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Professional Pet Sitting Etc October 2017 Newsletter

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Pet News

October 2017

Pet Newsletter

 

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In This Issue – 

Autumn Pet Name Ideas

Hurricane Season and Disaster Guideline

Adopt a Black Cat

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Halloween Safety Tips

 

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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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Cost of Owning a Pet

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How Much Does That Pet In The Window Cost

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

Pet ownership is very rewarding. Owning a pet is usually associated with a healthy living and overall better enjoyment of life. Security and companionship are other benefits of pet ownership, along with teaching kids responsibility and empathy. That said, it’s important to note that getting a pet entails a serious commitment and it’s important to be well aware of the costs associated with pet ownership. In this article, we will look at some of the basic costs of dog ownership.

Costs of Pet Ownership

The cost of a pet is usually much higher during the first year than the years after because of various one time expenses. You should also note that puppies/kittens generally cost more to take care of during the first year than adults because they require much more veterinarian care. Below are some of the costs to consider.

 

Food

Food is usually the biggest expense associated with pets.  The cost of food will depend on your type of pet, size,  energy level, and quality of food you buy. Be aware that giving your pet special foods, such as freshly made or veterinary therapeutic diets, may cost even more a month. That said, on average, small to medium sized pets may cost between $600 to $1,400 during the 1st year because they eat less. Large breeds can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $2,500 during the 1st year because they eat more.

 

Veterinary Care

Veterinary care is another big expense that’s often underestimated or overlooked, when considering the cost of  ownership. Puppies/kittens need numerous sets of vaccinations and adult will need boosters. Puppies/kittens may also need regular and ongoing preventative treatment. Some of the basic veterinary costs can include vaccinations, worming, tick and flea prevention,heartworm prevention, office visit fees, among others. The overall veterinary costs can cost anywhere between $500 –  $700 annually. Medical problems can add to that.

 

Spay/Neuter

Unless you’re planning to breed your dog (and that is a whole other article), it is best to spay/neuter all pets. This is a one time procedure that can cost anywhere between $200 and $600 depending on the breed and size, and whether there is any health conditions which can complicate the surgery.

 

Dental Care

Pets can suffer from the same dental issues as people and therefore should have their teeth checked regularly. Dental problems can lead to loss of teeth, infections and sometimes even organ damage. Regular dental check ups are very important for keeping your pet’s teeth in good shape, preventing infections and keeping the breath fresh. Annual dental care costs can range anywhere between $150 and $500; depending on current dental health.

 

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance isn’t cheap, but it may give you the much needed peace of mind and will help cover the large unexpected medical bills which can arise over your pet’s lifetime. Before getting insurance, it’s advised to do some research before settling on a particular insurance plan. You can go to each insurance company and then carefully read their policy and compare; make sure you read the fine print and fully understand the applicable spending caps, coverage limitations and deductibles. According to CNBC, the estimated monthly cost for dog insurance is between $10 and $35, depending on the the type of coverage purchased.

 

Grooming

Your pet’s grooming needs will largely depend on the type of coat they have. Short haired pets generally require less maintenance and fewer grooming expenses as compared to pets with longer coats. The overall cost of grooming (including grooming tools and visits to a groomer), can range anywhere between $30 and 500 a year.

 

Supplies

The supplies you will need may include, but not limited to; water and food bowls, leash, harness, collar, pet stain cleaner, odor neutralizer, toys, bed, a travel crate, a car restraint, bedding, poop bags, litterbox, litter scoop, and more.

 

Extras

In addition to the above basic costs, you should also be prepared for other unexpected costs. The best way is to always stay prepared by setting aside some extra money in savings.

Have an extra credit card with a zero balance for just in case things that may happen with your pet.

Open a checking account that is only for pet expenses.  Try to transfer $25 – 50 per week to the pet account.  If you can put more great.  You never know when a medical emergency will happen.

 

Ways To Save For Medical

-Shop around for various prices on vaccinations. Look for Clinics.  In NH we have Low Cost Clinics. 

-Keep your pet in good shape with a healthy diet and regular exercise; this will stave off the common health problems like joint and bone disease, diabetes and other costly health problems. Check out Pet Sitting Services with Professional Pet Sitting Etc for Daily Dog Walking/Mid Day let Out and Feline Fun Time.  They will come into your home while you are at work and exercise your pets.

-Keep vaccines up to date and get routine physicals for all pets

-Save money on emergency trips to the vet by pet proofing your home.

-Save money on medications by asking for a prescription from your veterinarian.  Many medications can now be purchased for less at Walmart or online.

 

Thank you for reading our article, we hope that you found this informative and helpful.

 

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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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Professional Pet Sitting Etc July 2017 Newsletter

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Happy Independence Day from All of Us at Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Pet News

 July 2017

Pet Newsletter

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In This Issue – 

Happy Independence Day!!

5 Tips for Taking your Dog on Vacation

What You Need to Know About Your Pet and Summer Heat

8 Awesome Apps for Pet owners

The Ultimate Masters of Camouflage

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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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Professional Pet Sitting Etc June 2017 Newsletter

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Pet News

June 2017

Pet Newsletter

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In This Issue – 

Bird Watching

June Events

Shed The Weight

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Dogs & Owners

Pawternity Leave

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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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We may NOT be the company for you if….

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Please, choose my pet care provider wisely.

Whether you choose US or someone else, we want you to be informed to make the safest, wisest choice for your pet care.

 

We, at Professional Pet Sitting Etc, VALUE SAFETY.  The safety of your pets, you, your home, our pet sitters and more.  We are very concerned about the treatment, pets and clients have received from various pet care providers. This is no way means that all non professional pet care providers are bad, it does mean that YOU have to be VERY careful and know what you are getting and paying for.  We have been in business for 27+ years.  We have literally seen this industry explode.  Everyone thinks they can be a pet sitter, but very few think the idea through.  We try very hard to arm you with information, so you can make an informed choice, one that is right for you and your pets.

Here are our articles for further reading and help –

What to look for in a Pet Sitting Company

Top 3 Mistakes People Make in Choosing a Pet Sitter

Compare Us with Other Pet Care Choices

 

And Now, here are a few things to think about, so you can decide if we are right for you.

We may NOT be the company for you if –

 

You are looking for the cheapest pet care for your pets.

We are not the most expensive but quality does cost.  We are at the average cost for pet sitting.  We are registered in our state to legally proved services as a business, we are completely insured, bonded, workman’s comp insurance, and much, much more that a proper business should have. If you are looking for cheap, be very careful.  Really screen them.  You do not want to give up quality when it comes to your pets and home.

 

You want to do all the screening for your pet sitter your self

If you have the time, know how to do it, have the forms and want to pay for the background checks, great (and please do ALL the checking if they are on a listing site or a one person pet sitting company).  As a company that has been in the business for 27 years.  We take care of all the background checks, the training, policy and procedures, insurance, workman’s comp, and soooo much more to ensure that you have great pet care.

We have HUNDREDS of people apply to become part of our pet care team. The number one thing that all of the cite as the reason they would be a good pet sitter – they have owned pets and love them!!! 98% could not pass our qualifications. The sad truth is that we have seen those that could not pass our qualifications on listing sites providing pet care for the public.  And have heard about a few of these individuals in the article above.

 

You want a quick registration because it is just dog walking

We take pet care VERY seriously.  Our registration process is involved, we have a lot of questions and most people can complete our process in about 30-60 minutes. Why so thorough? Experience in business. We want to know everything possible because the more we know, the better we can make the pet sitting experience for you and your pets.  Even if we are not going to feed your pets because we are only needed for a dog walk.  Why, do we need to know that? Because many times, our clients have had an emergency and needed us to come unexpectedly.  So, we like to have everything in place, just in case.  Writing care instructions when you are relaxed and can think is so much better than having an emergency and you need to be with loved ones and forgetting to leave out the cat food and medication (if needed).

 

You want to check up on every visit to make sure that someone was at your home as scheduled

We do this for you.  Our sitters have gps to mark arrivals and departures, so I know that every pet in our care is cared for. This leaves you to do what you need to do, worry free.

 

You only want one and only one person for pet care all the time

We understand that most people only want one person.  However, in 27 years of being in business, things do and will happen to make that impossible.  When I started, I did all visits all the time.  It was very hard when my car broke down, when I became sick, when my daughter became ill, when my mom and dad passed away.  Things happen.  So, we have a team of pet care professionals who help each other to always ensure that your pet is cared for no matter what happens.  This all happens seamlessly and you do not have to worry or do anything.

 

You do not care if they have service available to you 365 days a year

Great, but even though your only need help right now for dog walking a few times a week, does not mean that at some point an emergency may happen.  If you already have everything all set up, you can make a few clicks to make sure your pets are cared for and be concentrating on your emergency.

Emergencies never happen when it is easy.  Knowing you have a pet care provider there just in case, can be priceless. At Professional Pet Sitting Etc, once you have a complete profile, we know how much is fed, where the food is, treats, and more, even if we are just used for a dog walk, here and there.  When you have a family emergency, you can just go online, let us know you have a family emergency, make a reservation in 2 minutes and be on your way.  We will send a confirmation and start as soon as we can.  Leaving you to fully concentrate on your family.

 

You enjoy finding a new pet sitter when your old sitter moves away, gets a full time job, goes on vacation, or just stops pet sitting.

Once you are a registered Professional Pet Sitting Etc client, you will never have to worry about looking and researching another petsitter.  Again, we have a team of pet care professionals who help each other to always ensure that your pet is cared for no matter what happens.  This all happens seamlessly and you do not have to worry or do anything.

 

You do not like much information about a company or owner

We are a very informational based company.  We like to give you lots of information about our company, about the owner, about pet care and more (lots on our website and in emails).  You can choose to absorb all of the information we give you or not.  It is up to you.  We believe that you should know a lot about a company and its owner if you will be entrusting your pets and home to us.  Personally, I would want more then 1-2 paragraphs about a company and its owner if I were to hand over keys to my home and the care of my pets.

 

You want a person just starting in pet sitting or a young business.

That is very nice of you, but will they know what to do in an emergency?  Do they have back up plans?  Murphy’s law, it is not will it happen but when.  In 27+ years of being in business, we have had just about everything happen while people were away.  So, it is nice to want to help a person start out and I get it, but I would want to know that a business has experience in place for just about everything to give me peace of mind.

 

You like using a listing site because it is fast, cheap and they check out these sitters

Listing sites are starting to pop up all over and have only been around for the last 5 years or so.

BE VERY CAUTIOUS using a listing site for pet care.

Also many listing sites mix up pet sitting and boarding.  Pet Sitting is a service that will come to the pets’ home for care, Boarding is a service that provides care when the pets are brought to a place.

What is a listing site?  A listing site allows you to put in the city and state, where you live to give you a list of people to help with something.  Some listing sites are Uber, B2B, care, and now, rover, dogvacay, etc.

These listing sites are NOT supporting your local companies.  You are supporting these listing sites that are located out of your local community and making money off these people.  You can also look for where this listing company is based out of.  Just google “where is (name) business location)” or look for a BBB (Better Business Bureau) Business Profile.   Unfortunately, these listing sites are not experts in their fields.  They are looking for easy ways to make money and are doing just that ! Making ALOT of money.  There are many lawsuits against all listing sites mentioned and as long as they make money, they will continue and there will be more lawsuits.  I do not want you to be one of them.

Why should you be so cautious – because you are literally handing over your pet’s life and your entire house to these people.  It is a bit different then grabbing a ride (although, some people have been harmed with an Uber driver). YOUR PETS” SAFETY is a major concern.  Does that mean that all people on these sites are bad, absolutely not.  I am sure that many are trying to do the right thing

The appeal of these sites are they are EASY and CHEAP. If you do not care much about pet care and want cheap and easy, then these sites are for you.  Many of these listing sites have apps to make it super easy to book a reservation and these apps appeal to the younger generation. These sites are similar to craigslist but some claim they will protect you.  Really, all they are is a place for people to advertise services easily.  These sites take person’s word that they are legal and insured but almost all are not and almost all do not pay taxes.

These sites are NOT pet care businesses, they are just a site to list people who pay to be on their site.  The site makes their money by keeping a percentage from each reservation.  These sites are NOT checking these people, many providers do not pay taxes or have any insurances.  This is how they can provide cheap pet care.  If you prefer to use a listing site, please be VERY careful.  Really make sure that the person you choose is thoroughly checked out and make sure that you check up so that your pet receives the proper care.  Again, I am sure there are a few people on there that may be great and are ethical, but please, make sure to really check them out.  But, then again, why worry.

 

You just want someone who loves pets

We understand and we look for that too but caring for people’s pets and home requires much more.  It requires dedication, reliability, a come hell or high water attitude to make sure that your pets will be cared for no matter what happens.  We have heard many people say that the person they used before did not come every day for their cats because they put down three bowls of food and did not think it necessary.  Or they slept in on Saturday morning and came at 11am to let the dog out and so many other stories.

Taking on the responsibilities of pet care for others takes so much more than just loving pets.

 

You want to use a person who works at your veterinary office

Many people do this.  They believe that that person must be good since they work with animals.  Some may be but again, that is like wanting someone who loves pets.  If they work a job, they will need to put pet care around their hours at the hospital.  Will they take it seriously on their day off?  It is their only day to sleep in.  If something happens to this person, or if this person gives you bad service, you must remember that the Animal Hospital will take no responsibility.  The Animal Hospital does not provide pet sitting as a service.  Sometimes, people think, that if they love their veterinarian then a person working there must be good too.  Not necessarily true.  I have heard many stories that were not great with this type of pet care provider, mostly because they did not think things through.  Something would happen that they were not prepared for.  So, please check these people out, do not assume that they know everything just because they work at your favorite Animal Hospital.

 

I want someone to live in my home while I am away

That sounds amazing! 24 hours of someone being with your pets.  This is a person I would want to be completely and thoroughly checked.  They will be in your home A LOT.  Make sure you have legal recourse that they are a business and have insurance if something happens.  You are counting on this person.  If they are just a person, you may need to create rules.  A business like mine, already has policy and procedures that employees must follow but you would be surprised at how many people out there who are providing pet care need to be told what to do and not to do. We have had people tell us of people having dinner parties in their home, pool parties and more!! Our sitters are not allowed to have any non-employees in a clients’ home.

 

 

You do not mind receiving a call while you are on vacation from your pet sitter stating she has a family emergency, car accident or whatever and she can not continue pet care.

I, personally would be so stressed out if that happened to me on vacation.  There should always be a plan a, b, c, d and more.  At Professional Pet Sitting Etc, we have learned this in 27+ years of business.  Things will happen!!

 

You do not care if your pet sitter is a legal business or has insurance

In the state of New Hampshire to conduct any kind of business, everyone needs to be registered to do so.  If anything happens with your pet, you would want to make sure that this person has insurance if the sitter is found at fault.  If this sitter ever fell down your stairs or got hurt on your property, you do not want to have your home owners’ insurance go up.

 

You do not care if they do not have their own business website

It may not be important to you, but it does show that this person is serious in the business of pet care.  Creating a website shows that this pet care provider plans on being in business for a while.  Hopefully whenever you need them, especially in an emergency.  Having a website, will give you some insight into this person, they should have an About Us page.  Hopefully, it will have more then 1-2 paragraphs.  A good About Us page should tell you this person’s experience, training and more.  It should create a sense that after you read it, you feel like you know her.

The owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc, Dori Whynott, has a full life history on our website.  Yup, from about the time she was born to almost present day.  It gets added to every now and then.  Most people enjoy knowing who the owner is and they let us know all the time how much they enjoy this.

 

You prefer someone to take your pets in their home

Sounds great!! Your pet will have a vacation too!  You see pictures of pets on the person’s couch, watching tv, snuggling.  There are soooo many things you need to make sure of when your pet will be BOARDING (yes, any time your pet goes somewhere to be cared for it is called BOARDING, not pet sitting).

Again, I am sure there are some great people doing this but even more things can go wrong in an in home boarding situation.  Dogs have gotten loose and lost, pets have been killed, boarders pets have been killed by client’s pets, people have been bitten and more.  When you bring your pet somewhere, many pets will try to get home, through an open door, scale a fence even if they have never done this before, dig under a fence, cry all night, and more.  Also, if there are other pets in the home, dogs may become territorial when they have never done so before.  They may guard toys, blankets, beds, food bowls and fight another pet that comes too close to these, even if they have never done so before. If your pet and the pets who live there have any issues, or your pet shows signs of trying to go home, you will have to be okay with your pet being crated for safety.

ASK lots of questions if this person is not a business.  Scared, frightening or dogs determined to get home can do some crazy things.

  • Is there a barrier or pet gate so no pets can get to the door if open
  • Fenced in yard with a minimum 6 foot fence (many pets who have never scaled a fence will do so to get home)
  • A good barrier, extending a foot or more underground at the bottom of the entire fence to prevent any digging or escape
  • If the home already has pets, introductions of an hour or two, 2-3 times before leaving or an overnight before a long vacation, may be in order to see how everything will be and see compatibility. Still, no guarantee how the pets will be in a few days being together for 24 hours per day. Sometimes they just get on each other’s nerves and pets have been killed by each other
  • What will the plan be if this person goes out for errands? Will pets all be crated? Unsupervised pets can be an accident waiting to happen.
  • Are there children in the home? How do they interact with the pets? Will they have friends over and interacting with pets? Is your pet comfortable with children? Will the children be going in and out to play?
  • What happen’s if your dog bites someone? Will your dog be quarantined? Do you need to provide vaccine proof (you should, any boarding person should require this for the health of YOUR pet as well as theirs and any other pet that will be in their home).
  • Will your pet be the ONLY boarder or could there be other pets coming and going in this home? This is a big question.  Just like in any daycare, every time a dog comes and goes, the dynamics of the group changes and this could cause stress and anxiety in all the dogs. The person providing care needs to know the signs and prevent it from escalating.
  • If there will be more dogs coming and going, what are the town ordinances? Many towns have a limit to the number of pets.  One person doing in home boarding was reported by her neighbor.  The police, dog officer and humane society showed up at her door and shut her down.  There were no other issues other then the town ordinance prevented more than 3 pets in a home.
  • What happens if your dog consistently barks and the neighbors report it and the person is fined?
  • What if your dog cries all night or destroys something?
  • What if your dog has a medical emergency? Does this person have a vehicle to quickly transport your pet to the hospital? Many times, in home boarders find this a great way to make money because they do not have transportation. This can be a terrible issue if a medical emergency occurs and time is of the essence.

Recap

So, if you prefer the above topics, we may not be for you.

However, if you would like a company that has been in business since 1990, has a slew of testimonials, cares for thousands of pets every month, has all the proper legal documents to conduct business in the state of New Hampshire, thoroughly checks and trains all employees, has all required insurances, and so much more, Then you have chosen wisely and we would love to help you with your pet care.

 

However, whether you choose us or someone else for your pet care, please choose carefully, your pet’s safety, life and more are counting on your wise choice.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc November 2016 Newsletter

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2016 Pet Newsletter 

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In This Issue – 

Know How to Check your Dog’s Vital Signs

Eight Signs Your Dog Needs More From You

Who Loves you More – Your Cat or Your Dog?

Turning To Alternative Treatments

Apple Cider Vinegar And Your Pet’s Ears

Golden Retriever Facts

Keep Your Cat Hydrated

Brew Chamomile Tea For Your Pets

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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.

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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Does Your Pet Annoy You

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We cherish our pets, but, just like with human, sometimes their habits can be utterly annoying! Here’s a few tips on how to handle those habits, while nicely reminding Fluffy and/or Fido who’s the boss.

 

Annoying Habit #1 ~ Your Dog Barks Every Time the Doorbell Rings

 

Why He Does It: Many dogs bark in an effort to notify the family pack that someone is approaching. In your dog’s mind, barking seems to banish an intruder, so he keeps doing it. For instance, the UPS delivery driver approaches your house, rings the doorbell, and your dog barks. The delivery driver leaves and your dog gives himself a pat on the back because he did his job and achieved success.

 

What You Can Do to Stop It: Ask a friend or family member to come to the door and scratch it softly enough that the sound does not entice your dog to bark. Praise Fido and reward him a treat. Work up to tapping on the door, followed with praise and a treat; then knocking; and finally ringing the bell (with each step followed with – you guess it – praise and a treat). Before you yell “stop barking, Fido!” your dog will start sniffing for treats whenever there’s a noise at the door.  Praise him before giving him the treat and, eventually, praise alone may be reward enough for Fido.

 

Annoying Habit #2 ~ Your Cat Scratches Everything

 

Why She Does It: Cats scratch in order to mark their territory and because it helps them shed the outer layer of their claws.
What You Can Do to Stop It: Find Fluffy the scratching post of her dreams! Some cats prefer carpeted posts while others are drawn to rope covered posts or even plain old cardboard. And some prefer something flat on the ground, while others like to stretch upward as they scratch. The key is to take notice of Fluffy’s scratching habits, noting her preferences, and buy her a scratching post that she won’t be able to refuse. Place the post or mat right next to her favorite scratching item (your couch, your antique chair, your favorite rug…) and teach her to refocus her scratching energies on the post. Once she has adapted to the post, feel free to relocate it to a less intrusive area of your home.

 

Annoying Habit #3 ~ Your Dog Pulls on His Leash

 

Why He Does It: Your dog is a bundle of curiosity who wants to see and sniff everything he can, all at once.
What You Can Do to Stop It: To manage a pooch who’s a leash puller, try a head halter or a front-clip harness. Even better, train Fido to walk properly. One simple trick to try is to simply stop moving forward when he pulls and reward him with treats when he walks by your side. Granted, it’s not always that easy, so if you need other possible solutions, check out this video by world recognized dog trainer Victoria Stilwell.

 

Annoying Habit #4 ~ Your Cat Meows at Night

 

Why She Does It: If your older cat meows at night, you may want to have her checked by your vet, as nighttime vocalization is one sign of hyperthyroidism. An aging pet may lose certain cognitive abilities, leading her to become less restful at night. Other causes could be something provoking the her (another cat outside the window), a change in her environment or routine, or even boredom. And if your cat hasn’t been spayed or neutered, those night howls could be mating calls.
What You Can Do to Stop It: If mating is the motive for your kitty’s howls, having Fluffy fixed should be your first course of action. If not, request your vet test Fluffy for hyperthyroidism. If she is diagnosed, treatment options include surgery, daily medication, or radioactive-iodine therapy. A change in diet may also help, as antioxidants and vitamins C and E may reverse brain-aging changes. If medical issues and outside disturbances are ruled out, you’re likely dealing with a cat who simply wants attention at 3 a.m. Perhaps assign some play toys as “nighttime-only” toys and give them to Fluffy before you hit the sack. It’s likely her nighttime meowing is a test of will, so stand firm and ignore her, and the situation will likely resolve itself.

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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

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How to Avoid A Bad Pet Sitting Experience

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You should NEVER have to worry when you are away

Let the Internet Help You Avoid Pet Sitter Disappointment

Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Perhaps you’ve heard news stories about pet sitters accused of stealing from their clients. You may have even heard the recent news story about a Memphis cat sitter charged with stealing more than $10,000 worth of jewelry from her client’s home. According to police, clients of Lisa Bacon began locking their valuables inside a closet as they were beginning to suspect items were being removed from their home while Ms. Bacon was cat sitting for them. The couple installed video cameras in their home and were shocked and dismayed to find their trusted cat-sitter bypass the lock on their closet and rummage through their belongings. When confronted by police, Ms. Bacon admitted she did indeed steal the jewelry, but claimed she threw it away after receiving a phone call about the theft complaint.

So, how do you know you’re trusting your pets and home to the right person when you’re away? Are there precautionary measures you can take to ensure someone like Lisa Bacon won’t be welcomed into your home? Can you be confident your pet sitter is as loyal and honorable as you hope? All it takes is a little research to lessen your chances of being the victim to someone like Lisa Bacon.

  • During your search for a trustworthy, dependable, caring pet sitter, recognize the difference between a hobbyist and a professional.
    • First off, understand that a hobbyist is a person who is engaged in pet sitting in his or her spare time, while a pet sitting professional is an expert who has made pet sitting his or her career. The daughter of your neighbor from down the block who offers to pet sit for you on weekends is a hobbyist, as is the lady who holds a full-time job at your local grocery store but pet sits on her days off. On the other hand, someone who has a licensed company and likely other pet sitters on the payroll is a professional.
  • Take a cue from your dog and do some digging when it comes to choosing a pet sitter.
    • In instances like this, the internet is your best friend. Conduct Google searches, read customer reviews, check out Facebook pages, carefully investigate websites, etc. Make sure the person you select to care for your precious pets works for a bonded, licensed and insured professional company. These three things will protect your pets as well as your home and belongings.
  • Is this Pet Sitter a legal Business in Your State?
    • If you are okay with just anyone caring for your pets or home, then you may not care. But if anything happens, you may not have a legal leg to stand on.  Contact your state department or look online to see if a business is registered with the state.  In NH, my business name is registered and my logo is trademarked.
  • Look for a Website, NOT a Facebook page or a listing
    • Why? Because this is a person who is serious about taking care of your pets.  They are not just a person who wants to pet sit today and be one tomorrow.  they have put in time, money and effort to be a business.
    • So how does this BENEFIT YOU and your Pets? They have done their research, they have educated themselves, they WANT you to trust them, so you will come back and use their services later.
  • Make Sure there is an Owner History on that Website
    • Not just a paragraph or two.  If you are going to trust your beloved pets and everything you own in your home to a person, shouldn’t you know more then just a few jobs and likes about a person?  My history from the time I was born in 1961 until almost present day, is on my website.
  • STAY AWAY FROM LISTING SITES – BUYER BEWARE
    • What is a listing site?  A listing site is just that, it enables people to just make a listing for their services.  This is similar to a newspaper classified ad section.  Sites like craigslist, care, rover, dogvacay and wag.   These listing sites are there to make money off of YOU and the person listing.  They are TECH Sites not Pet Sites.  They may even tell you that these people are insured, etc.  But I have hear HORROR stories from clients who are now with us, that have used people from these sites.  People who come on the first visit to pick up a check and never go back, people come home to find the sitter passed out drunk on their couch and the dog locked in the basement, and more.  I have been told these sites have been sued over and over, they just banish the sitter (who goes to another site or lists under a new name) and these sites just settle out of court with payments but it certainly does not bring your beloved pet back.
  • Look for Longevity in Business
    • Why is this important?  Well, Besides knowing that this business will be there when you need them (also look for a business that provides service 365 days per year – you never know when an emergency will arise and you do not want your sitter on vacation every other week if this is a hobby), a business that has been in business for years will have the experience of anything happening and have a plan in place to make sure your pets are cared for.
    • Look for at least 5 years in business or more, why should you be their learning experience!
  • Here is a list of THIRTY things to look for in a Pet Sitting Company

 

So, what does it all mean?

A company that is bonded ensures the job you have hired them to do is performed and that you are protected against losses from theft or damage done by the company’s employees. In the event you, as the customer, suffer a loss due to a pet sitter who is employed by a bonded company, you can recover damages from secured money held by a bonding company. Now, if the company’s individual employees are bonded, that means a bonding company has investigated the person’s background and finds them trustworthy and “good” enough to insure.

A company that is licensed has filed the necessary paperwork to the proper county, city and/or state and has been approved to conduct business. While a license does not mean the business or its employees are qualified to do a particular job, it does show intent to run a legitimate business, as opposed to a unlicensed worker who isn’t registered with any government entity.

Finally, a company that is insured protects its employees should anything happen to them while on the job. For example, say Mary the pet sitter is walking down your stairs alongside your dog, Bruno, and she trips on Bruno’s tail and takes a tumble, spraining her ankle and breaking her wrist. If Mary’s company is insured, her claim will be taken care of by the insurance company, rather than her filing a claim against your homeowner’s insurance.

  • If you’re still uncertain that the person you select to tend to your pets and home during your absence is trustworthy, look for a company that does background check on employees.
    • Whether a pet sitter working for a company, or the friend of a friend who has agreed to stay in your home while you’re on vacation, a background check can give you peace of mind.

What does Professional Pet Sitting Etc do?

We at Professional Pet Sitting Etc do background checks, thorough interviews, personality tests, training, shadowing, gps tracking and so much more to give ME, the owner, peace of mind so YOU, the client will never even have to think about anything while you are away!!

The bottom line is, the Lisa Bacons of the pet sitting industry can be avoided. Take the time, put forth the effort, and consider the safety nets available when choosing a pet sitter. After all, your pets, your home and your belongings are all precious to you; you don’t want to trust them to just anyone.

 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a fully licensed and insured company, employing pet sitters who are bonded, insured and have passed thorough background security checks.

 

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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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Does Your Dog Need A Walk?

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We LOVE our Pet Sitter!!

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

How often has this happened to you? You come home after a long day at work, greeted at the door by your pooch who – unlike you – is well rested after a long and relaxing day at home, wagging his tail wildly, his big eyes full of excitement. Do you deny him the thing he wants and likely needs most at that moment? – an activity healthy for both his mind and body – a walk. Do you choose a comfy spot on the sofa to snuggle with your furry friend hoping your attention will shift his focus from activity to tranquility? Do you begrudgingly hook up his leash and take him for a hasty lap around the block, anxious to get home to your glass of wine?

 

In a perfect world, you would proudly exclaim, “No matter how exhausted I may be after spending tedious hours in the office, I take Fido for a well-deserved walk every day because I know it will benefit his health and behavior!” But, in the real world – which is far from perfect – you likely opt for the sofa and the glass of wine.

 

The Benefits of Walking

 

Sure, you know a nice, brisk, heart pumping walk is good for you – it aids in weight maintenance, promotes better sleep, can reduce stress, and increases energy levels. And, as a pet lover, you likely know the same holds true for your canine companion. Not only does exercise enhance your pet’s life expectancy, but it also helps curb misbehavior that may occur while left at home alone. Think about it – a bored dog can become a mischievous dog (picture coming home to toilet paper strewn throughout your living room and the right shoe from your favorite pair chewed to bits); but a well exercised, tired dog likely won’t have the energy or the desire to misbehave. Keep in mind, most dog breeds were developed to perform a task, whether it be herding, hunting, tracking, etc. They were not bred to be sedentary or confined and their innate urge to be active may result in unwanted behaviors.

 

Maintain Your Dog’s Health and Well-Being

 

According to the ASPCA, at least one 30-minute walk per day is necessary to maintain your dog’s health and well-being. While a fenced-in yard may be convenient and give Fido the freedom to roam, chances are he’s not engaging his full potential when it comes to exercising. More likely, he’s meandering around, sniffing, munching on grass, laying in the sun… anything but getting his blood pumping and his heart rate up. Dogs need the physical and mental stimulation provided by a good walk. For many pet parents, meeting such a need isn’t easy. Between working, raising a family, spending time with friends, maintaining a home, etc., walking your dog for 30 minutes each day may fall last on your list. So what’s a pet parent to do?

 

Call Professional Pet Sitting Etc. to schedule daily walks for your furry friend! We offer mid-day walks that give your canine companion the opportunity to burn off some pent up energy, breathe in some fresh air, and soak up the sunshine. Whether you’ll be working an extra-long day, or simply want Fido to get a break from his ho-hum routine while you’re at the office, a quality walk with one of our passionate, animal loving staff members will do the trick! We will provide your dog with the daily stimulation and sense of accomplishment he needs, leaving a happier, calmer pup waiting to greet you at the door.

 

Call us at 603-888-8088 to schedule your dog walks today!

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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.

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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Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Does Your Dog Have Asthma?

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Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Did you know that an asthma attack in your dog is a protective response? It’s true.  While an asthma attack is very scary to witness, and with good reason as it’s deadly, it’s also a clear indicator that your dog  is being exposed to  a dangerous allergen.  As a response, the bronchiole closes up in order to protect the lungs. Additionally, asthma attacks are just as prevalent in the winter as in other times of year and sometimes even more so. The good news is that asthma attacks are preventable or at the very least manageable.

So, you might be wondering how you detect asthma in your dog. 

There are a variety of signs that your dog may be suffering from an asthmatic response.  Most notably and easily recognizable are shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.  You should also be on the lookout for rapid or shallow breathing, lethargy, bluish gums, low tolerance for any form of physical exertion and even a loss of appetite.   Any single symptom or combination of symptoms should be immediately brought to the attention of your dog’s veterinary doctor.  As mentioned above, and just like in their human counterparts, it only takes one asthma attack to result in death.  The earlier the diagnosis, the better.

Diagnosing asthma in your dog is fairly straight forward. 

Your dog’s vet will discuss symptoms with you, so be prepared to discuss the circumstances under which your pet suffers from the symptoms as well as his health history.  If you know or suspect any specific triggers, be prepared to discuss those as well.  Your vet will examine your dog thoroughly and may also order x-rays of your dog’s lungs as well as blood work.  When diagnosing asthma, keep in mind that it may be necessary for the vet to rule out other diseases that present similar symptoms.  This can be a frustrating process but, ask questions a lot of questions and most importantly, stay calm.

Finding the trigger of your dog’s asthma will be of great importance.  Identifying the trigger or triggers provides the potential of completely eliminating or greatly reducing future asthma attacks.   This can be quite tricky and is often one of the most frustrating parts of the process.  It’s not always easy to put your finger on the culprit!

While not all inclusive, here are some common triggers:

  • Exercise
  • Dry air
  • Cold air
  • Dust
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cigar smoke
  • Wood burning stoves
  • fireplaces
  • carpet cleaners
  • floor cleaning products
  • air fresheners
  • deodorizers

Many vets suggest that you keep a doggie diary to notate when and under what circumstances your dog suffers from an asthma attack.  You should also note the frequency and severity of the attacks.  Taking good notes will help you narrow down the triggers and thereby help you to reduce future exposure.

While working with you and your dog to put a proper treatment plan in place, you must remain patient.  It’s not a “one size fits all” process.  It’s takes some trial and error, sometimes, to find the best plan for your dog.  Your dog’s vet may suggest a plan that involves the use of some or all of the following: antihistamines, oxygen therapy, steroids and/or bronchodilators.

As always, remain patient during the process and remember, it’s always ok to seek second and third opinions! Follow your gut and advocate for your dog the best way you know how – after all, you are all he has.  Be his voice.

 

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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

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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