DogTown: Saving the Michael Vick Dogs

If you haven’t heard the news about Michael Vick, the pro footballer recently let out of jail for dog fights, you should at least know that the dogs that were rescued have been going through rehabilitation so they can be adopted.

There’s even a show called DogTown that follows the journey of some of the dogs through their journey on finding a new home.  Dog Town is also the name of the division of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary that are housing the dogs.  You can sponsor or adopt a Dog Town dog at their website.

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Considering giving a puppy or pet for Christmas?

There’s much joy to be shared when a brand new puppy enters a home.  There’s also an equal amount of commitment and responsibility for that new pet. If you’re not going to be the primary household of the pet you plan to gift think twice about giving a puppy away for Christmas.

Blindly matching a new dog with a family is very much like setting up a blind date but unlike a blind date, when the night is over you still have the responsibility of taking care of your new pet.  If you know a new pet is at the top of your gift recipient’s holiday wish list find a shelter or pet store that sells gift certificates.   This will allow them to pick the perfect breed for their household.

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The crucial response steps after losing your dog.

This WikiHow page has a very useful time line of what to do when your dog is lost.  During an emergency it is hard to stay focused on the task at hand so we recommend keeping this article handy in your book marks folder.

We would also suggest assigning or finding people who you can use to tackle the different duties during the first response period of finding a lost dog.  Friends and family members outside of the initial 2 mile search radius can do the work of calling shelters and using services like http://www.oliveralert.com/ and http://lostpets.petmetric.com/home.php

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Common Doggie Health Issues

We always want our dogs to be in tip top shape when it comes to health. After all, they are man’s best friend and who doesn’t want their best friend to be healthy? Below, I’ve outlined three common health issues that plague our furry friends; why they’re a problem and links to control/prevention/treatment.

1. Fleas

Fleas are one of the most common health issues for dogs. Although mostly seen as a pesky annoyance to our pets, they can actually cause more serious problems if left untreated for an extended period of time. Anemia due to blood loss and flea allergy dermatitis are two serious problems that can occur. Check out this link to learn more on flea control and prevetion: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/flea-control-and-prevention-in-dogs/page1.aspx

2. Heartworm

Although not as common as fleas, heartworm is still a serious issue for the well being of our doggies. Heartworm disease occurs when the animal is bit by an infected mosquito. The parasite penetrates the skin and can eventually travel into the heart of the dog. They also feed on blood. This can cause serious problems that may lead to death if left untreated. For more info on heartworm disease check out: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/heartworm-disease-in-dogs/page1.aspx

3. Tartar Buildup

Like humans, dogs can develop dental problems such as plaque, tartar, and gum and tooth diseases. A very common problem dogs develop is tartar. Tartar is a buildup of “…calcium phosphate and carbonate, food particles and other organic matter.” If left untreated, a large buildup can occur which can cause severe irritation to the gums. This can make it painful for the dog to eat. Check out this site to learn more: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/what-is-dental-tartar-and-how-do-i-prevent-it-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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Eco-friendly Dog Items

These are some of the eco-friendly items I’ve been posting over on our Facebook (search “Grandma’s Doggie Day Care” and like us!). These items are a GREAT way to reduce your dog’s environmental pawprint!

  • We all know to pick up after our dogs in order to be courteous to our community and environment. But if you think about it, it’s an oxymoron if we use plastic bags to pick that waste up! It takes a very long time for plastic to degrade. Check out this 100% biodegradable substitute instead http://bit.ly/d1BsEs
  • Eco-friendly can mean several things in terms of dog beds. They can be made of organic non-chemically treated fabrics or filled with recyclable materials. In this case, we have West Paw’s Organic Bumper Bed. Their filling is 100% recycled plastic bottles! Check ‘em out at http://bit.ly/9IjnUD
  • Is your dog feeling a little playful? Give him these hemp stuffed toys from Earthdog! They’re 100% eco-friendly, with a hemp canvas shell and recycled poly-cotton. Check ‘em out at http://bit.ly/av6wov
  • Got pet stains and odors? Good ol’ Arm & Hammer Baking Soda will take right care of that. It’s cheap and the green way to go because it is free of harsh solvents, fragrances, and other chemicals that aren’t great for the planet. Sprinkle some along your rug and vacuum to remove odors. For stains, create a paste with half baking soda and half water.

Check back soon for more posts!

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Benefits of Doggie Day Care

In today’s world, dogs have become less of a ‘pet’ and more like a family member. We treat them to healthy meals, we give them warm homes and nice beds, we even take them to the vet to make sure they’re healthy. In return our furry friends give us love, companionship, and security.

Ideally we’d all like to enjoy some time with Fido or Lassie but inevitably life gets it the way sometimes. Doggie day care can be one answer to this inconvenient truth! It provides many benefits to both you and your dog. Some of this include:

  • Your dog gets to interact and socialize with other dogs AND people
  • It provides a release for your high energy dog
  • He or she will have food to eat and water to drink
  • He or she can exercise, gnaw on a toy, or simply lounge around
  • He or she receives attention that they’d otherwise would not have for hours a day
  • You have the comfort of knowing absolutely nothing in your home will be torn up or broken

Overall, doggie day care is a win win situation for both your dog and yourself. Your dog is out having fun while you have peace of mind that he’s being taken care of. Call us at (619) 710-5956 to schedule a dog day of care!

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Welcome!

Hello all, this is Doggie Day and Night Care at Grandma’s House‘s blog!

Located at 3586 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116

We offer several day and even night care services. Check out our pricing below:

Daily Rates

  • Half day (up to 5 hours)…………………………………………..$20
  • Full day (up to 10 hours)…………………………………………$30
  • Overnight (24 hours)………………………………………………$45

Monthly Rates

  • 1 day per week………………………………………………………$120 per month
  • 2 days per week…………………………………………………….$210 per month
  • 3 days per week…………………………………………………….$300 per month
  • 4 days per week…………………………………………………….$370 per month
  • 5 days per week…………………………………………………….$430 per month

Call us at (619) 710-5956. We hope to meet you and your furry friend!

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