Pet Care Articles

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...
August 1st, 2011
Check out the latest six pics from our recent pet sitting jobs in our gallery...

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July 28th, 2011
In a move that will apparently remove most generic competitors of the popular Frontline Plus flea and tick repellent from the market, Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. of Omaha, Neb., plans to voluntarily pull several of its products, citing patent infringement.  Sergeant’s is initiating a return and exchange of five products that contain both fipronil and methoprene:

 

  • FiproGuard Plus
  • Pronyl OTC Plus
  • EctoAdvance
  • Spectra Sure
  • Prefurred

Sergeant’s has not yet disclosed specifics of how to return or exchange products.

The company's fipronil-based generics not containing methoprene will remain on the market. Methoprene is designed to...

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July 23rd, 2011
When you are pet sitting cats, don't worry too much if you don't see them inside the house you are sitting.  Cats can hide in the smallest and unlikeliest of places.  As long as the food is being eaten and water is being drank, they are there and they are safe.    Read more...
July 19th, 2011
Paw Minders Plus picked up three new clients yesterday, so I thought it would be a good idea to offer a few tips for prospective clients to do when interviewing and hiring a pet sitter...

1) Make sure the prospective pet sitter doesn't charge for an in-home consultation.  Paw Minders Plus offers it for free, and so should all quality pet sitting businesses.  We need to meet you and your pets to ensure a good fit before taking on a new job.  Pet owners shouldn't pay to meet a pet sitter.

2) Ask the pet sitters to see their license, insurance, bonding, and association cards to verify they are legitimate professional pet sitters.  We always show our identification to prospective clients when we first meet them.

3) Make sure to introduce your pets to the pet sitter, even if the little kitties are hiding.  We are the ones responsible for their safety while you are gone, so please don't assume we don't need ...   Read more...
July 16th, 2011
Do you suffer from pet allergies?  Well, there are several tips for pet owners to alleviate the symptons of pet allergies so you can avoid getting rid of your pet...

1) Vacuum curtains, furniture and carpets every week.  Consider using a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) filter in your vacuum to prevent dander from escaping the vacuum and back into your home.

2) Don't allow your pet on upholstered furniture. If that's not possible, cover your furniture with washable slipcovers or consider spraying them with Febreze Allergen Reducer to keep pet dander from getting into the air.

3) Keep your pet out of your bedroom because dander collects on pillows and leads to worsened symptoms at night and in the morning.

4) Replace carpeting with hardwood floors (unless you have dogs that can't get traction on that type of surface) or other solid surface flooring for easy clean-up of your pet's hair. ...   Read more...
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