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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Best Friends #PetScares Instagram Photo Contest

Do your pets love Halloween? Show us your cat’s best fang face, your dog howling at the moon or even your critter’s creative costume! Use your imagination and you could win one of three great prizes!

All you have to do is follow these three steps:

1. Follow @bestfriendspetcare on Instagram

2. Upload a Halloween inspired photo of your pet to your Instagram account

3. Caption the photo with hashtag #PetScares and be sure to tag @bestfriendspetcare in the pic

We want to see all of your pet’s spooky sides so feel free to upload and enter up to five times! The contest will run Wednesday 10/1/14 through Friday 10/31/14.

Submissions received will be judged based on creativity, originality, photo quality and adherence to the contest description by Best Friends Pet Care appointed judges.

The three chosen winners will receive a $50 gift certificate good at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital.  (Advanced reservations required. Redemption subject to availability. Certificate not valid for training services, retail, food or prescriptions. No cash back from certificate.)


Official Rules:
CONTEST DESCRIPTION: The Best Friends Pet Scares Instagram Photo Contest begins at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31, 2014 (“Contest Period”). The Contest provides entrants with an opportunity to submit photos of their pets showing off their Halloween spirit. By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc., Norwalk, CT, 06851 (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.
HOW TO ENTER: To enter, first follow us on Instagram @bestfriendspetcare. Next, include the #petscares hashtag in your caption and tag @bestfriendspetcare in the post.. Limit five entries per person, entrants can only win once. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned once submitted to the Sponsor. All entries must be received by the end of the “Submission” Period.
ELIGIBILITY: To enter the Contest, you must be a legal resident of the United States and be at least 14 years of age. No inappropriate photos will be allowed. Employees of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
JUDGING CRITERIA: Submissions received will then be judged based on creativity, originality, photo quality and adherence to the contest description by the Best Friends Pet Care appointed judges.
SELECTION PROCEDURE: The winning Instagram photo will be selected and announced on or about November 4, 2014.
WINNER SELCTION & NOTIFICATION: The three potential prize winners will be selected on or about November 4, 2014 by the Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. The potential Winner swill be notified by Instagram comment and or tag. If the winner of the Contest cannot be confirmed within ten (10) days from the first notification attempt, then such person shall be disqualified and an alternate winner for the Contest will be selected. Sponsor’s decisions with respect to the Contest are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor may post the winning Submission on and on In the event that no entries meet all of the stated requirements/criteria, Sponsor reserves the right to not reward the stated prize(s).
PRIZE(S): The three Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate good at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital. (Advanced reservations required. Redemption subject to availability. Certificate not valid for training services, retail, food or prescriptions. No cash back from certificate.)
PRIZE CONDITIONS: Except where prohibited by law, the Winner’s entry and acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Contest Entities to use said Winners’ name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media (including posting on the internet and on a winner’s list), in perpetuity, without further compensation.
RELEASE: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in this Contest or these Official Rules.
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Thanks for Supporting Military Pets!

Throughout the summer, all 52 of our Best Friends locations and affiliated veterinary hospitals collected donations to support the efforts of Dogs on Deployment and the military pets and families that they help. Because of your generosity, we were able to collect a total of $6549.00 for this amazing cause.

THANK YOU all so much!

Please read more about this amazing organization below and continue supporting their efforts. To make a donation or to learn how you can join their network click here.

“Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their careers, the last thing they need to worry about is their pet’s care during their service commitments. Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency.” -

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“We’re going where?!” How to help your cat deal with the stress of a visit to the vet

Anyone who is owned by a cat knows that cats are very opinionated about going to the vet’s office. Unfortunately, cats can be really good about hiding signs of illness so routine veterinary visits are an important part of making sure your kitty stays healthy.

The good news is that the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has developed some guidelines which pet owners can use to reduce the stress associated with going to the vet. Some of these tips include:

Make the carrier a “safe place”

  • You may have already noticed that your cat begins to feel anxious the minute the carrier comes out of the closet. This is why behaviorists actually recommend leaving it out in a common room where the cat sees it all the time and is used to it. Placing cat nip, toys, and some bedding with your scent on it in the carrier will also make it a more welcoming place.
  • Remember that getting accustomed to the carrier in this way takes days to weeks.

Choose the right carrier

  • A hard-sided carrier that opens from the front and the top is best. Removing the cat from the top of the carrier once at the vets office is much easier (and less stressful) than pulling him or her out of the front or unceremoniously dumping them on the exam table.
  • These carriers are also easier to secure with a seatbelt in the car for the ride to and from the office.

Consider using feline facial hormone sprays

  • Commercially available feline hormone sprays can be helpful in decreasing anxiety in cats. These products can be sprayed on the carrier at least 30 minutes prior to placing the cat in the carrier for transport.

Cover the carrier

  • At the vet’s office, consider keeping the carrier covered with a light towel or sheet so that it is a little darker and quieter for your cat. Less stimuli may help decrease nervousness.
  • If you can, keep the carrier off the ground where it is more likely to be jostled or sniffed by a curious dog.

Reintegrate slowly

  • Coming home from the office can sometimes be stressful as well if there are other cats in the house. The other cats may they may think that the returning cat “smells funny” which can create tension among the cats. Depending on how the cats are reacting, it may be a good idea to let the returning cat be alone in a separate room for a few hours.

A trip to the veterinarian’s office can be stressful but, with a little planning and patience, you can make the experience a much more pleasant one for both you and your feline friend. For a list of Best Friends veterinarians click here.

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