Category Archives: Pet Care

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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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Pets and the holidays: tips to keep your pets safe

Pets are one of the biggest things to look forward to for the holidays. They live with us every day, but the holidays give us an extra chance to appreciate the extra time we get to have with them. While you may be doing extra cuddling and playing during this time, you still will not have your eye on them every second. Whether it’s extra decorations or new food around, take extra precautions to keep your pet as healthy as you would with any family member.

Digestion

You can start by keeping your pet safe while taking them into consideration when making your holiday purchases. For example, have you thought of non-breakable options such as metal or plastic, for ornaments? It may not be food, but they can still be swallowed. 

Additionally, certain plants are popular for holiday decor, but can also be dangerous. Poinsettias are pretty, but can cause pets to vomit and upset digestion. Simlarly, holly can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea while mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. 

When it comes to actual food, skip feeding turkey skin to your pets. The way it is prepared can lead to stomach pain and even pancreatitis. A little snack can lead to a lot of problems. 

Cats and trees

Cats are notorious for climbing Christmas trees. Did you know hanging lemon-scented air fresheners in the tree might deter your cat?

Electrical cords

You also might have more electrical cords around during the holidays. If your pet likes to chew on cords, it would be smart to purchase cord covers and organizers to keep your pet away from serious danger.

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.

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.

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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 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.

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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


How Long Can I Leave My Cat Home Alone?

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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.

 


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The Pet’s Home provides in-home cat sitting, pet sitting, dog 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


 

 

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.

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841


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