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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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Ask a Groomer: Should I shave my dog?

Should I Shave my Golden Retriever to keep him cool in the summer?
-Laurie M.

We hear that question all the time in grooming! There are several risks when shaving a double coat breed like a Golden Retriever.

First, dogs only sweat from their paws so having a long coat doesn’t generally significantly affect their body temperature.

Unfortunately, sometimes the hair will not grow back the same, meaning your dog’s coat may be sparse and coarse.  You also run the risk of your dog over heating, which sounds like the opposite of what you would expect, but let me explain why

Double coated breeds (like golden retrievers and corgis) have two layers of fur.

  • The outer layer is a coarse coat which protects them from the heat and sun.
  • The under coat is thicker and softer and keeps them warm in the cold. 

Some people prefer to shave their dogs to prevent the shedding and keep their dog cool, but when you do that you remove both their air conditioner as well as their heater. This means your dog may actually be warmer, and can even overheat on hot summer days when shaved.

A deshed is the perfect solution since it removes that undercoat while leaving their top coat, their air conditioning layer.

golden retriever de-shed at bayside pet resort of osprey

If the undercoat is left to build up it can make your dog hot, which is why regular brushing is vital as the weather gets warmer. Our Deshed process includes a Low-Shed shampoo and Deshedding conditioner, which work together to loosen the follicles of the undercoat.  We then use a combination of brushing and blow drying to get that undercoat out, keeping your dog nice and cool!

When done regularly (every 6-8 weeks) a deshed can reduce shedding up to 90%! Your dogs coat will feel softer and lighter, while still being beautiful and shiny.

by Aubrey Bird, Grooming Manager
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Hot Dogs and Desheds

Hot Dogs and Desheds

by Aubrey Bird

While summer may be coming to a close and kids are thinking about going back to school, it’s not fall yet and boy is it hot out there!  Dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like their humans do (they sweat a small amount from their paw pads but it doesn’t significantly affect their body temperature), so their main method of cooling themselves is to pant.  However, August in Florida is quite a hot place to be, and sometimes panting just isn’t enough.  Here are some great tips to keep your dog cool during the hottest month of the year!
  1. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water.
  2. Brush your dog regularly to keep undercoat to a minimum, or get a deshed from a groomer.
  3. Whip up some homemade frozen treats using things like chicken broth or yogurt.  Some recipes for homemade pup-sicles.
  4. Make sure your dog always has plenty of shelter from the sun, dogs with short hair can get sunburned like you!
  5. Get your dog a small pool to splash around in! Don’t have room for a pool?  Bring your dog to Daycare at one of our resort locations and they’ll get plenty of pool time!  Our Locations
  6. Try a “cooling dog bed”.  These usually have a gel insert which helps keep pets comfortable.  Example of a cooling mat


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Dog Days of Summer: Beating the Heat

Summertime brings high temps and humidity here in Florida! Here are some fun activities for your pup during the dog days of summer.

  1. Splash Party: Kiddy pools are inexpensive at most retailers and sometimes you can even find a free one in your neighborhood! After filling the pool, try adding a bag or two of ice. This will help keep the water from getting warm in the sun and as an added bonus, many dogs love to chomp on ice cubes!

  2. Indoor Kiddy Pool Fun: If your dog doesn’t care too much for water games, try bringing the kiddy pool inside. Fill it up with all of their favorite toys and hide a couple of treats in the bottom. It’s a simple way to keep them out of the heat while still burning up their energy.

  3. Puzzles & Games: Watching your dog solve a puzzle is a lot more fun than it sounds. Get a muffin tin, put a yummy treat into each cup, and then place a tennis ball on top. Make sure your pup sees the treat in the cup before you cover it! Sit back and watch as your pup figures out how to get the snack. Once they start to master it, up the difficulty by only placing treats under some of the balls.

  4. Homemade Pupsicles: Kids and dogs alike LOVE popsicles! They’re so easy to make with ingredients that are probably already in your home. Try filling an ice cube tray with unsalted chicken broth and water (adjust amounts for your dog’s taste and belly). If you’d like, add a small treat in the middle like watermelon, carrot, and broccoli.Homemade Pupsicles at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLHave some tips and tricks we haven’t listed? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for fun ways to engage and challenge our furry friends.
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Summer Camp 2016 – Pics & Vids

We’re not really sure whether it was us or the dogs that had more fun with Summer Camp 2016!

During Week 1 we focused on training by practicing basic obedience, learning new games with agility equipment, and working on keep focused amidst distractions.

Week 2 was Water Park fun! The pups got to have fun trying new experiences with different water games and toys. “Ice Cream Social” seemed to be one of the campers’ favorite activites!

After 2 weeks of fun, the attention of Week 3 was on health and safety education. While mom & dad got articles with healthy tips, their fur-babies spent time enjoying healthy exercise activities.

We hope you enjoy viewing some of the fun!

Black Standard Poodle in Pool at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLDog Painting at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL
Dogs hanging out poolside at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLWhite German Shepherd Playing with Edible Bubbles at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLGolden Retriever/Lab Mix at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FL White German Shepherd at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLGolden Retriever at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLParti Poodle at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FL  Boston Terrier playing with hose at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FL Siberian Husky puppy playing with bubbles at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL  Morkie in agility tunnel at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Boxer playing with water sprinkler at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Mini Doodle playing in pool at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Mini Doodle enjoying popsicle at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Happy dogs at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FLWhite German Shepherd at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLGolden Retriever sitting on his brother at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FLWeimaraner running with ball at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Weimaraner jumping at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL  Mini Doodle napping at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Australian Cattle Dog sleeping at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL

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Bayside Cam: Sunny & Koda

We’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with our new puppy-mounted camera. We are so happy to have a way to share all of the funny, silly, cute stuff we get to see during daycare! Special thanks to Sunny and Koda for being patient, happy participants in this adventure!

Check out the view from both large dog and small dog daycare:

Large Dog


Small Dog


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