3 Course Thanksgiving Menu Your Dog Will Love  

3 Course Thanksgiving Menu Your Dog Will Love  

Thanksgiving is almost here and while you are planning out your feast or what to bring this year don’t forget about the dogs in your life! Whether you are hosting or joining, if pups will be in attendance these three dog safe recipes are a MUST for your furry friends this holiday. While yummy scraps of people-food are usually well received, they are not always the safest or healthiest for our pets. Our pets have offered us comfort, therapy, and companionship in, dare I say, the wildest year to date. The least we can do is give them the Thanksgiving meal of their doggy dreams!

Our 3 Course Menu:

Appetizer: Sweet Potato Chews

Main Course: Turkey Meatloaf

Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

Click on each link to download a printable recipe card, or click here to get all three: 3 Dog Friendly Recipes

Sweet Potato Chews

Both heathy and satisfying, these sweet potato appetizer chews are the perfect way to start a Thanksgiving meal made for a king/queen, and with only 3 ingredients prep is super easy. The primary ingredient, sweet potatoes, are an excellent source of vitamin A, known to promote healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs. As well as rich in vitamin B, C, potassium, and calcium to name a few! Healthy and delicious is a winning combination for anyone, especially our pets. These sweet treats will whet your dog’s whistle before they even come out of the oven.

sweet potato, olive oil, cinnamon - ingredients for dog treats - Plymouth, MA

Dog Friendly Sweet Potato Chew ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Cinnamon (to sprinkle, optional)

Note: Double or reduce this recipe based on your dog’s size and appetite.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Slice sweet potatoes length wise about ¼” thick. Cut strips in half for smaller treats.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  4. Place sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet (I prefer a cookie sheet over a bowl) to toss in olive oil. Each strip should be coated thoroughly but not standing in olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon (If desired, they are yummy with or without it!)
  6. Bake for 2.5 – 3 hours. (The long cook time is what makes these chews tougher and longer lasting the way our dogs like it.)
  7. Let cool. Then serve!
  8. Store in airtight storage container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 4 months.

Get the recipe card for this delicious doggy appetizer here!

Dog Friendly Sweet Potato Chews

Dog Friendly Sweet Potato Chews

Turkey Meatloaf for dogs

Introducing the star doggy dish this holiday, Turkey Meatloaf for dogs!  This main course is the “feel good food” your dog has been waiting their entire life for! This recipe is great for dogs with sensitive systems or who are allergy prone. From protein to plant-based nutrients this health-conscious meal is one that every dog owner/friend can get behind. Edible for humans and cats too!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 8 oz. peas or chopped green beans (whichever you have on hand is great!)
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 1 apple, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix ALL ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands. Like meatloaf, you do not want to over work the meat. Using your hands will make combining all ingredients quicker and easier.
  3. Scoop mixture into your pan of choice. I used a loaf pan, same as when I make meatloaf for the humans in my life. A muffin tin is great for a smaller snack size turkey feast or for smaller dogs. Whatever pan you choose, be sure to adjust your cook time accordingly. (see below)
  4. Time to bake!
  • Loaf pan 60 minutes
  • Muffin tin 35 minutes
  1. Let cool before serving and store leftovers in an airtight container. Leftovers should last up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

 

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Dog Friendly Turkey Meatloaf

Dog Friendly Turkey Meatloaf

Dog approved Pumpkin Pie

No meal is complete without dessert, even for your dog! Now you and your pup can enjoy pumpkin pie together. These canine approved pumpkin pies are both adorable and enjoyable. I made them in regular size muffin tins, but for the tiny pups in your life consider using a mini muffin tin for manageability and increased quantity. Happy Turkey Day to all you fur babies out there. Show your parents some extra post-Thanksgiving meal snuggles when you finish off this lip-smacking third and final course.

Pie Crust

  • 1 cup Almond flour (can substitute Whole-wheat flour, note it is not GF)
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 6 Tbsp. cold water

Pie Filling

  • 6 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground ginger
  • Greek yogurt (to dollop on top)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine almond flour and coconut oil into a food processor and pulse until mixed. Add water slowly until dough holds together.
  3. Once dough is consistent divide into 4 even sections and roll into 3 ½” rounds.
  4. Place dough into a parchment lined muffin tin. Use a fork to mold edges of the dough as desired.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. While baking your crust, combine pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, and ginger into mixing bowl. Mix well.
  7. Removed the cooked crusts from oven and let cool.
  8. Once your crusts have cooled remove them from the muffin tin.
  9. Spoon your filling evenly into each pie shell.
  10. Pop back in the oven for 5 minutes to give it that warm pumpkin pie taste.
  11. Remove from oven, add a delicious dollop of Greek yogurt to the top and VOILA! Dessert is served for your deserving pup.

Click here for a FREE recipe card to this sweet treat!

Pet Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Pet Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Become the canine favorite this Thanksgiving!

There you have it, a three course Thanksgiving meal for the deserving dogs in your life. These recipes will keep them safe and satisfied to reduce the pleading for the potentially hazardous human trimmings we all love so much. Don’t miss your chance to be the holiday favorite of all the fur babies this year!

Have dog friendly recipes of your own? Share a recipe (or the link) you love making for your pets in the comments below! Excited to try out our recipes? Let us know what you think! Which recipe will your dog be drooling over this year?

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

brown newfie waiting for treats Plymouth MA

Lola Bear ready for MORE of her Dog Friendly Thanksgiving recipes!

 

The Benefits of Group Dog Hiking with JAC

The Benefits of Group Dog Hiking with JAC

Life is certainly different these days and our furry companions have been there for us every step of the way. What would we do without them?! With everything that is on your plate let Just Around the Corner ensure your dog gets the exercise, socialization, and enjoyment they deserve through our group dog hiking program. Whether you are working from home, hitting the office, navigating the wild world of virtual schooling, or some combination of these you can take “exercise and socialize the dog” off your to-do list. Instead enjoy your happy, tuckered out, pup without ever leaving the house.

Four reasons to enroll your dog in a hiking program

1. Exercise

Our group hiking program is an hour-long hike spent fully committed to exploring the beautiful trails Plymouth, Ma has to offer. (learn more about trails in Plymouth in our blogs about hiking trails here and here) Keeping a steady pace is sure to give your dog the exercise they long for. The dogs experience both physical and mental exertion from the endless new scents to the ever-changing terrain. Exercise is a crucial component to any dog’s life no matter their age and can even increase their life span. These are just a few of the jaw dropping benefits of exercise.

Benefits of exercise

  • Positive for overall health
  • Reduce the risks of heart disease, nasty infections, and even depression
  • Keep obesity at bay
  • Stimulate healthy joints, for ultimately fewer visits to the vet
  • Improve behavioral problems
  • Lessen chewing and other “bored” behaviors
  • Build confidence
Group of 4 dogs out for a hike with JAC dog walker in Plymouth, MA

Group of 4 dogs out for a hike with JAC dog walker in Plymouth, MA

2. Socialization

Socialization is a wonderful way to build your dog’s confidence. Meeting a new person and building trust with them will expand your dog’s “social circle” which lessens fears and apprehension they may be carrying. Likewise, while hiking they will meet the other dogs in their group allowing them to hang out and play in ways that might not be appropriate at home. Once they have been matched with a group of dogs this will become their “hiking family” week after week. This can help to lessen the alpha dog mentality they may have, making them a happier more well-rounded pup.

3. Car Ride

Is anyone else’s dog OBSESSED with riding in the car? For many of our furry friends the car ride to and from their daily hike is the best part of the group hiking experience. The journey to pick up each of their four-legged pals is like Christmas morning! “Who will we pick up next and where will we go?”, they wonder! The excitement builds until everyone has been picked up and they head to their trail of the day. Imagine your dog feeling so fancy as they are chauffeured around town before landing at the trail of their doggy dreams. Then they hit the ground running with a few of their closest friends! Sounds like doggy heaven to us. We end the hike, of course, with a car ride to return the dogs home safe, sound, and ready for a nap!

JAC mascot, Quinn, ready for his first group dog hike in Plymouth, MA

JAC mascot, Quinn, ready for his first group dog hike in Plymouth, MA

4. Time Saver

Are you managing working from home, visits to the office, and remote learning, never mind the duties that come along with running a household and keeping everyone under your roof happy and healthy? There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to give the family dog the exercise and socialization outside of the home they deserve. JAC is here to ease the stress of one more thing on your to-do list. Enjoy the happy, tuckered out, post-hike pup and the peace of mind of knowing your dog received the exercise they needed without the stress of squeezing it in.

How the JAC Hiking Program Works

All hiking groups are not the same, and each one has its own way to enroll a new dog. Just Around the Corner takes extreme care and attention to match each of our clients with the perfect group for their dog. These are the 5 simple steps you can expect in our enrolling process:

  1. Phone Intake: Discuss your dog, their characteristics, temperament, and other prequalifying questions.
  2. Meet & Greet For new clients and clients who will need to meet a new Dog Hiker.
  3. Schedule 2-3 one hour long solo walks with the hiker only.
  4. Match with the group that best works for your dog’s temperament and physical ability.
  5. Start your dog’s group hiking. Enroll 1-5 days a week based on your preference, same days each week.

*Due to COVID-19 we are currently keeping the groups small,  2-3 dogs per group

JAC employee with a dog hiking group in Plymouth, MA

JAC employee with a dog hiking group in Plymouth, MA

Ready to sign your dog up for hiking?

Does hiking sounds like it would ease some of the stress of your daily life while making a positive and healthy choice for your pup? Could your dog use more exercise daily/weekly? If your dog exhibits the following traits group hiking might be just the thing for your them:

  • Leash trained
  • Friendly with other dogs
  • Free of any significant health risks
  • Rides in the car with ease

If you are ready for  your dog to experience the exercise and socialization they desire while saving time, then it is time to enroll your four legged friend. Call 508-245-1389 to start your dog’s group hiking intake today!

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

Preventing Pet Halloween Hazards

Preventing Pet Halloween Hazards

Halloween is a festive and fun holiday but for our pets it can be a dangerous and often scary one. The loud noises, spooky costumes, constant opening and closing of the door, and a plethora of harmful candy everywhere make for one hazardous holiday for our furry friends. Prevention is the key to giving our pets a truly Happy Halloween! Please remember that Halloween is not a typical day for your pet. Even if they stay home and inside the same way they do every day/night Halloween will undoubtedly bring something new and unexpected right to your doorstep. Create a plan and be aware of the-potential hazards of Halloween for your pet. Did you know black animals have a special part to play in this holiday? We are sharing  fun facts about our shadowy friends and their place around the world!

Ding Dong

Knock knocks and ding dongs are frequent sounds of an exciting Halloween. The flow of Halloweeners may be a little slower this year due to COVID-19 but you can probably guarantee at least one or two trick-or-treaters. Even if your dog or cat is usually great with visitors, the ghosts, goblins, cat woman, and possibly the president are sure to catch your fur baby by surprise. Keep your pet safely secured in their crate or in a bedroom towards the back of the house where they can remain calm and cozy on your bed. Give your pet their favorite treats or bone and make their space special this All Hallow’s Eve to help them stay calm and content.

dog in ghost costume with small pumpkin treat bag

Dog in ghost Halloween costume.

Costumes

Dressing up your pet this Halloween? There is nothing cuter than a dog or cat in an adorable costume but there are a few things to be aware of when dressing your fur baby.

  • Make sure the costume does not impair your pet’s ability to see, breath, move or hear. With all the excitement of Halloween night it is important that our pets can function at their best to avoid any added anxiety or confusion.
  • Don’t forget to check the costume for hardware such as buttons or closures as well as loose strings or pieces they can swallow. Avoid an emergency trip to the vet by double checking your fur baby’s costume both on and off before the festivities begin.
  • Costumes on pets are not a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. With all the movement our pets make things can shift and become dangerous quickly. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your pet throughout the time they are in costume to ensure their safety all Halloween long.

Trick-or-Treating

Planning to bring Fido with you trick-or-treating? Whether your pet has the best costume ever or they rock their usual fur coat, safety is key to making your pet’s trick-or-treating experience a positive one with a happy ending (home safe and sound). Here are a few tips for pet safety while out and about:

  • Always keep your pet’s ID tags on them. Even if Fluffy’s collar doesn’t match her costume keep it on for her safety.
  • The most well-behaved dogs can still be frightened by Freddy Krueger or Cat Woman and decide to run off, making it extra important that they wear a proper fitting harness and have a sturdy leash. Halloween is sensory overload for humans and animals alike. Stay aware of your surroundings as candy buckets will be everywhere. Bring a few Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks to offer your pet as a distraction throughout their trick-or-treating experience.
  • Last, but certainly not least, you know how your parents always checked your candy before you could eat it?! Do the same for your pet! If a house offers them a treat don’t be afraid to ask about brand, ingredients, or anything else that is important to know when it comes to your pet and their diet. Happy trick-or-treating!

Click Here to download our FREE Preventing Halloween Pet Hazards infographic to share with your pet loving friends!

Pet-Friendly Homemade No Bake Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks.

Pet-Friendly Homemade No Bake Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks.

Chocolate, Candy, and Glow Sticks…OH MY

The hazards of choking and possibility of poison ingestion is real but avoidable! Always keep the candy buckets/bags out of reach of your pet. If your cat loves to jump on the table or countertop place the candy in a closed cabinet or closet. Glow sticks are probably the coolest thing your pet has ever seen and will undoubtedly get their attention. Unfortunately, if they chew on the stick they can ingest harmful material. Keep glow sticks and other intriguing, potentially hazardous, objects out of reach of pets. Likewise, if you choose to light candles keep them out of reach of your dog and cat. The last thing you want is an emergency visit to the vet because Sabrina’s tail caught on fire! To offset the things they don’t get to enjoy on Halloween have special treats of their very own on hand. They can experience the joy of Halloween just like you and the kiddos with delicious homemade pet-friendly treats. Want a yummy fall recipe your pet will love? Try our Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks recipe. Pet satisfaction guaranteed!

The truth about black cats

Once upon a time black cats were considered bad luck, a curse to anyone who encountered them, and were strongly associated with witchcraft. These formerly distrusted animals are now a popular legend and staple for Halloween décor all over the world. Black cats and Halloween go hand in hand but not in the unnerving way they once did. According to the ASPCA, the United States Humane Society, and many others, the long running concern that black cats are used for satanic practices and ritual sacrifices on and around Halloween are in fact a myth. Old beliefs die hard and this one is no exception, but spreading the truth about black cats can help to mold a brighter future for our shadowy friends.

Interesting fact: Black animal features tend to blend into the background in photos, making them hard to distinguish. This is actually a big reason why black cats and dogs are adopted at a lower rate. Especially now, with COVID-19, pets are being adopted from shelters and adoption centers based on little personal interaction and lots of photo/video to potential new fur parents. Hard truth, but not showing well in pictures can be a death sentence for so many precious black animals. The reality is black cats are just as loveable and offer the same joy to one’s life as the next colorful kitty. Now more than ever it is important to spread the truth about black cats. Consider adopting a black cat or encouraging a friend to go black if they are looking for a new feline addition to their family. Together we can make a big difference for black cats everywhere.

Just Around the Corner Pet Sitting cat client enjoying some TLC.

Just Around the Corner Pet Sitting cat client enjoying some TLC.

Fun Facts About Black Cats

  • Worldwide there are dozens of countries that view black cats as good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptians worshiped black cats!
  • Japan considers black cats good luck, especially single ladies as they are believed to attract potential suiters.
  • The Russians say ALL cats are lucky! (Amen!)
  • Scotland: a stray black cat arriving at your door signifies prosperity!
  • For hundreds of years sailors have believed that black cats bring good luck to their vessel and ensure safe travel.
  • Black Cat appreciation day is August 17th
  • National Black Cat Day is October 27th

Looking to adopt a black cat of your own? Some shelters place a hold on the adoption of black cats this time of year to avoid any harm that may come to them around Halloween based on the history we mentioned earlier. Old beliefs die hard, remember? Please remain patient and do not get discouraged if you are required to wait a few weeks before taking your mysterious kitty home. This is an effort to protect the legendary black cats in their care.

Got Halloween Plans?

Do you have Halloween plans that don’t include your pet? Do you wish you did but feel guilty or anxious about leaving your beloved fur baby home alone? Maybe you aren’t into Halloween at all but would love to plan a fall adventure if only you had someone to take care of Fido and Fluffy. Just Around the Corner is here to help! We offer customizable scheduling to best fit you and your pet’s needs. With every visit JAC provides love, affection and even adventure for your furry family members We may not be mom or dad to them, but we certainly care for them like our own. Get out there and enjoy this fabulous time of year and leave the pet care to the professionals. Book a meet and greet today! Call or text 508-245-1389

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

How to Have A Pet-Friendly Halloween

How to Have A Pet-Friendly Halloween

          Otis, Dog, of Plymouth, MA in his 2020 Halloween Costume. Follow him on Instagram @goldenotis0805

The leaves are at their peak, pumpkins have new homes on every porch in the neighborhood, and, if you’re like me, you have too many bags of candy in your online grocery cart. These seasonal traits mean Halloween is Just Around the Corner. This year we are making it a pet friendly Halloween for those precious fur babies who have been keeping us sane in 2020. This spooky holiday isn’t usually on the list of “Favorites” for our pets. In fact, trick-or-treaters, costumed kids and adults, and scary noises can add up to a stressful day or night for your dog or cat, in addition to your stress worrying about someone getting out of the house with all the door openings. But there are ways to make Halloween safe and exciting for your pet! Grab your bucket of overpriced candy and get ready because Halloween is coming up PAWESOME this year.

 

Poster for Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie.

Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie.

Fright Night Festivities

The best way to have a pet friendly Halloween is to include your pet in as much of the holiday fun as possible! Get your pet in the spirit of Halloween with a few of our favorite pet-centric games the whole family can enjoy. The public activities of your town may be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but the holiday itself is not so let’s dive into some fright night fun to give your pet a Halloween they won’t soon forget! Be sure to scroll all the way down for our delicious Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks recipe.

  1. Watch pet approved Halloween movies.

    Do you find your dog or cat watching along when you have the TV on? ME TOO! So, play them a movie they can see themselves in to really keep the All Hallows Eve spirit alive this time of year. Here are our pet must-sees for Halloween.

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Frankenweenie (Tim Burton version)
  • The Dog Who Saved Halloween
  • Scooby Doo: The Movie
  • Hocus Pocus (for our feline friends)
  1. Take your pet for a drive!

    If your pet loves the car take them for a socially distant car ride to enjoy the sights and sounds of Halloween in your town. From your Main St. to the neighborhood with the spookiest decorations hop in the car and take it all in with your furry friend. Halloween can be a dangerous time for pets who are out and about on their own, particularly our beautiful black cats and dogs (stay tuned for details on this in next week’s blog). Be sure to keep your pets close and have current ID tags on them at all times. Go for a family car ride and don’t forget to bring your Pumpkin Spice Pup Snacks.

  2. Play Halloween Games.

    If you are staying in or even having a few friends over this Halloween, why not play some pet friendly games with your dog or cat! It is time to get creative on this one. Think about what your pet enjoys and come up with a game that involves that “thing” or activity you know they love. While you are thinking about a custom game just for your fur baby try out one of our Spook-tastic activities your pet will die for.

  • Bob for Bones – Grab a bucket or basket and toss in a delicious bone or two. For cats make it their favorite toy or a few of their treats. Be sure to have a few other items in the bucket for them to “bob around”. You can make it as challenging or as simple as you want based on what your pet will enjoy most. Have fun Bobbing for Bones!
  • Costume Show – If your pet enjoys being dressed up, then chances are you have more than one costume. Let your dog or cat be the star of the evening and show off multiple costumes, even if it’s just the two of you. Don’t forget take pictures and tag us on Instagram @jac_pet_care. If your dog is like my Lola Bear, who thinks costumes are out to get them, skip this activity and try one that is more up their alley.
  • Tricks For Treats – Let’s get literal! Our pets love to please us so doing tricks is not a chore but something that gives them a real sense of belonging and accomplishment. Time to put those tricks to the test. Give your dog (or cat for those fancy felines) a command to do a “trick”, and when they perform it perfectly (we know they will) give them a treat! Have your bucket of treats or platter of Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks close by all night long and play Tricks for Treats every time trick or treaters come to your house. No trick or treaters? Play as you please.
Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks on a plate with small pumpkin

Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks. Dog, cat, and kid-friendly Halloween treats.

Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks

It’s Fall and the aroma of Pumpkin Spice Latte fills your nose and your heart like the gentle touch of a new flannel. Replace Pumpkin Spice Latte with your fall favorite and you get the picture. Now think about your pet and how much they would love to experience the excitement of seasonal sensations just like that. If there is one thing I know it is that the way to our pet’s hearts is through their stomach with a pet-friendly treat. These Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks are quick and easy. With only 5 ingredients and no cooking involved these treats are a hassle free, make em’ anytime kind of recipe! YAY!

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree (use canned for “hassle free”)

1/2 tbsp. cinnamon

5 tbsp. natural peanut butter (I use Teddie All Natural Peanut Butter)

1 cup coconut flour

1/3 tbsp. ginger, freshly grated

Optional: Use quick oats or powdered carob for rolling–if making for your cat we suggest a sprinkle of cat nip.

baby in high chair eating pumpkin pet snacks with her brown newfie sister

Lumi and Lola both approve of Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks! Follow these two on Instagram @lumiandlola

Combine pumpkin puree, peanut butter, coconut flour, cinnamon, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Mix by hand, add additional peanut butter as needed to keep the dough from becoming crumbly. Once the contents are fully mixed it is time to roll them into balls. The size of these round snacks should be based on the size of your pet. For kitties and small dogs, we suggest marble size rounds, for large breed pups you can go for golf ball size if you like. Of course, the smaller they are the more this recipe makes. Once they are rolled into balls you can spice them up a bit by rolling them in quick oats or carob powder and…Voila! In 10 minutes or less your Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks are ready for consumption by some incredibly happy four-legged Halloweeners.

Download our FREE Recipe Card for Pumpkin Spice Pet Snacks

Halloween at home with our fur babies is going to be a blast and we can’t wait! From delicious pet friendly snacks to bobbing for bones your pet is sure to fall in love with Halloween this year. Have recipes or games of your own planned? Share with us what you do to make this holiday a special one for the four-legged trick and treaters in your life.

Boston Terrier in Halloween orange witch hat

Boston Terrier in Halloween costume.

Got Halloween Plans?

Do you have Halloween plans that don’t include your pet? Do you wish you did but feel guilty or anxious about leaving your beloved fur baby home alone? Maybe you aren’t into Halloween at all but would love to plan a fall adventure if only you had someone to take care of Fido and Fluffy. Just Around the Corner is here to help! We offer customizable scheduling to best fit you and your pets’ needs. With every visit JAC provides love, affection and even adventure for your furry family members We may not be mom or dad to them, but we certainly care for them like our own. Get out there and enjoy this fabulous time of year and leave the pet care to the professionals. Book a Meet and Greet today! Call or text 508-245-1389

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Vet Tech Week: How to Thank Your Vet Tech

Vet Tech Week: How to Thank Your Vet Tech

Every year a week in October is dedicated to veterinarian technicians. This week is a time to celebrate all the wonderful things they do for our precious fur babies day in and day out. These special people are the first to greet us and our pets when we go to the vet. They work tirelessly to provide comfort in uncomfortable situations, and they hold our pet’s paws when they need it most. Their daily duties go well beyond the front of house smiles we see checking in and out. In fact, you might be surprised at what all falls under their job description.

Duties of a vet tech

  • Assess animal behavior
  • Monitor vitals (heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Help the Vet with physical exams
  • Prepare/assemble equipment and tools
  • Give injections and other medications
  • Take blood/stool samples
  • Assist surgeries
  • Maintain safe and sterile working environment (and, COVID-free as well)
  • Explain animal status to owners
  • Feed and care for animals who are staying at the Vet’s
  • Clean, bandage and wrap wounds
  • Collect and record animals’ medical histories
  • Perform diagnostic tests and x-rays
  • On Call for ICU
  • And so much more!

Tabby kitty with Vet Tech

How to thank your vet tech

The above list is but a fraction of the things a vet tech does to keep veterinary clinics running smoothly. Wow, right?! Not to mention our fur babies LOVE THEM, don’t they? A vet tech is the warm hug our pets receive to take that “vet visit” edge off. To show our favorite vet techs how much we appreciate them we have come up with 5 fantastic ways to thank your vet tech this week!

  1. Write a Thank You note

The classic Thank You note is a wonderful way to let your vet tech know how much they mean to you and your pet. Write down a few reasons why you believe they are excellent at their job and how much you appreciate what they do. We all need encouragement, especially when we work hard and passionately every single day. Reading a card that describes the type of positive impact they have had is a gesture your vet tech deserves.

  1. Send flowers

Who doesn’t love to be surprised at work with a bouquet of flowers? It is sure to be a bright spot for your vet tech and will set the tone for an uplifting workday. Let the florist know who it is for so they can spice it up with an animal theme. Sign the card from your pet to avoid “secret admirer” talk and keep it fun!

  1. Create a Gift Basket

Think “pet lover” and go nuts! Purchase things like poop bags (you can NEVER have too many), a collapsible water bowl, paw print socks, animal themed coffee mug, (these days) a facemask, pet supply store gift card, the list could go on forever. Put it all together and BOOM, you have a gift basket that will be the envy of all the other vet techs.

  1. Leave a positive review

Nothing goes further these days than a positive review online! Everyone is reading reviews nowadays to make their decisions of where to go, what to do, and when to do it. Recognizing your vet tech in the cyber world will go further than most any physical gift. It is something that will be noticed not only by clients but their superiors and future employers. A positive review for your vet tech is the gift that keeps on giving.

  1. Make a donation

Choose an animal charity that you love or know your vet technician supports and donate. Whether it is an animal rights group or a local shelter, we animal lovers find that a gift to our furry friends is a gift to ourselves as well. Make your thank you one of impact when you donate to an organization hard at work to aid the animal world. Don’t forget to send along a card making them aware of your donation and the reasons behind it. A donation is a thank you that reaches beyond you and your technician to have a greater influence on the planet.

Hands hold give sign

Whether you have had the same vet tech for the last 10 years or you had your first encounter with a wonderful tech last week now is the time to show them your appreciation. Write a thank you card for their hard work or put your thanks to work in a review online. Send them something to brighten their day whether it is beautiful flowers or a fun pet themed basket. You can even donate to animal organizations near or far to show your thanks. Whichever you choose take the time to appreciate your vet tech in a positive way.

Share a positive vet tech experience you have had with us! How did you thank them? Share your Thank You ideas, the more the merrier.

Looking for a Veterinarian in the Plymouth, MA area? Click here to download our list of local Vet Clinics in the Plymouth, MA area.

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

 

Pet Groomers in Plymouth, MA

Pet Groomers in Plymouth, MA

The benefits of pet grooming go well beyond an emotional pick me up for our furry friends. Regular grooming is essential to avoid certain health risks for your pets. Think of grooming your pet like a primary care visit to the doctor rather than a lavish trip to the beauty parlor. It goes well beyond a nice haircut and boost to the old self-esteem. Grooming can protect your pet from irritating and potentially dangerous conditions such as skin irritation, nail complications, flea and tick diseases, and ear infections. Sounds important right? That’s because it is! When you have your precious pooch or fluffy feline groomed professionally you are not only giving them the gift of an improved appearance but increasing their day to day quality of life and making them happier at home. Think of all the time they spend scratching or licking themselves due to hair or skin irritation. Doesn’t your fur baby deserve the reward of vitality for all the love and joy they bring to your life?

Benefits of Grooming

  • Improved hygiene & smell
  • Reduced shedding
  • Healthy coat
  • Better quality of comfort day to day
  • Full body flea and tick check
  • Less chance of ear infections
  • Enhanced appearance
  • Early detection of skin issues/physical irregularities
  • Nail Care: keeps pet comfortable and avoids bone deformities

yellow cat being combed

Convinced to give professional grooming a try? Or maybe you have used a groomer in the past but need to find a new one because your location or type of pet has changed. We have compiled a list of local groomers for you right here in Plymouth. Developing a relationship with a groomer in your area is an investment for your pet that will pay great dividends, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Much like a hair salon or primary care doctor, each client has specific needs and preferences. If you give one or two groomers a try and the services you receive are not exactly what you are looking for don’t be afraid to give another groomer an opportunity to nail it for you and your fur baby. We have come up with this exhaustive list of Plymouth groomers to create options for you as a consumer. As always, do your due diligence, read reviews, talk to folks with experience at certain establishments and don’t be afraid to be upfront with your pets’ needs.

Pet Groomers in Plymouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Grooming at Scarlet Farm
  • 220 Jordan Rd., Plymouth, MA
  • 781-585-1334

 

 

 

 

  • In Home Cat Grooming
  • Rachael Palmer
  • 609-774-7887
  • Full cat grooming, plus dog nails, in your own home

 

  • Need just nail clippings for your dog, cat, or rabbit? Email us at [email protected] for more information about a local “house call” option to have your pets nails clipped.

dog being groomed

Whether you’re brand new to pet grooming or looking to give somewhere new a try there is a perfect groomer for you right here locally. What better way to support a local business and improve your pet’s vitality and overall wellbeing? Your pet will thank you. Remember to tell them JAC sent you!

Just Around the Corner offers pet care of all kinds, including daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

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