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Pet Food Recalls in June 2013

Pet Food Recall Alert!!!

Author Dorinne Whynott, owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Linus LOVES corn on the cob Pet Food Recalls by Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Linus LOVES corn on the cob
Pet Food Recalls by Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Pet Food and Product Recalls seem to be happening frequently. We will try to let you know when we hear something to keep your pets as safe as possible.

 

RECALL ALERT!

 

  • The Robert Abady Dog and Cat Food Corporation is recalling two frozen diets due to positive Salmonella testing by FDA. Robert Abady Recall

 

  • Jerky Treats Recall  – Please read, these jerky treats have already caused 500 dog deaths.  Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled its popular Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, and Del Monte Corp. officials recalled their Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from shelves nationwide.  In addition, two more firms have recalled their treats as well, including Publix stores, which recalled its private brand Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats and IMS Pet Industries Inc., which withdrew its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats sold in the U.S.
  • Petco Stainless Steel Bowls  – Pet supply superstore, Petco, has issued a recall notice and a warning to consumers regarding certain Petco branded stainless steel dog feeding bowls. One of Petco’s suppliers mistakenly used Cobalt-60, a radioactive material, in the production of the recalled bowls. Due to the presence of this material, the bowls are shown to emit low levels of radiation.
  1. Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  2. EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  3. California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  4. Healthwise dry dog and cat foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  5. Karma dry dog foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  6. Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014 –
  7. See more at: http://www.petrecall.com/natura-pet-issues-voluntary-recall-for-salmonella/#sthash.qN57JAaG.dpuf

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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July Pet Care Tips from a NH Pet Care Professional

As a Pet Care Professional

in NH since 1978, 

I’ve learned a few Pet Care Tips

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Having been in the animal field all of my life, working in animal welfare, animal rescue,

Animal Hospitals and now in the Largest NH Pet Sitting Company, I have put together a few

Pet Care Tips for every month, here is the Month of July

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July Pet Care Tips

 

  • Holidays – Independence Day – This is one of our busiest for pet sitting!! Please keep your pets safe from all the holiday fun, especially the fireworks.

 

 

  • Please leave your pet at home. The month of July is generally hotter and worse to leave your pet in the car – Many pet owners love to bring their pets with them on a car ride, whether they are going to the store or traveling. However, when the weather is wonderful and the temperature starts to go up, it can be VERY DANGEROUS for your pets. If the temperature is around 70 degrees, even leaving your car windows open about 2 inches, will increase your car’s temperature to over 100 degrees in a VERY short time. Since our pets cool their body temperature mainly by panting, when the air temperature they are breathing in is very high, they are unable to cool. Their internal body temperature increases and if they can not cool down, your pets will slowly die. My rule is if, the outside temperature is over 60 degrees, do not leave your pets in a car. To learn more – States with laws for pets left in cars, Dogs in Hot Cars, How Hot does a car get, Download Flyers . See June Tips for more.
  • Adding ice cubes to pet’s water can be refreshing to your pets as well as you !
  • Making ice cubes treats for your dog is as simple as adding low/no sodium beef or chicken broth to ice cube trays. Cheap Extra ice cube trays can be found at the Dollar Store.
  • Puddles, Beware – Pets will naturally drink more in hot weather, be careful letting them drink from puddles, they may contain antifreeze, which is colorless and odorless. It takes just 1/2 teaspoon to be toxic to your dog and it is 3 times more toxic to your cat. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning, take a sample of the water (may or may not be helpful to hospital), and bring your pet to your veterinarian as soon as possible.  One sign of poisoning is that your pet will act drunk, but don’t wait for this if you suspect poisoning. This symptom can appear within 3 hours, will last for a bit then will go away. Please don’t think all is okay, the anitifreeze has just entered the liver And is heading to the kidneys. Antifreeze causes kidney damage and the sooner treated, the less damage. ASPCA info on antifreeze poisoning.
  • Be cautious of very hot humid weather, pets cool by panting. If they are breathing in constant hot humid air, it will be hard for them to cool down. Know the signs of over heating/heatstroke – panting, staring, anxious expression, refusal to obey commands, warm dry skin, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, collapse. If you suspect over heating, bring into cool ac conditioned room if possible and cover with cold water soaked towels, call veterinarian. If your pet is staring mindlessly and heatstroke is suspected, it is a medical emergency and needs medical assistance. Signs of Heatstroke in dogs, Signs of Heatstroke in Cats
  • If you have a pet with very light skin, thin coat, they may be vulnerable to sunburn as well as a dark furred pet will heat up faster.
  • Keep your pets Inside – Whenever possible, keep all pets inside in hot humid weather, especially breeds of dogs and cats with short muzzles, like Persians, Pugs, and Bulldogs. These breeds generally have a harder time breathing then their normal snout brothers and sisters. Hot humid weather and very cold weather makes breathing even harder for them.
  • Careful when walking on the street in the sun – Keep in mind how hot asphalt can get in the strong summer sun, it can burn pads of your pet’s feet if walked on for short periods. Whenever possible, walk them on grass or buy special booties. Hot Asphalt and Dog Paws
  • Make your reservation Now for your August pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a puppy or dog this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.
  • If you adopt a kitten or cat this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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June Pet Care Tips from a NH Pet Care Professional

As a Pet Care Professional

in NH since 1978, 

I’ve learned a few Pet Care Tips

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Having been in the animal field most of my life, working in animal welfare, animal rescue,

Animal Hospitals and now in the Largest NH Pet Sitting Company, I have put together a few

Pet Care Tips for every month, here is the Month of JuneSee the Owner’s History

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Pet Sitting NH, Pet Sitting Nashua NH, Dog Walking NH, Pet Care NH

 

JUNE Pet Care Tips

  • Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – Please adopt, here is the complete list of NH shelters, and rescues, including Cat Only Organizations – NH Shelter/Rescue List
  • Holidays – Father’s Day – book early if you plan on taking that special Dad out for the day or away on a fun weekend
  • Be Prepared – Another hurricane season is coming. Read through our Disaster Planning for you and your pets and make plans if ever you need to evacuate. Go over these plans once a year with your family. Better to be safe and knowledgeable than in a crisis, panicked and have no plan.
  • Remember that if you need to evacuate, ALWAYS take all pets with you
  • Hot Cars and Pets don’t Mix – Having your dog go with you in your car is fun but it can be deadly. Even if you leave the windows down a little the inside of your car can heat up FAST. Good rule of thumb is that if the temperature outside is 60 degrees or more, leave your pet home. It could save their life. For more information – ASPCA , Hot Car Flyer, Your Car is an oven, Signs of Heatstroke and Dehydration in Dogs
  • 4 Things to do, if you must bring your pet with you, so you don’t leave your pets in the car
    1. Use only drive thrus for picking up food, medicine, etc.
    2. Bring a friend who can stay in your running air conditioned car or who can take your dog on a leashed walk while you run into the store to do your errands
    3. Run your errands only at pet friendly stores, where your pet can shop and browse with you
    4. if you are going out to eat, eat at a pet friendly outdoor cafe
  • Make your reservation Now for your July pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a puppy or dog this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.
  • If you adopt a kitten or cat this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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NH Pet Sitting Company learns about A Different Breed of Dog

As a NH Pet Sitting Company

that has clients who

love their pets more then life,

I was horrified to learn that something

like this exists in today’s world.

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

This is a Galgos.  When these dogs do not perform well, they are discarded by running them off or are killed.

This is a Galgos. When these dogs do not perform well, they are discarded by running them off or are killed. (NH Pet Sitting)

I was invited to a seminar about two different breeds of dogs (Galgos and Podencos), and their plight in Spain.  Galgos and Podencos are very similar to our Greyhounds and are referred to as the Spanish Hunting Greyhound.  They are used for hunting to just win trophies.

These dogs are housed in deplorable conditions, usually not fed to keep them hungry for hunting, if one dies its left to feed the rest, if they do not perform well they are thrown out on the streets or hung with their back legs just touching the ground so it takes days to die, this is used as punishment for not doing well!!

One person, Tina, decided she just had to do something.  Tina started Galgos Del Sol. She spends her days chasing down starving half dead dogs, who are scared and abused.  This group has grown to just a handful of passionate people. They are making painstakingly slow headway, rescuing, adopting to the US and other countries. Tina was sponsored to fly to the US from Spain with 6 dogs who were adopted by US families!  They are now in their forever homes. She was invited to speak at Fast Friends in Keene (Greyhound Rescue) and that is where I was lucky enough to meet her.

Tina’s organization is trying to educate and change decades of thinking by locals, that it’s okay to treat these amazing dogs like this. These passionate people have used their own money to rescue, feed and house the rescues but also to buy billboards with educational lines.

 

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Here is one billboard they have paid for. The dog is a rescue and the person is a volunteer for the organization. (NH Pet Sitting)

They need help, of course money will help to do all of the things I just stated above but they also need people to help with making educational videos to get the word out. If you would like to donate money, wish list items on Amazon or time to help create videos, please contact them through their Facebook page or website. Thank you for helping.

The contact information is:

Email: galgosdelsol@hotmail.com

Websites: http://www.perrosdelsol.es
http://www.galgosdelsol.com

Here is their Facebook page address and description:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galgos-del-Sol/175718192447988

Galgos del Sol is a small rescue based in Murcia, Spain that rescues abandoned and injured galgos (Spanish hunting greyhounds), rehabilitates them and finds them forever homes in the UK and other parts of Europe. Thousands of galgos are abandoned or killed annually at the end of each short hunting season and as they are not always viewed as potential pets in Spain, they usually end up in perreras (pounds), where their lives are ended, often not in ways we would consider humane. Galgos del Sol is entirely dependent on fundraising for its survival and is run by two dedicated women, Tina and Gaynor, assisted by a group of dedicated volunteers based in Spain, France and in the UK.

 

Please let me know your thoughts.  Were you aware of Spain’s treatment of animals?  Were you surprised?

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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2 Ways to Keep Your Cats Safe Outside

NH Pet Sitting Company

uses Two Products to keep

their Cats Safe Outside

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Desilu

Desilu

In the 1998, I was outside in my back yard in New Hampshire, enjoying the sunshine, when I heard a faint meow.  I looked up towards my house and there sat my Ricky kitty in the window.  He was looking down at me wanting to join me.  I went inside and brought him out with me and he immediately started to explore.  I was a little nervous because all of my kitties are inside kitties  for their safety.  Way too many things can happen to cats that are left outside unsupervised.  Our area in southern Nashua, has many fishers, coyotes, foxes not to mention cars, neighbors who may not want cats in their yard and kids who may think its funny to throw rocks at cats or harm them in other ways that I do not want to think about.  How could I keep my cats safe outside in my yard?

So, I started to research, ways to let my kitties outside, to run, play, sunbathe and chase butterflies.  After all isn’t that what we all want, to give our pets the best life we can?  I found a variety of items, but the one that caught my eye was a product called Cat Fence In.  It could easily be attached to my existing 4 foot chain link fence.  It had arms that came up one foot and into my yard another foot.  Then a netting was attached.  The netting was heavier then bird netting but not as heavy as deer block.  It was flimsy enough to not support a cats weight or be able to be climbed upon.  I measured the length of my fence and ordered.  When it arrived, it took my daughter and I about a weekend to completely attach and secure it to the entire fence.

I was excited to let my 8 furballs outside!! They were only allowed out the basement door .  I did not want them used to going out the upstairs doors, so that whenever a door was open, I did not want them to take the opportunity to run out.  I never had a problem by doing this.  They slowly explored my entire yard.  Everyone was happy and content, running, playing and sunbathing.  I only had one, challenge the fence.  My Desilu found a few places that the band on the bottom of the netting was not secured to my fence.  I fixed those and she was happy to just enjoy being out.

I would not recommend this system to owners of feral cats or cats that are used to being outside and figuring how to get out of situations.  For cats that are used to being inside and being contained, this system worked well for me.  I was at that house for about 10 years.

When I moved to a larger house and huge yard.  I had a 6 foot fence installed.  I decided to see what my cats would do with out any fencing at the top.  As I thought, they were all very content and never challenged the fence at all, not even Desilu.

Felice and Linus

The challenge came when I had rescued 10 day old abandoned kittens, Linus and Felice. When old enough, they were introduced to the yard.  Linus was like everyone else, just happy to be out, running and playing.  Not Felice.  She was so busy figuring things out in her very smart little Tonkinese brain.  She would have a great time when we were all outside, but if I had to run in the house to get the phone by the time I was outside, she was up and out.  She would wait until she knew I wasn’t watching!!  That’s a Tonkinese, toooo smart for their own good.

I did not want to buy a whole new system for my yard that was 6 times larger, so I opted for an Electric Cat Fence by Pet Safe.  Even though it states that is is in ground, this can be attached to your existing fence keeping the digging to a minimum.  I installed it and collared Miss Felice up.  I was in the process of reading the instructions to see what I needed to do for training and she trained herself.  She went over to the fence, it beeped, she ignored and seconds later a tiny zap.  She jumped.  She then proceeded to go around the entire perimeter, slowly, got the beep, backed away, repeat until she was satisfied that she could not get to the fence (it was set to about one foot from the fence).  Yup, that’s my Felice.  I have to be careful and make sure the battery is good because she will test it every day.  If it doesn’t beep, up and over she goes.  All animals learn from one another and you would think that my other cats would try this as well but they do not.  I have 9 cats total and the other 8 are very happy having fun everyday in my yard filled with fence trained cats!!

I would not recommend using the electric cat fence without an existing fence.  I am not a fan of invisible fence for any animal left unsupervised.  Too many animals can bolt out for many reasons (scared, something chasing it, they are chasing something, etc) and then they can not get back in.  Other animals and people can come into the yard and cause problems with your pet, etc.  If you choose invisible fencing alone, please never leave your pet unsupervised.  If you do have a fence and use either the electric or netting, that would work best for cats.  I still wouldn’t leave them unsupervised for long, just short periods of time.  I know, I’m a Mom who worries!!

Felice wearing her electric collar

Felice wearing her electric collar

If you would like to try either one of these products and need help with installation, please let me know.  We may have someone who can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Top 5 ways NH Pet Sitting Company keeps you and your pets safe while you are away

As one of the largest New Hampshire Pet Sitting Companies in New England, We work hard to keep you and your pets safe while you are away

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Raji

RajiAs one of the largest NH Pet Sitting companies, we have cared for thousands of pets every year since 1990, we are always thinking of safety.

As one of the largest NH Pet Sitting Company, who has cared for thousands of pets every year since 1990, we are always thinking of safety.

  • We deter people from targeting your home while you are at work or away!!.

Whether we are walking your dog every day in New Hampshire or caring for all your pets while are away or just checking on your home with NO pets while you are vacationing in Florida, We are coming and going making your home look  like someone is there.  We bring in your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up outside. Also, it’s advisable to NOT  stop your mail or newspapers because that indicates to those employees you will be away, making your home a possible target.

One day, our pet sitter, Richalie, was going to one of our daily mid day visits to exercise 4 awesome dogs.  When she pulled up, she noticed a car parked out front but down away from the driveway.  It was an older car with signs on the side that said National Grid ( a heating service), then she saw a gentleman walking around out to the back of of our client’s home.
Richalie got out of her car, and the ex- army person that she is, followed him around back, saying, ” excuse me, can I help you?”  The man kept walking, never looking back and even sped up a bit and said he was looking for…..and gave the address across the street. Richalie yelled, since he was way ahead now, going for his car, that he was at the wrong address. She immediately wrote down license plate and description as he got to his car, pulled the signs off, got it and drove off!! We called police and the owner. Come to find out, houses were being targeted in that area and the information our sitter obtained help to track down the culprits!!

  • We are also checking on your home, making sure everything is okay with your home.

Our petsitter, Betty, was doing a routine mid day visit to exercise 4 great dogs as well, different home. When she arrived and opened the door, she was greeted with black thick smoke.  She immediately got the dogs outside and called the fire department. I called the owner but she was not reachable. The fire department checked the house from top to bottom and ascertained it was a faulty oil burner. He shut the furnace off and opened windows to air out. It was spring and the temp was in the 60s so it wasn’t cold. After the house cleared quickly, the fire chief said it was safe for the dogs to go back inside now.  Finally, got the owner and explained what happened.  She was grateful.  If the dogs had stayed in that black smoke until she got home 6 hours later, we aren’t sure if they would’ve been okay or if the oil burner would’ve progressed to something worse.

  • We also have checked on elderly family members of owners! 

We’ve had visits where an elderly parent was home and we would go and exercise pets while a client was working. On one occasion, we were to visit a 95 year old woman who was in her own townhouse but it was a facility where nurses and staff visited throughout the day for blood pressure and to make sure meds were taken and that they eat properly.  This elderly woman could get around and take care of herself in her home but walking the dog once in the morning and night was too much. So, we did it for well over a year, 7 days a week.  One day, the sitter arrived to find her on the floor unconscious!! We called the staff who rushed over.  She had apparently suffered a stroke.  The staff were not scheduled to come in until the next morning.  If we didn’t go in for that night visit, she would’ve passed away by morning.  We had got there in time and she had some major speech problems but that was it!!  We went on to help her for a few more months until she needed more around the clock care and the dog went to live with her daughter.

  • We will never put your address or name on your keys.

We have ID numbers and pets names. Accidents do unfortunately happen and I’ve heard horror stories of other sitters dropping keys and not so kind people using them. The other thing we do, is put a note on the back of our key tag that states “if found please call 888-8088”, our office number.

  • We will never advertise you are away while you use our service.

Our sitters DO NOT have any business signs on their cars when they go to your home. They may have one of our bumper stickers that we also give clients ( our pets are loved by Professional Pet Sitting Etc. ). Signs on vehicles or cars wrapped in the pet sitting business information is a great way to bring attention to someone away.  Our sitters do not wear T-shirts advertising our business either.  We’ve had many people ask us why?  Why do we not want to advertise while driving around or walking clients pets……we would be a huge NEON sign, come target this house….no one is home!!!

As one of the largest NH Pet sitting company that cares for thousands of pets, We do much more but here are the top 5 ways we work to keep you and your pets safe.

Did you know that we did these safety features?  Does this make you feel safe? If you have other ideas please send me an email, we always love to hear great ideas.

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is your Pet’s Canned Food Safe?

NH Pet Sitting Company, 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

finds the answer to

How long can you safely leave canned food out,

un-refrigerated?

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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Many people feed canned food to their pets.  Whether it is dog food or cat food.  These are usually made with some kind of meat product.  It could be Chicken, beef, lamb.  It may say Chicken by product, or chicken meal, etc.  Whatever you decide or choose to feed, it will probably have meat in the canned food choice.

As a NH Pet Sitting Company that has been in business for many years, we are asked about many things in pet care.  How long can canned food be safely left out, un-refrigerated?

 

I decide to find out the answer to this question because one day we were asked by a client to fill an automatic feeder with canned food for her cat.  We were to fill each compartment with a half can of food.  The feeder would open each compartment every 6 hours.  We were to fill this feeder every 48 hours.  This particular feeder was not refrigerated nor did it have an ice compartment (of course the ice would be melted in a few hours).  This scenario did not sit well with me.  The cat was an older cat at 15 years old.  I was worried about the canned food having too much time to form bacteria.

I called at least 6 veterinary hospitals in our area.  No one really knew a definitive answer.  Most stated no more than 4 hours.  So I called a few Manufacturers.  Friskies and Purina were the only two that returned my phone call.  Both stated what my gut was telling me.  “due to the meat products in the food, it is recommended to not leave canned food out un-refrigerated for more then 2 hours”.

This information is generally what we would follow, if it were our own food.  Un-refrigerated meat products, start forming bacteria that are harmful to our stomach.  These bacteria can cause vomiting and diarrhea in people as well as our pets.  Young healthy pets, probably will not be as affected as much as an older pet or a pet who may have health problems.

I did call this person back and explained what I had found.  I asked if her cat ever had any vomiting or diarrhea in the past.  I was told that yes, her cat did have vomiting and diarrhea in the past when they have gone away and left canned food in the feeder, but it was NOT from contaminated food, it was because the cat missed her so much, she worked herself up into being sick.  After a few days of being home, she stated the cat was fine.

Unfortunately, I could not convince this person that leaving canned food out for that long was not a good idea.  She thought I just wanted to book more visits with her, so she never did use our company.  I told her we would be happy to use the feeder with dry food but she did not want to feed the cat dry food.  She stated the cat did not like dry food.

Not sure what ever happened, but I do hope her kitty was okay.

After this, I changed how I fed my own cats and dogs.  I do feed canned food.  They are fed twice a day and whatever they do not eat within a half hour is picked up, discarded or refrigerated until the next feeding.  I don’t want my babies to ever feel bad because of something I did or didn’t do.

Do you feed canned food?  Did you know that it should not be left out all day?

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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6 Disaster Planning Ideas for You & Your Pets

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 Certified Animal Disaster First Responder explains

What you should do to plan and prepare in case of disaster

for you, your family and pets

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Every year disaster hits in the US. It could be a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, fire. However, it could also be a water main break, fuel tank truck accident, a deranged person on the loose!!

Disaster Planning for you and your pets NOW is essential to ensure less stress all around.

As the owner of one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire and the owner of quite a few pets of my own, I was concerned after 9/11, what I should be doing to keep my family safe. I researched and found classes to become certified through a few organizations and compiled quite a lot of great information.
Here are 6 ideas to do now and have ready if you ever get that knock on the door that says you need to leave NOW

  • Never leave your pets.

You don’t know how bad the situation is or isn’t. You don’t know if or when you may return, it could be minutes, hours, days, weeks or never, depending on the situation. Also, the situation may look not that bad now, but it could always get worse. Be on the safe side and take them with you.

 

  • Have a “go” bag for you and your pets. Have one per person and per pet ( multiple pets can be combined).

For people, It should have a few days clothes, all weather gear, extra shoes, extra self care products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, other personal care items), medications.

For pets, extra collars, leashes, a crate for each pet ( in case cats need to be crated for long times, it needs to be big enough for a bed, Litterboxes, food/ water), any special food, medications.

Have an area in your closet or pantry that you always stock and rotate to “go” food, such as bottled water (rule is 1 gallon per person per day, approx. 1 gallon per 2-4 dogs/6-9 cats per day, depending on sizes and medical), protein bars, canned food, portable plates, utensils, etc.

 

  • Have a list of places you could go with your pets.

Find multiple places that allow pets located out of your neighborhood, out of your town, maybe an hour away and maybe out of your state. In a rush of a disaster or emergency, the leg work you do here will be priceless. Why do you need so many? It depends on the emergency/ disaster. If it is something contained in your neighborhood, you really don’t need to travel so far but if it is a state emergency, you maybe forced to go farther. Having multiple listings will help you call and make reservations quickly before places book up. Everyone else will be in your same situation, so the faster you are in calling, the faster you will be in a place all settled. Places to consider could be family, friends, pet friendly hotels/ motels, bed and breakfasts, etc.

 

  • Make sure everyone in your home knows the plan

Everyone should know what to do, where to go and who to check in with so everyone knows each other is safe. In case cell phones are down as in the Boston bombings, have a few designated people out of state that all family members know to call. If for whatever reason, your family is split up because it happens while you are at work, school, shopping etc. , every one in your family needs to know the plan.

 

  • What about when I’m away and you are pet sitting for us?

We always ask for two emergency people, preferably one is within walking distance. This person should have a key to your home and is willing in this type of situation to help your pets. This should be prearranged. This is only for a disaster emergency situation. Whether roads are impassable or evacuation. Can’t I depend on my pet sitter? No, if roads are impassable, then we can’t get there. Also, we literally have hundreds of pets in our care daily. We can not transport or house that many. Our disaster plan is to do what we can by keeping them in their own homes, we will make sure all pets have extra food and water, put pets in a designated place in a home if owners choose.

If we are able to stay with pets in the home, especially with any medical issues we will, but its not always possible.

If we can take pets with us we will, but again, it’s not always possible.

You need to have a plan B. A trusted neighbor who only has to help their family and your pets in this emergency is more likely then us helping over 100 pets scattered all over.

 

  • Plan, plan, plan.

We all tend to think it happens some where else to some one else. We all get busy and forget. When I was being certified for Animal Disaster Response, I researched as much as I could from many resources. I compiled this information into my “Disaster Planning for You and Your Pets”. There is a lot of information, ideas and suggestions. If you could break it down and do just a few things every week, you will eventually be prepared. If you never need to use your plan, great but if you are ever in this situation, with your mind in panic mode, you will have a step by step guide to follow. When you and your family, (human and pets) are all safe, you will be glad you prepared.

Do you want more ideas? I have researched and compiled all the information on disaster planning from many organizations such as Red Cross, Humane Society of the US, American Humane Association, FEMA and more!

Here’s my link: Disaster Planning for Your and Your Pets

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

Pet Sitting NH , Pet Sitting Nashua NH , Pet Care NH, Petsitternh, Petsittersnh, Professional pet sitter, pet sitters, professional pet sitting, pet sitting, pet sitter, professional pet services, professional pet sitters, pro pet sitting, pet sit, pet, puppy sitting

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