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4 Tips to Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month

By | Kennel Selection

Did you know February is National Pet Dental Health Month?

It’s a time to raise awareness and educate pet owners about the importance of pet dental hygiene.

Gum disease occurs in up to 75 percent of dogs by the time they reach middle age and has been linked to heart problems, too. So, it’s important to stay vigilant and keep an eye on your canine companion’s dental hygiene.

Read on for 4 tips on pet dental health and overall grooming.

1. Vet Check-Up

One of the best ways to prevent and stay on top of your pet’s dental hygiene is to take them for regular check-ups.

Your vet will be able to check for all the tell-tale signs of gum disease and inform you of what you need to look out for, such as:

  • Loose teeth
  • Especially bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Keep an eye on any changes in behavior. Even small things such as your dog not being able to hold food properly in its mouth when eating could be cause for concern.

2. Healthy Dental Snacks

When buying treats for your fluffy friend, consider their dental health and look for snacks that will help the health of their gums and teeth.

Your vet can provide you with recommendations, but here are some of the best and most popular supermarket brands worth looking into:

  • Dentastix
  • Dentahex Oral Care Chews
  • Whimzees Dental Treats
  • BONIES 100% Natural Dental Bones for Dogs

Just like humans, your pet’s mouth is vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Plaque turns into tartar and will rot your dog’s teeth. Dental cleansing treats are a fun and yummy way to keep on top of your pet’s dental hygiene.

We recommend you switch to these treats as a permanent replacement to their ordinary treats.

3. Snap Those Pearly Whites

Take some photos of your pet’s smile. Everybody loves taking and sharing pictures of their pets.

Not only is it great to post them on social media and stick on your fridge, keeping a visual log of the condition of your dog’s teeth and gums is a smart way to look out for any changes worth noting.

4. Treat Your Dog to a Grooming Session

Once you’ve done all of that, why not treat your pet to a grooming session?

Brush their fur and invest in some pet shampoo to massage through their coat. For more energetic or nervous dogs, try burning lavender or chamomile oils. Failing that, spritz some pheromone sprays.

Keeping your dog’s coat clean is fun and just as important as their dental health, so why not give it a go?

Expert Pet Care

Now that you know how to keep on top of your pet’s dental health and you’ve given grooming a go, why not approach the experts for grooming?

At Fuzzy Feet, we ‘ll take the utmost care of your dog. When it comes to pampering, we know exactly what will tickle your dog’s fancy. We offer grooming to small breeds up to 25 pounds. We provide hair cutting, ear cleaning, nail trimming, bathing, brushing, gland expression and de-matting.

Get in touch with us today to have your questions answered and book your furry baby their dream treatment today!

Fuzzy Feet Boarding and Grooming provides dog owners with peace of mind by offering them a safe, comfortable, affordable, and clean environment for their dog through our grooming and boarding facilities.

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The Top Tips on Reducing Your Pet’s Holiday Stress

By | Kennel Selection

What do you get when you mix the fact that 44 percent of homeowners host holiday parties with the fact that 36.5 percent of homeowners own dogs? A big dose of pet holiday stress!

Nationally, nearly 70 million domesticated dogs are sitting ducks during November and December. They have no choice but to handle all the activity and some of them do it very poorly.

Dog owners, who aren’t going to kennel their dogs during Christmas parties, need to put some important strategies into action. Otherwise, their furry friends may need a visit to the vet by the time New Year’s Day rolls around.

Want to hold a party with your dog present? Try these best practices.

Think Like You’re a Dog

Dogs see the world very differently than humans. Nature intended for them to have superior hearing and smelling abilities. (They can smell at least 10,000 times better than their owners.) Those same pros can be cons during parties.

To minimize your dog’s potential distress, keep the music low and the scents limited. Each holiday guest will bring his or her unique smell to the mix, which is more than enough to peak a pooch’s interest.

Greet People With an Open Door

If possible, keep your front door open and the screened or glass door shut. That way, people can come into your home without ringing the bell or knocking.

Not sure this can work for the way your house is set up? Consider putting a note on the door instead advising visitors to come in and join the party rather than adding bells and knocking to the chatter.

Keep Your Dog Separate from Partiers

Some dogs love to be where the action is and rarely experience holiday stress by being around strangers. Others prefer a much calmer environment.

Does your dog fit in the second category? Put him or her in a comfortable, warm room that’s as far away from your party as you can. It’s fine to bring the dog out periodically (if you think it’s a good idea), but always allow him or her to recharge back in the quiet room.

Take Your Best Friend for a Pre-Party Walk

Never underestimate the power of a pre-party walk for your furry pal.

A walk not only allows your dog to get rid of excess energy, but it’s a good time for the two of you to share bonding moments. Plus, your dog will be more likely to feel tired by the evening.

Pamper to Relieve Holiday Stress

Still feel like your dog is acting stressed out after a holiday party? Take him or her to the groomer for some pampering.

Just like humans, dogs appreciate a little “spa treatment.” Nothing is as soothing as being fussed over and cared for in a loving environment by professionals.

Pets Deserve Fun Holidays, Too

Why make the holiday season a time of anxiousness for the dog in your life when you can prevent it?

Show your pets the caring they deserve and make sure their holidays are merry and bright… not to mention stress-less.

Speaking of November and December, be certain to check out our blog on pet safety tips for the season!

Fuzzy Feet Boarding and Grooming provides dog owners with peace of mind by offering them a safe, comfortable, affordable, and clean environment for their dog through our grooming and boarding facilities.

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5 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

By | Kennel Selection

The holidays are a time for celebrating kindness, happiness, and giving with friends and family.

Homes are filled with guests, food, presents, good times, laughter, and that amazing warm feeling that floods your whole being. However, there are some things to be concerned about. Namely, pet safety around the holidays.

Pets are members of the family too and celebrating the holidays with them is just as important as celebrating with any other member of the family.

Read on for 5 pet safety tips for the holidays!

1. Christmas Trees and Other Plants

Christmas trees can be quite troublesome for pets. Be sure that all lights, tinsel, and ornaments are not hung along the lower branches of the tree. This will help keep your pets from getting tangled and accidentally injuring themselves.

If you have a real Christmas tree, keep the area around the tree free of pine needles. If your pet ingests them, they could puncture their intestines.

Along with Christmas trees, there are also certain holiday plants that could be very poisonous and deadly to your pet. Know exactly what plants you’re bringing into your home, and keep any that could pose a danger well out of reach of your furry friend.

2. Christmas Presents

Presents are undoubtedly one of the best parts of Christmas. However, be sure to keep those presents with bows and ribbons attached to them buried amongst the other presents and away from your pets.

Pets tend to want to play and eat ribbons and bows, which could prove not to be a fun time for you or them later on.

3. Holiday Treats and Food

If you feel the need to give your pet special holiday treats, then provide them something nutritious. Plain cooked carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes are the perfect treats for your pets.

4. Candles and Fireplaces

The holiday season is synonymous with candles and warm fireplaces.

Candles should be kept on high shelves out of the reach of pets and their wagging tails.

Also, place a screen in front of your fireplace when lit. Pets are curious animals and can get too close, causing them to be burned by an ember.

5. Traveling and Your Pets

Traveling with your pets can be difficult in the best of conditions. Nothing is more nerve-racking than leaving your pet with someone else.

Boarding your pet is an option if they’ll not be traveling with you. However, be sure to properly research boarding in your area, visit the facilities and meet the staff. These people will be taking care of your pet while you’re gone so make sure they’ll do the best job possible.

Pet Safety During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebration and joy, but it is also a time to be extra sensitive and mindful of pet safety.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s safety or boarding your animal during the holiday season, contact us today!

Fuzzy Feet Boarding and Grooming provides dog owners with peace of mind by offering them a safe, comfortable, affordable, and clean environment for their dog through our grooming and boarding facilities.

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5 Strategies for Getting Your Pet Groomed Easily

By | Kennel Selection

Routine trips to the groomer are all part of owning a dog. Groomers ensure the health of your dog’s coat and skin. A groomer will even trim your dog’s nails.

For some pets, getting groomed is a relaxing experience. For others, it can cause all sorts of anxiety and fear.

Does your dog whine or pant when heading to the groomers? Does your dog tremble or become physically sick?

If so, you probably dread getting your pet groomed. Thankfully, there are strategies that you can use to make the grooming process much less stressful for you and your furry companion.

Proper Pet Grooming = less doggy fear and anxiety.

  1. Determine the Real Cause

Many owners relate a dog’s anxiety to the pet groomer. Your dog, however, may not fear the groomer at all.

Some dogs don’t like being in cars. Movement and/or confined spaces can set off your dog’s anxiety.

Take note of your dog’s behavior. When do the signs of anxiety start?

Knowing when your dog starts to react can help pinpoint the cause of your dog’s fear.

  1. Provide Familiarity

There are many reasons why your dog may fear the groomer.

Some dogs don’t react positively to strangers. Others are uncomfortable in new places.

To ease your dog’s grooming anxiety, choose a groomer that your dog knows and trusts. If possible, have the groomer come to your home. This way your dog is in a familiar place with a person he trusts.

  1. Distract Your Dog

Is your dog highly motivated by food or treats? What about new toys?

When getting your pet groomed, distractions can make all the difference.

During the grooming process, distract your dog with his favorite treats. Break them into small bits so that the treats last the entire session.

If your dog is a chewer, a chewing toy may be just what’s needed.

  1. Train Your Dog

The groomer has to handle highly sensitive areas on your dog. Some dogs don’t like their paws, ears, and eyes to be touched.

To get your dog used to touching in these areas, take time to train at home.

Pair words and touch. For example, say the word “paw” and then touch your dog’s paw. After touching, reward your dog immediately.

  1. Use Sedatives

If the above options haven’t worked for your dog, consider sedation.

There are many over-the-counter sedatives that you can safely give to your dog. These medicines relax your dog mentally and physically.

Want to try less serious sedatives? Just like humans, dogs react to oils and herbs.

To calm your dog try using:

  • Lavender and chamomile oil
  • Herbs, such as passionflower and lemon balm
  • Pheromone sprays

Need to Get Your Pet Groomed? Trust Fuzzy Feet

At Fuzzy Feet Boarding & Grooming, we care for your pet like our own. We treat every animal with great care and love.

Our team offers a variety of grooming needs. From nail trimming to flea and tick control, we have just what you need to keep your dog clean and healthy.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to meet your fur baby!

Finding the Best Dog Kennel for Your 4-Legged Friend

Finding the Best Dog Kennel for Your 4-Legged Friend

By | Kennel Selection

Choosing The Best Dog Kennel For Your Furry Family Member

In a perfect world, we’d be able to take our furry friends with us everywhere we went. Sometimes, however, that’s not an option.

Luckily, there are lots of great dog kennels that can serve as the perfect home away from home for your dog. They provide quality care and plenty of attention while you’re away on vacation or a business trip. Not all kennels are created equal though. Keep reading to learn how you can find the best dog kennel for your four-legged friend. And its our goal as owners to find the best dog kennel for our k9 family.

Questions to Ask

It’s important to ask the right questions when looking for the best dog kennel for your dog. Some questions you should always ask include:

Will My Dog Be Supervised? During What Hours?

It’s best for your dog to stay at a kennel where he or she will be watched carefully by staff members, especially during playtime. When asking about supervision, be sure to find out if it’s available 24/7 or only during certain times of the day.

Do You Have Proper Licenses and Certification?

The best dog kennel will proudly display the proper licenses and certifications from key industry organizations, such as the International Boarding and Pet Services Association and the National Dog Groomers Association. If the kennel isn’t willing to share information about their certifications or trade association memberships, you should probably pass.

What are Your Rates?

Obviously, money is important. In addition to finding out what the basic fee is for boarding your dog, ask about additional fees for things like extra walks or administering medication.

You also need to find out if the kennel has a checkout time. Sometimes you’ll be charged for an additional day if you don’t pick your dog up on time.

What are Your Vaccination Requirements?

Reputable dog kennels require pets to be current on all their vaccinations and will require proof from your veterinarian. It might seem like a hassle, but this is a good thing! It means your dog won’t be exposed to any serious illnesses during their stay.

Do You Offer Any Other Services?

Some dog kennels offer additional services, such as training or grooming services. Sometimes they even have cameras set up that allow you to check in on your dog while you’re away.

How Do You Handle Dogs with Disabilities/Medical Conditions?

Does the kennel have a veterinarian on staff? If your dog has disabilities or medical issues, this is a must. Be sure to find out what the protocol is for handling dogs that need regular medication. Also, ask what the procedure is if your pet should need emergency vet care.

Can We Visit?

A reputable facility will always let you visit before you book your pet’s stay. Use this time wisely to check out the kennel’s facilities and get to know the staff. Some things you should look for include:

  • Clean look and smell
  • Indoor/outdoor runs
  • Enough space in sleeping areas
  • Friendly, patient staff who greet each animal
  • Kennels in good condition — no bent wire or jagged edges
  • No collars on dogs — this is a strangulation hazard!

Find the Best Dog Kennel for Your Dog Today

Fuzzy Feet Boarding and Grooming is the best dog kennel in the Weatherford, Texas area. Contact us today to visit our facilities or to schedule your dog’s stay!