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To help, here are a few of the things I always consider when looking for a veterinarian.  AAHA Certified  The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), is the only accrediting body for small animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. AAHA accreditation requires adherence to a strict set of standards set by the organization; a facility must be thorough, sanitary, safe and responsive. AAHA guidelines cover everything from dentistry and senior care to nutrition and vaccines. Making sure your veterinarian facility is AAHA certified is a great start in selecting your pet’s healthcare provider.  Fear-Free Facilities  As a pet owner, you are probably well aware that a trip to the veterinarian can be a distressing or even terrifying experience for some animals. This additional stress can not only affect pets’ emotional well-being, but their physical health as well. This is why “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker created Fear-Free, an educational program whose mission is to “to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.” Certified Fear-Free facilities endeavor to the make a pet’s visit as comfortable as possible.  Species-Specific DMVs  Unlike medical doctors who spend years in school focusing on just one species, veterinarians are required to know a lot about many. While many veterinarians care for several types of pets, some are now specializing on specific species. For example, a feline-only practice devotes its full attention to treating cats and staying up-to-date on new treatments, procedures and research. The same applies to dog-centric facilities; their specialization helps ensure your dog will receive the most relevant and effective care and treatments possible.  Ask Your Friends  Perhaps the best way to choose a veterinarian is to ask a friend. Reading online ratings can be problematic since displeased clients are more likely to post a review than satisfied ones. This is
Help your pet snooze comfortably in the ideal spot.  Orthopedic  One of the best ways to describe an orthopedic dog bed is that it is basically a mattress for your dog. This type of bed works well for older dogs or those who experience joint pain, because if provides cushioning and support in a manner similar to that of your own mattress. The large, rectangular shape of an orthopedic bed works well for dogs who like to sprawl when they sleep.  Donut and Bolster  A donut or bolster bed usually is round or oval with a cushioned bottom and a raised side or sides. This style of bed works well for dogs who like to lean against something for security, or prefer to rest their heads on something slightly higher when they sleep. It also works well for dogs who like to curl up when they sleep, as well as for smaller dogs who want to be surrounded by something cozy on all sides.  Pillow or Cushion  As its name implies, a pillow or cushion bed is simply a pillow large enough for a dog to sleep on. This type of bed comes in a range of sizes, colors and patterns to accommodate a range of dog breeds and pet owner budgets and décor preferences.  Heated  A heated bed is another option for older dogs or those with joint issues. These warm and cozy beds provide gentle heat that helps soothe achiness and provide extra warmth for smaller dogs that become cold easily. These types of beds may also work well for families that live in colder climates, and some are designed specifically to be used outdoors, such as in dog houses for pets that spend time outside each day.  Outdoor  Another type of bed for dogs that spend time outdoors is a cot. These raised beds keep your dog off the hot ground in the summer and above the cold ground in the winter, and also keep your dog’s sleeping area from sitting in puddles that might accumulate after rain. Look for models with waterproof fabric and sturdy frames to help the bed last longer while exposed to outdoor elements.  #dogbed #dogbeds
More and more businesses are opening their doors to humankind’s best friend.  Restaurants  Health codes and city ordinances will likely prevent you from eating inside a restaurant with your dog unless he is a service dog, but many nationwide chains welcome dogs on their patios. The following restaurants are known for accommodating dogs (some even have menus for dogs), but again, call ahead before you leave to make sure your local restaurant has a dog-friendly policy. (Note: this list is not all inclusive—your favorite restaurant(s) may also welcome dogs.) - Johnny Rockets - Sonic Drive-In - Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar - Shake Shack - Olive Garden - Applebees  Retail Stores  When you take your pet to one of these dog-friendly stores, be sure to keep him on his leash and encourage him to be on his best behavior. -Petco -Lowes -Tractor Supply Co. -Nordstrom -The Apple Store -Bass Pro Shops -Pottery Barn -LUSH Cosmetics -Macy’s -TJ Maxx/Marshalls  Hotel Chains  Several of these properties truly value canines, with in-room amenities and dog concierges. While the majority of the locations for these hotel chains accept pets, not all locations are able to because of city ordinances. Some chains charge additional pet fees, but others do not. Be sure to call ahead to determine the individual hotel’s pet policy and associated fees. - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - La Quinta - Kimpton Hotels - Loews Hotels and Resorts - Best Western - Ace Hotel - Fairmont Hotels and Resorts - Hotel Indigo - Red Roof Inn  Don’t see your favorite location on this list? We focused on nationwide chains for this article, but you can turn to the internet to see if that new place down the street welcomes dogs. Some great sources for this information is BringFido.com, DogFriendly.com, GoPetFriendly.com and TripswithPets.com. However, as we mentioned several times, it’s always best to call ahead to find out. Enjoy your day (or night) out with your dog.  #dogs #dogs #dogstagram
Wondering how you can help your local animal shelter or rescue group find permanent homes for the cats and kittens in their charge? Sometimes all it takes is offering the homeless pets a temporary place to stay. Becoming a foster parent to homeless cats and kittens helps the rescue groups and the animals—and it may reward you in subtle ways, too.  Animal rescue groups often work with willing foster homes to provide care for cats and kittens for several reasons, one of the most obvious being lack of space. By placing cats and kittens in temporary private homes, the groups can free up space for more animals, potentially leading to more pets in permanent homes. Foster parents also can provide valuable input on the temperament and personality of particular cats, as they spend much more time in their company.  In other cases, a cat or kitten may need specialized care that is more easily provided by a foster parent. Perhaps the cat is recovering from medical care and needs a quiet home with one-on-one attention. Sometimes rescue groups need to place very young kittens with foster parents who can provide the additional feedings needed.  Or, a cat may simply not thrive well in a shelter situation and may become a better candidate for adoption if placed in a foster home. By opening your home to these pets, you can help socialize a cat who has not had as much exposure to a loving human family. You can also work with an older pet who is stressed in a shelter situation, perhaps having lived as the only pet in the household most of its life.  When you open your home to cats and kittens waiting to be adopted, you also open your heart to the personalities and charm of your temporary guests. Who knows—you may just find the pet you’ve been waiting for when that sweet foster cat comes through your doors.  #catadoption #catadoptions #catadoptionandrescueefforts #catadoptionfoundation #catadoptionteam #catfostering #kittenfostering
Do your pets seem to have an uncanny ability to find the warmest spot in the house? And do you wonder, as they is basking in the sun during the hottest part of July, if they are getting too hot?  To help prevent your pets from getting too hot and avoid heat exhaustion and heatstroke altogether, follow these tips: - Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water (this is a priority year-round, not just when it’s hot outside). Consider adding an ice cube or two to the bowl to keep the water nice and cool. Many cats and dogs like to lick the ice cubes, too. - To provide a cool place to nap, fill a water bottle and freeze it. Wrap the frozen bottle in a towel, and tuck it into your pet’s bed, in his dog house or on the cat tree. Your pet will be able to control his own internal body temperature as needed with such a cooling spot available. - Run box or oscillating fans to keep the air moving throughout your home. - Place a dog pool in a shady part of the yard or patio and replenish it frequently with cool water. - Consider keeping your pet in the relative cooler temperatures of your home during the hottest parts of the day. If he succumbs to overheating while outside unattended, you might not be able to help him promptly.  If your pet has an all-white coat or a coat with white patches, he may face another sun-related issue. Animals with white fur can become sunburned, and prolonged sunburns can lead to a type of skin cancer. Consider asking your vet to recommend a gentle sunscreen safe for use on your pet, and apply it to hid ears and nose—and other recommended areas—to help prevent sunburn.  #heat #heatwave #cooloff #coolofftips
My Position on Holistic Veterinary Care  Now, I’m neither a veterinarian nor a human doctor. I’m a professional dog trainer and an educated consumer who follows what works. Many things sound too good to be true, so I only trust modalities that have benefited my dogs, clients’ dogs and myself.  I’ve had amazingly positive experiences with holistic care, if not for my dogs, for myself. I believe seeking a holistic veterinarian is worth the effort and drive, as it most certainly complements some traditional medicine. However, I don’t believe holistic veterinary care or holistic medicine for humans is a cure-all.  A Different Way at Looking at Things  Holistic care focuses on addressing all parts of the body and not just one specific area. You’re identifying the main cause and ways to address it. A great example of where holistic veterinary care is applicable is dog allergies. If your dog has chewed a hole into his skin due to allergies, you understand the struggle. Holistic vets focus on why your dog is so itchy, as the cause is usually an imbalance somewhere in the body. Once the imbalance is corrected, the symptom of itchiness goes away. Holistic veterinary care worked for my Miniature Bull Terrier that was plagued with chronic yeast infections on her skin.  Many years ago, I had a dog that licked his front leg so much he caused a huge lick granuloma and our regular vet continued to treat him with antibiotics and steroids. He most certainly felt better. When the steroids wore off, he was back to how he was before the medicine, so I knew something else was lingering. I scheduled an appointment with a chiropractor who was certified to perform adjustments on pets. As the chiropractor ran her hands along my dog’s spine, she realized he was misaligned and adjusted him.  I watched my dog’s eyes roll in the back of his head and immediately lie down. When I brought him home, he literally slept for two days and seemed much more relaxed. And the licking
Mix & Scratch™ line from Petstages includes corrugated play stations in different shapes that offer cats a variety activities. The play stations can be clipped together to create a fun interactive play board. The catnip-infused corrugated cardboard is designed to work with small balls and other toys, such as tiny mice that can be fitted into various cut-out sections and grooves. Rearranging the squares of individual sections will keep your cats intrigued and the game new.  Cat Treat Maze from pet puzzle pioneer Nina Ottossen is designed to keep felines intrigued. Simply fill it with treats and then shake it to attract your cat’s attention. She’ll quickly discover that there is something interesting and tasty inside that has to be pawed out. And as the maze is batted at, it wobbles and spins, requiring your cat to concentrate intensely as she “hunts” for treats.  MixMax Cat Puzzles, also from Nina Ottossen, are individual puzzle-shaped games that can be fit together to become one big activity board. Each game comes in four difficulty levels and features myriad grooves and holes to hide treats in. You can give your cat one puzzle at a time or mix and match them into different configurations and difficulty levels to keep your cat perpetually entertained.  Catit Senses 2.0 toys are designed to stimulate cats with sound, touch and sight. Senses offers three different track-ball circuits to choose from, Play, Wave and Super, and each features large openings that enable cats to reach inside and get involved. The circuits can be used alone or combined to create myriad playtime shapes. The circuits can also incorporate a variety of add-on components to create a complete cat amusement center.  Doc and Phoebe Indoor Hunting Feeder is officially a feeding system; however, it can double as a smart toy based on the amount of activity it requires. The system consists of five mice that can be filled a cat’s daily food allowance and then hidden in different parts of
Keeping the right grooming tools on hand will help your dogs look their best.  Comb  Using a comb can help you remove dead hair and stimulate the skin on a shorthaired dog. A comb also can help gently tease out mats that might form in the fur of longhaired dogs. Many different types of combs are available, from all-metal versions to those with ergonomically designed handles, as well as de-matting combs, flea combs, undercoat rakes and rubber curry combs.  Brush  Four main types of brushes are available for grooming: slicker brushes, rakes, bristle brushes and pin brushes. Each is designed for different coat lengths and fur types—again, check with your breeder or groomer to determine which is best for your dog.  Shampoo and Conditioner Formulated for Dogs  Just as humans can choose from a range of shampoos and conditioners formulated to address different types of hair conditions, so can dog owners choose from a range of dog shampoos and conditioners.  Manufacturers offer formulas for sensitive skin, fur that tangles easily, and dogs with allergies. Other formulas are meant for puppies, dogs with black fur or for dogs with fleas.  Additional Tools  For the finishing touches on your dog’s appearance (and to help keep him healthy and happy), make sure your grooming tools include nail clippers designed for use on dogs.  You will also need a toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for dogs. If you are familiar with their use, you mightalso want to keep electric clippers on hand to trim your dog’s coat as needed.  #doggrooming #doggroominglife #doggroomingsalon #doggroomingweston #doggroomingwestonfl #doggroominghull #doggroomingpasig #doggroomingofinstagram #doggroomingshed #doggroomingsutton #doggroominguk #doggroomingsurrey #doggroomingnewyork #doggroomingbali #doggroominghobart #doggroominggonewrong #doggroomingforthewin #doggroomingday #doggroomingcheam #doggroomingbrisbane #doggroomingbarrie #doggroomer #doggroomers #doggroomersofinstagram #doggroomerlife
Ask Dog Professionals  Ask your veterinarian, dog trainer and fellow pet lovers for recommendations and, then go one step further, ask how their visits went while away. Don’t stop with just one referral. Keep asking until you have several leads. If a specific dog sitter is really good, you’ll notice his or her name popping up often.  Refrain from finding a dog sitter online–either independent or through larger companies. I’ve been burned. My dogs were fine–it didn’t get that far thankfully–but I noticed miscommunication, lack of follow-up and complete lack of professionalism in the beginning.  Run a Background Search Online  Now turn on your computer and search each individual’s full name online. I recommend Google, as it really narrows down searches to specific criteria. Many years ago, someone recommended me a specific pet sitter and, after a simple Google search, I noticed three major complaints stating she never showed up for any visits over a four-day period.  Screen By Phone  Once you’ve narrowed down your referred list even further, give each person a call. Tell the potential dog sitter who referred you to him or her, and explain a bit about yourself and your dogs. Now, ask the person to tell you about his or her background, experience and services offered.  Meet in Person  Once you’ve shortened your list further, schedule an in-person interview preferably with your dogs present. Meeting a potential dog sitter face-to-face does not guarantee acceptance. It’s so important to watch him or her interact with your dogs before signing any paperwork or exchanging keys. If needed, take a day or two and think it over. Take your time–your dogs and home are depending on your decision.  Schedule a Trial Vacation  Once you’ve selected a dog sitter, set up a mini vacation and see how things go. This could be the perfect spouse getaway you both need. Stay overnight at a high-end hotel or visit family over the weekend. If all goes well, then