Pet Care Articles

July 7th, 2011
"We do this because we love animals.  They are innocent babies, both big and small.  We chose not to have children, so our animals are our children.  We would want people like us to pet sit our babies when we go out of town.  We don't see it as work, we see it as giving love to other children." - Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters owners Marcia and Michael Nazarek when asked why they decided to become professional pet sitters.   Read more...
July 5th, 2011
Set an exercise program for your dog and stick to it.  The worst thing you can do is suddenly spend more than an hour of time throwing a toy ball to your dog, an animal that spends most of its time lying around doing nothing.  Inconsistency can cause frustration, restlessness, and even stress for your pet.  Set an exercise schedule and stick to it.  Your dog will look forward to its exercise period each day!   Read more...
July 2nd, 2011
My dog really enjoys to be walked.  Why is that?  Exercise?  Perhaps it's the fresh sights, sounds, and sounds?   Well, I have a few tips to make dog walking more enjoyable for you and your pooch...

1) Pick a cool destination and mix up where you walk your dog.  He'll love the new sights and everything that goes along with a fresh trail.

2) Speaking of trails, it's always best to walk your dog on dirt or grass and not asphalt.  The summer heat on pavement can often lead to burns on the pads of your dog's paws.  Not good.

3) Dogs are social animals, so try to take them somewhere they are likely to encounter other dogs.  Allow your dog to greet other well-behaved dogs if their owner is willing.  It will socialize your dog so he won't "act up" around other animals when they are encountered in other settings.

4) Play with your dog first before you walk him to "get ...   Read more...
June 30th, 2011
Our little dog Bomber didn't like all the lights and sounds when we took him to his first fireworks celebration about three years ago.  Hence, he doesn't go with us anymore for these types of displays.  The following are a few tips for pet safety with the 4th of July just around the corner...

1) Don't take your pet to a fireworks display.  The sounds and lights will frighten him/her.

2) Never leave your pet unattended outside when fireworks displays are nearby.  They could get hurt by falling spent fireworks.

3) If you go to a fireworks display, leave your pet at home in a safe area with the TV or radio on if possible.

4) If you have a trip planned without your pet, make sure you use a licensed, insured, and bonded pet sitter if you don't board your pet at a vet.  Paw Minders Plus is licensed, insured, bonded, reliable and trustworthy!

5) Keep your vet's phone number handy in case ...   Read more...
June 28th, 2011
This happens from time to time with our cover-dog from the home page, Bomber.  Usually, this occurs just after he's been groomed.  He'll chase his tail and rub his butt on the ground and act a bit strange.  Does this happen with your dog?  It's quite normal.  All dogs have anal glands (sacs) just inside their anus.  Sometimes, these glands get irritated or blocked.  Thus, the rubbing.  Most groomers express (squeeze) these glands to empty them.  As a result, the glands get irritated and for a day or two your dog will rub his butt.  For Bomber, this usually occurs just after he's groomed, but after a few days, he's back to normal.  If the rubbing persists, contact your groomer and ask if they expressed the anal glands.  If they didn't do this, contact your vet or you can do it yourself.  Fair warning, the smell from expressing the glands is very pungent!  It's probably best to let your groomer or vet do it.   Read more...
June 27th, 2011

Does your dog bark too much?  There may be a real reason for all that noise.  Perhaps he just wants some attention.  The following article provides an interesting thesis behind why some dogs bark excessively...

http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-training/article_barking3.aspx?sc_cid=4882977

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June 25th, 2011

The following article is courtesy of Pet Sitters International...

June is National Disaster Preparedness Month for Animals

The first five months of 2011 have brought much destruction; including tornados, floods and fires in the United States and the devastating tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere and can take many different forms.
 
In the event of a disaster, preparation can save lives—yours and the pets in your care. Creating a disaster plan is a proactive way to ensure that you, your pets and clients' pets are safe.

The following eight tips will help pet owners prepare for a disaster.

1. Understand the possibilities. Recognize the different types of natural and man-made disasters that can occur in your area and know how to effectively plan for them.

2. Make decisions early. Different disasters require different courses of action. The sooner you create a disaster plan, ...   Read more...

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