Is Pet Exposure During Pregnancy Safe?

Are you an animal lover? Wondering about the safety concerns about your special pet while planning a pregnancy? Then here are tips to consider keeping yourself secure and safe during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy and your canine:

Dogs do not cause any health threats to you and the unborn baby. The major concern is about large dogs as they can jump on your belly while you are sitting in a chair or lying down. The probability of any concern is very low, but the only thing you need to do is if your dog has jumping habit on you, it is better to train him not to do that.

Pet Exposure During Pregnancy The other concern with your dog begins after the arrival of your baby. Babies are the most common victims of dog’s bite. So, here are some tips in creating a safe and happy atmosphere for you, the unborn child and your special dog:

  • Indentify your dog’s habits that are problematic to your new baby and start training after your pregnancy is confirmed.
  • Practice a routine that you can follow after the arrival of your baby so that you can avoid the problem of facing all the changes at once.
  • Train your dog about the difference between his and the baby’s toys.
  • Don’t leave the child alone with the dog.
  • Monitor the baby when around the dog.
  • Don’t pay all the attention only on your baby. Spend some time with the dog so that the dog won’t feel jealous.

Pregnancy and your feline:

The major concern related to cats is transmission of a disease called toxoplasmosis. Contact with the cat feces can transmit this disease. Outdoor felines are more prone to toxoplasmosis than the ones that strictly remain inside.

If you are resistant to this infection before becoming pregnant, then your baby is protected. In the US 15% of the women are immune to this disease, and the chance of protection is high for women who owned felines for longer time.

If you become infected with toxoplasmosis during 10-24 weeks, then the threat for severe infections in your baby is about 5-6%. The most common problems include: fever, jaundice, low birth weight, premature birth, and mental retardation, deformities of retina, convulsions, brain calcification, and irregular head size.

In the third trimester, there is a great chance to get affected with this disease. But, the risk can be treated because the main growth has already taken place.

Here some tips to keep the environment safe during pregnancy:

  • Don’t change the litter box, allow it to be changed by some one else.
  • Don’t leave the cat alone with the baby.
  • Wear gloves all the time while gardening.
  • Get tested for immunity to toxoplasmosis before planning pregnancy.

Pregnancy and exotic reptiles:

Turtles, snakes, frogs, iguanas, lizards, and some other pose a greater risk to you and unborn baby. Exposing to these pet feces directly or indirectly can lead to the transmission of bacteria called salmonella.

Also, exposure to salmonella bacteria for children under the age of five years can lead to severe problems. So, it is advised no to keep reptiles in your house until the child is five years old.

Pregnancy and birds:

Birds also transmit salmonella, campylobacter, chlamydiosis, and some protozoan diseases that can be very dangerous. Always keep your house clean and remove dander and dust with the help of filters to create a safe environment for you and your baby.

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