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All About Dog Dehydration

It’s that time of year again! While July is a great time to enjoy the beach, pool, barbeques, and more, it is also crucial for pet health awareness. The heat index, especially in warmer climates such as Florida, can be unbearably hot especially if your entire body is covered with fur. Here are some helpful tips our pet health experts at Bayside use to identify and avoid dehydration while still enjoying the outdoors.

The Signs of Dehydration

For starters, it is widespread for veterinarians to see dehydration cases because it can be so difficult to understand and identify. It’s essential to recognize the signs of dehydration early as they are progressive, meaning if you wait they could escalate into a bigger issue. Here are the most commonly known symptoms of canine dehydration;

  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting with or without diarrhea
  • Reduced energy levels and lethargy
  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry, sticky gums
  • Thick saliva

Our trusted veterinarian partners recommend performing a “skin tent” for your pup if you suspect they could be dehydrated. Simply give a gentle pull on the skin of your dog’s neck, the longer it takes your pet’s skin to snap back into place indicates their level of dehydration. A quick snap back indicates hydration while a slow return of their loose skin could mean your pet is severely dehydrated.

How Can I Protect My Pet From Dehydration?

The first step to a quick recovery is often prevention. Practice the skin tent method with your pet at home during normal activities to become familiar with how their skin reacts.

1. Always carry and offer water to your pet

Just like us, dogs may need a drink during unexpected times throughout the day varying due to activities. It’s best to come prepared and have a collapsible water bowl and bottle for your pet. Before you leave home, ensure they’ve had ample water.

Picky drinker? If your pet takes some coaxing to get their daily water intake in, try occasionally adding a couple of drops of sodium-free chicken broth to their bowl. You can also prompt them to drink water by adding it to their daily food bowl. If your pet loves ice cubes, try giving them some to play with! This activity is also a great mental stimulant and a perfect way to combat hot summer days.

2. No exercise in excessive heat

Similar to their human counterparts, a dog’s internal temperature cannot safely exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend taking utmost extreme caution when external temperatures reach 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

Be sure to limit your pet’s outdoor playtime during these periods of extreme heat. If your pet is enjoying some outside playtime, always provide them with plenty of water and a shaded area.

At Bayside Pet Resort, we are proud to offer luxury amenities and are dedicated to our safety procedures. Atop of daily 5-point health inspections for all guests, every member of our team is certified in Knowing Dogs. One preventative measure we take is that our daycare guests are on a strict indoor/outdoor rotation system to avoid overheating–but rest assured the outdoor play area has plenty of water, shade, cool-air misting fans, and an in-ground saltwater pool (which is great for their skin, by the way!).

 

Let your pet join us for a day of play or lodging in a fun, safe, and luxurious environment! Give us a call at one of our conveniently located Suncoast locations listed below;

Sarasota – (941) 351-0730

Osprey – (941) 244-4930

Lakewood Ranch – (941) 755-3047

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Adopting a Rescue Pet – The “3/3/3” Rule

While every dog is different, when adopting a dog, it is still helpful to understand the 3-3-3 rule. The 3-3-3 rule applies to how long a dog will take to adjust to their new home. There are steps to take at certain milestones; 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months. When they’re first brought home, it’s very possible the dog will be overwhelmed with many different emotions and may just want to curl up and sleep. This is typical behavior as they’re adjusting to their new environment.

The First 3 Days

When they are first brought home, it’s good to first take them on a walk outside of the property so they can become familiar with their new surroundings. This initial walk will help set the boundaries on the leash and learn to provide a guideline on how they listen to you. After this, take the dog inside on the leash and lead them around each room for a few minutes. It’s important to remain calm and not talk to them throughout this process as they are already overwhelmed and adjusting. It’s necessary to establish boundaries by leading them to their food area and giving them a small amount of food so they know the boundaries of feeding time. Next, take them into the room where they will sleep and let them off the leash so they can investigate. During these first 3 days, it is important to stay calm, set boundaries, give them their space, give them direction while establishing a daily routine, limit social interaction, and be patient.

The First 3 Weeks

During the 3-week period, the dog will start to feel more settled into a daily routine of potty breaks, eating, and walk times. At this point, they will also start to test their boundaries. They may start to act out so it is important to reinforce these boundaries and make sure to stay within the routine. Behavioral issues may start to show up and increase if not attended to properly. One may want to seek help from a professional trainer to break these behaviors to avoid them sticking around. At this time, it is also important to start working on basic training. During this, make sure to give the dog clear directions, give calm feedback, and praise every success they have. 

The First 3 Months

Once the 3-month mark is reached, the dog will start to accept their home and trust their new environment. They will now grasp their everyday routine and understand it as well as their good behaviors falling into place. This is not the time however to let up on training. It is important to keep up with it and even push more if needed. A bond between you and your adopted dog will start to form and remember to use affection to grow this bond even more. Continue to practice their daily routine, be attentive, and most importantly continue to love them each and every day.

 

If you are in the consideration stage of adopting a new pet, we are fortunate to have several amazing shelters along the Suncoast area. Remember to Adopt Don’t Shop and consider some of these great non-profit organizations when finding your next furry family member;

Don’t forget–Bayside loves rescue pets! We are here for your family whether you’re traveling, spending the day at work, or your pet just needs some special time at their favorite pet resort. Call us to book your appointment today!

Sarasota – (941) 351-0730

Osprey  – (941) 244-4930

Lakewood Ranch – (941) 755-3047

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4 Grooming Tips to Help Beat the Heat this Summer

With the warmer weather here, now is the perfect time to get out and about with your dog! As you go on your daily walks, runs, and excursions with your pup, remember that these warmer summer months will require additional maintenance to keep your pet happy and healthy. Depending on the breed of your companion, maintaining their fur can be a painstaking task. With summer around the corner, let’s review what it takes to keep our little companions’ coats under control.

Get Familiar with Your Dogs Breed

There are hundreds of different breeds of dogs, that all have their own set of grooming needs. Some require little to no maintenance like a Beagle, Boxer, or other short-haired dogs. Most medium to long-haired breeds require a bit more attention and will require maintenance every couple of days. Longer-haired dogs, such as Golden Doodles, Collies, and Terriers will require the most maintenance, especially during these warmer months.

It’s wise to research your pet’s specific breed to learn what it takes to keep their fur in good condition. Use what you learn to get an idea of how well they train for a grooming routine, behave with professional groomers, best tools for at-home care, etc.

Another insight from breed research is learning how they interact with other animals and people of different ages. If your pet’s breed tends to show aggression to other animals, they’ll require training before visiting the groomer or doggy daycare as there will be other dogs around. Aggressive behavior examples are excessive barking, growling, and attempting to bite or attack another being.

Taking the time to learn a bit about the specificity of your dog’s breed will help you prepare for the first grooming appointment. If you happen to have a mixed breed, try to do research about each type of breed that makes up your dog and use your best judgment when making your grooming decisions.

PC: Scissor work by Lakewood Ranch Groomer Jean Boggs

Establish a Grooming Routine

Training your pet to feel comfortable when it’s time for grooming can be challenging but is key to keeping their coat healthy. Most professional groomers require your pet to behave properly during the appointment in order to protect themselves and the animal.

A best practice for getting any pet into a grooming routine is by rewarding their good behavior with treats after the session. If the pet shows any signs of aggression or discomfort, pause for a couple of hours so they don’t have negative feelings about the experience.

Once you have them comfortable enough for regular grooming, they will look forward to seeing you with a brush in your hand! Brushing is a great way to bond with your pet and eliminate dead fur before it reaches the furniture. Depending on the length of their coat, brushing may be required as often as daily to prevent matting. Mats are dense formings of fur which can be painful and leave your pet vulnerable to other health issues. A rule of thumb is if your pet is long-haired, more brushing is required and if they’re short-haired, the coat doesn’t need as much attention.

Another area to keep a close eye on is the paws. This can also be challenging as most household animals aren’t comfortable with their paws being touched but with time they will grow more used to it with treats and gentle care. Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will keep them feeling comfortable when moving and save you some undesired scratches.

However, inexperienced nail trimming can result in bleeding and a trip to the vet. When trimming your dog’s nails, be sure to not trim past the curve of the nail. Trimming your dog’s nails is often the hardest task to do on your own so make sure to be patient both with your dog and yourself the first few times.

The easiest task of at-home grooming is providing your dog with flea and tick preventative medicine. Ask your vet for their recommendation on which brand should be used for your pet, but you can purchase well-known brands such as Advantage at your local pet store. The vet should also give instructions on how often these treatments should be applied to provide consistent prevention.

PC: Scissor work by Lakewood Ranch Groomer Jean Boggs

Getting the Right Tools

If you’ve found yourself unsure what trimmers or clippers are right for your pet, you’re not alone. It can be overwhelming trying to find the right tools to properly groom your pet at home and not cause them any harm.

For those who are serious about taking their at-home grooming to the next level, a grooming table is a must-have. These specially designed tables have a variety of features to make the process easier and most commonly have a grooming loop, which holds your pet in place and makes the interaction safer for both of you.

Clippers are another valuable addition to your at-home grooming supply. Attempting to remove mats with scissors can be traumatizing to the animal and create some nasty wounds; This is where clippers come in handy. A quality clipper features multiple speeds, guiding combs, and blades to accommodate more difficult areas of your pet’s coat.

After you’ve got the fur under control, it’s time for a bath! Washing your pet in the family bathtub is not recommended as it can damage the tub and is not designed for an excited or scared animal. A more common alternative is washing outdoors, usually with a hose, but this can be counterproductive as their wet fur will pick up mud and grass. The optimal way to bathe your pet at home is with a grooming tub. These tubs are often made of metal and have a hose, grooming loop, etc., which makes the bathing process much easier.

Acquiring all the necessary equipment for at-home grooming has great benefits but the price tags can leave your wallet in a tough spot if not prepared. For pet owners who want to keep their dog’s coat in top shape in between grooming appointments, investigating alternative payment methods may be worth your time. If you can, try to find all the gear you need from one retailer as most companies today offer payment plans and layaway options. If a retailer repayment plan does not work for you, you can use the funds from a personal loan to help ease the initial cost of your purchases. Whatever repayment route you decide to take, you will find peace of mind with a set-in-stone plan to pay off your new equipment, instead of draining your wallet all at once.

PC: Scissor work by Lakewood Ranch Groomer Jean Boggs

Schedule Professional Grooming Appointments

Grooming at home can be a headache, especially if you struggle to gain your companions’ cooperation or lack the necessary equipment. Bayside Pet Resort specializes in dog grooming and knows what it takes to make your pup feel at home.

Let’s face it, days fly by into weeks and your pet needs the attention it deserves without feeling like a chore. While you’re at work, comfort yourself by checking in on your pet through our live cameras that cover multiple play areas throughout our facilities. You might catch them making a new best friend!

Our top-of-the-line service guarantees your satisfaction by keeping your pet our number one priority. We document how we took care of your pet each appointment to prevent any confusion if they have to be booked with a different groomer.

 

To save yourself time & hassle, schedule your next grooming appointment with our Professional Groomers!

Sarasota | (941) 351-0730

Osprey | (941) 244-4930

Lakewood Ranch | (941) 755-3047

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Best DIY Dog Treat Ingredients

DIY Dog Treat Ingredients

Here at Bayside Pet Resort, we love to see pets happy and healthy. A great add-on that we offer for your pet’s stay is gourmet treats. Treats are one of the many great ways to reward your pet–and can also aid with anxiety as a coping mechanism in their new space. We are happy to prepare and serve fresh gourmet treats in your pets’ suite once they are settled in.

One of our greatest assets is our General Manager Julie, who is known around Sarasota for her crafty pup-sicle recipes. She has a long history in the Pet Care Industry and inspires us daily to create new pup-sicle recipes. Although we know dogs love chomping on our fresh gourmet treats, we think they would love them just as much when served by Mom or Dad! Here are some great ingredients you can combine, freeze, and serve to your special furry friends.

  • Yogurt

Yogurt is a great base to mix with many of the upcoming ingredients. Not only is it a good source of protein and calcium, but it’s a great probiotic. We recommend using plain greek style yogurt– or kefir (fermented milk) a healthy favorite!

  • Banana

Bananas are great for your dog because they have a high fiber content. This means they can help your dog move food through their digestive track and resolve issues like; constipation, diarrhea, or blockages. They’re also a good boost of Vitamin C!

  • Peanut Butter

Most of us know this one. Peanut Butter provides nutrients, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Fun fact: it includes folic acid and magnesium that help your dog metabolize B complex vitamins.

  • Carrot

Carrots are low-calorie but high in fiber and beta-carotene (which produces Vitamin A). If they’re served in the whole bits, this crunchy treat can help improve dental hygiene!

  • Honey

Honey is the source of antioxidants such as; Vitamins A, C, and E. It will also help reduce inflammation. We recommend using locally sourced raw honey to boost their immune system.

  • Blueberry

Blueberries are an amazing superfood that is rich in antioxidants preventing cell damage, this goes for humans too! They’re also packed with fiber and phytochemicals, a chemical produced by plants that help them resist fungi, bacteria, and infections.

  • Chicken Broth

Chicken broth is full of amino acids (glycine and collagen) which can promote good hydration, joint health, along with good liver and kidney function. We recommend using a no sodium bone broth for maximum health benefits.

  • Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkins are a tasty way to soothe and regulate your pet’s digestive system. Whether it’s diarrhea or constipation pumpkin puree is a great topper or treat ingredient to get them back on track. It’s also a good way to get Vitamin E, potassium, and beta carotene.

  • Strawberry

These low-calorie sweets are also full of antioxidants, high in fiber, and Vitamin C. Did you know you and your pup can enjoy these treats along with the benefits of teeth whitening? Now that’s a treat!

  • Apple

Apples are another sweet source of Vitamin A and C, potassium, as well as antioxidants! Don’t peel them–the skin is where your pet can find the most fiber. We recommend this treatment to help your dog maintain a healthy weight and assist with digestive functions. Throw some chunks in a pup-sicle or blend them up for your pet!

 

We hope these ingredients are the beginning of a beautiful creation in your kitchen. We always encourage pet owners to get creative with their homemade treats but make sure the ingredients you choose are pet friendly. Bayside Pet Resort always offers delicious Gourmet Treats as an alternative to Mom & Dad’s special creations while they’re away. Call us to add a gourmet treat to your pets’ next visit!

Sarasota

(941) 351-0730 | reservations@baysidepetresort.com

Osprey

(941) 244-4930 | osprey@baysidepetresort.com

Lakewood Ranch

(941) 755-3047 | lwr@baysidepetresort.com

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4 Benefits of Doggy Daycare

Benefits of Doggy Daycare

If the idea of leaving your dog at home all day sounds stressful, or you’re having problems with destructiveness, anxiety, or loneliness when you leave them alone, then our doggy daycare service may well be your best solution. Our fun dog daycare service is a great way to help your pet stay cheerful and well-behaved at home.

Doggy Daycare offers your dog the benefit of being around other dogs while you are at work or you’re out of town. Daycare provides an excellent opportunity for your dog to exercise and socialize with other dogs. If you have a puppy, daycare can help socialize your pup so that he or she is comfortable with other dogs and people as they grow older.

Physical Activity/ Exercise

Put your dog to work! Bring ‘em along on a crazy adventure and drop them off at pet daycare. The fun they’ll have will make you want to go out there and play with them! Doggy daycare provides physical exercise as well as mental stimulation – what more could your pup ask for? Daycare may just be the only way to get that energetic animal under control, and could even improve the condition of your home by keeping your buddy from destroying it in your absence! Dogs require exercise just like humans do; daycare facilities are the perfect place to house a large number of pets in a monitored environment. Unexpected fun is always waiting when you drop your dog off at daycare; imagine all the comical new friends they’ll make!

Socialization

At Doggy Daycare, we make it enjoyable for your dog to meet new furry friends. We have indoor and outdoor play areas and encourage dogs to play with the toys we provide. We even have a designated room for pups that may not be able to play with other dogs for safety reasons. Each dog gets a chance to get out of its cage and interact with other people. If your dog is shy, our doggy daycare might help them come out of their shell!

Aids with Separation Anxiety

Your dog needs time away from home. After all, it’s not healthy for them to spend every waking moment with you. That’s why it’s so important that your dog socializes and learns how to play and get along with other dogs—which is exactly what our doggy daycare was designed to do!

Needed Attention While You’re Away

Bayside Pet Resort Doggy Daycare has a lot to offer your pet. We can keep the basic necessities covered – food, water, and shelter – but our services go far beyond. Our convenient location features a big, fenced-in yard where dogs can romp freely and play off-leash. We also host creative, stimulating group play sessions with plenty of distractions, such as Frisbees, balls, and doggie pools. In addition to this social gathering, we hold plenty of individual attention for our canine clients by snuggling them on the couch or walking them outside. Our staff is always on hand to provide a force of affection for your four-legged friend in the form of pets and belly rubs.

For Parents

They’re safe–and so is Your Home

Spending the day playing is a great way for your dog to get exercise and socialize, which makes them happy and helps boost their immune system. At Doggy Daycare we provide your woof with fun activities like pool parties and puppy playdates, so they get plenty of exercise and attention. Plus when you drop off your pup early in the morning, they always get to sleep in!

Quiet Time

As pet owners, we understand how important it is to care for your best friend. Doggy Daycare is a great way to give your dog some space and independence while you are at work or running errands. While your dog is spending the day with us, our highly qualified, trained staff will ensure that he or she receives the attention and exercise they need.

Daycare is Not Right for Every Dog

Animal daycare is a great way for dogs to get socialization and exercise while their owners are at work. There are a few factors to consider before enrolling your dog in daycare services though. Some dogs have no interest in playing with other animals, or they could be over-stimulated by other dogs in the care. If you find that your dog might fall into one of these categories, don’t despair! Animal daycare does not have to be a daycare doomsday for your pooch, you can also choose our Day Lodging option. While animal daycare might not be for every dog, it can still be a great option for many pups.

To Learn More About Doggy Daycare at Bayside Pet Resort or Set Up a Temperament Test, Call One of Our Three Outstanding Locations;

Sarasota (941) 351-0730

Osprey (941) 244-4930

Lakewood Ranch (941) 755-3047

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Holiday Reservation Tips

Here is a friendly reminder of what to pack and what not to pack for your pet’s lodging stay.

We are so excited to have your pets with us over the holidays! As we usually do this time of year, we’d like to provide you with some tips and detailed information about our busy holiday season. 

We value and respect your time, and have taken several steps to expedite the check-in/check-out proves while still providing the top level of care your pet deserves. 

Please call us with any questions you may have. 

Patience:  On some days we will have 75 -100 pets checking in and or out of our facility in a single day! If you have a flight to catch, please allow adequate time for check-in so that we may get thorough and complete care instructions for your pet. Our staff will be working as efficiently as possible but anticipate a bustle of activity.

Pre-bagged food: We always tell pet parents to pre-measure their pet’s meals into individual baggies whenever possible. This helps to ensure your pet receives the same portions you feed at home. No need to date them, but if A.M. and P.M. portions are different, feel free to use a permanent marker on the baggies differentiating the morning from evening meals. Staff will confirm feeding information with you at check-in. 

Personal Items:  We provide water bowls, food bowls, and a raised bed with bedding. We recommend bringing in only those items that are necessary for your pet’s comfort. Please feel free to bring in a toy or two to help your pet feel at home – we will inventory the items at check-in. As a reminder, please keep your pet’s “irreplaceable” belongings at home. For the safety of your pet, we no longer permit tennis balls or tug toys.

Vaccines: Please ensure your pet is up to date on the following vaccinations before their stay:

Cats Dogs
Rabies: 1 year Rabies: 1 year or 3 year
Distemper: 1 year Distemper: 1 year
Bordetella: 6 months

 

Camera Suites: To expedite your check-out process, we will be gathering and laundering pets’ belongings the night before their scheduled departure. Should you look in on your pet and find their belongings have been removed, rest assured your pet will always have access to one of our beds at all times.

Bayside Care Club: As a reminder, we are now offering this protection program to all of our lodging clients for added peace of mind throughout your pet’s stay. For more information, including coverage/non-coverage and FAQs, visit our informational website at baysidepetresort.com/careclub

A few last things before you go…

Standard lodging includes three potty breaks. We offer extra activities for an additional fee to accommodate pets that need a little bit more time out of their suite. Keep in mind your pet will be stimulated with the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities and may come home all “tuckered out”, so please select activities compatible with your pet’s energy level. 

Although your pet may be housebroken, it is not uncommon for a pet to have an accident when in a new environment. We offer full-service grooming and bathing if you would like your pet freshened up before you take them home. 

We will do our best to make your pet’s stay with us a comfortable, positive experience and wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

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8 Health Benefits of Routine Grooming

Let’s talk about a topic that you may have not thought was necessary, grooming.

You may notice that your four-legged friends look, feel and smell better after their grooming appointment. This is true, but did you also know regular dog grooming can have a positive effect on your pups’ overall health? Especially living in Florida and dealing with additional allergens it can be crucial to keep up with your pets grooming just as you would your own. Here are eight benefits of regular grooming for your furry family members.

 

1. Improves Hygiene

Obviously, dogs can get a bit smelly just like humans. Routine grooming and bathing will help with improving hygiene by removing dead skin and other buildups that may be bothering your dog. 

2. Discovering Parasites

Professional dog groomers know how and where to spot fleas and their eggs. Regular washes, brushing, and trims will also help with preventing those parasites. Ask your groomer if they offer treatments to aid with pesky fleas.

3. Proactively Detecting Skin Issues

It’s a best practice to get your groomer acquainted with your dog early on. This way, they can recognize when areas look abnormal on your dog. Early detection is important for any health issues your dog could encounter. It’s also common for dogs to fall victim to anal gland infections, so we recommend talking to your groomer about an anal gland expression for them every 4-6 weeks.

4. Reduce Ear Infection

Did you know ear infections are common causation of deafness later in dogs? A routine trim around the ears and cleaning can prevent health issues down the road. Sometimes your dog may even need their ear to be plucked if they’re dealing with chronic infection, your groomer will know the signs and make that recommendation for you.

5. Nails – Improve Posture & Reduce Risk of Bone Deformation

Your dog’s nails should not be touching the ground when they stand up. If they are, it’s a sign that you’re past due for a nail trim appointment. Dogs will often accommodate for this physical discomfort by adjusting their posture. This change could lead to deformation and a plethora of avoidable pains down the road. It’s often overlooked but also a vital part of your dog’s healthcare.

6. Shed Less

No matter what type of breed your dog may be, regular grooming is beneficial to them. Having a professional groomer routinely distribute their natural oils along with brushing, proper cleansing and trim is important. This will allow your dog to LOOK and feel healthier, truly shining.

Pro Tip: If your pup has a double coat talk to your groomer about the benefits of de-shedding treatment. We promise this will help reduce the amount of shedding your dog does at home.

7. Pulling Matts

For dogs with medium-long fur, brushing is key to avoiding matts. If matts are left untouched they can become uncomfortable to your dog and will need to be cut out by their groomer.

8. Cuteness Improved

Of course, we love this benefit! Maintaining a healthy grooming routine for your dog is truly a reflection of your love for them. Depending on your dog’s breed we recommend visiting our Bayside Pet Resort Dog Groomers every 4-6  weeks. 

 

To Schedule Your Next Dog or Cat Grooming Appointment, Call (941) 351-0730

Bayside Pet Resort Offers Professional Grooming Services at Each Location.

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How to Prepare Your Pet for a Storm

With hurricane season officially beginning next month there’s a lot to get ready for, both for your human family as well as your canine friends. As you’re getting your emergency plans ready for your family, pay attention to details like what shelters are pet friendly. If you plan to leave the state entirely make sure you know what hotels allow pets on your travels and any restrictions you might encounter due to breeds, quantity, or size of your pets.

Don’t plan on boarding your pets! Many boarding facilities, like Bayside, are not hurricane grade and if they are forced to evacuate they will call you or an emergency contact to pick up your pet. If you are going on vacation during this time make sure you leave a local contact for them to call if they are forced to evacuate. If no one is able to pick up your pets, they will be left at the facility and if an evacuation order is given staff will be unable to check on them. As soon as an all clear is given staff does come back to the facility to check on any pets that were left.

From personal experience, after working in a pet store when Irma hit, it’s better to get your supplies now than at the last second when it really matters. Everything sells out quickly.

 

Supplies You Need:

Crates: These are required at any pet friendly shelter.

Food & Water: Make sure you have enough for at least a week.

Leash, Collar & Harness: These are essential for keeping control of your pet in a new environment. You also always want to keep a collar on them with their up to date identification cards should they escape for any reason. 

Calming Aids: Not every dog needs these but it will really help those who suffer from anxiety or are afraid of storms. Thunder shirts as well as CBD/calming chews are a good combination. 

Medication: Make sure you have enough to last a week if a storm is approaching. If your pet requires insulin or other refrigerated medications, have a small cooler on hand to keep them cold for as long as possible. 

Toys: A good variety to keep them busy but nothing they could accidentally ingest when unsupervised.  

Puppy Pads: This gives them an area to go if you’re unable to go outside. If you plan on staying home you can also fill a kiddie pool with sod and leave it in the garage. 

Vaccine Records: If you do have to evacuate, it will be good to have their most recent shot records on hand to show to any hotel or evacuation center. 

Pet First Aid Kit: Just in case something happens, it’s always good to have an emergency medical kit should your pet get cut on debris, get sores from excessive licking due to nervousness or any other ailment. 

 

After the Storm

After the storm passes, be sure to check in on everyone. Make sure no injuries occurred at any point. Also monitor their behavior. It’s normal if they are acting differently, hurricanes are scary and stressful for them. Their appetite and activity level might change. You might also notice some vomiting or diarrhea, which is common when a dog is stressed. If you notice that any of these stress signals begin to worsen, then contact your vet. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

 

Storm Shelters that Allow Pets in Sarasota & Manatee County

All Sarasota County Evacuation Shelters accept domestic dogs and cats. 

The following are pet friendly shelters in Manatee County. Please note that they open based on need and will not be open for every storm. Wait until officials announce these shelters are open before you go. 

    • Braden River High School, 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton
    • Manatee High School, 902 33rd Street Court West, Bradenton
    • Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto

 

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Stuck Inside? It’s Puzzle Time!

Easy Games to Play At Home

Puzzles are a great and fun way to stimulate your pups mind without making it a training lesson. Most puzzles are easy to set up and great to use again and again. Just make sure you keep an eye out to make sure they don’t destroy anything.

 

Easy 

The easiest and most well known “puzzle” is simply filling a kong up with yummy treats and giving it to your pup! A good way to make it last longer is to do a mixture of their kibble or some treats and peanut butter or something similar and sticking it into the freezer. A nice treat and a little game at the same time!

 

Medium

If you’re looking for something a little more challenging for your pup just grab a muffin tin and some tennis balls. All you do is put some treats in all or some of the openings and then cover them with the tennis ball. Once you’re all set, put it down and let your pup go to town!

 

Hard

For this “puzzle”, all you need are some old tennis balls or kid’s Easter eggs, some treats, and plenty of hiding spots. 

Make a cut in the tennis balls and pop in a couple of kibbles. If you’re using Easter eggs then just open them and fill them with kibble. Once done, go ahead and hide them in spots around the house while your dog waits in another room. Once you’re done release the hound and let their sniffer do all the work!

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