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Why home boarding is better than kennels

It’s July. It’s summer. The nights are longer and the days are warmer (if we’re lucky) and it means just one thing – a trip abroad could be on the horizon.

But going away from home can sometimes mean that we have to leave our animals behind – and let’s be honest, who likes that? In fact, the thought of having to leave our pets often results in no holidays whatsoever. This comes to no surprise. As a nation, we love our pets so much that we consider them members of the family. It’s no wonder that we do not want to leave them behind, let alone in a kennel.stencil.facebook-post (1)

For some, finding a kennel for your pet can be the easiest and quickest option. But is it always the best? Taking an animal out of its environment and placing it in a kennel  can be a very quick way to distress it. Your pet may eat so little because of the anxiety they face in a kennel. Fleas, parasites and illnesses, such as kennel cough, become a big risk in small environments with other stressed dogs. They may also become extremely over stimulated because of how loud kennels can become.

So what is another alternative? Well here at Tailster, we recommend dog boarding. Here are 3 super important  reasons why you should choose dog boarding over a kennel:

1) Your pet is in a warm, friendly environment. Even though your dog is not at home with you, they are in an environment where you know they will be treated with so much love, there will always be treats (before and most likely after dinner) and there will always be time for cuddles.

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2) They will spend their time with people who adore animals. You know your dog is in safe hands with people who will have experience dealing and taking care of animals in a home environment. They will be treated as another member of the family and may even be in a home where they can become best friends with the owner’s resident pets.

3) They will have complete freedom within the home. Let’s face it, a home is a lot bigger than a kennel. Your dog will love being able to charge around their new temporary home without being restricted by metal bars. Now that sounds perfect!

Our service ensures that you always meet a carer face to face before booking. That way, you can see exactly where your dog will be spending their mini holiday and who they will be spending it with. Make sure your carer is using the Tailster app – that way, you’ll receive live updates and pictures of your pet from your carer so you know exactly what it’s been up to. We guarantee that your dog will have so much fun.

Note: our insurance does not cover any dogs with the boarding blues.

 

A note about what we do at Tailster.

Tailster.com is the online website that helps dog owners find trusted, local and insured dog boarders, sitters and walkers at times like going away on holiday, ad-hoc emergencies or for regular walks. If you need a sitter, click here and let us know what you need and we will find the right dog boarder or sitter for you quickly.

You can also apply to become a dog walker or dog boarder in order to help our dog owners looking for dog boarding and walking services.

Keeping your pup safe in the Summer heat

Summer has rolled in heavily with a sudden heatwave. We’ve certainly been struggling with the heat at Tailster HQ, which got us thinking about how our furry friends might be coping. Animals can die quickly from heatstroke, so make sure you’re paying close attention to them! They should be able to enjoy the weather with us – while it lasts.

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Ways to stay cool

  • Make sure dogs have easy access to drinking water at all times
  • Provide somewhere for your dog to get wet if possible. Small paddling pools are ideal – fun but effective!
  • Ensure your dog has access to a cool/shaded area, at home and outside
  • Avoid dark surfaces and pavement where possible. Test a surface by pressing your palm to the ground – if it burns, it’s too hot for doggie paws
  • Consider a haircut – if your dog has long hair a trim is a good way to help your dog stay cool
  • Go for a walk early in the morning or later on in the day, when the weather is coolest – both you and your dog will have a much better time
  • You can buy doggie accessories to help with the heat – these include cooling coats, doggie boots and cooling pads

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Never leave a dog in a hot car

This message is relayed often, but it really us such an important message! Even if a car is in the shade with open windows, the temperature can rise very quickly. When it’s 22 degrees out, the inside of a car can reach 47 degrees within the hour. It’s never worth risking your dog’s life, so don’t do it.

If a dog shows signs of severe overheating, take them to a vet immediately. Signs of overheating include:

  • Heavy panting
  • A dry, tacky mouth with mucus build-up
  • Bright pink/red tongue and gums
  • Tongue may loll out of mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Lameness and disorientation

Certain dog breeds (pugs, bulldogs, greyhounds), as well as obese and older dogs, are more at risk of overheating. ALL dogs can fall victim though, so keep a close eye on your companion. If a dog seems too hot, sponge cool water on their armpits, abdomen and feet and move them somewhere cool. Be alert, use common sense and if you aren’t sure, contact a vet – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Summer doesn’t last long in the UK, so make the most of it with your furry friend! If you’re away, make sure your carer is using Tailster app to receive regular updates so you can see for yourself how your dog is getting along in the heat.

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A note about what we do at Tailster.

Tailster.com is the online website that helps dog owners find trusted, local and insured dog boarders, sitters and walkers at times like going away on holiday, ad-hoc emergencies or for regular walks. If you need a sitter, click here and let us know what you need and we will find the right dog boarder or sitter for you quickly.

You can also apply to become a dog walker or dog boarder in order to help our dog owners looking for dog boarding and walking services.