July 16, 2024

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Pet Owners and Pet Care Providers

Now that summer has officially begun, many areas face a heightened risk of severe weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. For pet owners and pet care providers everywhere—particularly those in areas that may be prone to natural disasters—emergency preparedness is critical. In the event that the worst happens, having a comprehensive plan in place can mitigate stress and ensure the safety and well-being of the whole family, including pets. Based on guidance from PetSmart Charities and the American Red […]
May 25, 2024

Create a More Comfortable Environment for Pets with Fear Free® Certifications

For many animals, trips to the vet’s office, boarding facility, or other pet care facility can trigger significant stress and anxiety, creating an unpleasant experience for both the pets and their owners. Established with a mission to prevent and alleviate these fearful feelings, our friends at Fear Free® offer online education for veterinary professionals, pet care services professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. At IBPSA, we were proud to assist with creating Fear Free’s curriculum for pet boarding and daycare […]
January 5, 2024
A veterinarian practicing holistic pet care examines a cat.

What is Holistic Pet Care?

In recent years, the concept of holistic pet care has gained significant traction among pet owners and pet care professionals. As with holistic medicine for humans, this comprehensive approach goes beyond traditional methods and seeks to address the whole animal—mind, body, and spirit—rather than just focusing on treating specific symptoms or illnesses. While most holistic pet care practitioners use varying degrees of both conventional and alternative treatments, they are united by their goal of preventing health issues before they arise […]