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Is Over Feeding Harming Our Pets

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Pugs are one breed that we see alot of obesity

Your Dog May Need to Slim Down

Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

According to a May 2014 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, almost 53 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, with only a small percentage having a health condition that contributes to their excess weight. In other words, the majority of those chubby pups are overweight because of the manner in which their pet parents care for them ~ with too much food, too many treats and insufficient exercise.

 

Sure, it’s tempting to spoil your dog. After all, we love him, he’s a member of your family, and how can you possibly resist those sweet puppy dog eyes? But, what may seem like a kindness, reward or show of love for your dog can actually be a punishment in the long run.

 

How Can I Tell if My Dog is Overweight?

 

You may not be able to identify your dog’s need to lose weight based on his appearance alone. Pets can appear to be in good shape even when they are not. At the appropriate weight, your dog should have only a thin layer of fat over his ribs and show an hourglass shape when looking down on him. If your pooch has long hair, take a close look at him the next time you bathe him, when his hair is wet. If your dog doesn’t show an obvious waistline just after the rib cage, and is essentially rectangular-shaped, it’s a good sign he needs to lose a few pounds.

 

Of course, if after inspection you’re still unsure if you’d classify your dog as overweight, the best thing to do is get your veterinarian’s opinion.

 

How Can Being Overweight Harm My Dog?

 

Your overweight dog is at risk of several health conditions that can seriously affect his quality of life, including:

 

  • Breathing difficulties, as the layer of fat surrounding his chest can make it harder to breathe
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Skin diseases, as the folds in the dog’s skin become larger
  • Arthritis, as joints carrying too much weight are subject to more wear and tear
  • Shortened life span

 

Even if your dog does not suffer from any of these conditions, research shows properly managed food intake can help your pooch live longer.

 

How Can I Help My Dog Slim Down?

 

Chances are, your dog’s obesity is due to him eating too much and not exercising enough. So, just feed him less and walk him more, right? That simple solution is easier said than done! Here are a few suggestions to helping him along the way:

 

  • Be sure to follow the feeding guidelines on your dog’s food.
  • If he has a lot of weight to lose, try a prescription diet food. This will allow him to lower his caloric intake while still getting enough of the nutrients he needs.
  • As hard as it may be on both of you, stop giving your pooch between-meal treats and bedtime snacks, unless it is a health option such as a few steamed green beans or a spoonful of plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!).
  • Make sure your entire family is on board. There’s no point in having your weight loss guidance ruined by another person feeding your dog snacks on the sly.
  • Show your dog how much you love him in a way that doesn’t involve food. Trade a treat for a massage or a game of fetch.
  • Increase your pooch’s exercise by taking him for more walks (aim for at least two 15-minute walks each day), taking him to the local dog park, joining him in a good game of tug-o-war, etc. Just like humans, your dog needs (and craves!) aerobic activity.

 

Obesity is a preventable condition that has many adverse effects on your precious pooch’s health. If you determine your canine companion is carrying around a few extra pounds, make the necessary changes to help him enjoy a better quality of life.

 

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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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Are Pets Good For Our Brain

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Pets are good for our health

Pets and the Fight Against Dementia

 

  Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Therapy animals have long been used to assist people with various disabilities, including the blind and those who suffer from paralysis. And in more recent years, pets have become the unlikely heroes to those battling post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, diabetes, and a wide array of other ailments and disorders. Now, pets of all kinds have become increasingly common in the treatment of individuals with dementia-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

 

Researchers have long suggested that pets are good for us; they offer health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and heart rate, reducing the stress hormone cortisol, and boosting levels of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. And, anyone who is a pet parent can attest to the fact that animals just make you feel good! People suffering from dementia face many obstacles ~ irritability, restlessness, loneliness and depression, just to name a few. And, due to the anxiety that social situations can cause, they often avoid them all together, even when it means foregoing interactions with their family, friends and loved ones. As well, dementia suffers can lose their motivation and neglect necessary daily activities such as physical activity, eating and basic personal hygiene. It’s emotional factors like these that can make a furry companion ideal for someone with dementia.

 

Why Animals?

 

Animals are naturally non-judgmental. The can provide a tremendous source of social support, companionship and unconditional love, making them ideal therapists and company for those with dementia. Research has shown that people with dementia, although they may display discomfort around human companions, recognize a pet as friendly and non-threatening and, when with a pet, are more interactive. And animals can create a psychological anchor to reality by maintaining a meaningful daily routine for a dementia sufferer, which thus adds to the quality of life.

 

Dogs in particular have proven to increase pleasure and reduce anxiety simply with their presence. And, depending on the mobility of the dementia patient, can help to increase the amount of physical activity and engagement the person participates in, as playful activities with the dog lead to such.

 

Are Animals Dependable “Therapists”?

 

Indeed, it does take a special animal to become a therapy pet. The animal’s temperament and personality is extremely important, and are the main determinant’s of whether or not a particular animal is cut out to serve as a therapist. The obvious choice would be an animal who is sociable, comfortable with strangers, and not easily scared or startled. If a potential pet is all of these, then, yes, he or she can be a highly dependable therapist for a dementia patient, considering the patient is not averse to welcoming a pet into his or her life.

 

While research is still being developed on therapy animals in the dementia field, it is evident that therapy animals have already shown to be beneficial to many people who suffer from a dementia-related disorder.

 

 

 

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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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Protecting Your Pets After You Are Gone

I want you to always be cared for

I want you to always be cared for

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What Will

Happen

To Your Pets

When You Die

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Author, Darlene Wagner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

 

With pets’ lifespans so much shorter than ours, it is typical that we out live our beloved companions. But, what if that’s not the case. Have you taken the necessary steps to ensure your pet is protected in the event something happens to you? Should you become seriously ill or injured, or pass away, it is critical that plans for your pet have been made in advance. Protecting your pets now will help with your pets care and everyone will know your wishes.

 

Designate a willing friend or family member.

Speak with those closest to you (and, preferably, familiar with your pet) and determine who would be willing to serve as an emergency caregiver should something unexpected happen to you. Give that person keys to your home and a list that includes important information such as the name and phone number of your veterinarian, feeding and care instructions, and the locations of your pet’s leash, food, toys, bedding, etc.

 

Carry an alert card in your wallet.

Create a wallet-sized card indicating you have a pet at home, including the name and contact information for your pet’s emergency caregiver. Carry Professional Pet sitting Etc information in your wallet as well.

 

Make formal arrangements.

Sure, none of want to think of our own passing, but arrangements should be made for your pet in advance in the event it does happen. Sometimes, it’s not enough that your friend or family member promised to take care of your pet. Things happen. People change their minds. To be on the safe side, and to ensure your pet is cared for when worse comes to worse, start making formal arrangements that will cover his sufficient care. You may opt to work with a lawyer to draft a special will, pet trust, or other document which details the specific care and ownership of your pet, as well as the dollar amount needed to care for him.

 

Did you know that Professional Pet Sitting Etc has been in clients’ wills/trust for pet care?

We have been named in the pet section in clients’ will/trust to care for pets until a home is found or we are entrusted to bring pets’ to a shelter/rescue that we trust to find a forever home. If we are able to, we have been asked and accepted on a few occasions to be the pet guardian.  The trust pays for our services.  This type of arrangement must be thought out and arranged in advance.

 

Keep in mind, however, designating a caregiver in your will may not be enough. Wills divide property; they do not serve as custody agreements. And who will take care of your pet until your will is enacted?

 

To absolutely ensure your pet will be cared for according to your wishes, it is recommended that pet parents complete and file a Pet Protection Agreement, a simple agreement that allows you to name a pet guardian to take care of your pets, and gives you the ability to leave funds to care for your pets in the event you cannot do so yourself.

 

Many of us consider our pets to be members of our family, often our “furry children.” In the same way that responsible parents plan ahead for the care of their children, plans should also be put in place for your furry family members. After all, they provide you with unconditional love and affection every day; the least you can do is ensure they receive the same even if you’re not there to provide 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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Who Passed The Gas

Was That Me?

Was That Me?

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Okay, Who Passed Gas?

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 Author,  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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Choosing The Right Family Pet

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Which Pet is Right for Your Family?

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  Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Pets or companion animals are really fun to have at home. Aside from providing company, they also provide protection as well as numerous other benefits. When deciding to get a pet for the family, it is important that it is done right so as not to indirectly hurt any family member as well as the pet. Here are some tips on how to go about this.

Family Schedule

Do the family members have erratic schedules? Are there times when no one is left at home? These questions should be asked because it could affect the pet you potentially buy. If the family members are always on the move, a pet that requires less maintenance should be considered. Pets like fishes and turtles, for example, don’t really need much attention and can be simply fed when the time comes.

Also, cleaning schedules as well as walks for dogs or cats can sometimes be bothersome. If there isn’t anyone willing to spend time for these, it would be best not to get a pet at all.

Budget

Buying a pet doesn’t mean spending a single lump sum at the start. It will take a chunk out of your monthly budget too. Food, for one, is an expected expense and will need to be stocked up on regularly. The habitat of the pet will also contribute to the overall expenses. Fishes, for example, will need aquariums with proper ventilation while dogs and cats will require separate spaces.

 

Also, it is also worth noting that there are annual vaccinations, vet checkups, medicines and the like that will be incurred throughout your pet’s lifetime. There are also additional service fees incurred like pet grooming, schooling, daycares, fitness activities and the like. If you feel that you aren’t financially stable yet, this should be put off until you are.

Living Space

Is the family living in an apartment? Do you have a huge backyard? These things will matter when deciding on a pet to purchase. If you are in an apartment, there are certain limitations as to what pets you are allowed to have. In the event you have your own place, is there enough space for the pet to roam? If so, cats and dogs would be great. If you have confined quarters, you can consider small pets like hamsters or fishes.

 

Multiple Pets

Considering multiple pets? You will also need to consult with the family how they feel about it. There are also challenges involved with this. Getting two dogs, for example, can result in dog fights. Multi-cat and multi-dog households each have their own challenges and these should be carefully considered prior to making the move.

Kids

More often than not, the reason families get pets is to teach kids responsibility. While this can be accomplished by something as simple as a goldfish, some parents do tend to go overboard. Before purchasing anything, the kids’ allergies will need to be factored in as well as their personal interests. After all, getting them a parrot when they requested for a fish could sometimes lead to frustration, disinterest and hurt feelings.

 

The age of the kids also needs to be considered. If you plan on getting a dog and your kid is only 2, you’ll be better off with a small dog. Likewise, kids in their teens can handle multiple pets and may even have preference for unique ones.

Transition Periods

Pets, especially ones from different owners or from pet stores and pounds, will need some time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Cats, for example, can take up to two weeks to get acquainted to new environments. This is crucial in making a decision as it helps you decide on getting a newborn pet or a grown one.

 

Choosing a family pet is a big leap for any family. Both parents and children are sure to enjoy having one or more pets. However, all the necessary factors should be considered so that both the pet and the family live comfortably alongside one another. Listing the pros and cons on a piece of paper is always a good idea. This can help the family limit the choices and make a vote easily thanks to the summary.

 

About the Author: Jordan Walker

 

Jordan is a writer of pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar.

 

 

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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.

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Helping Pets Live in Harmony

Kittens fighting

Hey, stop that!!

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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 Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

If you’re the pet parent to a lone pet, the thought of welcoming another to your home has likely crossed your mind. After all, it’s said cats are best in pairs (a single cat is more likely to be lonely and needy, while a pair will keep each other busy and amused), and you can’t always be around to monitor your dog’s behavior and keep him from being destructive, but a buddy just may do the trick. And what about a Boxer brother with a Siamese sister? That must be the best of both worlds, right?

 

While there are many benefits in parenting two pets – such as additional companionship, increased socialization, improved mood and health – the fear of “what if they don’t get along?” is likely looming in the depths of your mind.  Sure, bringing home a cute kitty to join your canine companion may spell disaster, but with the proper preparation and follow-thru, the outcome can be spectacular.

Helping Pet Live Harmoniously takes time. 

Here are a few helpful tips for making a smooth transition from a one pet household to two.

 

Obedience. If your current pet is a dog, ensure he is trained well enough to mind your commands to sit and stay. If a cat, you can find books on feline obedience training in the fiction section!

 

Take it slow. The number one rule in introducing a new furry family member is to do so gradually. To your current pet, bringing a new dog or cat into his home is an invasion of his territory. And for the new pet, being thrown into an unfamiliar environment leaves her with no boundaries or rules to follow. Effective methods of introduction are as follows:

 

  • Before introducing two dogs, take each for a long walk, with you and your current pooch in the lead with a friend or family member following behind with the newbie. This will drain their energy and allow them to become familiar with each other in a place that neither of them “owns.” After a while, drop back and allow your original dog to sniff the new guy’s rear, not allowing them to meet face-to-face just yet. Resume your walk, with your dog back in the lead, and allow the new dog to have a sniff. Gradually, you’ll find you’re able to walk together, with you and your friend between the dogs. When they are tired, calm and incident-free, it’s time to take the two to their home. Let your original dog enter first, giving him the opportunity to properly invite his new sibling inside.
  • Traditionally, we think of cats and dogs as mortal enemies; thankfully, that’s just not the case. When introducing a new dog to your kitty companion, place the two in separate rooms with an adjoining door. This will allow the two to get used to hearing and smelling each other without the risk of direct interaction. Place a blanket or towel with your new dog’s scent with your cat, and vice versa. Be sure to spend time bonding with each pet individually to allow time for them to become comfortable and relaxed in their separate environments. Once each appears comfortable with the current situation, switch their positions. It may be beneficial to switch their rooms multiple times during this pre-introduction stage. After a day or two, it will be time for a face-to-face introduction, with barrier between the two, such as a baby gate. Reward each for remaining calm, and discourage bad behavior. In most cases, with a little time and a lot of patience, your new dog and your cat will come to accept one another and become friends, or at least learn to tolerate each other. Just be sure to monitor their actions before allowing them to be together unsupervised.
  • If you are a pet parent to a cat, you’ve likely witnessed her territorial behavior. Believe it or not, the same approach you would follow when introducing a dog to a cat also applies when one cat is meeting another cat. When they get to the point of being able to share a space, set up their environment to encourage security, fun and plenty of territory for both cats. Use cat trees, perches and hideaways to create low, mid-level and high ‘getaways’ so each cat feels he has even more territory and security.

 

The decision to take on an additional pet is one that should not be made lightly. As you ponder, keep the following in mind:

 

  • Not all pets will get along with newcomers; do your research and assess personalities carefully before bringing home a new furry friend.
  • Pets of the opposite sex often accept each other more readily.
  • As a pet parent, you must spend one-on-one time with each of your fur babies.
  • Pets may fight over food, toys and territory – know how to properly handle such situations.
  • Spaying and neutering not only prevent unplanned litters, but can also reduce competitive behaviors.

 

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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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Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Shedding Solutions

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Help,

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There is

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Hair

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Everywhere !!

Author, Darlene Wagner Butler, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Does your home look like a scene from an old western, with tiny “tumbleweeds” made of pet hair rolling around on your floor? Does it seem like you vacuum up more hair from the floor that what is on your pet? It’s a fact of a pet’s life… most do shed, but with these shed-busting tips, you may have to clean up considerably less.

 

Groom regularly.

Running a brush through your pet’s hair several times a day, especially when he’s shedding up a storm, allows you to collect the hair and dispose of it in a baggy, rather than collecting it off the floor, sofa, bed, shelves… Visit your local pet supply store and pick up anything from a bristle brush (which vary according to the spacing between and the length of the bristles) to a slicker brush (a brush with fine wire bristles that reach into your pet’s undercoat to remove loose hair). If your furry friend is a feline, you may even consider an arch groomer that allows your cat to self-groom.

 

Whatever your brush of choice, use it gently, slowly and often! Brushing should be a pleasant experience for your pet, and a good bonding experience for you both. And the fact that it helps reduce your fur factory’s shedding is a definite plus!

 

Bath time!

Maintain your pet’s cleanliness by bathing him once or twice each month. Gently massaging the shampoo into his hair will encourage better blood circulation which, in turn, helps improve the health of his skin and hair. It probably goes without saying this remedy is not meant for cats – unless you have a rare specimen who actually likes getting wet. Cats are self-cleaners, using their barbed tongue, forepaws and teeth to keep up their personal hygiene.

 

Vacuum.

I know…these tips are meant to reduce your time vacuuming your floors. And this tip will, in the long run, if you use your vacuum on your pet instead! While some pets run the mere sight of that noisy monstrosity, others actually enjoy the experience of having the nozzle rub across his coat. Many manufacturers even make pet-friendly vacuum cleaner attachments – check your local pet supply store.

 

Maintain good health.

The absence of a healthy diet can contribute to excessive shedding in your pet, as can stress and a variety of skin conditions. If you’ve tried some of the suggestions above and remain concerned about your pet’s shedding, schedule a visit with your vet, who can test for deficiencies and possible medical conditions.

 

Shedding is a burden most pet parents endure. But with a little extra effort and time, it is possible to reduce the amount of hair sticking to everything but your pet. Or, you can simply adopt the adage that “pet hair is my glitter” and leave it at that!

 

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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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Pet Organ Donation

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Pet Organ Donation could save a life Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Pet

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Organ

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Donation

 

Author, Darlene Wagner Butler, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but knowing he can help other pets in medical need may provide some comfort. Not only can your pet’s legacy live on by providing the gift of life through research and treatment discovery, but he can also provide organs, bones and tissue to pets in need.

 

Pet organ donation is a relatively new concept born in a Kansas City, Kansas research company called Likarda. The company began by researching a pet diabetes treatment using cells from healthy pancreases which were donated by pet parents. Traditionally, pets are treated for diabetes in the same manner as humans, with daily insulin injections. By using the healthy pancreas cells, researchers are confident they can develop a one-time injection treatment for diabetic pets.

 

Grafts can treat a variety of pet disorders: bones can be mended and limbs spared from amputation; blindness can be prevented; joints can be repaired; loose teeth can be saved rather than removed. One example of a successful graft using donated pet tissue involved an Otterhound who suffered from melanoma on the white part of his eye. The tumor was successfully removed, but a gap where it had been remained. Using a graft from the eye of a dog donor, the Otterhound’s eyeball was repaired, returned to its normal appearance, and the dog’s vision remained intact.

 

Bone cancer, severe fractures and gunshot wounds can easily damage an animal’s leg beyond repair and removal of the affected bone will leave the limb unsupported and nonfunctional. A piece of donor bone can be used to fill the gap, giving the pet the stability and function he had before.

 

While humans have the benefit of becoming an organ donor simply by checking a box on their driver license, and becoming a recipient by being added to a transplant list, it’s much more complicated for our beloved furry friends. Unlike with humans, there is no infrastructure or national network in place in the event of a sudden pet death. But that could be changing. The Pet Organ Donation Network, an affiliate of research company Likarda, works to connect veterinarians, researchers and pet owners in the Kansas City, Kansas area. The organs are harvested from euthanized petss and, just like with human donors, when organs can’t be used for transplant, they are sent to research labs. While the service is currently available only in the Kansas City area, there may be a similar service in your area. Simply research “pet organ donation” online, and see what you and your pet can do to help others in need.

 

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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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My Pet Has Bad Breath, What Can I do?

Whatcha Doing?

Whatcha Doing?

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My Pet Has

Bad Breath,  

Why and

What Can I do?

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  Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Many pet parents are under the false impression that their pet’s bad breath is completely normal.  In fact, if your pet has particularly horrid breath for more than a day or two, there could be cause for concern.  Your pet’s bad breath might be signaling something is wrong health wise. This can be true for both dogs and cats.

If your pet has bad breath it could be a sign of the following diseases:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Digestion Issues
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease

The first thing you should ask yourself is “Am I feeding my pet a high quality diet?”  If you’re simply not sure, your vet is a great resource.  Many pet owners have noticed a huge difference after they changed their pet’s diet to a higher quality diet or to a raw or organic diet.  We recently posted an article about feeding your pet a raw diet.  Check out our article and do your own independent research on what you are feeding your pet.  Find out what you should be feeding your pet and how to read pet food labels if you are feeding commercial pet food. Also, keep in mind that not all vets are schooled in animal nutrition and may not be proponents of a fully raw or organic diet.  If you find that you are feeding your pet a high quality diet and their breath is still awful, talk to your vet about teeth cleaning and/or screening your pet for the above mentioned diseases. 

Once you’ve consulted with your vet, you are feeding a high quality diet and your pet is not displaying symptoms for the above mentioned diseases, then you might want to consider brushing your pet’s teeth.  You can also try a few natural remedies to help eliminate bad breath.  Dill, parsley and ginger, calendula, goldenseal and myrrh are all natural herbs that may be used to help eliminate bad breath (check with your veterinarian before giving anything to your pet, just to be safe, also some herbs may be safe for dogs and not for cats and vice versa). 

Add a few drops of dill to your pet’s water to help reduce bacterial growth in your pet’s mouth.  Parsley may be chopped up and placed over your pet’s food or even baked in an all natural home-made biscuit.  Parsley serves as an antimicrobial but it’s nutritious, too!  If an upset tummy is the root of your pet’s bad breath then a cup of ginger tea may do the trick.  Soak a slice of ginger in hot water to steep, remove the ginger and allow your pet a teaspoon or two of the ginger tea.  Additionally, digestive enzymes and dental treats can be used to help eliminate bad breath in your dog.

So, as you can see bad breath is not normal and may signal a very serious disease in your pet.  Always consult your vet before it’s too late.  An ounce of prevention goes a long way! Does your pet have bad breath?  How do you handle it?

For more information, here is a great article by another Pet Sitter friend of mine – 

How to Cure Bad Breathe in Your Cat

 

 

About the Owner/Author

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

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is a Raw Diet Right for Your Pet

Is a Raw Pet Food Diet Right for Your Pet

Is a Raw Pet Food Diet Right for Your Pet.

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Should I

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Feed My

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Dog/Cat

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a Raw Diet?

Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As the New Year rolled around, you might have made some health and wellness resolutions for yourself as well as the two-legged members of your family.  Diet and exercise is a top concern for many people this time of year but what about the four-legged members of your family – particularly, your dog or cat?  Have you set some resolutions for your pet companions?  If not, you just might want to consider taking a close look at what you are feeding your pet.  The Raw Pet Food diet is becoming increasingly more popular, especially as we humans learn more and more about the health benefits.  Read on to learn more. 

Always research everything thoroughly and speak with your veterinarian to make sure this would be a good alternative for your pet.  Pets with food allergies have done very well on raw diets, as well as other health related problems.  Felines need specific ingredients to keep them healthy, more so that your canine. 

What’s in a raw food diet, anyway? It may consist of –

  • Fruit
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Muscle meat
  • Whole or ground bones
  • Organ meat
  • Supplements

Why should I consider feeding a raw diet?

First and foremost, a raw diet allows you, as your pet’s protector and advocate, to have complete control. What do I mean?  Well, with a raw food diet, you will know exactly what you are putting in your pet’s bowl.  With commercial foods, there are so many different ingredients and additives that it’s not uncommon to become completely confused as to what you really feeding your pet.  If your pet becomes ill or has a reaction of some sort, it can be very hard to really pin-point the problem because you don’t’ really know what you are feeding. 

Second of all, some commercial foods may not be the healthiest option.  Why?  Well, some of these products have cheap fillers like rice by-products, corn, and animal by products.  Not to mention the salt.  These cheap fillers and additives can lead to major health problems! Heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, tartar build up…you get the idea?

Finally, a raw diet can promote health and general well-being. Just like their human counterparts, all pets need to eat a well-balance diet.  Think – food groups.  A raw diet leads to a nice shiny coat, strong bones, and lean muscle.  These are all things you would want for yourself, right?  Your pet should be no different. 

Whether you choose a raw diet for your pet or not, you should always be educated about the product you are feeding.  A good diet will lead to a long, healthy lifestyle, which we all want for our pets.  The added bonus will be less money out of pocket to your vet. 

 

About the Owner/Author

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

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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