Preparing pet for baby

Kim Carvalho, DVM Veterinarian, shares advice on how to get your pet ready and adjusted before the arrival of a new baby into the family and examined to be sure it is healthy
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Preparing pet for baby

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Probably the most important thing you can do to prepare your pet for the arrival of a new baby is to practice pre-pregnancy routines. If your pet is used to going on long walks, hikes, or going in a play group; you should continue that. If your dog is aggressive or dangerous, please seek the help of a professional because those situations will be exacerbated when your baby arrives. Make sure your pet has been examined for parasites and is healthy by your vet. Have a designated dog zone, so your dog is used to being separated. Role play, to be a leader, to be consistent, and to reward calm behavior so that your dog knows what to expect.

Kim Carvalho, DVM Veterinarian, shares advice on how to get your pet ready and adjusted before the arrival of a new baby into the family and examined to be sure it is healthy

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Kim Carvalho, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Kimberly Carvalho attended the University of California at Davis for her undergraduate studies, then went on to graduate from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at California Animal Hospital in 1993 and went on to become a partner at Brentwood Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles. Dr. Carvalho became a Board-Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2002 and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California.

Dr. Carvalho has served on the Medical Advisory Board of PetDrx Corporation, is currently serving as a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Veterinary Centers of America (VCA corporation), and donates a lot of her time and resources to the Friends of Animals Foundation. She also currently serves on the board of The John Thomas Dye School Parent's Association.

Dr. Carvalho is a native of Hawaii and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. When not working in the office or at her children's schools, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling and golfing.

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