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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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2017 Bow Wow Luau Results

2017 Bow Wow Luau Results

The numbers are in: Together with our friends in the community, we were able to raise $12,500 for Satchel’s Last Resort!

We had so many great raffle prizes donated by our friends at:

Wilde Honda

The Aloha Nui Stars

The Little Bird Stop

The Flamingo’s Nest

A Natural Pet Pantry

Gold Coast Eagle Distributors


Sky Zone Sarasota

And of course our Agility Instructor Jeff Boyer and his Bayside agility students!

We’re humbled by the outpouring of support from everyone who donated, attended, or in some way helped us make this event a success. Giving back is a core part of our mission. Thank you for supporting us and encouraging us to continue to doing good by the animals in our community.

It was great to meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends, all in the name of saving animals.


Enjoy this video recap of our awesome afternoon:

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Bow Wow Luau 2017

Bow Wow Luau 2017

Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey will be hosting Sarasota’s tropical pet party again this year – Bow Wow Luau! This Hawaiian-themed event benefits the dogs and cats of Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Sanctuary. Satchel’s and Bayside share the belief that all dogs are created equal and deserve to live their lives as beloved pets.

Join us Sunday, May 7 from 3pm-6pm for hula dancing, raffle prizes, light bites and beverages, and plenty of adorable, adoptable pets! Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome to come enjoy the festivities and check out our state-of-the-art facility.

See you there!


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Help Your Pets Live Longer With Just 30 Seconds Everyday

Help Your Pets Live Longer With Just 30 Seconds Everyday

 by Ashley Sweeney

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some signs of gum disease by the age of 3.  In addition to causing pain, bacteria from periodontal disease can spread into the blood stream and have severe effects on your pet’s health.

Without proper care, dental hygiene can become a huge headache – and drain on the wallet – for pet owners.

On average, veterinary dental procedures can cost anywhere from $300 – $2,000! Additional costs may also include oral radiographs, pre-procedure examinations/blood work, and anesthetic.

It seems silly to spend so much when investing as little as 30 seconds per day can help ward off much of the tooth decay and disease that comes with poor oral hygiene. We brush our teeth everyday but seldom think to do the same for our pets!

To help save you heartache and money, here is an infographic with tips for beginning an at-home dental routine with your dog or cat. Don’t forget to ask your groomer if they offer a tooth brushing service!

 ***REMEMBER: Never use human toothpaste for your pet. The foaming agents and fluoride in the paste can cause an upset stomach for our furry friends.***

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5 Things Your Cat Wishes They Could Tell You

Cat Hacks: What They Wish They Could Tell You

Most cat owners feel “in the dark” about their cats needs and desires. Here’s 5 things your feline friend wishes they could tell you!

  1. “Scratching is natural and essential.”

    • If you didn’t know any better, you might think scratching furniture and carpets is naughty behavior. But did you know that scratching is essential to your kitty’s well-being? Scratching not only conditions your cat’s nails and nail bed, but also helps them stretch their muscles, and mark their territory. If Fluffy is destroying your furniture, get them a scratching post or two to meet their needs. For furniture scratchers, upright posts work great; for carpet scratchers, floor posts or mats do the trick. When purchasing scratchers, try to find one with a material similar to kitty’s favorite forbidden scratching areas.
  2. “I get most of my moisture from my food.”

    • Domestic cats evolved from desert dwelling ancestors, and are naturally designed to get their water from food. Dry food contains 5-10% moisture, while wet food is as high as 75%. If your pet is showing signs of dehydration or urinary tract problems, try increasing the amount of moisture in their food. This often helps dry skin issues as well.
  3. “I need dental care, too!”

    • 85% of cats have periodontal disease before their 6th birthday! When you start to notice gunk building up on the surface of the teeth, or any redness/swelling near the gums, this is usually an indication that a cleaning is needed. Most veterinarians offer dental cleaning/teeth scaling services at their facility. In addition to regular cleanings, it is important to establish a regular teeth brushing routine at home. Poor oral health can lead to bigger problems, such as kidney issues, down the road.
  4. “I can tell you A LOT with my body.”

    • Cats communicate a great deal of information without ever voicing a peep! Pay attention to your cat’s ears, eyes, and muscle tension. In addition to body language, your kitty’s meows may be decieving you as well! Cats often vocalize when they’re hungry, and purr when they’re content. But like a human smile, purring could mean your cat is nervous, anxious, or thrilled. Purrs vibrate at 25-150HZ which is also the frequency that assists in physical healing and bone mending. So when kitty is purring during their nap, they’re actually working to keep their bones strong!
  5. “I’m bored!”

    • It’s a common misconception that cats are a “set it and forget” type of pet. In actuality, cats need a lot more than full food and water dishes. Mental stimulation is necessary to keep your feline happy, as they’re naturally keen predators. Try making a kitty maze from discarded cardboard boxes, or DIY kitty toys made from common items like toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls.


In conclusion, it is important to pay attention to your cat’s needs to make sure you’re providing them with an enriched lifestyle. Meeting their needs appropriately can curb bad behaviors and strengthen your bond!

Here’s an infographic to share with other cat lovers:

5 things your cat wishes they could tell you

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Safe Holiday Food for Dogs


When the family is gathered around the dinner table for holiday dinner, it’s awfully hard to say no when someone asks to give the dog a small taste. Especially when your pup has been so well behaved with guests! We’ve included a list of some “human foods” that can be a healthy snack for your pup. Don’t forget to instruct your guests to give your dog a command before sharing a bite. This will help instill good manners in your pup and reinforce the obedience you worked so hard to achieve!

MEATS: Any muscle meat is great for your dog, but balanced canine nutrition also requires other sources like heart, lung, and liver. Freeze dried organs can even be found as a pre-packaged treat in most pet supply stores. Eggs can be given soft boiled, hard boiled, or scrambled.

VEGGIES: Leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, turnips, rutabaga, celery, cucumber, bell peppers, zucchini/other summer squashes, carrots, spinach, sweet potato

FRUITS: Apples, bananas, papayas, mangoes, berries, melon. Overripe fruits are easier to digest.


Garlic – beneficial in doses up to 1 small clove per 20 lbs of body weight, but can cause anemia if given in large quantities

Grains, potatoes (regular, not sweet), tomatoes, peppers (all kinds), eggplant, legumes (beans) – starchy veggies and grains may aggravate arthritis pain, but are otherwise fine to give. Grains that can be fed to dogs include white & brown rice, oatmeal, barley, and quinoa


Onions – Can cause a form of anemia. Reaction is dose-dependent and can build up over time

Macadamia nuts – toxic, even in very small amounts

Chocolate, Caffeine – Toxic to dogs

Xylitol – toxic to dogs. This is a natural sweetener that is found in many human products like sugar-free gum, mints, and children’s vitamins. It is also found in some pet water additives

Grapes, Raisins – toxic to dogs. While a few likely won’t cause a problem, large amounts can cause kidney failure. 3 to 6 ounces per 20 lbs of body weight is the lowest amount known to have caused toxicity. Most cases of grape toxicity occurred when a dog “stole” a large ration of these sweets.

Animal products should be at least 50% of your dog’s diet. That’s why high quality commercial dog kibbles list meat sources as the first ingredient. While fruits & veggies are not a huge part of a dog’s diet “in the wild”, they can be a great source of vitamins for your dog and make for a very healthy snack both during the holidays and year round.

The most important thing is to ensure your dog doesn’t get a hold of any bones. Bones can splinter and cause terrible problems in your dog’s belly and intestines. Also make sure that what you’re giving them has as little salt and seasonings as possible. Too much salt can cause health problems in your dog, and they don’t really notice the taste like we do anyway.

Let us know what your dog’s favorite fruit or vegetable is in the comments!

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Funny Video: Dogs Doing Jobs

Funny Video: Dogs Doing Jobs

We love having fun with the pets at our facilities. Animals are playful, honest, and wonderfully silly! It was a lot of funny making this video and a lot of laughs were had. We hope you enjoying watching as much as we enjoyed making it!

Special thanks to our animal actors Abbey L., Bacon C., Leo B., and Ria W.!

Check out our latest video, Dogs Doing Jobs, for a good laugh:



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DHLPP & FVRCP – What it means, and why it can save your pet’s life

DHLPP & FVRCP – What it means, and why it can save your pet’s life

***UPDATED JUNE 2020***

If you intend for your dog to have an active life,  it is important that they have protection from disease-causing bacteria they may encounter. In most states, it is even required by law that pets be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as rabies or parvo. But what do DHLPP and FVRCP really mean? Here’s a little insight on the vaccinations Bayside Pet Resort requires, and the diseases they protect your dog or cat against.



DHPP/DHLPP: This is often referred to as simply the “distemper shot”. In actuality, this combination vaccine shot is protecting your dog from 4 different diseases. The acronym means distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. “Distemper with lepto” refers to the same combination but with added protection against Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection which is prevalent in moist climates with standing or slow moving water. The 2 most important parts of this combo vaccine are distemper and parvo. Distemper shows in the form of flu-like symptoms resulting in severe neurological symptoms and usually death. Parvo virus is also often deadly, but can be turned around with intensive hospitalized care. Parvo virus is airborne and spread through cough, sneezing, and even stool.


Rabies: This is a severe viral disease which progresses rapidly, affecting the brain and central nervous system. Rabies in dogs and cats is most commonly transmitted through bites from infected animals such as foxes, coyotes, and raccoons. In the United States, bat bites are the most common cause of rabies transmission. This disease is always fatal in unvaccinated animals, usually occurring only 7-10 days after symptoms began. The importance in vaccinating against this virus lies not only in protecting your pet, but also yourself. Rabies is considered a “zoonotic” disease, which means that it is able to be transmitted from animals to humans. Approximately 40,000-70,000 rabies-related human deaths occur worldwide each year, with bites from unvaccinated dogs being most of these cases.


Bordetella: Kennel Cough, scientifically known as Infectious Tracheobronchitis, is spread by close contact with other dogs who immediately inhale the bug from the infected dog’s cough. Boarding kennels provide an environment where many dogs are kept in close contact, making it an ideal environment for this type of illness to spread. Vaccination is offered by most vets as an injectable or intranasal vaccine. The intranasal vaccine works differently in that it creates antibodies in nasal cavity cells rather than in the blood stream. While boostering the intranasal dose every 6-months was common practice, the AAHA has recently updated their canine vaccination recommendations to state that there is no known value in administering intranasl every 6 months. It is important to wait 48 hours after vaccination before going to the dog park, boarding facility, or grooming salon – this allows time for your dog’s body to develop a defense against the contagious illness.



FVRCP: This acronym stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia a.k.a the “feline distemper” vaccine. These three airborne vaccines are potentially deadly, and can be contracted by cats of any age. Rhinotracheitis is a respiratory infection which develops after contact with feline herpes virus. Calcivirus is also a respiratory infection with similar symptoms, but can also cause painful oral sores. Panleukopenia effects the gastrointestinal, immune, and nervous systems, named for the characteristic drop in white blood cells. All 3 diseases are spread through contact with an infected cat or contaminated objects and are dangerous to unvaccinated cats of any age.


Rabies: See above

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Kids and Dog Safety: Infographic

Kids and Dog Safety

Did you know that almost all dog bites are preventable? 75% of dogs involved in bite incidents belong to the victim’s family or a friend, with a majority of attacks (61%) happening at home or in a familiar place.

While it is important to always monitor children with dogs, it is equally important to instruct them on the proper way to meet new dogs.

Follow the steps in this infographic for a proper meet-and-greet between dogs and tiny humans.

dog bite infogram bayside pet resort

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