Plan for Success: What to Consider When Adopting a Pet During the Holiday Season

Many people choose to expand their families during the holidays by adopting a pet. And what could be a better gift than providing love, a home, and kindness to a pet in need of a loving family? But bringing a new pet home can also come with a bit of stress and worry as they adapt to a new environment. There’s no doubt that it takes some time for any new addition to your household to adjust, but planning can reduce the learning curve and set your new pet up for success. If you’ve decided to adopt a dog, cat, rabbit, or another pet this holiday, we have some suggestions to help you plan. Planning for the Perfect Pet for Your Family One question that always comes up when deciding on a new pet is whether to adopt from a shelter or a breeder. Many pet parents choose to adopt from reputable breeders because they want the experience of raising a dog from puppyhood or a kitten. This is choice is personal and important.  We just hope some readers remember that our local shelters have plenty of loving, deserving pets ready for homes. The benefits of adopting from a shelter […]

Traveling for the Holidays? Make a Plan for Your Pet

What do you have planned for the upcoming holidays? Are you flying to a warm destination or hitting the road to visit family? Maybe you’re hosting the holidays this year. No matter what your travel plans are, be sure you’re prepared with a plan for your pet. Bringing Your Pet Along for the Trip Via Air Travel Flying can be stressful, especially around the holidays. If you’re unsure whether or not your pet should “earn their wings”, we would suggest that you consider how long you’ll be gone and the conditions your pet will be in on the plane.  Small dogs and cats can usually be carried on which can be less nerve-wracking and dangerous than flying in the cargo hold. But all pets have to go a long time without being able to relieve themselves.  If you’re flying for the holidays and you can leave your pet with a family friend, relative, or in boarding, it’s a less stressful option than bringing them along. Keep in mind, each airline has different requirements when bringing a pet on board. Be sure to check your specific airline requirements well in advance, some airlines require a current examination, medical history, or even […]

What You Can Do to Help Your Senior Pet Age Gracefully

Think about the years you’ve spent with your pet: snuggles, cuddles, kisses, playtime, and laughter. Our pets fill our homes with love and joy, so it’s no wonder many pet parents ask us how they can repay the love of their pet by helping their furry best friend age with grace and dignity.  What does it mean to age gracefully? Some aches and pains are unavoidable for pets as they enter their golden years. But doing what you can to reduce  pain and ease anxiety while increasing mobility and confidence can help your pet make the most of her senior years. How Can You Support Healthy Aging for Your Pet? 1. Consider Your Pet’s Weight and Diet What your pet eats plays a major role in their health. As dogs get older, their body changes. Older dogs naturally gain more body fat while their muscles, bones, and cartilage decrease. This makes maintaining a healthy diet and weight even more vital to your dog’s wellbeing. Overweight pets are at risk for Joint pain and cartilage deterioration Heart and lung problems Cancer and tumors Skin irritation Decreased mobility So, if your senior pet is a bit pudgy, it’s best she loses a […]

Holiday Pet Safety Made Simple

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to be a pet parent. This time of year, we give thanks for the love and affection our pets fill our lives with. We also get to shop for new leashes, collars, cat beds, and toys, toys, toys! In order to keep the joy in Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s – prepare for safety while you plan for fun! We want you to make the most of the holidays with some simple safety tips pet parents often overlook. Our Top Safety Tips to Keep the Happy in Your Pet’s Happy Holidays 1. Don’t Let Your Pet Get too Stressed by Changes From guests coming in, to your family heading out of town, we tend to get wrapped up in all the planning that goes into making the most of time off and holidays. And, at times, we forget that our pets get stressed out, too. From strange smells to frightening strangers, the holidays can lead to heightened anxiety for pets. What Can You Do to Eliminate Your Pet’s Holiday Anxiety? If you’re going away for the holidays: Book your pet’s boarding with us well in advance Let us know of […]

Understanding the Real Danger of Pet Obesity

Obesity is a big problem for people and pets. While a little extra pudge may seem cute, extra weight can put our pets at risk for a wide range of serious health issues. And when it comes to our pets, prevention and weight control can lengthen their lives and improve their overall wellbeing. How Big is the Obesity Problem for American Pets? In the United States, 60% of cats and 56% of dogs were considered obese or overweight in 2018. Almost 100 million American pets suffer from obesity or being overweight. Obesity isn’t just dangerous for pets, it’s costly for their owners. Nationwide’s 2016 report on pet obesity shows Americans paid about $62 million in veterinary bills for obesity-related conditions. That’s a lot of overweight pets. This problem isn’t small by any means. In fact, pet obesity seems to be an epidemic and the biggest health threat to our furry best friends! How Did Our Pets Get so Chunky? Even though our understanding of pet’s nutritional needs becomes better and better every year, that information doesn’t seem to stop the growing rates of obesity. Studies show that pet obesity rates have climbed each year since 2009. Simply put, many pet […]