Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Keep Your Pet Resort in the Loop

Pet boarding is a great option for many dogs, even those that require special attention or have very specific needs. Most pet resorts and boarding facilities will have a consultation with you before boarding your pet for the first time, where you can go over any medication or medications that your pets may need during their stay. If your pet has any medical problems that staff should be aware of, such as seizures, arthritis, or allergies, make sure that you bring this to their attention sooner rather than later. Our pet care staff has been trained in pet safety and first aid, and will be able to help your pet in the presence of a medical issue. If we unable to assist, we will contact you to consult about taking your pet to the emergency pet hospital for further treatment.

For more information about personalized pet boarding, visit our website today!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Daycare & Boarding is Like for Your Dog

A lot of people wonder what happens once they drop off their dog for daycare or boarding. It’s normal to be curious, especially if you spend a lot of time with your dog at home and are familiar with their normal routine!

The truth is most boarding facilities will try to keep your dog’s day as normal as possible. Dogs thrive on routine and consistency, so the best thing that a pet resort can do is keep your dog on track, while adding a lot of fun and love into their day!

Once you drop off your dog for daycare or boarding, they will go right to their “home away from home” suite. Once safely settled in, they will have time to adjust to the environment and high level of activity. When his playgroup begins, he will be led safely through the facility to the play yard, where they will see many friends and rejoice in the activity of being a dog!

To ensure their safety, daycare attendants are present to monitor playtime and step in whenever they notice a dog needing a break or several dogs needing to be separated from each other. These playgroups are broken up by age, energy level and size to ensure that all dogs will be having fun in a safe environment.

When it comes time for resting, bedtime or meals, your pet will be served in their suite in order to ensure that they get their own space to enjoy their food and slumber. We offer webcams for pet owner convenience. Remember to ask the staff what time your pet will be playing so that you can enjoy your pet’s antics as much as they do!

For more information on pet boarding, or to learn more about All American Pet Resort Fort Myers’s policies and procedures, give us a call or inquire through our website.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dog Boarding for You and Your Pet

When you find yourself in need of dog boarding, whether you’re traveling, remodeling your home or hosting a guest who is allergic to or uncomfortable with dogs, it can feel like a very selfish decision.

Truthfully, dog boarding can be a great, convenient option for you and your family, but it is also a great choice for your pet. Pet boarding allows for your dog to socialize with other people and animals, which helps them to become more confident and they are able to more easily adapt to new and unfamiliar situations. They’ll get the opportunity to get a lot of energy out in a space that is professionally monitored to ensure the safety of your dog and others. Additionally, since we offer Bath, Brush, Nails & Ears (or BBNE for short!), you’ll be able to get your dog bathed and groomed before you pick them up, which can be a huge relief after returning from a trip or vacation!

Pet boarding is a great opportunity for both you and your pet! If you are in need of dog boarding in the Fort Myers FL area, give us a call today or reserve your stay through our website!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Prepare for Dog Boarding

Boarding your dog for the first time can be a bit stressful for both you and your pet. Choosing the right boarding facility and making sure that it is a fun and safe environment is a difficult decision to make, and it’s hard to know exactly how your pet will react once he or she gets there. However, there are a few easy steps that can be taken beforehand to make the transition to the pet resort of your choice an easy one for you and your pooch!

  • Try Daycare First: If you aren't sure how your dog will react to boarding, taking them to daycare first is a great trial run. It gives them time to acclimate to the facility, the staff and the other dogs. Plus, it helps them understand that you'll be back to pick them up after their stay.
  • Call Your Vet: Any reputable boarding facility is going to have vaccination requirements, so make sure you know which ones are you required. Call your vet to confirm that your dog is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations, and, if necessary, to request that they send a copy of that information directly to the boarding facility. 
  • Schedule a Meet & Greet: Schedule a one-on-one appointment at the boarding facility first - this will help both you and your pet be at east, while also giving the staff a chance to understand the unique needs of your pet.
  • Leave Calmly: This one is simple but can be tricky for many pet owners! When dropping your pet off for boarding, don’t make a big deal about saying goodbye to them. Animals are intuitive and can sense heightened emotions, so if you’re upset, they are more likely to become fearful or confused. Tell your dog a quick goodbye and leave calmly. This is also important to keep in mind when picking your dog up from boarding!

Once you’re prepared, dog boarding can be a great experience for both you and your pet! If you are in need of a reliable dog boarding facility in the Fort Myers FL area, visit our website today!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Why Is My Dog Stressed Out?

Many pet owners may at some point deal with their pets becoming stressed out or showing signs of anxiety in certain situations - or even all of the time! It may come out of nowhere, or it might be a problem that you have been dealing with since bringing your pet home. For some, a stressed pet can lead to a stressed owner, especially if you’re unable to uncover the source.

For the best understanding of what could be causing your pet’s anxiety, we recommend speaking with your veterinarian and also an animal behaviorist.

Here are a few of the most common pet stressors:

  • Separation Anxiety: Many pets do not enjoy being left alone in the home and being away from their family. If you find that your pet is stressed when you return home after being out of the house for a while, or that your pet is displaying destructive behavior while you’re away, this could be the reason.
  • Thunder: Loud noises can be extremely bothersome to many animals, especially since they have very sensitive hearing. There are a lot of solutions that can help to relieve some of the nervousness that pets experience during storms - ask your veterinarian for advice on the best course of action for you.
  • Children in the Home: Though your dog may love your children, it’s possible that they also cause them a high level of stress. Children can be loud and move in ways that are threatening to dogs. They also can tend to play too rough, and they won’t necessarily be able to recognize the signs that they’re making their dog unhappy. Make sure that your pet is getting some time away from your young children, and that you explain to your kids the best way to be respectful of your dog’s personal space and health.
If you’re concerned that your dog may be experiencing stress or anxiety, make an appointment to speak with your veterinarian today.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dealing with Aggression in Your Dog

Dealing with aggression in your dog can be difficult. Most animals exhibit aggressive behaviors when they are scared or feel threatened, although some may just be aggressive by nature or trained by previous owners or handlers to act aggressively. It can be scary to deal with, especially as a new pet owner.

Fortunately, if your pet is exhibiting aggressive behaviors, there are lots of different methods that can be used to encourage more positive forms of behaving and expressing their fear or discomfort in certain situations.

The first step should always be to speak with your veterinarian, who can offer you the right resources and confirm that no behaviors can be attributed to any physical or mental ailments. They should also be able to point you in the right direction of a professional trainer or animal behaviorist who will be able to work with you and your pet.

If you’re unsure of how your pet is behaving around other people, ask the staff at you boarding facility or your dog walker if they’ve noticed any aggressive tendencies in your dog to ensure that any concerns are being properly addressed before they get out of hand.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Take Time for Your Pet's Annual Wellness Exam

Like humans, your pets require an annual wellness exam or physical. Many people do not realize that their animals need to see a veterinarian on a regular basis, and often will only bring them in to see a doctor when they are hurt or sick.

The truth is, the best way to prevent any type of injury or illness in your pet is to make an appointment to see your veterinarian at least once a year. During this visit, your vet will be able to physically examine your pet, administer any vaccines or medications that they require, and answer any questions or concerns you have about your pet.

If it’s been over a year since your dog has seen a veterinarian, make an appointment today! In addition to keeping your pet happy and comfortable, most boarding facilities and pet resorts will require that you provide up-to-date veterinary records for your pet before you are able to reserve their stay.