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 […]
July 11, 2024

Avoiding Heat-Related Illness This Summer

As summer temperatures soar, it’s crucial to remain vigilant about preventing heat-related illnesses—particularly for pet care professionals who may have staff members and animals in their care. Potentially dangerous conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can develop quickly, so it’s important to understand the warning signs and preventive measures. Understanding Heat Regulation in the Human Body To maintain a constant internal temperature, the human body needs to dissipate excess heat. This process primarily involves: Blood circulation. The body […]
June 27, 2024

New Dog Importation Regulations Will Take Effect August 1

For individuals seeking to bring dogs into the United States, the process may soon involve more documentation and restrictions, as new regulations enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) take effect on August 1, 2024. These regulations will replace the temporary suspension on the importation of dogs from high-risk rabies areas, which the CDC implemented in July 2021. Read on to learn what pet owners and pet care providers need to know about the new dog importation […]
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 […]
May 22, 2024

Show Your Commitment to Pet Health with the Heroes for Healthy Pets® Certification Program

In the ever-growing pet care industry, ensuring the health and safety of our animal companions is not only an ethical matter—it’s crucial for the reputation and continued success of your business. Recognizing the need for boarding facilities, veterinary practices, grooming facilities, and other pet care businesses to stay on top of the latest infectious disease management best practices, IBPSA—in collaboration with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Pet Sitters International—is pleased to present the Heroes for […]
May 20, 2024

Enhance Your Canine Care Expertise with These Certifications

Most dog owners regard their canine companions as beloved members of the family—so when choosing pet care service providers, they tend to seek out those with a strong reputation and a demonstrated commitment to providing the highest level of care. Regardless of your specific niche in the competitive and rapidly growing pet care industry, obtaining professional certifications is a powerful way to signify your expertise and dedication to excellence while providing peace of mind for your customers. Canine Certification Opportunities […]
April 25, 2024

Why Dental Care is Crucial to Dogs’ Health and Well-Being

When it comes to dogs’ health and wellness, dental care doesn’t always receive the attention it merits. However, good oral hygiene is just as important for our canine companions as it is for humans—not only for the preservation of teeth, but for overall health, happiness, and longevity as well. As pet care industry professionals, it’s crucial to advocate for and educate pet owners on the importance of dental care for dogs. How does dental health affect a dog’s overall wellness? […]
March 15, 2024
Deciding whether a dog harness vs a collar is the better option for your dog.

What are the Benefits of Using a Dog Harness vs. a Collar?

For anyone who owns or cares for dogs, regular walks are more than just a necessary routine—they can serve as adventures that strengthen the special human-canine bond. While traditional collars and leashes have long been the standard option for securing dogs on walks, many experts and dog owners are increasingly considering the advantages of using a harness instead. Here are a few key benefits of opting for a dog harness rather than a collar: Enhanced Safety and Comfort. Unlike collars, […]