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Heatstroke and How to Prevent it

Golden

Heatstroke

and

How to Prevent it

Author, Noelle Schuller, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

The Summer Heat is soaring and while summer weathers entices us to be outdoors playing with our dogs, you must understand just how harmful the heat can be for your dog. Dogs are highly susceptible to heat stroke over the summer and it’s nothing to scoff at.  Heat stroke can be deadly!  Read on to learn exactly what you need to know!

 

What exactly makes my dog susceptible to heat stroke? 

 

Dogs pant to cool themselves down but their body cooling system is not quite as effective as the human body’s system – sweating.  A dog pants in order to exchange the hot air in his body for the cool air in the atmosphere.  However, when the hot temperatures outside are too close the heated temperature of the dog’s body, then the dog’s body system is ineffective!  It’s your job as pet parent to prevent heat stroke in your dog.  Here’s how:

 

  • Never leave your dog in a car in hot weather. The car can heat up to dangerous and deadly temperatures within minutes of you exiting your car. For example, when it is 85 degrees out, a car will heat up to 102 degrees within ten minutes!
  • Don’t exercise your dog in hot OR humid weather. Early morning hours or late evening is the best. Mid-day sun exposure is the most dangerous.
  • Avoid any prolonged exposure on asphalt or other areas without shade.
  • Fresh water and shade should ALWAYS be made available to your dog.
  • If your dog is elderly or has an illness such as lung or heart disease or a history of heat stroke, exercise extreme caution when exposing him to the heat, even mild heat!
  • Never muzzle your dog during warm temperatures – it makes it difficult for him to breathe!
  • Don’t shave your dog . An inch or two of hair serves as insulation against the extreme temperatures and also protects your dog from sun burn. 
  • Brush your dog daily to prevent matting. Matting prevents the skin from cooling, in addition the combination of heat and matting can lead to hot spots!

 

 

Signs of heat stroke in dogs:

  • excessive panting
  • rapid breathing
  • glazed eyes
  • thick saliva
  • vomiting
  • bright red gums and tongue
  • rectal temperature of 104 degrees

 

How do you keep your dog cool?  Let us know!

 

 

 

 

About the Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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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5 Must Have Products to Keep Your Pet Cool

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5 Must Have

Products to

Keep Your Pet Cool!!

Author, Joelle Schuller, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Frozen Treats

“Frosty Paws”  Ice cream-like treat specifically made for your dog.  These cool treats can be found in your grocer’s freezer.   For dogs who like ice cubes, how about taking it up a notch?  Puree watermelon or any other fruits and veggies your dog likes and voila!!  Easy, breezy…cool treats!

 

Gel Cooling Pads

These mats come in all sizes so all dogs and cats can cool off!  No need to refrigerate these mats either.  These work to cool your pet off by lowering his body temperature.  Simply put, your dog or cat lays on the gel mat and he’ll be cooled off in no time as the gel mat draws heat away from your pal’s body!

 

Cooling Pet Cots and Canopies

These amazing cots are made from a breathable denier polyester and mesh material making air flow possible to keep your pet cool.  There’s even one that comes with a removable gel pad to cool your pet down even more!  If your pet loves to lay on the cool tile at home, this cot may be just what he needs.  This will keep your pet up off the ground, which is great if your pet spends time out of doors!  This easy to assemble cot also has a matching canopy which is also great for dogs that spend time outdoors and is a great addition to your camping gear!

 

FroBo Water Bowl

Keep your dog “hydrated and happy” with this amazing bowl.  No cords or electricity involved here.  This bowl features a freezable core that will keep your dog’s water cold for up to 8 hours.  Gone are the days of warm, stagnant water.  You can even purchase an additional freeze core so you always have a cold one on hand!

 

Crate Cooling Fan

Do you keep your dog in a cage or crate while you’re at work or out for the day.  This cool fan attaches right to the bars of your dog’s crate providing extra ventilation.  It’s quiet fan works on two speeds, and provides up to 100 hours of cooling, fresh air.  No electricity needed either so your pet will be safe!  Requires 2 D-cell batteries

 

 

 

About the Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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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Flea and Tick Borne Diseases

Felice

Felice

Flea and Tick

Borne Diseases

You Need to Be Aware of!

Author, Joelle Schuller, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Do you protect your pet against fleas and ticks?  If not, read on to learn the dangers associated with flea and tick infestation!  Your pet should be some type of flea and tick prevention plan; it could save his life!

 

First, let’s start with some tips to keep your pet free of fleas and ticks!

  • Proper grooming is essential. Bathing and brushing your dog regularly will help keep infestation at bay.  Those pests don’t thrive in soap and water.
  • Keep an eye on your pet especially if he spends a lot of time out of doors. Check his fur each time he comes in.  A quick brush before he comes in the door is a great option.  The sooner you detect the pests, the less likely those pests are to multiply!
  • An unhealthy dog is more susceptible to being preyed upon by fleas and ticks. Keep your dog healthy with a proper diet and exercise regime, as well as regular  visits to the vet.
  • Keep your lawn and shrubs well maintained. Fleas and ticks love to hang around tall grass and wooded areas!
  • Wash linens and vacuum any carpets and upholstery that your pet has access too. Empty the vacuum directly after each use and take the debris to the outside trash bin so if there are any fleas or ticks, they are not left inside!
  • Talk to the vet about the best prevention plan for your pet. If you are against medicating your pet, discuss alternative/holistic methods with your vet.

 

Note: Click on each underline to learn more.

 

Diseases and or ailments caused by fleas:

 

Tapeworm: causes mild, moderate or severe weight loss, itching/ hot spots

Flea Borne Spotted Fever: lethargy, fatigue, vomiting

Flea Allergy Dermatitis: itching, and chewing of skin and paws which leads to painful and unsightly hot spots

Plague: fever, swollen glands, anorexia due to decreased appetite.

 

 

Some ailments and diseases caused by ticks:

 

Lyme Borreliosis: lethargy, fever, lameness, loss of appetite

Anaplasmosis:  acute fever and severely compromised immune system

Babesios: infection to kidney, liver and central nervous system

Ehrilichiosis:  weight loss, anemia, fever

Flea and tick infestations are no joke!

They can cause life long damage to your pet and death may persist in some cases.

Remember to speak with your vet about how to keep your pet and home pest free!

 

 

 

About the Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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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September Pet Care Tips

Cat

Ricky enjoying a warn autumn day

As a Pet Care Professional since 1978,

I have 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 September

 

 

  • Beware of School Supplies – It’s back-to-school time, if you have been school shopping, you may have fun items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. These items are considered “low toxicity” to pets and children.  This means they’re unlikely to cause serious problems unless large amounts are ingested. However, since gastrointestinal upset and blockages certainly are possible, be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paw’s reach and younger siblings. 
  • Lonely Pets – Also Back to school and back to work may mean that your pets, who have been used to your presence all day long are now spending long hours alone.  This may bring on depression for your pet.  Some pets may get destructive.  This is a time to think about a routine dog walking service to burn off excess energy that they are not getting now that they are alone.  For puppies and elderly pets, they will need that middle of the day potty break.  If you do have an elderly pet, getting them up and moving around can help with their circulatory system and help with arthritis.  
  • Call us today to ask about a routine Dog Walking/ Mid Day Let out package.  
     
  • Training tip: If you and your pooch haven’t been active outdoors in a while because of the summer heat, do some remedial recall training. Dogs, like people, get rusty on their skills if they aren’t using them. 
  • Toxic Mushrooms – Fall and spring and are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, most of the highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom. 
  • Keep Pets Inside – The cold weather months are just around the corner.  Protect your pets by keeping them inside and having a disaster plan in place for them in case you lose power for an extended period of time.
  • Make your reservation Now for your October 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.

 

Happy Pet Owning !!

 

 

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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dog, dog sitting,  professional dog sitter, Dog walking new hampshire, dog sitter, Dog Walking NH, dog walking services, Dog Walker, Dog Walker NH

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