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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.



Is It Safe for My Cat to Eat Bugs?

Cat hunting bugs to eat

Domestic house cats are natural born hunters. It is in their genes and they share this trait with their much larger “cousins” in the big cat family.

As a cat owner, you’ve probably seen cats chase after anything that moves, from rodents to laser lights, to insects.

Most of us humans aren’t really into eating insects so it’s not surprising that we might be a little grossed out by seeing our cat eat a grasshopper or a moth.

You might even wonder:
Is it safe for my cat to eat bugs? Are insects poisonous to cats?


You shouldn’t have to worry. Most household insects are not harmful to your cat. There are some exceptions to this though.

Is it safe for cats to eat flies?

Cat restingIt’s okay for your cat to eat flies. If it lived out in the wild, it would probably be eating them anyway. House flies do not carry transmissible diseases and eating one occasionally is not going to hurt your cat.

Related: My Cat Ate a Mouse – Should I Be Worried?

Is it safe for cats to eat moths?

In most cases, it’s perfectly fine for your cat to eat moths. Many cat owners say their cats love moths and enjoy hunting for them in the summer. Some have said that the only moth that can make your cat sick is the Garden Tiger Moth. Even that one won’t kill your cat.

Is it safe for cats to eat June Bugs?

Cats love to chase June bugs, and some dogs enjoy eating them as well. While the bugs themselves are not toxic, eating too many of them can lead to an upset stomach, and possibly even diarrhea or vomiting.

Is it safe for cats to eat grasshoppers?

Besides moths, grasshoppers are often a favorite bug to eat for many cats. They present a fun challenge for your cat to hunt. They are usually harmless for your cat to eat, although too many of them could lead to an upset stomach.

Relate: Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors

Is it safe for cats to eat mosquitoes? 

Although mosquitoes can carry diseases which can be passed on to humans and animals, eating mosquitoes will not harm your cat. The bite of a mosquito is what can transfer a disease. The digestive process in the stomach will render diseases carried by mosquitoes harmless.

Is it safe for cats to eat centipedes?

House centipedes are predators who eat other bugs in the house, so they’re not harmful to have in the home. They are capable of biting humans, although they usually won’t. Their bit usually won’t make it through your cat’s fur though. They aren’t poisonous for your cat to eat. 

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

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841

Photo credit: Cat stalking a prey photo by Jennifer Barnard is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Help Your Pet Avoid Heat Stress This Summer

Keep pets cool

Temperatures are already heating up around here, and were definitely finding it the perfect cure after these last few weeks of rain. But are your pets enjoying the heat? It’s very important for pet owners to be aware of the risk of heat stress in your pets.

Certain breeds are more prone to suffering from heat stress, like Bulldogs, Pugs and Persians, because of their long coats and short snouts. It’s important to implement measures to keep your pet cool on hot days, as heat stroke can be life threatening.

How to Avoid Heat Stress

Unlike humans, who are able to sweat to loose heat, dogs and cats cannot regulate their temperature in this way and rely mainly on panting and external cooling to lose heat from their bodies. This limits their ability to regulate their body temperature, which is why pet owners need to take action to minimize the risk of heat stress.

Some things you can do include:

  • Ensuring your pet has access to shade when outside, and the freedom to move into shaded areas;
  • Ensuring your pet has access to fresh drinking water inside and outside the house (ensure they are placed in a shady spot if outside and consider placing an extra bowl or two if you are leaving the house;
  • Avoiding excessive exercise/ avoiding exercise during the hot parts of the day/avoiding exercise entirely on very hot days;
  • Not leaving pets in the car, even with the windows open.

Signs of Heat Stress in your Pet

Being aware of signs of heatstroke may allow you to act quickly and prevent internal organ damage. These signs may include:

  • Excessive panting progressing to breathing distress;
  • Drooling, salivation
  • Very red or very pale gums;
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Restlessness, delirium, agitation, 
  • Seizures
  • Collapse/comatose

What to do if your suspect your pet has heat stress?

If your concerned that your pet it suffering from heat stress, remove your pet from the hot environment, wrap him or her in a wet towel or spray him or her with cool water onto the skin and fan to maximize heat loss and take home into your nearest veterinarian as soon as possible.

Protect your dog from Mosquitoes

It’s almost summer, but to us dog owners we know what season really is almost here: flea/tick/mosquito season. It’s that time of the year when you become wary of letting you dog walk through ominous-looking grass and uncut lawns. After all, mosquito bites carry deadly consequences and can transmit diseases like heart-worm and West Nile. But if encasing your dog in a protective, impenetrable bubble doesn’t work for you, here are some ways to keep your dog sage and bite-free all summer.

Whatever you do, DON’T use human insect repellent on your dog.Mosquito Protection-Dog

Human bug sprays are great for us, but they’re toxic for our furry friends. Deet, the main ingredient in most drugstore bug sprays, can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation when exposed to dogs.

When applying bug spray, make sure your dog doesn’t lick your skin, if they do, contact your vet immediately.

Avoid leaving standing water around your home.

Mosquitoes, much like humans, need water to live. Restricting their access to water is the best way to keep adult mosquitoes from breeding and, thus, unleashing more mosquitoes into your home.
To prevent this, eliminate any standing water around your home. You might also want to empty your dog’s water bowl at night when you know they won’t be drinking it.

Don’t walk your dog at peak mosquito times.

Just like how us humans have rush hours, mosquitoes have their own time of the day when they’re the most active, and those times are at dawn and dusk. Avoid walking your dog during these hours and they’ll be less likely to be bitten.

Buy insect-repellent products made for dogs.

Fairly self-explanatory, but stick to products that are made for dogs. That way you know they’re safe to use. Most flea and tick products are formulated to repel mosquitoes as well.
K9 Advantix and Bio Spot are two examples of great triple action products that should keep your dog free of bites all summer long. You can also buy sprays and other insect repellents from your pet store.

Don’t ignore natural remedies.Mosquito Protection-Dog

If you’re not comfortable using chemicals on yourself, let alone your dog, there are lots of natural remedies for mosquito prevention that work just as well as the chemical ones. Lemon eucalyptus oil is an effective repellent that keeps mosquitoes at with its repugnant smell.

Geranium oil and soybean oil when mixed together can also be used as a repellent. Although you can find products with these ingredients in health food stores, you can also mix together these oils yourself and make your own D.I.Y bug spray.

Fix any broken window screens in your home.

Most mosquitoes get into the home through open windows or broken window screens. If you wake up with new bites on your arms, your windows might not be protecting you and your dog as much as you think.

Be wary of any holes or tears in screens that might be letting bugs in. And don’t forget to fill in the gap between the air conditioner and the window frame, too.

How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

cute-343756Cats are creatures of habit and also especially clean. Litter box training is fairly easy, as it is in a cat’s nature to dig and bury their urine and excrement. If your cat is refusing to use the litter box, it is important to find out what may be causing this.

Reasons Why a Cat May Refuse the Litter Box

There are several reasons as to why a cat may be refusing to use the litter box from behavioral to a serious, emergency medical condition. The most important thing to keep in mind that cats never eliminate outside of their litter boxes out of anger or spite.

wildcat-356805First, check to see if the litter box is near anything that might make loud noises that may scare your cat. Appliances such as washers, dryers, and furnaces can be quite loud and litter boxes should not be in close proximity. Your cat might be afraid of the loud sounds coming from these. A remedy to this is moving the litter box to a more quiet area.

What type of litter box are you using? If the litter box is too small, your cat may avoid it. A cat needs to feel safe and an owner of the space they are eliminating in. If your cat is large, or long haired, and having trouble turning around in the box to find a “good spot” and be able to bury, they may look for another place to do their business. Are you using a covered or hooded litter box? This can also be a problem, especially for a larger cat. A cat’s whiskers alert them to how wide of a space they can fit through. If the opening to your hooded litter kitty litterbox is narrow enough that your cat’s whiskers brush against it, they may refuse to enter it. Cats prefer space over privacy. Try removing the hood and see if that helps.

You may also want to double check what type of litter you are using. There are myriad of choices: scoopable, clay, crystal, scented, unscented, etc. Cats typically prefer a sandier litter, so if you aren’t using a clay-based litter, give that a try. Also be sure there is enough litter in the box. One to two inches is perfect. Make sure the box is cleaned regularly and remember the rule of thumb: One litter box plus one for each cat.

cat-245750Your cat may be eliminating outside of the litter box due to stress or a medical condition. Did you recently get another pet? Move? Change your cat’s routine? Do you have more than one cat? If so, inter-cat aggression may be happening. When cats do not get along or one cat is afraid of another, they may be too frightened to use their litter box.

If your cat is still eliminating outside of his or her box, there may be an underlining medical cause. A common medical cause for litter box issues is “crystals” (a blockage in the urethra that makes it difficult or impossible for a cat to pass urine). If your cat suddenly starts attempting to urinate in places other than the litter box, especially if it seems they are straining and/or not passing very much urine, you need to see a vet as soon as impossible. This condition can become fatal for male cats in 24-72 hours.

Litter box issues can be frustrating, but with a bit of patience and investigation, they can be resolved quickly!

Presents 4 Pets

Presents For PetsThe National Association of Professional Pet Sitters is proud to announce our annual collection drive to benefit shelter and rescue pets!

National Animal Shelter Appreciation
October 1 – December 25, 2014

Presents 4 Pets is a nationwide program designed to help support local shelters and rescue groups and the animals they serve.

These abandoned pets need your help! You can provide for their comfort by donating:

Toys – Treats – Paper Towels – Gift Cards from Pet Stores– Pet Beds – Leashes – Collars – Canned Food – Pet Carriers – Pet Cage – Cat Litter – Coat/Sweater – Grooming Tools

For a donation pickup please contact:

Laura Mae Gay

Teaching Your Puppy to Stop Biting

Who doesn’t love the excitement of bringing home a new puppy?  Puppies make great new additions to families and their playful energy is a joy to have around.  However, many young puppies have a problem with biting and as they get bigger and stronger, this could become a problem.  It is natural for puppies to bite and mouth as they play with each other but their bites are harmful on human skin.  The following tips will help you teach your puppy to stop biting.

One way to curb your puppy’s biting habit is to make sure they understand that their bites are painful.  When dogs are playing with you, it is not their intention to actually hurt you so letting out a cry in response to a hard bite can get them to stop.  Letting your hand go limp when they bite hard will also get them to back off because they will naturally sense that they have bitten too hard.  This is usually a very effective method but if your puppy continues to bite hard, you may have to change the approach.

If you cannot get your puppy to understand that his bites are painful for you, then the next approach is to ignore the puppy when he bites hard.  You should still cry out to let the puppy know he is hurting you and then ignore him entirely so that he understands that playing will end if he bites.  You can either completely ignore your puppy by walking away or put him in a designated timeout area.  Puppies enjoy playing so much that stopping play when they bite will quickly teach them to drop the habit.

New puppies bring plenty of energy and excitement to a home but their biting habit can really put a damper on playtime.  Puppies learn to bite by playing with other puppies at a young age but they must understand that biting is harmful to people and that playtime will end if they continue to bite.  As your puppy gets older and understands the consequences of biting hard, he will learn to stop biting and play nice.