Policy Changes Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020 The following changes will be effective the first of the year: 1. Business hours will be Monday-Friday 9a.m.-5p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday) I realize this may inconvenience some of you, I will do my best to work with you on scheduling. This change is for quality of life for myself and Sharon. 2. We will no longer offer a discount for yearly schedules. Recent legislation is causing operating costs to increase significantly. The cost to be a legitimate employer is going up as well. To avoid another price increase so soon, I am making this change instead. I appreciate everyone’s understanding in this matter. If you […]

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Top Ten 4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Many pet owners don’t realize just how terrifying fireworks can be to a dog or cat. Here are ten excellent tips on how to keep your pets safe this 4th of July. If this will be your first Independence Day with a new puppy or kitten, please don’t leave them alone during fireworks. Happy, safe 4th everyone!

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Dog Shaving: Helpful or Harmful?

Every year when summer arrives and the days grow longer and hotter, you can’t help but notice many people out walking their newly-shaved dogs. You might think dog shaving is a great idea and can help keep your dog cool. After all, you wouldn’t want to go around wearing a fur coat during the summer. However, it is not a good idea to shave your dog for the summer. There may be times when I have no choice but to shave a dog, although I do not like doing so on any occasion. The truth is, the guard hair — top coat — actually works as a ventilation system. In the winter, […]

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Pet Care After Owner Passes

I want to address a tough subject. In the last month I have had two elderly clients pass away, one had a plan for their pet, the other did not. Both of the dogs are okay, with the help of our caring pet community they were able to find loving homes. I get attached to my animals, but also to their owners. This is part of my job, what I love doing. The loss hurts, but the best I can do is make sure their beloved pets are cared for after the end comes. Do you have a plan? If you do not have family who can adopt your pets, […]

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Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. I cannot tell you when the time is right, I can only tell you what I observe while your aging pets are in my care. It is not fair they do not live as long as we do, but it is our duty to ensure they are not suffering. Veterinarian Developed Scale to Help Clear Up Confusion Dr. Villalobos has dedicated her career to helping pet owners navigate end-of-life issues. To help pet owners make decisions about end-of-life care, Dr. Villalobos developed a decision tool based on seven indicators. A tough subject, this NY Times article is a good read. Read the article >>

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Did You Know Collars Can Kill?

I have had customers get frustrated when their dogs are not dressed when they get here. Early on in my career in the pet care industry I was warned about collar safety. This is why they stay naked until you come pick them up!!

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Beware of Foxtails!

WARNING! Foxtails are in full bloom all over the Olympic Peninsula! Empty lots where you might give your dog a potty break, fields you might pass through when walking your dog, along paved roads and paths, along fence lines where your dog may walk or play. They are everywhere this year! Right now they are green, but they are not benign. Green and fluffy or yellow and dry, they are sticky and track only one way: UP! Up into your dog’s skin, eyes, ears, mouth, between toes and up the nose. They are miserable and can even track up your dogs genitals. Foxtails demand veterinary intervention once they have even slightly […]

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3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Day

Three years!!! Without all of you, I could not do what I do. I want to show my appreciation with a celebration of you! New, old, and yet-to-be two- and four-legged friends are welcome to our 3rd annual BBQ! BBQ at Sonny’s Spaw Sunday ▸ July 14, 2019 ▸ 1 PM We have several special guests attending the BBQ this year. Jenifer Paul from Swim Doggy Swim Cynthia Linden from Best Friend Nutrition Mel Marshall from Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG) Linda Hawk from Rescue Every Dog (RED) Shell’ey Van Cleave from Port Angeles Pet Posse These lovely women bring their own love for dogs and cats as well as a […]

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Hot Weather Pet Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts: Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. Know […]

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