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Upcoming Paws & Pacifiers workshops

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Just as parents-to-be prepare themselves for a new life with a baby, an animal companion living in the home should also be prepared for the baby’s arrival. 

This 1.5-hour class, led by Kelly DeBaene - a small animal veterinarian with over 10 years of experience, will provide an overview on how to prepare pets for a new baby, animal behavior and dynamics, and how to promote safe interactions into the future. There will be time for discussion, Q/A, and sharing of additional resources. 

Parents-to-be will be taken through specific measures and precautions to promote safe interactions between pets and baby. 

Frequently asked questions:

Who is this group for?  

This class is intended for parents-to-be who already have animal companions (dogs, cats) at home or have plans to bring animals into their home when their baby is older. 

What will you leave with?

  • Guidance on how to prepare your pet for the baby's arrival, including veterinary care, adjustments to routine and environment, and the promotion of safe interactions. 

  • An understanding of animal behavior and key signals of stress and anxiety in pets, including identifying positive and negative interactions.

  • Tips for planning the initial introductions and promoting positive interactions.

  • Helpful resources for ongoing support

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Meet your Teacher

Kelly DeBaene is a small animal veterinarian with over 10 years of experience working in general practice and animal shelter settings in both the United States and the Netherlands. She earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois and is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. 

Kelly is the sole veterinarian behind Mokum Mobile Vet, a house-call practice based in Amsterdam. Mokum Mobile Vet was born out of a desire to provide families and their animals with personalized, gentle veterinary care in the comfort and convenience of their homes. In addition to Mokum Mobile Vet, Kelly is also a part-time vet at Dierendokters Amsterdam, a public health consultant, and a writer. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the world near and far, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and their bonkers new kitten, Ruby.



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