December 18, 2023

Ensuring Fire Safety in Boarding and Pet Services Facilities: A Comprehensive Guide

In recent years, we’ve seen the devastating consequences of fires in boarding and pet services facilities. These incidents have led to significant financial losses and, more tragically, the loss of animal lives in their care. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! To help protect your facility, it’s crucial to be aware of local fire safety laws and regulations while proactively implementing the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and guidelines. As owners and managers of these establishments, you bear the […]
December 8, 2023

What Pet Care Businesses Should Know About Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

In the dynamic and rapidly growing pet care services industry, staying ahead requires more than just a love of animals. As you strive for business success, understanding and leveraging Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can be a crucial way to gain valuable insight into various aspects of your business’s performance. At IBPSA, we are committed to helping our Members achieve their business goals while providing the best possible service for their customers and pets. Read on for a brief overview of […]
December 7, 2023
Dog visits veterinarian due to Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, or bloat.

Understanding Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat) in Dogs

As caretakers of our four-legged companions, it is imperative for pet care service providers and owners alike to be well-versed in various health concerns that can affect animals. When it comes to canines, one condition that demands immediate attention is Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat or twisted stomach. Read on for some crucial tips for recognizing and addressing this potentially life-threatening condition. What is bloat in dogs? Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, causing […]
November 10, 2023
Boarding Your Cat Considerations

Thinking About Boarding Your Cat? Here are Some Important Considerations

When planning a vacation or any other trips away from home, cat owners often face the dilemma of what to do with their feline friends. While some cats can be left alone with a reliable pet sitter or a friend checking in, there are some compelling reasons to opt for a boarding facility. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best option for your cat, ensuring that you’ll enjoy peace of mind and your kitty will stay safe, […]
November 10, 2023
What Pet Care Providers Should Know About Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex

What Pet Care Providers Should Know About Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC)

For pet care providers, ensuring the health and well-being of the animals in their care is a top priority. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC), inappropriately called kennel cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can affect dogs, particularly those housed in close quarters with others. Understanding the signs and symptoms and taking preventive measures is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your canine customers. What are the symptoms of CIRDC?  Similar to humans suffering from […]
October 17, 2023
Pet Obesity

What You Need to Know about Pet Obesity

Pet obesity is a growing problem in North America, with more than half of the pet populations in the United States and Canada considered overweight or obese. While it can be difficult for some pet owners to curb giving their animals excessive treats, helping your pet achieve and maintain a healthy weight can go a long way towards ensuring they live longer, healthier lives. According to a survey released in 2022 from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 61% of […]
October 17, 2023
Canine Influenza

Facts About Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that typically causes mild or moderate symptoms but can cause more serious health effects in some dogs. There are two strains commonly seen in the United States – CIV H3N8 and CIV H3N2. Common symptoms include coughing and retching, sneezing, lethargy and decreased appetite. In more severe cases canine influenza can lead to more serious illness like pneumonia, but is much rarer, especially in younger and healthier dogs.  Much in the same […]
September 6, 2023

Taking the “Pet” Out of “Petrified”

With a mission to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them, Fear Free® provides online education for veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. At IBPSA, our educational committee was proud to review and approve Fear Free’s curriculum for pet boarding and daycare facilities to ensure that it equips facilities with the information they need to maximize the wellbeing of their staff and the pets in […]
August 29, 2023

Soothe Pets and Boost Their Happiness with Zoundz Music for Pets™

Stress and anxiety are common among dogs and cats—particularly when they are away from home. To help pets feel calmer, happier, and more comfortable in any setting, Zoundz Music for Pets™ has curated species-appropriate musical selections that pet care professionals, animal shelters, and pet parents can play for the pets in their care. What is Zoundz Music for Pets? Founded by Derrick L. Garrett, whose professional background includes producing bespoke music for Fortune 500 corporations and records for A-list artists, […]
May 19, 2022

Health Risks of Chemically Scented Products for Pets and People Revised May 2022

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. “Scented laundry products release carcinogens, study finds” That was the headline from CBS News in 2011. According to the news report, a study suggests scented laundry items contain carcinogens that waft through vents, potentially raising cancer risk. The study, published in the August 2011 issue of Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, indicates the presence of more than 25 “volatile” air pollutants, including […]