Summer Vacation: Packing for Your Pet

A dalmatian sitting in a suitcaseAs summer begins, many of us are making plans for our summer vacations, camping trips, and family reunions. And whether your pet is traveling with you, or staying with us, you’ll want to be sure that your four-legged friend will have everything he or she will need to be comfortable away from home.

Here’s what your pet will need for his or her summer vacation…

Packing for Your Pet On the Road

If you’re taking Fido along on your summer adventures, you’ll want to make sure to pack the following:

  • A collar with current ID tags and an updated microchip as back-up identification
  • A dependable leash, and a lead that can be used to secure your pet outdoors, if needed
  • A crate or carrier, if it’s practical (not all large-breed crates are travel friendly)
  • Food and fresh drinking water, plus bowls (and treats!)
  • Waste disposal bags
  • A blanket or bed, and something familiar to snuggle
  • A toy, or some other distraction to stave off boredom in the car and at your destination
  • Any medications that he or she needs, as well as dosage instructions
  • Any sweaters or jackets that your pet may need, especially if you’re camping – just because it’s hot in the city, doesn’t mean it will be in the woods

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Planning Ahead for Stress-Free Pet Boarding

boarding (1)Planning a vacation is almost as exciting as going on the actual trip. However, if your dog is afraid of the pet boarding experience, you may be more focused on worrying about how he or she will manage while you are away than the fun you’re going to have.

Thankfully, there are several things you can do prior to pet boarding that will help your fearful dog feel more safe and confident while you are away.

Take a Tour of the Kennel Before You Leave for Your Trip

Prior to the big stay, bring your pet in for a tour of the facility and to meet the people working there. Letting your dog sniff out the new smells prior to boarding will help your pet feel more comfortable when he or she arrives for their stay.

If time permits, consider bringing your pet in for a day or two of doggie daycare, or leaving your pet at the boarding facility for an overnight stay. This will Continue…

The Benefits of Puppy Kindergarten Class

TasteAdopting a new puppy can be a life changing experience for everyone involved. To ensure your new addition gets off on the right paw, puppy kindergarten classes are a great option. While many training basics can be accomplished at home on your own, there are some major benefits to professional puppy training classes.

Here’s what to expect:

Social Benefits of Puppy Kindergarten

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How to Remove a Tick from Your Pet

A engorged tickIf you have had to remove a tick from your pet (or a person), you can attest to the fact the little bloodsuckers are just plain gross.

Unfortunately, we know that if you are reading this, chances are you have found a tick on your pet and don’t know what to do. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Below you will find a step-by-step explanation of how to remove a tick from your dog or cat, and what to watch for after the pest is removed.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You will need a few basic supplies before you tackle the tick:

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Puppy Training: Puppy Manners 101

LeapingPuppyPuppies learn by cause and effect, and are naturally born with the instincts to bark, jump, play rough, and bite. Because of this, having a well-behaved dog requires that you teach manners to your puppy from an early age, and reinforce those teachings over and over as they grow.

We recommend that all puppies get off to a great start by joining a puppy manners training class. But before your class begins, there are a few simple things you can do at home to start encouraging positive behaviors.

Redirect Bad Behavior

Puppies are fluffy balls of enthusiasm. They are excited to wake up, excited to eat, and especially excited about their new relationship with you. Continue…

Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Your Pets

Valentine dogIt’s almost Valentine’s Day. And while that may mean a dinner date, candy, and flowers for you; it could also mean a veterinary visit for many pets, too.

We don’t often think about common Valentine’s gifts being dangerous for pets, but many items can make pets sick or worse. Use caution when celebrating this year and ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for everyone in your household by following these Valentine’s Day safety tips for your pets…. Continue…

The Great Indoors: Keeping Your Pet Active When It’s Too Cold To Go Outside

reddogWith the bitter cold and snow this winter, chances are that you and your dog have been spending an inordinate amount of time indoors. And, while sometimes it can be nice to curl up in front of the fire with a good book, you and your dog may be starting to go a little stir crazy.

However, with a little creativity spending time indoors can be fun, too. Here are a few ideas for keeping your pet active and your sanity in tact. Continue…

Food-Borne Illness And Your Pets

petfoodMost of us are familiar with the ins and outs of food-borne illness in humans. E.coli and Salmonella are increasingly common in our society and we have learned the precautions to take, at least at home, to avoid them. But did you know that pets can be affected by food-borne illness too?

Raw or undercooked fish, poultry, and eggs can make us sick. And the same is true for our pets. The same goes for “infected” greens or meats.

What’s worse is that just as we can contract these illnesses from store-bought foods or restaurants, so can our pets. Sadly, it is becoming more and more common for pet foods to be recalled due to food-borne illness concerns (or your leftovers).

And while much of this is out of our control, you can bone up on the facts in an effort to protect your pets.

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Choosing the Right Pet

Pet AdoptionFor many of us, the pets we adopt become our best friends and closest companions, so it’s only natural that we want the best pet possible. Because of this, adopting a new pet into your home and family is a big decision. Or, at least it should be. As pet owners we need to know that we can meet our pet’s needs and give them the best possible life, too.

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to choosing the right pet…

No Impulse Shopping

Don’t add a long-term family member to your home on a whim. Take the time to find the best pet for you, your family, and your lifestyle. The consequences of an impulse pet adoption can be heartbreaking.

Do Your Homework

Take the time to learn about the type and breed of pet you are considering and what their specific needs are. Once you know what you’re looking for, shop around and get to know the pets that might fit the bill. This can take time, but it’s worth it. Many of the best pets can take some “getting-to-know-you time,” making a quick decision impractical. You want the right fit, both practically and personally. Continue…

Holiday Pet Safety

Part of having a happy holiday is being sure that we keep our loved ones safe and sound. Our pets are no exception. Pay attention to the following do’s and don’ts to keep your pets merry and bright this holiday season.

Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

DO make sure to familiarize yourself with holiday plants that can be toxic, including mistletoe, lilies, and holly. Be sure to keep these plants well out of the reach of curious pets or do not let them in the house at all.

DON’T decorate with items that can be hazardous to your pets. Tinsel is extremely tempting for cats and can be ingested. Glass ornaments and metal hooks can also pose a risk if chewed on or swallowed. Continue…