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Animal Bites, What To Do

Dog Attack, animal bites

Warning!! Animal Bites hurt!

What To Do If You Are Bitten by an Animal?

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

 

Animal bites range from minor scrapes, to life threatening puncture wounds. Animal bites usually occur on the legs, hands, face and arms. Bites from dogs are generally the most common type of injuries. Animal bites may happen for a number of different reasons, from puppies in teething stages nipping you, to attacks by strange/unknown dogs on the street to wildlife coming out of no where. A bite incident can be very traumatizing and can lead to serious health issues. When dealing with an animal bite, there are steps to take; however, what you do will depend on the particular circumstances and the severity of the injuries.

In this article, we are going to give you a general step by step guide on what you should do when dealing with an animal bite, but NEVER hesitate to go to the emergency room for medical care.

 

Step 1 –  Make Sure You are Safe, and Stay Calm

Before treating any bite wound, you should make sure that you or the injured person is safe from the attacking animal.  Get to a safe place. You should also try to remain calm.

 

Step 2 –  Assess Your Injuries

You need to assess the injuries from the attack so as to determine if you need immediate medical attention.

If you have not had a tetanus vaccine within 5-10 years, you should go to the hospital or your doctor now.  If the Animal is unidentified and rabies is unknown, you will need to go to the hospital now.

If you are bleeding heavily or the wound is deep or large, it is best to go to the hospital.  If you feel in anyway light headed or not your self, you should seek medical treatment.

If you believe it is a minor or superficial gash or scrape, clean the wound using running water. Carefully remove any debris present from bite, soak the entire area in a Betadyne solution. Unlike alcohol, it does not sting and is the best for killing bacteria. This is usually what the emergency room will have you do. Betadyne Solution can be purchased at any drugstore and is a good thing to have in your medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, this may leave an orange tint to your skin. If the bite is on a hand or foot, soak the entire area for about 15 minutes.  If it is in an area that this is not possible, use a cotton ball to flush the area as best you can.  Dry the area.  Do NOT cover or bandage the puncture.  Punctures must heal from the inside out, so you do not want this wound to scab over.  If it does, it could trap any bacteria inside, after a while the bacteria will multiply and form an abcess.  To prevent the wound from scabbing over, soak at least twice a day in Betadyne and gently scrub off any softened scab with a washcloth. This will allow the wound to drain and kill any bacteria underneath while soaking in the Betadyne.

 

Step 3 – Keep moving is the trick

If you sustained a bite wound that is near or in any muscle, the muscle’s first reaction to trauma is to tighten.  If you do not immediately and continue to use that traumatized muscle it will remain tight and be VERY painful.  Inhibiting use for a long time.

Here is what I learned from a sports medicine doctor.  A few decades ago, I was engaged to a Motocross Racer.  In this sport, it is inevitable that riders will get injured.  Every time there was any trauma to a muscled area these sports doctors would get them moving as soon as possible, to get that muscle to relax.  Making that muscle pain free and usable much faster.

During this time I was severely attacked by an Akita. I sustained 14 puncture wounds all over my left forearm and hand.  While My arm was soaking in Betadyne, I was encouraged to open and close my hand and move my wrist back and forth.  Did it hurt, yes it did.  But after a while the pain subsided and by the next day, I had little to no pain and was able to use my arm and hand.

I was amazed, since I remember getting one little puncture on my hand and it being unbearably painful.  I was told to baby it and I was not able to use my hand for weeks!

So, move, move, move! You will thank me.

 

Step 4 – If possible Identify the Animal

You should identify the animal that bit you.  Use your phone, take as many pictures as you can (as long as you are safe). If it was a dog, that was with its owner, make sure to get information of the owner or the person who had custody of the dog when he attacked you. This is a very important step because the dog’s owner will be responsible for the injuries sustained and you will need Rabies information. Obtain the names and the address from the dog owner, and also ask for the dog’s license information.

 

Step 5 – Talk to Witnesses and  ask for Photographs

If there were people around you when the incident happened, make sure you collect their information, including: phone numbers, names and addresses. The witnesses can help support any bite claim you might have. You should also ask if they took pictures of the situation; photos of the incident, the animal, and the injuries sustained. These photos can help you remember the series of events when the attack happened, and to help identify the animal.

 

 

Step 6 –  File a Dog Bite Report

After you have been treated, you may want to file a dog bite report with the appropriate city authorities. This establishes or adds to the legal records of the dog, which in turn helps future possible victims through enforcement. Without any paper trail, the authorities can’t enforce effectively.

Keep in mind that two bite reports for a single dog, may result in the homeowner unable to receive home insurance until the dog is euthanized.  If this is a vicious dog, this may be best for everyone’s safety, especially if the owner is unwilling or unable to train and contain this dog.  However, if this was an accident because this dog was scared or startled, you may want to think about making a report.

 

So, to recap – 

If you are bitten or attacked, Get safe.

Ascertain your wounds and treat.  Move those muscles.

Get information and pictures.  Try to Identify the Animal.

Hopefully, you did move alot and are now pain free!

 

 

 

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About the Owner and 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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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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Winter Safety Tips For Pets

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Keep us safe and warm

Do You Know How To Keep

Your Pets Safe in Cold Weather?

Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As a good pet owner, you should be aware that winter is a time when you should pay close attention to the weather and temperature changes and act accordingly to keep your pet in the best state of health. The best situation would be to ensure that your pet spends more time inside than outside, but this might be an uphill task. Therefore, these are some tips to help keep your pet safe this winter.

Outdoor Tips

If your dog is very active and loves the outdoors, then you should ensure you feed him with a higher protein diet so as to keep him in shape. Also, whenever you get back from walks, always wipe your pet down with an absorbent towel.  Dogs tend to lick their paws and you definitely want him cleaned off before he has a chance to lick the melted ice off.  Why? Well, this is due to the fact that many people use antifreeze products that are very toxic to pets.

Additionally, when it snows, it is very easy for dogs to lose their scent and hence, get lost. Therefore, always keep your pet on a leash whenever you step out of your house this winter, especially when it snows!

Pets in Car Tips

If you have to run a quick errand to the mall or to the grocery store, do not leave your pet in a locked car. This is never a really good idea but, during winter, your car traps cold air and this makes it dangerous for your pets. Also, always keep your pets dressed for the weather in warm and comfortable clothing. Just because your dog is wrapped in fur doesn’t mean he can’t still be cold outdoors.

Outside Pet Homes

Furthermore, this is the season to pay better attention to your dog’s housing arrangements. For small pets like rabbits and even your cats and dogs, it is important that you situate their beds in places that are free from draft. The best way to determine this is to actually sit in the spot where you want to put your pet’s bed and observe if there is any draft. Thereafter, you can choose the best location for them. This becomes especially import for senior pets. As they begin to reach their sunset years, the cold can wreak havoc on their bones as many dogs are already suffering from conditions of the bones such as arthritis.

It is not advisable to keep your pets outside in winter, but if it becomes unavoidable, then you must ensure that you make the best choice when picking the housing materials. For instance, when selecting dog houses, your best bet are the plastic houses that are properly insulated from the cold and have a raised platform. This will help conserve heat within the house and keep your dog warm through the night. When considering the choice of bedding or “furnishing” to use for your pet’s house, you should use a straw bedding and also get stall mats or rubber utility mats for the floors. This will provide a place that is dry and comfortable for your pet to sleep on.

Placement of your pet’s shelter is key. When deciding where to place your animal house, always consider the direction of the winds. If your pet is a rabbit, then you should consider including a wind guard and a rabbit den made of plastic. They offer better protection from the elements.

The important thing to always keep in mind is that your pets should be treated as family, so you must make sure they are kept safe and comfortable this season and always.

 The main thing is to always ensure your pets’ comfort and safety.

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About the Owner and 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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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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Help For Calming Your Pets

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I am so much calmer than I used to be!!green grass. 

Products to Help Keep your Dog Calm

  Author, Noelle for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Is your dog sensitive to the sounds and sights associated thunderstorms and well, any other loud sounds? Or is he exhibiting signs of stress and anxiety? Well, he’s not alone and there’s help! We’ve compiled list of calming products that have been successful with other dogs.

Take a look!

  • The Thundershirt – This cool shirt relieves anxiety in your dog. How? Well, it works by applying slight pressure to your pet’s chest.  It’s similar to a gentle hug.  In fact, veterinarians and pet trainers alike have utilized pressure therapy for years.  The benefit of the Thundershirt is that you might be able to steer clear of prescription drugs that may induce terrible side effects.
  • Rescue Remedy Pet – Bach rescue remedy is natural way to reduce stress and provide a calming effect in your dog. In fact, it has been known to relieve symptoms associated with trauma, shock, and other unwanted behaviors.  Simply put, it chills your dog out.  You can rub this remedy into your dog’s ears or paws and soon enough, you’ll see the results.  It’s also safely ingested by your dog so you can put a few drops into his drinking water or even apply it directly to his food or treats.
  • Sentry Calming Spray – Momma dogs produce calming pheromones to their puppies beginning at birth. This spray produces that same effect as it is comprised of .01% pheromones.  With a little spritz at just 12 – 18 inches away from your dog, he’ll be on his way to a calm state of mind.
  • GNC Naturals Calming Dog Wafers It’s not doubt that a good treat has the power to make our dogs feel better but these calming wafers really do work to minimize anxiety and stress. These wafers are all natural as the name implies!  Active ingredients include l-Theanine, Chamomile, ginger, and Vitamin B1.  These ingredients work together to make your dog feel so much more relaxed.

Dogs experience symptoms of stress many times throughout their lives.  Try these products to help minimize the symptoms and keep your dog calm, cool and collected.  What products do you use to keep your dog calm? Tell us!

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About the Owner and 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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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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Yes, There is Plastic Surgery for Pets

dog in cone

Do I look Pretty?

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Plastic

Surgery

for Pets

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As humans, we often justify investing thousands of dollars in our appearance, some even going so far as to enhance or completely change their face and body with plastic surgery. But did you know plastic surgery isn’t reserved only for humans? Did you know pets can benefit from plastic surgery as well? Sure, some pet parents rely on plastic surgery for pure cosmetic purposes, but there are many procedures that can be done to benefit the health of your pet.

 

You may be surprised to learn that just six years ago in 2010 humans spent an estimated $2.5 million on nose jobs for pets! Some pet parents have gone so far as to get their chubby Chihuahua a tummy tuck and add silicone testicles to neutered Nike. And these days, with the addition of countless other plastic surgeries available to pets, more and more cats and dogs are going under the knife.

 

Types of Surgeries Available (for Better and for Worse)

 

Eye Replacement ~

Pet parents now have the option to have eye replacement surgery performed on their pet who may have lost an eye in an accident or birth defect.

 

Pet Braces ~

You can now correct your dog’s under or over bite with dental braces!

 

Ear Implants ~

If your pooch once had erect ears that have been damaged or broken, ear implants will help his ears stand at attention once again.

 

Liposuction ~

Most vets recommend food portion control and exercise for obese pets, but in severe cases liposuction has become more popular than you would think when it comes to helping an overweight pet get back on track.

 

Eye Lifts and Face Lifts ~

Certain dog breeds, such as Shar-Peis and Pugs, struggle with layers of folded skin. At times, it can impair the dog’s vision, making an eye lift or face lift a viable solution.

 

Rhinoplasty ~

Commonly known as a nose job, some competitive dog showers will opt for this procedure to correct bumps in their dog’s nose. And it can also benefit dogs who have trouble breathing, like brachycephalic dog breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs.

 

Tummy Tuck ~

Some pets that lose a significant amount of weight can benefit from a tummy tuck which will remove the excess skin.

 

Testicular Implants ~

Yes, there is such a thing. Some pet parents believe neutering their male will have a negative effect on his confidence and have silicone testicles implanted. Believe it or not, as of 2011, $62 million was spent on this procedure alone here in America.

 

Reading this, many of you have likely chuckled at the thought of a dog having a tummy tuck, or a cat having liposuction, but keep in mind all of the surgeries mentioned above have benefits other than just cosmetic. For many pets, the use of plastic surgery can aid in the animal’s health and well-being, and perhaps even save their life.

 

 

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If you liked this article, check out our other articles – Complete List Of Our Article and Videos

About the Owner and 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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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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Do You Know How To Remove a Tick

tick

Do you hate ticks as much as I do?

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.

A Step-by-Step

Guide to

Tick Removal

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Ugh! You and your precious pooch have just returned home after a pleasant walk around the neighborhood and, to your disgust, you find a nasty blood-sucking parasite known as a tick has hitched a ride on Fido’s leg. As you know, ticks are not only disgusting and a terrible inconvenience, but they can also be devastatingly harmful to your dog if not taken care of properly. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Canine Anaplasmosis, just to name a few, to your dog, resulting in symptoms ranging from fatigue to death. So, what should you as a devoted pet parent do when you discover a tick on your pooch? You must remove it! Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on the safest and most sanitary method of removing a tick that has latched on to your dog.

 

#1 ~ Get the Right Tools

 

  • Gloves ~ any pair will do as long as they fit quite tight to your skin, as some ticks are tiny and you want to ensure your gloves don’t get in the way
  • Tweezers ~ sterilize before use with rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic ~ either one made specifically for use on pets, or an over-the-counter brand like Neosporin will do
  • Rubbing alcohol ~ fill a plastic bag (a zipper sandwich bag works well) partially with rubbing alcohol and place the tick(s) in the bag once extracted

 

#2 ~ Remove the Tick

 

Depending on the size and behavior of your dog, you may need to enlist the help of a friend or family member when it comes time to remove the tick. For your safety and that of your pooch, you don’t want your pooch to squirm or move suddenly and disrupt the removal process. Once you are certain he is either held firm, or he’s in a position of comfort and you know he will remain calm and still, pull his hair back from around the tick and use the sterilized tweezers to clasp the body of the tick, as close to the base (where the tick has attached to your dog) as possible. You don’t want to pinch the tweezers too tight, or pull suddenly, as this can sever the head and leave the mouth in your dog’s skin. To extract the tick, pull slowly and steadily in one fluid movement until the entire tick is removed.

 

#3 ~ Complete the Treatment

 

Drop the body of the tick into the plastic bag of alcohol, which will immediately kill the tick. Immediately wipe the bite wound with antiseptic and be sure to re-sterilize the tweezers before putting them away.

 

Note ~ if you suspect your dog may have contracted a tick-borne disease or infection, secure the bag that contains the tick and bring it to your vet, along with your pooch, for a thorough review.

 

#4 ~ Follow-up

 

Keep a close eye on the area where the tick bit your dog, remaining on the lookout for possible infection or irritation. If your dog shows symptoms such as swollen joints, fever, loss of appetite, lethargy and/or pain, it is possible the tick passed on a disease and you should visit your vet without delay.

 

So, now you know the proper method of tick removal that will keep both you and your pet safe. Don’t be remiss and simply squish the tick upon removal as it can secrete infected fluids. Always dispose in alcohol, which is the best way to guard against infection and disease.

 

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If you liked this article, check out our other articles – Complete List Of Our Article and Videos

About the Owner and 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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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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How to Safeguard Your Pet from Medications?

pills

Lock all drugs away from pets and children

.

Keep

Your Pets

Safe

from Drugs

Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As an adult, chances are you’ve thought about how the use of drugs can impact your health and the health of your family members and friends, but have you ever considered how they can affect your pets? Certainly you would never cause intentional harm to your furry family member, but careless use or storage of medications can lead to serious illness or injury to your precious pet. So, what can you as a devoted pet parent do to guarantee your pet is as happy and healthy as can be, safe from the dangers of drugs?

  1. Store all prescription and over-the-counter medications in a secure space that is out of paw’s reach.

The number one best way to ensure your pets can’t get access to your medications is by keeping them far out of paw’s reach. Even medication that has been prescribed specifically for your pet can cause harm to him if taken in excess. Also, consider how accessible medications are to any children in your household in an effort to avoid the possibility of a child giving your pet a “treat” that can lead to potential danger.

 

  1. Think before you throw away any medication. 

Some pets have a habit of rummaging through the trash, so think twice before you toss any unused / unwanted medication in the trach can. Flush it down the toilet, or simply ensure your trash can is kept in a secure place, such as a closed pantry or cabinet, in order to avoid any opportunity for your pet to access it.

 

  1. Don’t subject your pet to second-hand smoke.

We all know now that second-hand smoke is deadly! If you’re a smoker, you may think your habit has no effect on your pets, but it most certainly does! Consider this ~ your pet is essentially trapped inside your home, forced to breath in the smoke you produce. And doing so can result in cancer. Secondhand smoke has been linked to lymphoma and oral cancer in cats, nasal and lung cancer in dogs, and lung cancer in birds. It is believed that cats are more susceptible to a cancer diagnosis due to their grooming habits. If you want to protect your pet from potential harm, strongly consider smoking outside only or, better yet, quit smoking all together (we know, it’s easier said than done!).

 

  1. Prioritize your pets’ well-being.

Unfortunately, your pet cannot tell you how you can best protect him, so it’s up to you, as a concerned pet parent, to consider his health and well-being at all times. Death or serious injury due to a pet parent’s carelessness is avoidable, if you make the effort to educate yourself and put in place a few common sense protections. Do all you can to avoid any unnecessary visits to the veterinarian, or worse.

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If you liked this article, check out our other articles – Complete List Of Our Article and Videos

About the Owner and 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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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.

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Are You Worried About The Cost Of Veterinary Care

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Routine Physicals are a must for your pet

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Saving Money

on

Veterinary Care

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 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We love our pets, and want only the best for them, but sometimes the best seems to be financially out of reach. Between fulfilling a pet’s nutritional needs, vet care, medication, grooming, and other costs associated with caring for a furry companion, it can be quite expensive. And what happens in the event of a medical emergency when your pet’s care may mean the difference between life and death? Obviously, you want to do what’s best for your canine or kitty companion, but what if you simply can’t afford it?

 

Covering Veterinary Costs

 

Pet Insurance. Annual exams and vaccinations are a must for any pet, but when accidents and illness come into play, veterinary costs can skyrocket. Consider a health insurance policy for your pet. Many pet parents steer clear because the assumption is that pet insurance is expensive, but in reality, it can be quite affordable, with the average policy starting at $32 per month for a dog and $22 per month for a cat. Of course, your pet’s breed, your location and other factors are considered when rates are determined, but it doesn’t hurt to check out what’s available. Visit Pet Insurance Review to find out which plans could benefit you and your pet and to compare plans and prices from multiple providers.

 

In-house Labs and Discounts. Another way to save money on veterinary costs is to ask for in-house labs (done at the vet’s office, not shipped elsewhere). Also, be on the lookout for annual health packages such as senior wellness or puppy health packages. Many veterinary clinics offer these types of packages but don’t always advertise them. As well, many clinics offer seasonal discounts based on pet awareness months. For example, February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, so many vets provide discounted spay and neuter services during that month.

 

Credit / Financial Aid. In the event of an unforeseen emergency, such as an accident or necessary surgery, there is a credit card available for use at your veterinarian’s office. CareCredit is accepted by over 175,000 providers across the country, including veterinarians. With an interest rate less than 15% and fixed monthly payment amounts, your CareCredit account can be used as payment for everything from routine wellness exams to surgical procedures. The company even offers interest-free charges if paid in full within a certain time period. CareCredit may be something to consider if you don’t have an emergency fund available for your pet’s care.

 

As well, groups like IMOM and RedRover allow you to apply for financial aid if you can’t afford veterinary care for your pet.

 

There are also several national and state resources available, as well as veterinary schools, for pet parents who can’t afford necessary medical treatment for their precious pet. Check out the list of these schools and organizations, with corresponding links to their sites, on the American Humane Society’s site.

 

Negotiate. Finally, if you find yourself needing financial assistance in order to properly care for your pet, your veterinarian may be willing to assist. If you’re a client in good standing, your vet may be willing to work out a payment plan so that you don’t have to come up with the entire amount needed at once. You can even offer to barter a bit, providing much needed services such as kennel cleaning, answering phones, or helping with other tasks of which the pay can go toward your bill.

 

Paying for Medication

 

It’s inevitable. At some time or another, every pet will require some type of medication, whether it’s heartworm preventatives or antibiotics. Always request generic brands, when available; they provide the same benefit as the name-brand medications, but at a fraction of the cost. And remember, you don’t always have to purchase prescription medication from your vet, where the mark-up can sometimes be 100%! Use apps and websites like GoodRX and LowestMed to compare prices at your local pharmacies (these apps are great for people, too!).

It can happen to any pet ~ an illness, disease, accident… You’ve always managed to provide your pet with the medical care she needs and deserves. In the event you are faced with veterinary expenses that seem out of reach, take some comfort in knowing there are ways to get a grasp on them!

 

 

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Is Your Pet Obese

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Is your pet obese?

Problems With The

Growing

Obesity Epidemic

Facing Our Pets

 

Author, Amber Kingsley for Professional Pet Sitting Etc

 

In a previous post, we discussed the problem of increased occurrences of lyme disease in dogs, but there’s an even bigger threat on the horizon – the growing prevalence of obesity in our companion pets. According to recent figures released by the APOP (Association for Pet Obesity Prevention), around 53% of dogs and a whopping 58% of cats are considered overweight or obese in the United States.

 

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

 

Since we spend everyday with our animals, sometimes we don’t notice that they’re gaining weight since it usually happens slowly over time. While you’re vet would tell you your pet is too pudgy, you can watch for signs your dog is packing on too many pounds or your cat is getting chunky:

 

●     A waddling type of gait where they sway from side-to-side

●     Lethargy and an overall intolerance for activity and exercise

●     Difficulty breathing often with wheezing and other breath sounds

 

Depending on their particular breed, like a Shar Pie for example, you should be able to feel their ribs, not so much that they’re emaciated, but they shouldn’t be concealed from your touch.

 

Exercise & Activity

 

Just like their human counterparts, the only way to truly overcome a weight problem is through diet and exercise. Obviously you should consult with your veterinarian before starting a new diet or exercise regime for your animal, but here’s some other important tips to remember:

 

●     Stop feeding them table scraps or other types of “people food.”

●     Limit their food intake and don’t leave an “open buffet” of kibble laying around.

●     Cut down on treats, depending on their size, one or two a day is sufficient.

●     Stick to an exercise schedule.

 

While many people will walk their dog daily, some cat owners forget that their felines also need to remain active. While walking them on a lead may not be an option, you can still exercise them in other ways to increase their activity levels. Anything from a high-tech laser pointer they’ll chase around the house to leaving some bags and boxes around for their enjoyment. Be creative when it comes to getting your cat off the couch.

 

Health Problems

 

Also identical to their two-legged owners, animals are at an increased risk for developing a number of different health problems. The most common conditions seen in dogs are:

 

1.    Arthritis

2.    Bladder or urinary tract diseases

3.    Thyroid problems

4.    Liver disease

5.    Knee problems

6.    Diabetes

7.    Degenerative disc disorders

8.    Fatty growths

9.    Kidney disease

10.  Heart failure

 

When it comes to cats who become obese or overweight, they are commonly seen developing:

 

1.    Bladder or urinary tract diseases

2.    Chronic kidney disease

3.    Diabetes

4.    Liver disease

5.    Asthma

6.    Arthritis

7.    High blood pressure (or hypertension)

8.    Heart failure

9.    Gallbladder disorders

10.  Spine immobility

 

Overfeeding our animals is the leading cause of them becoming overweight or obese. By pampering them with too many treats and not ensuring they’re active and exercised properly, we’re literally killing them with kindness.

 

Before giving them that extra treat in a moment of wanting to see some instant gratification, think about their long term health instead. Feeding them less today will ensure they’ll see more tomorrows with us in the future.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Are You Allergic to Your Pet

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How to Live with Allergies to Pets

 

Author, Stacey Kalinnikova, BVetTech for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Pet allergies are a common occurrence affecting almost 15% of people in the United States of America.  Knowing the allergy causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment can help owners make an informed decision on how to live with pet allergies and coexist with their beloved pets.

 

What causes allergies?

 

Allergic reactions occur when people with overly sensitive immune systems react to harmless stimulants.  Contrary to popular belief, allergies are not triggered by pet fur but by proteins secreted from the skin glands.  The proteins attach to dead skin cells and are commonly known as dander.

 

Similar allergens (substances that trigger an allergic reaction) are found in animals’ saliva and urine which can collect on the fur.  Cat and dog fur may also carry other allergens such as pollen or dust.  Allergens can also float in the environment and collect on surfaces such as furniture where they linger for extended periods.  These allergens can remain at high levels for several months even if the pet is removed from the home.

 

All animals secrete proteins from their sebaceous (skin) glands.  Pets that are described as ‘hypo-allergenic’ due to their hairless dispositions (such as Sphynx cats or Chinese crested dogs) still produce dander and can still cause allergies.  They may, however, trigger less symptoms due to the lack of hair coat for dander to stick to.

 

Dogs and cats are the most common household pets so are most commonly associated with pet allergies.  Other small pets such as rabbits, rodents, or caged birds can also be allergy culprits.

 

Symptoms

 

Allergies are most often triggered when allergens land on the mucous membranes of the nose and eyes.  They can also occur when an animal scratches or licks their owner causing a localised inflammatory reaction.  Airborne dander can be inhaled into the lungs causing respiratory difficulty.

 

Symptoms vary depending on sensitivity to the allergens.  In minor cases they may not appear until a day or two after contact.  Symptoms include:

 

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchiness
  • Redness of the skin
  • Rashes or hives
  • Swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing

 

Diagnosis

 

Diagnosis of pet allergies is based on history, clinical signs, physical examination, and allergen testing.  Allergen testing involves either a skin prick or blood test to detect the allergen specific to pet dander.  Allergen testing is important because although symptoms may only appear near pets, they may actually be the result of pollen or outdoor dust that the pet has carried inside on their coat.

 

Allergen testing is not always conclusive.  Doctors will often suggest eliminating exposure to pets in order to determine the correlation between allergy symptoms and pets.  Removing the dog or cat from the home is often ineffective as allergens and dander can linger at high levels in the home for months.  To test allergy symptoms using this theory, it may be necessary to spend an extended time away from any environments containing pets.

 

Reducing allergens and symptoms

 

The easiest way to reduce pet allergens and symptoms in the environment is to prevent dander and dust from building up.

 

Build up of allergens in the environment can be prevented with the use of HEPA (“High Efficiency Particulate Air”) filters and the maintenance of ventilation and air flow.  The environment should be cleaned and dusted to remove dander and pet hair.  Dander can be dispersed by opening windows to let fresh air circulate and pet hair can be removed with daily vacuuming.  Walls and surfaces should be dusted regularly.  Bedding and blankets should be washed often.

 

Personal health and hygiene is another important factor in reducing allergy symptoms.  The stronger an individual’s immune system, the more resistant they will be to pet allergens.  The immune system can be boosted by healthy eating, regular exercise, abstaining from smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and lowering stress levels.  Individuals who suffer from pet allergies should practice strict hygiene after contact with their pets.  Hands should be washed immediately after contact and pets should be limited from certain areas of the house such as the bedroom.

 

Treatments and therapies

 

There are a number of treatments and therapies targeted at helping people lessen their allergies to their pets.  Over the counter or prescription medications available include antihistamines and eye drops.  Homeopathic remedies are also available as an alternative to conventional treatments.

 

Long term treatment options include allergen immunotherapy and rush immunotherapy.  Immunotherapy involves a series of injections to expose the body to allergens in increasing dosages in order to decrease the body’s sensitivity.  Immunotherapy works by building up tolerance or immunity to the allergens.  Rush immunotherapy can speed up the initial stage of treatment by giving the beginning phase of injections every few hours instead of every few days.  Patients undergoing immunotherapy will need regular allergy injection ‘boosters’ usually once per month and treatment can continue for several years.  The treatment is very effective if managed well.

 

Many people will find that their allergy symptoms in respect to their own pets will decrease over time.  A combination of environmental changes and supplements or medications can help to build up a resistance to certain animals.  There are definitely more options available than having to re-home your beloved pet!

 

Helpful links

 

The following resources contain useful information on living with pet allergies:

 

ASPCA – General Pet Care – Are You Allergic to Your Pet?

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/are-you-allergic-your-pet

 

Paw Rescue – Allergies to Pets

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Allergies.php

 

The Asthma Centre

http://www.theasthmacenter.org/index.php/newsletter/pet_allergy/

 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology – Pet Allergy

http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/pet-allergy

 

Healthline – Living with Cat Allergies

http://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/cats

 

Animal Planet – Do anti-dander pet shampoos really work?

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/healthy-pets/pet-dander-shampoos/

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Can Pets Have Vertigo?

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Missy and Buster

Vestibular

Disorder

in

Cats and Dogs

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Vestibular disorders, such as Meniere’s disease and vertigo, are not unique to humans. Even our dogs and cats can be afflicted when there is irritation to the nerves that connect the vestibular (inner ear) organs to the brain. The organs provide the brain with important information about body position with respect to gravity. Sensory information from your pet’s vestibular system tells him if he is upside down, right-side up, turning, falling, accelerating, slowing down, etc. This information also coordinates with sensory information from vision and proprioception (touch sensors in the paws and other parts of your pet’s body) to help your pet maintain balance and keep a clear field of vision when moving.

 

There are two forms of vestibular disorder – peripheral and central. Most cats and dogs are stricken with the peripheral form (inner ear), with the central form being less common but much more serious, originating inside the central nervous system (brain).

 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Vestibular Disorder?

 

Signs of vestibular disease include stumbling or staggering, head tilting or shaking, falling or rolling to one side, spinning or walking in circles, or sudden motion sickness, as well as involuntary, rhythmic and jerky eye movements. Secondary signs can include nausea, vomiting and excessive drooling. Perhaps one day you notice your cat’s usual streamlined and graceful movements have become awkward and uncertain, or your dog’s love for a good game of fetch has been hampered by disorientation and lack of coordination – these can be signs of vestibular disorder.

 

In older animals, vestibular disorder is often mistaken for a stroke, as the vertigo caused by the disorder can be especially intense, mimicking some signs of a stroke. It can also make simple activities like eating, drinking and eliminating quite difficult. In cases like this, supportive therapy in the form of IV fluids or nutritional supplements may be necessary. A pet-friendly calming agent such as chamomile or passionflower may also prove helpful, as the symptoms of vestibular disorder can be very stressful to senior pets.

 

What Causes Vestibular Disorder?

 

The cause of peripheral vestibular disorder in pets may include a middle ear infection, genetic sources, head trauma, an underactive thyroid gland, or a central nervous system issue, like a brain lesion. Often times, however, the exact cause can remain undetermined.

 

How is Vestibular Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?

 

Schedule an appointment for you and your furry friend to visit a veterinarian if you suspect vestibular disorder. Your vet will conduct proper testing, including a physical examination and a neurological assessment, which will determine if the disorder is peripheral or central. If the peripheral form is diagnosed, an otoscope will be used to view the depths of your pet’s ear. Your vet may also conduct additional tests such as x-rays and blood tests to rule out any other possible causes of your pet’s symptoms.

 

Treatment depends on the diagnosis. For example, if an ear infection results in the inflammation of tissues and nerves of the vestibular system, an important part of treatment will be to eliminate the infection. If your pet is diagnosed with the more common peripheral vestibular disorder, your vet will likely prescribe motion sickness medications to alleviate your pet’s nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, this form improves quickly in most cases, once the underlying cause is addressed and symptoms of vertigo are managed with supportive care.

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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 is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  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, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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