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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

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It may seem like a fun idea to bring your pet to a friend’s backyard BBQ or to the local park to enjoy the festivities of the holiday, but loud fireworks, bright lights, and being in an unfamiliar place can be a frightening combination to any pet. More pets go missing on the Fourth of July in the U.S., than any other day of the year. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this Fourth of July:

 

  1. Ensure your pet has a collar ID and microchip. 

In the case that your pet escapes and goes missing, it’s crucial to have your pet properly identified with collar identification and an updated microchip. It’s also a good idea to have a recent photo of your pet in the case that you need to post “missing” signs around the neighborhood. Without proper identification, 90% of lost pets do not make it back home.

  1. Give your dog plenty of exercise before the fireworks begin. 

A nervous dog with lots of energy not only can do lots of damage to your home but could potentially hurt themselves in a moment of panic. The more tired your dog is, the more likely they’ll be calm during the fireworks.

  1. Provide them a safe place to escape the noise. 

Since most dogs and cats are afraid of fireworks, it’s important to provide them with a safe space. A bed or crate in your home can provide a secure feeling during the fireworks.

  1. Close the windows and lower the blinds.

Block out the loud noises and bright lights of the fireworks by closing all of the windows and lowering the blinds in your home. Also, it can help to turn on the air conditioner, and the TV or radio to drown out the noise of the fireworks.

 

If you’re unable to stay at home with your pet, we’d love to look after them this holiday. Book boarding for your fur baby, for 4th of July!

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4th of July Pet safety Tips infographic

SOURCES

  1. Pet MD
  1. Tagg

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Tips For Your Pet’s First Boarding Experience

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At Best Friends Pet Hotel, we want nothing but the best for your pet. As animal lovers, we truly see your pet as our own when they’re in our care. We know that boarding your pet can be a daunting or stressful experience for some, but we want to help make the process as seamless as possible for both you and your pet! Here are some tips for first-time boarders, from our team of pet care experts:

1. Have Up to Date Vaccines (All Pets)

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“Make sure that the required vaccines are up to date and that you have a hard copy.  It’s a good idea to call ahead of time if you’ve faxed them over or have asked the vet to send them to make sure they have been received.”

– Agni, District Manager (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 12 years)

 

2. Utilize the First Day and Night Free (All Pets)

Caitlin Boyd

“Bring your pet in for a day of interaction before leaving for boarding. This helps both the pet and our team get to know each other and gives the pet parent feedback on how their fur baby did. The pet will feel more comfortable and relaxed if there is some familiarity and trust built before being left in our care for a lengthier amount of time.”

 Caitlin, Manager at Chicago (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 12 years)

 

3. No Food or Water for About Two Hours (Cats)

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“Try not to feed or give any water to your cat for about two hours before going in the carrier for the car ride.  Most of them urinate or defecate while in the carrier which typically leaves them even more stressed. Once they arrive, we then have to clean them up which can be frightful for all involved.”

– Jen, Manager at Disney (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 20 years)

 

4. Give You and Your Pet Plenty of Time (All Pets)

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“Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to check in your pet.  We will ask lots of questions to be sure your pet has a fun and comfortable stay with us. We also have you fill out a contract to be sure we have all of your information correct and get your emergency contact information.”

–  Jennifer, Manager at Prairie View (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 20 years)

 

5. Bring a Piece of Home (All Pets)

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“Please do not bring bedding from home. Not only because it may get soiled or lost, but it’s also how we help keep a flea and tick free environment in our facilities. I do like to suggest bringing a toy or two (just not an irreplaceable one) and a t-shirt works great, too. Those items have the scent of home (and you) and can help bring your pet comfort.”

– Jen, Manager at Disney (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 20 years)

 

6. Get a ‘Go Home Fresh’ after Boarding (Dogs)

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“Schedule a Go Home Fresh grooming service for your dog. Having fun in a camp-like environment may require a bit of clean-up!”

– Jessica, Manager at Chadds Ford (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 20 years)

 

7. Don’t Worry – A Tired Dog is A Happy Dog (Dogs)

Sandra - Chestnut Ridge

“We get quite a few calls from clients concerned that something is wrong with their dog because it’s been sleeping a lot after boarding. Don’t fret! It’s from all the running around they did in group play with all their new friends they made.”

–  Sandra, Manager at Chestnut Ridge (has been with Best Friends Pet Hotel for 5 years)

  

Going on vacation? Book your pet’s stay at Best Friends this summer, before we’re booked up!

 

 

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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Tips To Keep The Ticks Away

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Tick season is upon us and if you live in an area where ticks are abundant, you may want to take extra measures to keep your pet tick-free! Pets can contract a number of diseases from a single tick bite such as Lyme Disease, American Canine Hepatozoonosis, Cytauxzoonosis, Tick Paralysis and more! A few symptoms showing that your pet may have ticks or may have been bitten by a tick include a fever, scabs, lots of head shaking, a small bump, loss of appetite and more. Here are some tips to help your pet stay tick-free this season:

  1. Preventative Medications

Preventative Medication is one of the best ways to keep your pet tick-free. There are several options for topical and oral preventative medications, some only need to be distributed once per month. Ask your veterinarian what they suggest for your pet.

 

  1. Treat the Yard

Trimming trees, bushes and your lawn can help to reduce the number of ticks that populate your backyard. There are even household and yard spray treatments available.

 

  1. Tick Collars

An additional prevention method is a collar that can repel ticks. Though they mainly help protect your pet’s head and neck from ticks, it can still be a useful way to help prevent your pet from getting ticks.

 

  1. Tick Shampoos

Medicated shampoos can usually kill ticks on contact. Medicated tick shampoos often need to be repeated every two weeks since the effective ingredients wear off.

 

  1. Check & Brush

If you and your pet frequently visit wooded areas or places where ticks are present, it’s important that you check your cat or dog for ticks. Long haired pets, especially, can hide those sneaky ticks.

 

Consult your veterinarian today to see what prevention method is best for your pet. And don’t forget to keep your pet’s fur clean and trimmed this tick season. Request your pet’s grooming appointment today!

 

 

Sources:

Pet MD

 

 

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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