Backyard Pet Safety – Creating an Oasis

iStock_000040438840_SmallFor many of us, summer is largely spent in our backyards. Not surprisingly, the same is true for our pets. With that in mind, it is important that you plan for your pets’ outdoor needs and enjoyment as you plan for your own.

As you visit the home improvement store in the weeks to come; consider the following when it comes to backyard pet safety, and perhaps help your pet have a yard of his or her dreams…

Safety First

As you begin to whip your yard into shape this summer, consider your pet’s safety first. Be certain that your fence is shored up and that there are no escape routes. Likewise, make sure that any nails are hammered in or bent down, and that there are no splinters of wood or Continue…

Beating the Pet Boarding Blues: How to Make Your Pet’s Stay a Success

Boxer2With summer just around the corner, it’s likely that you and yours will be hitting the road or taking to the skies for a much needed vacation. And, unless you’re leaving your pets at home with a trusted sitter, it also means that Fluffy or Fido is slated for a stay at our Pet Paradise boarding facility for a staycation of their own.

For some pets, spending time at a boarding facility can be a treat. They love the interaction with new pets and people, and the specialized attention that they get from our amazing staff. But for other pets, boarding can be a bit stressful. This is especially true for pets with severe separation anxiety or for new boarders who don’t know how much fun they’re about to have.

If you have a pet that is scared to board, you’ll want to read up on our tips for successful pet boarding so that you can help to ensure that, when all is said and done, that your pet has had as much fun with us as you’ve had on your own adventure.

Here’s what to know… Continue…

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Your Pets and Lawn Chemicals

kittenMany people take pride in maintaining a well-manicured lawn. However, many lawn enthusiasts also partake in the use of a variety of chemicals to achieve that green, lush carpet. Some of these chemicals are harmful and even fatal to our pets, though. Pets are at a high risk for being poisoned by lawn chemicals, as they often walk through treated areas and, inturn, ingest the poisons when grooming themselves.

When it comes to pets and lawn chemicals, it is probably safest to take a conservative approach. Choose a natural option if possible, and if you do need to use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, be sure to follow label instructions and do not allow your pet access to the area until the product has dried or as otherwise directed. Alternatively, treat the front and back lawns about a week apart. Continue…