Cheering Up Your Pup With Pet Daycare: A Pet Blog

Stress-Free Travel For Your Cat—Ten Top Tips

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stress-Free Travel For Your Cat—Ten Top Tips

The journey to the cattery can be stressful and upsetting for your pet.  Here are ten top tips to keep your kitty chill en route to her holiday home. Make sure that your cat is secure in her carrier before you set off so that your pet cannot escape into the car while you’re driving.  Driving with a panic-stricken cat hurtling around the inside of your car is not only dangerous; it’s very frightening for your pet.   When choosing a cat carrier, pick a solid one with an opening at the front and also on the top.  Your cat will be able to see out of the front of the carrier so that she won’t become disorientated, and the detachable top will make the carrier easier to clean.   Well before you need to travel your cat leave the carrier open with a blanket, some toys and some food inside to encourage your pet to explore the carrier and become familiar with it.   Choose a blanket that has your scent or your cat’s scent on it and place it in the carrier.  You can help to reduce travel anxiety by spraying the blanket with a pheromone calmer that you can obtain from your vet.    When you’re ready to take your cat to the cattery, don’t try to shove her through the front door of the carrier!  Remove the top and place her gently inside.  If she resists or begins to panic, wrap her firmly inside a towel sprayed with calmer and place her inside the carrier.  Allow her to settle before quietly replacing the carrier top.   Place the carrier on the back seat of the car behind the passenger seat and secure it by placing a seat belt across it.  Drape a towel over the carrier to help keep your cat calm and talk to her throughout the journey.   When you arrive at the cattery, be careful not to bump the carrier against your legs as you carry it from your car.  Hold the carrier by the handle on the top and place your other hand underneath it to prevent it from swinging as you walk.  Your cat may become frightened if she feels that the carrier is unsteady or if she loses her balance and falls over inside it.   When waiting in the cattery reception area, place the carrier on the floor in front of you so that your cat can see you, and keep talking to her.  There will be lots of strange noises and smells for your pet to take in, and talking to her will reassure her that she’s safe.   Remove food from your cat several hours before you travel her.  If she has a full stomach and becomes upset, she’s more likely to vomit or mess in the carrier which is very unpleasant for both your pet and for you.  In addition, if she’s hungry when she’s placed in her cage at the cattery, she’s more likely to settle in quickly by tucking into a meal.   Follow the same protocol when collecting your cat from the cattery after your holiday.  It’s a good idea to keep your pet inside for a day when you arrive home to allow her to re-orientate herself with her home. In...

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3 Reasons Dogs Can Experience Stomach Upsets in Boarding Kennels

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Dogs Can Experience Stomach Upsets in Boarding Kennels

An upset stomach is a common issue experienced by dogs during their first day or two at a boarding kennel and can manifest as vomiting, loss of appetite or diarrhoea. If it’s not generally considered a sign your dog is unhappy at the kennels or that they’ve had any negative experiences there, what causes it? If you call the boarding kennel during the first day or two or your dog’s stay and they mention your dog has had an upset stomach, it’s likely a result of one of the following: Altered Diet Your dog will be fed whatever brand of food the kennel serves as standard, and while there’s probably nothing wrong with the quality of this food, a change in diet can upset your dog’s stomach for a few days until they adjust. This happens because your dog’s digestive enzymes adapt to metabolise the food they’re used to eating, so when they eat a new type of food their digestive system can struggle to cope with the food until their digestive enzymes adapt. You can eliminate this cause of stomach upset by providing the kennel with an ample supply of your dog’s own food. Additionally, leave clear instructions about permissible treats and details of any special dietary needs. Change-related Stress A change of environment can lead to temporary stress as your dog gets to grips with their short-term home and new routine. Abdominal upset is a common manifestation of stress, and while some stress at various points in your dog’s life is inevitable, there are steps you can take to minimise the stress your dog feels when starting their stay at a boarding kennel. First, prepare your dog for their stay by taking them to visit the kennel and get acquainted with the staff. This will introduce them to the strange noises and smells when they feel safe with you and they’ll remember visiting with you. Second, take a few of your dog’s favourite toys and a blanket to the kennel when you drop them off. These items will comfort your dog and also have the familiar scent of home. Third, choose a kennel that recognises the importance of stress management and has protocols in place for settling new dogs such as additional one-on-one time with the staff and time set aside each day for petting and playing. A Virus Contagious bugs are inevitable in kennels in the same way they are in schools. With lots of dogs boarding in close quarters, it only takes one dog with a virus to infect the whole kennel population. Thankfully, viruses tend to last just a few days and shouldn’t be serious as long as your chosen kennel has strict admittance criteria and checks the vaccination records of all potential boarders. Before settling on a particular boarding kennel, check what procedures they have in place for isolating dogs that are ill, how they arrange care for sick dogs and who’s liable for any vet bills incurred as a result of illness caused by another dog. A good boarding kennel will have transparent operating practices and will let you know if your dog has experienced a stomach upset during their stay, so ask them to outline their process for this. If your dog does experience a stomach upset while you’re away, try...

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