Pet Care Articles

March 23rd, 2012
Pet owners need to ensure their pets are healthy and remain that way.  To that end, here are the top five issues concerning pet health right now...

1) Pets are becoming medically underserved - Data shows the pet population in the U.S. is climbing, but visits to veterinarians are declining. On an annual basis in 2007, dogs saw a veterinarian 2.6 times per year and cats only 1.7 times, indicating cats are affected more than dogs. This number has continued to decline in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2008.  Taking your pet to the vet is more important than ever.  Do it regularly!

2) Obesity in pets is skyrocketing - If you love your pet and want it to live a long, healthy life, keep its weight down. Obese pets have a shorter lifespan and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, bladder disease, and, like humans, diabetes.  The fatter the owner, the fatter the pet, in most ...   Read more...
March 8th, 2012
We'd like to take this time to announce the addition of Bella, a Maltese/Shitzu mix to the Paw Minders Plus family!  We adopted her as a rescue dog from Living Free Shelter linked below...

http://www.living-free.org/

You can see her profile on the site below...

http://www.living-free.org/about/dog_tammymarie.html

We have renamed her to go along with our little Bomber.  Bella and Bomber!  A nice ring to it, eh?   Read more...
February 21st, 2012
Do you live in an apartment?  More apartments are allowing dogs.  The following are five tips for dog owners before and after you bring your pet into an apartment (courtesy of dogchannel.com)...

1) Check the rules. Before bringing a new dog home, make sure you know your apartment complex’s rules regarding size, breed, pet rent/deposits, etc.  Don't assume fido is allowed to live with you there.

2) Let your neighbors know about your new best friend. There are two good reasons for this. First, if you are bringing home a puppy, you might want to warn your neighbors that there will be some crying the first couple nights while your pup gets adjusted. This courtesy will be appreciated by your neighbors.

3) Pet Identification is essential. Having more than one type of identification is even better. Pet ID Tags are great; anyone can read the number and call you.  Best ...   Read more...
February 9th, 2012
Courtesy of City Kitty, the following gifts seem purrrfect for cat lovers this Valentine's Day...

1) Cat Truffles - http://www.moonstruckchocolate.com/

2) Cat Cookie Boutique - http://www.gourmet-cookie-bouquets.com/

3) Imprint Jewelry - http://rockmyworldinc.com/

4) Meow Necklace - https://www.emilyelizabethjewelry.com/shop/meow-meow-necklace-50-of-proceeds-goes-to-the-aspca/

5) Cat Cufflinks - http://www.cufflinks.com/cat-with-tail-cufflinks.html

6) Red Cat Wine - Read more...
January 26th, 2012
Courtesy of PRNewswire, the following are the top 10 most popular names for Cats for 2011. Bella is #1 here too, although we have no clietns with cats named Bella. Our most fond cat names are Romeo and Nermal, the names of our deceased cats. They each lived to be naerly 19 years old...

1. Bella
2. Max
3. Chloe
4. Oliver
5. Lucy
6. Shadow
7. Smokey
8. Tiger
9. Charlie
10. Tigger
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January 13th, 2012

Courtesy of PRNewswire, the following are the top 10 most popular names for Dogs for 2011.  Bella is inspired by the Twilight movies.  Interestingly enough, none of our clients have dogs with that name, although Bailey has been quite popular.   Molly is another popular name with our clients, as is Charlie and Sophie...

1. Bella
2. Bailey
3. Max
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Daisy
8. Maggie
9. Charlie
10. Sophie
 
 

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January 2nd, 2012

Pet Sitters International (PSI) urge pet owners and pet-care providers to consider the following preventive measures for maximum health and safety for their pets this winter:

1) Keep all young, old and short-haired pets inside. These types of pets are more vulnerable to cold weather and should not be left outside for long and without supervision.

2) Provide shelter for any pets that are left outside. Add straw for additional insulation from the cold and provide a snug, warm bed that does not sit directly on the ground.

3) Leave extra food and water in plastic bowls for any pets that are left outside.

4) Learn the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect you pet is suffering from either of these conditions.

5) Clip the long hair on the bottom of your dog’s feet before the snow and ice fall. This will prevent the build up of ice balls which can be painful and difficult to ...   Read more...

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