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 […]
July 11, 2024

Register Now for the 2024 FLOW Business Conference

At IBPSA, we are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our annual FLOW Business Conference! This premier event for pet care service professionals will take place from Tuesday, September 24, 2024 through Thursday, September 26 at the beautiful Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Designed specifically for business owners and decision-makers in the pet care industry, the FLOW Business Conference offers a robust schedule packed with targeted education, trade show access, networking opportunities, and […]
July 8, 2024

Fetching Data Insights: A Guide for Pet Care Entrepreneurs

Running a dog boarding and daycare business can be overwhelming. From employee scheduling to caring for the pets to providing excellent customer service, the daily responsibilities can feel endless. How can you focus on growing your business while staying on top of day-to-day operations? Fortunately, there is a solution that allows you to do both at the same time, while also reducing owner stress: building a data-driven business. We will discuss how to build a data-driven business, but first, why […]
June 12, 2024

Introducing the IBPSA Master Business Academy

At IBPSA, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest resource: the IBPSA Master Business Academy, a cutting-edge program based on an MBA curriculum and tailored for businesses in the pet care services industry. In partnership with GoalMakers, we have crafted a unique blend of networking and learning opportunities aimed at empowering pet care service providers to become better managers and improve their bottom line. What is the IBPSA Master Business Academy (IBPSA MBA)? The IBPSA Master Business […]
June 12, 2024

Job Hazard Analysis: A Valuable Tool for Workplace Safety and Accident Prevention

For businesses in the pet care services industry, taking steps to ensure workplace safety is crucial for reducing costs and liability, improving workplace morale, and cultivating a happy, healthy, and productive team. One tool that can be helpful in the effort to enhance workplace safety is a job hazard analysis, defined by OSHA as “a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur.” Read on to learn more about the job hazard analysis […]
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? […]