When you follow your dream, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. Creature Comforts Pet Resort in Longview, Texas is proof positive of that. Tonya Read started Creature Comforts in November of 1996. It began as a pet sitting and dog walking service, and over the years became quite successful. But, from the […]
Three species of ringworm cause the majority of infections: Microsporum canis, Microsporum gypseum, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes; with Microsporum canis being the most commonly seen and it is more common in cats than dogs. It is often forgotten as a potential problem in adult pets. However, at the same time, lesions of other, more common conditions […]
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira.(1) Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread and prevalent diseases and it can infect both animals and people.(1,2,3,5) While there are over 200 types (also called serovars), the most common found in the US include grippotyphosa, bratislava, autumnalis, and ponoma.(1,2,3) Leptospira bacteria prefer warm […]
What are the advantages of cleaning the air with filters and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) in a typical pet boarding facility or animal house? The major benefits are pet health and the suppression of infectious disease outbreaks while the secondary benefits include reduced likelihood of human infections and general facility cleanliness. Certainly, these benefits can […]
One of the daily challenges pet care businesses face is their facility layout. The layout of the building can significantly impact efficiency and productivity. Approximately forty years ago when I was planning to design and build a pet care facility, I searched the industry for expert help but didn’t find any professionals who had knowledge […]
Most owners of a pet care business start their business with ideas of being surrounding by happy puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, and their grateful pet parents. Lovely thought. Then, all the unexpected challenges arise. Employee, customer and financial challenges quickly make this business—though still rewarding—very taxing. There is currently quite a buzz in the pet […]
If you are like most dog professionals that I work with, you probably transitioned from being a full time employee to being self-employed. One of the many benefits of working for others is the ability to contribute to a 401K. Unfortunately, as we become our own boss, contributions to a Retirement Plan often fall to […]
I remember as a boy of twelve years old letting my neighbor’s dog out to use the bathroom. Every week or so my neighbor would get home late from work, and on those days she’d ask me to go over to take Tilly, her English Springer Spaniel, out for a short potty walk. I was […]
Working with dogs can be intimidating at times. Employees working in the canine boarding and daycare sector should feel confident in their own judgment and handling skills. Kennel owners can create this confidence and good judgment by setting up demonstrations, sharing knowledge, and allowing the employees to share their experiences with each other. Handling an […]
The state of New Jersey just passed a new law that affects almost everyone who provides pet boarding and daycare services. It expands the choices of what pet care businesses in New Jersey can use as a surface for their outdoor pet containment areas.
What We’ve Learned
The H3N2 canine influenza virus is of avian origin and was first isolated from sick dogs in China in 2006 and South Korea in 2007(1) The first reported incidence of Canine Influenza H3N2 in the United States was documented in March 2015.
Occupancy costs comprise a major line item for any business. And while location is important, the stability and long–term fit of your real estate is also critical.
Trying to plan ahead for growth and future requirements, while preserving cash flow and affordability, can be a lot to balance.