Autumn is Awesome at Purr’n Pooch!

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JOIN US FOR A FUN-FILLED FALL!

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

Autumn has arrived! Your pup is most likely out and about with you this season enjoying the beautiful colors of fall on hikes, brisk neighborhood walks, and runs on the beach. And the fun does not stop with you because when your pets come to Purr’n Pooch, they enjoy costume contests and parties, games of catch and football on our playgrounds, rock climbing for the kitties, new training classes, and so much more! Fall is fabulous and we can’t wait to have your pet visit!

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

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EVENTS

PNP-CC-October-BirthdaysBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, October  14 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, October  15 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on our playgrounds as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in October.

PNP-CC-October-TorT-TrainingTRICK OR TREAT TRAINING PARTY
Saturday, October 25, 1 p.m. ~ Tinton Falls
“Trick or Treat” Halloween training games in our Tinton Falls facility.
Prizes for the games and best costume.
Sign up in the front lobby or email joe.training@purrnpooch.com.

 

PNP-CC-October-HallowenDAYCARE & BOARDING HALLOWEEN PARTY
Friday, October 31, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. ~  Tinton Falls and Wall
Our guests have a howling good time at Purr’n Pooch on Halloween!
They bob for bones, chase ghosts on the playground, and play with friends.
We also host a costume contest and the winner is awarded a day of daycare.

 

PNP-CC-October-TrainingPURR’N POOCH CANINE TRAINING ACADEMY
Super Saturdays Start November 8 ~ Tinton Falls
AGILITY:  10 a.m. -11 a.m.
MANNERS:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
PUPPY: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness will be given to the puppy and manners class graduates. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow. Contact info@purrnpooch.com to register or for more information.

All pets need updated vaccinations for rabies, Dhlpp, and bordatella to participate in training and games.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-Inset-October-SpaHONEY ALMOND AND MUD SPA TREATMENT
Add shine and softness to your pup’s coat with our special Honey Almond and Mud Spa Treatment. Your pup will love our luxurious conditioners of Almond and Sunflower oils and Manuka honey, which cut through dirt without stripping your pet’s coat. Our mud coat mask also naturally moisturizes and exfoliates your pet’s skin. And before leaving for home, your pup will be treated to a toothbrushing and spritz of our specialty honey almond cologne. Cost $25, plus bath or grooming. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make your pet’s spa appointment.

PNP-CC-October-PawdicurePAWDICURES & CANDY CORN NAILS
This fall your pup’s paws may need a little more TLC or maybe you’re looking to spoil your best friend with a fun pop of nail color. Our pawdicures moisturize cracked paw pads with a softening cream that soothes and heals. Pawdicures include your choice of nail polish color or get your pet in the Holiday spirit with a candy corn nail design. Cost $30, $35 with nail art. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make your pet’s appointment.

PNP-CC-October-MaggieBLACK CAT APPRECIATION MONTH AT PURR’N POOCH
Book your black cat’s visit in the month of October and receive 20% OFF boarding.

 

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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October ~ Pit Bull Awareness Month
October  ~ Adopt a Dog Month
October 1-7 ~ National Walk Your Dog Week
October 4 ~  World Animal Day
October 16 ~ National Feral Cat Day
October 24 ~ National Pit Bull Awareness Day
October 29 ~ National Cat Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Debunking Myths in Pet Care: “Kennel Cough”

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Post by Dick Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts 
Family Owned & Operated Since 1970

There is perhaps no more misunderstood canine disease than what is commonly referred to as “kennel cough” or canine cough. In medical terms, it’s a contagious respiratory disease among dogs, typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Canine cough, when put in simple terms, is the dog equivalent to the human cold.

It is spread by any one of three infectious agents (parainfluenza, adenovirus or Bordetella). Because of the continued use of the name “kennel cough”, it is widely misunderstood as something dogs inherently catch in a kennel or pet boarding facility. In fact, many veterinarians and WebMD continue to call the virus “kennel cough” often leading anxious pet owners down the wrong path when trying to understand where their dog may have contracted the virus.

I challenge all of us in the pet care industry and veterinary medicine to use the medical term Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), instead of  “kennel cough” because it’s important that dog owners and the public in general be educated on the respiratory disease and its origins.

Canine cough is also an accurate name for CIRD because it describes the syndrome of coughing dogs but does not imply that the disease is caused by a pet care facility. By labeling canine cough “kennel cough”, employees in our industry are constantly working to educate others on the disease. It’s an ongoing issue we face and is very similar to those that were once faced by childcare facilities. Schools and daycares have been successful in educating parents on how illness spreads and today you’ll find hand sanitizer everywhere from the playground to the doctor’s office. But for us, the professionals in the pet care industry, the label “kennel cough” continues to mislead pet owners on the origins of the virus.

What are the symptoms of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)?

CIRD can show up as a dry, hacking cough and is followed by a ratching or gagging sound. An infected dog may also exhibit a runny nose and sneezing. This disease prognosis without treatment can develop into a fever and breathing problems. For these reasons, early detection on the part of the owner or anyone caring for the pet is important. In general, the incubation period for CIRD is anywhere from 3-10 days and there are millions of strands of the virus.

Why did Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease come to be called “kennel cough”?

While attending pre-veterinary school in the 1970s, I remember reading in medical textbooks that the discovery of kennel cough could be traced back to a time when laboratories, kennels and breeding facilities were boarding dogs in common areas. This started it all and today people are still associating the “kennel cough” with kennels and pet boarding facilities simply because of the name.

How is CIRD contracted?

Typically CIRD is spread from dog to dog in secretion of the eyes, nose, or mouth and by direct contact from infected dog to healthy dog. Sneezing or coughing releases tiny aerosolized droplets carrying the virus to over 20 feet in any direction and spreading ITB to healthy dogs. Viruses can also be carried on hands, clothing, shoes, pet supplies and equipment. It’s crucial to have a healthy facility that creates happy, healthy pets and pet daycare and boarding facilities are leading the pack in taking the precautions necessary to stop the spread of a virus like CIRD.

Much of the literature on “kennel cough” says it has to do with the quality of ventilation when large amount of pets are housed together. Although that is true, the main reason is socialization. Many people take their pets out of the house and bring them to public places such as dog parks, restaurants, hospitals and pet stores. Basically, we live in a more dog-friendly world (thankfully) and our pets socialize more with one another, and thus are more likely to contract the virus.

Most of the time, healthy dogs will pick up the infection through scent because this is the way dogs communicate. You’ll notice the first thing a dog will do when out is drop its head to the ground and sniff around. Dogs can also catch CIRD through the air, as it is an airborne infection. Fortunately, with proper ventilation and by taking precautions like having your dog vaccinated you can lessen your pet’s chances of contracting CIRD. It is also important that when visiting your veterinary office, you inquire about the precautions they take to safeguard your pet’s health while in the waiting room and throughout the building in general.

What precautions are taken at Purr’n Pooch to maintain healthy pets?

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, the same mechanical contractors that designed and installed Jersey Shore Medical Center’s ventilation system also recently designed our units. It’s rare to find a facility with this ventilation system because many buildings are just not designed for it. Everything we do at Purr’n Pooch is for the comfort and care of our pets and their health and safety from the air systems to our hygienic cleaning.

It is possible that no one will ever get to the bottom of discovering exactly how and where our pets contract this infection. Many of us with children can also relate as we prepare for cold and flu season! Your children will spend more time with friends and classmates socializing indoors and on the playground and sports fields. A cold is inevitable and unfortunately so are those visits to the doctor’s office and many do not have state-of-the-art ventilation systems.

I’ve been working with dogs and cats for more than 45 years and it saddens me to hear the term kennel cough used more often than CIRD or canine cough. My hope is that this will change because as soon as pets are treated and the infection is labeled “kennel cough,” it’s sometimes directed back to the dog’s favorite home away from home – the boarding facility, daycare and grooming salon/spa.

My advice for pet owners is to educate yourself and if you believe your pet has CIRD, please visit your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Please note that all the information provided on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please contact your veterinarian for an evaluation before diagnosing or treating your dog.

 

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Many people are unaware that the Fourth of July is the most dangerous holiday for pets. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. Thousands of pets are lost each holiday due to the big bangs of those spectacular but scary fireworks displays. These unexpected and loud noises put our pets in a spooked state of confusion causing them to run away from home by escaping out windows or fences.

Sadly, many cats and dogs are never returned to their owners because they lack identification like an i.d. tag or chip. Identification is key to being reunited safely with your pet.

There are, however, some things you can do to ensure your pet is relaxed and entertained during the fireworks. Read more about them on our post, “Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks”. The article highlights pet games as well as treats, toys and accessories. Available at our retail stores, the Thundershirt, for example, can help ease anxiety in pets and distract them from those big bangs and have them concentrating more on big fun with the family.

Most importantly, it’s vital that you know the days and times when your community is going to host its celebrations so you can either protect your pet in the comfort of your home or make accommodations to board your dog or cat at your local pet care facility.

Here’s a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays to prepare you and your pet for fireworks all summer long:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 4 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 3 at 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 3 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Brick Summerfest: July 3 at 7:00 pm – July 4 at 10:00 pm
  • Asbury Park Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10:45 am – 10:30 pm
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 4 at 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

WEEKLY DISPLAYS

  • Wildwood has fireworks on the Beach every Friday night in July and August.
  • Point Pleasant offers fireworks displays each Thursday in July and August.
  • Seaside Heights has Wednesday fireworks from June through September.
  • Asbury Park has a fireworks show each Wednesday night of the summer.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

Dogs Cool Down and Stay Fit at Purr’n Pooch’s Water Parks

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It’s summer and you’re excited to the hit the water for a much anticipated swim. Winter has really taken a toll on us, including the dogs. When heading out the door, towel and sunblock in hand, you probably get that sad, perplexed look from your pup that says, “Come on. Take me too!”. Sound familiar?

We love the sun-sational days of summer and agree with your dog. You don’t have to leave your best friend behind while you hit the pool or beach to relish in another gorgeous weekend on the Jersey Shore. Stop feeling guilty and check out your local pet care facility for water activities that will accommodate your best friend.

At Purr’n Pooch our boarding and daycare dogs get to play and swim in our supervised outdoor and indoor water parks. We offer several freshwater pools and water elements like fountains and waterfalls for their enjoyment.

Water activities are not only a source of entertainment for your dog, but they also offer real health benefits. They help your pup to cool off, socialize, get in a cardio vascular workout, and enjoy a good night’s sleep. And, best of all, dogs of all ages from puppies to seniors can enjoy swimming as a healthy, low impact body workout. So while you’re oceanside this summer, register your pup for some watery fun with friends poolside.

A word from our friend Mickey’s mom about his summer fun at PNP…

“Mickey loves to play in the Purr’n Pooch pool. I say, “Mickey do you want to go to the pool club?” and he jumps in the car. When Mickey comes home, he is tired but still makes sure to tell me all bout his day. He actually makes cute barking noises like he is explaining who he has played with and what he did! He goes twice a week and enjoys his dips in the pool and time playing with friends.” Kathy Hader

SPECIAL POOL PASS PROMOTION FOR JUNE 20-22

Purchase your pup’s pool pass and join us for a cool, refreshing doggie paddle with friends in our fresh water pools. In honor of the first official weekend of summer, buy one $10 pool pass on June 20 – 22 and get one free.

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 to purchase your passes.

Celebrate Summer at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts!

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

June is an exciting time for the pets at Purr’n Pooch! Our pools are already open and the fun never stops on the playground, except when it’s time to cool off under the shade of our outdoor tents or take a siesta in our lounge areas complete with beds and water stations. There are promotions and events to keep your pup or kitty busy all month long. So join the fun and make your daycare, boarding or spa appointment in Tinton Falls or Wall today.

EVENTS

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, June 10 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 11 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Join us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls on Tuesday, June 10 and Wall on Wednesday, June 11 as we celebrate our friends’ June birthdays with games on the playgrounds and treats!

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsDOGGY YAPPY HOUR
Friday, June 13 ~ 6-8 p.m.
Ocean County Park ~ 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood
Night featuring displays, vendors, demonstrations and give-a-ways.
Dogs welcome on a leash and vaccinated. Be sure to visit Purr’n Pooch’s booth at the event.

DOG DAYS OF RED BANK
Tuesday, June 17

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsPURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS SUNSET PARTY
Wednesday, July 23 ~ 6-10 p.m.
Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club
512 Seawaneka Avenue, Oceanport
Visit purrnpoochfoundation.org or email savelives@purrnpoochfoundation.org for more details.

PROMOTIONS

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsPOOL PASS BOGO
Purchase your pup’s pool pass and join us for a cool, refreshing doggie paddle with friends in our fresh water pools. Buy one pool pass and get one free June 20 – 22 in honor of the first official weekend of summer. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 to purchase your passes.

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsWEDDING DAY PAMPERING
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion.
Book your pet’s stay with us on your big day and he receives a complimentary 15-minute spa massage. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 for more info.

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsINDULGE YOUR PET IN A RELAXING MASSAGE
Summer is on the way, which means you and your pet will be more active enjoying the longer days and time outside. Giving your pet a massage is the perfect way to help relax his muscles and relieve soreness. Learn more >

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

June 1-30 ~ Adopt a Cat Month
June 1-7 ~ Pet Appreciation Week
June 4 ~ National Hug Your Cat Day
June 15 ~ Father’s Day
June 21 ~ First Day of Summer

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Indulge Your Pet with a Relaxing Massage

Indulge Your Pet with a Relaxing Massage

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way, which means you and your pet will be more active enjoying the longer days and time outside. Whether running, swimming or playing fetch, your best friend is going to be using his muscles a lot, possibly causing soreness if he hasn’t exercised much due to the cold weather.

Giving your pet a massage is the perfect way to help relax his muscles and relieve soreness. At Purr’n Pooch, dog massages are performed in a tranquil spa room with candles and aromatherapy.

Benefits of pet massage include:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Strengthened immunity
  • Improved digestion
  • A healthier coat and skin
  • Less muscle tension and soreness
  • Increased circulation

Any dog can benefit from a pet massage, but older dogs can be the perfect candidates. Along with the benefits previously mentioned, massage may slow down the degeneration process in seniors. Dogs that are suffering from illness, such as arthritis, will especially benefit from massage. For these pets, massage will reduce muscular tension (helps relieve some of the aches and pains) and stimulate circulation. Nervous and anxious dogs will also benefit. Stress can actually be one of the many root causes of illness and disease. So if your friend is frantic, a relaxing message may be in order.

It may seem like petting would be enough, but there is a big difference between petting and massaging your pet. Petting just doesn’t compare to massage, as the average petting is rarely more than skin deep. There are different kinds of specific techniques when it comes to massaging, such as effleurage (gliding strokes used to begin and end a massage) and tapotement (rhythmic percussion to stimulate body systems).

For many pet owners, the goal is not always therapeutic — it’s simply to pamper their best friend. It’s amazing to see how much the pups enjoy being massaged as they enter a state of canine bliss. Our pets make us happy, so why shouldn’t we reciprocate?

If you’d like your pooch to receive a massage by our pet technicians, make an appointment to visit us in Wall or Tinton Falls or add the service to your daycare or boarding package.

Get Running for Your Health and Animal Charity This Fall Season

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Paws down dog owners are more likely to engage in physical activity and stay fit and healthy just by walking or running with their best friends a minimum of 2-3 times a day.

Bringing a dog into your home could also have a host of health benefits from helping to lower blood pressure to beating depression. According to a recent health report from the American Heart Association, owning a dog has also been shown to reduce a person’s risk of a heart attack.

So why not consider bringing home a new friend to help you lead a happier and healthier life?

There are dozens of animal rescue organizations across the country ready to help you find and adopt your best friend and workout buddy.

Before starting any physical fitness routine, visit your veterinarian to make sure that your new up or old friend is up to meeting the physical demands of a high impact walk or run. Once you get the green light from your vet, start an exercise routine with easy strolls and build up to a comfortable, quicker pace that gets both you and your best friend’s hearts pumping. Even a dog that has been with a family for years, but has not been very active will need to be checked out by his vet before burning those calories.

The fun of having a dog as your workout buddy doesn’t stop with its health benefits either. There are plenty of social perks like making time to enjoy the great outdoors and discovering new friends.

Many love matches have also been made when our pets have pulled cupid’s arrow and shot right on target! Purr’n Pooch’s Betsy Palazzo and her husband Chris Dudick met thanks to their shared love of animals, while working together on “Tails” of Love, a joint project of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Dudick’s children’s production company of Small Factory.

Register for the Purr’n Pooch 5K Canine Run Walk Classic 

You can combine your love of staying in shape with your pet by registering for pet-friendly events across the NY/NJ region. These events provide fun venues for getting out with your pup and often raise funds for less fortunate animals and the charities that care for them.

On Sunday, October 6 we invite you and your pup to walk, run and heel for animals at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation’s annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic at the beautiful oceanfront location of Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.  The race starts at 8 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. Dogs are required to run or walk on leash.  Pre-register online. Race shirts will be given to all two-legged participants. Cost is $25 per adult and dogs walk or run free. Race is rain or shine.

“We’re looking forward to Purr’n Pooch’s Second Annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic. It’s a great day seaside at the dog-friendly Pier Village where people and their pups get a running start to benefit animal charities from across NJ and NY,” said Elizabeth Palazzo Dudick, President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. “Getting out to enjoy time with our pups and friends on what we hope will be a beautiful fall morning, is one small step we can take to help unsung heroes who take huge strides daily to help animals in need of love and rescue.”

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects. We are able to help support the efforts of the charitable organizations by holding fundraisers such as the race.

In 2013 the Foundation awarded grants to organizations including Operation Kindness, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Rescue, Monmouth County SPCA, ReRun Horse Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Bull Dog Rescue and New Life Boxer Rescue.

If you and your four-legged companion aren’t ready to hit the competitive world of racing just yet, you can still join us and have a great time cheering on the participants. You might also get inspired to start hitting the pavement with your pet and begin training for next year’s race!

For other pet-friendly races in the area and nationwide visit www.dogtreader.com and www.runnersworld.com.

Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks

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For many pets, fireworks can be very scary – the noise, smell and bright, flashing lights can bring on severe anxiety and fear in many dogs and cats. And today fireworks are held at various times of the year with little or no warning for pets and their owners. Left unsupervised, your dog or cat can become disorientated and possibly escape from the house or yard seeking safety only to end up hurt or lost for hours, or even days. If your pet does not have a microchip or identification of any kind on his body, he could even be lost forever. It’s important that as pet owners, we take precautions to ensure our pet’s safety.
Purr’n Pooch offers the following five tips to help keep your pet safe and secure during the big booms of summer fireworks:
1. Provide a safe place for your pet to seek refuge from the noise. Many dogs prefer a small den-like place, such as their crate or bed to rest if they feel frightened or stressed. Cats have hiding down to a science, so you’ll probably find your friend safely and snuggly hiding in a closet or under your bed during the fireworks. Before the fireworks begin, make sure that all your pets are accounted for and protected inside your home before the celebration begins.
2. Avoid leaving your pet alone, in or outdoors, when fireworks are set off nearby. If you must leave your pet home alone, make sure he is left indoors with all windows and doors securely closed and locked. The soft, familiar sounds of an air conditioner, kitchen vent, radio or t.v., if left on while not home, will help to lessen the intensity of the loud booms depending how far you are located from the attraction.
3. Never punish or yell at your pet if he seems alarmed. Instead, act normal and relaxed. Speak calmly and cheerfully to him and try to distract him with toys and treats. You can give him a KONG toy stuffed with treats and let him figure out how to get them out. At Purr’n Pooch we fill a KONG toy with treats, then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer to chill, then later our pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter and try to get the treats out. Certain kinds of treats can also relax pets. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations we have Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for all different size pets. We also have Churpi Chews, which are all-natural, long lasting products.
4. Apply gentle pressure to your pet’s body to help relieve anxiety. A wrap fastened firmly around his midsection will calm his nervous system through application of a gentle hug-like pressure. We recommend using Thundershirt, which is available at both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.
5. Protect your pet’s hearing with earmuffs. Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs are comfortable and lightweight with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for maximum comfort. Make sure however that you dog is  supervised while wearing them.
From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people across the region, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

Summer Safety and Dogs Beat the Heat at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

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Summer has arrived to the Jersey Shore and families and their pets are spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm sun, fresh air, pool and beach. As we enjoy the dog days of summer, it’s important to keep in mind that higher temperatures and humidity can also have unhealthy effects on our pets. Unlike their humans companions, dogs cannot sweat through their skin; instead they pant to circulate air through their bodies and cool down. In dangerous situations, such as being locked in a car or being left in a yard with no access to water or shade, the heat can overwhelm a dog’s body and hyperthermia and heat stroke can develop putting the pet at great risk for injury or death.

“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly,” says Dr. Lila Miller, Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, ASPCA. You can protect your pet by taking the simple precautions outlined by ASPCA experts on their website. And, most importantly, if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, seek veterinarian help immediately.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, our pets beat the heat in many exciting ways. Our daycare and boarding dogs love to run through our playground sprinklers and make a splash in our fresh water dog swimming pools. Purr’n Pooch’s pools feature natural rock landscaping and waterfalls—perfect for a recreational swim and games for dogs of all ages.  They are also chemical free and emptied and filled daily.

Our playgrounds are always supervised by staff and feature covered areas for our people and pets to access shade. Pets love to sunbathe at Purr’n Pooch, but just like humans they can be harmed by exposure to the sun. Short-haired breeds, dogs with light-colored coats and hairless dogs are most likely to get burnt. There are also certain areas on animals that are most sensitive to the sun, such as the belly, inner thighs and any area where there is little or no hair. We encourage owners to use sunscreen on their dogs, but we caution them to use products made specifically for dogs. Human sunscreen can be toxic if ingested. At Purr’n Pooch, we always have pet sunscreen on hand in case owners forget to apply it before sending their friend in for a day of play.

Most importantly, pets must stay cool with access to fresh drinking water. At Purr’n Pooch, we provide plenty of H2O with automatic water bowls and on hotter days we add some ice, which the dogs love to play with and eat. Keeping cool is a summer breeze at Purr’n Pooch, so we hope to have your best friend visit us soon for fun in the sun on the Jersey Shore. While you’re beachside, your pup could be poolside at Purr’n Pooch!

We also offer a fun assortment of  products to kick off the summer in style. Visit us soon in Wall or Tinton Falls! Mention this blog post and receive a complimentary dog treat. 

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Summer Product Picks from the Purr’n Pooch Boutique

  • Flea the Scene is a 3-in-1 spray that takes the sting out of summer. It contains no pesticides or poisons so it’s gentle on your dog’s delicate skin. Flea the Scene also has all-natural sun protection for those sunny day. A quick spritz before you leave the house will ensure that your best friend is armed against outdoor enemies.
  • ThunderShirt for dogs and cats helps to relieve your pet’s anxiety and calms them down in stressful situations like summer fireworks and crowded parties.
  • Douglas Pacquette Designer Dog collars and leashes in colorful woody surfboard and sea life themes.
  • Dog Diggin Designs including Dogs Equis and Skinny Dog Muttagarita toys.
  • Fat Murray’s dog treats and Jersey Shore themed frosted beer mugs, pizza, and flip flop natural ingredient treats.
  • DOGO Pet Fashions colorful bright colors and patterned accessories including summer dress and sailor harnesses.

First Aid for Your Pet and Your Peace of Mind

The American Red Cross of New Jersey will host a Pet First Aid Course at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7-10PM. The cost per student is $70 and registration will need to be made online at www.redcross.org or via phone at 800-REDCROSS.

Learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for the four-legged members of your family. Practice and preparation will help you be calm and effective in an emergency, protecting you and your animal from further injury or suffering. Choose from: Dog First Aid, Cat First Aid, and Cat and Dog First Aid. Course length: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours depending on course option selected.

  • Understanding basic pet owner responsibilities
  • Administering medicine
  • Managing breathing and cardiac emergencies
  • Managing urgent care situation

Get Trained

Just like with people, accidents and emergencies can happen to animals – so being prepared could make a lifesaving difference. For more information about Dog First Aid training and Cat First Aid training or to register for a course, contact your local American Red Cross chapter.

Complimentary Gift

Every participant will receive a complimentary book and dvd to take home. The American Red Cross provides assistance and guidance to people whose pets are ill, injured or in life-threatening situations. The illustrated Dog First Aid or Cat First Aid book outlines symptoms and procedures for common ailments and emergencies. The author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH is an emergency/critical care veterinarian who also has a Masters in Public Health. In addition to her duties as a part-time small animal practitioner, she is a disaster relief consultant to The Humane Society of the United States.

The main body of the book deals with common health problems and emergencies, and offers solid advice for taking care of your pet until a veterinarian can be seen. Smoke inhalation, collapse, lacerations, diabetic emergencies, and heat stoke are just a few of the emergency situations covered in this book. For each emergency or situation, you will learn about possible causes, the signs that the animal may be showing, first aid that should be administered until you can see your vet, any relevant tips*, and how to prevent the situation from happening.

A small section on tips for owning a healthy dog and cat concludes the book — choosing your pet, providing daily care, traveling, and even a brief section on when to say good-bye.