Evaluating Pet Day Care Centers

3 Reasons To Hire A Pet Sitter Vs. Taking Your Cat To A Kennel

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Hire A Pet Sitter Vs. Taking Your Cat To A Kennel

If you are going on vacation or are otherwise going to be away for a while, you might be thinking about taking your cat to a kennel while you are gone. However, there is an option that seems to be a better choice for many cat owners and their feline companions: a pet sitter who will stop by your home and take care of your cat while you’re on your trip. These are a few reasons why this can be a much better choice. 1. Avoid Exposing Your Cat to Other Cats Even though having your cat vaccinated can help protect it against a lot of diseases, the truth is that your cat can still get sick if it is exposed to a lot of other cats. The results of this can range from your cat simply not feeling well for a few days to a disease that is a lot more serious. If your cat is kept at your home while you’re away, you don’t have to worry as much about this. 2. Avoid Stressing Your Cat Out Cats can become incredibly stressed out when their surroundings change. Many cats get nervous when they are put in a car for a car ride. When you combine the trip to the kennel with the many changes that your cat will experience while being boarded, you can expect your cat to quite possibly be very stressed out. If you are able to hire a pet sitter to check on your cat in your home, you can help reduce this stress by keeping your cat in its familiar environment. 3. Have Someone Check on Your Home An added bonus of having someone come over and check on your cat is the fact that he or she can also check on your home while they’re there, such as by bringing your mail and newspaper in or simply flipping a few lights on throughout the house to make it appear as if someone is home. This can help you deter burglars and make sure that your home is fine while you’re gone. Just make sure that you choose a pet sitter who has undergone a background check and who you can trust. As you can see, there are a few reasons to consider hiring a pet sitter instead of taking your cat to a kennel. If you’re planning on going out of town, consider contacting a local cat sitting service so that you can find out...

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Adopting A Dog With Known Behavior Problems? Tips For You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adopting A Dog With Known Behavior Problems? Tips For You

When you are a person who prefers to adopt dogs from humane societies or shelters rather than purchase puppies from breeders, you may find yourself in many situations in which the dogs available for adoption have behavior problems. If you decide to adopt one of those dogs with known behavior problems and issues, you may wonder what you can do to help them better transition into your home and overcome those behavior issues to be the good dog that you know is inside of them. Get to know some of the ways that you can help your newly adopted dog overcome their behavioral issues so that you can get started as soon as possible. Make Sure Their New Environment And Routine Are Highly Structured Animals with behavior issues often have extreme reactions to changes in their environment or routine. While there is not much you can do about the initial upheaval of adopting them from the shelter and bringing them into your home. Once they are in your home, you want to be sure that you provide them with as much structure in their environment and routine as possible. Dogs with problem behaviors like food aggression, growling, biting, or escaping yards (among other behaviors) will need to have a kennel or crate that they can stay in when people are not home or they go to sleep. This will prevent any injuries to people or other animals in your home and will give them a safe space that they know is their own. At first, you may also want to keep them on a leash at all times around the house and in the yard so that you can establish dominance and control over the dog and prevent any problems from arising. These dogs need structure in their routine as well because predictability provides a dog with stability which in turn can help them relax and potentially overcome those problematic behaviors. This includes meals at the same time of day every day, regular walks and exercise, and and breaks outside around the same time every day. Anything that you can put on a schedule will be to the benefit of your new canine family member. Consider Seeking Out Dog Training Services There are many different types of dog training services available to dog owners. Some are general classes to teach behaviors and tricks. However, there are also many dog trainers who work with dogs that are aggressive or have other established negative behavioral traits. If you are having a tough time breaking those poor habits that your dog exhibits, you may want to consider seeking out private dog training services like The Pet Spot Pet Resort  to help you with your dog. These dog trainers often come directly to you in your home and observe your interactions with your dog, how they behave on a regular basis at home and out in public, and how they react to the trainer. Once these observations are made, they can then begin working with your dog and you to establish a training regimen to help your dog with their issues and improve behaviors. Now that you know a few of the ways that you can help your newly adopted dog overcome their behavior problems, you can get started with them right away...

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Tips For Leaving A Shy, Antisocial Cat At A Boarding Facility

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Leaving A Shy, Antisocial Cat At A Boarding Facility

If you have a cat that is very shy around people and tends to have antisocial tendencies, you may he worried about leaving her at a boarding facility while you go away on vacation. Cats, in general, don’t tend to like new places, and for a shy cat, this experience can be even more traumatic. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help your shy cat settle in and tolerate the boarding experience with less struggle. Bring familiar bedding. Cats are very responsive to scents, and your cat will feel more comfortable in the boarding facility if there are familiar scents around her. When you put your cat into the cat carrier to take her to the boarder’s, put a blanket or pillow that your cat likes to sleep on in the cat carrier. Make sure this blanket gets put in your cat’s cage or confinement area at the boarding facility. Choose a facility with spacious enclosures that include hiding spaces. Cats don’t like to feel confined in small spaces, so a spacious enclosure is a must. Many cat boarding facilities offer spacious enclosures with windows to let the sun stream inside. The windows also give the cat something to stare at, which will help keep them busy and distracted. For a shy cat, however, you want an enclosure that is not just spacious, but that also offers some privacy. Whether this privacy comes in the form of a box-like structure the cat can hide in, a solid wall over part of the enclosure, or a covered cat bed, it will give your shy kitty a place to hide when she is feeling scared. Ask your vet for some calming medications. There are medications your vet can prescribe to keep your cat calm in stressful situations. Going to the boarder really is a stressful situation for a shy cat, and these medications can make everything from getting into the cat carrier to being stuck in a cage less problematic. Give your cat a dose before you leave for the boarding facility. Also, leave a few doses with the boarding facility so they can give your cat some calming medication if he or she appears particularly anxious. Spending time at the boarder is not easy for a shy cat, but it’s important to remember that even the most shy of cats are pretty resilient. If you follow the tips above, your cat will suffer minimally and should forgive you pretty promptly once you return home. For more information about pet boarding, talk to companies like the Doggie Daycare &...

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Winter Tips For Keeping Your Dog Fit

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Tips For Keeping Your Dog Fit

Humans are not the only ones who have a difficult time staying in shape during the winter months, dog do as well! Here are a few tips to help you keep your dog fit and in good shape this winter. Take Your Dog On A Field Trip Even though it may be too cold to take your dog to the dog park right now, it doesn’t mean they have to stay cooped up inside of your house. Take your dog on your field trip to your local pet-supply store. Many pet supply stories welcome animals, and are more than okay with you bringing your furry friend on a visit with you.  See if there are any other pet-friendly businesses in your area, and make a little outing of it.  Sign Your Dog Up For A Class Yes, there are exercise classes for dogs. See if a local animal shelter, pet store or boarding facility like Club K9 offers any dog exercise classes. A great class to get your dog active is an agility based class. This will get your dog working out and will improve their skills as well. Go For A Short Daily Walk Even if it is freezing outside, bundle up and take your dog out for a short walk. A short walk will allow your dog to get out some of its energy, and it will give you an opportunity to breathe some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of wintertime. Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean it is not also beautiful!  As you walk, you and your dog will both warm up. Try to go for at least a fifteen minute walk so that your dog really has a chance to stretch its legs.  If you feel up for it, take your dog somewhere where you can play a few games. A couple of rounds of fetch can be especially fun for your dog in the winter snow.  Play Games Indoors It can be easy to see your home as just a place to relax. However, during the winter months when you don’t go outside as often, it can also be a great place for your dog to get a little exercise in. All you need to do is initiate some playful games with your dog to get them going. You can always play a classic game of fetch. However, instead of throwing the ball and risking it hitting something valuable, roll it across the floor for your dog to get instead. Your dog will still get to chase the ball and you reduce the risk of damaging something in your home in the process. You can also play hide and seek with your dog. This works well if you play with another person as well. You and your partner should hide in different parts of the house, and call your dog to you. When your dog finds you, reward them with a treat. Then, have the other person call the dog. Ideally, you should be hiding on different sides of your house so your dog has to run to find you when you call their name. Another great indoor game you can play with your dog is bubbles. Purchase some pet-friendly bubbles when you go on a field trip to your local pet...

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Fido’s Day Out: Special Considerations For Starting A Doggy Day Care

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fido’s Day Out: Special Considerations For Starting A Doggy Day Care

To many people, nothing is more important than their pets. According to Forbes, the pet boarding industry is growing and pet expenditures continue to rise, despite national financial downturns. In addition to veterinary care, grooming, and training, pets also require daily, continuous care from their owners. There are many situations that may force an owner to be away from home; many responsible pet owners will seek out a specialized boarding facility when they need to be away. If you love animals, this growing industry may be for you. Here are some things to think about when starting your very own dog boarding business. Vaccination and Health Concerns Kennels, shelters, and boarding facilities can be a breeding ground for many potentially deadly animal illnesses, so limiting the spread of infectious disease should be a top priority. Ensure that all boarders are up to date on vaccines and in generally good health before admittance. Spay/neuter records should also be on file, as well. Accidents can still happen, even under the most ideal circumstances. In addition to overall health, it’s important to ask about any ongoing health concerns. A dog who requires a special diet or daily medications doesn’t necessarily need to be turned away, but for the safety of each dog, this information needs to be gathered. Behavior and Aggression No owner would want to board their pets in an unsafe environment and no handlers would want to be exposed to aggressive animals. While animal behavior can often be unpredictable, it’s very important to meet each potential boarder and ensure that there are no behavioral “red flags” and, if possible, obtain records of any prior aggressive incidents. In addition to limiting admittance to well-mannered dogs, all staff should be trained in basic animal psychology and behavior to further minimize the potential for aggression. Personal Care and Individual Attention All animals need socialization and daily care. In addition to feeding and providing water, each pet should have some attention, both from staff and other animals, if possible. Clients may also have special requests for grooming practices while their pets are boarded, such as bathing, clipping, or regular brushing. Since they can vary, the staff should be aware of any specific grooming requirements for several different breeds. Emergencies and Veterinary Attention Possibly the biggest concern for pet parents when leaving their animals in someone else’s care is what will happen in the event of an emergency. Having a clearly outlined and detailed plan for emergencies can be one of the most important steps in outlining the policies of your new pet boarding practice. You’ll need to have a list of area vet clinics and information on 24-hour or emergency visits; it may also be useful to reach out to some of these businesses to inquire about any possible contract arrangements. Keep in mind, also, that most pet parents will have a preferred vet clinic that already has access to their dog’s records, so think about allowing for preference in your emergency visit policy. Pet boarding facilities can be like a home away from home for pets. Ensuring their comfort and security is important for both the animals’ health and the well-being (and continued patronage) of their owners. There are many things to consider when starting a dog boarding agency, but keeping health and safety,...

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Obesity In Bengal Cats: Preventing Overfeeding For A Healthy Cat

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Obesity In Bengal Cats: Preventing Overfeeding For A Healthy Cat

Like all cats, it is not healthy for a Bengal to gain too much weight. While they are usually playful things, it is still possible for them to become obese from too much eating. Feeding a Bengal is a little different from feeding a regular house cat. Learn how to properly feed a Bengal and when to worry about obesity. Normal Weight Bengals are considered medium to large breed cats, but that larger size does not come from fat. Bengals have long and sleek bodies with good muscle that makes them heavier when they don’t look it. The average male Bengal weighs in at 10-15 pounds, but a heavier cat isn’t necessarily overweight. When to Worry As mentioned above, Bengals have long, sleek bodies. It is pretty easy to notice when a Bengal is gaining too much weight. You’ll notice the roundness of the belly if you look at the cat from above instead of straight, flat sides. Don’t worry about the saggy belly. This is actually normal for most cats, but very common in Bengals. It seems that the saggy belly is a mark of the wild cat. Wild cats have saggy bellies in order to store food after a huge kill. How Much to Feed a Bengal Bengals have good metabolisms. They also love to run and play so exercise helps keep them slim. It is actually harder to keep a Bengal fed enough than it is to overfeed. That fear of underfeeding an active cat is usually the cause of the obesity. Bengal owners don’t want their begging cat to starve so they over feed. On average, adult Bengals need 26-30 calories per pound per day. Kittens need significantly more. How to Maintain or Lose Weight Once your Bengal reaches adulthood, it is a good time to keep him on a steady diet to maintain weight. If your adult Bengal is at a good weight, figure out his needed daily calorie intake to determine how much food he should get and stick to that amount. If you Bengal is overweight, subtract two pounds to his weight and give the amount of food for that weight. This isn’t always easy for Bengals as they are great beggars and excellent at finding their own food. Luckily, Bengals can enjoy lower calorie treats to tide them over until dinner time. Lower calorie treats include raw chicken, which is good for them but less calories than cat food. Keep your Bengal healthy and at the right weight with these tips. For professional veterinary care, contact an office such as Ark Veterinary...

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Your Cat Can Sit Still: Brushing A Cat

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Cat Can Sit Still: Brushing A Cat

If your cat often gets mats, it can be difficult to remove them if your cat doesn’t want to sit still. It’s understandable that your cat wouldn’t want to be brushed, since there is the occasional moment where you might accidentally tug at your cat’s hair. Also, being brushed is not a natural thing for a cat to experience. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can get your cat to sit still long enough for you to brush it. Preparing To Brush Your Cat First, make sure to get a brush designed for brushing cats. These brushes will be more likely to be pleasant, which will make your cat more willing to be brushed. Also, pay attention to the mood of your cat and wait for a moment when it is less active. The Clicker Method Get a clicker. This is a device that makes a clicking noise. Then, operate the clicker to create the noise and always give your cat a treat. The clicker will cause your cat to associate it with a treat. When you are training your cat to associate the click with a treat, do not force the cat to stay with you. For instance, if your cat wants to go look out a window, trying to bring the cat back to the training area will create a negative experience that will cause your cat to not like the clicker. Once your cat appears to associate clicking with treats, get a brush out. Touch your cat’s back with the brush. Then, click and give your cat a treat. Brush your cat until your cat behaves as if it no longer gives you consent to brush it. Then, withdraw the brush. If your cat paws the brush, it is giving you consent and you should brush, click, offer a treat and then continue brushing again. However, if your cat simply leaves, be patient and wait an hour before trying to brush your cat again. Eventually, your cat will associate brushing and clicking with a treat. The Circle Method Another way to encourage your cat to sit still is to create a circle. This could be done with a cord or with tape. There is no known reason for why cats choose to sit in circles, but this method could get your cat to sit still long enough so you can brush it. However, this approach does not work for all cats. If you still can’t brush your cat, you should take it to a cat groomer. Cat groomers often have tricks that can get a cat to sit still. To learn more about cat grooming, contact a company like Town & Country Kennel...

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4 Things To Consider Before Boarding Your Dog

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things To Consider Before Boarding Your Dog

If you’re planning an upcoming vacation or are planning to move and want to have your dog in a safe place during the transition, you may be thinking about looking into dog kennels. While there are many boarders out there, you want to choose the right one for you and your dog so that you have the best experience. Take a look at the following information to better understand some of the considerations that you will want to make when making this important choice. Will Your Dog Be Able to Exercise and Socialize? Part of having a healthy life is having the chance to socialize and get regular exercise. It’s important that you take into consideration the amount of playtime as well as exercise time that your pet will get. Some boarders keep the dogs in cages for a good chunk of the day and only have minimal exercise times. Other companies offer a more chances to exercise and may even have areas that are fenced in to let dogs to interact with others and exercise during the daytime.  Are There Medication Fees and or Requirements? If your dog needs medication on a regular basis, you want to make sure that this won’t be an issue at the boarder. Some boarding companies have set regulations and medication rules in place that must be followed, such as how often medication can be given or times of days. There may also be fees associated with this extra service. It’s in your best interest to ask about medication services when you’re looking around at potential kennels so that you can avoid miscommunications later.  Is There a Minimum Stay? Some boarders will require that pets stay for a set time period. This can help to lessen anxiety that pets feel from constantly being shifted in and out of kennels. If you have a very short trip, it may not make sense to choose a kennel that requires you to board for a full week. It’s a good idea to ask about potential minimum stays that are in place so that you don’t pay more than you plan and there are no surprises.  Is the Location Convenient? If you’ll be traveling, you want to make dropping off and picking up your dog as easier and stress-free as possible. Make sure that you don’t disregard the kennel location when shopping around. Choosing a kennel that is on the way to your destination or home can make things a lot easier for you and your pet because it means less traveling!  Take the above tips in consideration so that you can choose a great dog boarder for you and your pet. With extra care, you can select the perfect kennel like Alpha K-9...

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Four Reasons To Take Your Dog To A Professional Groomer

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons To Take Your Dog To A Professional Groomer

Bathing your dog, brushing its coat, and trimming its nails are all basic grooming tasks that most pet owners can manage on their own. However, incorporating the services of a professional groomer into your pet’s care regime will help it remain happy and health. Following are four aspects of professional dog grooming that both you and your furry friend will benefit from. Your Dog Has Long Hair If you have a long haired breed such as a Lhasa Apso, Collie, or Pomeranian, keeping its fur free of tangles and mats can be a significant challenge. A regular professional grooming session can keep your pet’s coat silky smooth and shining. Because certain breeds such as Pomeranians, Samoyeds, and Malamutes have soft, downy undercoats beneath their long fur, keeping them well groomed can be tricky for those lacking professional expertise. Your Dog Requires Anal Gland Expression Most toy dogs require that their anal glands be expressed on a regular basis in order to prevent them from becoming impacted, and some pet owners are understandably squeamish about performing this procedure. A skilled groomer knows exactly how to do this quickly so that your furry friend experiences as little discomfort as possible. Keep in mind that dogs suffering from impacted anal glands are at risk developing serious infections, and the glands may actually rupture if the condition goes untreated. Your Groomer Can Identify Potential Health Problems Even though they aren’t veterinarians, skilled groomers can often identify potential health problems in your dog during the course of routine grooming. For instance, if your pet has a skin condition, the groomer can recommend and apply products designed to alleviate symptoms and make your pet more comfortable. Because groomers are familiar with canine anatomy, they can also spot signs that your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian, such as skin and gum discoloration, skin lesions, and small lumps under the skin. You Need Tips and Tricks Concerning Grooming Procedures A good groomer will happily share his or her secrets of the trade so that you can keep your furry friend’s coat in good shape in between visits to the pet salon. For instance, if your dog’s fur is prone to becoming matted, the groomer can recommend an appropriate spray-on product that will help keep the fur from tangling. The groomer can also show you the best way to give your dog its daily brushing and provide you with tips on helping a skittish or sensitive dog adjust to the grooming ritual and perhaps even learn to enjoy it. Contact a local groomer, like The Pets Place Animal Hospital, for more...

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