Trick Or Treat

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Halloween is a great time for tricks and treats for you and for your pet.  While chocolate and candy is an obvious no go, here are some great fall treats dogs love!

Apples:  Apples contain vitamins A and C. Add apples to your pet’s diet for a healthy kick to their favorite food. It will also give them an extra juicy crunch they will love. Make sure you don’t let them eat the core. Apple seeds contain cyanide.

Pumpkin: It’s not just for decorating and dessert; it is loaded with natural fiber and moisture, while low in calories. The fiber in pumpkin may be helpful in keeping your pet’s digestive tract in good working order.

Turkey: This meat is often featured in holiday meals. Families can include furry members in this tradition while still ensuring their diet is balanced and pet-appropriate by offering pet foods incorporating turkey as an excellent source of lean protein.

Green Beans: This side dish is high in antioxidants and fiber, among other benefits.

In between Grooming

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Grooming is an important part of keeping your pup happy and healthy.  Here are some tips for upkeep in between professional groomings.

Consulting a professional groomer is important for owners of dogs that need to be clipped or trimmed on a regular basis.

Bathing

Unless your dog has gotten into something smelly or dirty, she will need to be bathed only every two to four months. Bathing her too frequently will dry out her skin and strip the natural oils from her coat.

Brushing

Regular brushing is great, regardless of the length of your dog’s coat, because it removes dead hair, distributes the natural oils for a clean and healthy coat, stimulates the surface of the skin, sloughs off dead and dry skin, and helps you become very familiar with your dog’s body.

You should brush your dog every couple of days no matter what the length of the coat. Sometimes your brushing can have a specific purpose, such as removing hair mats or helping them shed their seasonal coat, but most often you’ll just be doing a general purpose brushing or combing.

Feet

Keeping your dog’s feet trimmed up nice and neat is beneficial, not only because it looks nice, but because it will help reduce the amount of tar, stickers, rocks, iceballs, salt, etc. that will get caught in the feet, all of which can be uncomfortable for your dog.

Nails

Since dog’s nails grow in a curve, allowing them to get too long will cause the “fingers” and “toes” to splay or twist when the dog walks. This can be very uncomfortable and can ultimately lead to broken fingers and toes. Regular nail clipping can prevent this, as well as reduce the risk of torn nails. It can also save on wear and tear of your floors and carpeting.

Ears

Keeping the inside surfaces of your dog’s ears clean is good way to help prevent ear infections. Examining the outside surface will also alert you to the presence of wood ticks, fleas, or anything else unusual.

Teeth

Dogs  suffer from many of the same dental problems as humans like cavities, gum disease, tartar buildup.  Regular teeth cleaning will save you vet expenses and eliminate the stress of having your dog anesthetized for the cleaning procedures.

Keep Your Pets Safe this 4th of July!

As we prepare for barbecues and fireworks this 4th of July, Willow Pet Hotel offers tip on how to keep your pets safe and calm during our nation’s birthday.

The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks is a recipe for disaster as they try to seek shelter.

Cages often provide security for pets, putting your dog in a cage will make him/her feel safe.  If the noise of the fireworks makes your pet anxious try leaving the TV or Radio on loud to drown out the noise. Make sure you pick a kid/family friendly channel. A movie or show with lots of loud explosions is only going to make things worse!

It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.

If you feel that you cannot provide a safe environment for your pets this July 4th, call Willow Pet Hotel and we’ll take care of your precious pet at our luxurious retreat.

Willow Pet Hotel has some tips to help keep your pets safe from the hot weather.

The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for your pets. Willow Pet Hotel has some tips to help keep your pets safe from the hot weather.

Never, ever leave your pet in the car!

When it is 75 degrees outside temperatures inside your car can reach upwards of 100 degrees and that’s in the shade! Leaving  pets in your car even for a few minutes can lead to a fatal outcome.

If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off and unlimited access to fresh water.

Dehydration and heat stroke are common in the summer months. Imagine being outside in a fur coat in the middle of July. Cool, fresh water is vital to your pet’s health.  A sprinkler or a kiddies pool can be both fun and refreshing way to beat the heat. Try freezing dog treats in ice cube trays for delicious popsicles.

Pets can get sunburn too! If your pet has a thin coat, apply sunscreen to their skin !

Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside. Don’t leave your dog outside for extended periods of time, but when your pup is outside they should have access to a cool shady place to escape the sun and the heat. If you can, take walks during the cooler hours of the day. Either early morning or later in the day. The midday heat can be dangerous for both your dog and yourself. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws

 

Willow Pet Hotel wants to help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on (and even if the power isn’t).