Archives for May 2013 | Pet Blog - VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa

New Pool Makes a Big Splash

In mid-April, our old swimming pool collapsed after nearly 17 years of service. Luckily, we were itching to replace it anyway and a new pool was already ordered.

While waiting for the new pool top be delivered, we prepared our site. We had decided to upgrade the size of the pool and found an oval one that fit our area perfectly. It was even a little deeper than our old, round one. Preparing the site included removing about 16 inches of dirt–that way the top of the pool was actually a little lower than our old one.

After about three weeks of prep work, the pool was delivered and we immediately started to set it up. In a few days, we had a beautiful, new pool!

With our new pool, we did have to make a brand new ramp. Since the pool is oval, we were able to put the ramp on the long side, making the runway a little longer. The combination of a longer ramp and lower height from the ground makes our new ramp even easier to get dogs in the pool.

We also added some tall, lifeguard style chairs for those who watch their dogs swim. Along with some new plants to brighten up the area and a new trellis at the back, our new pool is ready for our canine guests!

Just a reminder, we do offer swimming by appointment on select days of the week–your dog does not need to be staying with us to enjoy a swim. Just give us a call. You can stay and watch (and use our awesome new chairs!) or drop off and come back a few hours later. And, of course, we continue to offer Aquassage with Earlene.

Pet Care Tip: Use Flea Control Now

If you tend to stop using flea control on your pet during the cooler months, now is the time to resume treatment. As the weather gets warmer, the flea population increases. By applying flea control now, you help to keep the new population in check, making the flea control much more effective. That being said, remember to continue treatment monthly. If your dog seems to be a flea magnet, you can check with your veterinarian to see if it is advisable to apply flea control a little earlier than monthly for better protection.

New Pool Coming Soon

A few weeks ago, we started our day to find our popular swimming pool had ruptured and spilled its 5000 gallons of water all over our play yards–and even behind our fence into a neighbor’s lot! That’s the sad news. The good news is we were already planning on getting a new pool and just a few days before the old one ruptured, we ordered its replacement. Maybe it was sad we were replacing it.

Our new pool is a 12 by 20 oval, whereas our old one was a 15 foot round. Volume-wise the oval is a bit more. The neat thing is we can do our water aerobics and hydrotherapy better. Since the new pool is a little taller, we got the idea to dig down a little over a foot. When the whole project is complete, the top of the pool will be a little lower than what our old one was, making it easier for dogs to go up a ramp and get in.

We’re also adding a nice deck area to one end that will sit at the pool level. For those who come to watch their pups in the pool, this should make it much easier! As of this weekend, we have the hole dug and the main posts in place had to be installed still lower than the bottom of the pool to offer extreme support! With the sophisticated design of the frame, there will not be angled supports outside of the pool.

We cannot wait to introduce our new pool to everyone! For some pictures, check out the album we have on Facebook.

Our Website Turns 1

Wow! A year ago today we celebrated our first ever Open House. Doesn’t seem like it has been that long. It was also a year ago today that our current website debuted. We hope you still like it! We’ve tried to make things easier and better organized. One thing we love is being able to quickly update things when the time comes. If you noticed during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we kept the availability up to date.

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