DogVacay.com Boarding Could Be Illegal? Really?
We discovered in New York City, for example, that it is against the law to run a boarding service in your home for profit. It is also illegal there to run a boarding service for profit without proper licensing and other requirements fulfilled.
This could put folks who are offering boarding of pets on DogVacay.com and other similiar services at risk for financial legal penalties for violating health codes and other laws.
Below are the documents we've obtained. Listen in to what we discovered and how it could affect you...
DogVacay.com Sounds Great But...
DogVacay.com is a new Internet-based service which allows practically anyone to become their own dog-sitter business. We examine some of the requirements and more importantly, some of the major concerns.
Old Cats and Young Pups (A Listener's Question)
We respond to a listener, Ryan, and her question about the passing away of an elderly cat and whether anesthesia could have led to its demise. We also offer words of advice regarding the Ryan's new puppy, a Shiba Inu.
We encourage you the listener to also submit questions in the comments field below so we can answer them for future shows.
You can get medical insurance for your pet to cover accidents, injuries, illnesses, and checkups. But we have found a few unpleasant surprises in our investigation. Buyer Beware! Let us share with you what we discovered.
When Your Little Angel Passes On
How do you deal with your pet as it approaches its final days of life? It is a subject we as pet owners need to deal with eventually. We discuss some of the serious emotional decisions about our pet's terminal illnesses, putting them to sleep, and their burial.
Please share any similar experiences you may have with us by adding your comments below or emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviews: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Want to board your pet at a kennel but you want to check out the online reviews first? We discuss some of the good and bad about these reviews at sites like Yelp, Google, and Yahoo.
Vets Do's and Don'ts
How do you find a good veterinarian for your pet? How can you tell you've got a bad vet? And why is it important to keep copies of your pet's medical records?
Michael and Dennis explore some of the issues we encounter when we are searching or changing to the right veterinarian.
We also give an update regarding the terrible dog flu that's affecting many more states.
Saving Your Dog During Emergencies
Many dogs die each year due to emergencies such as fires, floods and other calamities. How do you take care of your dog during an emergency? We cover important tips and advice to help save your pet, including when your pet is home alone.
The Dog Flu
Everyone is concerned about the recent dog flu that is quickly spreading and affecting the health of many dogs. There have been at least 1000 documented cases and at least 6 canine deaths at the time of this recording in early April 2015.
We discuss some of the following concerns:
- What are the symptoms?
- Will the canine flu shot help alleviate the problem?
- What precautions should we take as dog owners?
If you have experience with encountering this issue, please share your insights with us by posting your comments below.
Selecting Your Favorite Breed
Selecting a dog breed as a potential new owner is a big decision. Some breeds may be harder to train than others. Some may be prone to health issues. Here are some words of advice to help you make your choice.
We also discuss a few questions from our listeners:
How to brush a dog's teeth?
How to cut a dog's nails?
How to deal with anal glands?
How to teach a dog to deal with fear and anxiety?
Prepare For Boarding (Your Dog)
Some important tips about boarding your dog at the kennel including the shots needed and why, illnesses, and possible stress. Also what happens when an owner abandons their dog at the kennel?
We give a grateful thanks to all the dog rescuers out there, many of whom are our loyal listeners.
Important tips about protecting your dog from the summer heat. Yes, dogs need protection too! We also have tips about fireworks, eating grass, and our favorite, hanging out the car window. Enjoy!
What Am I Actually Feeding To Fido?
Did you know that things you love, like chocolate or grapes, can make your dog sick? That the can of dog food that says chicken dinner may contain very little chicken? Would you believe that some of the popular doggie treats contain some of the worst stuff to give to your dog?
We discuss some advice about the right and wrong things to feed to your dog. If you have any additional questions about your dog's diet, send us a question in the comments below, and we'll try to answer it on a future podcast.
Animal Welfare in Distress
Do you ever wonder how many dogs are put to death every year in the U.S. because they lack proper homes and other related issues? Would you believe up to 3 million? How have things gotten to this tragic stage? In this episode, Michael, Ashley, and Dennis discuss a small community example how these problems begin, and perhaps what can be done.
If you want to contact us about this topic, please send us an email or message at email@example.com or facebook.com/abrintle .
Boarding My Dog - Camp or Dungeon?
An introduction to who we are and what our podcast is about. In this
first episode, we discuss some of the key points to consider if you need
to board your dog.
Onions, Chocolate, Grapes, Oh No!
Some food advice from Michael for dog owners.