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Keeping Dogs Cool In Summer

Keeping Dogs Cool In Summer

Most dogs love being outside and enjoy the heat of the summer. As long as they have adequate water and shade, they enjoy being outside even when it’s hot! Here are a few tips to keep in mind as Oklahoma gets hotter.


  • Take a collapsible water dish with you on walks.
  • Add ice cubes to their water bowl.
  • Avoid taking your dog for walks in the heat of the day.
  • Avoid hot pavement.
  • Offer a damp towel for them to lay on.
  • Try homemade frozen dog treats.
  • Use a small kiddy pool.
  • Make sure your backyard has shade.
  • Replace part of their diet with wet food, which is proven to help keep dogs hydrated.
  • Take them to a dog daycare like Vera’s with indoor play areas!

To ensure your pets safety, watch out for these common Easter items:

While some dogs love the warm weather, a dog with a thick coat or a short snout will be less comfortable when temperatures rise. Dogs with short snouts cannot regulate their temperatures well because their nasal passages are short. This includes breeds such as pugs, Boston terriers, and bulldogs. Other dogs that may need special attention in the heat include dogs that are older, obese, or diabetic. However with proper care they can continue to thrive in the heat.


If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it’s crucial to contact your vet.

  • Rapid breathing and panting
  • Fatigue
  • Staggering
  • Raised temperature
  • Muscle tremors
  • Excessive salivation and thicker saliva

Here are Vera’s we have indoor, shaded play areas in every yard. We are taking extra precautions in the summer months to make sure every dog is safe and cool.

  • We are adding shaded areas in the outdoor areas
  • Providing frozen treats and ice in water bowls
  • We have pools, water sprinklers and splash pads
  • We have full indoor areas where we can monitor elderly or at risk dogs on extremely hot days to ensure they can play too in a safe environment.
  • You can always add a lunch of wet dog food to ensure your pet gets some midday hydration. Sophies People Food for Pets is available in the pet deli section of our lobby!
  • Our staff has been trained to notice dogs in distress and we are being cautious about what breeds we have and how long they stay out. Earlier this year the entire team was trained on noticing the signs of heat stroke and which dogs to watch closer as temperatures begin to rise.
  • In addition to our current enrichment activities we will be starting Pup Push Pops and Frozen Treats for $1! Be sure to watch our social media and subscribe to email communications so you know when these specials are available!
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Do dogs need enrichment?

Do dogs need enrichment?

The purpose of enrichment is to reduce stress in dogs and two encourage better social skills. Enrichment is important because it allows your pup a scene of control and helps them to release energy and endorphins. When dogs exercise, their brains produce and release endorphins that make them feel happy and energetic. There are several ways you can help provide enrichment for your pup.

Of course, we think the number one way to help your dog stay happy and healthy is daycare! Social enrichment is so important for dogs of all sizes and ages. Dogs are very social creatures and they know and recognize other dogs. A well-socialized dog will not be fearful, over-stimulated or aggressive when they meet new people or dogs.

Our hours:

Weekends & Holidays
7-11am & 4-7pm

We are open 7 days a week for daycare and would love to have your pup come and romp and play in one of our 5 spacious indoor/outdoor play yards! What a great and easy way to provide enrichment for your dog!

Another way you can provide enrichment is through their nutrition. Nutritional enrichment encourages your dog to use their foraging skills.

Here at Vera’s we offer a variety of enrichment activities that can easily be added to your dog’s daycare or boarding stay!

How do I get started?

  • Lick Mats -$6
    Lick mats are flat rigid mats that can be covered in a special treat like Wet dog food, Peanut Butter, Honey or Pumpkin Puree. Lick mats produce endorphins and the happiness hormones which calms and soothes your pup.
  • Snuffle Mats -$6
    Snuffle mats can make meals or treat time fun for your dog. They are the perfect way to provide physical and mental enrichment to meal time. Snuffle mats help to slow down fast eaters and encourage your pup to use their sense of smell. This reduces anxiety and helps to burn energy. It is estimated that 15 minutes of nosework with the snuffle mat can burn as many calories as a 60 minute walk! What a great easy way to add extra enrichment to your pup’s meal time!
  • Treat Puzzles -$6
    Similar to snuffle mats, treat puzzles can help provide enrichment and tire out an active dog. These puzzles provide a brain workout and encourage your dog to use their natural senses.
  • Daycare Pup Lunch Small -$3
  • Daycare Pup Lunch Large -$5
    Lunch is always included when your dog is Boarding at our facility. However, if you would like to add lunch to your Daycare Day, additional charges may apply. You are always welcome to bring your dog’s food from home or purchase a lunch of Diamond Naturals complete and balanced diet in Lamb, Beef or Chicken flavors.

Each dog will have individual preferences as well, so it is important to change up the enrichments from time to time and tailor them to the individual dog’s preferences. Enrichment helps increase physical and mental activity and is beneficial to your pups overall health. We want to make it as simple as possible for you. Think of Vera’s as a one stop shop for all your pet enrichment needs! Just let us know at drop off if you would like to add an extra enrichment activity for your furry friend.

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National Dog Mom’s Day

National Dog Mom’s Day

Saturday May 13th is National Dog Mom’s Day! This is a day for all pup-loving women across the country to celebrate their special kind of motherhood. Over 30,000 years ago people started domesticating dogs as pets. According to scientists with National Today, dogs descended from the same species of wolves as the grey wolves in ancient Eurasia. How they then evolved into breeds like Chihuahuas, Poodles and Great Danes is still theorized today. However we got the breeds we know and love today, we can’t imagine life without our furry companions.

In 2018, a dog person’s dating app, Dig, launched National Dog Mom’s Day for dog-loving women to thank dog moms, foster dog moms, and future dog moms for all of the love they give to pups.

Here are some activities you can do with your dog on Saturday to celebrate dog moms day:

  • Go for a walk-Grab your fur baby and head to your favorite trail. One-on-one time in nature is a great way to spend quality time with your dog. They will have a great time too!
  • Treat yourself (and your dog)- Check your local listings for restaurants in your area that allow pets. You can also go shopping at pet friendly stores or grab a pup cup!
  • Not a dog mom or looking to add to the pack? A great way to celebrate is to head to your local shelter and adopt a new pup or two. 


Did you know:
1.Dogs are as intelligent as a two-year-old. They can learn over 200 words or gestures.
2. Dogs hear 4x better than humans.
3. Dogs’ noses are wet for a reason. A dog absorbs scent chemicals using their wet nose.
4. Dogs sweat differently than we do. Instead of watery liquid, dog’s skin secretes oils.

We think being a dog mom is one of the best things you can do! Owning a dog is shown to improve your health, relieve stress and anxiety, help you stay active and social and make you a more responsible person. Today and every day we celebrate all the Posh mom’s and thank you so much for trusting us with your fur babies.

Happy Dog Mom’s Day from all of us as Vera’s Posh Paws!

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How to keep your pets safe during severe weather

How to keep your pets safe during severe weather

During severe weather, we often think of protecting our family and our property but how are we making sure our pets are also safe? Based on data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, here are a few ways you can ensure your furry family members are also safe in the event of a tornado or severe weather.

1. Build a tornado kit for your pet

It’s important for every family to have a disaster readiness kit in case of an emergency. These kits often include things like important documents, a first aid kit, snacks and water, or anything valuable or sentimental that can be grabbed quickly and easily. Pet parents need to take this kit a step further to ensure you also have essentials for your pet.

Here are some ideas of what you should pack in a pet tornado kit:

  • Extra supply of any needed medication
  • Several day’s worth of food in an airtight container
  • Travel equipment like carriers or crates
  • Pet food and water bowls
  • Familiar items such as toys or bedding to soothe your pet
  • Towels or puppy pads

2. Identify shelters

Once you have your kit ready the next step is to know where to go. If you have a basement or tornado shelter then you do not need to worry about finding a nearby shelter. However, if you do not have a shelter at home then it’s best to research nearby public shelters. Many of these public places do not allow pets so do your research early and make a plan for your furry kiddos.

3. Have your pet microchipped

Microchips are implanted under your pets skin and are a way to locate lost pets and ensure they are reunited with their owners. When a tornado or severe weather hits, it’s easy to get separated from your pets. A microchip could be the difference between losing your fur baby forever and being reunited. If you choose not to microchip your pet a tag with up to date identification is very important.

4. Stay informed

Making sure you are weather aware and alerted of potential severe weather. No matter how prepared you are, if you don’t know to take shelter then nothing else matters. You can enable emergency alerts on your cell phone, pay attention to local TV, sirens, and radio alerts.

You can make sure you are prepared in advance by practicing getting the entire family, including pets, to your tornado safe area during calm weather. It’s a good idea to train your dog to go to the area on command or come to you on command to make sure you can get everyone into the safe area quickly. Make sure your whole family knows the plan and what to do in case of a weather emergency.

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Why dog daycare and how do I get started?

Why dog daycare and how do I get started?

Are you working or away from home during the day? Does your dog seem to have unending energy or display any negative behaviors when left alone? Maybe your dog is anxious or lonely when you are away? The average person works an 8-hour workday. Once you factor in your commute, errands, and social activities, your dog could be spending 10+ hours alone every day. Besides the obvious need for bathroom breaks, 10 hours alone can get pretty boring. It’s easy to understand why your dog acts out. Lack of attention and interactions while you are out of the home may lead to destructive and disobedient behaviors from even the best dogs. Instead of leaving your pup home alone and hoping for the best, consider bringing them to Vera’s for daycare where they will get to play all day!
At daycare your dog will get interaction with humans and other dogs. They will become more socialized and love spending time playing with new doggy friends, this is especially important for young puppies as they work on developing their social skills. While it’s true that some dogs will sleep all day if they are left alone, this type of sedentary lifestyle isn’t healthy long-term. The lack of mental and physical activity can lead to weight issues, mobility issues, and destructive behaviors as a result of boredom. Our daycare also has enrichment and daily activities to keep the dogs stimulated. Daycare dogs live active fit lifestyles! But maybe most of all YOU will get peace of mind while you are away from home. You can focus on your tasks knowing that your dog is happy and well cared for at Vera’s.

How do I get started?

The very first day of daycare is what we call the “interview” day. Our staff will do an initial assessment of your pup to determine where is the best fit for them. We have 5 spacious indoor/outdoor play yards where the dogs are separated depending on many factors such as age, temperament and activity levels. 

The interview will begin by letting your dog get comfortable with the scents and sounds of our facility. Then they will meet both male and female staff members to ensure they are comfortable with us and allow us to handle their leash, touch their collar and approach them without any signs of fear or aggression. 

Next we will introduce them to a few dogs in a controlled area. If that goes well, your dog will be brought out into one of our play yards to meet their new friends. After we see they are getting comfortable in the yard new dogs will be introduced slowly in a supervised manner. 

If tails are wagging and we believe the introduction was a positive experience your dog will pass the interview and be allowed to schedule daycare, boarding or grooming. The interview process typically takes about 3 hours to complete. As long as your dog passes you are free to leave them until 6:30 that day. The interview day is always a free day of daycare!

We offer full transparency and we understand daycare isn’t for every dog. Although it is rare, if your dog does not pass please do not be offended or embarrassed. That doesn’t mean your dog is bad, it just means group daycare may not be for them and that’s perfectly okay! We want every dog to feel safe and comfortable. 

To know more about dog daycare services and to get the best care for your dog, call us any time: 405-759-7674 (Moore) or 405-759-3647 (OKC)

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Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza

What is canine influenza (dog flu)? It is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs similar to the flu humans get however no human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. Despite the current news exploding with canine influenza information, the virus is not new so please do not panic.

However we do need to make sure we are all doing our part to slow the spread. The first step is always to contact your veterinarian with any concerns you may have and to discuss the best options to protect your dog. Vaccines against both H3N8 and H3N2 canine flu are available in the United States however supplies are limited. Your veterinarian can provide additional information about these vaccines and whether you should consider vaccinating your dog.

Symptoms of Dog Flu

So, how do you know if your pup has dog flu? There are several symptoms all owners should be aware of. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms or any changes in your pet:
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Runny eyes
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decreased appetite

Most cases of dog flu are mild, but severe cases do occur. In those instances, dogs develop pneumonia, difficulty breathing, and a high fever. Luckily, the mortality rate is low, with less than 10 percent of dog flu cases resulting in fatalities.

Here at Vera’s, we have strict cleaning practices in place and we have increased the frequency of those practices. We are deep cleaning overnight rooms and play areas frequently, washing and replacing food and water bowls often and monitoring every dog for symptoms or changes. We always have and will continue to require the Bordetella vaccination (Kennel Cough) for all dogs who come into our facility.

We absolutely love every one of the dogs we care for daily and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep you and your pets safe.

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Happy Easter from Vera’s Posh Paws!

Happy Easter from Vera’s Posh Paws!

Happy Easter from all the Staff at Vera’s. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday. In preparation for this week’s activities lets talk about how you can include your pup in the festivities but ensure they are safe and happy. In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don’t forget about your dog! Easter is full of traditions and fun, such as eating tasty food, meeting the Easter Bunny or going on an Easter Egg hunt! With just a few small adjustments, they can take part in your traditions too! While they don’t understand what the holiday is all about, they can still enjoy celebrating.

To ensure your pets safety, watch out for these common Easter items:

Small Easter toys: Some Easter Eggs may contain a small toy inside, which is exciting for children! But extra care should be taken to ensure that your dog doesn’t play or chew on these toys as they could cause obstructions in your dog’s digestive system.

Chocolate: Chocolate is EVERYWHERE around Easter. But, as you probably already know, chocolate is extremely harmful for dogs. Chocolate contains Theobromine which is toxic to dogs. Instead of chocolates in eggs this year, try a different treat for your pet. You can hide treats or even just their favorite kibble. Dogs’ sense of smell is incredible. You will have so much fun watching them sniff out their favorite treats. Plus, 15 minutes of nosework is reported to burn as many calories as a 60 minute walk!

Our Oklahoma City location is hosting a dog safe Easter Egg hunt on Friday April 7th! Bring your pups to daycare that day and take them on a hunt at pick-up! Our eggs will be filled with treats, coupons and special prizes!

Our Moore location is hosting an Easter themed carnival on Friday April 7th from 3-8 PM. There will be food trucks, vendors, dog adoptions, pup and parent photos, paw print art, pup cup bar, bobbing for carrots, walk-in nail trims and tons of games. This is the perfect opportunity to get your dog involved in Easter activities!

In addition to an Easter egg hunt you could take your dog on a walk. What better way to burn off the calories from all the candy and treats. You can take a frisbee to chase, play tug-o-war or learn a new trick!

Do you remember going to the mall as a kid to get your picture made with the Easter Bunny? This is an excellent tradition to include your pup in. The fresh spring weather is a great time to get a cute picture made of your pup.

Both locations will be doing Easter photos on Wednesday April 5th. Be sure to bring your dog to daycare that day so they can get a themed photo made.

Whatever you decide to do this Easter season, we hope that your family, furry and otherwise, have the absolute best Easter Holiday this year.

Hoppy Easter!

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National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day

In honor of National Puppy day, let’s go over some of the essentials for new puppy parents.

Be sure to order your puppies food in advance. Begin by making sure you have a supply of suitable food for your new puppy. We offer Diamond Naturals complete nutrition dog food made to support overall health and wellness. Be sure that whatever food you choose for your new pup is nutritional and supports digestive and immune health. A balanced diet is essential to ensure your puppy grows at a consistent rate and stays healthy and strong. Dogs are only with us for a short time so we want to make sure their diet sustains them for a long and active life.

One of the biggest battles with a new puppy in the house is training them to use the potty outside. Having training pads or old towels available can help ease your mind about any accidents. Puppies need to go outside hourly and after nap time and food times. Encourage your puppy to use the restroom in the place you would like them to. Using a specific word can be very helpful in training. You can also reward your pup with a treat or gentle praise after they have gone to the correct place.

Once your pup is 4 months old and up to date on all vaccinations, doggy daycare is a great resource to ensure your new puppy is getting adequate potty breaks and enrichment while you are at work or out of the house for whatever reason.

If your new puppy is having trouble sleeping or adjusting to their new environment, a blanket or shirt that smells like you can be helpful. We always encourage parents to bring a blanket or bed from home when boarding at our facility. We want your furry friend to be as comfortable as possible and having items that smell like home is always a great way to make sure they rest easy and feel relaxed.

A big concern with a new puppy is teething. You don’t want your new puppy to eat your shoes or furniture. Puppies have a way of finding any and everything you don’t want them to find. Nothing will encourage you to keep things picked up and put away quite like a new puppy will. Be sure to find a secure place to put items like glasses and TV remotes. Puppies also love loose wires which can be very dangerous. Be sure to secure any loose or exposed cords out of their reach.

Chews and enrichment items are a great way to entertain and give enrichment to a teething puppy. We have a whole pet deli section in our lobby full of great options for your pup. Be sure to check our weekly newsletter for coupons and deals. We feature our deli items often! You can also purchase enrichments like lick mats, puzzles and snuffles mats to entertain your pooch during their staycation at Vera’s Posh Paws.

The last and probably most important thing is to make sure your pup has proper identification and tags. A breakaway collar with an ID tag is a great place to start. We also encourage you to speak with your vet about having your dog microchipped.

Having a new puppy in your family is a very exciting time. They don’t stay little for long so try to enjoy every minute. Although rambunctious, puppies provide so much love and entertainment for you and your family. We think a house isn’t a home without a dog to love. If you are thinking about adding a new addition to your pack, watch our social media for future adoption events in your area and be sure to get them registered in our system and set up for their interview day with us. We can’t wait to meet your new fur-baby!

We WOOF puppies at Vera’s Posh Paws!

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It is important to be aware of the signs that your pet may need urgent care, as timely treatment can make a significant difference in their health and well-being.

Dogs can alert to many different medical conditions including 

  • Seizures-They can be caused by a variety of factors, including epilepsy, brain tumors, and head injuries.  
  • Diabetes 
  • Panic
  • Anxiety 
  • Repetitive behaviors 
  • Allergic reactions, and more.

Signs That Your Pet May Need Urgent Care:

Difficulty breathing:It can be a sign of a serious issue such as an allergic reaction, heart problem, or respiratory infection. If you notice that your pet is panting excessively, gasping for air, or coughing, it is important to seek urgent care.

Changes in behavior or activity level:If you notice a sudden change in your pet’s behavior or activity level, it can be a sign of an underlying health issue. 

For example, if your normally active pet becomes lethargic or sluggish, it could be a sign of illness or pain. 

Similarly, if your pet becomes agitated or aggressive, it could be a sign of discomfort or a neurological issue.

Loss of appetite or vomiting:If your pet is not eating or is vomiting frequently, it can be a sign of a digestive issue or other health problem. It is especially important to seek urgent care if your pet is unable to keep water down, as dehydration can be a serious concern.

Changes in urine or bowel movements:Changes in your pet’s urine or bowel movements, such as an increase or decrease in frequency or volume, can be a sign of a health issue.

Injuries: If your pet has sustained an injury, it is important to assess the severity and seek appropriate care. If your pet is bleeding heavily, has a broken bone, or is unable to move, it is important to seek urgent care.

Signs That Your Dog May Have a Fever

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Shivering.
  • Panting.
  • Red or glassy-looking eyes.
  • Warm ears and/or nose.
  • Runny nose.
  • Decreased energy.
  • Coughing.

If you notice any of the above signs or any other concerning changes in your pet’s health, it is important to seek urgent care as soon as possible. 

Why You Need Pet Insurance:

  • Pet insurance can be an important tool for protecting your dog’s health. 
  • Just like humans, dogs can experience unexpected health issues that can be costly to treat. 
  • Pet insurance can help cover the cost of veterinary care for your dog, including things like medications, surgeries, and diagnostic tests. 
  • Having pet insurance can give you peace of mind, knowing that you have financial support if your dog becomes ill or injured.
  • There are different types of pet insurance policies available, and it is important to research and compare different options to find the best fit for your needs and budget. 
  • Some policies cover a wide range of health issues, while others may have more exclusions or limitations. I
  • It is also important to carefully review the terms of the policy, including any exclusions or limitations, to understand what is and is not covered.
  • Pet insurance can be especially useful if you have a breed of dog that is prone to certain health issues.
  •  For example, certain breeds may be more prone to hip dysplasia, a condition that can cause arthritis and mobility issues. 
  • Pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment for hip dysplasia, which can be expensive.
  • Overall, pet insurance can be an important tool for protecting your dog’s health and providing peace of mind. It is worth considering if you want to be financially prepared for any potential health issues that may arise with your dog.
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When pet parents need someone to watch over their pets while they are not around. which one of the methods is more suited for you and your dog’s needs?

Are you looking to save money? Are you looking for the best service for your pets, or perhaps planning to treat it like a king so that it wouldn’t have to worry about you going away?The unconditional and boundless love from the furry angels deserves more than just care! Luxury Care Hamper? Yes!

This is especially for your affectionate Furry! To achieve this, Luxury Pet Boarding Services offer the following:

•             Boarding –  welcome at any time.
•             Pampering as you do –  Round the clock.
•             Care -Everything from caring to curing.
•             Fun Assured –  Never get bored doing nothing all day.
•             Meals -Drooling delight with delicious meals.
•             For Relaxing – Luxury suites, inspiring, exciting and safe environment with a relaxing lounge providing exquisite experience to your adorable pets.
•             Large indoor/outdoor play areas –  where your dog will spend time playing with friends (two-legged and four-legged).
•             Caretakers -Lots of love and attention with endless energy and compassion.

Affordable Overnight Dog Boarding:

It is given with attention, comfort, and love to your pet and your pet doesn’t need to anxiously await all alone at home eagerly awaiting your return. They can instead

  • Make new friends,
  • Learn new skills,
  • Play and relax at our day-care facility.

For that Vera’s Posh Paws has

  • Large, upscale kennels and luxury suites for overnight guests,
  • Large indoor/outdoor play areas where your dog will spend time playing with friends in a balance of organized activities and free playtime in the yard for more recreation.
  • Kuranda cot to sleep easily and comfortably. All services necessary to take the absolute best of care of your pup are included in the overnight boarding rate, with no extra charge for the extras.
  • Medications,
  • Food,
  • Blankets,
  • Playtime,
  • Snuggle time,
  • Hugs,
  • Kisses, and
  • Belly rubs are always included in their standard care.

Dog Grooming Services in Moore and OKC:

Whether you want a full-service bath with a haircut or a holistic groom with all-natural shampoos and conditioners, Vera’s Posh Paws offers the best! They have a stainless steel tub with multiple shampoos including organic all-natural shampoos that are pesticide and chemical-free, cream rinse and finishing spray choices, power dryers, heavy spa towels, and combs brushes for a spa bath, deshed, grooming haircut or holistic groom. Their full-service professional groomers have years of experience and a gentle touch. Their prices are very competitive.

Your Pup Receives:

  • Lots of love and attention 
  • Tons of exercise
  • Socialization with other dogs & people
  • Clean, fun, and safe environment
  • Doggy Webcams Indoor/outdoor play areas
  • Supervised play time Rooms for naps & overnight stays
  • Cozy kuranda cots
  • Air conditioned/ heated indoor play yards

Signs That Your Dog May Have a Fever

To limit disease transmission, disinfectants are used as a routine and dedicated food and water bowls provided for besides ensuring no diseases are carried into the building or spread through ventilation! Your pet’s health and wellness is of prime importance at this facility, therefore, a dedicated qualified staff is employed to facilitate the same.

Don’t hesitate and get in touch!