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8 Health Benefits of Routine Grooming

As we Approach the Holiday Season, Let’s Talk About the Gift of Proper 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!

Looking to do some additional training with your dog? Check out our Training Page for more solutions.

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April is Canine Fitness Month

April is Canine fitness month and keeping your dog at a healthy weight is key for a long and happy life. We all love our pets and tend to spoil them a little too much, but it’s important to keep your dog a healthy weight to keep their joints from being strained. Here is a healthy chart to check how your dog is if you don’t have a trip to the vet coming up soon:

Image sourced by: https://fitdognation.com/ideal-canine-body-weight/

Is your pup over or underweight? Easiest way to fix the situation is adjust their portion sizes! You can slightly adjust how much you feed your pet with no issue and if you are going by the recommended portion your pet’s food recommends then you’re more than likely feeding too much. Before you make a drastic change to your pet’s diet be sure to consult your vet or a certified nutritionist.

Like humans, diet is only part of the solution. We want our dogs to get up and move as well in order to lose the chunk. Go on walks together, play fetch in the back yard, bring them to daycare. There are endless possibilities of activities you can do with your pet. If you don’t have the time you can always inquire about our 15 minute day training sessions where we can do some canine fitness with your pup.

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Sarasota Location Renovations

We are so excited to share with you the fresh new look for Bayside Pet Resort of Sarasota. After quite a few weeks of dust, paint and drilling you can really appreciate the new changes. 

Please join us on Saturday, June 12th from 10am – 2pm for our Grand Reopening Celebration and 9th Anniversary. We will have giveaways, raffles, treats, food trucks and more! Plus take a tour of our newly renovated facility.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bayside Welcomes Guests from Southeastern Guide Dogs

Bayside Pet Resort is so excited to be hosting three dogs from Southeastern Guide Dogs (SEGD) at each of our locations. The statues were painted by local artists and create a lovely talking piece in our lobbies. Each statue is inspired by a dog that was trained and placed with their human by SEGD. We invite you to meet these super cute pups and donate to SEGD to help with their mission of transforming lives. 

Buddy is inspired by Maggie, a Service Dog. “Boarding” at our Sarasota location. 

Hi! My name Buddy! When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Maggie. She’s a spunky yellow lab with a sweet personality. She’s also a highly-trained service dog and best friend to U.S. Army veteran John Gallagher. When John deployed to Afghanistan as a medic, he witnessed many people – including children – suffering injuries from IED blasts. Post-traumatic stress disorder followed, and now John relies on Maggie to stay by his side and give him a sense of calm. 

Beautifully created by artist Austin Gee.

 

 

Sky is inspired by Hope, a Gold Star Family Dog. “Boarding” at our Lakewood Ranch location. 

Hi! My name is Sky! When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Hope, a sweet black lab. She’s also a Gold Star Family dog and best friend to 8-year-old Talon. Talon was just 8 weeks old when he lost his father, a U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant who lost his life when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan. Talon and Hope share a very special bond. 

Beautifully created by artist Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr. 

 

 

 

 

Bella is inspired by Miracles, a Kids Companion Dog. “Boarding” at our Osprey location. 

Hi! My name is Bella! When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Miracles, a sweet black lab. She’s also a Kids Companion dog and best friend to a little girl named Millie. Millie’s been fighting cancer since she was just four, and she lost her vision from the effects of a brain tumor. During one difficult MRI, Millie’s grandmother prayed for a miracle. The next day, the phone rang and Millie was offered a Kids Companion dog – named Miracles! This affectionate dog gives Millie extra love, encouragement, and purpose. 

Beautifully created by artist Brandy Heinrich. 

 

Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people with dogs. We operate the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. We create elite working dogs and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. A nonprofit with a national reach, we provide our premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost.

Learn more at GuideDogs.org or text the word Guidedogs to #44321 to donate now. 

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Dog Training: Different Gear Options for Your Pet

labs in training during day school at bayside pet resort of osprey

Retractable Leashes

Although retractable leashes are very popular and can let your pup explore, they pose many dangers to both you, your pet, and others. These leashes can malfunction by having the locking mechanism break allowing your pup to have free reign. Dogs the run all the way to the end of the leash can suffer from trachea damage as well as hurt their owner’s arm.

They also pose a risk if the owner is not paying attention to where their dog is. Their dog can get into a variety of dangerous situations including ingesting something that is poisonous, being attacked by a dog that is not good with other dogs, or overwhelming someone who is afraid of dogs. Just because your dog is friendly doesn’t mean everyone around you is as well.

Standard Leashes

A standard 4 or 6 foot leash is a much safer option when bringing your pup out in public. These leashes come in a variety of styles including nylon, leather, and rope . These leashes still give your pup a chance to sniff and safely explore without giving up safety and control if needed.

Collars

There are several types of collars on the market. The two basic types are the standard buckle collar and the martingale collar. These collars are great for ID tags to be on as these can stay on the dog at all times. These collars are good to use with a leash on a dog who is not a big puller otherwise they could damage their trachea. Small dogs tend to be at higher risk for trachea damage so a harness might be a better fit.

There are also two main training collars that can be used: prong collars and choke chains. Neither of these collars should be used without consulting a trainer first as they both can cause serious damage if fitted or used improperly. If you are currently using one and want to have a trainer check the fit, feel free to ask us!

Harnesses

As stated above, harnesses are a great option for small dogs to protect them from trachea damage, however they may not be a great option when it comes to a large dog that pulls a lot. We must remember that harnesses were creates to help dogs to pull sleds and other heavy loads. Harnesses also utilize what is known as opposition reflex, where if something pulls back against it they will push harder in the opposite direction.

There are some harnesses labeled as no pull harnesses. The most effective of these options will clip in the front which eliminates the opposition reflex as well as pull them slightly off balance.

Head Halters

Head halters are a great training tool but can be mistaken for a muzzle as first glance. Although they do have a loop that goes around the muzzle, it does not inhibit the dog from opening his mouth. He can still eat, drink, give kisses, and get mouthy while wearing one. The design was made to function the same way that a halter on a horse works, change the direction of the head and change where the dog goes.

The main issue many owners have with this is that you can’t just put it on a dog and go. At first the sensation of having something around the nose is uncomfortable to the dog so you have to desensitize them to the feeling of it. Some dogs will get used to it quickly, others need longer to adjust, and some might never get used to it. This product is gentle on the dogs and is a self correcting tool like a prong collar, where the pressure applied by it from the dog’s own pulling does the work of correcting that issue. Like all training tools, this is meant to be used to teach the dog how to walk nicely so the owner can then transition to a regular collar or harness.

For more information on our dog training classes and programs, click here.

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Tips on Potty Training

Potty training can be a long process that can take a couple weeks or a couple of months for your dog to master. It’s normal to get frustrated and wonder what could be going wrong but it is best to take a step back and take a deep breath.

Here at Bayside we are ready to help you through this time with different tips and tricks to success!

Tip #1 Ditch the Pee Pads

If you are using pee pads you are inadvertently teaching your pup that it’s okay to pee inside the house. Pick them up so they lose out on a “safe” place to go inside, increasing the chance that they will go outside.

Tip #2 Add a Command

Adding a command name, like “Go Potty” or “Hurry” can help your puppy understand what you are looking for it to do. When they do end up going mark it with “Yes! Good Potty!” or whatever your word is going to be. Just don’t use treats to help reinforce it or your pup might fake squat in order to get a treat.

 

Tip #3 It’s Okay to Use a Crate

We all have heard that we shouldn’t use a crate as punishment but it can be a very useful tool when doing potty training. Puppies have the natural instinct to not go potty where they sleep, especially in a correctly sized crate. If you take your puppy outside and they don’t do anything, put them in the crate for 10-15 minutes and try again. This is also a good way to get them used to the crate.

 

Tip #4 If the Puppy Plays, The Puppy has to Pee

By some natural phenomena, it seems like the more a puppy plays, the more they will have to go out. If your puppy has just finished playing, or has been playing for a while take them out immediately to avoid an unwanted accident.

Tip #5 Keep a Consistent Schedule

Like with all things, it’s good to have a consistent schedule. Make sure the puppy has set feeding and sleeping schedule and to let them out after eating and once they wake up. Once they get used to the routine they might even start reminding you that it’s time to go out.

Tip #6 Be Observant

Most of the time, dogs will actually try to tell you that they have to go potty. Dogs can all have different types of signals, such as waiting at a door, whining, barking, and even acting more needy than normal. Keep an eye out and see if your puppy was acting differently before they had an accident so you know for next time.

Need more help? Talk to one of our trainers at any of our three locations for more information and tricks that could help you!

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Bayside Pet Resort Hosts Rescue Dogs from Haiti

In early December 2020 we hosted 6 dogs that were rescued by the Haiti Street Dog Project. These dogs were in transit with the Abandoned Dogs of Rhode Island where they would continue their journey to finding their forever homes. They just needed a resting place after their plane ride from Haiti and before their 2 day drive up to Rhode Island. That’s where Bayside Pet Resort came in. 

We were proud to host Joy, Mia, Lily, Bilou, Boulous, and Zoto. 

Joy (left), Mia (middle) and Kaleigh (right).

Enriqueta holding Lily and Bilou checking them out on the right.

Boulous on the left and Zoto on the right.

Sadly, Joy had an infection on her toe and needed to visit the vet. Thankfully Bayshore Animal Hospital fit us in quickly and provided medicine to help. Check out Joy’s trip to the vet below. 

Once we got back to Bayside, all the dogs got to play in our outdoor yard with toys. 

On the second day they were at Bayside, it got pretty cold. These poor dogs are still very skinny so our staff decided to buy them each a holiday sweater to help keep them warm. 

Lily

Mia (top) and Joy (bottom).

Zoto

Boulous

Bilou

After four days with these sweet little pups, they started the drive up to Rhode Island with the rescue group. We will keep you all posted with updates as they get adopted. 

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How to Include Your Pet in Holiday Activities

The holiday season brings the joys of parties, Secret Santa, cookie exchanges, gift wrapping, cooking, cleaning, shopping, the list goes on. It’s the most wonderful and overwhelming time of the year! Why even spend the time trying to include your pet? Because your pet will love you and in the future, you will love the pictures and memories made.

Check out Bayside Pet Resort’s helpful list below: 

Get Dressed Up

Not everyone likes dressing up especially when you’re already covered in fur. A cute festive colored collar or leash can definitely put you and your pet in the holiday spirit. Of course full on outfits are just as merry and great for photos. If your dog has light colored fur you can always dye them a holiday color like red, green, blue or more. Just make sure you use pet safe dye or take them to a groomer with experience in dyeing. 

Holiday Pictures

Being a parent of both two and four-legged children, it’s totally understandable if you don’t want to force your fur babies into a traditional family photoshoot. So take a few minutes to grab your phone and a treat to pose your pet in front of the Christmas tree, menorah or whatever decorations you have up for the season. You’ll appreciate the memories and seeing them change year after year. 

Local Sarasota/Manatee spots to get good pictures: 

  • Brohard Dog Beach: Nothing like a White (sand) Christmas. This is also a great way to make your friends and family living up north jealous. 
  • University Town Center: They are known for some amazing holiday decorations and you can easily park your pooch next to one and snap a few good shots. 
  • St.Armands Circle: Also dresses up for the holidays and has numerous restaurants with outdoor doggie dining like Crab & Fin, Cafe L’Europe and Columbia. 

Holiday Treats

Our pets love to get in on holiday feasts, especially at the kids table where food droppings are plenty. Just make sure that they are eating safe food droppings and avoid items like bones, chocolate, grapes, onions and xylitol (artificial sweetener). Check out our guide to Safe Holiday Food for Dogs.  

You can also bake up a batch of pet-friendly cookies right along with the humans ones. Don’t worry, they’re human safe, just not super flavorful. Bayside has a great Pumpkin Pie for Pups recipe that’s great for Thanksgiving and if baking doesn’t fit in the schedule, Kong has a bunch of fun recipes that your dog will enjoy including this Thanksgiving Feast filling. 

Opening Presents

Everyone loves presents during the holidays, even your pet! Loosely wrap up a new bone, squeaky toy or bed and let them try opening it for themselves. 

You can also create DIY toys for your pet. Use old clothes or socks to knot and braid together to make an exciting new chew toy. You can also stick an empty plastic water bottle in a sock to create more entertainment. Just make sure to replace the bottle often as broken plastic shards can injure pets. 

Festive Displays

Who doesn’t love a ride in the car? If the family is going for a drive to look at Christmas lights, take your pet too. As long as they have good car manners it should be a fun trip. If the rest of the family is enjoying hot chocolate and cookies, bring a special treat along for your pet too.

In the end, you’re in it for the memories and the photos. Take the extra time for the photo opportunity and to incorporate our furry friends. Our pets will thank us for the treats and you will love the memories.  

“To the world, you are one person. To your dog, you are the world.”  – Unknown

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