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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Importance of Puppy Playtime

Having a new puppy comes with a lot of responsibilities - training, nutrition, and getting to know your new family member are all important aspects of being a responsible pet owner. One thing that many new pet owners take for granted is the importance of having your puppy properly socialized. A critical period of socialization takes place between the ages of 7 weeks to 4 months, and when proper socialization does not take place during this time period, your puppy can become fearful of other dogs or people. It can be tough to determine the best way to socialize your puppy, as you want to ensure that all of the interactions that they are exposed to are positive ones.

One of the best ways to provide socialization is by bringing your puppy to dog daycare. Most facilities will have a group designated to young or small dogs, so that your pet is able to make new friends and engage in appropriate play for their age. Not only will they be exposed to new dogs and be able to get some energy out, but they’ll also get the opportunity to be handled by new people outside of your family. In time, your new puppy will become more confident, a better listener, and adaptive to new situations. Some time in daycare can also serve as a relaxing break for the proud owner of a new puppy!

If you’re in the Fort Myers FL area and you’re interested in your puppy starting daycare to start their socialization on the right foot, visit our website to learn about our daycare options and to book your reservation!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How Young is Too Young to Board Your Dog?

New pet owners often wonder how young is too young to board their new puppy. That is, until, they find themselves in a situation where they must leave their young dog on their own for their weekend. While a pet sitter is always an option, there are many wonderful socialization opportunities that pet boarding offers that a pet sitter simply cannot.

While different boarding facilities have different rules and regulations as far as the minimum age required for boarding, most defer to a simple rule: your dog must be fully vaccinated before they are able to board. For the safety of your dog and others, it’s important that he or she is properly immunized before having close interaction with people and other animals. For most dogs, all necessary immunizations can be completed by the age of 20 weeks. Some pet resorts may also require that your puppy has reached a certain level of house and crate training to ensure that their stay will be pleasant for both your pet and the staff.

Contact your local boarding facility to determine the minimum age for which they’ll accept puppies, and check to see what records you will need from your veterinarian before reserving your dog’s stay.

If you’re in need of dog boarding in the Cape Coral FL area, give us a call at (239) 939-3647 - we’d be happy to answer all of your questions!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Is Boarding Right for My Dog?

Many people question if boarding their dog is the right decision. Leaving your dog in a new and unfamiliar environment can be stressful for both you and your pet, but if you choose a professional and reputable pet resort, you have nothing to worry about! Professional boarding facilities, like All American Pet Resorts Fort Myers, understand that some dogs like to socialize, while others prefer to hang out on their own and prefer the company of humans. Your stay can be customized to accommodate your dog’s personal needs, ensure that they receive the attention and exercise that they require, and keep your dog happy and stress-free during their time away from home. If you’re unsure of boarding for your pet, it’s a great idea to see if you’re able to leave your dog for daycare first to see how they do before moving onto an overnight stay.

Do you have more questions about if boarding is right for your Fort Myers FL area dog? Give us a call at (239) 939-3647 - we’d be happy to talk through your concerns!

Monday, August 15, 2016

How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

Cleaning your dog’s ears can be a tricky process, as it may feel a bit strange or uncomfortable for them if they aren’t used to it. However, if you’re able to make regular ear cleaning a part of your dog’s routine, they will come to tolerate it and become a healthier and happier pooch!

Start with an ear cleaning solutions meant specifically for dogs’ ears. Most solutions will have directions written on the bottle, which you should follow closely. Equip yourself with a soft cotton cloth - cotton balls run the risk of getting stuck - and treats for your furry friend. Pour a small amount of ear solution into your dog’s ear, and then massage the base of the ear canal to allow the product to make its way all the way into your dog’s ear. Allow them to shake their head if they’d like, as this will help to bring up any debris deep down in their ear canal where you aren’t able to reach. Clean the visible part of your dog’s ear with the cloth and repeat the process on the other ear.

Cleaning your dog’s ears at least once a week can go along way in preventing ear infections and keeping your dog healthy and comfortable. If you have any additional questions on cleaning your dog’s ears, or if your dog has been pawing or scratching at its ears or shaking its head often, contact your veterinarian.