Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Help protect your pet's paws in the snow and slush!

Protect Your Pet's Paws  
When They Are Outside!

The snow has started to fall!

This makes it a tough time for pets and their paws!  When there is ice and snow, there lots of melting products on the ground and most of them are made from salt.  And that can be cause for concern for your pet’s paws and paw pads.

When your pet walks through the ice and snow, particles of salt, sand or even ice crystals can become lodged between the pads. Your dog may even swallow some of the salts by licking his paws, which can make him sick. 

Protecting your pet’s paws and paw pads are an important part of your dog's health!  What are your ‘tips and tricks’?

Here are 6 tips that I have tried to keep my dogs’ paws healthy and safe in the winter:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Have you ever wondered what makes enclosed spaces so appealing to your feline friend?

What is so attractive about those ‘box like objects’ like drawers in the kitchen, bath or bedroom?  Why are they drawn to laundry baskets, paper bags and even a kitchen or bathroom sink?

In my years observing cats and looking at the behavior associated with some of their activities, these ideas come to mind:
They feel secure and safe in these enclosed spaces, these spaces ‘belong to them’, especially of there is another pet or new member of the household.

Many cats seem especially playful in and around boxes.  They can spend hours jumping in and out of the same box.  Have you ever noticed how many ways they can pounce on and around a box?  Why do they seeming appear to be stalking the box?  Is it that predatory instinct in them?  And what fun these little environments seem to be!

Have you ever seen a cat more comfortable than they are curled up and cozy in a drawer or box?  Usually there is a warm blanket or piece of your clothing or a towel that they associate with you and your scent that makes the space even more special.

Cats seem to instinctively prefer smaller, more confined spaces.  They love to burrow deep into their safe space in a world all to themselves.

Just make sure to keep an eye on your feline to make sure they don’t get left behind in a closet or drawer, make sure to check any open space that could potentially and unknowingly get closed off (warm dryer space, closet space) and that the boxes don’t have any tears or ways for them to get hurt!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dogs may be even smarter than we think!

Our canine friends may have discovered the "Secrets of Contented Living"!
  1. Never pass up a chance to go for a ride
  2. Always greet your loved ones enthusiastically – even if they’ve only been gone for 5 minutes
  3. Sometimes, obedience IS the best strategy
  4. Carve out your niche…..and be sure to let others know when they have invaded your space
  5. Find time to talk long walks and to play every day
  6. Eat with gusto
  7. Be a loyal, dependable BFF (best friend forever)
  8. Enjoy those naps we all crave
  9. If you see someone who is having a bad day, stay close, nuzzle them and let them know you care
  10. Don’t take an occasional scolding too personally…’ll forget it soon enough
  11. When you are happy, show it 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Think carefully when choosing a retractable leash for your dog!

As convenient as this type of leash seems to be, there are many more reasons why pet owners should seriously consider using them in limited situations, if any. 

There are reasons why retractable leashes aren't recommended for your dog….they can be dangerous and cause accidents (cuts, burns, tangled dogs and owners).  Often, a dog can become injured when they are jerked when they abruptly get to the end of the leash (after suddenly running after that rabbit or other dog they saw out of the corner of their eye).  Also, you may stop at a corner, but the dog may continue walking and get hit by a car, bike, truck or even a person.

Retractable leashes can actually encourage dogs to pull. The amount of leash we provide is inconsistent….so the boundaries of what is acceptable is confusing. Sometimes they are given 2 feet, sometimes 6 feet, and if they pull a little harder, they may be given 10 feet. Then, when we are in a busy area, we only give them a few feet so they begin to pull.  Think about how confusing this can be!

So before you grab the retractable leash, consider these things: 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Welcome to the new Pets Are Inn Blog!!!

I am so fortunate to have been the owner of Pets Are Inn for over twenty years, and it’s no secret that I love PETS!!   Everyday I wake with a grateful heart that so many pet owners have trusted me with the care of their furry family!

One of the things I enjoy most is the constant interaction with fellow pet lovers!  Over the years, I have gained some exceptional advice and hands on experience with our pets and the people who love them!

I have been asked for some time now to help pet owners with a variety of issues, concerns or challenges that they have had with their pets and have decided that it’s time for me to start a blog!

AND I would love to hear from you! 

What are your concerns?

What do you want to learn and talk about with other pet owners?

What can you share?

Let’s get started!  

Thank you!

Ann Platt,

Boarding Pet in Private Homes since 1982

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

“Our time with George, the long hair miniature dachshund"

As the owner of Pets Are Inn, I have met so many wonderful pet lovers who have decided to join our team of host families!

Here is one of recent stories (from hosts Karin and Keith) that they shared with George’s owners after he stayed with them, and what a time they all had!

We first met George when he was just a few months old....and now he is almost 6 months and so full of that wonderful puppy energy and enthusiasm!