Winter 2018 Newsletter
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Holiday Schedule Changes

We realize many people go away to visit loved ones over the holidays, so please make sure to give us at least 24 hours notice of any alterations or cancellations in your dogs' bookings with us!

There is still some holiday boarding available, so if you need to book in, please do so soon to avoid disappointment.

MDS Superdog

Age: 11
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier

Eli is one energetic dog - with QUITE the personality! Upon hearing some of the amazingly improbable vocalizations that come from Eli, MDS Staffers have long debated if he's actually part velociraptor. The adorable ridge of fur down his back only serves to strengthen this theory.

Even though he's on private walks these days, his legendary enthusiasm for playing fetch has not lessened, and he enjoys several trips to the park with our walkers to run like the wind after a well-tossed ball.

We love you, Eli! Thank you for being part of the MDS family for the last 10 years!

PAWZ Booties

Don't forget that the snowy weather bring not only cold, icy bits that can get between tender toes, and form painful little snow-balls in the fur  - but also salt that contains many irritating and toxic chemicals! Protect your dog's feet and overall well-being by using PAWS booties this winter.

Stop by our boutique and get fitted for the perfect size! Each pack contains 12 reusable booties that are sure to get you safely and comfortably through winter!

Holistic Therapies for Pets - Part 2    By Caley Morris

Like us, pets can benefit from holistic remedies that heal the body as a whole.

In part one of this article, we looked at flower remedies and homeopathy. Here are some other options that you may want to ask your vet and holistic therapist about. They can be used in conjunction with veterinary care.


Using essential oils, aromatherapy helps both the emotional and physical health of an individual. Emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, fear and grief. Physical problems such as aches and pains, digestive disorders, fur and skin conditions, arthritis and more. Some applications are massage oils, compresses, sprays, lotions, shampoos, conditioners and salves.

Although the basic principles used on people are the same with animals, the dilution would be very different for a horse, dog or cat. Some essential oils are toxic to pets. To ensure the correct amount and grade, use a professional.

Be mindful that some essential oils can antidote some homeopathic remedies.


Aiding in the treatment of disorders of the nerves, muscles and organs, chiropractic is based on diagnosis and manipulative treatment of the musculoskeletal system, especially along the spinal column.

It is helpful for pets of any age who experience chronic or acute pain or discomfort due to misalignment. Some symptoms may be yelping in pain after a sudden movement (without other symptoms); resistance to being picked up; muscle spasms; and trouble standing, lying down or jumping. By relieving the physical pain and discomfort it, in turn, helps their mental and emotional wellbeing.


A key component of traditional Chinese medicine is acupuncture, with the theory that there are patterns or pathways (meridians) of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential in keeping the body healthy and the disruption of its flow is responsible for a disease. Acupuncture uses points close to the skin to correct those imbalances by penetrating the skin using thin needles which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.

It is used for many conditions including pain management, relaxation of muscles, improving tissue blood flow, oxygenation and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins. It is sometimes used to help with the side-effects of conventional medicines, like chemotherapy.

More and more people are turning to these types of therapies for themselves and their pets, whether they have exhausted Western medicine options, are looking for supplementary care, or are simply curious.

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Reminder of our 2018
Winter Holiday Closure Dates

Metro Dogstop will be closed for daycare, walking,
boarding pick-ups/drop-offs, 
and grooming services on:
Christmas Dec 25 
Boxing Day Dec 26
New Year's Day January 1st

We still are accepting holiday boarding reservations for established clients! *
But space is going fast!
If you think you may need us over the holidays, please contact us ASAP to get booked in!.

Holiday Boarding requires a 50% non-refundable deposit to confirm reservations.
Those who have not boarded with us before will be asked to send their dog for several acclimation days of daycare prior to being approved for boarding services.

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