The Responsibilities of Pet Ownership

Here are some main responsibilities and facts about being a pet owner. 

  • The general public is concerned about the health hazards of animal droppings in public places and the dangers posed by free roaming animals.
  • The number of reported dog bits across the country has been increasing, thus triggering anti-dog legislation.
  • Many of those that object to animal related laws fail to acknowledge the responsibilities of pet ownership.
  • As a means of preventing a negative impact on the general public we must prevent our pets from becoming a public nuisance.
  • Picking up after our pets, keeping them on a leash or under control in public places and minimizing barking are our responsibilities as pet owners.

If you are having behavioral problems with your pet give Don a call, he may be able to help.

We offer obedience training classes year round at Animal Motel. Our spacious indoor training hall is heated and air conditioned. New classes begin monthly. Advanced registration is required. For more information visit our website



Thanksgiving Tips

Here are some tips to keep your pet healthy and happy this Thanksgiving.

Dogs should never be allowed to munch on turkey legs, wings, wishbones or any other bones. Poultry bones are brittle, breaking easily into sharp pieces. These bones are a choking hazard and can become stuck in a dog’s esophagus, stomach or intestines causing and emergency medical condition.

It is best to keep pets on their regular diet during the holidays, but a taste of turkey and a bit of mashed potato shouldn’t pose a problem. However, do not allow your pet to overindulge, they could end up with an upset stomach, diarrhea or pancreatitis – an inflammatory condition of the pancreas, caused by eating fatty, salty, rich foods.

If you decide to feed your pet a little bit of turkey, make sure it is boneless and well-cooked. Do not offer raw or undercooked turkey which may contain bacteria.

Sage – and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression in pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effect of certain essential oils.

Plain, canned pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber for dogs. Serve mixed with your pet’s food or separately as a treat, but only in small quantities to avoid diarrhea.

Never giver your pet raw bread or roll dough. When raw yeast dough is ingested the animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in the animal’s stomach, which can cause a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate surgery.

Tie up securely and remove from the home immediately all Thanksgiving day trash bags.