5 Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe At Home

by abrown

Oct
9
2017

Our friends at Pet Sitters International know that not many pet owners have the luxury of being able to keep their pets under watch all the time. There are a number of steps that pet owners can take to help ensure pets are safe around the home when pet owners are not there. 1. Don’t be trashy. Dogs and cats alike seem to love the smell, taste and texture of trash, and they will go out of their way to play in that arena while you’re away. Many things in our trash that may seem benign to us can be dangerous to pets, including chicken bones, which are choking hazards because of their brittle nature. Take all the trash outside when you leave for any length of time, or place trashcans out...

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July 4th Fireworks – Not So Pet Friendly

by abrown

Jul
3
2017

Our friends at PetPav have these words of advice for us this holiday. The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets. While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory. Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder or other loud noises, he or she will not be bothered by fireworks. This is not necessarily true. Even pets who normally are not bothered by thunder and other loud noises are often frightened and panicked by the cumulative effects of the fireworks, the excited voices outside, and being left alone...

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Spring Safety Tips

by abrown

Mar
11
2017

There is no question that spring is coming, regardless of the crazy weather swings and Punxsutawney Phil's predictions.  I am perfectly happy thinking Mother Nature is menopausal and eventually we will have steady sunshine and a light breeze.  Just in time for another round of frost and snow, we've got your tails covered with some Spring safety tips when you start cleaning, throw open those windows, and finally get outside again. I'm going to start with that time honored tradition of Spring cleaning.  Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets.  Not to mention the paper towels and cleaning cloths that could hit the ground and seem...

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Who’s Loving On Your Pets?

by abrown

Feb
6
2017

As the owner of 417 Pet Sitting, I want every pet owner to be well informed and feel good about their pet care decisions. Whether you are away from home for work, play, or medical reasons, we want your tail covered. Most people have considered various pet-care options; from asking for help from a family member, coworker, or friend to hiring a real pet sitter or even boarding and kenneling. The pet care industry is growing, rapidly, and it is no secret that Americans spend billions of dollars every year on their pets, yes billions. Regardless of who you contract to care for your pets, it is more important than ever to be diligent in your research. There are online directories being added constantly,...

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Furbaby Fitness

by abrown

Jan
13
2017

According to Health Magazine our furbabies make THE BEST work out buddies because they don't bail on you and can always make it up that last hill! I pulled some of their statistics to share as we make the "New Year, New You" journey to better health. That energy can be contagious: research from Michigan State University found that dog owners were 34% more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than folks who didn't have a dog. Even if you're just taking your pup for a walk, that counts. (Move at a brisk clip and you can burn as many as 170 calories in half an hour.) But there are lots of other activities you and Fido can do together—all while strengthening your bond!...

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What Causes Your Cat to Vomit?

by abrown

Dec
9
2016

The great writers over at PetPav.com have this great article to share about causes of the gastrointestinal sharings of our furry companions. Our cats will vomit from time to time from hairballs or even ingesting their food too quickly. And, in those instances, we know it really isn’t a cause for concern. Your cat might even vomit from eating something that doesn’t agree with him or her. However, vomiting can also be a sign of a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention. If your cat vomits more than once or regularly, you should call your veterinarian. If your cat just releases a hairball now and then, not to worry. But, if you cat vomits more than once or appears sick, call...

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Holiday Safety

by abrown

Nov
30
2016

At 417 Pet Sitting and 92.9 The Beat we want the best for you AND your pets this holiday season; following these helpful hints will help keep pets out of danger, while still enjoying the food, fun, and festivities that accompany the holidays. Let's start by not being a turkey. Holiday treats, such as rich, fatty scraps, bones from pork and poultry, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, and other sweets and candies can be harmful or toxic to pets. These foods have been linked to pancreatitis in pets. Signs and symptoms of an inflamed pancreas include vomiting and abdominal pain, and severe pancreatitis requires emergency medical care and treatment. Common holiday pet poisons include plants....

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Barking With The Beat – Meet Boo Boo!

by abrown

Nov
15
2016

Boo Boo is the perfect dog for an active family! He loves playing with other dogs, although his play style is a little rough. He exhibits some herding behavior around other dogs, so I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to herd some kids! We wouldn't recommend a farm situation for him, but he would absolutely love a big backyard to play in or someone who will take him on lots of walks! He is very smart, already knows several commands, walks on a leash, and is very gentle (even when taking treats). If you think this handsome guy is a good fit for you, please come give him a visit at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri! See Boo Boo

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Pet and Car Travel Safety

by abrown

Oct
11
2016

Our friend Leah set this article to us with great information on pet travel safety, these are some great tips. Whether planning a summer vacation or a weekend road trip, people have several choices when it comes to their pets. For some, the best options are to leave them at home with a professional pet-sitter. Another option is to take one’s furry or feathered friend along for the ride. While traveling with a pet makes for a fun family experience, there are things that must be taken into consideration when driving. Not all pets are comfortable with riding in a car, and for that reason, one must consider their animal’s disposition and ability to travel any significant distance by vehicle....

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Dog Park Etiquitte

by abrown

Apr
20
2016

Our friends over at Blue have published an article with helpful tips for trips to the dog park. For local Springfield dog owners, you can apply these when out at Cruse Dog Park!  Owning a dog can be loads of fun and very rewarding, but it also requires responsibility. Most dogs need exercise, and walking and playing with your dog is part of the essential bonding experience. If you love dogs, bringing your dog to a dog park may seem like a great idea and a chance for your dog to have fun and love other dogs with you. Keep in mind, though, that it's all fun and games until someone gets bitten, and some precautions might need to be taken before making the decision to bring your dog to a dog park....

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