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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! NOVEMBER 17TH IS OPEN HOUSE AND CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

SAVE THE DATE! 

Please join us for... 

Stay N Play Pet Ranch Customer Appreciation Day 
and a Special Open House 
Saturday 
November 17, 2012 
9am - 4pm 

Enjoy refreshments for people and pets plus... 

Free Canine Touch Demos 
10am-11am and 1pm-2pm 
with Donna Burrows and Emmett 

Free Toenail Trims 
11am - 1pm 
Bring your pet in for a free toenail trim 

Open Nature Walk Trails 
9am - 4pm 
Explore the property with your dog and one of our Nature Walkers 

Rewards Card 9am - 4pm 
Pick up and learn more about the new Stay N Play Rewards Card 

FOR MORE INFORMATION (512) 894-7387 or info@staynplaypetranch.com

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FOOD FOR GLUTEN INTOLERANT DOGS

A friend of a Stay N Play client asked her if she knew where she could get some good advice for her foster dog, Romeo, who needs to be on a special, gluten-free diet. Romeo is a Toy Fox Terrier who was born with dry-eye and a super-sensitive stomach. His foster mom has tried one brand of grain-free dog food, but his condition doesn't seem to be improving. Our Stay N Play client said: I know exactly who to ask! The following is the information we provided for this situation:

For gluten intolerance, it’s definitely best to go grain-free if possible. While they can be more expensive, there are a couple of good, but not as expensive, dog food options. As you've already discovered one product that is not quite right, now it's a matter of trying some others until you get one that settles well with Romeo's stomach. For example, Blue Buffalo is a dog food that’s very well tolerated, as is Taste of the Wild. Both are good, but not as expensive as the premium brands, and can usually be easily found in stores such as Tractor Supply, Petsmart, and Petco. The potential issue with the less expensive products is that there may be other additives or by products that are just as hard on the stomach as the gluten would be, so it's important to read the label for “no byproducts" and "no preservatives.” If Romeo doesn't tolerate the less expensive brands, then going to a premium food such as Evo or Pure Vita product might be necessary. Other options would be to try a food with an alternative to grains as its carbohydrate. For example, at Stay N Play we sell a Trout and Potato and a Salmon and Potato dog food that most of the gluten intolerant dogs can tolerate. These types of products are also fairly widely available. A final option would be to go to a “raw” diet, which is tolerated well by most. However, with raw diets, you must feed some vegetables as well, to give the dog all of the nutrients he needs (or give him a supplement instead).

Friday, June 29, 2012

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: VACATION TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOU AND YOUR PETS

Traveling with your dog can be great fun but, just like roadtripping with toddlers, advance planning makes everything easier! Here are some plan-ahead considerations and tips to make this holiday smooth sailing.

Is this a vacation your dog will enjoy? If you're headed to Vegas or Branson, for example, your dog will be terrifically bored sitting in a hotel room all day. Make sure the accommodations on the road and at your destination allow pets -- this includes your relatives' homes! Don't assume your grandparents will be thrilled to see your three bouncy, fun-loving Labs...Ask first!

If you are touring and/or camping in a state or national park, check out their dog policies. Many parks do not allow dogs in campsites, in certain areas, or even out of the car at all. Don't rely on a website. Call the ranger's office and ask.

For safety, dogs should always be confined while riding in a car. Airline kennels offer the most protection during a sudden stop, swerve, or collision. At the very least, your dog should wear a seatbelt harness designed for car travel.

Always put your dog's leash on before you open the car door. This prevents him from bolting out into the road or escaping.

When traveling, dogs should wear a well-fitting collar 24/7. Make sure the current rabies tag is on it and consider a special ID tag. For example, a staff member at Stay N Play Pet Ranch has special road trip tags for her dogs that say "TRAVELING-REWARD." The tags include her cell phone number, as well as an emergency contact number of someone who knows how to reach her. A home address and home phone number are useless if you're in another state!

Do not leave your dog unattended in a hotel room. Put him in a crate or take him with you. Remember, the hotel has your credit card information. If your dog soils or damages something, you will pay a premium for it.

If your dog is a barker, don't leave him alone until the wee hours of the morning. Other guests don't want their sleep disturbed and they will call the front desk. Enough complaints and you will be asked to leave.

Your dog's "suitcase" should include: food, water from home or distilled water, current medications, current vaccination records, food and water pans, treats, toys, bedding, an extra leash, paper towels and wet wipes for messes, trash bags, old towels, a sheet to cover the bedspread at the hotel and poop bags. Be a positive ambassador for all pet owners and clean up after your dog every single time!

Jane makes sure her suitcase is packed with everything she'll need to ensure the family vacation is a happy one for everyone!

Friday, June 15, 2012

THE DOG (AND CAT) DAYS OF SUMMER: HOT WEATHER HINTS FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WEARING FUR COATS!

by Stay N Play Pet Ranch

Our cool, rainy spring has departed and a hot, dry summer has arrived in Central Texas, which means it's prime time for a few hot weather reminders for our pets. Dogs and cats only have sweat glands in the pads of their feet, so they cool themselves primarily by panting. When it's even moderately warm and very humid, they can get overheated fast. Here are some tips on keeping them safe and cool...  

Make sure your pets have shade and cool water outside when the temperature rises above 80 degrees. If it's 90 degrees or higher, time to let them hang out in the A/C. If it's too hot for you to stay outside for more than 15 minutes, then it's too hot for your pets. They're wearing fur coats!  

A small wading pool in a shady spot provides water lovers a quick way to cool off. Dump and rinse it frequently to prevent algae from growing and mosquitoes from breeding.  

Young and high energy dogs will often play too hard in the hot weather. It's up to you to monitor their activity levels when the temperature is high. Many dogs become "moon babies" during deep summer - they play in the evening!  

If your dogs jog or bike with you, they run a huge risk of burning and blistering their pads on hot pavement. Either adjust your outdoor exercise schedule for early morning workouts or leave your running partner at home.

 Heat stroke can happen very quickly and hundreds of dogs die from this every year, so be alert if your dog is acting abnormally during hot weather. Signs include heavy panting, uncontrollable drooling, a rectal temperature greater than 104, bright red or dark gums, staggering, disorientation, seizure, collapse, and coma. If you see any of these symptoms, wet your dog down with cool (not cold) water, get him into the shade or A/C and transport him to your vet immediately. Even if your dog seems to be recovering, he may still have heart arrhythmias or abnormal blood clotting.  

Do not leave your pets in the car in hot weather! Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can hit 102 degrees in 10 minutes on an 85 degree day. When you're running errands, leave your dog at home or take him inside with you.

 If it's too hot for you to stay outside for more than 15 minutes, then it's too hot for your pets. They're wearing fur coats!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A RED ARENA ROUND UP ... ROUND UP!

Stay N Play Pet Ranch was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the RED Arena Round-up on Saturday. What a fantastic day for such a fantastic organization.

Everyone was a joy, kids and canines!


Agility course

Equine therapy did us all good!

Whispering sweet nothin's!

Tucker the PAWS Shelter and Humane Society Ambassadog stopped by the booth for some fun!

For more photos, be sure to visit and "like" our Facebook page at Facebook.com/staynplaypetranch.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

FREE DOG AND CAT NUTRITION AND GROOMING WORKSHOP

As pet food recalls grow more common and their geographical scope widens, we couldn't think of a better time for a dog and cat nutrition workshop. We're very excited that Chuck Wilson from Nutri Source and Pure Vita will be coming to Stay N Play on Saturday, May 19th, for a free workshop to discuss food sources for dog and cat diets, as well as address the recall issues.

And...we'll also be also be discussing dog and cat skin issues (itchy skin, shedding, etc) from a grooming perspective, including product demos.

All you need to know to keep our four legged family members healthy on the inside and the outside!

Please join us for our FREE Dog and Cat Nutrition and Grooming Workshop
Saturday, May 19 @ 1-3pm
at Stay N Play Pet Ranch
2500 E. Hwy 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Monday, April 9, 2012

A TOUCHING "THANK YOU" THANKS TO AN AUSTIN PETS ALIVE PROGRAM

Stay N Play Pet Ranch is proud to be a part of the Austin Pets Alive program that provides services for people in transitory times of serious need, so they are not forced to relinquish their pets. As part of their Emergency Boarders Network, we were recently able to help a woman who suddenly found herself homeless and living in her car with her two dogs, Bo and Clown. Austin Pets Alive called us and asked if we could keep the two Bichon/Poodle mixes as dogs were not allowed in the women's shelter. As part of the program, we promise 30 days of free dog boarding, but we ended up keeping the dogs for 8 weeks while their mom found a place to live, found a new job (she lost hers when she had to start living in her car), and got her life back on track. We recently received the most heartfelt and moving "thank you" from Bo and Clown's mom, one that left us all in tears and thankful we have the opportunity to help through this generous program.

Bo and Clown lived with us while their mom got back on her feet
thanks to an amazing Austin Pets Alive program.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SAVE THE DATES!

Dog Day Afternoon in Austin at the Triangle Courtyard on Guadalupe is almost here! Fun event on Saturday, April 14, for dogs and owners presented by News Radio KLBJ and Austin Subaru. Stay N Play will be there doing free canine massages and Canine Touch demos from Noon - 3pm. Mark your calendar and get the details by clicking here.

We have signed on again as a sponsor for the RED Arena event in Dripping Springs on Saturday, June 2, at 1601 Bell Springs Rd. We will host another booth, where we will do training your dog type of activities (a favorite at the event last year!). If you're not familiar with this terrific organization, check out their website and stay tuned for event details!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CANINE TOUCH BENEFIT ANNOUNCED!

Stay N Play Presents...

Canine Touch Benefit
For Texas Hearing and Service Dogs
For just a $20 donation you can learn the benefits of Canine Touch
while your dog enjoys a demo from Stay N Play's own Donna Burrow!

Saturday, March 10
@ 9am - 4pm (Come and Go)
4925 Bell Springs Road in Dripping Springs
(Texas Hearing and Service Dog Campus)

All donations go directly to Texas Hearing and Service Dogs!

ABOUT CANINE TOUCH
Your dog’s daily activities can cause the body to become out of balance. Canine Touch helps restore that balance through a non-invasive series of gentle moves in a pattern over specific body points. Your dog relaxes and releases stress to optimize soft tissue function, balance the nervous system, and more. Canine Touch is helpful for sick or injured dogs as well as working dogs, service and therapy dogs, athletic dogs, puppies and aged dogs. Your dog will feel better and, thanks to your donation, so will you!

ABOUT TEXAS HEARING AND SERVICE DOGS
Founded in 1988, Texas Hearing and Service Dogs trains dogs to assist Texans living with hearing or mobility challenges. THSD adopts all of their dogs from animal shelters and rescue leagues. Thanks to your donations, THSD is able provide the dogs and training free of charge. Learn more at servicedogs.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
(512) 894-7387

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WORKSHOPS - RESCHEDULED!

UPDATE: RESCHEDULED! Our February workshops have been rescheduled to May 5th and 6th! We will have registration information closer to that time. Learn more on our Workshops page!