December Digest

December 2nd, 2021


HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS STRESS-FREE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The gift that keeps on giving: a happy & stress-free pet. Think of all the sights, sounds, guests visiting, paper unwrapping, etc. This is a big change of pace and daily routine. Aside from the holiday chew toys, there a several ways to help keep our pup calm, cool, and collected this time of year.

Dangerous Decorations

Your fur buddy may become curious about all of these flashy decorations hanging up around the house. These can pose a danger to your best friend, from wires running along the walls to stockings near the fireplace and yard decorations. Instead of spending the holiday season with eyes in the back of your head or at the vet, you may want to move the embellishments to a safe area high up or in a secure place that your pet will not be able to reach.

Party Panic

If your pet isn't used to having many people over, filling the place up with guests for Christmas can make both dogs and cats irritable, stressed, or even violent. They'll feel like their personal space; their castle/kingdom is being invaded. You'll want to give your furry friends extra love and care at times like these, making sure they have plenty of personal space and a designated room to play around in until your guests have gone home.

Energy Erasers

Holiday seasons are hectic, so it’s easy to forget to take your dog for walks as often. Just taking a bit of time outdoors during the holiday can do wonders for your dog’s emotional state, relieving stress and giving them some fresh air. There are all sorts of health benefits to dog walking that you might not think about when you are exhausted from holiday preparations, but you need to be mindful of your pet’s needs all year long.

SOLUTION

DOGGY DAYCARE

Too busy with Christmas preparations? Like a child's daycare, we provide daycare for your dog, providing safe socialization and exercise. We will provide progress report cards and communicate feedback to you after each stay.

PET BOARDING

Headed home and away for the holidays? Your pet will receive excellent, full-service care while staying with us!  You can even watch your pets being spoiled and having a great time on our 24/7 live pet cams!

RETAIL & BAKERY

Need the perfect gift for a very special furry friend? Look no further than our Slobberbones Bakery & Market! We boast our famous dog birthday cakes and cookies, as well as seasonal cookies and homemade goodies!

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November Nutrients

November 1st, 2021

NOURISHED IN NOVEMBER

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, togetherness, and obviously, lots and lots of food. While we're all ready to dive into the food and festivities, we must always keep our four-legged friends in mind.

What dog food ingredients should you be avoiding?


White FLOUR

White flour is proven to cause spikes in blood sugar that have a steep drop-off.

BHA

The CDC has listed BHA as a known carcinogen that has adverse effects on the liver and kidneys of animals.

Artificial COLORS & FLAVORS

These artificial ingredients are unnecessary and have been linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and allergic reactions to foods.

CORN SYRUP

Corn syrup, like white flour, causes your dog's blood sugar to spike and can cause long-term health problems like obesity and diabetes. 

NITRATES

Although currently deemed safe to be used in dog foods, these preservatives have been linked to a blood disorder called methemoglobin and cancer.



Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny, and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.

The holidays are always a busy time of the year, but we should always keep the safety and health of our pets in mind. Whatever your holiday traditions are, you’ll likely need to make some new ones for this year. Don’t forget to include your four-legged friends' health in this year’s festivities. Happy Holidays!


- The Ark Crew

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Pupkin Spice & Everything Nice

October 4th, 2021

HALLOWEEN PET SAFETY TIPS

Candy, costumes, and the frightful festivities can boast great fun. Unfortunately, our pets don’t necessarily agree. For them, it can be a stressful night that causes real fear and anxiety. The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel would like to offer some Halloween safety tips so pet lovers can keep their animals safe from the goblins and ghouls that linger at night.


No Candy or Trick-or-Treating

Costume Consent

Pumpkins Are For People

Updated Identification



ALL TRICKS, NO TREATS

It's never a good idea to take your pet trick-or-treating. Dogs may become excited and uncontrollable, and if frightened, they may bite.

Updated DOG TAGS

If for any reason your cat or dog does escape when the door is open, proper identification increases the chance of them returning to you.

NO CANDY

Candy, candy wrappers, and decorations should be kept out of a pet’s reach at all times. Chocolate can be toxic, and many sugar-free candies, gum, and baked products contain a sweetener that is toxic to dogs.

PUMPKINS ARE FOR PEOPLE

Pumpkins are considered to be relatively non-toxic, but they can produce upset stomachs. If your pumpkin is lit, keep it out of your pet’s reach.

COSTUME CONSENT

Please don’t dress up your pet unless you know they enjoy it. Make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe and doesn’t restrict movement, vision, hearing, or ability to breathe or bark.

Halloween, and all the spooky fun accompanying the holiday, is best enjoyed when the entire family is safe and happy. We wish you and yours a very safe & Happy Halloween from all of us at The Ark! Follow these tips, and your pet will have just as much fun as you and your kids this Halloween!

- The Ark Crew

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