Do I Really Need to Hire a Pet Sitter?

A woman walking four dogs at the park.

If you ever have to leave your pet for any extended time, there are usually two options: boarding or a pet sitter. Boarding can be an excellent choice, especially if the facility is part of or adjacent to your pet’s veterinary hospital (like the St. Francis Pet Resort). The other choice might be to hire a professional pet sitter to come and stay with your pet so they may safely remain at home while you’re away. When faced with this important decision, it’s not always easy to know what’s best for your pet. That’s where we come in.


‘Tis the Season: Holiday Events for Pets

Holiday events for pets.

The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle here at Godspeed Animal Care, and we know how easy it is to get lost in everything. It is important, though, to take some time to remember those who are most precious to us. For many of us, at the top of our list are our pets. Read on to get some festive ideas for including your furry family in the season with our ideas for holiday events for pets.


Dressed for Success? The Keys to Safe Pet Costumes

pet costumesPet costumes are a huge deal for many owners, but they don’t always come with an instruction guide or safety suggestions. Indeed, while they seem so obvious and self-explanatory, pet costumes elicit a great deal of confusion, stress, and anxiety – for pets and people alike. This is not to say they aren’t fun and festive, but when you have a head start on how to dress your pet in a safe garment (and how to mitigate any discomfort), you’ll be more likely to enjoy Halloween together.


Avoiding Pancreatitis and Other Holiday Pet Emergencies

Banquet for the animalsFrom brimming gravy boats to oodles of noodles, Thanksgiving is the preeminent holiday for feasting. We feast with our friends and relatives; so naturally we may feel inclined to indulge our fur family members, too. And, this is precisely why many food-based pet emergencies occur this time of year.

But, does this meaning you can’t include your pet in the holiday togetherness? Not at all. There are some things to be aware of, however, when it comes to pets and people food. Continue…

Fourth Of July Pet Safety For Your Patriotic Pet

iStock_000025772445_LargeJohn Adams, one of our great nation’s forefathers, rightly predicted that Independence Day will be celebrated by future generations, and “solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations”.

Here in Williamsburg, we keep Revolutionary War traditions alive, and Fourth of July festivities are the apex of our community’s history. However, the grand holiday’s food, fanfare, and fireworks may not be suitable for your pet. Join us as we outline the most important tips for Fourth of July pet safety. Continue…

Thanksgiving And Your Pets: What Every Thankful Pet Parent Should Know

iStock_000023729783_MediumIt’s almost time for that big Thanksgiving bounty, and you are likely in the midst of prepping for your travel plans or, if hosting, cleaning, collecting favorite recipes, and decorating your home. When making your plans for the holidays, keep your best friend in mind by considering some of the risks he or she might encounter during the festivities. These risks can range from toxic foods to general chaos, and seemingly everything else in between.

Since there’s plenty to think about, your Godspeed Animal Care team would like to take the guess work out of pet holiday safety by providing a “cheat sheet” list of things to consider when it comes to your sweet pup, kit, or other wonderful pet.

Before the Big Day

When it comes to protecting your pet, preparedness is the name of the game. After all, once Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s likely you will be up to your elbows in food prep and last minute tasks, and Monty or Mittens may not get your full attention. Continue…

Halloween Safety For Pets

iStock_000042025524_MediumThe spookiest season of the year is upon us, and that means tricks, treats, and costumes galore. But are you and your pet are ready to enjoy this night of ghouls and goblins, superheroes and villains? If the decorations are up, the candy bought, and the pumpkins carved, the only left to do is take the necessary precautions to keep your pet safe and comfortable on what could be a very distressing night for your four-legged trickster.

The Tricks, the Treats, and Everything in Between

Many aspects of Halloween can be incredibly enjoyable for both you and your pet, but as with every holiday, there are potential dangers that could threaten both your pet’s health and safety. As All Hallows Eve draws nearer, here are a few things to remember when it comes to Halloween safety for pets: Continue…