Enrolling your dog in daycare is a fantastic way to keep him from getting lonely or bored when you’re away from home. For large dogs living in small homes, daycare facilities are often a great way to ensure that dogs release their energy in healthy, non-destructive ways.
That said, not every dog is a good fit for daycare situations and every daycare facility is unique., It's worth looking at daycare facilities, if you have a playful, well-behaved dog who enjoys socializing at dog parks. Since there is no one-size-fits-all answer, be patient as you evaluate the options for your individual dog.
Finding the Right Fit
How do you know if your dog would do well in doggie daycare? Generally speaking, a daycare situation might be a good fit if your dog behaves well at dog parks and enjoys playing with other dogs. Of course, not all dogs are social, and not all social dogs are comfortable in every social situation. Personality plays a big part.
Ideal candidates for doggie daycare are:
• Spayed or neutered
Dogs who are not usually well suited for daycare situations are:
• Possessive about toys or food
• Constant barkers
• Herders who are too pushy
• Anxious when separated from owner
• Fearful, tense or anxious around other dogs
Learn more about doggie daycare and alternatives here.
This blog post was written by guest blogger Kari Kells, a professional pet sitter and pet parent to Raggedy Andy, Emma and Rumi. Read more tips and advice from Kari on her blog.
There’s nothing like the bright eyes of a cat to catch your attention. But what if your cat’s eyes become crusty or cloudy? Our friends at the ASPCA® have some great tips to keep your cat’s eyes healthy.
These symptoms may indicate something is amiss:
• Red or white eyelid linings
• Crusty gunk in the corners of the eye
• Tear-stained fur
• Closed eye(s)
• Cloudiness or change in eye color
• Visible third eyelid
As always, check in with your veterinarian for any questions about your feline’s eye health.
Technology can make our lives easier, but electrical cords can be a hazard to our pets. Check out these tips to keep your pets from chewing something they shouldn’t.
Here are some more safety tips from the folks at Dogtime:
• Protect wiring with tough plastic cable covers, aluminum foil tape or double-sided tape.
• When not using them, place electronics well out of a pet’s reach.
• Use a tough protective cover on outlets.
• Never place gadgets near your coffee cup or other liquids.
The holiday season can be a dangerous time for pets. In fact, we’ve found that claims for chocolate and candy ingestions spike around this time of year. Check out this handy, printable pet-proofing infographic to help keep your pets safe during this hectic time of year.
Click here for a printable PDF!
In addition to keeping your pet away from harmful treats, like chocolate and candy containing xylitol, here are a few more safety tips from our friends at the ASPCA®:
• Be careful your pet doesn't scoot out when you answer the door for trick-or-treaters. You may want to keep him or her in a separate room during peak hours.
• Consider using battery powered "candles" to light up your jack-o-lanterns. Curious pets can get burned or knock real candles over and start a fire.
• Pumpkins are considered non-toxic, but they can still cause tummy upset if your pet takes a bite. Keep them safely out of pet's reach.
Read more safety tips on our website.
In honor of National Animal Safety and Prevention Month, we offered pointers for dealing with a found pet in our October Pet Matters newsletter. But what if you’ve gotten the pet safely into your home or at a shelter, but the pet parents can’t be found?
Here are a few suggestions to get the word out:
• Paper the town. Hang up flyers at nearby businesses, like grocery stores and pharmacies. Be sure to ask permission from the owners first.
• Cast a social net. Post a photo and description of the pet on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to spread the word.
• Place an ad. Put an ad in your local print or online newspapers. Some publications may run the ad at no cost to you.
If you still can’t find the pet parents and are interested in keeping the pet, talk to your local shelter or humane association for information on the laws and process in your area.
Vet visits can be stressful for cats, especially if they're not used to leaving the comforts of home. These tips can help make the next visit easier for your kitty.
• Get your cat used to the carrier by leaving it open in your house.
• Take your cat for rides in the carrier to other places besides the vet.
• Bring along your cat's favorite treats, toys and blanket.
• Reward good behavior at the vet with praise, treats and petting.
• Stay calm during the exam to encourage the same from your cat.
If your cat (or dog) has an extreme dislike of veterinary visits, talk to your vet about techniques that might make future visits more relaxing.
We just can't get enough of adorable pet pictures - but who can?
Taking photos of our furry friends can be just as fun as looking at them, and these tips can help you snap a perfect moment in time.
Some dogs get the treat of a car ride most days, while others may only ride along for special trips to the veterinarian or park. Regardless of how often your pup gets to ride shotgun, Dog Care Journey has some important tips you should read before hitting the road.
If you’re planning an extended journey with your dog, our friends at the ASPCA® have a great checklist available with all sorts of travel tips. They also have information available if your furry friend is afraid of riding in cars.