Pet Care Articles

December 17th, 2011
For Marcia, my wife, and Bomber, our precious dog, 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 are official booked for Christmas Day, but still have limited availability for New Years Day.

Michael Nazarek
Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters
Henderson, NV   Read more...
December 3rd, 2011
Some interesting facts about pets and X-Mas...

1) A bit over half of all Amricans with pets will buy their pets a gift or two at X-Mas.

2) They will spend on average about $46 on their pets.

3) A new AP-Petside.com poll said that 68% of pet gifts are a toy and most of the rest of the gifts are food or a treat.

4) While the average budget for pet gifts among those surveyed was $46, approximately 72% of those polled said they'd spend $30 or less. Those who bought gifts for their pets last year said they spent $41 on average.

5) Interestingly, income does matter for pet gift buying as those making $50,000 or more a year said they plan to spend an average $57 on their pets. Those making under $50,000 said it will be $29.

6) Overall, 51% of those polled this year said they would buy holiday gifts for their pets, a figure that's been relatively stable in the last few AP-Petside.com polls. It was ...   Read more...
November 22nd, 2011
What should you do before and after you rent an apartment as a dog owner?  The following fix tips are recommended...

1) Check the rules.  Make sure your dog is welcome before renting the apartment.  Sounds stupid, but many people put down a deposit and assume fido is welcomed only to find out that isn't the case.

2) Let your neighbors know about your new best friend. The sounds could disturb your neighbors.  Also, if your dog gets loose, your neighbors could find it and would know if belongs to you.

3) Pet Identification is essential.  The brest method here is a microchip for easy and secure identification if your dog gets lost.

4) Poop bags – never leave home without them.  It's courteous and it's the law to not leave a mess behind when you walk your dog.

5) If you work all day, give Fido a place to play. Hiring a dog walker, sitter, or dropping him off at a doggie ...   Read more...
November 12th, 2011

In an effort to help pet owners, Southeast Area Animal Control Authority has released a list of tips to help pet owners keep their pets safe from wild animals.

1. Don’t leave food outside your house.  Wild animals can be expert foragers. Leaving food outside (leftovers, pet food, trash or anything else) can be an invitation to wild creatures.

2. Get your pet vaccinated ASAP.  Wild animals can be a mode of rabies transmittal. Ensure your pet is vaccinated just in case he or she is attacked and infected.

3. Notify the authorities if you see anything unusual.  If you notice a wild animal or animal tracks near your home, immediately contact your local animal control or wildlife service agency. They have the resources and skills to handle these situations and make your environment safer for your pet.

4. Protect your home and clear your surroundings.  Make sure wild animals cannot get into your home ...   Read more...

November 1st, 2011
Shelters are overflowing with abandoned dogs, cats, and other pets.  Doing just one thing on this list could save a little life...

1) Adopt a pet.  Consider making your new family member a special-needs animal.  An animal like a blind kitty needs love and a home too.  Find a special-needs pet in your area by searching petfinder.com's directory of more than 13,000 shelters.

2) Donate pet food to Petco's Food Bank Collection Program.  This program helps pet owners who have fallen on hard times.

3) Supply shelters with cozy bedding fgor animals.  Pets sleep in cramped cages while waiting for new owners.  Purchase a bed for as little as $35 from kuanda.com/donate and the site will ship it to a shelter of your choice.

4) Visit theanimalrescuesite.com.  Every time you click the "Click Here to Give - It's Free!" button, the site's sponsors will donate money to animal charities ...   Read more...
October 20th, 2011
There are several types of foods you should NEVER give your pet...

1) Bread Dough - The yeast inside will expand in a dog's stomach leading to a serious vet emergency.  Luckily, most dogs return to normal in a few days.  

2) Oninions - A big NO.  They can harm the red blood cells and may cause serious illnesses, even death.

3) Raisins/Grapes -  They can cause severe health issues in pets and should be avoided. Some pets experience gastrointestinal upsets with milk and milk-based products.

4) Macadamia Nuts -  They can be harmful to dogs. Hypothermia, vomiting, tremors, loss of coordination, dizziness, and hyperthermia are some of the symptoms seen in the affected dogs.

5) Avocados - Not just the fruit but also the leaves, fruit, seeds and bark.  They can be harmful to dogs by inducing diarrhea and vomiting. Some birds and rodents can be sensitive to ...   Read more...

October 10th, 2011

What are the most common mistakers pet owners make?  Read on to find out...

Mistake 1: Buying a pet spontaneously

Always do your research before buying a pet.  Does it fit your lifestyle?  Can you take proper care of it?  If the answer isn't YES, then don't buy it.

Mistake 2: Skipping obedience training

Bad habits can be difficult to train out of a pet. So unless you have the know-how to school an animal, you need the help of a pro.

Mistake 3: Being inconsistent with the rules

Make the rules for your pet consistent and make sure all family members know them so the pet isn't confused.

Mistake 4: Dispensing too many free treats

Treats lose their training value if your pet gets them for no reason.  Make them special and only give them to your pet as a reward.

Mistake 5: Neglecting to ...   Read more...