For Consumers: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Whether you plan on boarding your pet for a day or a week, make sure you know who is caring for your family member. Ask questions! To help pet parents choose the best pet care for their furry family members, IBPSA has a handy, downloadable guide with 29 key questions to ask when interviewing a potential pet care facility. The guide, which can also be printed and distributed as a trifold for sharing, is also perfect for concerned citizen groups and for shelter/rescue adoption packets. When it comes to your pet’s safety, IBPSA believes it’s better to have asked...

Estate Planning For Your Pets

What happens to pets when their owners die? How do you make sure your pets will be cared for? And, even before death, what happens if you become ill or move into a care facility where pets are not allowed? Every month, IBPSA offers at least one free webinar exclusively for our Members. But, as we believe this month's webinar is a crucially important discussion, we're opening it up to everyone. On February 1st, attorney and author Peggy Hoyt will present "Estate Planning for People and Their Pets." This is great information for not only you and your own...

Meet a Member: Woofington, Luxury Petite Dog Resort & Spa

Reception area at the Woofington, Luxury Petite Dog Resort & Spa By Carmen Rustenbeck, IBPSA Executive Director & Founder Last year, IBPSA asked our Members about how they care for senior pets. We were incredibly impressed by this answer from Lisa, co-owner of Woofington, Luxury Petite Dog Resort & Spa: “We are a brand-new facility just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in an affluent lake community.  We designed our facility to not only have the most up-to-date sanitization practices, but also for the extreme comfort of our pet guests.  Our facility is designed to meet the emotional needs of our pet parents, but...

Congratulations to Newly PACCC Certified IBPSA Members!

This is massive news for the pet care services industry and pet parents! The first Certified Professional Animal Care Providers (CPACP) have been announced by Professional Animal Care Certification Council - PACCC and we're THRILLED to see that a WHOPPING 65% are IBPSA Members! We are proud to offer the resources pet care pros need to succeed. Congratulations to this pioneering group in our amazing family of caring pet care providers! Here is what one newly credentialed IBPSA Member told us: “So many thanks for all of the resource material that I was able to use from IBPSA to prepare for...

Senior Pet Boarding Stories

This summer, we read a heartbreaking story about a senior dog that was seriously abused by a pet sitter hired through a popular online service. While it was difficult to see, it reminded IBPSA of why we do what we do. Why we’re proud of our membership and our commitment to education, training, and Code of Conduct.

The reason the caring and concerned pet owner offered as to why he chose an in-home pet sitter was he "worried about how his senior dog would fare in a kennel environment." We’re hoping we can take this heartbreak as an opportunity...

Pet Safety: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

To help pet parents choose the best pet care for their furry family members, IBPSA has released a handy, downloadable guide with 29 key questions to ask when interviewing a potential pet care facility. Some you may have thought of but, more importantly, the guide will undoubtedly have at least a few questions you may have not considered such as what is the pet-to-staff ratio? Does the facility have a fire abatement program, and how often is it checked? Does the facility have someone on-site at all times? When it comes to your pet’s safety, IBPSA believes it’s better...

About Dog Bloat

With the holidays here and cookies and cakes in abundance many of us are feeling a little "bowl full of jelly." While our holiday bloat may make us feel jolly, bloat in dogs is no laughing matter. Learn more about Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) aka bloat here. IBPSA MEMBERS! Don't forget, informative brochures and flyers to provide your clients on bloat and other important topics are available for your free download when you log into your Member...

Barking Up the Healthy Tree

by Tricia Montgomery, Founder & CEO, K9 Fit Club Our expanding waistlines have reached epidemic proportions: 2 of 3 Americans are now overweight. Unfortunately, we have now added our dogs into the epidemic with over 56% of our dogs overweight. Whether it's 2 pounds or 50 pounds, slimming down for both dogs and owners is the most important decision of their life. Waistbands have been expanding for the past 20 years, and, according to recent study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 69% of Americans are overweight or obese. Another distressing finding is the fact that more pet owners...

Questions to Ask Your Pet Facility

Are you a pet parent looking for a new pet care facility? Here are the key questions you should ask (including downloadable PDF to take with you when interviewing a facility): http://www.ibpsa.com/for-consumers/ P.S. If you're a pet parent in the Dallas area, don't miss our upcoming Pet CPR and First Aid Workshops October 19, 20, 21, or 22nd. Get the skills you need to save a furry family member's life! Details here: