Introducing Your New Baby To Your Pets and Pets to Baby

Introducing Your New Baby To Your Pets and Pets to Baby

Bringing home a new baby is a joyful time for expectant parents. You’ve planned for months, attending child birth classes, reading books galore, shopping for gadgets and clothing, and taking in baby care tips from friends and family. You may have overlooked one step however – preparing your pet for baby’s arrival.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, we’ve enjoyed teaching and watching our clients and two generations of Palazzo children enjoy healthy and beautiful bonds with their pets. The dogs, cats, horses and children all understand that it’s important to respect one another, in and outside of the home environment. If you do not take the basic steps necessary to prepare your pet(s) for the family’s new bundle of joy, your dog or cat may exhibit unwanted behavior and anxiety, causing stress in the home.

On Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. join Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort’s Founder Dick Palazzo and Trainer Karen Fazio as they share tips and strategies for preparing your pet for baby’s arrival. Let’s create a joyful homecoming for the entire family, two and four legged. We look forward to having you join us!

A $10 donation to support the nonprofit work of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is requested to attend. Email info@purrnpooch.com to register.

SEMINAR TOPICS

• Importance of obedience training for dogs of all ages
• Baby and dog-proofing the home
• How to effectively and safely introduce baby-related items safely to an environment with a family pet
• The variety of ways in which dogs are likely to react if not prepared in advance of baby’s arrival
• Changing sleeping and attention schedules and how they may affect household pets
• How to cope with the loss of sleep
• Myths and truths about presenting a child to a pet for sniffing
• What to do with the pet the day baby arrives
• How to manage visitors and pet interactions
• The truths and myths surrounding alpha leaders in the home
• Preparing a pet for frantic schedules and stressed parents
• How to prevent reactivity to wheels and other fast-moving objects
• Safety protocols for baby-dog interactions

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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.

Cat Grooming Can Be Comfortable for the Most Finicky of Felines

Cats are very sensitive to sound, touch and texture so at Purr’n Pooch we go to great lengths to make sure your kitty is comfortable when being groomed. Cats require different handling than dogs and should be groomed in quiet, calm surroundings.

Purr’n Pooch’s standard spa and grooming services for cats include trimming of the undercoat, shaving rear areas of fur, trimming nails and pad hair, baths and ear cleaning. It’s very important to get your cat accustomed to grooming early, especially if he or she is a long haired breed.

Tips for Grooming Your Cat at Home

Here are some tips for grooming your cat at home that, with patience and time, can make the process as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Create a tranquil area to bathe your cat, free of loud sound and activity. The sound of running water is very soothing, which is why Purr’n Pooch’s Owner Dick Palazzo designed and installed a 22-foot indoor waterfall and rock wall for our feline guests to enjoy in our custom-designed cattery.
  2. Cats need to firmly grip a surface with their paws and claws to feel secure when bathing so make sure to place your cat on a towel, carpet or yoga mat. Tubs and stainless steel surfaces are slippery and create a sense of insecurity for cats causing them to tense up during bathing.
  3. In order to create a peaceful environment to bathe your cat, Purr’n Pooch recommends giving him/her a sponge bath by using a feline-friendly shampoo. Massage the shampoo into his/her coat and then gently towel dry the fur. Make sure to hold and rub your cat through the process to ensure a relaxing experience.