Pets Are Inn                                                                                     April, 2012
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Featured Pet: Gates Brown
One protein that Pet Parents Should Not give Their Pets
Max's Helpful Hint: Dealing with Boredom
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Featured Pet: Gates Brown  

Gates Brown, named after the Detroit Tiger's baseball player, is a 4+ year old golden retriever/lab mix.  He lives in South Minneapolis with his parents, Jeanne & Terry.  He loved sharing his bed with Samantha, his host dog, during his recent visit.

Happy spring!!!!! 

I'm not sure if we really had winter, but the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, and he was wrong.  I don't think we will ever have 80 degree days in March again in Minnesota!

TV news reported that ticks are here and there are lots of them.  Be sure to check your pets and remove any ticks right away.  Check for big ticks and the small/tiny ticks that carry lymes disease, which can be treated if diagnosed early.

Due to the early spring, all pets must be treated with flea preventative prior to being placed in our care.  I have found a flea & tick preventative Natural Flea & Tick Defense that may not be as toxic as others that are on the market.

Please remember that as you work in your yards and gardens this spring that Cocoa Bean mulch can be toxic if ingested by your pets.  There have been stories of dogs, even labs, that have died after consuming this chocolate flavored lawn product.


Summer months can be hectic so make your reservations early to ensure your favorite host!


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Here's One Protein Dog and Cat Owners Should Steer Clear Of

As I was scanning a recent email the headline said "Protein that pets should not be given." Of course this caught my eye as I'm always interested in diet concerns for pets. 


The protein is vegetable protein or soy which in all its forms is being included in an increasing number of commercial dog and cat food formulas as well as treats. 


The article continued with "Why You Should Avoid Pet Foods Containing Soy Products." These are some of the reasons to avoid with soy products:
  • Soy can create serious allergic reactions in both animals and people.
  • Soy has been linked to gas and deadly bloat (twisted stomach) in dogs and promotes the formation of silica stones ie: bladder stones.
  • Soy can cause a rise in blood sugar in many cats and is also linked to thyroid damage. Since hyperthyroidism is common in kitties, this is yet another reason it should not be part of a feline's diet.
  • The ingestion of soybean products is also linked to seizures in both dogs and cats.

For the original article  about soy and its effects on our pets click here.    


Helpful Hint 
Yes, we can get bored as can my feline friends.  What to do?

Most of us dogs prefer interactive toys that involve our humans in the game. So don't assume a pile of dog toys is all we need to amuse ourselves. In fact, if you leave me with toys to entertain myself, it's best to give me one or two and put the rest aside.


Rotate through all my toys one at a time and I will think every day brings a 'new' toy to play with.  We basically want to be with you whether it be going for a walk or hanging out together. 


This philosophy also pertains to my cat siblings. 



Earn $$$ for Referring Clients 


Thank you for telling your friends and neighbors about our service.  It is truly appreciated.  About 40% of our new business is from referrals, whether it is clients, vets, groomers and friends.


If a new client uses Pets Are Inn and mentions your name, we will send you a referral coupon which can be applied to your pet's next stay. 
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Guidelines and Policies

  • Lodging and transportation rates are subject to change without notice.
  • A deposit is required during peak season, for new clients and for existing clients with a new pet.
  • Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. It is to your advantage to book early.
  • Pets (both cats and dogs) must be on a topical flea preventative to be administered prior to lodging. (Required during flea season; check the office when making your reservation.)
  • Changes in reservations with less than three (3) business days notice will be assessed a $10 administrative charge. This includes time restrictions. Changes and/or new reservations with less than 24-hour notice will be assessed a $25 charge.
  • Medication instructions must be in writing and meds are to be clearly identified. Instructions for the easiest method of administering are greatly appreciated.
Reservation/Cancellation Policies

Non-Peak Reservations:

New customers and new pets (existing customer) will automatically forfeit their $50 deposit per pet. Notification three business days or less of scheduled pickup results in a charge of 50% of the total reservation charge.

Peak Time Reservations:

There is a $50.00 per pet non-refundable deposit for each reservation during peak times. You will lose your deposit if you cancel. If the reservation is canceled three business days or less of scheduled pickup, 100% of the total reservation cost will be assessed. Please check Mark Your Calendar for peak times.

Changes in Reservations:

There is a $10 administration charge if changes are made three business days or less from scheduled pickup or drop off. This also pertains to last minute time restrictions. If someone is not home when we pick up or drop off, or if we have to come back, an additional charge will be assessed. A change with less than 24 hours notice will be assessed a $25.00 charge.

This includes time restrictions placed on the pickup or drop-off.