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Best Pet-Friendly Communities in Venice, FL

Venice Jetty-Nokomis Jetty-Pet Friendly Communities

As the home of Sarasota County’s only dog beach, it is no wonder the “City on the Gulf” is considered one of the most pet-friendly locales in the Sunshine State. If you’re a pet lover considering visiting or relocating to Venice, FL, you’ll likely need to consider whether your housing is pet-friendly. As locals, we have compiled a list of the best 31 pet-friendly communities around town (including 6 on the island!) to help! If you’re considering a full-time, part-time, or “just sometimes” home in Venice, here is where you’ll find yourself amongst pet-loving neighbors:

 

Venice, FL on the Island

Aldea Mar Village by the Sea

An 11-acre villa and condo community directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Policy: 1 pet up to 30 lbs

 

(Photo Credit: SarasotaBayRealEstate.com)

 

 

Bella Costa

Close to downtown Venice and the Intracoastal Waterway, with fabulous water views from the upscale condo units. Pet Policy: 1 cat, no dogs

 

(Photo Credit: BellaCosta.org)

 

Jetty Villas

Right on the water and features a heated Gulf-front pool so you can enjoy a swim with views of the sea! Pet Policy: Max of 3 pets: 2 dogs up to 35 lbs, 1 cat

 

(Photo Credit: Hunt Brothers Realty)

 

Villa Veneto

Newly constructed villas and condos within walking distance of downtown, beaches, and the airport. Pet Policy: 2 pets – no weight limit

 

(Photo Credit: Hunt Brothers Realty)

 

 

The Waterfront on Venice Island

Penthouses overlook the ICW and a community dock allows for plenty of on-the-water recreation. Walking distance to all of the amazing entertainment Venice has to offer.  Pet Policy: 2 pets up to 35 lbs.

 

(Photo Credit: Bay Breeze International Realty)

 

Tra Ponti Villaggio

Brand new units close to Venice Performing Arts Center, Intracoastal Waterway, and Downtown Venice. This community is so new it is still under construction! Allows pets.

 

(Photo Credit: Bay Breeze International Realty)

 

 

Venice, FL

Auburn Lakes

Lakeview condos close to shopping, downtown, and Gulf beaches. Pet Policy: 2 dogs up to 25 lbs

 

Bird Bay Village 

Multiple pools, semi-private golf course, fitness center, and library in a resort-style community within walking distance from Gulf of Mexico beaches. Pet Policy: 1 pet any size

 

Casa di Amici at Venetia 

Gated condo community has everything you need – shopping, grocery, entertainment – within a mile. Pet Policy: 1 pet up to 35 lbs

 

Circle Woods of Venice

5 minutes from stunning beaches, this active community has detached villas and heated community pools. Pet Policy: 1 pet up to 85 lbs

 

Colony Place at Waterford

Small, gated community in Waterford Golf & Country Club, which offers a 27 hole championship golf course. Pet Policy: 2 large pets OK

 

Fairways of Capri Isles

Located around Capri Isles Golf Course, this community features temperature controlled community pools for comfort in winter and summer. Pet Policy: 2 dogs @ 25 lbs

Fountain View Villas

Pet Policy: Dogs of any size

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Pumpkin Pie For Pups: Recipe

Pumpkin Pie For Pups Recipe

Ever feel guilty for not being able to share Thanksgiving dinner with your dog? Us too! In a world of long-name ingredients, it’s hard to know what is safe to share with your pets and what’s harmful. That’s why we wanted to try this tasty, completely dog-safe pumpkin pie recipe to make sure pups are included in the festivities too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 16 oz can of pumpkin (plain)
  • 8 oz of plain low-fat yogurt (optional)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, or a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3-4 tbsp water

Now for the work:

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the oatmeal and flour together in a food processor. Add the applesauce slowly while continuing to run the processor. Add 3-4 tbsp of water slowly. Use only enough to make a dough ball – too much will make the dough sticky.

Lay a piece of wax paper out and spray lightly with olive or vegetable oil cooking spray. Roll dough out onto the wax paper and cut out 8 circles, about 4 inches across. You can also divide the dough into 8 small balls before you roll it out.

Spray a muffin tin lightly with the cooking spray and press the individual dough balls into the bottom and sides of the muffin tin. Bake for 8 minutes. Let the crusts cool before removing from the muffin tin.

Fill each crust with about 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of canned pumpkin and top with a dollop of yogurt (optional). They are now ready for your pups to enjoy!

 

Recipe courtesy of GoneToTheSnowDogs.com

 

 

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Slowing Down A Fast Eater

Slowing Down A Fast Eater – Ditch the Bowl!

by Ashley Sweeney

The way to a dog’s heart is often through their belly! Some dogs take it a bit further by eating like they have never tasted food before. Scarfing down meals can actually lead to scary health problems for your pup because dogs when they gulp their food, they are also taking in air with each bite. The most obvious danger is choking, but the air and food mixed together in the stomach can cause vomitting.

Taking in too much food and air can also cause Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (aka “bloat”), which may lead to a medical emergency if the stomach twists and ruptures. Bloat is especially dangerous for large chested breeds like Great Danes, Weimaraners, and Boxers.

dog bloat

So how can you bring your dog’s eating speed from NASCAR to Flintstone? Try ditching the bowl!

The biggest benefit of ditching the bowl is that you can use mealtime to strengthen your bond with your pup.  It sounds like a lot of work and you’re probably wondering how it all might fit in your everyday routine.

 

Here are a few ways you can fit non-bowl feeding into your life:

Daily Food Allowance for Training

Take whatever measurement of food your dog receives daily and use it for games and training instead of treats. The benefit here is that you become a walking food dispenser! That alone will motivate your dog to pay more attention to you. Seize the opportunity by teaching commands or tricks that you have been wanting to teach your pup. Take the food on your walks and use it to reward behaviors you want to reinforce, like loose-leash walking.

 

Play With Their Food

Making mealtime a game is a great way to build confidence in your dog. It is also an excellent way to make a seemingly mundane task like mealtime fun! Games can be as simple as sliding food across the floor to make your dog chase it, or hiding pieces around the house for them to sniff out. Once your pup has mastered this, up the ante by tossing kibble in the grass or making the hiding spots more challenging to find.

 

Towel Feeder

This game is so easy to prepare and is excellent for dogs of any age! It is especially rewarding for senior dogs who need a low-energy, low-impact puzzle to keep them stimulated. Take a standard towel and begin to make accordion folds. Place pieces of kibble between each fold and let your dog enjoy.

The bonus here is the mental stimulation of seeking and then finding, which all dogs will love. As with any activity, you want to balance the level of difficulty to what your dog can handle. If they are having trouble solving this activity, set them up for success by making some pieces easier to see or closer to the opening of the towel.

 

Need the bowl? Try a Slow-feeder!

Not everyone has time to spend playing games at every meal. Slow-feeder bowls come in a variety of difficulties to match your pup’s ability (let’s face it, not every dog is an Einstein).  The built-in nooks and crannies make your dog work a little harder to get their kibble out. This naturally slows down their eating, and making mealtime a slight challenge also provides mental stimulation to your pup. If the bowl alone isn’t slowing them down enough, get creative! Try adding pumpkin or a small amount of wet food and then freezing.

Purple Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

 

Dogs are individuals so it is important to try a few of these things and see which fits best into both of your lifestyles. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. These simple changes can create wonderful bonding opportunities by presenting new challenges for them to solve. Fulfilled dogs are much less likely to get themselves into trouble by being naughty. So, try it and let us know what your dog liked best!

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Why We Love Doggie Daycare – And You Should Too!

Doggie Daycare Benefits For You AND Your Dog!

How many times have you come home to a destroyed pillow or cushion? It can be enough to make you cry after a long day at work and this frustration is one of the top reasons people rehome their dog. Meeting all of your dog’s physical and mental needs is essential for a peaceful co-existence. Doggie daycare provides an awesome opportunity for your social dog to go burn off some energy on the playground with their canine friends. Here are some of the benefits it provides for both you and your pup:

Exercise

The most frequently reported dog behavior problems stem from one common denominator: lack of exercise. Dogs who do not exercise regularly become stir crazy with pent up energy. This most often leads to destructive behaviors, excessive barking, and/or over-excitability. Not only does this have a negative effect on your mentality, it is an unhealthy mental state for your pup too. Consider your dog’s age and play styles before signing them up for a full day of play. If doggie daycare is new to your pup, a half day or even just an hour or two may be enough to start with in the beginning, with a gradual progression up to a full day if desired. Your doggie daycare center should have staff trained to recognize the signs of a dog who is becoming tired, and have a private space for them to rest when they need it. Like kids, even the most social dogs can become grumpy and short-tempered when they are tired.

Canine & Human Socialization

In addition to socializing with other dogs, doggie daycare also provides plenty of opportunity for your dog to socialize with a variety of different people. Having this experience will make other life events, such as visits to the veterinarian or groomer, a breeze for your dog. Proper socialization will build their confidence by providing opportunities to learn appropriate social manners from both dogs and humans. If you are training a particular behavior, such as teaching your dog not to jump up when greeting, ask staff to reinforce the rules while your dog is in their care. Consistency is key!

Solve the Boredom Problem

Have you ever been stuck at work or home thinking, “get me out of here”? Your dog thinks that too – only they depend on you to cure it! Having a new place to explore with their sniffer gives your dog another piece of this great big world to conquer. Find a doggie daycare that has daily activities or a playful environment that will keep your dog engaged. The different sights & sounds alone will be enough to keep your dog entertained for some time.

Privacy Without Compromise

Dog walkers are an option for some, but are you comfortable with a stranger in your home? Privacy is something most everyone wants! Consider too whether this individual is qualified for this work. Are they properly insured? Do they have the experience to handle your dog? At doggie daycare, your dog will be with qualified caretakers in an enclosed play yard, and most places even allow you to check in on a webcam!

Guilt-Free Living

For pet owners who work, those hours can be a long time to stare at your pet’s picture, feeling guilty for not being able to take your dog with you every day. You find yourself wondering “Do they need a bathroom break? Are they bored? What are they doing?” Daycare provides your dog with plenty of time outside to potty, run around, and just enjoy the company of their friends until you are reunited. You can also feel good knowing that your dog is getting plenty of love and care from staff trained in making sure they have the best time possible.

Keep in mind that dogs are individuals just like us, and daycare isn’t right for every one of them. Always check with a veterinarian before changing your dog’s exercise regimen to ensure that their participation will not exacerbate any existing medical conditions. If your dog does not get on well with other pups, ask your pet care facility what other enrichment programs they can offer.


Here’s a peek at all of the fun your dog can have splashing in the pool at our Osprey location!

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How To Clean Cat Ears

Ear health is often overlooked by pet owners. Not only do dirty ears contribute to a stinky kitty, but they can lead to the development of other problems such as chronic ear infections, head tilting, loss of balance, and hearing loss. The answer to combating these preventable symptoms is regular ear cleaning!

Cleaning your cat’s ears at home may largely depend on their temperament. If you are not confident that your cat will tolerate you handling them in a way that allows you to complete the ear cleaning, seek the help of a qualified pet groomer or veterinarian. A mistake can cause injury to the ear canal and improper handling can lead to your cat injuring themselves or you.

If the ears appear to have discharge, a foul smell, or otherwise look irritated or infected, consult with your veterinarian before proceeding with ear cleaning.

How To Clean Your Cat’s Ears

Supplies Needed

  • Cotton balls
  • Cat ear cleaner of your choice
  • Ear powder (optional)

Instructions

1. Wait until your cat is relaxed and hold him in your lap with his rear facing toward you. You want him to back into your body if he tries to get away, giving you more control.

2. Gently fold back the flap of one ear to expose the opening of the ear canal.

3. Add several drops of ear cleaning solution to your pet’s ear and massage the base of the ear for 15 to 20 seconds. This helps the solution works its way into the ear canal.

4. Wet a cotton ball with a little more of the cleaning solution and gently wipe out your cat’s ear. If the cotton ball is very dirty, repeat this step with a fresh cotton ball to remove as much wax and debris as your can.

5. Wipe the inside of the ear clean with a dry cotton ball. If desired, add a little of the ear powder to the ear canal to help remove excess moisture.

 

Click here to download this guide as a printable PDF

When you are finished with the ear cleaning, make sure to provide plenty of praise to your kitty. Making the experience positive and rewarding for them will reinforce that ear cleaning isn’t so bad!

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Celebrate National Dog Day in Sarasota

5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day in Sarasota

They help us relieve stress, make us smile, and even help us with daily tasks. Dogs truly are human’s best friend! So this year on National Dog Day, give your pup something extra special to say Thanks for all you do! Here are 5 awesome ways to celebrate the day with your beloved pup!

1. Get out and play!

We’re so lucky to have many dog-friendly places in our area. Hit the 17th Street Paw Park to celebrate the day with other dogs and their owners. If that’s not your style, enjoy a nice leash walk at Bayfront Park/Marina – just don’t forget a leash! Sarasota approved new leash laws on May 1, 2017. The dog beach at Brohard Paw Park in Venice is a must-do for dogs that love to swim! This park also offers fenced, shaded areas outfitted with fresh water fountains and doggy showers to rinse off before heading home. (Read more about the leash law changes here.)

2. Train a new skill

Training is an excellent way to build the bond between you and your dog. Just like humans, dogs need practice to keep a sharp mind! Practice things your dog already knows, then up the ante by trying it in a more challenging environment. Or, if you’re up for it, teach them something entirely new! Even senior dogs love the opportunity to learn. What’s that saying about old dogs and new tricks?

3. Give ’em a spa day!

Whether your dog has a short or long coat, they’ll love a good scrub in the tub. As a bonus to making your dog feel great, you’ll get to enjoy their lovely fresh smell and clean coat. Dogs with skin issues will especially appreciate some soothing relief. Add on a pawdicure or facial for that true spa experience!

4. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or rescue

Some dogs are still patiently waiting for a person to call their own. Sarasota has a wealth of animal organizations who are spending every single day caring for local pets who have yet to find a home. Lend them a helping hand by spending time with a long-term resident who could really use a little extra love. Our local Humane Societies have a great list of animal resources in ManateeSarasota and Charlotte Counties.

5. Learn more about your dog

Do you consider yourself a dog expert? If not, there are plenty of books out there to get you to that level! Visit a local bookstore and browse their collection of books about canine personalities and behavior. A great one to start with is Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz.

 

Have bigger plans for the day? Tell us about your favorite dog-friendly activity in the comments!

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“Pawtism” Puppy: Classroom Dog For Easter Seals

“Pawtism” Puppy: Autism Classroom Dog For Easter Seals of Southwest Florida

Autism is a life-long disorder for which there is no known cause, cure, or singular effective treatment. Experts agree that early diagnosis and intervention are critical in helping people with autism better their outcomes in the future. Therapy and treatments can help people with autism make significant progress, and can help them lead meaningful and productive lives.

Over the last few months, we have been excitedly developing a new, unique program with our neighbors at Easter Seals of Southwest Florida. Our collective vision has been to train a canine companion, AKA “Pawtism” dog, for Easter Seals’ classrooms. Research has shown that the presence of a dog helps autistic children be more attentive and socially engaged in the classroom. Much thought went into how we can use the therapeutic nature of dogs to offer this much needed service to the children of Easter Seals. Equally as important to us was that the puppy have a home life where he can “turn off” his working brain at the end of the day and just be a dog. Beverly Landers, Certified Assistant Occupational Therapist at Easter Seals Southwest Florida, has generously offered to be this pup’s “person” and provide him with a great life! We will be joining her in adopting a puppy from Humane Society of Sarasota County this afternoon.

Beverly is very excited about this opportunity and is ready to welcome this tiny ball of fur into the Easter Seals community. She will be tasked with caring for the puppy and being his training partner every step of the way. They will enjoy learning together, as she becomes familiar with all of the training and intricate details of a service dog’s life.

It was important to us that this “Pawtism” puppy come from a local rescue. Finding a puppy can be tough – finding the RIGHT puppy for this very important job proved to be much tougher! John Pfohler, trainer at Humane Society of Sarasota County, was instrumental in assisting us by evaluating many different pups and finding just the right one.

John and Bayside Pet Resort trainer Murisa Kippin collectively have over 35 years of animal training experience, including exotics and service animals. They already work together closely on our “Pets for Vets” program, a partnership between Humane Society of Sarasota County and Bayside Pet Resort  to find perfect canine companions who will assist military veterans in our community. Working together, Murisa and John coordinate training of both the dog and the individual, helping the pair bond and learn to work as one.

white german shepherd service dog

L to R: John Pfohler, Julie Dejnowski, Rico & his Pets For Vets program service dog Stella, Murisa Kippin

Humane Society of Sarasota County has been incredible in supporting this program! Not only did they surprise us by offering to donate the puppy for this program, but they have also generously donated a training crate, obedience training classes, and veterinary care for a year at their animal clinic! In addition, they will help us certify the “Pawtism” pup as an official therapy dog after his first birthday.

Easter Seals of Southwest Florida will be having a puppy naming contest at their campus on Monday August 7th. Their students will all get a chance to vote for their favorite puppy name, which they will be helping to care for when he is in the classroom. Easter Seals students will be a central part of the puppy’s life, helping to feed and water him, exercise him, and walk him over to Bayside for play and pampering!

This little pup will be the first “Pawtism” facility dog of its kind in the area. We are beaming with excitement as we dive into this program! Stay tuned for puppy pictures and training updates!

Learn more about Easter Seals and the amazing service they provide to our community by visiting their Services webpage at http://easterseals-swfl.org/services/

 

***UPDATE: AUGUST 7, 2017***

Easter Seals students voted on the name of their new furry classmate today! The votes are in and the winner is…

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Bayside Pet Resort Breaks Ground on Fourth Facility

Bayside Pet Resort Breaks Ground on Fourth Facility

Sarasota, Florida, United States – July 19, 2017

Bayside Pet Resort Lakewood Ranch Artist Rendering

Bayside Pet Resort begins construction on its fourth location in Lakewood Ranch, Florida on July 28th, 2017. This facility builds on the vision of offering the best dog and cat boarding, day care, and training for its customers.

Bayside Pet Resort is breaking ground on the new Bayside Pet Resort of Lakewood Ranch facility on July 28th at 4PM, at 15117 Garnett Trail, Lakewood Ranch, Florida. This will be the fourth location for the local pet care organization. Bayside Pet Resort offers 5 – star canine and feline lodging, doggy daycare, professional pet grooming, and dog training.

The vision for the Bayside family of pet resorts has always been giving back to the community. Entrepreneurs, philanthropists, animal lovers, and owners, Robert and Lynn Huff opened their first location in Sarasota in 2012, after retiring from the health care industry. Mr. Huff recently described why they got involved with pet care: “We created 5-star resorts because our beloved pets deserve the same quality of care as we give to people”. He added, “We’re extremely excited to continue our tradition of service to pet owners in the Lakewood Ranch Area”

The Bayside team then discovered the need for a quality pet spa in the University Park area, and opened the Bayside Pet Spa at the corner of Honore Ave. and University Parkway a year later. The fun Parisian-themed day spa for pets offers many of the same amenities that might be found at a human spa.

Forever pursuing his vision, Mr. Huff then opened Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey, the third location in BPR’s portfolio, in December 2015. This newest location filled a need in South Sarasota and Venice for quality pet care. Among the 5-star amenities available for canine and feline guests are an in-ground saline filtered swimming pool, 24/7 webcams, and suites with private outdoor lanais. This location’s footprint will serve as the model for the newest facility in Lakewood Ranch.

To ensure his vision was seen to fruition, Robert consulted with Sivitz Innovative Design of Sarasota and J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp of Venice, converting a dilapidated mobile home park into what is now the beautiful Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey.

Pet owners in Lakewood Ranch can expect the same high level of care in their neighborhood sooner than they think, as Bayside Pet Resort prepares to break ground on the new resort at Lorraine Corners.

For more information on Bayside Pet Resort at Lakewood Ranch, check out our page at http://www.baysidepetresort.com/bayside-pet-resort-at-lakewood-ranch/

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5 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

5 Reasons To Microchip Your Pet

Did you know more pets go missing in July than any other year of the month? Yep, it’s true! Fireworks and summer fun can be scary for your pet – scary enough where they may take off or accidentally slip out the door! And without a way to tell a human their home address, how will your pet get back to you?

Tags can be a great way to let someone know your pet is lost and who they belong to, but what if the tags fall off in their travels or worse, removed by the person that finds them?

Luckily, in the age of technology there is an invisible solution: Microchips!

These tiny, important identification chips are excellent because they can’t be removed – and they will last for the life of your pet. As soon as someone scans your pet’s chip, your contact information will pop up so your pet can find their way back to you. Just remember to keep your contact information up-to-date!

Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping your pet today.

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Pets & Vets: Stella, From Shelter Dog to Service Dog

Stella: From Shelter Dog to Service Dog

For the last few months, we have quietly been working behind the scenes with Humane Society of Sarasota County on a program called Pets & Vets to benefit military veterans in our community.

Each individual is unique in the way that they process the experiences and traumas of military deployment. Some of the after effects of war are visible while many others are not.

Professional trainers Murisa Deighton and John Pfohler (HSSC) carefully evaluate each pet to determine who will best meet an individual’s needs. The program also provides post-match support, including veterinary care at HSSC’s animal clinic and free training classes. Pets & Vets mission is to provide an environment for veterans to connect with animals, and use their companion to connect with others. Murisa and John have successfully matched multiple veterans with animals who meet their needs.

We are especially proud of our trainer, Murisa, who has been working for the last few weeks on transforming Stella, an HSSC rescue dog, into a service dog for a local veteran. Throughout the course of regular obedience training, Stella showed exceptional focus and an aptitude for learning.

After a few weeks of intensive training, Stella stayed at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota for a few days to fine tune her skills before heading home. Stella has since gone home with her dad, and both couldn’t be happier to be together!

white german shepherd service dog

 

Joining people who need animals, with animals who need homes, has been such a rewarding experience for our team. We are so proud of Murisa for this incredible accomplishment! As this program continues, we hope to bring you news of many more happy stories as we continue to help Humane Society of Sarasota County find the best possible homes for their adoptable pets.

 

To learn more about the philanthropic work Bayside Pet Resort is doing, visit our philanthropy page.

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