PETS AND YOUR INFANT/CHILD............
Pets and your infant - children...
in a very popular weekly mag discussed infants and pets in the home. Mainly
cats and dogs.
found out that an infant of a year and under had far less inner ear infections
and the need to be treated with antibiotics if there were pets in the house,
than infants with NO pets in the home. They maintain that coming into contact with
dirt and germs in fact matures the immune system.
people ditch their pets when a baby is on the way, “what if the cat lies in the
crib and suffocates the baby?????” Old
wives tales or not????? Keep a close
We rescued a
little yorkie sometime back, when people had their first baby and he jumped
into the cot. Imagine a little yorkie
that was the most, gentlest little chap, well behaved and all, kicked to the
curb because of jumping into the cot?????
He was a very small little dog so he had to have been on something in
the first place to be able to get into the cot, it was not possible that he
could have jumped in to the cot from the floor, he was way too small for that.
him in past tense as he was with us for a good few years but now is with all
the other four legged furry friends at the Rainbow Bridge. He passed away from
old age. When he was “DUMPED” he was already quite an old chap.
Dogs in general
are wonderful pets for children when growing up, but it must be the right
dog. Woman are so taken by owning this
tiny little yorkie but forget when the babies arrive that tiny little dog is
very unsuitable for any grabbing little fingers. The dog takes a back seat and that is not
ideal, for any tiny dog, when it has been the focus of attention up till the
birth of the first baby. So be realistic
in your choice of dog. A Yorkie is ideal some people say they are snappy and
bite and boisterous and all, but it all comes down to how that pup/dog has been
raised and treated. What it has been taught. Etc.
If a yorkie
is snappy look at how it was raised???? I can honestly say that any small child
could handle any one of my yorkies or biewer terriers and not get bitten or be
threatened to be bitten either. IF your
dog threatens to bite etc, chances are it has not been exposed to small
children or small children have ill treated the dog.
If you are
someone who feels the animal must just take the punishment, don’t be tempted to
buy any of the smaller bred dogs. Small bred dogs do not take to abuse too
kindly and your child may just end up bitten.
You cannot very well then turn round and say this dog is biting the
child, it has to go. You should not have bought it in the first place. DO your
homework, research the various breeds and make an informed choice.
inundated with enquiries for teacups for children, “ HOW old is the child”? Can be anything from 2 years to 10 years.
DEFINITELY not tiny dog material.
I do not
believe that an ultra tiny dog has the place in any home where the people are
first time dog owners, have small
children, go away leaving the small dog to be cared for by the Maid etc.
dogs are suited, to animal lover’s supreme, people that go way beyond the call
of duty. It is extremely saddening, when
someone wants a tiny because so and so has one and I want one too????????? A
genuine tiny should be with its owner 24/7.
If you are
an animal lover, starting out in a marriage, planning to have children down the
line, choose your dog wisely. Labs for
example are brilliant with children.
Yorkies??? Depends how they are raised and how much effort you will put
into your dog when baby arrives. If your dog is going to remain spoilt, played
with, looked after properly– not lacking any attention or is not going to suffer
neglect, then a yorkie should be a great choice,(NOT A SMALL SIZE) but if you
do not have the time or ability to take care of a baby and a dog that was once
a baby in your home itself, do not opt for a yorkie.
remember when purchasing a pet be it a dog or cat, it is a commitment you
undertake, till death you do part. All pets’
futures lie in their owners hands.
for your time.