roll and later crawl and toddle we aren’t sure if we should lug the pack and play to their house, or dedicate a play blanket just for their house (the rugs have plenty of dog hair) ... More

  • Vicki
    Nov 21, 2018

    Leave a pack and play at their house but let them know as baby grows you would appreciate if they would secure the dog in another area and vacuum before you get there. That or they can come to your house. And if your baby is not allergic to dogs, the fur won’t hurt her but it is disgusting if she’s crawling around in it and putting handfuls in her mouth.

  • Diana
    Nov 23, 2018

    I have a large dog and my baby is around it all the time - I would ask that their dog be on a leash and not within reach of the child. (large playful dogs are much more likely to step on a child than bite one, but that’s not something you want either!). Also, I would lay down a large clean blanket for the baby to crawl on - not the floor the dog was on.

Anonymous posted in Pets Oct 07, 2018

Cat Smell

I know this isn't about kids but I need help... Does anyone own cats that can give me some advice on getting the smell of them out of my house?!? I have three [fixed] male cats. The litter box has gotten away from me sometimes (Lesson learned!) and they have peed elsewhere . I have tried, carpet powders, sprays, and my own Bissel Carpet Cleaner (which actually made it worse. Because unknowi... More

  • Amanda
    Oct 08, 2018

    I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. With our cat, we tried every solution and nothing got rid of the stench completely. My husband even pulled up the carpet where the cat peed on the edges and cleaned the carpet pad underneath. Still no fix. We ended up making our cat an outside only cat, and (because we wanted to do it anyway) we had hard floors installed. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Leah
    Oct 08, 2018

    Clorox Urine Remover

Anonymous posted in Pets Sep 28, 2018

Has anyone had to rehome a dog after a baby?

  • Holly
    Sep 28, 2018

    I guess it really depends on the circumstances. If the dog was being overly aggressive to the baby and it can’t be mitigated by more walks etc, and the vet’s help doesn’t work, then rehoming could be on the table. But it’d be a process to try to make things work, first, and I’m assuming you’re doing that?

  • Gretta
    Sep 29, 2018

    Oh man I've been tempted. After my son was born 3 months ago, my dog would not stop peeing and pooping all over the house. She was trained before, just stopped all the sudden. She's gotten a lot better, but still not as good as I'd like her to be. And we can't give her walks because we live in the desert and the sidewalks are too hot but she is fully able to go out back and do her business

Anonymous posted in Pets Sep 18, 2018

Adding a new member to the family that isn’t a baby !

Hi all! So I’m a young mom of 15 month old twin girls. I’m single and don’t really have much of a social life (which I’m ok with) but I’ve become sort of lonely and isolated especially since I just moved from a neighborhood I was comfy in. I want to get a dog to keep me company and make me feel a since of security especially at night. I have really bad anxiety from past trauma, so at night is w... More

  • Kate
    Sep 23, 2018

    There are many Rescues that have the animals go thru tests to insure that it is good with kids. Many smaller rescues have foster families (many have children) and you can go and talk to the family about the dog you are interested in. Please I encourage you to adopt don't shop. It will not only benefit the animal but it will also make you feel great to know that you saved a life, it would al... More

  • Ashley
    Sep 27, 2018

    LABS are great kid dogs.

Dog mom advice.

I have two big dirty dogs that roll in the grass (and who knows what else), eat dirt, and then come in our house. I’ve recently kicked them off our furniture except for an area on our couch with a blanket but I’m starting to freak out since my son can’t stop sucking on his hands. Once he starts really picking things up and moving around I’m just worried about what he’ll be putting in his mouth.... More

  • Jackie
    Sep 17, 2018

    I have a dog as well it’s helps so much with their immune system but maybe getting a habit of taking the dog for a bath and just keeping wipes around for your child toys will help as well

  • Gabby
    Sep 19, 2018

    I have 2 big dogs and a 19 month old at first I thought the same her putting her hands in her mouth and the dogs on the furniture but she’s fine I designated a area for her with a play mat that the dogs aren’t allowed to go on so she always plays there they don’t touch her toys - I do clean her toy once a week have a little spray bottle with alcohol so I just wipe her stuff down - they do hav... More

Mom posted in Pets Aug 16, 2018

Pet Interaction Advise

My LO is 5 Months and has started interacting with our pets. Typical infant, when I try to teach her to pet the cat or dog she grabs a huge chunk of their fur. My furbies (lol) are pretty amazing and just take it, I also understand that this is a baby thing and she’s still learning. Any advise on how to teach her to interact with them appropriately as she grows?

  • Ranya
    Aug 22, 2018

    Thank you so much , i though its because he is not comfortable that he wakes up that often

  • Nadia
    Oct 04, 2018

    Hey mama! I have a 23 month old & she’s grown up with fur babies. At first like yours, she would grab bc at that age that’s all they can physically do. So, what I did was if she wanted to pet or hug my dogs or cat is take her hand and pet them with her hand. While saying gentle & nice. I did this until she could pet them herself without grabbing. At 23 months she is now so gentle with ... More

Cats and Babies

Transitioning our 4 month old from a bassinet to a floor bed by our bed this month. (We also have a floor bed.) Should I worry about cats trying to sleep with him? Has anyone any experience with babies and cats?

  • Anne
    Aug 08, 2018

    3 cats 2 kids. The cats typically ignore them as babies. Now that they are bigger kids, the cats sleep on their beds sometimes. Never had any issues with biting/scratching or anything.

  • Mia
    Aug 08, 2018

    We have 2 cats and a dog. The cats aren’t particularly interested in baby, but do like her crib and bassinet (we try to keep them out.) They have the crib nets you can get to keep cat out while they are sleeping. My friends used them and worked great for them. https://smile.amazon.com/Houseables-Mosquito-Netting-Protection-Sleeping/dp/B077T76N2J

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