Pet Care Articles

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
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

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...

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  
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 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 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...