Home Dog Boarding
Home Dog Boarding
in Cheshire
We are the alternative to kennels in
Northwich, Middlewich, Knutsford, Altrincham,
St Helens, Warrington, Crewe
Your local PetStay branch
Home Dog Boarding in Cheshire
We are a loving alternative to kennels
in Altrincham, Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn, Crewe, Northwich, Middlewich, Nantwich, Winsford, Congleton.

PetStay Cheshire Branch

Hi, I’m Jane and am very happy and excited to be bringing PetStay to Cheshire. PetStay are a national home boarding service that provide a loving and caring alternative to kennels for when you are away on holiday or business.

What we do

The essence of our service is ensuring that we place your precious pet with a local carefully selected carer who matches all the requirements that you and your dog have. Your pet will be looked after by the carer in their home for the duration of the stay

Why choose PetStay Cheshire?

Our carers all meet stringent criteria in line with the PetStay standards and local council home boarding licence requirements. Primarily every carer is selected for their love and experience of dogs and will provide a secure, loving and caring environment. This means your dog will keep to all their daily routines, maintain their diet and continue to enjoy their treats, toys and cuddles! They will also have the carer exclusively to themselves as we do not mix guest dogs.

Why I choose PetStay Cheshire

Whilst I don’t have a dog myself due to previous work commitments (hoping to change all that very soon!) I spend a lot of time with my sister’s family dog Saffy, pictured here. She is a total sweetie, incredibly loving and a wonderful addition to the family. Saffy is nervous of new experiences and when we first found her as a rescue dog with the RSPCA she was cowering in the corner of a kennel, with other dogs barking frantically, and was obviously a very stressful experience for her. So whilst she appears to be reassuring me in this photo I’m afraid it would be the other way round if we didn’t have a great option like PetStay to find her a loving home while the family are away on holiday.

What happens next?

If you would like to learn how a PetStay carer will look after your precious pet, please give me a call. I will hand pick a carer who most closely meets your needs and arrange for you and your dog to meet them, with no obligation. After meeting the carer, and when you are completely happy with the match we will organise the booking.

Jane - PetStay Cheshire

So, if you are going away and need a holiday home for your dog, or, if you would like to find out about becoming a carer and joining our Cheshire team, please get in touch.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Jane Kelly, PetStay Cheshire.

Contact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the Cheshire area, please get in touch using the details below.


Telephone: 01482 307684

Email: info@petstay.net

Areas coveredWe cover the WA & CW postcode areas including:

WA1 to WA8, WA13 to WA16: Altrincham, Hale, Bowden, Timperley, Lymm, Warrington, Knutsford, Mobberley, Runcorn and Widnes.
CW1 TO CW12: Crewe, Northwich, Middlewich, Nantwich, Tarporley, Winsford, Sandbach & Congleton.

Are you worried about leaving your dog in kennels? Have you ever considered a home boarding service in the Cheshire area?

At PetStay Cheshire we’ve carefully selected many caring and affectionate people who will care for your dog while you’re away on holiday. Our dog sitters in Warrington and the Cheshire area are all fully licensed (if required by the local council) and insured providing a far better experience for your dogs than kennels because we provide a home from home environment, a real alternative to kennels.

Here at PetStay Cheshire we offer an outstanding dog sitting service to families who would prefer to have the peace of mind that their dogs are happy and settled in a loving environment whilst they are away on holiday.

We will pair your dog with a suitable loving carer who will ensure that your dog will receive home from home care and won’t miss out on any home comforts they are used to. Our carer will match your dog’s daily routine to ensure they remain as settled as possible.

Since 2005 PetStay have gained an excellent reputation for providing a dog home boarding service second to none, far removed from the experience of traditional dog boarding kennels. PetStay Cheshire are now becoming known as your local dog sitters.

Home Boarding for Dogs

Home Dog Boarding

  • Your dog/s stay in one of our loving carers’ homes
  • Meet your carer before you book
  • Kinder and less stressful for your dog
  • All routines kept
  • We don’t mix different dogs together
  • We don’t walk your dog/s off the lead
  • Carers are fully insured and vetted
  • We are recommended by vets and our many, many customers

Our Prices

1 Dog £20.00 a day
2 Dogs £30.00 a day
3 Dogs £40.00 a day

Prices above are per day, or part thereof, except Bank Holidays. For more information regarding those rates, please contact us.

Here are the few simple stages of booking with PetStay.

1st: Ring or email your local branch to discuss your dogs requirements and dates.
2nd: We will explain all about PetStay and what your next steps would be.
3rd: We then take all details about your dog and then match them to the most suitable carer.
4th: A meeting will be organised for you and your dog to meet the carer.
5th: If you are 100% happy with your carer you would then be ready to book with PetStay.
6th: No later than 5 days after your initial meeting, complete our on-line booking form and pay the booking fee.
7th: An email confirmation will be sent to you.
8th: You’re all booked in and don’t have to worry about anything.
9th: Drop your dog off at the carer’s house with food, a bed. toys and anything else you think they might need.
10th: Go away with complete peace of mind and have a wonderful holiday.

Become a PetStay Carer

If you’re a dog lover and would like to start a new hobby caring for dogs in your own home, we could have the opportunity for you!

Our home boarding dog carers are dedicated dog lovers who have the time to spend with our fantastic guest dogs, but may not be able to take on the full-time responsibility of a dog. Whether you’re unable to take on the full-time commitment of a pet or you’d like to have a friend for your own dog, PetStay can match you with the perfect guest dog to suit your lifestyle!

We do all the hard work! Don’t worry about bookings as we will take care of them. We think it’s important for you to concentrate on all the fun of caring for a guest dog. As a PetStay dog carer, you will be covered by our licence and insurance meaning you can enjoy all the benefits of pet sitting our wonderful guest dogs without the headache of running a business!

If you like the sound of joining PetStay as a dog carer, get in touch today or apply online!

Please call Jane for more information and an informal chat

Carers Walking Dog

Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a PetStay Carer

What are the requirements of becoming a carer?

You must be a genuine dog lover, have experience of looking after dogs and you need to be home during the day so you have plenty of time to give to the dogs you are caring for. You must have a secure garden and agree to abide by PetStay guidelines. You are allowed to have a dog of your own as long as your dog gets on with other dogs.

How are your carers vetted?

If you meet all the requirements listed above, we will come and visit you at your home. We will check the security of the garden, explain PetStay procedures and show you the guidelines each carer needs to follow. If you are happy with everything and we feel you would make a suitable PetStay carer, we would follow up a reference and arrange public liability insurance for you.

How many dogs can I look after?

Our service is on a one-to-one basis, so only dogs from the same household will stay with you. You are allowed to take up to three dogs from the same household, BUT you choose what you are happy with. We will ask you how many dogs you would like to look after and what sized dog/s you would be happy to care for.

Do I have to provide the food?

No, the owner will bring any food or treats for the duration of the stay. Any toys, bedding, medication and leads will also be brought.

Does the dog/s have to be vaccinated?

Yes each dog MUST have up to date vaccinations, have been wormed and treated for fleas. Proof of the vaccinations will be brought to the meeting and shown to you.

What about walking the dogs?

All dogs should be taken out each day for walks. When you have your meeting with the owners all routines, including the number and length of walks, will be discussed. The dog is only ever walked on a lead.

What if the dog becomes ill?

We/you would endeavour to contact the owner or the emergency contact. The owner or the emergency contact would be liable for any expenses incurred in taking the dog to the vet.

Will I be paid?

You will receive a daily allowance starting from £12 per day.

What happens next?

If you are interested in becoming a carer, please ring us for an informal chat and ask any questions or email us with your details and we will come back to you. You can also use the contact form on the ‘contact us’ tab. If we feel you are suitable we would then arrange to visit you at home.

Apply to be a carer

Please fill in the details below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Reviews


First time I had left Buddy with anyone other than my son. I had concerns before he went as he can be a fussy dog but I don’t know why I was so worried. Kath & Keith from Cheshire Petstay were brilliant. They treated him like their own dog and kept me informed with photos & texts thru my holiday to put my mind at rest. Definitely use them again. Buddy loved his holiday and came home a happy well looked after dog.

October 2018


Our 10 year old Border Terrier stayed with Kath and Keith for two weeks in August. It was the second time he’s stayed with them and he settled in really well. It was lovely getting updates from Kath and it was great not have to worry about him while we were away.

Kath and Keith looked after him like he was their own dog and seemed really happy with them.

I’ve used Petstay (Cheshire) several times now and Jane has always been really helpful. I will be using them again and I would definitely recommend.

August 2018


My elderly Staffy went to stay with Kath and Keith of Warrington. I was very worried about leaving her. However these worries were soon brushed aside when I met K+K before Bella went to stay with them. They are a very nice couple and Bella showed no signs of stress either when I was away or when I got back. She is already booked back in for September 🙂 I would recommend them 100%.

Happy Customer
June 2018



Our cockerpoo Thomas is young and full of the joys of spring and has stayed overnight in Cheshire with Kath and Keith twice now and each time he has loved being with them. They are a fantastic couple and look after him so well. They play with him, give him plenty of exercise and cuddles which he loves. Thomas is now booked in with them in June and September and I would recommend this couple to my friends and family without hesitation, we are so happy and relieved to know our little boy is so well looked after by Kath and Keith.

March 2018


We had a lovely time, Ann has been wonderful, she kept us up to date with messages and photos of Honey.
We were very pleased with the service from start to finish. It allowed us to fully relax whilst on our holiday for the first time as we knew she was in excellent hands.
Many thanks and I look forward to booking with you again very soon.

January 2018



Basil, our border terrier, stayed with a lovely family courtesy of PetStay Cheshire for a week over Christmas whilst we were on holiday. Everything worked out really well and we had peace of mind.


January 2018



My Westie Bertie was cared for by a lovely couple, Kath and Keith as if he was their own dog. He was happy and well looked after. He settled in easily and was spoiled with lots of care and attention, he was given plenty of walks and love. Thank you for making it so easy to go away without worrying about my beloved pet.

January 2018



Thank you for getting in touch. I had a great holiday but Ann made it more special by keeping in touch so I knew foxy was safe and happy.

I have messaged Ann a few times since being back as she misses foxy and he misses her. Big thank you to her as I knew he was safe and being well cared for.

I have recommended you to another lady today at the park so you should have at least a few more people coming your way.

Thanks for all you help making me feel better whilst leaving my little man whilst away and a great big thank you to Ann, such a lovely lady.


September 2017



“What a wonderful service you offer. David and Sue totally understood Jack’s complexities (hating postmen etc). He had a wonderful holiday, as did we.
A huge thank you for arranging this. We will definitely give you a call for future dog care.”

September 2017



Having planned a holiday at fairly short notice in August our usual dog sitters were unavailable, and other options limited. What was impressive here was that Jane from PetStay took special care to find someone and somewhere suitable despite the limited options, and ring fenced a new sitter for us. Excellent communications. The sitter Sue was also first class and would be very happy to have the dog back again for a night or a week anytime! The holiday was quite good too…

September 2017



Stevie our border terrier went to stay with Stephanie and Chris for a week. This was the first time he had stayed with anyone other than family but we went visit them twice before he was due to stay which really put our mind at rest. Jane at petstay was great at finding the perfect carers for him as he isn’t great with other dogs.
Stephanie and Chris were so welcoming and clearly loved dogs. We went away with peace of mind that he was being well looked after. They treated him as part of the family and sent us updates throughout the week which was lovely to see. They also took him on a day out with them.
I would highly recommend Petstay and would definitely use them again.


Becky & Mark
August 2017



“Petstay have been a great way of having my dog well looked after when I have had to go away either on holiday or for work. Jane Kelly, who runs the Cheshire branch is very helpful and has a knack of helping to find the right family. Pippin, my black mini Schnauzer has been very happy going to his home-away-from-home where he is well cared for and has a wonderful time playing with the carers own dogs. I can recommend it and I think it is much better than kennels”

August 2017



Very happy with the organisation and arrangements made for Jasper’s holiday. Steve and Lindsey are absolutely lovely people, and Jasper really took to them. We enjoyed receiving photos of his stay keeping us updated, and they seemed to enjoy having him, taking him on days out to the seaside.

August 2017



Jane at PetStay was very efficient in finding us the perfect carers for our dog (Maisie). Payment was straightforward. Carers were excellent. Maisie was welcomed into their home and it was lovely to receive updates about how she was doing during our holiday. I will certainly use the same carers in the future!

June 2017



We left Maisie with Janet and Michael (our appointed Petstay provider) in Manchester for a three week holiday. Our dog is quite a live wire, very stubborn and also likes to escape. Our minders put us immediately at rest with a good secure garden and great enthusiasm/understanding for tackling a stubborn Westie. Whilst away we received regular pictures and videos which were greatly appreciated and enhanced our holiday knowing everything was ok. We would not hesitate to book through PetStay in the future and would definitely want Janet and Michael if they were available. Thank You.

May 2017



We used Petstay to look after our border terrier, Gizmo. He stayed with John and Marjorie and they looked after him wonderfully. He had a great time and we were reassured that he was getting on fine as they sent us texts and photos. That meant we could relax and enjoy our holiday too. Great service – would definitely use again.

April 2017



We have never left our dog billy with anyone except family, as I was getting married this wasn’t an option. We had an initial meeting with Janet who put us at ease. On the day she kept us updated with pictures etc. Would definitely recommend

December 2016



We always feel guilty leaving our special guy behind when we go away but now we have found PetStay it is more like a holiday for Boog too!! Janet and Mike treat him so well I think he actually wished we went away more! They look after him so well and we are no longer stressed about Boog not settling when he is there as he makes himself at home. I can’t speak highly enough about this service and will continue to use as much as possible :).

December 2016



Jane and Joanne were really helpful when we were looking for someone to look after Tinker for us. We needed someone who would take care of him like their own because of his medical problems and we found that in Joanne. She couldn’t have done more for him when we were half way around the world and went above and beyond to look after him. We can’t thank her enough and Tink is looking forward to his next stay in February

December 2016


Trev & Daisy

My pups stayed with Jo from Petstay Cheshire for a week in September and I couldn’t be happier. I left full instructions which were followed to the letter and I really liked the fact that I got daily updates on how they were both doing. This put my mind at ease and meant I could relax and enjoy my holiday. We’ve already booked 3 more dates in 2017.

November 2016



Ruby had a lovely time with Marjorie and John. They are a lovely couple and looked after Ruby very well. They even sent us photos and email updates during our holiday. We would definitely recommend them to our friends and would like for them to mind Ruby again in future 🙂

Thanks again for finding such a lovely couple for us.

November 2016



A big thank you to Jane from PetStay for finding Charlie a perfect home to stay in with Joanne. She made Charlie feel comfortable and at home, and emailed us pictures every few days of him. Would highly recommend PetStay and Joanne with her lovely caring nature. Many thanks.

November 2016



I cannot speak highly enough of this service, we contacted Jane who found us the perfect family to take in our Golden Retriever Chester. Chester means the world to us and we were really worried about leaving him, but meeting Jo and Andy completely put us at ease. They took Chester in and loved him like he was part of their own family, updated us regularly by text and even created a photo album of his adventures whilst we were away.

Amazing service would highly recommend!

September 2016


Amber & Daisy

My dogs Amber and Daisy had only ever been cared for by family, and Janet stepped into that role.
Very friendly and open when I took the dogs to meet her. Totally professional but adaptable approach.
I expected the dogs to sleep in the kitchen, but when Janet found out they normally sleep in our bedroom, she assured me that they would sleep with her. I even got pictures of them spread out on the bed, something they don’t even think of doing at home!!!
The weather was very hot and humid during their stay, and both dogs suffered upset tummies, but Janet and Michael both went out of their way to keep me informed and were willing to take on board any suggestions. I am certain my dogs were well cared for and along with my holiday photos, I have several of my dogs enjoying themselves as Janet and Michael both sent pictures throughout the entire weeks stay. I would like to thank them both very much for taking a weight off my mind and caring for my dogs so well.

September 2016



Jane at PetStay really helped us find a great couple to look after our dog for a long weekend.
We met the couple before agreeing and were very happy and comfortable leaving our dog with them.
They sent us photos whilst we were away and were very accommodating.
Would definitely use the service again.

September 2016



My dog went to stay with a PetStay carer for a week, and I was quite particular as he is a rescue. He couldn’t have been looked after better. We had a trial night initially to check that all went well, and even though I was still nervous leaving him for a whole week I knew he would be well looked after. I couldn’t have placed him in a more caring environment and I will be using the services again. I used the services in Cheshire.

August 2016



Just a quick note to say thanks for finding Brian & Kay, they were perfect for Snoopy. They absolutely loved him and he was very very happy when I picked him up. I told them now I’ve found them they aren’t allowed to give up dog sitting!

August 2016



Thank you for finding Jo & Andy to look after Esther, it was great that following my initial enquiry you found a match so quickly. You responded quickly to all my concerns and the whole administration process was painless! Jo and Andy are such lovely kind and considerate people. Esther was a little overwhelmed when we dropped her off but by the time I had driven home she had sent me an email reassuring me that all was ok. They quickly got the measure Esther and were really kind in accommodating her little ways plus the photos were so welcomed. I couldn’t fault the service thank you once again.

August 2016



Jane at PetStay Cheshire went to lots of trouble to ensure we got the right sitters for our small dog Tara. And we’d like to thank Drew and Hayley for looking after her while we were away. She came back a very happy dog – and judging by the pics they sent she had a great time without us. I found the service reliable, efficient and easy to use and good value. We will definitely use again.

August 2016



Very professional level of service, PetStay worked hard to find a suitable carer for my dog as she is not great with other dogs. The lady my dog was placed with was wonderful – made sure she knew what my dog liked/didn’t like and kept me regularly updated on her ‘progress’. When we came back from holiday my dog was calm and content – not at all stressed as she often is after a kennel stay.

Danuta, Altrincham
August 2016



The PetStay Service is great. The confidence you get from leaving your dog in a home away from home; with people who you know are going to give her the affection that she gets everyday from you, makes going away so much easier and stress free. Can’t recommend the service enough. Thanks All.

Richard & Diana, Sale
August 2016



We were very happy with the quality of service, it was straight forward to make the booking and helpful too. A little on the expensive side compared to offers and charge a full fee on drop offs and collections days, although we came to some arrangement for these days. The sitter was amazing and more than happy for our little dog Bleu to have a home from home experience. We received text messages regarding Bleu’s stay which we found very reassuring.
Would highly recommend.

July 2016



Janet and Michael took excellent care of my Cocker Spaniel Charlie for the duration of my three week holiday. I felt extremely at ease with the level of care my dog was receiving with regular photo and video updates of his stay. He came home very happy which reassures me he enjoyed his stay.
The outstanding care provided would be one I would recommend to anyone seeking reliable care for your dog.
Thank you Janet and Michael!

July 2016



It was our first time using PetStay, we were really happy with the service. Shadow had never stayed with anyone other than our parents before we used PetStay. We were so happy with Drew and Hayley looking after him they were the perfect match. It was lovely to get lots of photos and videos whilst we were away. We will be returning for our next holiday.

June 2016

Cheshire Max


I can’t thank the PetStay Co-ordinator Jane Kelly enough for what she did, at the very last minute, she found us such a lovely couple to look after our spoilt Cockapoo Max! Brian and Kay were so welcoming and let Max into their home/garden as if he had always lived there! They took him for walks at a local lake and he made friends with the dog next door! I will certainly use this service again!

June 2016



We had never left our dog Bruce before and the PetStay Service allowed us to enjoy a family holiday abroad. Jane matched us with Drew and Hayley who made us and Bruce feel at ease and welcome in their home and garden. He had good walks in the nearby woods and they kept in touch with us. I can highly recommend them and would use the service again , thank you.

June 2016



I met Caroline and Trevor before we decided to definitely use the service. They were both great and took to our boy straight away. We were totally happy for Bubba to stay with them. Bubba stayed with Caroline and Trevor for 11 days. He had a ball and he even was even a little subdued on the way home. We were updated daily and shown Photographs and videos of how he was doing.
He had obviously been very well cared for and we would definitely use Caroline and Trevor again.
Thank you Jane, Caroline, Trevor and all at PetStay, for your great, easy and very friendly service. I can not recommend the service highly enough and I look forward to piece of mind when I next use PetStay.

Thank you so much for a worry free holiday.

June 2016



Our dog minder let us down and we contacted pet stay at short notice. Jane was more than helpful and within hours had found carers for us, whilst making sure our dogs needs were met. Christine was great. Our parson russell can be a handful but she gave him lots of walks, ball time and cuddles. She sent us some pics and kept us updated over the weekend. It looked like Alfie had a whale of a time. We will definitely use pet stay and Christine again.

May 2016



Janet and Michael took on my Frenchie who does have behavioural problems, they were so good sending fantastic photos off him out and pics off him in the house playing his usual games. It was so nice to see my dog being so well looked after and taken on interesting new walks When Michael dropped him off my Frenchie went to go back out with him as he wanted to go back with him (and we were so worried he have problems without us) Great contact and stories about our dog and even helped bring him back to us as an unforeseen circumstances meant I could not drive I would highly recommend them a great couple who really do let the dogs have an enjoyable stay I will be using them again.

May 2016

Cheshire Fern


I have used PetStay 3 times for my dog Fern and the service has always been amazing. They have always managed to match my needs up with a carer in the desired area (sometimes at short notice) and the whole system has run smoothly and efficiently. All the carers I have met have been lovely, so friendly and accommodating, I don’t think Fern wanted to come home at the end of her stay she was so well cared for! The most recent stay they even sent me photos of her while I was away so I could see how happy and settled she was. I can’t praise PetStay or their carers enough, they offer a great service and peace of mind that your pet is in the best possible hands while you are away.

May 2016



Very happy with Petty! Hugo had fantastic time staying with Jenny and her family, and it was great to be able to find somebody to take on a 5 month old puppy at short notice!

May 2016



It was a great relief for us to find Jane from Pet Stay. Our over pampered greyhound needed someone who would look after him with the care and love that he gets at home. At last we have found that person and the bonus of being the only dog taken in at one time is perfect. Knowing that he gets two walks a day and lots of attention ensures that we can relax knowing that he really is being well looked after.
Definitely recommend.

Ian & Peggy, Knutsford
May 2016



A wonderful service provided… Jane was extremely helpful and professional which left no doubt that Buddy was being cared for in the best possible way. Buddy’s carer Janet is equally as professional and extremely conscientious which led Buddy to have a great stay. A real home from home. I particularly loved, as did my children, the photos Janet sent show how happy buddy was whilst staying with her. I highly recommend the Petstay.

Lillian, Altrincham
April 2016

PetStay Cheshire-Kevin & Hank

Kevin & Hank

“What a fantastic service. Kevin and Hank had a lovely weekend with really nice people and I could enjoy my holiday with no worries and regular photos of how they were doing”

Louise, Lymm
March 2016


“The process of finding a new dog sitter was really smooth. I was really pleased with the new dog minder and would definitely recommend PetStay Cheshire. Our greyhound was well looked after and we will be using them again.”

March 2016



“ We have used PetStay twice now for our little border terrier Ralph, and can only recommend the service offered! This most recent occasion was when we had a sudden family bereavement and had to go overseas with no one to look after Ralph on short notice.

After a quick call to Jane at PetStay, a introductory meeting with a potential carer (who was only 15 mins away from our home) was set up. Jane at PetStay listened to our requirements and set to place Ralph with a family who best matched Ralph’s usual needs and personality.

Ralph’s carer was Janet based in the local area. After an introductory meeting we knew Ralph would settle in straight away, he immediately curdled up by her feet and feel asleep! Janet asked about Ralph’s usual routine (from when he wakes up, goes to bed, feeding times, how often and how long he went on walks etc) so that she could ensure Ralph is fully looked after! Janet also sent us messages and photos of their adventures together to keep us updated whilst we were away which was great, and we could tell Ralph was being spoilt rotten!

If anyone is ever in doubt, just give PetStay a quick call and they will alleviate any concerns. I know Ralph would always much rather stay with a loving family than be put in kennels)”

Chris, Ruth and Ralph , Cheshire
March 2016

The Babesiosis Canis parasite dog-owners need to be aware of…

With the milder Winters we’ve experienced in the UK, ticks have been able to survive the winter months and are emerging earlier than usual.


Babesia canis (arrow) within a red blood cell.
(image of Babesiosis Parasite – credit to http://www.capcvet.org/)

Babesiosis Canis (formerly known as canine piroplasmosis) is one particular nasty parasite carried by ticks which can enter the dog through the skin or mouth. Once inside, the parasite will feed off your pet for 24-48 hours before entering the blood system and start to multiply.

1.How does the tick pass on the parasitic infection?
Similar to mosquitoes and malaria, the tick extracts blood from the dog and in turn passes on the Babesiosis virus.
Clive Swainsbury is a vet at the Forest Veterinary Centre in Harlow and has treated infected dogs, including one that died.
“The parasite enters the bloodstream, enters the cells, and in the process of trying to kill the parasite the dog will actually destroy its own blood cells. So they become very anaemic.”

Credit Photograph: Rasmus Holmboe Dahl/Alamy

Credit Photograph: Rasmus Holmboe Dahl/Alamy

2. How can you spot the Symptoms of Babesiosis Canis?
Difficult to spot early as the symptoms may be common and may take days to week to months to show. Typically:
• Lack of energy and appetite
• Feverish
• Weight Loss
• Pale Gums
• Coffee-coloured Urine
• Discoloured stool
• Anaemia

3. How can you Diagnosis?
Take your dog to your vet. A blood sample will be taken to analyse if the parasite is present.

4. How can I Prevent?
Whilst there are no Vaccines, prevention is the best course of action with the following solutions:
• Spot-on treatment
• Anti-tick Collars
• Prescriptions medicines
• Tablets
• Check your dog for ticks after walks

5. If I find a tick?
• Smear with Vaseline
• Extract carefully to remove the entire tick with a Tick hook or Tweezers.
• Surgical spirit

Vet John Gould has created an excellent video

As John says don’t just pull the tick out, it may leave some of the tick behind!

If you need specialist help, visit your Vet as soon as possible.

Dog Friendly People Food

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Cheshire dogblog
By Nicole Pajer @cesartips
We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel. If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies.
Here are a few “dog-approved” people foods:
Related: Harmful foods for dogs

1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.

2. Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.

3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.

4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.

5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s digestive system.

6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Feed your dog cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him some of your unwanted fish skins.

7. Pumpkin. Good source of fibre as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.

8. Eggs. Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to give her diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack.

9. Green beans. Make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.

10. Apple slices. Help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fibre as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards.

11. Oatmeal. A great source of soluble fibre, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavour additives.

• Remember to try each in small amounts.
• If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian.
• Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe.
• Never feed your dog toxic human items such as: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocadoes, alcohol, or coffee.
• Consult your veterinarian with any questions on what is safe and what is harmful.


1. All our carers are vetted by our PetStay Cheshire team

2. Every carer is also approved by the local council

3. We will match the best carer knowing details about you and your dog e.g. where your dog likes to sleep

4. And, we will then place your dog as close to your home as possible – as long as this is also the best carer for your dog

5. You will get to meet and approve the carer before any bookings are made

6. You’ll happily know where your dog is staying

7. Your dog is looked after by the carer, in their own home – less stress on you, more home from home care for your dog

8. The carer will look after a maximum of three dogs from the same household, ensuring thorough care only for your dogs.

9. Any dietary or medical requirements will be discussed directly with your carer, not through a 3rd party

10. The carer will never leave your dog for more than 3 hours on its own!

Diary of a Femoral Head Ostectomy Operation – Given the choice what do you do?

So, x-Rays show your beloved pet has hip dysplasia and arthritis in her hips. Maybe he or she’s taking anti-inflammatory relief to quell the daily pain. Your vet recommends a Femoral Head Operation is performed. What do you do?Hip Dysplasia

Saffy is a medium sized Beard Collie crossed with a Schnauzer rescue, approx. 8-years young. She has been prescribed Rimadyl, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory for daily pain relief for years due to hip displasia and arthritis in both back legs. When we noticed she was hesitant jumping up onto sofas and beds, after examining the x-rays, Mr Buchanan of Buchanan Vets in Timperley highly recommended removing the Femoral Head on both of Saffy’s back legs. After discussion and anxiety we agreed to do one at a time. The decision was Saffy’s age. It’s now or never to give her a quality of life when she’ older.

If you know a dog who may need a Femoral Head Operation, here’s extracts from our diary:

Day 0 – Op Day. Yes its worrying and you’re anxious, Mr Buchanan has successfully carried out many Femoral Head Removals in the Cheshire area and confident the operation should be performed


Day 1 – Post Op – TLC. Anaesthetic still in her system. Carried into garden to carry out ablutions. Feeling sorry for herself. Sleeping off the Op.


Day 3 –On her feet. Bit wobbly. Bit confused. Getting those “what-have-you-done-to-my-leg-never going-to-vet-ever-again” eyes.
Day 5 – Slow 5-Min walk. Still clingy. Stiff. Brief yelp when she tries to get up. Just pad-touching her post Op. leg. Scar and stitches looking clean and inflammation free.

Day 7 – VeSaffy - walkingts! Visit to Simon at Buchanans. Saffy unexpectedly jumped out of the car, took several steps round the car park. Simon examined the stitches and had seen enough. Recovering well.


Day 9 – Walking well! Good advise from Simon at the Vets to walk Saffy slowly in 10-mins intervals to encourage Saffy to put weight on her post-op leg rather than carry. Some small dogs manage so well with three legs, however with larger dogs it puts so much pressure on the other leg. SAffy Hydrotherapy



Days 11-28 – Perky. Walking confidently. Carrying that post-op leg. Through slow, careful walking Saffy confidently applying more pressure


Day 30 – Hydrotherapy – Big mention for Cheshire Hydrotherapy. Sam the owner totally sensitive to Femoral Head Operations and on held Saffy for 2-min intervals at each session whilst Saffy kicked out with both back legs. She loved the warm, weSaffy Swimmingightless feeling of swimming and I know it helped strengthen both legs.


Weekly Hydrotherapy – Continued a weekly session at Cheshire Hydrotherapy with both legs getting stronger through supported swimming

+6-weeks – Walking normally. Walk lengths back to normal 60-mins once a week
Saffy is now a healthier happy hound, walks for miles and miles and hopefully set for the next few years pain free.

Now for the second leg…

5 Winter PetStay Cheshire Tips

Whilst we all love to get rugged up and take our dogs a walk in the winter, here’s a few tips we’d like to share:

1. Salt on paws can hurt!
Dog Salt Rock salt is a combination of sodium chloride and grit and whilst its used to clear pavements and pathways across Cheshire, it can be pretty intrusive and can work its way into cracked paw pads, cuts and scratches to cause irritation and infection. Best tip is simply to wash your dogs paws in warm water after your winter walk, ensure all the salt between their toes and claws has been cleaned away and dry with a clean towel or cloth.

2. Don’t let your dog eat Salt…
Winter DogI know it sounds crazy but some of our dogs don’t understand that salt doesn’t taste good. Ingesting the salt that our hero gritter teams spread across motorways, roads and pavements can cause dehydration, liver problems and even pancreatitis. We all know dogs are proud of their paws and will lick and clean away any debris…including rock salt. Eating sodium chloride results in high blood sodium levels which are not immediately obvious. Leaving salt on the paws can also work its way into nooks and crannies and hurt!

3. Dogs, Anti-Freeze and Screen Clean don’t mix.
Many of us top up our liquids throughout the Winter and these substances can be equally harmful when ingested by curious dogs. Radiator leaks and spillages when replenishing Anti-Freeze and Screen wash when consumed is a poison to many animals. Even a small amount can be harmful. The RSPCA advises every pet handler to go to their local Vets if an animal may have ingested anti-freeze or screen clean. Time is precious and your pet may not show symptoms of lethargy, incoordination and vomiting until it’s too late. This advice is also relevant for where you keep your substance, locked away and out of reach.

4. Pond Life …
If you are lucky enough to enjoy a garden pond all year round, just be aware if your pond becomes iced over it can become a hazard. We’re not just talking about the risk of animals walking on thin ice and floundering in the freezing water, it’s what lurks beneath. Bacteria from blue-green algae can be found in streams, lakes and ponds and can be fatal if eaten. The cyanobacteria (algae) generally mass together on the surface making them easy to consume. Symptoms are varied from disorientation and shock to vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools and difficulty breathing.

5. And after your winter walk…a DryBone (what else) Trover
SaffyJust like you and I, there’s no better feeling after getting clean and dry to put on a dressing gown or sloppie lounge wear to keep warm and relax. After Saffy gets wet after her walks across Hale, Altrincham and Bowden we clean her paws and fur and pop on her Trover . This polyester louper fleece is an easily washable, dog drying coat often worn by working dogs, show dogs and post dog bathing to dry them off and keep warm. We use the coat after Saffy’s hydrotherapy in Knutsford to keep her snug and chill-free. She loves wearing it, the Trover dries her off and I think she feels a bit special wearing it!

Contact PetStay CheshireContact Details

To find out more or to arrange a visit to one of our carers in the Cheshire area, please get in touch using the details below.

Tel: 01482 307684

Email: info@petstay.net

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Privacy and Cookies


At PetStay, we take your privacy seriously and this privacy statement explains what personal data or information we collect from you and from people who visit our website and how we use it.


Who are we?

PetStay Cheshire office address is 59 The Barns, Bostock Hall, Bostock Lane, Middlewich, CW10 9JN. For the purposes of data protection PetStay is a data controller (ZA217048).


What personal date or information do we collect?

The personal information we collect may include your name, address, email address, IP address and information regarding what pages you access on this website and when.


How do we collect data or information from you?

We collect data or information about you when you use our website, or when you make an enquiry about home dog boarding, enquire about a job opportunity, or if you have registered to be sent an email news update.


How is your information used?

We collect your personal data or information to operate our business effectively and provide you with the best home boarding services that PetStay can offer.


We may use your information:


  • To answer enquiries that you make prior to boarding a dog with one of our carers
  • To keep you informed about our services if you have opted-in to receive these communications.
  • To process a job application
  • To maintain security of our office and IT infrastructure


We believe that all these purposes are justified on the basis of our legitimate interests in running and promoting the business, our contractual requirements to deliver the agreed dog boarding services to you, and our legal obligations, both as a business and responsible employer.  If you would like to know more, please read below:


  • Customers / Prospective Customers
  • Pet Carers
  • Job Applicants
  • Suppliers







Type of Data Held Length of Time Held How Data Held
Customers / Prospective Customers ·         Name, address and contact information (telephone, mobile).

·         Email address

·         Holiday dates

·         Emergency contact details

·         Pets details (name, breed and age and vet details)

·         Demographic information such as postcode

·         Billing and payment information.


We will retain information about you for the duration of our relationship with you, then 3 years.


Prospective customer data is retained for no more than 3 years.


We will retain financial records for 6 years, following the end of the current financial year.


Data is stored in the PetStay Booking system which is hosted on secure servers in the EEA.



Payment details are stored in PayPal, that uses servers that are hosted outside of the EEA.  You can view their privacy policy here.

Pet Carer


·         Name, address and contact information (i.e. email, telephone, mobile).

·         Application form

·         References

·         Demographic information such as postcode

·         Home Dog Boarding Licence


We will retain information about you for the duration of our relationship with you, then 12-months.


Data is stored on secure EEA-based servers and stored in manual records in locked filing cabinets.


Job Applicants ·         Name and contact information

·         CV and application form.

·         Interview notes (for those short-listed)


We will retain information about you for the duration of the recruitment campaign, then one year. Data is stored on secure UK-based servers and stored in manual records in locked filing cabinets.


Suppliers ·         Contact details

·         Bank details

·         Tax details

We retain financial records for 6 years, following the end of the current financial year.


Data is stored on secure EEA-based servers.




Who has access to your information?

We do not sell or rent your personal data or information to any third party or share your information with third parties for their marketing purposes.


We will disclose your data or information if required by law, for example by a court order or for the prevention of fraud or other crime.


We may pass your information on to our third-party service providers, agents or subcontractors for the purposes of completing a task or providing services to you on our behalf (for example commercial accountants who manage our accounts).  However, we disclose only the personal information necessary to deliver that service and have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own marketing purposes.



Transfers outside of the European Economic Area

Personal information in the European Union is protected by data protection laws but other countries do not necessarily protect your personal information in the same way.  The European Economic Area (EEA) covers all countries in the EU plus, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.  Some of the third-party providers we use to help us manage our business and services may involve data transferring to the United States or other countries outside of the EEA.



Your Choices and Rights

We understand that you trust us with your personal information and we are committed to ensuring you can manage the privacy and security of your personal information yourself.


With respect to the information relating to you that ends up in our possession, and recognising that it is your choice to provide us with your personally identifiable information, we commit to giving you the ability to do all of the following:


  • You can verify the details you have submitted to PetStay by contacting us by email janekelly@petstay.net or by post at PetStay, 59 The Barns, Bostock Hall, Bostock Lane, Middlewich, CW10 9JN. Alternatively, you can telephone us on 07724 190107.


  • You can also contact us by the same method to change, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by PetStay at any time.


  • You can always feel free to update us on your details at any point by sending an email to janekelly@petstay.net .


  • You can unsubscribe from receiving marketing emails from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email. Once you do this, you will no longer receive any direct marketing emails from us.


  • You can request a readable copy of the personal data we hold on you at any time. To do this, please contact us via email janekelly@petstay.net .


You also have the right to lodge a complaint about our processing with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (hyperlink https://ico.org.uk/).



Keeping your data secure

When you give us personal information we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely and strive to protect it on our internal systems.  We ensure that:


  • Up to date antivirus and antimalware is installed on all endpoints across the PetStay franchise and franchisee network.
  • Security updates and patches are regularly applied to all components of the PetStay system.
  • Access to physical and digital systems within PetStay are restricted to only personal who explicitly need these rights to do their job.



Emailing us

We use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt and protect email traffic in line with government standards. If your email service does not support TLS, you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit.


We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send is within the bounds of the law.



Visitors to our Website

When you visit our website we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns.  We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to various parts of the website.  The information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone.


To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.



Use of Cookies by this website

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.  They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.  Unless you have set your browser to block cookies, this site will place the following cookies on your computer.




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Google Analytics gathers information allowing us to understand interactions with our websites and ultimately refine that experience to better serve you.


Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.  To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.


Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help us analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for our website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.


Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.


To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout


Changes to this privacy notice: We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 22/05/2018.