Keep it Cool with VIP and The Dog Days of Summer


Like humans, pets enjoy treats as a part of their balanced diet.  Some favorite pet treats include raw hide, fruits and veggies, dog biscuits or cat treats, and even ice cream that is safe for pets. Experts warn to steer clear of potentially toxic foods for dogs such as raisins, onions, grapes, chocolate or anything with caffeine.


You can find store-made treats at your local pet or grocery store, or you can make some on your own. For example, check out the DIY Recipe for homemade doggy ice cream.  This easy and safe recipe includes all the ingredients that dogs love such as peanut butter, bananas and yoghurt.  Just freeze and serve for a refreshing treat on a warm summer’s day.  What a terrific way to end a long walk or a day at the dog park!


Here at VIP Pets, we love your pets as much as summertime, and would like to see how you stay cool this summer! We are running a fun-filled program where pet owners can allow their dedicated sitter to give their precious pets some Frosty Paws ice cream! Participating sitters will purchase and dole out the frosty delicacies, and take a photo or video to memorialize the unique summer experience. Throughout the summer we will post pics and videos of all of our pets and caring sitters.    


This program is a wonderful way to treat your pet and provide an enjoyable summer luxury for the ones we love.  Feel free to use Hashtag #dogdaysofsummer and send us your photos and videos showing how you and your pet are keeping it cool when the weather heats up!


Fun Holiday Pet Toys and Gift Ideas

Seasons Greetings! With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to a favorite holiday pastime – shopping. There are so many fun holiday pet toys to choose from for our furry and feathered family members. We’ve put together a few helpful suggestions of amazing gifts to help you stuff their stockings.

Our favorite pooch-approved items include:

Pampered felines will enjoy a toy full of catnip such as the 100-Percent Catnip Filled Chili Pepper.  Other gifts sure to please include:

For our fine feathered friends, check out for a truly festive selection of bird toys. Some of our favorites include:

Finally, for small pets, ideas range from chew treats to run-about balls.  Ferrets in particular would enjoy the Pop-N-Play Ball Pit, Hide N Sleep Alligator, or Hanging Nap Sack, all by Marshall. Other Marshall products for small animals include the Woven Grass Play Ball and Hide-A-Way Hut.

We hope this post has given you some ideas and inspiration to round out your gift giving list.  What are your favorite holiday gifts for pets? Share in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page. Happy Holidays!