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How to keep a pet happy when you are busy raising kids*

If you are mum to not only human babies and toddlers, but also four-legged family members, it can be tricky trying to keep everyone happy at once. Many new mums struggle with dividing attention between their pets and kids at the same time, and this is not a surprise. There are only so many hours in the day, and you might feel like you are being pulled in different directions all the time. Below you will find a few tips on how to keep everyone happy in the family. *collaborative post Image via Pixabay 

Get Them Involved - it is a lovely idea to you involve your kids and your pets in everything you do, as long as it is safe. When planning programmes or days out, remember to check if the location, venue or the restaurant you are stopping at is pet and kid friendly. Remember that if you have a dog they are usually perfectly happy as long as they can be by your side. 

Take Them on Holidays - if you are taking a break from the everyday routine and are planning a holiday, it is important that you are ready to take on the challenge, and make everyone’s journey and stay as comfortable as possible. Travelling with pets and kids can be stressful, unless you have everything prepared, and they feel comfortable. Take some of your dog’s favourite kong toys with you, just like you would take your kids’ favourite doll or stuffed animal. 

Let them Bond - if you had a pet when you were growing up, you might already know that the connection you establish with your four-legged family member is something special and can last a lifetime. Give your children and pets the space to develop an emotional bond and trust, so they can rely on each other for the rest of their lives. No matter if you have a dog or cat or even a fish or a pet gerbil, they will help your kids develop their social skills and become ever more responsible. 

Give Them Space - pets can sometimes be overwhelmed by the presence of kids, especially if they are full of energy. This is why you need to provide them with a safe haven so they can withdraw when the teasing and play is too much. Make your children understand that pets need their own space, and they are not always up for a game of football. This is extremely important when you have an older pet.

Health Checks - no matter how busy you are, you have to be the responsible adult when it comes to your kids’ and your pets’ health check and vaccination. Ensure that you don’t miss the appointments. At the same time, you will have to teach your child how to take care of the pet and what not to give them and how to spot the signs of distress. Kids can leave all sorts of things on the floor that can be potentially dangerous for animals. There are plenty of things to do to keep your pets happy, healthy and occupied, despite any other commitments you might have in your life.

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