Mold, Algae, Bacteria – Oh my!

by abrown

Nov
7
2018

Imagine, after finishing dinner, your family takes their plates to the kitchen and puts them in the cabinets for breakfast the next morning. Or instead of washing your morning coffee cup, you reuse it, day after day, layers of residue building up. If you wouldn’t feed your family using unwashed dishes, why would you make your furry family members eat from dirty bowls? According to the National Sanitation Foundation, pet dishes are the fourth most germ-filled place in the house. Regardless of the type of food you feed your animals...

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4 Pet-Friendly Home Improvements

by abrown

May
17
2018

4 Pet-Friendly Home Improvements

Our friends at Prime Lending have these tips for helping to make your home more pet friendly! Your home should be a relaxing, comfortable respite for every member of your family -- even the furry ones. But most homes aren't built with the comfort of pets in mind. Want to help your furry friend feel just as cozy at home as you are? Consider making these pet-friendly changes: Give them their own personal eating space. Add a mat and doggy bowls under your pup's favorite window or in the laundry room by their bed. If you have a cat and a dog, make sure that...

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Springtime Pet Safety

by abrown

Apr
30
2018

By Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader™ Warmer weather, blooming plants, and buzzing insects can all spell trouble for the pets in your care, but depending on where you live, winter hazards may still apply! Stay alert to weather patterns, don’t allow pets outside unsupervised and wash melting salts from paws to prevent poisonous ingestion. If, however, the bright and beautiful days of spring are upon you, remember that doggie dangers and cat-astrophes can happen anywhere, so professional pet sitters must be prepared to prevent disasters and stabilize injuries before veterinary care is available. *Insects If a curious pooch or pouncing feline gets stung by a bee, scrape away the...

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Is Your Pup Thowing Up??

by abrown

Mar
12
2018

Our friends over at PetPav have some helpful advice for your pups stomach issues. Dogs will throw up for many reasons including an irritated stomach, eating too fast or too much, or occasionally because of anxiety. Most of the time, throwing up is not something to worry about, but sometimes it can indicate a serious condition. Understanding why your dog is throwing up will help distinguish the difference. If your dog may throws up yellow foam, it usually is because his stomach is empty and the bile can be irritating. If your dog is otherwise healthy and eating normally, try feeding him just half his food and if all goes well, than your dog should be fine. If your dog vomits more than once,...

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Pack It up!

by abrown

Feb
15
2018

Purchasing a new home is an exciting and life-changing experience, but the actual move is one of those necessary evils that come along with it. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just snap your fingers and be in your new home, everything unpacked, with Fido napping soundly beneath your propped up feet? While a snap move isn’t possible just yet, you can make moving with your pooch a snap with these helpful tips.   Keep Them Comfortable   Whether you’ve lived in your current humble abode for a few months or a few years, your home is your dog’s safe space. He knows exactly where to sit to get the best views of the squirrels from the window, and he has...

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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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