Why Doggie Day Care?

ElmhurstDaycareFor many pet owners, the idea of doggie day care may not have crossed your mind. After all, your dog is safe and well-fed, and can sleep all day at home. What could be better?
If you asked your dog, however, you might be in for a surprise. See it from your dog’s perspective: every morning your precious family all leave at once. You’re alone in the house with the cat. You can’t dig in the fridge. You can’t text your friends or watch TV. You can’t even pull up funny videos on YouTube…  You could chase the cat but you’ve already done that a million times.

Sigh. It’s gonna be another long, boring dog-day afternoon…

What if, instead of locking the door and leaving you behind, your favorite human said, “Yippee! Let’s go to doggie day care!” and off you went in the car (!) to see all your friends and play in a cool yard just for doggies? All day! Continue…

Canine Kennel Cough & Influenza: Current Info for Pet Owners

Schertz_iStock_000015133785_LargeKennel cough and canine influenza are all over the news right now, leaving many pet owners in a quandary. Should I be worried? How can I protect my dog? What does canine influenza have to do with kennel cough? And what the heck is kennel cough anyways?

Given the seriousness of this outbreak, it is important for all pet owners to be educated on what kennel cough and canine influenza are and what to be looking for. Keep reading to fill yourself in.

A Kennel Cough Primer

Kennel cough is a term that describes an infectious tracheobronchitis in dogs. Commonly it results in a harsh, honking cough that can sound like your pet has something stuck in his throat. Most often kennel cough is mild and runs its course in a short time. Once in a while, however, kennel cough can be serious, resulting in pneumonia. Continue…

Shedding Season: So. Much. Fur.

Elmhurst_iStock_000025354607_LargeIf you’ve decided there aren’t enough brooms and vacuum cleaners in the world to handle all the dog or cat hair under your furniture, on your furniture (that why they call it furniture in the first place, right?), and probably in your soup, take heart. There are things you can do to make shedding season a little easier on everyone.   Continue…