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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

Monthly Archives: October 2017

5 Tips For Pet Parents This Halloween

Halloween Kitty

Halloween is a time for dressing up in your favorite costume, trick-or-treating with the little ones, or going to parties. But pets can sometimes get spooked by all the festivities and costumes. To keep your pets safe, here are 5 tips for pet parents this Halloween.

dog in witch costume1. If you decide to dress up your furry friend, please make sure it does not limit their movement, sight or ability to breathe. Some pets may not enjoy being dressed up as much as others and this can cause them stress and discomfort.

Cat looking out the window

2. Keep pets indoors and in a safe area during trick-or-treating. Whether you’re the one trick-or-treating or you’re passing out the candy at home, leaving your pets indoors is usually the safest option during this holiday. Costumes can scare dogs and cats just as much as us humans.

Halloween Candy Corn

3. Stash the candy! Keeping all forms of candy away from pets is best practice. Several treats, especially chocolate, are toxic and potentially lethal to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian immediately.

Halloween Decorations4. Keep an eye out for the decorations. While we love the look of festive and spooky Halloween decorations, pets may want to play with or eat them. Decorations, like a lit pumpkin, can be dangerous, so make sure they are in a safe place that Fluffy can’t get to or knock over.

Dog Sleeping

5. Send your dog on a Halloween sleepover with a few nights of Boarding at Best Friends Pet Hotel. Sometimes it’s easiest to not have to worry about the dog eating candy or the cat escaping out the front door. They’ll be safe and sound with our experienced pet care staff.

 

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Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

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Compassion for Communities and their Pets – Nicaragua 2017

Compassion for Communities and their Pets

For the first time, Lakefield Veterinary Group and Best Friends Pet Hotel joined forces with World Vets and spent several days in Nicaragua providing veterinary aid to the pets of the Nicaraguan people.

Our team was a diverse group of employees from around the U.S., many of whom had never met until the trip. From Assistant Managers at Best Friends, to Veterinary Doctors and Vet Techs of Lakefield Veterinary Group, to members of our corporate headquarters including our President and COO, all came to Nicaragua to give back through a common love and compassion for animals. Robyn, a Surgery Tech at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists said, “one of the things that stood out to me was working with people I had never met before and how quickly we came together as a team toward a common goal. It was clear these were truly caring people who were there to do the best they could for people and animals they had never met. I couldn’t have been prouder to work with a group of people.”

Veterinarians volunteering in Nicaragua

When in Nicaragua, the team recalled the weather and other conditions: the sun beating down one moment and thunderstorms the next. Long lines of people, from near and far, bringing their sick, injured, or unvaccinated pets to be treated by Best Friends, Lakefield, and World Vet team members. The makeshift animal hospital in rural Nicaragua had no running water, occasional electrical outages, a leaky roof, muddy floors, fleas, ticks and more. Due to the terms of international customers, many items that are typically used in veterinary care were restricted in going across country borders.

Veterinarians at work

Clinic days were conducted in a building with low light, many people used headlamps for visibility. There was no gas anesthesia or oxygen for performing surgeries on the animals. Simple folding tables were used as surgery tables, stainless steel tables for induction and blankets on the floor for recovery. Dr. Lent explained that conserving suture material and drapes were crucial as they could only use what was necessary. He described the experience as “unique and challenging”, but said that not a single surgery patient was lost despite those challenges. Together, the team spayed or neutered 248 pets and gave over 500 rabies vaccines in just four days!

Veterinarians volunteering in Nicaragua

Aside from treating animals, meeting and interacting with the amazing people of Nicaragua was a major highlight of the trip. Though there was a language barrier for most, the smiles of gratitude were understood by all. Autumn, Assistant Manager of our Wakefield, MA Best Friends Pet Hotel location recalled, “The whole trip was amazing. I got to experience a dream come true and I am extremely grateful.”  Autumn goes on to explain one of her most memorable moments of the trip when she brought out an animal after surgery to give back to the owner, “the woman had tears in her eyes and though we didn’t speak the same language, we understood each other. She just thanked me over and over again as she cradled her sleepy cat. I won’t forget the appreciation she had for us.”  It was clear that the people of Nicaragua had love for their pets.

Nicaraguan Woman Holding Her Dog

 

Puppy in a basket

It was a humbling and rewarding experience for our team members, who all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our vision of helping animals in Nicaragua was a success and we couldn’t have done it without World Vets! If you’d like to donate or volunteer for World Vets, you can visit their website. Thank you to all who volunteered their time! We are committed to improving the lives of others and their pets and we look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come. We can’t wait to see where we’ll get to volunteer in 2018!

Lakefield and Best Friends volunteer with World Vets

Photography provided by World Vets

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Guardian Angels Event: Barks, Brews & BBQ

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Best Friends Pet Hotel had the opportunity to co-sponsor an event put on by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD). This fundraiser event, Barks, Brews & BBQ, took place in Connecticut this summer and it was quite a success! Not only did the GAMSD team reach their $25,000 goal, but awareness was raised, friendships were made, and dogs were heroes to our heroes.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

GAMSD has been rescuing, raising, training, and then donating individually trained medical service dogs to pair with veterans that struggle with disabilities.  Just as their slogan says, “unleash the power to heal”, Guardian Angels believes in changing and improving lives through their service dogs. Since the organization’s beginning in 2010, they have successfully paired over 180 dogs with veterans. Each dog is trained to perform an array of tasks including alerting for help, alerting prior to a seizure, picking up dropped items, opening, and closing doors, mitigating the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by waking from nightmares and grounding from panic attacks, and more.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

From dog food, veterinary visits, and years of training, each dog is a big commitment to everyone involved in the process. The cost for each dog’s veterinary needs, food and supplements is a minimum cost of $1,780 per year. And thanks to everyone who donated to our Best Friends Connecticut locations, we were able to raise $1,735.42! This money will help Guardian Angels get one step closer to pairing up more service dogs with veterans in need!

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

 

 

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or learn more about the amazing work that Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs does, you can visit their website.

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