Pet Sitter and Boarding Kennels

Please note that choosing any animal care professional is a personal choice. Your responsibility is to ask questions and make decisions that best suit your needs and those of your pet. We provide this list as a service, so you may make your own thoughtful choice.

Tips to help you choose a pet sitter or boarding kennel:

•Visit the kennel, ask to tour the entire facility before taking your pet. Be sure they show where your pet will be kept. Does it meet your standards?

•Ask the sitter or kennel to provide references. Check the references.

•Insist the pet sitter visits your home beforehand to meet you and the pet and obtain detailed information.

•Is the attitude and approach exhibited by your pet sitter positive during the initial meeting with your pet? Does the sitter seem comfortable and competent?

•Does the sitter or kennel have a service contract clearly spelling out services and fees?

•Inquire about emergency veterinary care. Will the pet sitter or kennel use your veterinarian or do they have a veterinarian on call for emergency services?

•What contingency plan for pet care does the sitter or kennel have in the event of personal illness or an emergency?

•Make sure the pet sitter calls to determine if you have returned home as scheduled, or do they require you to notify them of your arrival home?

•Ask friends for recommendations and experiences.

•Ask what kind of insurance the sitter or kennel carries.

•Make sure the kennel has been licensed and inspected by the DEM of Rhode Island, Division of Agriculture/ Animal Health Services.

•Does the sitter or kennel require that all pets be current on all vaccines, including rabies?

Dog Diets - An Overview

Dog diets are and have always been the subject of much controversy. Many claim that a raw diet provides a range of benefits that commercial dog diets are unable to match. Raw dog diets are said to be in the top three of healthy dog diets as raw food does not cause bloating like pellets often do by swelling in the stomach. Since dog diets are less rich in protein compared to cat diets, you'll probably notice that dog urine odour is not as bad as it is with cat urine.

Dog Dietary Needs

Dogs have certain needs that have to be met for their health to be maintained. Dogs (and humans) need protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Dogs have a higher protein requirement than humans. However dog diets high in fat could increase your dogs risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and an elevated heart rate. Dogs typically will eat 25% more than they need, which can lead to obesity and illness. Dogs who eat mostly table scraps or poor quality commercial dog foods tend to consume too much fat and not enough nutrition, and therefore will be more likely to suffer from ill health as they age. Dogs need a complete and balanced dog diet.


Does your dog have a specific medical condition? What are these health issues, the possible causes and the treatments available? The preservatives added in the commercial food items may not be the suitable ones to the dogs from the health point of view. Serious health problems can be caused by tooth problems. Leaving bad breath aside, dental disease is a serious problem in your pet. If you want to keep your dog healthy and happy, you need to give it a healthy nutritious diet. Feeding your dog an unbalanced diet or poor quality dog food pretty much guarantees that your dog will have health problems in the future. Feeding your dog a nutritional natural dog diet will improve your dogs immune system, health and happiness.


As many as 25% of dogs seen by veterinarians are overweight or obese. Semi-moist food is convenient to store, and while being nutritionally complete it can usually have added sugar and fat, and so they would probably not suit diabetics, or dogs that tend to be overweight. Older dogs who are becoming overweight should be fed one of the senior diets. Once you determine the correct weight for your dog, monitor it every few months, and adjust meal sizes as needed.


There's a lot of debate about why dogs eat grass. grass isn't bad for dogs , thousand of them do it every day and we're not sure why , stomach ache , eating to vomit , deficiency in diet , talk to your local vet bout it if you are concerned Some dogs eat grass only occasionally, subsequently throwing it up. So do dogs eat grass to throw up? If your dogs eat grass as a new behaviour, and are exhibiting frequent vomiting, it's also important to check with a vet.


Among "dog people" dog diets are a major area of contention. The most popular dog diets are ones that include cooked meat, vegetables and starches.

Kath Ibbetson is a mother of 2 boys and the owner of two border terriers.
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Dog Diets Data

- Article that debunks the myth that dogs are carnivores, and discusses and appropriate omnivore diet of meat and plants.
- Fresh, frozen, raw food, natural treats, and supplements. Specializing in individually formulated diets prepared by request.
- Samples of various types of raw diet recipes for dogs and cats plus additional information on the raw diet in general.

- Learn why a Schipperke breeder switched to an all natural (raw) diet after learning what's in commercial dog food.
- Whole Dog Journal features natural care, diet and training advice, information about complementary therapies like chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and homeopathy, as well as testing,
- Provides information on choosing a healthy diet for your dog, with articles and recommended products for a healthy, happy dog.