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

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

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

Traveling With Dogs This Summer? Follow These Tips

Travel with a dogTraveling with your dog can be a fun bonding experience, but dogs also make traveling complicated.

These tips can help you have a more enjoyable and less chaotic travel experience when you go on holiday with your dog.

Keep Your Dog Medically Covered

If your dog is on medicine, refill the prescription before leaving. Read more Traveling With Dogs This Summer? Follow These Tips

Summer Dog Care for New Dog Owners

dog care in summerTo a new dog owner, dog care can seem fairly straight forward. Dogs need food, shelter, love, exercise and medical care. What many new dog owners don’t realize is that dog care changes as the seasons change. Although the basics of dog care remain the same, the details can change throughout the year.

As spring turns to summer, new dog owners have a responsibility to learn about the nuances of summer dog care. These tips can help. Read more Summer Dog Care for New Dog Owners