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Is it advisable to have a dog at home during pregnancy?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015
Question: Dear Dr.,

I am preparing to get pregnant. May I ask if I have a dog at home is that risky to my pregnancy as someone said dogs can carry quite a number of disease...... I has raised it for 4 yrs already.

thank you so much.
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Answered by Dr. S Patra (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us.

Dogs typically DON'T pose any health risks on your baby. The only concern that you should have about owning a dog during pregnancy, is the possibility of dog jumping on your abdomen when you're sitting or lying down. If your larger dog has a habit of jumping, you will need to train him not to do that.

During your pregnancy, it's very important to train your dog to listen to you. Obedience training is critical. You don't want to have an unruly dog in house, especially when you have a newborn baby to care for.

On a health level, as long as your dog is vaccinated and receiving its regular medical follow-up, its presence at home is something quite positive for your pregnancy.

Hope, it helps for your information. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query.

Wish your good health and take care yourself.

Regards,
Dr S Patra

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Follow up: Dr. S Patra (2 hours later)
I am worried abt if my dog got Toxoplasma gondii....is that risky to me....?
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Answered by Dr. S Patra (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It is risky if dog gets toxoplasma gondii.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for follow up query.

Yes, you and your baby will be at RISK if your dog gets infection of Toxoplasma gondii. In that case, your dog should be isolated from household area.

Hope, I have answered your query. Kindly, close the discussion.

All the best and good luck.

Regards,
Dr S Patra


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Is it advisable to have a dog at home during pregnancy?

Brief Answer: Details are given below. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. Dogs typically DON'T pose any health risks on your baby. The only concern that you should have about owning a dog during pregnancy, is the possibility of dog jumping on your abdomen when you're sitting or lying down. If your larger dog has a habit of jumping, you will need to train him not to do that. During your pregnancy, it's very important to train your dog to listen to you. Obedience training is critical. You don't want to have an unruly dog in house, especially when you have a newborn baby to care for. On a health level, as long as your dog is vaccinated and receiving its regular medical follow-up, its presence at home is something quite positive for your pregnancy. Hope, it helps for your information. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query. Wish your good health and take care yourself. Regards, Dr S Patra For future query, you can directly approach me through http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=63326