Changing Your Pet’s Food; Why We Don’t Do It at HPR, and How to Do It If You Do

At Hubbard PetResort & Spa, it’s standard practice to serve your dog or cat the food and treats that you provide for them. Why is that important?

Animals react to changes in their surroundings and routines, just like people do. Unlike us, however, they eat basically the same diet, day in and day out. Dry kibble is often a main food source, often supplemented with wet canned food.

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When we make sudden changes to their diets, it can cause digestive upset, which can lead to loss of appetite, diarrhea, and other symptoms and problems. So putting them in a new environment is stressful enough, without introducing different food from what they’re used to.

That’s important to remember all the time—not just when you’re boarding them with us. Sudden dietary changes can adversely affect your dog or cat. If you decide to change their food, do it gradually.

For example, start by mixing 75 percent of their current dry food with 25 percent of a new formula. For the next few days, gradually decrease the amount of current food and increase the amount of new until the transition is complete. Changes in wet food are not typically as traumatic, but, just as with dry food, it’s best to avoid any sudden changes.

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Also, as you change their food, keep an eye on their eating habits and observe their stool to make sure their digestion is fine. And make sure they have a generous supply of water to drink.

Remember, too, that older animals have different nutritional requirements. Like humans, they will face more health issues. A highly nutritious, leaner diet will help them avoid things like diabetes, arthritis or urinary tract issues.


So, when you decide to board your pet, be sure to provide plenty of their regular food and treats. And, if you decide to make a change in their diet, do it gradually. You’ll have a happier, healthier pet as a result.



Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa provides peace-of-mind cat and dog boarding and grooming in Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding region.

Watch Your Pet for Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitos

Summertime weather is warmer and often wetter. With it come a host of pesky problems for your dog or cat. In particular, you want to guard against fleas, ticks and mosquitos. It's an important part of pet care in Youngstown, Hermitage, Sharon and the surrounding region.

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Fleas are a familiar problem, and there are a number of over-the-counter and holistic remedies you can use to keep them at bay. It doesn’t take much for fleas to infest your pet, and when they do they bring everything from minor annoyance to major misery—particularly if they set up shop in your home. If you haven’t already, treat your pet for fleas before it’s too late.

The news has been full of stories about ticks and the dangers they pose. As one official said, it’s not a matter of if they will appear, but when. And they can pose a major threat to people as well as pets. Your best option to prevent tick and flea problems is to consult with your veterinarian. If that’s not possible, keep your pet clean. Wash your dog frequently and, as you do, check their skin for any signs of ticks. If you encounter one, it’s not only important to remove it properly (click here for suggestions), but you may want to consider an exterminator to make sure it’s not a more serious problem in your home.

Mosquitos, of course, carry with them the threat of heartworm. If you haven’t had your pet treated for heartworm, you should do so immediately. This applies to cats, too—especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. (Heartworm can cause serious lung disease in our feline friends.) Your veterinarian or a reputable local pet store can help you with treatment.

Fall will be here soon enough, but, until it is, take steps to take care of your pet so that they can stay happy and healthy during the dog (and cat) days of summer.


Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa provides peace-of-mind cat and dog boarding and grooming in Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding region.


Dog & Cat Grooming in Youngstown Area Extended to Evening Hours at Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa

Did you know we also offer evening grooming appointments for your convenience?

“The demand for our grooming services has grown considerably, so we’ve hired additional staff to be able to accommodate evening appointments,” said Lesley McBurney, owner. “We’ve had many requests from people who can’t come in during the day because of work conflicts or other commitments.”

Click here for more information on our grooming services.

Click here to read our news release announcing evening grooms at Hubbard Pet Resort and Spa.

Best Kennel for Your Pet: Hubbard Pet Resort Measures Up!

A recent issue of Woman's Day magazine carried a helpful article titled "Find the Best Kennel for Your Pet."

We're happy to report that Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa measures up an all counts!

As the intro to the article says, "It's never easy to leave your pets behind when you travel." That's so true. And it's why we promise that, when you bring your furry loved ones to us, we'll treat them like our own.

So what are the things to watch for to make sure you have a good experience? The author emphasizes several steps to ensure that the facility you choose is the right one for your pet:

1.) Be wary of the strong scent of ammonia; an antiseptic smell signals an attempt to cover up urine, feces, mold and mildew. And make sure the temperature is comfortable.

  • At HPR, we use only natural, biodegradable cleaning products, for the safety of our guests. And we keep the temperature at a comfortable 68 to 70 degrees year-round.

2.) Check for the cleanliness and safety of the facility.

  • We clean living spaces daily, including food and water dishes. Outdoor play and potty yards are kept clean and free of feces and urine. And our outdoor yard enclosures are strong, secure and secluded for your pet's safety.

3.) Examine the living spaces. 

  • Our spacious 4' x 8' dog suites give them plenty of room to stand, stretch and move around. We make sure they have comfortable bedding (preferably yours, but we'll provide it if you don't bring any with you). And cats are boarded in a separate section of the building, adjacent to our Catio, a large climbing and play area that offers picture window views into the lobby and outdoors.

4.) Take a look at the daily schedule.

  • By that they mean, will your pet get regular attention and the opportunity to get outside of their suite? For dogs, we start potty trips between 7 and 7:30 a.m., and continue at three-hour intervals throughout the day until last potties, which take place between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Cats get generous time in the Catio climbing and play area.

We agree with all of the points in the article and have always made them a priority. Sometimes people ask us, "Aren't you just a kennel?" Absolutely not! We say "Pet Resort & Spa" because we pamper your pet in every way possible, whether boarding or grooming.

If you're already a customer, thank you for trusting us with the care of your pet. And if you're looking for a place that will give your four-legged loved one the care and attention they deserve, give us a call at the Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa. We're here to provide peace-of-mind care for you and your pet!

Read the online version of the Woman's Day article here.


Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa is the location for premier cat and dog boarding in Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding region.

Best Kennels in Youngstown: Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa Sets a High Standard

When dog and cat owners are looking for the best kennels in Youngstown, Ohio, they want to know that their pet will receive personal care and attention in a clean, safe environment.

At Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa, our motto is, "We'll love them like our own," and we provide that level of personal attention and care 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. In fact, it's why we're called a pet resort, because we've established a new standard for dog and cat boarding in the region.

The interior of HPR is kept at a comfortable temperature of 68 to 72 degrees year-round. We use only pet-friendly, biodegradable cleaning products, and we staff our facility 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our spacious 4' x 6' suites give dogs ample room to move around and stretch while boarding with us, while our roomy cat condos and catio provide plenty of space for our curious feline friends to explore.

There is so much more that separates Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa from other kennels in Youngstown and the surrounding area. We invite you to call with questions or stop by to see our facility and learn for yourself why we're the best choice for your pet's care when you're away.



Learn more about the area's premier pet boarding and grooming facility at the Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa website.

Dog and Cat Boarding for the Holidays: Prepare Your Pet Ahead of Time

The holiday season is always a busy time, which makes it a perfect time to give yourself and your pet a break by boarding them for a few days, or even a few weeks.

It doesn't have to be only because you're traveling out of town. Sometimes, you may find you just need a break, to help you prepare for the holidays. Meals, family gatherings and a schedule filled with parties, school and social events can place a premium on your time.

If you plan to board your pet during the holidays, there are things you'll want to do ahead of time. First on the list: Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date. At Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa, for dogs we require proof of rabies, distemper and Bordatella vaccines, plus a negative stool sample within the past nine months. For cats, we require proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations.

If your pet requires medications, make sure those are updated and in supply so we can administer them during their stay.

We prefer to feed pets their normal diet and encourage you to bring a supply of their favorite foods and treats. It's important to keep them on their normal diet to prevent digestive upset. We'll also want to know any allergies or anxieties your pet may have, so that we can ensure their comfort during their stay.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and the happiness and well-being of our pets is an important part of enjoying the season. Be sure to plan ahead to make sure your pet is properly cared for, and, if you need to board your pet at any time during the holidays, we hope you'll give us a call!



For premier dog boarding in Youngstown and the surrounding region, along with
cat boarding and pet grooming services, visit Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa or call (330) 534-1200.

Cat Boarding: Top Features to Look For Are All the Norm at Hubbard Pet Resort

There's a great article over at catster.com that we encourage all cat owners to read, because it warns of "10 Red Flags to Heed When Inspecting a Cat Boarding Facility."

It's a great list, because cat owners deserve peace of mind when leaving their furry felines in the care of others. Here at Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa, we practice what they preach in all 10 categories.

For example, the article points out that a cat boarding facility should not have smelly spaces and should provide proper ventilation to the boarding area. At HPR we clean daily and do so with natural, non-toxic cleaning products. We also ventilate the cat boarding and play areas to provide an environment conducive to optimum health and well-being.

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The article also warns against facilities that do little more than stuff cats in cages during their stay. We provide individual, 3' x 6' cat condos for every cat, and every cat who stays with us gets plenty of daily recreation time in our Catio, a large, multi-level, multi activity center play area. They love it!

And, as for a separate boarding area, our cat condo and catio area is separated from the dog boarding area and is sound-proofed, so our feline guests never hear our dogs, helping them remain relaxed and content. With a separate ventilation and temperature control system, the cats are cozier and cannot smell the dogs.

Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa is dedicated to the comfort of each of our guests and their owners. We would love to be your cat's home away from home. Please call us at (330) 534-1200 for a tour or with any questions you may have.


For premier cat boarding in Youngstown and the surrounding region, along with
dog boarding and pet grooming services, visit Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa or call (330) 534-1200.