Spoil Your Pet
From exclusive social clubs and therapeutic massage sessions to fine art portraits and haute couture, here are a handful (or is it pawful?) of ways to show your love.
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Partnering with the Delaware Humane Association, local veterinarians provide low-cost rabies and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations and distemper vaccines ($15 each) at various wellness clinics in New Castle and Kent counties. They will also microchip your pet for permanent identification and peace of mind ($25). Check the Humane Association’s Website (dehumane.org), or call 571-0111 for clinic locations and schedules.
The National Academy of Science reports that one in four pets presented at clinics are overweight, putting them at risk for medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and joint and hip problems—just like people. At Fetch! Pet Care in New Castle (322-8980, fetchpetcare.com), owner Tori Carter will customize a fitness program of daily walking, running and play tailored to your dog or cat’s age, ability, health condition, temperament and preferences. Cost is $18 per half-hour workout and $30 an hour.
Caring Companionship, Cozy Quarters
You don’t have to worry that your dog or cat is starving for attention (or destroying the furniture) while you’re at work or suffer a guilt trip because you need to travel. Licensed, bonded and insured pet sitters will provide care, maintenance and companionship in your home. Services range from some mid-day exercise and cuddles to medication dispensing to all-inclusive overnighters. Local kennels and catteries offer spacious accommodations with a host of resort-like amenities, lots of room to play and an abundance of human interaction and affection. (Many services offer discounts for multiple days and more than one pet.)
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