Pet Care Articles

July 24th, 2017
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Map Real Estate Services  in Mississauga, Ontario, knows that moving can be a stressful and emotional time – not just for humans, but for animals as well.

Your dog or indoor cat has likely become accustomed to the layout of your current home and the amount of space in the yard, so it may take some time for your pet to become accustomed to its new surroundings. One helpful suggestion  from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is to gradually introduce your furry friend to each room in the new home, rather than letting it run free to explore. Set up your dog or cat’s food bowl and toys in a safe area so they have a comforting place to go to during the transition.

It’s also a good idea to scope out the neighbourhood – your dog may be used to running free in a nearby park, but that freedom may not be as readily available in the new area. Research ...   Read more...
July 4th, 2017
It's hard to believe it, but we've been blogging online for more than SIX years now and we recently celebrated our six-year anniversary of pet sitting, back in May. The entire Paw Minders Plus family would like to wish everyone a SAFE and Happy 4th of July! Remember, most animals don't like fireworks. The lights and loud sounds can scare them. BE CAREFUL with them around your animals. Our two little ones will be staying at home when we take in the fireworks shows around Henderson this 4th. We love the shows, but know they don't. Anyway, enjoy the fun that comes with the 4th and we'll return later this month with more tips and articles on animal care! In the meantime, click the link below to check out the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, FL. Taped in 2016.

June 28th, 2017
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By Dr. Becker

    If you've taken your canine companion to an off-leash dog park, you've probably noticed that some dogs and their owners seem pretty clueless about proper dog park decorum.

    Some dog guardians clearly don't plan or prepare for a visit to an environment in which dozens of dogs who don't know each other are running loose and engaging in a variety of canine behaviors, some of which are potentially dangerous.

    According to Dr. Wayne Hunthausen, a veterinarian and pet behavior consultant:

        "Aggression is not uncommon at a dog park. It's certainly something pet owners need to be educated about. There are things they can do to prepare at the park—and even before."1

    Rule #1 is that as your pet's guardian, you assume ...   Read more...
April 20th, 2017
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By Danielle Venton

Curling up with your favorite ball of fur as she purrs away is pretty close to heaven, at least for cat folk. Yet, hidden between those vibrations, that most appealing of domestic sounds remains wrapped in mystery, and even a little magic.

No one is certain exactly why cats purr, though there are a number of good guesses. The obvious observation is cats seem to purr when they’re pleased and feeling good. But that’s not always the case: Some cats also purr when they’re hungry, injured, or frightened. And most surprisingly, purring frequencies have been shown to stimulate bone regeneration—yes, bone regeneration.

Cats purr by using their larynx and diaphragm muscles, both as they inhale and as they exhale, although just how the central nervous system generates and controls those contractions isn’t yet understood. Early 19th century taxonomists thought cats ...   Read more...
March 21st, 2017
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By Hedy Phillips

About 10 million pets go missing or are stolen each year, according to the American Humane Association. Pet owners' best defense against this is microchipping, which is a simple procedure done at the vet. Both cats and dogs can be easily microchipped for about a $50 fee. Home Again, a prime source for microchipping needs and information, currently has more than six million pets enrolled in its program and boasts that more than one million pets have been returned home because of its services. If those numbers aren't enough evidence that microchipping is a good idea, check out the list of seven more reasons below.

1)    It hurts your pet very little. Getting microchipped is as simple as getting a vaccination. It probably hurts about as much as it does when we get shots.
2)    It's a simple procedure. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is ...   Read more...
March 4th, 2017
By Jacquielynn Floyd

Unless your household includes a Galapagos tortoise or a Bowhead whale, you will probably outlive your pet. Like all of us, they grow up; they grow old; they die, but on an abbreviated timetable.

Still, a healthy dog or cat lasts a good long time. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, both species qualify as “seniors” by about age 7, but they can live much longer.

Medical advancements and better diets are contributing to longer lives for our pets, same as for ourselves. True, they are “just” animals, but when someone has met you at the door, slept in your bed and (unless prevented) drunk from your toilet for a decade, the bond between you is set like Super Glue. You get used to each other.

It didn’t quite resonate with me that our pets had crossed the line from ...   Read more...
February 12th, 2017
By: Rebekah Harrison

Cause and Effect

Pets can feel anxiety for a number of reasons.

“One of the main causes of behavior problems is separation anxiety,” said Katherine Kear, marketing and sales coordinator at Tomlyn. “More and more people are working full time and away from home so pets have a hard time adjusting.”

When pets are separated from their owners, they can turn to destructive behaviors.

“They can tear up some things in your house,” said Tabitha Cromer, marketing manager at Tomlyn. “Dogs can chew on shoes, cats can tear up plants and some of our vets have told us that they could even start chewing on themselves like their paws or their tails.”

According to Cromer, these behaviors are pet’s ways of communicating back to owners that they are stressed.

Calming Chews

There are ways to help a pet owner ...   Read more...