Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness Month

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness Month

The month of October is designated as Pit Bull Awareness Month, a time to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier. During this month, we also celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day, a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners. This year, National Pit Bull Awareness Day falls on Saturday, October 25th.

Pit bulls are commonly misunderstood for being dangerous, vicious and untrustworthy; however, that is just not the case. It is extremely important that we take this time to educate people on the truth about this incredible breed of dog and work towards clearing up any misunderstanding. People hear myths and stories in the news about pit bulls and make assumptions, but the reality is that if there is ever an issue involving a pit bull, the problem is not because of the breed –it’s because of the human.

Unfortunately, there are irresponsible owners who train pit bulls to fight in order to make a profit and provide so-called “entertainment”. In many cases, those dogs who cannot go on are abandoned or abused by their owners. But pit bulls are not inherently dangerous. Just like other dogs, they can become violent and aggressive through a lack of training, abuse, neglect and irresponsible ownership and breeding, as well as a lack of attention to health and temperament issues. If they are treated with respect, properly trained and cared for, pit bulls will not exhibit these negative traits.

All dogs, including pit bulls, are individuals and no one deserves to be judged based on a stereotype. Through education and compassion, we can work to bring about a positive change for these incredible dogs.

To celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Month, we’re sharing stories about some of our wonderful pit bull friends we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with at Purr’n Pooch’s doggie daycare.

MEET JAX

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthJax, a five year old pit bull, is the pup of Purr’n Pooch’s Betsy Palazzo Dudick, who adopted him in 2011 after he was found roaming the streets of Hoboken, not chipped and malnourished. They found each other after Betsy appeared as a guest on Tracie Hotchner’s pet talk radio show to talk about the family business. Hotchner just knew Jax was a good fit for Betsy, who would be able to give him the appropriate care and training. Today Jax is the proud brother of a one-year old baby named Milana and a gorgeous black kitty named Maggie.

 

 

 

MEET HAZEL

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthHazel was welcomed into her loving family at 5 months old after being passed around from house to house and ultimately living out of a car on fast food. Her human brother Ryan rescued her from her unfortunate situation in May 2009. Never having a dog before, Hazel’s family was a bit reluctant to take her in, especially after hearing the myths of how dangerous pit bulls could be. But after a few weeks of time spent with her, they fell in love and she is now a huge part of their family. Hazel is a loyal sweetheart, and loves going for walks, chasing bunnies, chewing Chuckit!® balls and spending time with her friends at Purr‘n Pooch.

 

 

MEET STELLA

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthStella, a 2 year old pit bull, is the biggest love bug. She was taken in as a stray by the Humane Society and adopted by her forever family at 7 months old. She is friendly with both dogs and children. She loves everyone she meets and is full of energy; we must say she’s a big fan of our playground!

At night, she cuddles up in bed with her 5 year old human brother Shane, also her best buddy. Don’t let her size fool you –even though she is 57 pounds she will still try to snuggle up on your lap!

 

 

 

MEET STAR

Celebrating Pit Bull Awareness MonthBefore Star found her forever home she was left abandoned in an apartment with another dog. She had a crossed eye, which was probably a result of poor nutrition. At the time she was adopted, she loved dogs but was scared of people. Her family wanted her to continue playing with other dogs, so we agreed to slowly ease her into daycare at Purr’n Pooch, limiting her contact with unfamiliar people. Now she has lots of friends! Star loves squeaky balls, going for walks and cuddling. At home, Star is a funny girl who makes her family laugh every day. According to her family, she is such a joy to be around and they’re glad they’ve gotten to spend time with her.

 

No matter your dog’s breed, the experience of the pet boarding and daycare staff you choose is key to your dog having a fun, safe experience while in their care. Read Dick Palazzo’s blog on the 4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Daycare Facility for more on the topic.

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or Wall at 732-528-8100 to learn more about our daycare and training services.

Photo: Jax Palazzo Dudick

Summer Fun at Purr’n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

The tail-wagging fun has yet to stop this summer! These past few months have been jam-packed with exciting activities and the pups and kitties are loving it – especially the mild temperatures, which have made outdoor playtime even more enjoyable.  We were curious to find out what your pets have been doing all summer long, so we held our “Paws” for Summer Fun Photo Contest from July 21 to August 10. We saw so many adorable pictures of pups lounging by the pool and on the porch; basking in the sun out in the backyard; cooling off in the shady garden; playing with the garden hose, Frisbees and chew toys; and taking a bubble bath to clean up from a long day of outdoor fun. Our furry friends just love to soak up the summer fun!

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreWhen your pets are not at home spending fun in the sun with you, they’re enjoying lots of summertime activities with us here at Purr’n Pooch. Splashing and paddling around in our freshwater pools is a favorite for the pups. This summer we added a new and exciting amenity to our Wall location – an indoor pool for aquatic water exercise. It’s already a hit! When it’s time to wind down, the pups relax in the shade on the playground or in our air conditioned suites. They also enjoy playing with KONG® toys filled with frozen peanut butter and treats. The kitties are purrfectly content basking in the sun near the windows and playing on the jungle gym, rock walls and waterfalls. We’ve celebrated quite a few birthdays and other special occasions with private and monthly parties, featuring Jodes Happy Tail yogurt treats for dessert – a sweet treat! On Saturdays, we have our training and agility classes, which take place both indoors and outdoors.

Book your pet’s summer fun with us soon! Our swimming pools are open through mid-September and sometimes longer depending on the weather.  Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100.

When your pet is not visiting Purr’n Pooch or at home playing in the backyard, take him or her out on the town! There’s plenty of dog friendly events happening around the area. Here are just a few in Monmouth County, NJ. Get out and enjoy the dog days of summer!

WONDER BAR YAPPY HOUR

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreDoggies get to romp and play in a large fenced outdoor area while Mom and Dad enjoy a cool drink at Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, 5th & Ocean Aves. in Asbury Park, NJ! Hours are Monday and Friday: 5-10 p.m. (small dogs only), Wednesday and Thursday: 5-10 p.m. (all size dogs), Saturday and Sunday: 1-10 p.m. (all size dogs). There are swimming pools for the dogs, as well as an agility area and a special ‘time out’ area for those dogs who need a little time to unwind. This is a separate fenced-in area where the dog and their owner can spend some time getting used to Yappy Hour. Dogs must be neutered and have current rabies tag or dog license. There is dog security at all times to keep human and canine guests safe and comfortable. The Yappy Hour deck is restricted to customers 21 and over. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreRED BANK DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

On the third Tuesday of each month, dogs and owners congregate on Monmouth Street for an evening of shopping, dining and socializing with other pet owners. The last event of the summer will take place on August 19, 2014 from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. Monmouth Street will close from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table! Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will also be on hand with water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists and behaviorists. Dogs must be on a leash. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreLONG BRANCH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

Enjoy a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, an Alex and Ani Hospitality Tent, beachfront views, fireworks and activities for the entire family, including pups, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Great Lawn, 28 McKinley Ave. in Long Branch, NJ. The festival is rain or shine, dog friendly, free to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend. Learn more >

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.

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare
I’ve enjoyed working with dogs and cats for more than 40 years at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls and Wall, NJ. Our family-owned and operated facilities are run by an extraordinary team of 70 pet care professionals, many of whom have been with us for more than 30 years.

Although dog daycares weren’t popular until the 1990s, it was during the early 1970s when I invested my time and love for pets into our Tinton Falls and Wall facilities. I would open the doors to allow our boarding dogs to enjoy leash-free, group play in the halls and yards. Animal behavior was a young science then, and many colleagues questioned why I would take such huge risks with the animals. Today, I am proud to see that dog daycare has become a service widely accessible across the country.

Dog daycare continues to be on the rise. Many families work long hours and don’t want their dogs to be home alone. Some simply want their dogs to socialize and enjoy a good time. There are many reasons people bring their dogs to daycare, but the common thread among our clients is the love they share for their pets and their desire to do what’s best for them.

At Purr’n Pooch, we offer 45 different play areas, transitional groups, and even programs for pets with special needs. By having these spaces and specialized services, our dogs can play and enjoy themselves in the proper, supervised environments.

Pet owners should understand however that not only do the accommodations matter when leaving a pet with a daycare facility, but staff experience is key to successful socialization and a happy visit.

It’s important that you inquire about the credentials of the establishment before leaving your dog in its care. A pet care professional with many years of experience assessing animal behavior should evaluate the potential daycare client. Always ask if the employee evaluating your pet has the proper credentials to diagnose your companion’s behavior. Some questions to ask include:

 

1. Will you evaluate my dog’s personality as well as its breed and size?

The personality, behavior and size of your dog should all be evlauated, not just your dog’s breed and size. Like children, dogs have their own individual personalities and tend to gravitate to certain people and dogs during the socialization process. Knowing more about your dog will make it possible for the daycare to place it in a group that works best for its temperament.

2. Will my dog be supervised at all times?

Your pet’s caregiver needs to instill boundaries and supervise situations when your dog is at play in any group setting. Be sure to inquire about daycare security and supervision, as they are equally important factors when choosing a facility.

3. Will my dog play in a group right away?

Your dog should be introduced slowly to its new environment, comfortably introducing a circle of friends and becoming familiar with the surroundings on his or her own time. Some dogs require more time than others to develop the confidence necessary to socialize in groups. This type of introduction takes patience, understanding, and, above all, an investment in employee training and workplace safety practices. And, many dogs may benefit more by being placed in a daycare with human versus dog contact. This environment will exist at a facility willing to work with your pet.

4. What type of surface will my dog play on?

In my professional opinion, the safest and most hygenic surface is astro turf developed specifically for canines. Digging in the dirt, jumping in muddy puddles, and roaming through the grass are all favorite pup pastimes, but your dog’s daycare facility should make sure that your pets still enjoy themselves without potential health hazards. The fuss of daily baths and pesticides could irritate a pet’s skin and fleas, ticks and bacteria can lurk in grass and dirt. At Purr’n Pooch, we outfit our play areas with environmentally friendly turf, which has a knitted backing that provides immediate drainage, so any liquid will wash away automatically, and its soft surface is durable yet gives our guests a comfortable, safe and clean experience while playing outdoors.

No two pets are alike and I take pride in celebrating their uniqueness. Why set dogs up to fail with a daycare that is not accurately assessing their needs or providing the ideal environment for play from the very start? Visit us in Wall or Tinton Falls to see if daycare is a fit for your best friend.

 

Fun Blooms at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts This Spring!

Fun Blooms at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This Spring

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

April showers may bring May flowers, but the month also brings warmer days and plenty of fun on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts playground. Have your pets join us for an exciting month of events, promotions and a shower of love from our staff.

EVENTS

April-Inset-All-Fur-LoveAPRIL IS PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS MONTH
All month long, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and friends will collect pet supplies and food for All Fur Love Rescue. The charity helps animals in need of love and rescue, and we’re honored to support them during this important month of awareness.
Visit the charity’s website for a Wish List of items needed. >
See our office hours for drop-off. >

April-Inset-Egg-HuntBIRTHDAY PARTIES & EASTER EGG HUNTS
Tuesday, April 8 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friends in boarding and daycare will hunt for eggs and enjoy treats and games on the playground.

April-Inset-TrainingDOG TRAINING CLASSES
7-Week Training Sessions Held Weekly
Puppy Basic I
Adult Basic I
Adult Basic II
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Tinton Falls Training Hall
First class no dogs – humans only. Our Certified Pet and Dog Trainers (CPDT) specialize in household manners, everyday commands and prepare your dog to obey instructions at home, in public and around other dogs. 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. To register call 732-842-4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.
Learn more >

April-Inset-DunbarSPECIAL GUEST EVENTS:
TRAINING WORKSHOP & CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a very special event with friend Dr. Ian Dunbar, world renowned veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer.

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMMON DOG BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROBLEMS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
86 Gilbert St West, Tinton Falls
This is a people-only workshop for both dog owners and dog professionals.
No dogs please.
This workshop has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC.
Registration: $90 Early Bird (until March 24) then $120
Group Discounts available: 10% discount for 5 or more; 25% discount for 10 or more.
Email info@jk-pub.com to set up a group discount.
Get workshop details and register >

MEET & GREET WITH IAN DUNBAR TO BENEFIT PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 pm -9:0 pm
Following the workshop, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a Q&A with Dr. Ian Dunbar to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. The intimate evening is a special opportunity to speak with Dr. Dunbar about your specific dog training and behavior problems. Light refreshments will be served.
Admission: $25 Donation
Purchase tickets >
Email info@purrnpooch.com with questions.

PROMOTIONS

April-Inset-Tags-WeddingNATIONAL PET ID WEEK
During National Pet ID Week, April 20-26, enjoy 10% off ID tags at both Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts retail boutiques.

 

WEDDING DAY WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will train, handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion.
Learn more. >

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PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

April 1-30 ~ Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 1-30 ~ Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Get Tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Friday, April 11 ~ National Pet Day
April 20-26 ~ National Pet ID week
Sunday, April 20 ~ Easter (Office is closed)
Saturday, April 26 ~ National Kids and Pets Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Pet Safety During the Holidays

Pet Safety During the Holidays -Tips from Purr'n Pooch

For many families, it can be easy to overlook the needs of our pets once the chaos of planning and parties arrives, so we hope you find our tips helpful for staying safe throughout the season. Pet owners can maintain a sense of calm around the home by staying on schedule for feeding times, sleep, exercise and play. Pets can also sense when we are anxious so keeping to their regular routine is key to giving them the reassurance they seek during any new, unfamiliar activity. Whether you’re entertaining at home or traveling for the holidays, you’ll want to avoid some of the dangers that may have you “paws” for alarm instead of enjoying time together as a family.

Beware of the Dangers to Pets During the Holidays

It is the most wonderful time of the year … or is it? While the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, the season is also a time of stressful hustle and bustle.  From decorations and parties to holiday travel, November through New Year’s can be a time of big change that tend to turn our pet’s world upside down. For four-legged friends that aren’t used to visitors, holiday gatherings can cause them to become over excited and before you know it your mild mannered pet can turn into a jumping, barking, food grabbing dog. Try introducing your pet to the idea of entertaining by hosting small get-togethers to work on his party manners before the big holiday bash. If your pet still isn’t Mr. Petiquette by party day be sure to set up a safe and peaceful space for him away from the noise and commotion of the holiday gathering complete with water, toys, treats and a bed.

During the holidays, homes also fill with the enticing aromas that come from baking cookies and pies to roasting turkeys. These temptations are hard to resist for anyone, man or pup. While for us the biggest problem might be buttoning our pants after feasting, the repercussions are far more dangerous for our four-legged friends. Veterinarians report higher cases of toxicity during the winter, the result of getting into dangers like baker’s chocolate, artificial sweeteners , table scraps and bones. Keep these dangerous ingredients far from sight and smell and make sure that your guests especially children know not to slip your dog tasty morsels under the holiday table.

For many the holidays aren’t complete until all of the trimmings are displayed around the house. Much of your pretty, shiny decor however attracts cats and dogs and they can suffer injuries such as cuts in their mouths to intestinal blockages from swallowing decorations. Candles and twinkling holiday lights can also cause cause serious dangers. For pets that like to chew, electrical shock can result from gnawing on light wires that run along the floor, tree and windows. Candles should be placed in hard to reach areas as well so that curious pets cannot reach them causing burns or a fire. There are also many toxic holiday plants, which can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, oral irritations, and even death. The most common plants to avoid are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and pine needles. Even the single leaf from a lily plant can be lethal to cats.

Holiday Travel Safety for Pets

Many people will take to the highways during the holidays traveling to visit family and friends and often with their pets, which can bring about a whole new set of dangers to consider. Preparation is key to keeping your pet safe and enjoying the open road. Make sure he travels in the car in a crate, microchipped and wearing i.d. tags so that he is protected and found in case of an accident or unexpected car door opening. Don’t forget to pack your pet’s favorite toys, blanket and his regular food. If your pet does not travel well, it’s best to have him stay at a boarding facility that you trust to supervise him 24-hours a day with plenty of exercise and TLC. You’ll rest better knowing he is safe and secure while you travel. If you’re considering a stay at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, reserve your pet’s visit now as our cattery and dog suites book quickly. Our grooming and spa appointments also need reservations.

Once all of the hustle and bustle has calmed down you and your pet can get back to life as normal. Keep in mind that the holidays may be stressful, but they also offer rare opportunities to spend time quality time with your pets. So enjoy those longer walks and extra cuddle time on the couch.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, enjoy a safe and jolly time together.