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.


A Pet Poisoning May Be Closer Than You Think

Pet toxins in the kitchen.

Did you know the most common reason behind a pet emergency is an accidental exposure to a toxin? The list of potential toxins in your home is longer than you might think. So, how do pet owners stay in front of the fast-moving train that is emergency prevention? You don’t have to keep your eyes peeled 24/7, but you must control your pet’s environment to prevent a pet poisoning.


Holly Jolly Holiday Pet Safety Tips

cat and dog standing around Christmas lights

In the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday season, it’s easy to overlook the very real dangers that exist for our furry companions. Holiday pet safety may not be in the forefront of our minds as we busily shop and prepare, but it should be. 

Your Godspeed Animal Care family wants you and your pet to have the best holiday season possible, centered around holiday pet safety, of course!


The Pup Tent: Tips For Camping With Your Dog

Whether you’re a first time camper or a seasoned backpacker, tackling the great outdoors is always more fun with friends – and for many outdoor enthusiasts, our dogs may be the perfect camping companions. They are energetic, fun loving, and don’t mind hanging out by the campfire after a long day of swimming and hiking. 

Just as with anything, a little knowledge and preparation can go a long way toward making camping with your dog fun instead of stressful. So keep reading for Godspeed Animal Care’s best tips for camping with your dog.


Pet Dental Treats: Do They Really Work?

dental chewsIf you pursue the aisles of your local pet supply store, the number of dental care products available for pets is simply staggering. Dental diets, chews, rinses, and treats abound. With most pets having some degree of dental disease before 3 years of age, the need is there. But do they really work?

Understanding and choosing pet dental treats can be a difficult task to undertake. Thankfully, your friends at Godspeed Animal Care are here to help you.


Diabetes in Pets

diabetes in petsDiabetes is a huge problem, both in humans and our pet population. This all-too-common disease can have serious health consequences if uncontrolled. Godspeed Animal Care thinks it’s important for animal lovers everywhere to have a good understanding of diabetes in pets and what they can do to prevent it.


Wildlife and Pets: How to Avoid an Encounter

Beagle portrait in autumn forestEven in a city or urban area, we still encounter wild animals. From skunks to raccoons, run-ins between wildlife and pets are common and sometimes unavoidable. Although many wild species have become adept at coexisting with people, the diseases and parasites they carry pose a risk to us and our four-legged friends.

Since wildlife can be more active in the spring, we want to take a moment to discuss how to avoid an encounter and what to do if you come across a wild animal with your pet.

Wildlife and Pets: Minimizing Risk

Since most animals are more frightened of us than we are of them, the first thing to practice is prevention. Whether you’re on the trail or in your backyard, here are a few effective tips to keep wildlife away: 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…

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…