Category Archives: Dogs

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Are daycares for dogs good for dogs? The answer is yes!

Daycares for dogs ensure your pet is safe, comfortable, and happy while you are away. They provide your dogs a loving home to visit. Benefits include knowing that your furry friend is well taken care of in a safe and loving environment. If you are going away and leave your dog to the hands of a dog daycare, your dog can socialize, play, and have accessibility to someone trained in first aid and CPR.

A boarded dog is a happy dog. Dogs are creatures of routine, and having their owner away can be anxiety-inducing for both the dog and the owner. With daycares for dogs, you will know that your pet is in a safe and engaging environment that meets all of their and your needs.

When a dog feels it has had “too much” or doesn’t receive enough play, stimulation, or affection, this can also be anxiety-inducing. This can lead to problems such as chewing at themselves. If you leave your dog at a daycare for dogs, it will help soothe a dog by providing an environment for it to adjust in.

Boarding a dog near me

Looking for “boarding a dog near me”? You’ve come to the right place. The Pet’s Home is located in Oswego, IL and provides dog daycare services, certified by the National Association of Pet Sitters (NAPPS). All employees bonded, insured, trained in CPR and First Aid and we can administer all types of medicine your dog needs.

Service includes:

  • 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.

Your furry friend will be taken care of whether it’s for a day or a week.

The Pet’s Home provides pet sitting, in-home sitting, dog boarding & daycaredog walkingcat sittingdog & puppy training services in Oswego, Plainfield, and the Aurora, Naperville area.

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Pet adoption: things to consider when choosing a new pet

Pets can positively impact families in many ways and each family should ask themselves a few questions before choosing a new pet to help stay responsible.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Older pets are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner with shelters being overcrowded. However, older dogs may wind up in a shelter for a variety of reasons and are therefore still loyal and loving companions.

Regardless of the age of a pet, it is important for future pet owners to carefully consider each of their choices to make sure that the situation is right for them as well as their new pet.

Which type of pet is the most appropriate?  

When choosing a pet, it is important to consider which types of pets are the best fit for your family. 

Dogs and cats are the most common household pets but small animals such as reptiles, fish, and small mammals have become increasingly more popular. These small animals make ideal pets for families that have young children or limited time to provide care. 

Families that have time to provide more thorough pet care but have smaller living spaces may want to consider cats or small animals. Dogs are best accommodated by families that have larger living spaces, fenced-in backyards, and time to walk and play with them.

What can your budget afford?  

Pets are much more of a financial obligation than the initial purchase; they need consistent care, food, and supplies which will require an investment on the part of the family. 

Families should decide how much they can realistically invest in a pet and then compare that amount to the estimated costs of owning a pet which includes food, vet care, and toys and other supplies. 

According to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the average yearly cost of owning a cat or a dog is more than $1000 per year and ~$800 for a rabbit.

Who will be the primary caretaker?  

One of the biggest questions facing any family looking for a pet is who will take care of it. 

This question should be sorted out before getting a adopting so that it will be taken care of properly from the beginning. 

Families with older children who can assume some of the responsibility can handle pets that require more attention such as dogs or cats because everyone in the household can contribute to their care. 

Families with young children that need attention or with parents that work long or unconventional hours may be more suitable for pets such as fish and reptiles that are easier to care for.

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.

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841

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Daycare dog services and the joys of Halloween for all pets

Daycare dog services provide your dogs a loving home to visit. Boarding services tend to pick up around the holidays, so now is a good time to think about both daycare dog services and Halloween costumes!

Since daycare dog services tend to pickup around the holidays, it is a good idea to start planning ahead. Here at The Pets’ Home Day Care and Boarding, we will ensure your pet is safe, comfortable, and happy while you are away. We also offer you pet pick-up and drop-off services for busy parents, saving you time and adding convenience. All employees bonded, insured, trained in CPR and First Aid. 

Our daycare dog services include 

  • 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

Our facility is on 5 acres, 3 of which are fenced in, offering your pet 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.

We can administer all types of medicine your dog needs and The Pets’ Home is certified by the National Association of Pet Sitters (NAPPS).

Here are three picks for pet costumes of 2020:

Delivery service pet

A lot of us have likely been ordering more from online retailers in the recent months. We appreciate our delivery service workers and what better way to honor them than bringing them into our families through the costumes of our beloved pets?

Species transformation costume

Halloween is a time for fun! Transforming your pooch into a zebra, your cat into a fierce lion, or your guinea pig into a lobster sounds like a recipe for entertainment!

Time for dress-up costume

Would you like to see your pet look fancy? Make this Halloween a time to play dress-up. Add extravagant accessories, exaggerated superhero capes, or anything else wildly ridiculous.

Just make sure your pet is comfortable wearing it! 

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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.

Features

  • 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.

Related: https://thepetshome.com/pet-taxi/

 

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.

Related:
https://thepetshome.com/dog-beach-tips/

 

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.

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841


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

 

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

 


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.

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841


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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Sources: 
Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs – Pet MD
6 Poisonous Mushrooms That Are Toxic to Dogs – Pet MD
When dogs eat poisonous mushrooms: What to do? – Tractive
Mushrooms Poisonous to Pets – Petfinder
Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs – Pet MD
Are backyard mushrooms toxic to dogs? – Namyco
Can mushrooms make dogs sick? – Petfinder
What happens if your dog eats a mushroom? – AKC
Can mushrooms kill dogs? – Preventive Vet
 


 

Peanut Butter and Dogs Warning – Beware of Xylitol

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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

AVOID THESE BRANDS OF PEANUT BUTTER!

  • 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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Why Is My Dog Chewing His Paws?

Dog barking

Have you noticed your dog chewing at their paws and nails a lot lately?

It’s not unusual for a dog to lick their paws sometimes, but if this behavior has popped up only recently, it could be a sign of another issue.

If they are licking or chewing excessively, you should take notice and look to see if there are any other noticeable symptoms that could indicate a problem. 

Concerning symptoms could include pink, red, or swollen paw, bleeding, stinky paw odors, and limping.

Let’s examine a list of the most common reasons your dog could be chewing at their paws.

 

Reasons a Dog Chews Their Paws

  • Injuries
  • Dry Skin
  • Allergies
  • Parasites
  • Anxiety
  • Boredom or Loneliness
  • Broken or Infected Nail

 

Injuries to paw

Houseplants Toxic to DogsThere are many potential injuries to your dog’s paw that could cause them to “lick their wounds” as the old expression goes.

This could be a sign of an injury to the paw, a puncture to the toe pads, or even a fractured or broken toe. It could also be a splinter or maybe an uncomfortable burr picked up outdoors. Very active dogs can be especially prone to these kinds of injuries.

You can try to self examine the paw and look for signs of injuries. Some can be more serious than others and may require a visit to the veterinarian.

 

Dry Skin

Dogs can suffer from dry skin caused by changes in the weather, just like humans can. This could especially be true during the dry months of winter. Since a dog can’t just grab a bottle of moisturizer like we would, licking their paws can provide some relief. 

Dry skin can also be an indication that your dog isn’t getting enough fatty acids in their diet. These fats in your dog’s diet help keep their skin healthy and if they’re not getting them, can cause dry skin. If this is the case, some adjustments to their diet could solve the problem.

 

Allergies

OleanderJust like humans, dogs can have allergies. These could include food allergies, reactions to seasonal pollens and molds in the air during summer months, or reactions to household chemicals.

Food allergies are often the most frequent cause of allergic reactions that can dry out and irritate their skin. If this is the case, it’s likely that an ingredient in their dog food is the culprit.

This can be harder to diagnose on your own but your vet can help you review your dog’s diet and figure out what the problem is. 

Related: 5 Dangerous Houseplants that are Toxic to Dogs

 

Parasites

Another common cause of itchiness in dogs will be parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Their chewing could be their way of trying to ease the discomfort or get rid of the invader.

Check your dog for ticks first because they are the one parasite that will be easy to find if that’s the problem. Mites and fleas are more challenging to find unless they’re really to the point of being out of control.

If your dog is not getting regular treatments for fleas and ticks, then this could be the problem. Your vet can also help you in this situation. 

 

Anxiety

Anxiety or other psychological issues can cause your dog to chew at themselves excessively. It could be anxiety, depression, loneliness, or boredom causing them to chew. 

Licking at their paws may be a way with coping

soothe a dog’s nervous system when he feels “too much” or doesn’t receive enough play, stimulation, or affection.

Of course, some dogs are naturally anxious, particularly when mom or dad leave the house. Rescue dogs may have experienced neglect or abuse that turned amplified their anxiety and fear. Observe when your dog engages in the behavior and what else is going on in the home at that time.

If your dog is alone frequently, a loving dog sitter or dog walker can do wonders to help alleviate their stress.

 

Boredom or Loneliness

7 Tips for Winter Dog Walking SafetyA dog chewing at their paws could be a symptom of boredom or loneliness, especially for some breeds of dogs that require a lot of exercise or activity.

Some dogs who aren’t getting the walks or playtime they want will find other outlets for their needs, and this can lead to troublesome behaviors. They may find outlets such as getting into things they shouldn’t, or obsessive behaviors, such as chewing. 

If your schedule prevents you from giving your dog the attention they require, hiring a dog walker could really help them expend the energy they need to.

 

Broken or Infected Nail

Chewing at a paw or a nail could be a symptom of a broken, cracked, or infected nail. Sometimes a break at the base of the nail won’t be obvious to you but it can be a real nuisance to your dog. This could be a case of your dog licking at his wound, a type of self-soothing.

 


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.

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841