SEGMENT: New babies, pets and how to keep everyone safe

SEGMENT: New babies, pets and how to keep everyone safe

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and half of those incidents involve children.

Pam Fair with Safe Kids Columbus stopped by the morning show Wednesday with some tips to prepare our pet before bringing home a baby.

Parents can prepare ahead of bringing home a new baby by modifying the attentions and interactions with you and your pet, relocating your pets living quarters and knowledge of your pet's species.

Train your pets to get along with kids by evaluating and training appropriate manners by consulting your veterinarian or animal trainer and never punish warnings - it could lead to more unwanted behavior from your pet.

And these tips don't just apply to dogs – all pets in the home need to be associated and a part of the process of preparing for baby.

The American Humane Society has provided a detailed guide called Pet Meets Baby: A Guide for Bringing Children Home to Pets. To view or download a copy, click here.

Also make sure to vaccine your pets, especially with their rabies shots. On Tuesday, April 21, a rabies clinic will be held at the Columbus Civic Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on the rabies clinic and how to pre-register, you can call (706)-321-6170 or visit The deadline to pre-register is April 15.

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