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Dog daycare is more fun

Doggy Daycare- should you really consider it? The answer is YES! While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend daycare for your pets everyday, it can surely be a positive way to break up the “normal” routine.

While you are at work for 8 or more hours, your puppy can be lonely, getting into trouble, having accidents throughout the home, or feeling some serious anxiety. Daycare for your dog can actually be a solution for all of these things.

Sitting at home alone, without you there to play and cuddle with, your sweet dog will start to feel lonely. Dogs are pack animals as a general rule, so when they are not with their pack it can cause serious bouts of loneliness.
In daycare, your dog will have opportunities to play with other dogs, and even make some new friends! “Don’t worry Mom/Dad, I’ve got friends to play with while you’re away!”

A companion of loneliness is anxiety. Your special puppy has a very likely chance of feeling separation anxiety when you leave for the day. An unfortunate symptom we are all familiar with is trashing the house! A dog who has succumbed to its anxiety can chew through your couch, shoes, trash, or even the walls! Trust us, we’ve seen this ourselves.
The benefit of keeping your dog in daycare is that it will keep your pup stimulated via playing with other dogs in daycare that will keep them out of trouble, and your belongings live to see another day.

Another issue you will run into is accidents. Sometimes you don’t have time to run home and let Fluffy out for a potty break, or sometimes you just need to work late. Your doggies have no idea how long you will be gone, and can’t hold it forever (try as they might).Daycare makes this a non issue for both you and your pup.

Here in the Spanaway and Graham areas there are so many working families with fur babies, and probably need a little help keeping their dogs stimulated while away. Click Here to learn more about our doggy daycare to help spruce up your pet’s routine.
Or if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, and don’t want to worry about Fluffy, Click Here for info on overnight boarding.

Remember, if your dog is having a ruff time while you are away, try doggy daycare; they will have a pawsitively wonderful time!

Gardens and flowers with your pets!

We all know April showers bring May flowers, but which of them are safe and edible for our dogs? Now we know most of us don’t go around feeding our dogs flowers, at least we hope not. We can tell you which flowers are safe and unsafe for your fur babies. And, we will also share some vegetables you can grow for some delicious treats!

Flowers

For us humans, flowers are pretty things to smell and look at. Dogs, however, may feel the need to try a few for a tasty snack. If you are looking to plant beautiful bouquets around your yard, in the Spanaway or Puyallup Washington area, that are dog (or cat) friendly, we have a list for you:

Doggy Do’s (Safe)

Aster

Alstroemeria

Celosia

Orchids

Pansies

Petunias

Roses

Snapdragons

Sunflowers

Spider plant

Violets

Zinnia

Doggy Don’ts (Not Safe)

Aloe Vera

Amaryllis

Azalea

Begonia

Birds of Paradise

Carnation

Chrysanthemum

Daffodils

Dieffenbachia

Eucalyptus

Iris

Ivy

Snake plant

Narcissus

Oleander

Poinsettia

Sago plum

Tulips

Wisteria

Fruits and Veggies

As some of us begin to plan out our vegetable and fruit gardens, let’s consider some scrumptious dog treats we can grow!

Let’s start with some fruits are a nice little snack for our tail-wagging buddies:

Apples: This particular fruit that Washington has an abundance of is high in vitamins A and C, and is also high in fiber. Make sure to remove stem, core, and seeds before treating your pup to some sweet apples.

Blueberries: These little berries can increase the amount of antioxidants in your dog’s body, and is high in fiber and vitamin C.

Strawberries: Strawberries are full in fiber, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, and omega 3 fatty acids. Just cut the stem off and wash thoroughly and your dog will be loving life!

And now on to the vegetables:

Carrots: Carrots are high in fiber and low in calories, so they make great everyday dog treats! Plus they are fairly easy to grow, and take up little room in your garden.

Brussel Sprouts: While brussel sprouts are rich in fiber and nutrients, they can cause some gas, so feed these treats in moderation.

Sugar Snap Peas: Snap peas are a good source of fiber, protein, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. An easy veggie to grow, and even easier to pick, wash, and both you and the puppy can enjoy!

Pumpkin: There are so many health benefits to eating pumpkin, and it is sometimes referred to as the super fruit. Cooked or canned pumpkin is the way to go here. If your dog has an upset stomach, they will thank you for the pumpkin

Spinach: Spinach is rich in iron, antioxidants, and vitamin K, nothing but good for dogs.

Stay Away From These

There are a few fruits and vegetables dogs cannot have. Some can cause liver or kidney failure, amongst other health hazards. Here is a list of organic treats you will need to keep to yourself and away from our furry friends:

Avocado, asparagus, cherries, grapes, mushrooms, onions and garlic, and tomatoes.

Luckily, the list for home-grown treats is much longer than what we can’t share with our beloved puppy dogs.

If you are looking for a special kind of treat for your doggy, click here to book a spa day! Pawdicures, shampoo and blowdry, or even a nice trim up!

Dog Flea and Tick Treatment- More Than Just Grooming

Spring Is In the Air!!

Springtime brings us flowers, bees, and sunshine, but for us pet owners spring can also bring us something a little more unpleasant- fleas. As we get closer to warmer weather and we begin to consider cat and dog grooming more regularly, we should also take into consideration how to treat our pets to keep them safe through the flea and tick season.

Flea season begins in spring, but reaches its peak in summer and fall. A flea’s life span is around 30 days, and an adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. Female fleas can begin laying eggs in your dog or cat’s hair 24-36 hours after their first “blood meal”. As we get more into spring it is important to treat and prevent your pets from these nasty little bugs.

Here in your local Spanaway, Graham, or Puyallup areas, Shaggy Shack Pet Resort has an easy grooming solution for your pets’ flea troubles. We have a flea shampoo to add on to your regular pet grooming services, click here to see our rates.

Another option we use to treat and kill fleas in Frontline flea treatments. While this treatment may not prevent new fleas from jumping on to your pet, it will kill fleas within 24 hours. For a more preventative solution, consider using a flea collar to keep those pesky bugs out of your pets’ hair.

Keep your pets and you safe from fleas this year, call or book today and ask our friendly grooming staff how we can help keep your dogs and cats clean, pampered, and flea-free. Click here to contact us today!