As autumn rolls around every year, we start to notice an abundance of one particular vegetable: pumpkins! While we as pet owners may enjoy pumpkin pie or pumpkin spiced coffees, but did you ever consider your pup might enjoy this super squash as much as you do?
Pumpkin puree can be a beneficial treat for your dog or cat. It is loaded with fiber that aids your pet’s digestion. Pumpkin puree will absorb excess water and can be an effective treatment for diarrhea. The high fiber content is also helpful in keeping your pet regular and treating constipation. In cats, pumpkin puree can assist in moving fur balls through their digestive tract (and into the litterbox!) rather than being hacked up onto your carpet.
Along with treating various tummy troubles, pumpkin is also packed with vitamins! Vitamin A in pumpkins will help promote healthy vision. It has plenty of vitamin C for immune health. Dogs who have joint problems will also benefit from the boost in vitamin C, as their bodies consume more vitamin C than they are capable of producing. To keep your baby looking shiny and beautiful, pumpkins are also a great source of Zinc.
If your fur baby is a little too chunky, pumpkin puree can be the key to weight loss. Due to its high fiber content, pumpkin puree can help your pet feel fuller, while actually consuming less calories! Combined with exercise and appropriate feeding amounts, pumpkin puree can help you reach your goal for your pet’s weight.
Pumpkin puree is an affordable and easily accessible supplement to your cat or dog’s food. Be sure that when you are shopping for your pumpkin puree, you buy the plain can of puree. Pre-spiced, sweetened, or “Ready for Pie” purees are meant for human consumption only. Consult your veterinarian to find out how much pumpkin is right for your pet, as serving sizes will vary depending on the size of your baby, and your goals.
Overall, pumpkin puree can be a very helpful tool. Whether you are looking to settle an upset tummy, pack some vitamins into your baby’s diet, help them lose weight, or just offer them a special treat, pumpkin can be an advantageous part of your pantry!
Nail health is often overlooked. Keeping up with your pup’s nail length can prevent pain and potential paw and joint issues and keep you from getting scratched.
Nails should never touch the floor. The clicking on your floors is a sure sign that your dog’s nails need attention.
Nails that touch the floor are putting pressure back into your dog’s nail bed and paw. This is painful! Eventually it will affect the way your dog walks and hurt their joints.
Long nails can fracture or split on abrasive surfaces such as concrete. Neglected nails are also more likely to split or become snagged on carpet and may need treatment. Long nails can injure your dog’s playmates, because dogs use their paws and mouth when they tussle and play. Regular nail trim can avoid all these risks!
As the nails grow, so do their “quicks”. The quick is the pink part of the nail containing the nerves and blood. If nails are allowed to grow without trimming, it takes much longer to take them back down to the correct length. Since the quick is much longer, you can only take small amounts at a time. It is important to maintain nails to prevent this.
The best way to trim your dog’s nails is with a grinding tool or dremel. A grinding tool allows a much closer trim with the ability to trim above, below, and all around the quick. The quick will recede when the nail has been trimmed closely. This allows you to go even shorter the next time!
Let us treat your dog to a pedicure! Our trained staff will use a dremel tool for the closest trim!
The most important thing you can bring for your dog’s stay is their food. A change in your dog’s diet can upset your pup and cause tummy troubles. We want your baby to be comfortable and as stress free as possible, so bringing the same food they get at home is really important.
To make sure we are giving your baby exactly what they need and they have plenty of food for their stay, we do REQUIRE that their food is brought portioned out into their individual meals. Please, make sure to clearly label them if they are not all the same. We should have one bag/container for each meal they will get while with us.
We can accommodate your feeding needs!
Because we are not watching your pup the entire time they are eating, for your pup’s safety we cannot give your dog:
If you know that your dog is super high energy and participates in group play, you may want to add a little extra to each portion. They are outside running and playing for hours and will be burning more energy than they do at home.
All uneaten food that is offered to your dog will be disposed. To keep our facility as clean as possible and to offer your dog only fresh clean food, we cannot collect uneaten food and offer it again later. If your pup usually goes on a hunger strike when boarding, you may want to lessen the amount you pack per meal. You may consider including some wet food, a food additive or other savory topper to entice them to eat.
Make sure your feeding instructions are correct on your dog’s profile! You can log in and view or edit this as needed. Leave us any special instructions here as well.
Zip baggies work great to portion dry food. Small plastic containers are great for meal toppers, and we are happy to return them to you!
Thank you for helping us make sure your pup has a great stay at Wag!
Officials have warned about a recent increase in cases of the highly contagious H3N2 Canine Influenza in Georgia. This flu is highly contagious and can be spread with coughing, barking, and transferred by infected objects. Vaccination is recommendation is for all dogs that are frequently around other dogs, dog parks, boarding, grooming, etc. It is also recommended for older and immunosuppressed dogs.
Wag Atlanta is taking steps to further protect your babies. Because 20% of dogs with the flu will show no symptoms, we can not just rely on visually examining our four legged guests at check in. We strongly urge you to have your dog vaccinated with the H3N2 vaccination immediately and beginning on January 1, 2018:
ALL DOGS ENTERING WAG ATLANTA MUST BE VACCINATED FOR CANINE INFLUENZA H3N2.
Though we have not seen any cases here at Wag Atlanta, we want to keep your pets as safe as possible. We realize it is an inconvenience and expense and we know you have a choice about where you take your pet play and stay. We appreciate all our pet parents who know our priority is your pet's health and happiness.
For your convenience, we are offering the Canine Flu bivalent vaccine at Wag Atlanta, better protecting your dog from both the H3N2 and H3N8 Canine Flu. This vaccine requires two doses 2-4 weeks apart. Your dog would not be considered vaccinated until the 2nd vaccine. Annual revaccination requires just one dose.
Hopefully you never have to administer first aid for your dog, but if you do, you want to make sure that you have a complete kit.
Top things to include:
1. Clean cloth's for applying pressure to any injuries.
2. A copy of your pets medical and vaccination records. In case of having to run to an emergency vet, having this papers close at hand will help the vet know if your pup has any allergies, and what vaccinations they have.
3. Digital Thermometer for testing their temperature. Remember that dogs temperatures are taken rectally not orally. When cleaning it never run it under water, as this can ruin it.
4. Gauze for bandaging wounds. Remember not to remove old layers. Always stack! New gauze goes on top of old gauze, or else you'll remove the scab that was being formed.
5. Adhesive tape for securing the gauze.
6. Liquid benedryl. Sometimes benerdyl can mean the difference between your dog being able to breath, or not. With this make sure to also pack needless syringes to administer.
If you are selling you home, no doubt your realtor has given you a list of things to do around the house to create a clean slate for potential buyers. Top of the list includes you and your family not being present during showings, including your pets.
You may think leaving them in a garage, kennel, or yard will suffice. Not really. Here is are things to consider:
So, what do you do? Take your pets off site during showings. Take them for a walk or leave them with a friend. If this is not an option for you, consider a local day care or boarding facility. Your pet can be socialized and play with friends while you sell your home.
Our service is recommended by many local realtors giving their clients flexible hours and competitive rates. We have a fantastic day care and boarding program. Dogs will enjoy their stay with us and you will have a piece of mind during your transition.
What is Socializing my Dog?
Your dog being social is just what it sounds like; your dog is able to be out in public, and around other dogs and act sociably. This means that:
When should I socialize my Dog?
As soon as possible! The younger the dog, the easier and more effective the process will be for them. If they’re not a puppy anymore, then start right now! The older they get, the more set in their ways they will be and it becomes more difficult for them to learn new things and adjust to different scenarios.
How do I socialize my Dog?
Getting them around as many other people, dogs, and places as possible will help socialize your dog! The more dogs that your dog meets, the better they will be at reading other dog’s body language. This means better at greeting new dogs, better at playing with other dogs, and that your dog will have more confidence overall.
How can Day Care help?
Wag Atlanta's Day Care program groups dogs based on size and temperment. The groups get tons of time together, giving them endless opportunites for them to make new friends. New dogs are being added to the group all the time, creating more chances for them to hone their skills. The dogs in the group will "correct" any inappropriate behaviors from a a new dog. The new dogs will catch on quickly and become comfortable and social! It is wonderful to see them bonding, learning, and growing.
A social dog is a happy dog! At Wag Atlanta, our daycare runs from 6am-10pm. Come play with us!
Pumpkin carving is a fun tradition, and pumpkin is a super healthy dog teat as well! Even the seeds are okay for them to have!
Keep the candy out of reach! Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is toxic to dogs. Keep some dog treats on hand for when they are getting jealous of the candy.
Halloween is a great time to socialize your dog! Having them out on the porch or going trick or treating with you is an excellent way to get them used to people, and especially masks and costumes!
aWith our left play yard renovations recently completed, now is an ideal time to go over the value of turf over grass or gravel that most dog boarding and day camp facilities have.
K9 Grass vs Grass
The first and most important advantage of turf over grass, is the ability to clean and sanitize it. We spray down our play yards every night with a disinfectant to make sure that disease is not being spread. It is near impossible to do this every night on grass without killing it and turning a great play yard into a big mud pit! Cleanliness and your dogs health is the most important aspect of their stay, and clean yards and play areas are an important piece.
K9 Grass vs Rocks
Lots of boarding facilities have rock and pea gravel as their only outside areas. That is because it is easy to maintain, and inexpensive. However,wanting whats best for the dogs in your care is usually not the cheapest. Pea gravel is easy to disinfect, but is rough on puppies and dogs paws. If your dog is mainly an indoor one, running around on rock is not going to feel too great. Pea gravel also does not provide sure footing, and sliding and kicking rocks into other dogs faces is a constant hazard.
K9 Grass vs Concrete
Concrete is easy to clean, and is cheap to maintain, and is relatively easy on most paws. However it can be very hard on dogs joints. Running around and playing on concrete all day is sure to leave your dog sore in the wrong areas. Instead of sore muscles, they'll have sore joints. Turf is a soft surface that is easy on their joints.
Leaving your pet at a dog boarding facility can be stressful! Here are a few tips to make sure that you’re leaving them at a top notch facility.
Take a Tour
Taking a complete tour of the facilities is an important aspect when deciding where to leave your pet. It will let you see:
1.Where you dog will be staying
You always want to see where your dog is staying before you dropped them off. Misleading pictures online, or a misunderstanding about play areas can quickly be resolved by taking a complete tour of the facility. Except for a quarantine area, there should not be many places off limits to tours, especially the main boarding area. Any facility that does not keep the main area where the dogs are staying up to tour-ready standards, is not a place where you want to leave your pup. Seeing the exact spot where they are staying will help you have peace of mind before while you are away.
2. How the dogs already there are being treated
While taking the tour, check to see how the animals currently there are being treated. See if the tour guide knows each dog by name, if each dog has water in their den, that each den is clean, and the dogs look comfortable.
3. How clean the facility is
It’s hard for a facility to not smell at least somewhat like animals, but it should not be an overpowering smell. It shouldn’t smell like animal waste unless an accident just happened, and an overwhelming smell of bleach is not a good sign as if it’s too much for you it’s definitely too much for the boarders.
If there is anything you don’t know or are unsure about, ask questions! The boarding staff should be friendly, helpful, and reassuring. Asking lots of questions is the best way to find out what you don’t know, and to assess the knowledge of the staff. There are no dumb questions!
Look at what others are Saying
Read Reviews! Seeing what others are experiencing is a great way to get a feel for their standard of service before trying them out yourself. Facebook, Yelp!, and Google Reviews are all great popular resources for unbiased reviews. Not every place will get it right 100% of the time, but a standard will be able to be seen through the reviews.
Take a Test Run
Bringing your dog for a day of daycare or boarding overnight before the big trip can get them adjusted to the atmosphere, and you can see what the usual check-in and check-out process is like. How long it takes, how happy your dog is, and how friendly and knowledgable the staff are.
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