July is Pet Hydration Month: Is Your Pet Drinking Enough?

A floofy dog rests its head on a blue water dish

We all know how important water is to our daily functioning, and the same is true for our pets. Pet’s bodies are made up of an even higher percentage of water than human bodies, and even mild dehydration can have a serious effect on their overall health and functioning.

July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month, the perfect time to look for ways to improve your pet’s water consumption!


Recommendations for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet can take extra pet travel planning

While traveling can be full of twists and turns, it can definitely be fun and worth the long miles. Whether you’re in the sky or on the road, bringing your pet along warrants many special considerations. Indeed, preparations can be quite extensive. But what about traveling with a sick pet or one with certain health risks? The pet experts are here with some helpful tips to make sure your pet remains safe and that all the essentials are covered.

How to Know?

The Humane Society has some great travel safety tips for pets in good general health. While the recommendations are similar for pets who are ill, unique considerations and heightened vigilance are of the utmost importance. For example, air travel can be risky for all pets, but flying with a sick pet can be downright dangerous – especially if they’re in the cargo area.


Meow on the Move: What to Know About Traveling with a Cat

Springbrook_iStock_000083088945_Large (1)Ask a cat owner what his or her least favorite activity with kitty is and you can guarantee traveling with a cat is at the top of the list. But, there are times when bringing your purr-pal along for the journey is needed.

For the safety and comfort of your feline friend, there are some details to attend to before you hit the open road. Continue…

Going Away? Tips for Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility

Portrait of a catBoarding your pet can rank pretty high on the stress-o-meter. However, if you find someplace with a compassionate staff and comfy digs, most of your fear and anxiety will fade. But how do you go about choosing a pet boarding facility?

In Good Hands

Of course, no one knows your pet like you do, but that doesn’t mean everyone is under-qualified to care for him or her. A professional boarding facility prides itself on safety and wants to relieve pet owners’ worries about whether or not their companions are in good hands. Continue…

The Jet-Set Pet: Understanding International Pet Travel

See a dogWhether you are making a residential move overseas or simply taking a much-deserved vacation, bringing along your pet is an involved endeavor. But, because many pet guardians do not want to be separated from their furry BFFs, it makes sense that the trend in international pet travel is growing.

However, there are challenges to tackle before you go and others that may come up en route with your pet. To avoid delays or unexpected problems, we are addressing the major concerns to consider plus pre-travel requirements. Continue…

Traveling With or Without Your Dog During the Canine Flu Outbreak

Springbrook_iStock_000052770134_Large (1)Canine influenza, or canine flu, has had many dog owners in the Chicagoland area concerned – and understandably so. While the canine influenza strain, H3N8, has been recognized for some time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this strain, H3N2, is new to our area and therefore places almost all dogs Continue…

Pet Boarding: Making Your Pet’s Stay a Success

iStock_000017437440_SmallIf you’re heading out of town this summer, it’s likely that you’re planning on boarding your pet while you’re away. Pet boarding can be a terrific way to keep your four-legged friend happy and healthy while you travel. And knowing that your precious pet is being looked after by someone you know and trust can help ease your mind while you enjoy your travels.

However, we understand that many pets and pet owners can be apprehensive about boarding. And while we are sensitive to those fears, we believe that with a little pre-planning and TLC, boarding your pet at our Pet Paradise Boarding facility can be a great experience for all. So, whether you’re new to pet boarding, or are a familiar friend returning for another stay, we’d like to offer these tips on how to have a happy boarder… Continue…

Over the River and Through the Woods: Holiday Travel With Your Pet

Many pet owners will be traveling during this holiday season. Whether you are bringing your pets along for the ride, or leaving them behind, be sure to consider the following when it comes to holiday travel with your pet.

OnTheGoIf your pet is staying home…

  • Be sure to leave your pet sitter with your contact information as well as instructions on what to do in case of an emergency when you cannot be reached.
  • If you are having guests at your house, provide your pet a quiet place to retreat from the commotion.
  • Make certain that all pets are wearing a collar with tags and that all microchip information is current. You never know when a door might accidently be left open by preoccupied guests.