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Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2000

Tips for choosing a canine caregiver

November 5, 2000

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To be accepted into Someplace Like Home Doggy Day Care, dogs must be spayed or neutered; be up to date on all vaccinations; and have flea and heartworm protection.

For each dog, owners also must provide a statement of good health from a veterinarian. Day care staffers will not administer medicine or injections.

Owners of canine day care businesses suggest considering the following when looking for a reputable center:

Take a thorough tour of the facility to ensure it is clean and safe for your pet.

Meet with the owners and ask about their background. Do they have the same attitude about pets as you do?

Good operators will demand that dogs are free of fleas and have up-to-date shots.

Ask for references. Talk to other owners who use such day cares about their experiences.

Expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $25 a day, depending on the number and level of services provided. Weekly and monthly rates often are available.

Someplace Like Home Doggy Day Care, 2140 Haskell Ave., will have an open house for people and their pets from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The center's telephone number is 840-WAGS (9247).

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