It’s no secret that fear of the infamous coronavirus is increasing around the world, and while we have no desire to increase panic or raise alarm, we thought some of you might be wondering how this can affect your fur babies. Please read through this article from the LA Times about the (minor) threat to your pets.
Long story short, there’s not much concern about the plausibility of coronavirus transferring from humans to domesticated animals. According to veterinary pathologist, Dr. Christiane Lohr, “... the odds are against your dog or cat catching the coronavirus that has you on edge — either from you or somewhere out in the world. But just to be safe, she recommends that pet owners who do come down with COVID-19 take precautions to protect their animals.
Feel free to share any articles you might have come across that are informative and grounded in scientific evidence.
As a small Atlanta-based business, The Village Pets knows how difficult it can be to run a small business. Because of that, we aim to support local Atlanta businesses that offer pet care products like food, toys, beds, grooming, and related products. This week we’ve got a short - and by no means comprehensive - list of some great local Atlanta businesses you should check out!
The Whole Dog Market - a great small pet store that caters to all your needs and one of their locations is conveniently located on the Beltline so you could even take Fido for a walk and stop in to grab the essentials along the way. They have everything from healthy treats and dog food to chew toys, leashes and collars.
Park Pet Supply - located in the middle of EAV and is proudly born and bred in Atlanta. Stop in and grab your dog a fresh new bed, a yummy treat, and give them a quick bath in the dog wash while you’re there. They are avid supporters of adoption and foster programs too, which you know we love!
Kirkwood Feed and Seed - situated in the heart of Kirkwood, this place is great for all the essentials and is conveniently located in the middle of the neighborhood so you can stop by on your daily walk. They offer weekly low-cost pet clinics from VIP Pet Care which we love too. Clinic days and times vary, but you can stop in and get your fur ball up-to-date on their vaccinations and you can even get a quick screening with the vet on staff.
Pamper My Pet Grooming - does your fur ball need a shave? The team at Pamper My Pet knows that grooming is not always fun for our pets but they’re patient and kind to all the pets they see. They offer restraint-free grooming and your baby is sure to come out looking spectacular!
Katy’s K9 Cutz - a family-owned and run business, this team services East Atlanta, Edgewood, and other central Atlanta neighborhoods. They’ve been in business for more than a decade and specialize in grooming pets with curly and hard-to-manage fur.
Do you have a pet store or groomer you love? What about a fantastic veterinarian? Please feel free to comment below and share your faves!
We’ve all heard the adage that 1 dog year is equivalent to 7 human years, or maybe more for bigger dogs. In general, veterinarians say dogs age quicker than humans and obviously, live shorter lives. So when do our pups enter their “senior years,” and how can we help them live their fullest, longest lives? On the blog this week, we have 5 helpful tips for ensuring your senior fur ball enjoys their glory years as safely and comfortably as possible.
As you gear up for spring break, Memorial Day weekend, and summer vacations, you might be wondering if you can take your dog along for the ride (or flight!). Of course we’ve got you covered if you’d like to schedule drop-in visits, overnights, or boarding, but taking your fur balls on vacation can be fun too.
We’ve collected a few tips and tricks for traveling with your fur ball this during the upcoming spring and summer months. As always, remember that each pet has its own unique needs and it’s important to plan accordingly.
Plan ahead - while it seems obvious, there are lots of additional things to consider when you travel with your fur ball. Things to consider:
Feeding before a car ride - we recommend adjusting the feeding schedule a bit, so that your dog has time to digest and defecate before entering the car. Feeding them at least 60 minutes before they hop in the car is a good rule of thumb. Does your dog get motion sickness? You might opt to feed them after you reach your destination if the journey is relatively short.
Flying with your dog or cat - prior to jumping on a plane with your fur ball, it’s important that you have them checked for fitness by a veterinarian and purchase an appropriate crate or travel bag. In general, small dogs can ride with you in the cabin and the rules about carriers are a bit more lax in this situation. However, if you are traveling with a larger dog - especially internationally - it is important that you follow specific container guidelines as outlined by your airline, countries of departure and arrival, and The International Air Travel Association.
Flying with your fur ball as an “emotional support companion” just got a bit harder - after multiple complaints and concerning incidents, airlines are beginning to tighten regulations around the qualification of animals as emotional support companions. If you’ve traveled with your dog, cat, parrot, or even snake (yikes!) under this program before, make sure to check with your airline as rules might have changed.
Water is critical, no matter the mode of travel - your balls need water to ensure they don’t get dehydrated. We recommend offering short drinks of water throughout the journey, but keeping moderation in mind to avoid accidents.
Our #1 recommendation? Invest additional time in researching the best options now so your vacation with Fido is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to adopt a new fur ball into your family - we promise you won’t regret it. This week, we’ve gathered a list of important tips for making your new furry family member feel at home to ensure successful integration and a lifetime of love and joy.
We always recommend adjusting things to your own family’s needs and discussing special circumstances with your vet or other trained animal care expert.
When possible, gather necessary supplies before the pet enters your home. Make sure you have the basic necessary supplies including a leash, collar, food, and bowls to serve food and water. You don’t need to purchase high-end products, but we do suggest having the basics to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. We also recommend purchasing a pet ID tag and getting them micro-chipped as soon as possible.
Schedule your time so you have time to set house rules and hang out with them for large amounts of time, at least for the first few days. The first few days are usually the most challenging as everyone is adjusting to a new family set-up and your fur ball is figuring out their new space. We recommend designing your schedule so you have large blocks of time to do things like show them where (and when) to potty, introduce them to their new feeding regimen, and tell them where they can and cannot go in the house. This extra time will also help them adjust to other furry family members that are already in the house.
If you have other pets in the house, make sure to introduce them slowly. Patience is key when you’re introducing dogs to dogs, dogs to cats, and even cats to cats. Set up barriers and allow them to adjust to smaller spaces and then gradually let them sniff noses through gates or through crate openings first, rather than trying to do everything at once. Trust us, patience in the beginning will increase the chances of lifelong fur ball friendships.
We recommend crate training for dogs; of course there are certain circumstances when this isn’t the best solution, but many dogs thrive when they have a special safe space they can call their own. This definitely helps with house training and preventing chewing with puppies, but if you rescued an older dog, check with a shelter staff member. Chances are high that the pup had a den-like space and would appreciate something similar at home. HINT: cats can benefit from confined spaces in the adjustment period too!
Don’t expect your new pet to be excited and over-the-top playful the first few days; even though you are probably very excited to have them, not all fur balls adjust the same. Some animals might have temporary appetite loss, lethargy, or accidents in the house as they take time to adjust. Be patient and give them time to settle in.
Schedule their first vet appointment to make sure they’re happy and healthy. In addition to getting a full physical examination for your pet, you can discuss things like diet, exercise, and micro-chipping at this first appointment too.
The Village Pets, Pet Sitting and Pet Care team are huge fans of pet adoption and rescuing! Let us know if you’re interested in discussing customized pet care services for a new fur ball and remember PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE.
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