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…

Summer Vacation: Packing for Your Pet

iStock_000000907846_SmallAs 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…

    Happy Tails! The Ins and Outs of Boarding Your Pet

    With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

    So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Elmhurst Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos.