Barbecue Basics

Many consider their pets to be both family and friends, so it’s only natural to want to include them in summer festivities such as barbecues.  Big gatherings are not always a dog’s best friend though.

  • When taking your pet to such an event, make sure that you are well prepared.
  • Bring along food and water for your pet, and make sure that it has somewhere to take shelter from both the sun and from other people and animals.
  • Make sure that your pet is wearing a well-fitted collar or harness as well as proper identification.
  • You may know not to feed your pet extra treats or bones, but other party guests may not.  Instruct others to not offer extra treats.
  • Don’t forget that a curious pet may also help itself to the party offerings, including alcohol.

It is always best to keep close tabs on your furry friend.  If you cannot do so, or if your pet often becomes anxious around strange people, places, or other pets, it may be best to leave him or her at home. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Separation Anxiety

No one takes care of your pet quite like you do, but chances are at some point in time you are going to need to leave your beloved in the care of another.  If you choose to utilize a boarding facility, it is important to make sure that you choose the right one.  Here are a few questions to ask before dropping your pet off for the week:

  • Can I tour the facility?  Most places will let you take a look around your pet’s future accommodations.  If not, ask yourself why.  When touring be sure all animals have their own cages/runs that are large enough for them and that everyone has access to food and water.
  • Can the facility cater to your pet’s needs?   If you pet needs special food, medications, or specific care you want to be sure that these needs can be met.
  • Is exercise provided?  Will your pet be cooped up in a cage while you are gone or will it get to burn off some steam?
  • What health requirements are in place?  Do pets need to be vaccinated and what for?
  • What would happen should your pet need medical attention while you are gone?
  • What type of food is provided?  Can you provide your own?
  • Am I allowed to bring toys or other items from home for my pet?

Getting answers to these types of questions will help you to rest easy while you are separated from your pet. Check out our boarding page and please consider letting us care for your loved one the next time you’re away.


Keeping Cool and Having Fun

What to do when the temperatures keep rising and you and your pets are cooped up indoors?  Try some of these activities to beat the heat and have a blast while doing it!

  • Teach your old dog new tricks.  What a perfect opportunity to work on the basics or teach your pet a fun new trick.  Check a book out from the library or search online for ideas!
  • Take a class.  Many pet obedience schools have indoor (and air conditioned!) facilities for classes.  Now is a great time to learn basic obedience, take up agility, or work on your AKC Canine Good Citizen title.
  • Play hide-and-seek!  Practice hiding toys, treats, or yourself from your pet.
  • Indulge a little.  Now is a perfect time to splurge on that new toy or treat you have been eyeing.  Consider an interactive item for your pet such as a puzzle or a treat-dispensing toy.
  • Check to see if your community has an indoor dog park or a doggy daycare for your pup to work off some energy.
  • Pamper your pet.  Take this opportunity to catch up on that much-needed brushing, nail trimming, or even give your pet a bath!

Don’t let the heat get you down!  There are plenty of ways to enjoy your pet indoors, too! If you have any questions, give us a call!

July 4th Pet Dos and Don’ts

The July 4th holiday should be a fun one for pets and people alike.  By following a few simple tips, you can be sure that your four-legged friend enjoys the day as much as you do!

DO be sure that your pet is wearing and collar and/or tag with proper identification and that its microchip registration has the correct address and telephone number.  Many pets will run when scared, and you want to be sure that your friend can find its way home if this should happen.

DO try to avoid giving your pet extra treats and people food.  Mild digestive upset to severe vomiting and diarrhea requiring hospitalization could result.

DON’T take your pet to crowded parties or events.  These situations can be overwhelming or even dangerous for pets.

DON’T ask your pet to spend excessive amounts of time in the heat.  If they must be outside be sure they have unlimited access to fresh, cool water and can get out of the sun.

DO ask your veterinarian about prescription tranquilizers or sedatives if you think your pet may be distressed by the holiday.

DO provide your pet a safe, quiet place to get away from visitors and the loud noises of the fireworks.

DON’T apply human sunscreens or insect-repellants to your pet.  Some of these products can be toxic.

DON’T put glow jewelery on pets!  While it may look cute, if ingested it can cause excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation, not to mention the problems swallowing the plastic could cause.

DON’T allow your pet near fireworks.  Lighting pyrotechnics can be dangerous even for people, and pets should have no part in this.  Keep them safe and indoors.

If you have any questions, please give us a call!