Pet Grooming at Wheaton Animal Hospital

IMG_1524Keeping your pet clean and well-groomed is an important part of your pet’s overall health and wellness. If not done regularly, your pet could suffer from matted fur, hotspots, ear and eye infections, ingrown toenails and even infection. Don’t worry, though, Wheaton Animal Hospital is available to help you with your pet grooming needs, be it at home or at our Bubbly Spa Grooming facility.

Pet Grooming at Home

A good at-home grooming routine includes brushing your pet’s coat and teeth, occasional bathing (too much and your pet’s skin will dry out), cleaning ears and eyes, and trimming his or her nails.   Continue…

Summer Fun: Traveling With Your Pets

Dog in the CarTraveling with your pets is a great way to spend your summer vacation – after all, your four-legged friends deserve to spend some of your much-needed downtime with you. After all, he or she works hard guarding the house, waiting by the door, and cleaning up spilled food while you work all day.

But traveling with pets does require a bit of planning and a few special considerations. So before you hit the road with your faithful companion, we hope you will consider the following tips and make your summer adventure a pet-friendly getaway for all involved.

Safety First

You buckle-up for safety, so why shouldn’t your pet? Restraining your pet while traveling not only reduces the odds of their behavior causing an accident, but also protects them from injury or escape if an accident does occur. Continue…

Help Wanted: How to Hire a Pet Nanny

iStock_000020427225_SmallWith summer just a heartbeat away, many of you are likely thinking about your pet’s plans this summer. You may need an alternative to boarding your pet while on a trip, or maybe you’re considering options for keeping your dog active during the day while you’re at work.

Hiring a pet nanny, be it a pet sitter or a dog walker (or a combination of the two), can be a great option for many pet parents – especially for those with a multi-pet household, or for pets that have severe boarding anxiety. But what do you look for when hiring this person? And where do you even start?

Help Wanted

If you’re looking to hire a pet nanny, you have a few options to consider.

Professional Services – There are, of course, professional pet sitting and dog walking businesses in our area. These can be a great option, especially if you’re looking for someone that is licensed and insured. However, you should always do your homework and Continue…

Happy Tails! The Ins and Outs of Boarding Your Pet

 

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With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty

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Reservations

Just as your favorite vacation destination reaches capacity during peak travel times, so do our boarding facilities. To ensure that your pet will be able to stay with us while you are away, we encourage you to book your pet’s stay at Wheaton’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos as soon as your own travel dates have been secured.

Sniff us out

Once your reservations are made, we encourage you to bring your pet in to “sniff us out” before the big stay. If possible, book an overnighter for your cat or dog so he or she can get an idea of what to expect during his or her stay. Or, bring your dog in for a day or two of Doggie Daycare at our facility. This is an excellent opportunity for your pooch to get to know our staff and relax and enjoy the fun we offer.

Even if a short stay is not possible, we encourage you to bring in your pet for a quick visit, at the very least. Getting to know the staff and smells of our kennel facility will go a long way in alleviating any anxiety when the big stay arrives.

For the records

For your pet’s safety, as well as the safety of all our borders, we require all pets staying at our Dog Suites and Kitty Condos to be current on their vaccinations. For dogs, this includes rabies, distemper/parvo/corona, and bordetella vaccinations as well as a fecal test. For cats, rabies, feline distemper, and bordetella vaccinations and a fecal test are required.

If your pet is not current on these vaccinations, or if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status, simply check with our friendly staff when making your reservation. We will be happy to schedule an appointment, if needed.

The big stay

As you pack for your big adventure, don’t forget to pack for your pet’s big adventure as well. We all like the creature comforts of home while we are away, and your pet is no different. Feel free to bring your pet’s favorite toy or blanket, or any little thing that might make him or her feel at home. Something with your scent on it is always a good choice. The smells of home are comforting for your pet and let him or her know that he or she has not been abandoned.

It’s also important to communicate any of your pet’s special needs to our staff, including allergies, anxieties, health concerns, grooming considerations, etc. It is our goal to make your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible, so whatever they may need is of great importance to us.

Finally, as you say your see-you-soons to your fuzzy friend, try to remember to stay calm and positive about the coming experience. If you are stressed and emotional, your pet will pick up on that and may become worried as well. But, if you’re excited, your pet will be too.

Should you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to take your reservation and answer any questions you might have.

Bon Voyage!

 

Top Ten Signs of a Top Notch Boarding Facility

It is hard enough to leave your pooch or puss behind when you have to be away from home, let alone select somewhere for them to stay.  Ease your worries by making sure your boarding facility displays all the signs of being a quality joint.

10.  Separate lodging for cats and dogs.  Especially for cats, this can be a big deal.  Make sure the cats and dogs are not intermingled.  Bonus points if cats are kept in an area that drowns out the noise of any barking dogs.

9.  Spacious accommodations.  Take a look and see if cage sizes seem appropriate to the size of the animal it contains.  Don’t forget your pet may be staying more than a night or two.

8.  Personalized care.  Special diet requirements, medication administration, or caretaking requests should be honored (within reason of course).

7.  Opportunity for exercise.  Particularly if your pet is staying more than a few days, it is important that they are allowed the ability to stretch their legs and burn off some steam.  Even pets that don’t require much exercise (couch potato kitties, older dogs) should be offered some form of interaction on a daily basis.

6.  Caring staff.  Talk to the people that will be taking care of your pets.  Oftentimes you can get a good feel for their level of commitment to their job and to their furry guests.

5.  Willingness for you to visit.  A good facility should be willing to have you come and take a look around.  This is often the best way to get a feel for the quality of care.

4.  A plan.  A top notch facility should know their policies, have a plan in place for medical emergencies, and ask you about your desires for specific situations.

3.  Cleanliness.  Of course anywhere that houses animals is bound to have some “accidents”, but overall pet’s living conditions should be clean and smells should be minimal.

2.  Vaccination and other health requirements.  If a boarding facility doesn’t ask for your pet’s vaccine status or de-worming history, chances are they haven’t asked for anyone else’s pet’s either.  Your pet can come into contact with diseases at a place such as this, and a conscientious operation will be on top of these types of issues.

1.  A genuine interest in your pet.  This is often what separates the good from the great.  A great facility will welcome your pet with open arms and offer the same caring touch that you would at home.  The presence of a true interest in your pet is what will make you the most comfortable leaving your baby.

Be sure to consider us for boarding if you’re taking some time away. We would love to take care of your loved one, and we’re sure you’ll find we match up to all of the criteria listed above!