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32+3 First human baby! Any tips for what to prepare for my K9 baby Shelby!

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Sardi28 Sun 10-Apr-16 22:32:14

Evening all!
Can anyone give me any tips/advice on what you have done with your beloved pets when the big day arrives?

I'm planning on giving neighbour a spare key in case of emergency to nip in and feed dog , let out for loo etc.

I can rely on a few family members depending on if they are in work etc

Help please ! Xxx

VocationalGoat Sun 10-Apr-16 22:36:49

Ring your Vet. He/she will recommend several pet sitters/walkers who will be available at relatively short notice.

AntsMarching Sun 10-Apr-16 22:39:20

We did the same, gave a neighbour a spare key and when we went to hospital, the neighbour came round and kept ddog company, gave her food, and cuddles. Once baby was born, dh took the first clothes she wore and took them home for ddog to smell, get her used to baby's scent.

I worried about ddog loads, but had a short labour, so was fine. If you're worried about a long labour, maybe start with a dog walker now who could come in and take the dog out during the day whilst you are in labour?

Good luck, I understand your worry, but she'll be fine. Dogs are very adaptable.

Sardi28 Sun 10-Apr-16 22:48:23

Thank you both smile

I will see the vet and enquire about dog walkers/sitters. Didn't think of that.

It is a worry, she is hardly on her own. Fingers crossed for short labour hmm


VocationalGoat Sun 10-Apr-16 23:12:59

Congratulations! I hope it's a nice, quick labour and easyvdelivery. flowers What a good idea about the smell of the baby on the clothes. Admittedly, we got our pets after having the kids. But my vet was very helpful when I needed help with our dog at short notice. She had staff members, cards of walkers/Sitters she uses herself and trusts.

BabyBumpHopeful Mon 11-Apr-16 19:36:01

We're only very early days (5 weeks) but this is giving me something to think about as well...

My 2 little dogs are pretty spoilt but also well behaved. We'll have to change sleeping arrangements (they sleep at our feet) and we'll need to get them accustomed to the sound of a baby (right now YouTube vids of crying make them startle) as well as the smell.

Come labour time... I was kinda hoping for my in-laws not to know that the baby is coming (they're more than a little overbearing) so we'll have to ask our neighbours or something... hmmm..

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