Tips for Boarding Your Pets During the Holiday Season

holiday dog boardingGoing out of town or traveling can be a rather dramatic action for both pet owners and their pets. Most owners would prefer having a trusted family member or friend swing by so they can preserve the pet’s routine.

But unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. (This is especially true over the holidays when practically everyone has made special plans.) So if the regular pet-sitter just can’t swing it this year, pet owners should consider these tips for smarter boarding. 

Plan Ahead 

Kennels and pet hotels will fill up quickly around the holidays and the last thing a pet owner needs is to be stuck with a facility that has seen better days. Read more Tips for Boarding Your Pets During the Holiday Season

4 Tips for Dog Proofing Your Home

dog proof your home

A new puppy or dog can bring a lot of new challenges into a pet owner’s life, especially if they’re not used to thinking the way an animal might. From cords to plants to valuables, even one accident can have serious consequences. To protect the dog and the pet owner’s home, keep the following tips in mind to get everything ready for your new pet’s arrival.

Pack Up the Decorations

From candles to potpourri to tinsel, some dogs will ingest practically anything they come in contact with. Read more 4 Tips for Dog Proofing Your Home

Dog Paw Maintenance For Beginners

dog paw cleaningDog paws need care just like the rest of their bodies. Dog owners who take care of their dog’s paws can help prevent injuries that could cause pain and suffering for their pet. Here’s what pet owners need to know about taking care of their dog’s paws.

Trim Nails Regularly

Dogs have claws that can cause injury to themselves and others if they aren’t trimmed regularly. Dog claws can also scratch floors and other surfaces, so proper trimming is important. Dog owners who have their own dog trimming tools can do this on their own.

Groomers also trim dog claws. Dogs who get nervous about claw trimming time often respond better to professional groomers who know how to keep dogs calm during the process. Dog owners who have a hard time soothing their nervous pet find groomers helpful.  Read more Dog Paw Maintenance For Beginners

How to Take Care of Dogs With Allergies

dog allergy suggestionsHumans are not the only ones affected by allergens in the air, in food and in the environment. In fact, it is quite common for dogs to suffer from allergies. Some of the symptoms in dogs include itchy paws, inflamed skin, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss and ear infections. Whether a dog suffers from a mild case of environmental allergies or a severe food allergy, it’s imperative that pet owners go the extra mile to care for their pet.

There are several steps that pet owners should take if their dog has been diagnosed with allergies by a veterinarian:

Wash Pet Bedding on a Regular Basis

After a dog has been playing outside or has been out for a walk, they drag in all of their environmental allergens back into the house. A dog paws and their fur may then be filled with dust, pollen and dander from the outdoors. This outdoor material may end up on or in their bedding. Read more How to Take Care of Dogs With Allergies

3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

dog and puppy allergiesDogs are one of America’s favorite house pets, second in number only to cats. The benefits of pet ownership are great. People who own dogs report lower levels of stress and higher levels of life satisfaction. However, many people who suffer from dog allergies go through life feeling that pet ownership is not for them. The good news is that dog allergies can be managed with a bit of planning and attention.

Picking the Right Breed

The first step to living with both allergies and pets is to pick a breed of dog that is least likely to exacerbate allergy symptoms. It’s a common misperception that some dogs are fur and dander free. However, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. All dogs produce pet dander that can cause pet allergies. Read more 3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

5 Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Groomer

dog grooming tipsTaking a dog to a groomer who would prefer to stay at home is not an appealing option for many dog owners. The fear and apprehension may even keep owners from taking their dogs to their regular dog grooming.

However, the health benefits of grooming thoroughly outweigh the discomfort it may mean to take them to the groomer. Every dog will react differently depending on their personality and the circumstances that surround their visit.

Owners can use the following tips to help their dog (and themselves) feel more relaxed when on the road and at the groomer. Read more 5 Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Groomer