Pet Care Articles

July 10th, 2011
You've already chosen your pet sitter for your upcoming trip.  The following are some tips for pet owners to heed before they leave town...

1) Notify your vet that you are going out of town and that a pet sitter will be minding your pet while you are gone.

2) Ensure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations before you leave.

3) Ensure your credit card is on file at the vet, so the vet can take life-saving measures to help your pet if something goes wrong while you are away.  Don't make your pet sitter take on the monetary debt that goes along with saving the life of your pet while you are gone.

4) Ensure your pets have a solid collar with good identification tag should they get loose.  Micro-chipping your animal is highly recommended too.

5) Finally, make sure you buy extra food just in case you extend your trip out of town so your pets will have enough food while you are gone.  This ...   Read more...
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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