Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish



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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Checklist For When Traveling With Your Pet


With Spring Break quickly approaching, a fun-filled family vacation may be on your horizons. From flights and hotel accommodations to road trip routes and car comfortability, most vacations require lots of planning. Prepping for a trip can take some coordinating, especially when trying to figure out what to do with the family dog or cat.  If taking your fur-baby isn’t an option, don’t worry, they’ll love Play and Stay at Best Friends Pet Hotel! If you’re opting to bring your pet with you, here’s a checklist of 8 items you should prepare when traveling with your pet:


  1. Food and Water

These may seem like obvious items on the checklist but making sure your pet has sufficient food and water while traveling by plane, train or car is important for your pet’s well-being.


  1. Medications

Just like humans, sometimes pets require medication too! Make sure to talk to your veterinarian before you leave, to ensure you have the appropriate amount of medication for your pet on your trip.


  1. Veterinary Records

Having your pet’s most up-to-date vaccines and medical records could come in handy in the event that you need to take your pet to the Veterinarian while on your vacation.


  1. Veterinary Contact Info

Having a typed and laminated card or sheet of your pet’s contact info is a handy item to have. You can even make a few copies to have in different places like your wallet, taped to the outside of your pet’s crate or inside a pet first aid kit.


  1. Pet Identification

Not only should your pet be microchipped, but several forms of identification are also a good idea. ID tags with your information and even your Vet’s information will make it much easier to reunite you with your pet in the event that they go missing while you’re on vacation.


  1. Pet First Aid Kit

You can create your own, but a preassembled dog or cat first aid kit can easily be purchased. You may want to cater the first aid kit to your pet’s specific needs or conditions, in which case, you can find a supplies list here.


  1. Pet Carrier

Crates and pet carriers are a great way to keep your dog or cat safe while traveling. Crates are required when traveling by plane, but they can be a good idea for long car rides too. Make sure the crate or pet carrier is large enough for your cat or dog to stand, turn around and lie down. Comfort is key when your pet is in their carrier – proper airflow and a soft mat are a good start!


  1. Fun & Comfort

Don’t forget to bring items, like toys or blankets, that they can play with and/or that remind them of home. This can be comforting and can help pass the time during long car rides or flights.


If you decide to vacation without your pet, Best Friends will be the perfect home away from home for your fur-baby. Playtime, Suite Treats and sleepovers are exactly the kind of vacation your cat or dog wants! Book for Spring Break today, before space runs out!





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4 Summer Hacks For Dog Owners

Girl play with dog on summer day

Summer is the perfect time for you and your pup to take advantage of the beautiful weather. From camping and road trips to family get-togethers and parties with friends, there is no shortage of fun to be had. With the heat being a factor for everyone, it is important to keep your dog cool and comfortable during these summer months. Here are four hacks for dog owners to keep your furry friend cool this summer.

Dog Licking Ice Cream

1. As much as us humans love yummy frozen treats on a hot summer day, dogs love them too! Ice cube tray treats or other dog approved frozen goodies are a great way to beat the heat. An easy and inexpensive method is to mix water with low-sodium chicken broth in an ice cube tray and freeze it.

Dog out of car window

2. Do you want to keep your dog cool while you’re on the go? Get a bandana wet and put it in the freezer for twenty to thirty minutes and put it around your dog’s neck. It keeps them cool and they get style points too!

Dogs in a kiddie pool

3. Kiddie pools or sprinklers are another great way to keep your dog comfortable and cool this summer while having a ton of fun! We have kiddie pools at some of our Best Friends Pet Hotels – It’s kind of like having a mini dog water park!

Dog Paws

4. The summer’s heat can mean hot surfaces like sidewalks, pavement, and sand. These surfaces can be harmful to your dog’s paws if too hot, so it’s important to keep their paws protected. A paw wax protector or doggy boots may be a good idea if you and your dog plan on spending a day at the beach or going for walks during the heat of the day.

Going on vacation? Send your pet to Best Friends Summer Camp! Book your pet’s stay with us today.


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5 Pet Safety Tips For 4th of July

4th of july dog

The 4th of July is a time of celebration! Between grilling on the BBQ, festive neighborhood parades and the after-dark firework shows, this time of year is a blast. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that you and your pet have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July.

1. Leave pets in a safe zone. The loud noise of fireworks can startle your cat or dog, so keep your pet inside your home or a place where they can feel comfortable. Book their stay at Best Friends, and we’ll be sure they have a safe, comfortable and fun stay with us! If you have to leave them at home, we suggest a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter or treats, accompanied by some soft music and plenty of water to help ease the nerves of your furry friend. Here are a few other tips to keep your pet entertained while you’re away.

Dog at a picnic 2. Although we sometimes like sneaking our pets dinner scraps here and there, be mindful that some human food can be harmful to your pet. Chocolate, beer, corn-on-the-cob, onions, grapes, garlic, avocado, and raisins are all hazardous foods for dogs and cats. Here is a full list of human foods you should not feed your pets.

Puppy at the vet

3. Only apply sunscreenbug repellent to your pet if you’ve consulted with your veterinarian about certain pet-friendly products. What is safe for a human to use could be harmful to your pet.

Pug in a cone

4. Charcoal, glow sticks, sparklers and fireworks can be harmful or even toxic to pets. Be sure to keep your pet away from such items. If your pet does ingest or is injured by any of those items, call your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Cat being micro-chipped

5. Did you know that more pets go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year? Ensuring your pet has up-to-date identification (ID tags and microchip) may be the best way t­o retrieve your pet should they manage to escape during the holiday festivities. If your pet does go missing, follow these steps to help bring your furry friend back home.


For any questions, please consult your local veterinarian.


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