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Does Your Dog Have Dementia?

dog laying down

We HATE when they get old

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Canine

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Dementia

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 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We’ve all heard of people being stricken with dementia, but did you know dogs are susceptible as well? That’s right, dogs can suffer from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), commonly known as senior dementia. CCD is caused by physical changes in the aging brain, resulting in the deterioration of how your dog thinks, reacts, learns and remembers. These lapses can create behavioral changes in your dog that gradually worsen over time.

 

Know the Symptoms

 

Symptoms of CCD are not unlike those of dementia in humans; they include disorientation, loss of appetite, heightened irritability, anxiety, restlessness, forgetfulness, changes in sleep patterns, incontinence and possible inability to learn new tasks. As well, dogs with CCD may show a decreased desire to play or be social, lick excessively or stop grooming themselves.

 

Prevention

 

An ongoing study performed at the University of California-Berkeley found 62% of dogs between the ages of 11 and 16 demonstrate one or more signs of CCD, and the percentage increases with age.

 

What can you do to possibly prevent your four-legged friend from becoming a CCD statistic? Keep your dog’s brain active, teaching him new tricks to challenge his brain; not just after he reaches his senior years, but throughout his entire life. An antioxidant-enriched diet including Vitamins C and E, L-Carnitine, Alpha-lipoic acid and other antioxidants from fruits and vegetables may also be beneficial. And ensure your furry friend gets plenty of exercise and environmental stimulation; activities like play dates with other dogs, visits to your local dog park, a weekly rotation of toys and meeting new people should do the trick.

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

 

So what should you do if you suspect your senior dog is developing CCD? Maybe you witnessed Fido walking in circles, staring blindly at the wall or acting uncharacteristically aggressive toward your spouse. First and foremost, schedule a visit with your veterinarian, who will conduct a thorough medical and neurological exam. Unfortunately, there is no test specifically for CCD and many CCD symptoms are shared with other serious ailments, so a diagnosis is usually a diagnosis by exclusion; if everything checks out normally, it is probably CCD.

 

A CCD diagnosis is devastating, for both you and your furry friend, but it doesn’t mean the end is near. While there is no cure, there are prescription drugs available that may improve your dog’s quality of life by helping him think more clearly and remember more.

 

You can help your dog cope with CCD by considering his needs and catering to them. For instance, try not to rearrange the furniture in your home as doing so can cause confusion for your dog. Also, encourage short play sessions, remove clutter from your home’s pathways, keep commands short and simple, and, most importantly, maintain your patience and compassion. Although your dog’s world has changed, every effort should be made to show him he is loved, cared for and respected.

 

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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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What is Going On With Your Pet’s Breathe

Cat with mouth open

Pets with bad breathe may have health issues

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Your

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Pet’s

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Bad Breath

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 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a wet, sloppy kiss from your canine companion, or an up-close and personal “meow” from Fluffy, your favorite feline. But what can you do if that kiss or meow is accompanied by some seriously bad breath? If your pet suffers from stinky breath, it could signify a health problem that needs attention, or it could be a bi-product of a poor diet.

 

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is indeed the most common cause of stinky breath for pets. A build-up of plaque can cause gingivitis which, if left, can transition to periodontal disease. This disease can be quite serious, resulting in your pet losing teeth, develop gum disease, and it can even cause kidney and heart damage. When it comes to your precious pet’s teeth and gums, the old Ben Franklin idiom, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ certainly applies. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly, perform routine mouth inspections (feel around for loose teeth, unusual bumps, etc.), and arrange for regular oral exams by your pet’s veterinarian.

 

Liver and Kidney Disease

These can negatively affect a pet’s breath. Odor producing bacteria in your pet’s stomach, lungs and/or mouth can build-up and produce a foul smell. An unrelenting odor is a sign that something may be wrong in your pet’s kidneys, liver or gastrointestinal tract, and should be examined by your vet.

 

Diabetes

Diabetes can produce sweet smelling breath with a hint of a fruit-like scent. While the smell may seem ideal, the cause can be quite dangerous for your pet. The primary symptoms of diabetes for your pet is excessive thirst and frequent urination. Sometimes, a pet with diabetes may display an insatiable appetite. This disease is more common in overweight pets, although even those at an ideal weight can befall diabetes.

 

Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

FELV and FIV are autoimmune diseases that affect cats. If your favorite feline has poor smelling breath as well as pale gums, runny nose, watery eyes, a loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy and weight loss, be on alert as these are all symptoms of a serious health issue that requires your vet’s attention.

 

Poor diet

A poor diet can also be to blame for your pet’s unpleasant breath. High quality pet foods aim to support your pet’s digestive and immune systems, aiding in a healthier life and better breath.

 

Bad breath in pets is not normal. Don’t ignore bad breath; seek veterinarian attention as it’s always easier to treat a medical issue in the early stages, rather than giving the issue, and your dog’s breath, a chance to fester.

 

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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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10 Impressive Dog Facts

Service Dogs that do not complete training are available for adoption Professional Pet sitting Etc

Service Dogs that do not complete training are available for adoption
Professional Pet sitting Etc

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Dog Facts

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You Probably

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Do Not Know!

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We all know dogs are loyal, intelligent, adorable and loving, but there is so much more about our best friends that you probably didn’t know. Take a look at these undeniably impressive dog facts and test your knowledge about your four-legged friend.

 

  1. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can mentally count up to the number five, and they can perform simple mathematical calculations. In a match of wits, your dog is as intelligent as a two-year old child.

 

  1. Service dogs are becoming more and more common and available these days, specifically trained to provide assistance to people with disabilities. These dogs know when they are on the clock – when their harness is on, they know it’s time for business, and when it’s off, they recognize that it’s play time and let their playful doggy nature kick in.

 

  1. It’s a well-known fact that dogs have a phenomenal sense of smell that is 100,000 times that of a human, but did you know the moist leathery surface of a dog’s nose determines the direction of air currents, helping them identify from which direction a scent is coming?

 

  1. Dogs don’t enjoy hugs as much as humans and primates. A canine’s instinctive nature tells him another animal’s limb around him is a sign of dominance, and we all know how our dogs like to be the boss!

 

  1. Seeing eye dogs are trained to poop and pee on command, and males are taught to go without lifting a leg. The common command used is “get busy,” and the dogs will pace back and forth until they do their business.

 

  1. Dogs, on average, can exert 320 pounds of pressure with their bite, compared to a human’s rather wimpy 120 pounds of bite pressure.

 

  1. Surely you’ve witnessed Fido twitching in his sleep, or moving his legs as if he’s chasing a rabbit in his dream. Well, as it turns out, dogs have the same brain wave patterns while they are asleep as humans, so they dream just like you and me. Small dogs tend to have more dreams than larger dogs.

 

  1. Studies have shown dogs are capable of perceiving frequencies about twice that of a normal human and can pick up and distinguish sounds roughly four times that of a human. This means dogs can hear many sounds on frequencies that humans cannot even begin to detect, and what a human can hear at 20 feet a dog can hear at roughly 80 feet.

 

  1. A dog’s brain releases oxytocin – the love hormone – when he interacts with humans and other dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss. They don’t call it puppy love for nothing!

 

  1. Your dog’s nose print is as unique as your fingerprint. The combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can be used to identify your pup.

 

The abilities and characteristics of our canine companions never cease to amaze. Hopefully these facts have left you with an even greater respect for all that dogs can do!

 

 

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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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Is My Dog Healthy

Nothing Wrong With Me ! I'm Perfect !

Nothing Wrong With Me !
I’m Perfect !

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8 Tips

to Check

Your

Dog’s Health

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Author, Darlene Wagner,  of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

As a pet parent, your dog’s health and well-being is of the utmost importance. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some way to ensure he is healthy and disease free, rather than waiting for him to show symptoms and/or get sick? Well, the good news is, there are a few things you can check regularly (at least once a month) for early signs of illness. And, even better news, when detected early, you may be able to avoid worsening symptoms and illness all together!

 

Healthy Checklist:

 

#1 Body.

As a devoted pet parent, you know your dog’s body best. As you rub him, hug him, bathe him and play with him, you should be able to easily notice any major changes that take place, identify any bumps and lumps, and recognize any injuries. If anything appears out of the ordinary, it may be best for you and your pooch to pay your vet a visit.

#2 Eyes.

One of the easiest ways to determine if your dog may be sick or not is to look into his eyes. They should be clear and free from any redness or discharge. Eye discharge can be a sign of anything from allergies, to glaucoma, to an infection. Always talk with your vet to get at the root cause of your dog’s eye discharge, as some causes can result in blindness or loss of an eye if left untreated.

#3 Ears.

They should be examined frequently and cleaned as needed. The inside ear should appear to be clean without any build-up of wax or discharge, and no foul smell. Special ear cleaners are available, if needed, but build-up and odor can indicate a fungal or bacterial infection or an ear mite infestation. Warning ~ always be careful when you handle ears that may be infected. They can be quite sensitive!

#4 Nose.

A healthy nose can be cold, warm, wet or dry, but there should be no crusting on the nose surface and no bleeding or discharge coming from inside. A crusty nose can be the result of something as simple as digging and nosing the ground, but it can also indicate an inflammatory skin disease.

#5 Mouth and Teeth.

As covered in our previous article “My Pet Has Bad Breath, What Can I Do?” bad breath can be a sign of a digestive issue or an overgrowth of bacteria which, if left untreated, can cause organ problems. Teeth should appear white or cream-colored and gums a healthy pink. Gums that are dark, blue, red or white can indicate illness. Also check for any sores, bumps, lacerations and anything else that is out of the ordinary.

#6 Nails.

Check your dog’s nails regularly to ensure they’re not flaking, cracking or breaking easily. These signs can be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, an immune-deficiency disease, trauma or a tumor.

#7 Coat and Skin.

Your dog’s coat and skin should be free from any bald patches, scaling, dryness, fleas, crusting and spots that look infected. Some issues with your dog’s coat and skin can be the result of under-grooming, or lack of grooming, which allows a lot of dead, flaky skin to accumulate under your pet’s coat. And too many baths can cause dry skin and flaking, so it is best to wash your dog only when he really needs it (like after a good romp in a mud hole!).

#8 Overall Attitude.

One of the easiest ways to tell that your dog is not feeling well is by their attitude. If your dog is less playful than usual, appears to be sulking or sad, or is less sociable, tending to shy away, he could be ill and you should seek advice from your veterinarian.

 

Check these eight items vigilantly for a happy and healthy dog!

 

 

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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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Who Passed The Gas

Was That Me?

Was That Me?

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Okay,

Who

Passed Gas?

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 Author, Darlene Wagner, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

If you are the proud parent of a darling dog, chances are you’ve encountered some not-so-pleasant smells emitting from his rear. Sure, one of the benefits of having a dog may be your ability to blame your own gassy emissions on him, but do you ever wonder if anything can be done to put a damper on the smells?

 

Dogs pass gas for a number of reasons. As with humans, diet plays a large role in gas production, as does swallowed air. Swallowed air? Certainly you’ve seen your dog devour his food like there’s no tomorrow, and along with the food he also swallows a great amount of air. And swallowed air, if not burped out, has to come out somewhere! Whatever the reason, there are steps that can be taken to keep you from having to don a gas mask in your own home.

 

Does your dog eat too fast?

 

Try feeding him more often in smaller amounts. This will decrease the amount of food he can scarf down at any given time. Or, you can incorporate household items to make him work a little bit harder for his food. Try putting a soup can in the middle of his food dish, or feed him from a muffin baking tin, with a bit of food scattered in each space. Tricks like these will give him no choice but to slow his roll when it comes to eating, therefore swallowing less air, resulting in less gas!

 

While swallowing less air may be helpful, the number one culprit of dog gas is the food he eats.

 

What food product the most gas in dogs?

 

Here is a list of the top foods to keep away from your dog, if you want to reduce his noxious fumes:

 

 

Milk and dairy products ~

Just as humans can be lactose intolerant, so can dogs. Most dogs have a difficult time digesting dairy products, resulting in issues with gas and other stomach problems.

Spoiled dog food ~

That’s right, dog food can go bad. Be sure to check for expiration dates, and toss any that is out of date. Food that is no longer fresh not only may contribute to gas, but may also cause more serious stomach issues such as diarrhea.

 

“People” food / table scraps ~

Sure, it’s hard to deny your dog a bite of your dinner while he’s staring at you, head tilted, that pitiful look on his face, acting like he’s dying of hunger. But today’s people meals are filled with processed foods that can wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system. It’s better to be safe than sorry; just say no.

Green vegetables ~

Say you’re preparing dinner and drop a piece of broccoli on the floor. Rover eagerly scoops it up and swallows. Sure, it’s healthy for him, but keep in mind just about any green vegetable can give him gas, so beware!

Beans ~

Well, they don’t call it the “magical fruit” for nothing!

Dog treats ~

Yep, that’s right… the one thing you rely on most to encourage your dog’s good behavior can give him gas. Treats were not formulated to give to dogs in excess, and too many can give your dog and upset tummy and cause gas.

Can excessive gas indicate illness?

 

If your dog produces an inordinate amount of gas, you may be well-suited to take him to his veterinarian for a check-up. There is a possibility something more concerning may be behind all his wind, particularly if diarrhea, lack of appetite, and/or vomiting comes into play.

 

 

 

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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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Making A Pet First Aid Kit

Who wouldn't keep this baby safe?

Who wouldn’t keep this baby safe?

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Putting Together

the Best

Pet First Aid Kit

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

 

Every Scout knows it is best to be prepared, so every home with a pet should have a first aid kit on hand. There’s more to putting together the best first aid kit than just throwing stuff in a container; it takes forethought, research and, of course, care. And, if you’re like most people who get panicky when it comes to emergencies, instructions are as important as the kit itself, if not more so. Here are the steps you should take, and the items you should purchase, to ensure your pet first aid kit is first class!

Also check out our Articles –

6 Disaster Planning Ideas

 

Disaster Planning for You and Your Pets

 

To be best prepared, consider taking the American Red Cross’ pet first aid course. Courses are available at American Red Cross locations and teach participants how to be prepared for emergencies that involve a cat or a dog, and how to protect themselves and the animal from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies. The course teaches prompt, effective first aid actions and care. Cost is typically around $70; well worth it for the peace of mind you’ll get by knowing you can help not only your pet, but others, if the need arises.

 

As for the first aid kit itself, it should include:

 

 

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Absorbent compresses (or gauze sponges in a variety of sizes)
  • Adhesive tape, hypo-allergenic
  • Clean cloth
  • Cold compress
  • Compact thermal blanket
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, only use with veterinarian’s guidance)
  • Epsom salts (for making saline solutions)
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (if your dog is a diabeticor has low blood sugar)
  • Grooming clippers
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Material to make a splint: household items like newspaper, sticks, and pieces of wood
  • Muzzle: you can buy one or make your own with a roll of gauze
  • Nail clippers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Non-adherent sterile gauze pads
  • Non-latex, powder-free disposable gloves
  • Nylon leash
  • Pediatric dose syringe
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Roll bandages, such as 3-inch gauze wrap that stretches and clings
  • Roll gauze: 2-inch width
  • Small flashlight
  • Small scissors (with a blunt end to prevent cutting skin)
  • Small wire cutters
  • Sterile eye lubricant
  • Sterile saline eye wash
  • Styptic powder
  • Towel
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Water-based sterile lubricant (like KY Jelly)
  • If your pet has a specific medical need, ask your veterinarian what else you should include in the kit

 

 

A list of emergency phone numbers including your veterinarian, an after-hours emergency veterinary hospital and the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) should be taped to the inside of the box as well.
All of these items are quite useful, but you need to know how and when to use them. If you opt against the pet first aid course, be certain to include a book or first aid guideline with your kit. The instructions are as important as the kit itself, if not more so.

 

Once your kit is complete, be sure to keep it in a readily accessible place and out of reach of your pet and your children. Regularly check expiration dates on medicines and supplies in the kit and throw out any outdated items. And finally, you might want to keep your supplies in a waterproof box just to be sure it’s extra-protected, and keep a spare one in your car.

 

No one likes to think about their precious pet being injured, but as with almost everything in life, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you are well prepared and ready for action should your pet’s life depend on it.
 

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is My Dog Losing His Eyesight?

Hey, everything is blurry

Hey, everything is blurry

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I think my

dog is losing

his vision. 

How can I tell? 

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Author, Noelle Dunn of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

As your dog grows older his eyesight may deteriorate, and unfortunately, visual impairment can happen at any age. Watching your dog lose his or her eyesight can be traumatic to witness; however, it is even more distressing for your dog. Vision loss makes it difficult for your dog to find his way around the house, see who is approaching, or identify his surroundings.

Vision loss makes things difficult for a dog, but your support can help him adjust to the new circumstances. The first step is identifying if your dog is losing its sight. Keep in mind that blindness or visual impairment does not always happen suddenly.   Often times, the eye sight degenerates gradually over time.  You’re probably wondering “Well, what should I look for?”

 

Signs to look for

If you notice any of the following signs in your dog, seek prompt advice from your veterinarian as your dog may be losing his sight.

stepping high or taking steps with noticeable caution

walking onto or into objects

more dependent on using his nose to navigate his surroundings

cannot catch or locate his fetch toy this

startle more easily

disorientation or clumsiness

 

So, what causes vision loss or blindness in dogs?

There’s no single cause of blindness in dogs.  In fact, there are many other conditions that can contribute to vision loss.

Stroke

Retinal degeneration syndrome

Progressive retinal atrophy

Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy

Collie eye anomaly

Retinal dysplasia and detachment

Glaucoma

Diabetes mellitus

Untreated eye infections

Cataracts

Dry eye syndrome

Uveodermatologic syndrome

How can I help me dog adjust to vision loss or blindness?

You can help your dog adjust to this vision loss by being mindful and adjusting the way you communicate with your dog.  Here are some tips:

Keep familiar items in the same place; this includes your dog’s water bowl, food dish, bed, favorite toys and treats in the same place so that so they are easily found.

Retrain! If you use visual hand cues as your command, it’s imperative that you begin using auditory commands and cues as your primary source of communications.  Begin this process by placing emphasis on the verbal command, while phasing out hand signals. You can also use snapping, clicker and clapping as auditory cues.

Remove objects that pose a danger to your dog, move any objects to a place where they are out of your dog’s reach.

Put up a barrier such as a baby gate to block areas such as the stairs and pools.

By petting and cuddling with your dog, they will be able to recognize your scent much easier.

 

The best thing to help your dog through his vision loss is to be loving, understanding, and supportive. Your dog will still love attention, playing, and your company. Don’t forget to be diligent following through with your vet’s suggestions and treatment. With love and support, you can both get through this.  Is your dog blind? What adjustments have you made?

 

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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.

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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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My Dog Is Peeing All Over My House, Help !!

I'm Sorry !

I’m Sorry !

.

What Could Be

Wrong and

Why Is

This Happening?

  Author, Noelle Dunn of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Why is your dog peeing in the wrong places? Has your dog suddenly started to urinate in his bed, on your favorite rug or other inappropriate places around your home?  While your first instinct might be to scold him for being spiteful, you just might want to stop, take a deep breath and think about why he might be doing so.  Many pet parents will automatically jump to the conclusion that their dog is showing spitefulness by urinating around the home but, often times there is a deeper issue at play.  One reason that a dog may urinate inappropriately around the home, after being housebroken, could be due to a urinary tract infection.

There are a few factors that contribute to the likelihood of a urinary tract infection developing. A urinary tract infection is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria, fungus or even parasites. A healthy dog’s urine is acidic due to his diet of meat.  This helps protect him against bacteria as bacteria will more easily thrive in urine that has become more alkaline.  A grain free diet is highly suggested to keep the acid in your dog’s urine.  A diet of grains promotes an alkaline environment which encourages the growth of bacteria. Other causes of a urinary tract infection are: being forced to urine for extended periods of time (not enough potty breaks), a lack of fresh, chemical free water and even antibiotics.

Other than inappropriate urination in or around the home, there are other symptoms of urinary tract infections that you should be aware of.

Fever

Lethargy

Blood in the urine

Excessive thirst

Increased frequency of urination

Signs of pain while urinating

If your dog is showing signs of a urinary tract infection, seek prompt medical attention.  Your veterinary doctor will perform a complete medical examination as will mostly order a series of tests, such as x-rays and a urinalysis to confirm or rule out the presence of a urinary tract infection.  A high presence of Alkaline in the urine not only causes urinary tract infections but may also result in urinary crystals, cystitis and even stones.

 

 

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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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Why Your Pets Hate Back to School Season

Where is Everyone? I am so lonely.... Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Where is Everyone? I am so lonely….
Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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It is that time

of the year again –

Back to School

Time

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

We are all excited (well maybe most parents are) but this is the time of year our pets DREAD.

Why?…….

Because Then every one is GONE……

Not only is every one gone but they are gone all day, EVERY DAY.  No one to play with.  No one to let dogs out for bathroom time.  No kitty fun time chasing balls or jumping for feathers.  No dog walks or playing ball.

What is a pet to do……

  • Get into trouble, uh oh
  • Get depressed…..awwwww

What is a pet parent to do…..

  • Feel Guilty……
  • Or find a solution !!!

WE ARE YOUR SOLUTION !!

We can help.  We Solve your pet care problems, leaving you guilt free since 1990 !!

You gave them ONE on ONE attention all summer long, now we can continue that ONE on ONE attention, making your pets VERY Happy and we will help to melt away your guilt.

  • No need to bring them any where
  • No need to worry about picking up at a certain time
  • No need to worry about another dog fighting your pup
  • No need to worry that your pup will be lost in a sea of pup chaos totaling 20, 30 or more
  • No need to worry about kitties spending their whole life practically alone
  • No need to worry about your elderly pet

Sign up now for our Mid Day Let Out, Dog Walking or Feline Fun Time Service.

  • You can sign up for 1, 2, 3, or 4 times per week OR
  • We can come in every Monday – Friday for your canines or felines for  the entire school year from September 1 – June 30 or go for a full year, this will be our discounted plans.

 

For the Canines –

We will come to your home, take them out for a bathroom break and the rest of the time we will take them for a walk, play ball, get belly rubs and lots of ONE on ONE attention and cookies !!!

 

For the Felines –

We will come to your home, scoop the litterbox and then and the rest of the time we will play with them with their favorite toy, give them lots of loving, brushing and ONE on ONE attention.

Yawn...I am bored, no one to play with me. Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Yawn…I am bored, no one to play with me.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Our service will help your pet alleviate their boredom being alone every day while everyone is at school and work.

Our service will give clean litter boxes daily for your kitties (and help you because we know you are busy)

Our service will give much needed bathroom breaks during those long periods of the day.

AND our service will take away your guilt by giving your pets the Ultimate Gift of Love !!

 

Want to sign up TODAY for

Feline Fun Time or Mid Day Let Out/Dog Walking?

New to us?

Click here and let us know by filling out a little about you and your pets – New Client & Information

Already a client – Just send me an email at profpetsit@aol.com 

 

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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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Eczema and Dogs

Emily of Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Emily of Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Eczema

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and

.

Your Dog

.

 

This article is brought to you by Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Does your dog have dry, flaky skin? If so, that’s a clear sign that he just might be suffering from Eczema.  While it’s fairly easy to treat Eczema and provide your dog with some relief, finding the root cause of Eczema is not quite so simple.  Why?  There are many causes for Eczema and ordinarily there is an underlying issue at hand that is manifesting itself as Eczema. 

So, what exactly is Eczema?

Eczema is an inflammation of the outer layers of your dog’s skin. Simply put, Eczema is a symptom of an underlying cause.  Eczema can cause your dog to be really itchy which may prompt him to chew, scratch, lick and/or rub his skin.  This will often only serve to worsen the issue at hand so it’s important to get to work at finding the underlying issue.  Eczema can also be exacerbated by seasonal influences such as hot, dry or humid air. 

Additional symptoms of Eczema

  • Dandruff
  • Bad odor on the skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Matted undercoat
  • Oozing
  • Crustiness
  • Change in skin pigmentations (usually darkened)
  • Pain
  • Red bumps
  • Blisters
  • Hot Spots
  • Itchiness
  • Hair Loss

What causes Eczema?

  • This is where things get tricky. There are so many causes of Eczema.  This makes diagnosis so hard as it’s often a trial and error of tests and treatments. 
  • Systemic Illnesses
  • Insect Bites
  • External Parasites such as Fleas, Lice, Ticks, Mites
  • Poor/low quality Diet
  • Extreme Weather
  • Contact with or ingestion of irritants such as chemicals, dust, plants, pollen
  • Psychological Problems such as depression, anxiety, boredom or frustration

Treatment

Conventional Medicine is often the first line of defense against Eczema. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids are often prescribed to suppress the symptoms associated with this condition.  Additionally, antibiotics are used to treat secondary infections.  These methods are great for short term treatment but do not address the underlying cause of Eczema. If the root cause of the Eczema is not sought out, the condition will only resurface more aggressively later on. Many pet parents are now using topical herbal and internal remedies to alleviate the symptoms of Eczema.  Burdock root, cleavers, Echinacea and licorice root are just a few of such herbs. These herbs serve to strengthen the overall immune system of your dog while providing relief to the symptoms of Eczema.

Remember, Eczema is a mere symptom of an underlying issue.  Please work closely with your veterinarian, holistic or otherwise, to determine the root cause of your dog’s symptoms.  It will take some patience and persistence but don’t give up.

 

 

 

 

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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