Pet Care Articles

January 28th, 2013

Courtesy of Emily Glazer from the Wall Street Journal...

Since 2008, pet food, veterinary care and other services have gone up about 4% on average annually, according to a 2011 Consumer Reports study.  The following tips are some ways to lower your costs.
1) Read food labels since you may be paying more for specific wording. The study suggests bypassing anything deemed "premium" and searching for food labeled "complete & balanced," "total nutrition" or "100% nutritious," which will meet the minimum standards for nutrition set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, which helps regulate the sale of animal food and medicines. Premium brands with similar nutritional value can cost nearly 85% more per pound, the study found.
2) There's now more competition—translation, lower prices—in the market for flea-and-tick protection products because ...   Read more...

January 7th, 2013

Courtesy of Yahoo! Finance...  Dog and cat owners don’t pay the same amount for their four-legged family members. The ASPCA did a study on the average cost of owning a dog or a cat. Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

  • Small dog – $1,314 the first year, $580 per year after
  • Medium dog – $1,580 the first year, $695 per year after
  • Large dog – $1,843 the first year, $875 per year after
  • Cat – $1,035 the first year, $670 per year after

These totals include the following first-year costs: spay/neuter, other initial medical, collar/leash, litter box/scratching post for cats, cage/crate for large dogs, carrier bag for small dogs/cats, and training class for dogs. Annual expenses include food, recurring medical, litter for cats, licenses for dogs, toys/treats, health insurance, and miscellaneous.

Of course, those are averages – the ...  

December 25th, 2012
For Marcia, my wife, and Bomber & Bella, our precious dogs, I'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!   We'd like to thank all of our clients for entrusting us with your pets. We love what we do and we love your pets! Thank you for allowing us to make a living pet sitting and dog walking. Take care and God bless!

Oh, one more thing. We still have availability for New Years Day for those of you planning last minute trips.

Michael Nazarek
Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters
Henderson, NV  
December 5th, 2012
This is a very informative and critical article during this holiday season.  Please check it out by clicking the link below...   Read more...
December 3rd, 2012
Courtesy of
Year after year, cat owners are still coming up with creative, quirky names for their best friend companions. Check out this year's fifth annual list of weirdest cat names, courtesy of VPI. VPI employees picked the top 10 weirdest cat names from more than 485,000 insured pets...

1) Pico del Gato
2) Dingleberry
3) Dumpster Kitty

4) Schnickelfritz
5) Koobenfarben
6) Sassy Pants Huska

7) Vincent Van
8) Kitty Gaga
9) Beefra
10) Mister Biggl

We'll let you decide why these cats have these weird ...   Read more...
November 13th, 2012

Experts remind people to take special care of their animals in emergency situations

Courtesy of HealthDay News -- If you have pets, you need to have a plan to keep them safe during natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, according to the American Kennel Club.

If you're remaining at home during the storm, you need to keep the following items handy: your pet's health records; rabies tag information and medications; food and water bowls; food for one week; at least one gallon of spring water per day for a large dog; a portable kennel or crate; pet bedding; and a collar and leash.

If you need to evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. Most evacuations last only a few days, but you may not be able to return home quickly. The safest place for any pet is with their owner. Be sure to have a sturdy crate or carrier ready for transporting animals in the event of an evacuation, experts from the AKC and AKC Companion Animal ...   Read more...

October 19th, 2012

Courtesy of Sue Manning from the AP...

Some 3 million dogs across the country were using treadmills in 2010, according to a survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. The group asked about treadmills for the first time in its 2011/2012 survey because the machines were selling so briskly, APPA President Bob Vetere said.

It may look like the dog is going nowhere. But pet owners with fat, old or misbehaving dogs say they measure the benefits of canine treadmills in pounds, years and sleep.

Heather Chau borrowed a DogPacer when her rescue dog Heidi arrived weighing 115 pounds. Heidi is now down to 80 pounds, and Chau, a Las Vegas bookkeeper, was so impressed, she returned the donated DogPacer and bought her own.

Now all four of her dogs use the treadmill. Chau explains that she can't walk four dogs at a time, and summer in Las Vegas heats up early and winds down late.

"I want to make sure the rest of their lives ...   Read more...