$20 Bath Tuesday!!!

For a limited time you can have your dog bathed for just $20.  Any size dog, any length fur.  Most baths take about 2 hours with drying time.  Make an appointment and drop off any time before 1pm and we will take care of the rest!

You can even have your pet stay for day care and have some play time before they head over to the spa.  When you add a bath to your day care you get 50% off of your daycare!  That means playtime and a bath on Tuesdays can cost as little as $34 dollars!!

We do require proof that all pets be up to date on their vaccinations. 

The last $20 Tuesday will be 12/18/2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
With the pig skin and grilling,
the weather gets chilly,
we shout and we cheer!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
There’ll be tailgates for hosting
touchdowns for toasting
and quarterbacks that really throw
There’ll be dishes to pass
and we’ll all tip a glass
As our friendships and rivalries grow!

Who doesn’t love a tailgate?  High School Football, College Football, or Professional Football.  We love football.  And even more, we love our Tailgate Special!

From September 7th until November 16th use the promo code “TAILGATE” when booking your stay of 3 or more nights and you get one night free! Use it as many times as you want, but you can only redeem for one night per dog per stay.  It cannot be combined with other offers and discount.  Just give us a call and we can answer any question and make your reservations today.

The tailgate special is perfect for tailgaters because parties can be stressful and sometimes dangerous for your pet.  And, if you are with your friends and family who is watching the pup?  There are a lot of questions like

  1. Is where we are going pet friendly?
  2. Will they be on leash the whole time?
  3. Will my dog be okay with so many people and/or new faces?
  4. Is the food around pet friendly? (Beware of chicken bones, and other party favorites that your pup might get a hold of.)
  5. Would it be better if Pet Lodge Pet Resort loved and spoiled our dog so that everybody has the fun they are looking for?

And the great thing is, that even if you are not traveling for the purpose of football as long as you mention the promo code “TAILGATE” you can still get a great savings when you stay 3 or more nights!

Helpful Links:

https://barkpost.com/ways-tailgate-big-game-dog/

https://www.cesar.com/articles/socialization/should-i-take-my-tail-wagger-to-a-tailgate

Have you visited us? Why Not?

Try us out for Free with our Stressbuster

What is a Stressbuster?

This is available to anyone who has never been to Pet Lodge Pet Resort. Bring your dog by for a fun filled day care visit. It is an opportunity to experience all of what our resort has to offer with no cost to you. We call it a stressbuster because it alleviates any stress that you or your dog might have before boarding overnight.

On their first day here, it is a chance for us to walk your dog away from you and take them to their room. We try to put them in the same room type they would be staying in as if they were spending the night. Then throughout the day we get to take them out for their fun activity, love on them, and have you pick them up at the end of the day. That way when they come back they are excited and remember us as being the fun place. And if there are ever any issues or concerns we will let you know right away.

Choose your Room.

Presidential Suite
Luxury Suite
Junior Suite
Standard

Choose your Acivity.

Big Dog Play

Small Dog Play

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Group Swim & Splash

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Private Splash Time

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Private Swim

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Nature Walk

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Private Play

Have some fun!

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“Fun for Them, Peace of Mind for You”

Please call 770-475-3455 with questions or to book and you can also reserve online. We do require vaccination records and have several different room options so please stop by for a tour any time we are open, no appointment needed!

Monday to Friday 7am-7pm
Saturday 7am-4pm
Sunday 10am 7pm

Seasons of Dog Health

The Change in Seasons for Your Dog

Unlike humans dogs bodies don’t adjust as quickly to the change in temperature as ours. You will notice a change in their skin and coats, this is the season that most dogs will shed their winter coats for a thinner one, even domesticated dogs require attention through this period. Here are some things to take into consideration during the transition from winter to spring:

Spring Outer Wear: If your dog wears a coat during winter during walks, unless the heat transition is very dramatic, and the weather become warm very quickly, you may want to put a lighter coat on your dog as smaller dogs that tend to feel the cold more will still find it a bit chilly when their walking in the shade during spring.

A Dogs Natural Coat– Even domesticated dogs in the beginning of spring will start to shed their thicker coats for thinner lighter ones. It is essential to help this process along and to avoid matting which can often be painful to groom your dog regularly. Regular brushing will help any lose hairs fall out and avoid them from being tangled into the new hairs. If you do not feel confident to do this or have a particularly awkward or long haired dog you can take them to the groomers on a regular basis to have them professionally brushed and washed.

Skin Care: When dogs shed their natural coats their skin can be prone to becoming dry, gentle regular brushing will ensure that the natural oils that occur in the hair will be distributed evenly. If your dog suffers from particularly dry skin your vet may prescribe Omega 3 capsules especially for dogs to assist this transitional period for the coat.

Paw Care: This is essential in every season, a mixture of different surfaces, dry skin, rough playing can all have an impact on your dog’s paws, dogs tend to lose moister in their nails causing them to chip or snap off. Walk your dog often so that their nails naturally wear down and don’t become too long, after walk wash your dog’s feet in warm soapy water.

Exercise: It is normal for dogs to store fat in the winter; heavier dogs need to begin gentle exercise to ensure they lose this winter fat. Take it slowly at first especially if your dog has had reduced excise during the winter like their owners they need gentle introduction to regular exercise. Increase their number of walks and the length of them gradually.

Allergies: Like us humans dogs can also have allergies caused by the pollen that is associated with trees, grass and flowers in spring. For signs that your dog has an allergy is itching, coughing, sneezing, flaky skin or an oily-feeling coat. If you notice your dog showing any of these symptoms the vet can prescribe a safe does of canine allergy medicine.

Lawn Chemicals: In the spring it’s nice to see your dog running on soft green grass instead of snow or frosted hard grounds, but beware some commercial parks will often use fertilizer, moss killer, weed treatments or pesticide treatments, all of which are toxic to dogs. Thinking ahead before a walk can avoid such problems, rural areas as opposed to commercial parks are less likely to have chemicals in the grass.

So pay special attention to your dog during this seasonal transition, although you might not notice a huge change in temperature your dog will and this will require your special attention and care.

A Water Park for Dogs!

In November of 2016 Pet Lodge Pet Resort broke ground on a Splash Pad for dogs, and by April of 2017, the project was complete Just in time for summer we have another resort style activity for our guests to enjoy. There really is nothing like it in the Alpharetta or even Atlanta area. This 3000 square foot splash zone is designed specifically for dogs and has a variety of features to get the dogs moving and interested in the water.

The splash pad has six water features, three of these features are designed with multiple deck jets that shoot water into the air and then it pools the water so that it is two to four inches deep. Dogs love to bite at the jets as they spray and then cooling off by laying down in the shallow pool.

The splash pad has six water features, three of these features are designed with multiple deck jets that shoot water into the air and then it pools the water so that it is two to four inches deep. Dogs love to bite at the jets as they spray and then cooling off by laying down in the shallow pool.

Our palm tree drips water as if it was raining!

Everyone’s favorite fixture seems to be the fire hydrant that mists from three different spouts. Except for where the water is pooling the ground is covered in a plush turf that is gentle on the dogs’ feet so that they can run as fast as they want. Lots of dogs love water but don’t jump right in the pool. These are the dogs that will chase the sprinkler or get into a kiddie pool. Maybe they wade in the water at the lake or the river but don’t actually swim. These dogs will love the splash pad. It is also a great way for them to cool down during these hot summer months

Pet parents can sign their pets up for splash time anytime they come to stay with us or even during doggy daycare. Dogs can go to the splash pad with other dogs to play or just one on one with a staff member. Guests can even rent it out privately so that they can go to the splash pad with their dog.

What to pack when boarding your pet

Pet Lodge Pet Resort is happy to supply everything your dog needs for their stay, but while you are packing your bags for your trip, you start to wonder what you should pack for your dog’s vacation.

The key thing to remember is that your dog is coming to a resort, and they are going to be seeing new people and making friends. We keep them pretty busy with activities and love, all we need is a dog, and we will have a good time! Even though our resort is a home away from home for our guest, it is still a different environment which can cause some different behavior.

You might want to bring these items

  • A toy or two that you are comfortable with them having while unsupervised
  • Food for them to keep them on the same diet they eat at home
  • A few treats that you want them to have
  • Any medication that you pet will need with instructions

Keep these items at home

  • Food bowls
  • Toys or Treats that might be swallowed whole
  • Rawhide treats
  • Expensive or Irreplaceable Items
  • Collars, leashes, and harnesses (unless there is a medical issue)

All of our room types come with a raised cot. You should feel free to bring their food from home. Keeping dogs on the same diet can prevent stomach issues and provide a sense of routine. We have refrigerators for raw diets and canned food.

We encourage guests to keep expensive or sentimental beds, blankets, and toys at home. Sometimes pets will chew or destroy items (and they usually look so proud of themselves), that they would not chew at home. Or they will carry a toy out to a yard for playtime and drop it as soon as they see the pool. We wash all of the belongings as needed and before going home, and we don’t want to misplace that handmade baby blanket that your pup has had from day one so pack accordingly.

What Should I pack for my Cat?

It doesn’t matter your cat will most likely be angry at you for putting them in the carrier or the car in the first place. No amount of treats will make them forgive you until they are ready because they are cats and humans just exist to serve them. We joke, but cat people know. Kitties get as much attention as they will allow. Usually, cats only need to bring their carrier and their food. We provide the litter, so you only need to bring your litter if you prefer something other than clay based litter.

What Should I Bring for My Exotic (Bird, Rabbit, Turtle, Guinea Pig, Lizard, etc.)

If you are bringing your exotic pet to us to stay, you will want to bring everything your pet will need. We do have several larger bird cages that may be available, just check when making your reservation. But most pets in the exotic category will need to come in the cage that they will be staying. It is the safest and most comfortable environment for them. You will want to pack any bedding that we will replace throughout their stay. And of course, you will want to pack their food. We do have refrigerators for any fruit or vegetables you may want to bring.

If you have a question about an item, please call us so we can help you pack! 770-475-3455

How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

It is always the big question how much should I feed my dog, especially when they can’t tell you when they are hungry or full. Feed them too much, they may get fat and are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems; feed them too little and they become scavengers and eat anything that looks like it might have a taste.

There is no right or wrong answer and every dog is different, it is sometimes just trial and error what suits your dog best, however these factors will heavily influence how much food a day your dog needs:

  • Breed and size
  • Current life-stage (Age)
  • Exercise levels
  • Climate(Time of year)

Some dogs will never turn down food even when they’re not hungry some dogs just love to eat and others will pick at their food and take their time, each dog has their own individual eating habits. Follow these top tips when deciding on the portion size of your dog’s meals:

Provide a Nutritionally Balanced Diet

It may be a recipe based on the vet’s advice or a commercial recommended formula; whatever diet you choose for your dog make sure it is nutritionally balanced and keep it consistent. Veterinary nutritionist’s advice will be tailored to your dog’s needs and what they think is best. If you are going with commercial recommendations it will say in the ingredients on the pack what the food contains, enabling you to provide your dog with a balanced diet. If it doesn’t agree with your dog’s body it will soon become apparent, change the dog’s food or seek a vet’s advice if you are unsure what is best.

Measure, Measure, Measure!

This is essential when you are trying to work out how much to feed your dog. Use a measuring tool or something in the kitchen that will ensure you are feeding your dog exactly the same amount each meal.

Learn to Titrate

The right amount of food is determined through trial and error. You may have to increase and decrease food amounts over time until you achieve the right daily portion. For example you may start off feeding one tin of food a day and see that your dog is getting overweight, your vet can determine a healthy weight for the particular breed. You may then start to reduce the amount by a spoonful a day until the dog reaches a healthy weight. Vice versa if the dog is looking underweight for the breed you may gradually start increasing the amount you feed per day by a spoonful until the dog reaches a healthy weight and you can continue feeding the dog the correct amount.

Don’t Forget That Treats Count

Treats are food too, and they’re usually more calorically dense, so take into consideration how many treats you are feeding your dog per day when calculating how much food they have.

Amount of Exercise

The amount of food intake should take into account the amount of regular exercise (or lack of) your dog gets each day. If your dog is very active, running everywhere they go you may want to increase the amount of food to avoid them becoming underweight. However if your dog is not walked at least once every day the food they consume will not be burnt off and therefore you may need to decrease the amount they eat daily to avoid obesity.

Age-Related Changes

You can expect the age of your dog to affect their metabolism (like our own) slows down, along with their reduced activity means they can be prone to becoming overweight, this can put an unnecessary strain on their body. Therefore give elderly dogs a little less food every year or try switching to dog food which is designed for senior dogs which have a lower fat content.

Use these tips as a guide when feeding your dog and remember your vet can always give you advice on how much specifically your dog requires on a daily basis.

Meet Dr. Bishop & North Main Animal Hospital

Pet Lodge Pet Resort is truly a pet resort we have a lot of space with big rooms, big yards, and big fun. The one thing we do not have is your family veterinarian on site. We do have the next best thing which is great vet offices close by with awesome teams and animals at heart. When there is an ongoing health issue with your pet it is great to be able to pick up the phone and talk to the doctor who has been on the case from the beginning. And if your normal office is closed or far away we have several offices that we trust and recommend.

One of our favorite practices is right down the road on. North Main Animal Hospital is staffed with a friendly and professional team that is all about healthy happy pets. At the head of that team is Dr Chad Bishop.

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We won’t hold his choice of colleges against him because in this case they produce a great veterinarian.
“After attending Western Kentucky University for his undergraduate degree in Animal Science, Dr. Bishop attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007”

On several occasions Dr Bishop has visited us to talk to our staff about different issues. When the summer comes around we ask him to talk to us about heat stroke and signs to look for. It is also great to just allow our staff to ask questions they have. Sometimes it is related to work sometimes it is about their own pet. Questions come up all the time and we know, you will never know the answer unless you ask.

When can I get my dog fixed?
Why does my dog eat poop?
My cat sleeps in the litter box. Is something wrong?

Whatever may be going on whenever we have a question Dr. Bishop and his office are always very accommodating and helpful. So, if you are looking for a veterinarian we recommend taking a look at North Main Animal Hospital.

You probably talk to your vet about boarding and there are a few things that are recommended and a few things that are required. We require that your pet’s vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella) be up to date and that they be on a flea and tick prevention program. There are other vaccines like the canine influenza vaccination that are recommended but all pets are different so whatever you and your vet decide is fine with us.

“We strive to make each visit a pleasant experience for both your pet and you. I believe knowledge is a powerful tool that can help us achieve the most optimal health for your pet. Each pet is an individual and their healthcare needs vary from patient to patient and evolve throughout your pet’s lifetime…” Dr Bishop

When we take care of your pets we ask you all kinds of questions. Questions about behavior and temperament i.e. activity level and play habits and we also ask of course about their health. You can always share with us what is going on so that we have as much information as possible. Some pets have procedures done in between their visits to us or sometimes they get into trouble with bees or eating something they shouldn’t have. I won’t mention any names but we call one family at least twice a year because a dog has produced either a sock or a pair of underwear. And we will always call partly to chuckle but also because swallowing foreign objects can be dangerous, so we know to watch for signs of distress.

Dealing with Aggression In Dogs

Understanding Aggression in Dogs

Some dogs may suffer from aggression; this can either be aggression towards humans or another dog. There is always a reason for a dog’s aggressive behavior. Usually, it is when the dog feels under threat, so the first step is to look towards what may be causing the problem.

The first thing to understand is whether your dog is aggressive or just simply being hyperactive and playful, as dog signals can often be misunderstood by people. Signs of real aggression commonly include growling and snarling, which if the dog is provoked can advance onto biting after.

Young dogs may sometimes bite and hold onto your arm with their mouth, and this is harmless and part of the puppy stage which they go through. They are simply play fighting – knowing the difference between an aggressive dog and a playful dog is crucial. When dogs play with each other the process between them often involves a mixture of biting, rolling around, chasing, wrestling and leaping at each other, this is their way of having fun, but inexperienced onlookers could presume that playful dogs are fighting.

Dogs can become aggressive for many reasons such as; lack of love and care, lack of socialization with dogs and humans, being abused, a hard life, lack of food, medical reasons plus many more reasons why.

Never punish your dog for aggressive behavior this will only make the situation worse, you need to find out what cause the aggression and change the way your dog reacts to those particular cases.

If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, you will initially need to avoid getting into close contact with other dogs. You should let your dog watch other dogs from a distance, rewarding your dog when he watches them pass by, gradually over time let your dog get closer to the passing dogs. Keeping your dog interested in you and your treats and as the other dog passes by and if he ignores it, once again he gets a treat. He will soon start to associate getting a treat with passing dogs and see the situation as a positive one and not a threatening situation.

If your dog has aggression towards humans, do the same technique as above, gradually desensitizing your dog towards the way he acts and feels around people until he finally associates them as a positive thing.

Some dogs may become aggressive with possessions, by not liking their bowl, toys and bed touched and if they are touched they act in an aggressive manner. We must change the dog’s way of thinking and let them see that we are not a threat to them. For example; if your dog has an issue with his bowl being touched rather than putting your dog’s bowl on the floor, keep it on your lap and let him eat from there, add more food to it and let him see that you are giving him food, not taking it away from him. In this way, we are desensitizing him by having contact with his bowl and him seeing that nothing negative is coming from it, only positive things.

Always be calm and confident around your dog, and it will learn that there is no reason to be aggressive, as it watches the way you act and your body language, he will know that all is ok and will become more at ease in that situation in the future.