Pet Care Articles

September 30th, 2011
We are slammed with pet visits this week, so I thought I'd just share a link to a very interesting story about a cat who waits for his owner as a train station.  Amazing!  Enjoy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/20/cat-waits-for-owner-at-tr_n_971881.html   Read more...
September 20th, 2011
Many more dogs are being stolen from their owners in recent months.  The American Kennel Club states in the first seven months of 2010, there were 150 reported dog thefts, compared to 224 in the same period this year.  Why are people stealing dogs?  For money and due to the economy.  The dogs could be held for ransom or resold as pets or for use in dog fights.  Which dogs are being stolen the most?   Some say pit bulls and other large breeds, but toy breeds, puppies and purebreads are being taken too.  What can you do to protect your pet?

1) Keep your dogs inside when you are not at home.

2) Don't leave your dogs unattended outside or tied up.

3) Microchip your pet so they have permanent identification.

4) If you dog was stolen, please report it to the police and tell local shelters.
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September 13th, 2011

Did you ever wonder if getting a shelter cat you might be getting an unhealthy cat?  Date shows otherwise...

In fact, recent data from pet insurance company Petplan show that cats adopted from cat shelters are about 5 percent less likely to have an unexpected trip to the vet, compared to cats purchased through pet stores or other sources.

Despite the great work of cat shelters nationwide, there are still misconceptions about shelter cats. Petplan offers some myths about shelter cats...

Myth: Shelter cats are prone to bad behaviors or health problems

Fact: Shelter cats are no more prone to poor behavior or health problems than purebred cats. In fact, most shelter cats receive extensive medical care to ensure they are healthy and ready for adoption.

Myth: Shelter cats aren’t spayed or neutered

Fact: Many shelter cat are spayed or neutered, and some even come with a microchip, low-cost ...   Read more...

September 3rd, 2011
Yes, we are still here.  We've just been very busy lately, but want to take this time out to wish everyone a very Happy Labor Day holiday weekend!  Once things settle down, we'll begin posting more tips for pet owners right here...   Read more...
August 21st, 2011
Are you planning to walk your dog in a dog park?  Here are some good tips to follow...

1) Always supervise your dog.  No one likes an unruly dog.

2) Follow the posted rules.  No one likes an unruly dog owner.

3) Bring clean-up supplies.  No one likes your dog's poop.

4) Never discipline other dogs.  No one like a nosy neighbor.

5) Keep your dog vaccinations up to date.  No one likes an unkept dog.

6) Don't take your dog to a dog park unless it is at least 4 months old.   That means it's no longer a young puppy and it's vaccinations should be current.

7) Have fun and be respectful of other owners and dogs!

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August 15th, 2011
During the time we have been pet sitting, we've learned some interesting things about scheduling clients and making visits.  Thus, we offer the following tips for pet sitters...

1) Don't overbook.  My wife and I work the business togther, most of the time.  We've learned that we can handle at most about 6 jobs concurrently (2-3 daily visits per client).  Anything more and we won't be able to make timely visits.  We turned away business recently because of this rule.

2) Don't stress out when you get super busy.  Over the span of a few days we have gone from a one active client to six.  Yes, it's not as easy as some might think to get all the visits done on time, but it's not a reason to get freaked out about it.

3) Schedule your visits in bunches for clients that live near each other.  We always try to drive to the farthest clients first, then work our way back home.  It helps with ...   Read more...
August 7th, 2011
Do your elderly parents have a pet dog or cat?  Other than taking the pet yourself, here's a few tips to consider when trying to find a solution for bed-ridden elderly people to keep their treasured pets...

1) Consider a pet sitter.  We are trained professionals.  We can walk your dog and administer medications and shots when needed.  We can also detect health issues.

2) Some vets do make house call.  These vets can also help with pet needs and give assurances to elderly pet owners that their pet is getting the right attention and treatments as needed.

3) Try using online shopping to buy your pet food and supplies.  They deliver the goods right to your door so there's no need to make shopping for your pet a part of the daily routine.

4) Have that difficult discuss early.  If you know your elderly parent is moving into an assisted living place, try to use one that accepts pets.  ...   Read more...
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