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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Discusses Introducing Pets And Babies

Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Member Dr. Courtney Wiegard Explains The Best Way To Adjust Pets To A New Baby
    RICHMOND, VA, February 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) ( has announced the release of a podcast discussing the safest way to acclimate your pet to your new baby. In the podcast, Courtney F. Wiegard, D.V.M., provides advice for pet owners during their transition into parenthood. Dr. Wiegard notes that the process of preparing pets for the arrival of a new baby must begin months before the baby arrives, and recommends that pets be checked for disease and monitored for potential behavioral problems before the baby is born. Furthermore, Wiegard gives tips on how to maintain a happy balance between parenthood and pet ownership.

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"Dogs and cats are generally the first "baby" that many people have, so they have had the exclusive attention of their owners for a while before children arrive," said Dr. Wiegard. "There are some animals that don't quite understand what is going on, and when a new baby is taking their owners' attention, they can be jealous and react negatively. We hope that we can help owners learn effective ways to ensure that they, their baby and their pets all feel comfortable and happy together."

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The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.

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