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Are Your Pets Afraid of Fireworks & Thunder?

Whole city celebrating the New Year or any national event with delightful fireworks, copyspace on the night sky

Keep Pets Safe from Fireworks, Thunder and other loud noises

Pets, Fireworks, Thunder & Loud Noises

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

 

Every year I see many posts of pets harming themselves, running scared and becoming lost due to fireworks, thunder or other loud noises.  I have seen pets jump out windows, break legs, and have deep gashes.  I have heard of pets bolting through doors and being hit by a car.  We need to set our pets up for success.  This kind of fear is deadly. This can be for dogs or cats or any pet.

Neighbors and towns setting off fireworks, are always going to happen and you can not stop a thunderstorm.  These things happen so infrequently, that many pets do not get to realize that the world is not exploding around them. So, what can you do?

If you know your pet is sensitive to loud noises or worse, they harm themselves, there are some things you can do to help lessen the impact on your pet.

I am a big believer in doing whatever it takes to help your pet overcome any stressor. Here are some things that have worked for many animals and their owners as well as for animals that I have rescued and fostered.

 

ACT NORMAL

First, you MUST act normal and relaxed. Many times, pets pick up on their owners.  If you do not like loud noises, fireworks or thunder, you may be giving signals to your pets that they should be nervous or afraid too.

If you owned a pet in the past that was afraid of these things, you may unknowingly be telling your pet that you expect them to act that way as well.

I have always LOVED fireworks.  I absolutely love thunder and lightening storms.  I do not know if that is the reason that I do not have pets that react negatively to these things but I do think that it helps your pets if you are relaxed and act normally when these things happen.

 

IDENTIFICATION

Always make sure your pet has updated identification.  The fastest way someone can contact you will always be an ID tag.  Make sure to put at least TWO phone numbers, just to ensure the fastest way to contact you.

Microchipping is also advised, just in case a tag falls off.

 

CREATE A BASE

Obedience training for dogs. Even if your dog knows some commands, I would recommend obedience training on a regular basis.  The more training you do with your dog, the better your dog will feel and the trust in you will grow.  They will look to you for all of their cues, even in how they should act in a given situation. Reinforce commands at every feeding time.  Every time you feed just put your dog in a sit, down, come, wait, stay or whatever commands you have.  Dogs do enjoy pleasing you.

Cats can also be trained for boundaries, to come, etc.  Their training is a bit different but this helps cats to have a base as well.  Cats that are allowed to free feed and hide under a bed, will never be a full member of a family.  Start with basic, go to advanced and use it every day.

I can not stress enough that training helps with many, many issues that pets have.  This alone can give your pets confidence.

 

DESENSITIZATION and COUNTER CONDITIONING

Both desensitization and counter conditioning have worked well for me in many of the rescued, traumatized and abused animals that I have worked with over the years.

Desensitization is doing something over and over again until it no longer has a negative or stress reaction.  For example, if a pet hates having his paw touched, doing this over and over and over in a positive way will bring about the result that this dog will be okay to touch his paw.

Counter Conditioning is changing the thought process of a given event.  For example, if a dog views men in hats negatively, if we always have any man in a hat give, that same dog the best treat every time and this dog ONLY gets that treat from a man in a hat, after a while, that dog will look forward to and be happy to see men in hats!!

If you do any of the suggestions in this article, always start slow, never scold, just stop if you get a negative reaction and try again later. Don’t give up.  Each pet will get it in their own time.  Just keep doing it.  Some pets take a few weeks to change and some take a few years.  Every pet is different and their past experiences are different.

 

START YOUNG

If you are lucky enough to adopt a kitten or puppy, get them used to loud noises.  You can play loud music, bang on a drum (if you have one), bang your pots and pans, use an air horn.  You can also buy CDs of thunder and fireworks for this purpose.

I do not mean that you should do this continuously.  Start out with just one bang.  Act like it was nothing.  Then do this every now and then.  Always making sure to never push your pet too far.  Just short sessions of a second, then a few seconds.  and so on.  If you see that your pet is relaxed after one bang, go to 2 next time.  If relaxed after 2 bangs, go to 3 next time.  Do not increase if your pet is not relaxed.

Same goes with the volume when playing a CD, play it for a few minutes on low.  If relaxed keep playing it on low.  Then next session, increase the volume.

Stop any session if you see your pet becoming nervous, upset, etc.

Remember, this is not to scare your pet, it is to make it so your pet understands it is not a big deal and that they are safe. And it will be over soon.

After each session, walk away.

 

ADULT PETS

Follow the same as above.  Many times, when we bring home a pet, we can be quiet and may even change how we do things because we want our pets to always be happy.  That is not a bad thing but we also want to teach our pets to be okay with things they may not like.  It is possible that they may have had a bad experience with a loud noise and now every time they hear a loud noise they react.

These reactions can be VERY harmful if they break through a window, or jump from a balcony or something else. We need to change the way they think of these loud noises, from a bad experience to a more tolerant one.  They may never sleep through fireworks but at least they can be a bit more relaxed when they happen.

This is not going to happen overnight with a dog that is no longer a puppy. So, you must be consistent in doing something every few days.

It can be any of the things I mentioned above but it can also be you rooting for your favorite team.  Yell and shout when they hit a goal.  Or if your favorite song comes on, turn it up loud and sing your heart out.  Clap and stomp your feet.  Let your pets see that you are happy and everything is okay.

When you get ready to feed bang a pot, then feed the pets.

Graduate to playing the fireworks tape for a minute, then feed.

Again, your pet may not be relaxed with fireworks, thunder or loud noise for 6 months or maybe a few years.  But they will become less frightened the more exposed they are to these things in a calm, relaxed happy environment.

 

AROMATHERAPY

Relaxing aromas help people and can also helps pet.  You can try lavender in your diffuser.

There are pheromone diffusers specifically made for cats or dogs.  Many animals have done well on these for anxiety.

However, as with people, aroma therapy helps some and not others.

 

WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS NO TIME FOR ABOVE

Okay, so the forecast is stating a big thunder and lightening storm is coming in a few days or the Fourth of July is right around the corner, what can you do.

 

MEDICATION

I am not one for giving too many medications, but if it keeps a pet safe, it is better to give. Talk with your vet.  Explain your fears as well as your pets.  It may be possible that your vet will prescribe some medication to help your pet relax.  Keep in mind that you must give these medications a few hours ahead of time for it to really kick in.  If you do not, many pets can build up their adrenolin and override the medication and you are back to square one.

The week before and after any holiday that is know for fireworks, such as July 4th, New Years and Memorial Day, keep your pet double safe.

 

LIMITED TIME OUTSIDE

Keep ALL cats inside, even if they normally go out.  Cats that have been scared by fireworks cat run blindly into traffic.

Only bring your pet outside in your yard with a double leash (leash attached to a collar and a leash attached to a harness). Make sure that each leash is secure in your hand, one in each hand.  Only bring out for fast bathroom breaks.

If you have a fenced yard, take them out in the fenced yard with a leash.  Again make sure leash is secure in your hand.  If your dog gets frightened, we do not want them flying over your fence.  A frightened dog can scale a fence they have never scaled before!

Walks and outside play can wait, safety comes first.

 

THUNDERSHIRT

Many pets feel safer in a Thundershirt.  This is a snug body fitting garment that makes a pet feel safe and secure. Many pets do very well with this.

 

GO AWAY

If your neighborhood is a party of fireworks, maybe you and your pet can go to a nice quiet Motel and have a mini vacation.

Or if you know of a boarding facility in a quiet area, maybe that will help.  But it will only help if the facility is VERY quiet.  If your pet can still hear loud booms, being in a strange environment may not be better.

 

SOUND PROOF

In advance of any possible noise, close windows and curtains, turn up the radio or TV.  Turn on a fan or something that has a constant hum for some added white noise. Snuggle up with your pet in the quietest room of the house and watch a movie.

 

DISTRACT

Counter conditioning for pets who have Obedience Training can be used when you see any fear response in your pet.  Immediately, start putting then through their commands, sit, down, stay.  Give a treat for each command they do.  This will also help get their mind off of the fireworks, etc. This will also help your pet to feel more confident because they know they are doing things they know, it gets their mind off of the loud noises. You can also bring out your dog’s favorite toys.

For cats, bring out the toys.  Get them more interesting in having fun then what is going on outside. Again, you are trying to get your cats’ mind off of the loud noises and onto FUN.

 

WHEN THINGS HAVE PASSED

When the fireworks or thunderstorm has passed, start on a slow routine of getting your pet ready for the next time.

1 – Training

2 – Desensitizing

3 – Counter Conditioning

 

I do hope that I have given you some ideas that will help you and your pet come to enjoy fireworks, thunder and loud noises.  Maybe not the actual event but what you do during the event, like playing, commands, treats, snuggles!!

Happy Pet Owning!!

 

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

 

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

 

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Animal Bites, What To Do

Dog Attack, animal bites

Warning!! Animal Bites hurt!

What To Do If You Are Bitten by an Animal?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Step 2 –  Assess Your Injuries

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

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

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

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

 

Step 3 – Keep moving is the trick

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

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

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

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

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

 

Step 4 – If possible Identify the Animal

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

 

Step 5 – Talk to Witnesses and  ask for Photographs

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

 

 

Step 6 –  File a Dog Bite Report

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

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

 

So, to recap – 

If you are bitten or attacked, Get safe.

Ascertain your wounds and treat.  Move those muscles.

Get information and pictures.  Try to Identify the Animal.

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

 

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Winter Safety Tips For Pets

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Keep us safe and warm

Do You Know How To Keep

Your Pets Safe in Cold Weather?

Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

Outdoor Tips

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

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

Pets in Car Tips

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

Outside Pet Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Help For Calming Your Pets

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

Products to Help Keep your Dog Calm

  Author, Noelle for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

Take a look!

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

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

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is There Truth To That Pet Myth

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Is it true or not?

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Common Myths

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and

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Misconceptions

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About Your Precious Pooch

 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Surely you’ve heard a few of the old wives tales regarding a pooch’s health that have been passed on through the years. You know, “If your dog’s nose is dry he is certainly sick!” and “It’s good for Rover to lick his wounds; licking speeds up the healing process!” Yes, there may be some truth behind statements like these, but most are proven to be unfounded. Here’s just a few examples of some old wives tales that are way off mark!

 

  1. A dog who eats grass is sick to his stomach. Sure, there is some truth to this claim, but many scientists insist it’s normal for a dog to eat some grass from time to time as it’s in a dog’s genetics. Don’t worry if your dog enjoys a grass snack from time to time, but if he gulps down large amounts of grass it may indicate Fido does indeed have an upset stomach. If you find him noshing on mouthfuls of grass and then vomiting it up, it may be best to visit your vet.

 

  1. A dog who eats non-food items has a nutritional deficiency. No one can say exactly why some dogs eat non-food items like rocks and feces, lick carpet, and ingest things that are not meant to be ingested. Most veterinarians believe most dogs eat these things out of pure boredom or in an effort to gain attention. Providing Fido with adequate exercise and ample outlets for his excess energy will help redirect Fido’s desires from noshing on the non-edible to taking a nice, long nap after a day of play.

 

  1. Garlic will kill your dog’s fleas. Many pet parents believe garlic is a sure fire way to keep fleas at bay, but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Yes, it is very possible that the smell acts as a deterrent, but garlic does not kill fleas.

 

  1. If Fido’s nose is warm, he is sick. This is simply not true! The temperature of your dog’s nose cannot indicate illness or health, and it can’t verify whether or not Fido has a fever. The only way to accurately read your dog’s temperature is by measuring it with a thermometer, with normal readings ranging between 110.5 to 102.5°

 

  1. Letting your dog licks his wounds will help them heal faster. Dogs naturally lick their wounds in an effort to clean them, but licking them actually slows down the healing process and can lead to serious infections. Prevent your pup from licking his wound excessively by blocking his access to the area with an Elizabethan collar (you know, the lampshade looking contraption that Fido wears round his neck) or by applying a bandage to the wound. To aid in the healing process, clean the wound thoroughly and regularly and apply a dog-safe antiseptic.

 

  1. Your pooch will let you know when he’s sick or in pain. Unfortunately, this is simply not true! Dogs are very skilled at hiding signs that indicate they are sick in pain. Behaviorists speculate this is instinctual; a behavior inherited from their ancestors in the wild who, in their drive to survive, hid any weakness. Often times, by the time you notice your dog is sick, his condition has already progressed. Keep an eye on Fido’s typical behavior and make note of any differences you may notice in the amount of time he spends sleeping, if he’s slower in his movements (especially when getting up and lying down), if his appetite lessens, if he seems more distant, or, on the contrary, if he becomes more clingy. It’s also a good idea to take a quick look at Fido’s poop every time he goes to identify any differences in its appearance.

 

As pet parents, it’s our duty to provide the best possible care for our canine companions. Doing so can sometimes get confusing with the countless theories out there on dogs and their care, so if you’re uncertain or simply looking for advice, consult with Fido’s veterinarian.

 

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Yes, There is Plastic Surgery for Pets

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Do I look Pretty?

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Plastic

Surgery

for Pets

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

 

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

 

Types of Surgeries Available (for Better and for Worse)

 

Eye Replacement ~

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

 

Pet Braces ~

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

 

Ear Implants ~

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

 

Liposuction ~

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

 

Eye Lifts and Face Lifts ~

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

 

Rhinoplasty ~

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

 

Tummy Tuck ~

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

 

Testicular Implants ~

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

 

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

 

 

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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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Do You Know How To Remove a Tick

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Do you hate ticks as much as I do?

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

 

#1 ~ Get the Right Tools

 

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

 

#2 ~ Remove the Tick

 

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

 

#3 ~ Complete the Treatment

 

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

 

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

 

#4 ~ Follow-up

 

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

 

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

 

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How to Safeguard Your Pet from Medications?

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Lock all drugs away from pets and children

Keep Your Pets Safe from Drugs

Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

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

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

 

  1. Think before you throw away any medication. 

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

 

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

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

 

  1. Prioritize your pets’ well-being.

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

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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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Does Your Pet Annoy You

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I’m not pulling, honest!

Handling Your Pet’s Most Annoying Habits

 

Author,  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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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Are You Worried About The Cost Of Veterinary Care

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Routine Physicals are a must for your pet

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Saving Money

on

Veterinary Care

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 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

 

Covering Veterinary Costs

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Paying for Medication

 

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

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

 

 

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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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