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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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Cat sitting, 2000 year old cat etching and other cat news

Cat sitting services at The Pets’ Home in Oswego are here to take care of your cat in the comfort of your own home. We know how important our feline pets are to households and a recent article came out helping demonstrate just how true it is. When you hear the word geoglyph, you might think of ancient information and perhaps secrets– the sorts of things ancient societies could teach us. However, a cartoon-like cat may not be the first thing that comes to mind. 

That is just what archaeologists discovered recently in Peru. A 40 yard long image of a resting kitty spans across a hill that is thought to be older than any of the other prehistoric geoglyphs discovered in the area. It looks pretty cute and also shows just how important cats were to communities back then.

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With the Pets’ Home cat sitting, your felines can relax in the comfort of their own home when you use The Pet’s Home Kitty Vacation Care.

We will visit your cat(s) as many times as you like to provide love and attention on your cat’s own terms.

During those visits, we will take care of all of your essential cat needs like feeding and scooping of the litter boxes. And of course, your cat will get plenty of TLC from The Pet’s Home.

In addition, your home will get that lived-in look by having your mail, papers, and packages brought in, and lights rotated as requested.

In cute news, the word “zoomies” has been going around to refer to the action taken by cats and dogs where they all of a sudden decide to race around. This video describes a little about that phenomenon.

Read about the geoglyph

Call us at (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.

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.

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/

 

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.