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Dog daycare and other Pet Care tips for the Fall season

Dog daycare and other pet care services including dog walking become busier around this time, so it is important to plan ahead in making arrangements for the fall. Not only do arrangements become busier in the fall, but we also see more school supplies! Many school items are considered low toxicity to pets, however, if ingested they could still gastrointestinal problems. Toxic markers, pencil sharpeners, glue. wire-bound notebooks, etc can also be hazards to pets.

Speaking of eating, when it comes to your pet’s own food, cooler temperatures may mean more food is required for energy to stay warm. Early in the season, your pet will start to shed their summer coat to allow room for the winter coat. Grooming your pet will help with the hair you find everywhere, as well as your pet’s health. The frequency of grooming will depend on your pet’s needs, but doing so will help with healthy skin, coat, ears and overall health. Drier air caused by heating can also impact pets, causing skin irritation, allergy flare-ups, and other discomfort.

Another cute aspect is bundling up for fall. Help make sure your pet is dry and warm. However, watch out for other negative signs as well. Pets can be effected when you turn on the furnace, particularly if their cages, crates, tanks, or aquariums may be near vents. Also watch out for signs of stiffness and other indicators of arthritis.

Dog daycare and boarding for the holidays

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Dog sitting – peace of mind for you and your dog

Searching for dog sitters near me? For when you’d rather have a sitter in your home than your dog staying somewhere else through boarding, The Pets’ Home in Oswego has in-home dog sitting services to keep your pet safe, comfortable, and happy while you are away.

With our in-home dog sitting, we can stay overnight in your home or make multiple visits depending on your preference and the love and attention craved by your pet. During our visits, we will make sure that your pets are properly fed and provided with anything else they may need including walks. Our pet sitting services also extend to simple household tasks to give your home that lived-in look that includes bringing in the mail, paper, and packages as well as rotating the lights.

There are many benefits to in-home dog sitting. Dogs thrive on routine and are creatures of habit. Our pet sitters are bonded, insured, trained in CPR and First Aid. We are also certified by the National Association of Pet Sitters (NAPPS) and will provide familiarity of home to help reduce any anxiety your dog may experience. If your dog has special needs, high anxiety, or just could use some time with a sitter in-home, The Pets’ Home in Oswego will help.

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Dog boarding near me: The Pets’ Home in Oswego

Where can I find dog boarding near me?

The Pets’ Home of course! Here at The Pet’s Home Day Care and Boarding, we provide your dogs a loving home to visit. Whether it is a long day at work, or perhaps an extended vacation, we provide a safe and engaging dog boarding environment that meets all of your and your dog’s needs.

What does dog boarding at The Pets’ Home near me include?

We provide your dogs a loving home to visit. Our facility is on 5 acres, 3 of which are fenced in, offering your doggie room to run, play and socialize with the other guests. The play areas are sectioned between small, medium and large dogs. Our in-ground pool offers fun, exercise, and socialization. Smaller pools are available for our petite guests.


  • Five acres for exercise, play, and socialization
  • In-ground pool for play
  • Baby pools for smaller breeds
  • A multitude of toys for all ages and types of dogs.
  • We are bonded and insured
  • We are trained in first aid and CPR

Can you tell me more about yourself?

The Pets’ Home is bonded and insured. We are also trained in CPR and First Aid, and are certified by the National Association of Pet Sitters (NAPPS). We can also adapt to training programs in progress, including invisible fence training. We can administer all types of medicine your dog needs. We will ensure your pet is safe, comfortable, and happy while you are away.



Dog care: how to camp with your canine

Thoughts on enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer through a camping trip with your dog can be exciting, but you’ll also want to make sure your dog is prepared for the trip. With a little planning, you’ll be able to make it a refreshing and safe adventure. Check out these tips below for dog care while camping.

Know your location

You’ll want to check on the restrictions for dogs in your location. Is your dog allowed on all parts of the site? Some parks and campgrounds even have pet restrictions due to migrating wildlife. In addition, researching your camping destination is recommended to check for toxic plants and wildlife that may dangerous to your dog.

How is your dog’s food supply?

Dog care for camping requires some of the same basics as a camping trip for people. Dogs should have the proper gear for camping. You can bring a lighter bowl that is easier to carry and will prevent from ruining their usual bowl. Carrying enough water and food will be necessary. Make sure all food is stored safely and remember extra treats to coax them to the dinner bowl if nerves make them less drawn to eat, or to grab their attention whenever a camping distraction takes over.

Health and safety

Part of your dog care will be making sure all of your dog’s shots are up to date and having a vaccination record on the trip. Pet medications, including flea and tick prevention medication, and dog bug spray are important. During the trip, your dog will likely be leashed, but your dog should have their collar with an ID tag on even if they’re microchipped. 

Additional items include a first-aid kit, poop bags, a dog towel and grooming brushes to keep your dog’s coat free of dirt, twigs and bugs, and boots for areas and conditions that may not be as dog-friendly.

Comfort for dog care

As much fun as your dog may be having on the trip, dogs also get attached to their daily routine and reminding them of home will help keep them happy. Bringing a blanket for sleep, favorite toy, their dog bed, and their favorite treats are all items that are recommended to bring.



How to Choose the Best Dog Food

Dog food dish - How to choose healthy dog food

In this post, we discuss some of the ways you can choose the best food for your dog to help you sort through all the choices and keep them healthy.

When you go shopping for food for your dog, there are just so many choices.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a pet store, superstore or convenience store, there are just so many brands and types of dog food.

With all the choices, how do you choose the best food for your dog?


What makes a “good” dog food?

Good dog food will contain a high-quality mixture of meat, fruits, vegetables, and grains. It will have also undergone testing by dog specialists to ensure it’s quality and healthfulness.

It seems like almost every dog food brand will claim that theirs is “the best” or the “healthiest”. 

But what actually makes “good” dog food, whether dry or wet, good for your dog?

It needs to have all the nutrients your dog needs to stay healthy. It should contain not only meat, but also grains, fruits, and vegetables. 

Your dog needs not just meat and proteins but also the fiber, vitamins, and minerals in these non-meat foods.


Dog nutritional needs

The most basic requirement for choosing a food for your dog is to ensure it meets their nutritional needs.

Dog chewingMost of the commercial dog food brands you find in the store will meet a dog’s minimum nutritional requirements, at least for the average dog.

It is important to note that not every dog will have the same nutritional needs. 

The needs of an adult dog and a puppy will be different. The nutritional needs of small breed dogs and large breed dogs will be different.

We suggest that you do your research, talk with your veterinarian and to not always believe everything you read or hear. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so make sure your source is credible.

One thing you should always check for is that the dog food states on the label that it is “formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.”

This is because the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has strict requirements to make sure that pet food products provide complete and balanced nutrition.

Ultimately, it will be up to you to ensure your dog is getting a healthy diet. We hope that you take your responsibility seriously. A healthy diet will benefit both you and your dog for years to come.


The Pet’s Home provides in-home pet sitting, dog sitting, cat sittingdog walkingpuppy training and pet taxi services in the Plainfield, Oswego, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, and Shorewood area.

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How Long Can I Leave My Cat Home Alone?

Cat left home alone

In this post, we answer your question, how long can I leave my cat home alone? Is it one day, two days, three days? Less? More?

We are just like you; we love our cats.

Cats have a reputation for being aloof or solitary but they can have many different personality types. 

Some cats actually love attention and will visit and even set with every human that comes into their house. Others are suspicious of strangers but love their humans.

Because cats can be so independent, it is easy to assume you can leave them home alone, maybe even for a few days at a time.

But is it really true? How long can I leave my cat home alone?

Every cat is different of course, and no one knows their cat better than you. There are some accepted guidelines for how long it is safe or healthy to leave your cat home alone.


Leaving a cat alone while at work

Cat restingCats are known for being more low maintenance than dogs, and being able to leave your dog home while you are at work all days is part of that.

Cats don’t need to be let outside so they can go to the bathroom which means you don’t have to rush home the minute work is over to let them out.

You can safely leave your cat at home while you are at work. However, it is a good idea to leave a toy at home with them so they do have some entertainment when they are in the mood for activity. Some people also like to leave a radio on set to classical music or jazz for their cats.


Can I leave my cat alone for an entire day and night?

Veterinarians will generally agree that it is okay to leave your cat alone for 24 hours.

Make sure they have plenty of fresh water, a meal, and a clean litterbox and they should be fine.

Consider leaving them a couple of toys to play with while you’re gone and maybe even leaving a radio on for them playing soft music or news/talk radio.


Can I leave my cat home alone for a few days? For three days?

A healthy adult cat may be able to stay home alone for 24-48 hours.

Kitten on the bedHow long you can leave your cat alone will depend on your cat, their personality and their habits. Your cat’s age and health also are important factors.

Kittens need more attention than adults and should not be left home alone for more than 4-8 hours. 

Related: When Can I Leave My Kitten Home Alone?

Older cats or cats that have or have had health issues should be checked on more often.

Some older cats can also be extra-sensitive to changes in routine, which can cause them stress, possibly lowering their immunity or triggering other issues.

If you are going to be away from home for more than 48 hours or are worried about your cat being lonely or having health issues, don’t hesitate to hire a cat sitting service to check in on your cat and interact with them.


Can I leave my cat home alone for three days?

We do not recommend your cat be left home alone for three days or more. 

Many people will say it is okay to leave a cat home alone for three days or more. Some adult cats may be fine with this and may be able to handle this. However, there are things that could go wrong.

A medical issue can become bad quickly. They may become lonely or stressed. A cat may climb into a place and get stuck somewhere (it wouldn’t be a first.)

We think you should have someone checking on your cat if they are alone for more than 48 hours. You will feel better knowing someone is checking on your furry friend and your cat will enjoy some interaction with another person.


Kitten on the bed

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Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Dog at the beach

Photo by Ruel Madelo from Pexels


When summer rolls around, it brings long days, sunshine and trips to the beach.

If you love to go to the beach, and you love your furry best friend, of course, you’ll want to bring your dog to the beach with you!

That will raise a few questions: Can I bring my dog to the beach? Are lake or beach water bad for my dog? Can a puppy go to the beach? How do I protect my dog on the beach?

In this post, we review tips and a checklist for taking your dog to the beach so that you can both have fun while keeping your furry friend safe.


Tips for taking your dog to the beach

  • Make sure dogs are allowed at the beach
  • Make sure your dog knows how to swim
  • Have fresh water and shade
  • Keep them out of dangerous water
  • Don’t let them drink salt water
  • Avoid a sunburn


Make sure dogs are allowed at the beach

First things first: make sure that the beach you are going to will allow you to bring dogs on the beach. Many beaches do allow dogs, but not all do, so make sure you’re following the rules.


Make sure your dog knows how to swim

Cute dog at beachSome dogs are natural swimmers, such as golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. Others don’t like the water or are not very good at swimming.

If it’s your dog’s first trip to the beach, don’t just assume they can swim. Take it easy at first and don’t push them or get them overly excited.

There are places that offer dog swimming lessons. Consider searching for one and seeing if they will teach your breed of dog.


Have fresh water and shade

Just like you need to make sure you’re hydrated on a hot summer day, your dog needs to do the same. Make sure you have clean fresh water ready for your dog and a good bowl that won’t get too hot.

Also, make sure they will have a shady spot to rest, and if not, bring an umbrella or beach tent for them to rest under. Dogs can get dehydrated, exhausted and sunstroke, so don’t let it happen.


Keep them out of dangerous water

If your dog likes to go in the water, make sure it’s in a spot with calm water that’s safe for them to play in. Don’t let them go near any water that may have riptides. Keep them away from choppy water caused by boats or jet skis.  These can be tough even for a good swimmer.


Don’t let them drink salt water

Many dogs really like to drink salt water, but it doesn’t mean that they should. A little bit might be okay but don’t let them drink too much. You should have brought plenty of fresh water for them, so get them drinking that instead. If not, you might be dealing with an upset stomach or dog diarrhea. 


Avoid a sunburn

Just like humans can get a sunburn at the beach, so can a dog. This can be true if they are very lightly colored or have short hair.

Often the ears and nose are the most susceptible to sunburn. To keep your dog safe, limit their exposure during the brightest of the sun (10am-4pm), consider a dog sunscreen or even a dog sun shirt.

Related: Dog Sunburn: The Basics




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Poisonous Mushrooms to Dogs – The Toxic Mushrooms in Your Yard

In this post, we review wild mushrooms and how they can be dangerous to dogs and share a list of mushrooms poisonous to dogs.

Toxic Mushrooms Dogs WarningMushrooms grow everywhere outdoors, in our parks and our yards. 

They are especially plentiful in years when there is a lot of rain, particularly during the spring and fall seasons.

With mushrooms growing everywhere, it’s natural to ask, is it safe for my dog to eat a wild mushroom?

Many dogs will ignore mushrooms growing outdoors, but some dogs will sniff one and then grab it to eat whole. Is it safe?

Just like you’ve been warned not to just pick up any mushroom you find outdoors and pop it into your mouth, the same would go for your pet.

You should not let your dog consume a mushroom it finds outside. 

99% percent of mushrooms are harmless but that remaining 1% can be extremely dangerous, and even deadly to both humans and dogs.

Do not let your dog eat wild mushrooms!


Remove mushrooms from your yard

False Parasol mushroom is toxic to dogs

False Parasol mushroom is toxic to dogs!

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to check your yard for mushrooms and remove any that you do find. It’s much easier to get rid of them all than to try and identify them.

It’s difficult for the average person to identify wild mushrooms and tell the difference between safe and poisonous ones. Sometimes the differences between varieties can be very subtle.

The safest thing to do is remove any that you find and throw them in the garbage. 


What types of mushrooms are toxic to dogs?

Many dogs die every year from eating poisonous wild mushrooms. Many others are sickened by them. 

The level of sickness or danger will depend on the type of mushroom eaten by your dog and how much of it was consumed.

One of the most common mushrooms that are dangerous for your dog are those in the Amanita family of mushrooms, otherwise known as the “death cap” mushroom.

Even a small amount of an Amanita mushroom can kill your dog because it is so toxic to their liver. 

Unfortunately, this kind of mushroom can be attractive to dogs because they have a smell that can be enticing to dogs.

Amanita Phalloides - Mushroom poisonous to dogs

Amanita Phalloides – Mushroom poisonous to dogs


List of mushrooms poisonous to dogs

  • Amanita phalloides (Death Cap Mushroom)
  • Amanita Ocreata (Angel of Death)
  • Amanita Pantherina (Panther Cap)
  • Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric)
  • Lepiota (False Parasol)
  • Galerina
  • Inocybe
  • Clitocybe
  • Gyromitra Esculenta (Beefsteak)
  • Gyromitra Caroliniana
  • Mushrooms in the Verpa genre
  • Mushrooms in the Helvella genre
  • Boletus
  • Chlorophyllum
  • Entolomo
  • Conocybe
  • Gymnopilus
  • Psilocybe
  • Panaeolus


Symptoms of Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Inactivity
  • Bleeding
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Strong heartbeat
  • Excessive drooling
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If your dog is showing these symptoms and you believe they may have eaten a mushroom, contact your veterinarian immediately.


The Pet’s Home provides in-home pet sitting, dog sitting, cat sittingdog walkingpuppy training and pet taxi services in the Plainfield, Oswego, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, and Shorewood area.

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6 Poisonous Mushrooms That Are Toxic to Dogs – Pet MD
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Peanut Butter and Dogs Warning – Beware of Xylitol

peanut butter warning for dogs - beware of xylitol

In this post, we discuss a warning about not to give your dog peanut butter containing the sugar substitute Xylitol. It can be very dangerous!

We’ve been asked a lot lately if it is still safe to give your dog xylitol. 

There have been stories and images being shared a lot recently on Facebook and social media about how certain kinds of peanut butter can be extremely dangerous to your dog.

This warning caught some people by surprise because they’ve been giving their dog peanut butter as a treat for years and their dog loves it.

Dogs do love peanut butter! It can be a great treat for your furry friend.

However, the warnings are true. Certain types of peanut butter can be dangerous!


Xylitol dangerous for dogs

peanut butter on a spoonThe first time some people heard that some peanut butter could be dangerous for dogs, it seemed like a crazy rumor.

It was so hard to believe that fact-checking website Snopes even did an article about the story, proclaiming: Xylitol, a sugar substitute used in sugar-free gum and other products, can be harmful to dogs to be TRUE.

Their article discussed how in April 2015 a Wisconsin family’s 2-year-old golden retriever had died of severe liver damage after consuming gum containing the sweetener Xylitol while the family wasn’t home.

This is just one of many tragic stories about dogs eating food with Xylitol in it. 

Related post: Foods That Are Dangerous For Dogs


What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a common artificial sugar substitute sweetener that is in hundreds of products, especially “sugar-free” products.

It can be found in some brands of peanut butter. Xylitol is fine for people, but it’s extremely poisonous to dogs and unfortunately poisons thousands of dogs each year. 


Brands of peanut butter that contain xylitol


  • Go Nuts, Co.
  • Krush Nutrition
  • Nuts ‘N More
  • P28 
  • No Cow (previously called D’s Naturals)

Read labels and ingredient lists carefully! 

DO NOT assume that “all natural” or “no artificial sweeteners” on the label means that it is safe for your dog. Xylitol is technically considered by the FDA to be an “all natural” sweetener.

Related post: 5 Dangerous Houseplants that are Toxic to Dogs


Whining DogBrands of peanut butter that are safe for dogs

  • Peanut Butter & Co (Old Fashioned Smooth)
  • Jif Natural
  • Brad’s Naturals
  • Hank’s
  • Once Again
  • Justin’s
  • Smucker’s

These brands are safe as of April 2019. Please check the label to make sure the ingredients have not changed. 

*In this post we attempt to list safe and unsafe peanut butter brands for dogs. Ingredients may change over time. We cannot be responsible for the health and safety of your pet and keeping this information up to date in real time. 

Original peanut butter photo by PiccoloNamek via English Wikipedia


The Pet’s Home provides in-home pet sitting, dog sitting, cat sittingdog walkingpuppy training and pet taxi services in the Plainfield, Oswego, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, and Shorewood area.

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When Can I Leave My Kitten Home Alone?

Kitten on the bed

In this post, we seek to answer the question for you, when can I leave my kitten home alone? How about overnight? For 24 hours? Four days?

When it comes to cute things, a cute little kitten is definitely going to be at the top of a lot of people’s lists. They’re just so adorable! 

Even though you love your little kitten, you have a life outside of your home and you can’t always be there with it all the time, as much as you’d like to.

That leads to the question:

When is it okay to leave my kitten home alone? 

Little kittens during their first few months require a lot more attention than older cats do. We all know how independent an older cat can be at times.

Kittens are different. They need a lot of socialization, play, and activity during those first few weeks and months.

Like all pets, no two are alike and what works for one is not going to be the same for another. There are some general guidelines you should be aware of.


When Can I Leave My Kitten Home Alone?

Kittens need the most attention from the time they are eight weeks old until they are four months old.

In general, kittens aged 2-4 months will benefit from human interaction every 4 to 6 hours.

During this time, you need to spend as much time with them as you can. Of course, you will need to be away at times but try not to be if you can help it. 

In these early weeks of development, you should have someone checking in on them every 4-6 hours if you can be there. Have a human checking in on your kitten during the day while you are at work. 

By the time your kitten is about six months old, they should be able to spend the day alone for eight hours while you are at work.


Cat, Kitten, Anxiety, separation anxietyIf I have two kittens can they be left alone?

Actually, two kittens are better than one! They need activity and interaction, so when you have two kittens they can entertain themselves better. 


Can I leave my kitten home alone overnight?

Unless your kitten is six months or older, they should not be left home alone overnight. 

As long as they are younger than six months old, they should have someone checking in on them during the night or day if it’s going to be longer than eight hours. If you can’t have a friend or family member do it, you should hire a pet sitter.


Can I leave my kitten home alone for 24 hours?

If your kitten is younger than six months old then they should not be left home alone for 24 hours or more.

They should not be left alone for more than 4-6 hours at this age.

You are going to have to come up with some sort of arrangement so that you can have someone checking in on them during the day.


Kitten on the bed

The Pet’s Home provides in-home pet sitting, dog sittingcat sittingdog walkingpuppy training and pet taxi services in the Plainfield, Oswego, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet and Shorewood 

For help with your pet Call: (630) 854-8841