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Puppies and Kittens need our Protection, as do all animals.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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Is that Animal Rescue Legitimate?

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

How can you keep safe?  Let’s find out.  

Before you adopt or make a donation to an Animal Rescue or Shelter, make sure that rescue is a legitimate rescue. We are fortunate to have some great Rescues and Shelters in NH.

Check out the List of Shelters and Rescues in NH

In light of the closing down (July 2015) of Sweet Paws Spa (also known as Sweet Tails Animal Rescue), other organizations being found to not be legitimate and your donations going into someone’s pocket instead of helping animals, here are some things to consider.

So, what happened?  This Boarding facility, established in 2007,  started to also rescue animals within the last year (could not find a date).  I am not sure how people did not notice the deplorable conditions when dropping off their pets to be boarded but it was finally closed down in July 2015.

Here are links about Sweet Paws – 50 Dogs Rescued, Video 60 animals rescued

Here is there website – Sweet Tails Animal Rescue

No one checked to see if they were legitimate, if you scroll down the website page, you will see it is written they are a 5013c, non-profit and licensed rescue.  They were not a non-profit nor were they licensed.

Here is a page – it states they obtain animals from high kill shelters which usually mean from the south.  This is the only page where I could see anything about where they obtain animals.  However, they could obtain any free animal and no one would ever know.

 

Why would a rescue not be a legitimate rescue?

Well, there are a few things.  Sometimes, a kind hearted person finds an abandoned animal, nurses it back to health.  They feel really good about what they have done and the animal needed them.  Usually, the person is lonely and the needy animal fills a need for this person.  So, they find another animal in need.  Maybe it is a free animal in the paper, on craigslist or Facebook.  This person feels they can do better than the person who just feels the animal has no value by offering it free, so they go and obtain the animal.  This person has good intentions, they plan on finding a good home, but sometimes, those homes never come about because this person just can not think that another person will ever give the animals a good enough home like they can.  So, she keeps them.  Then 2 animals, turns into 10, then 20 and so on.  Now these animals are a burden, she can not keep up with the cleaning, buying food is getting hard and it now becomes a hoarding situation.

Another scenario  is someone who decides this could be a good way to make some money.  They will call themselves a rescue.  People will look kindly on them because they are rescuing animals in need.  So, they obtain a few free animals, go online and say they are up for adoption.  The animals get adopted and viola, fast cash.  This is a bit like pet flipping (getting free pets and then asking for a re-homing fee).  But this has a beneficial twist.  Being thought of as a rescue, they can also ask for donations (illegally, but few will check to see if they are legal) !! People are willing to give them money to help the animals, with medical, food, whatever.  Sweet Paws advertised on Facebook many times to find homes for pets.

The above situation has been added to considerably, in the last few years because of the new thing in New Hampshire of IMPORTING animals from the south.  Animal Welfare in New Hampshire has done a very good job in getting the public to spay and neuter pets.  This is a great thing because there are less animals euthanized due to over population.  However, this created a shortage of puppies and now kittens.  Again, this is a good thing unless you have a lot of people wanting puppies and kittens.  So, some shelters decided to work with shelters in the south where they have too many unwanted puppies and kittens and started to ship them up here to be adopted.  Many legitimate rescues and shelters in New Hampshire are working with legitimate rescues and shelters in the south and doing a great job.

However, this also created some southern rescues (and some pet flippers acting as rescues) to take matters into their own hands and just advertise online, get people to commit to adoption and then they would drive the puppies and kittens up here, meet in a parking lot and just give them out to the people.  Sometimes, the people advertising animals did not even have animals, they just took money up front and disappeared after they had the money in hand.  This also created animals brought into the state that were not healthy, not vaccinated and falsified health certificates.  As soon as the animals were up here and money was in the southerners hands, they were never to be heard from again.  In the fall of 2013, these unhealthy animals brought in  a mutated strain of parvovirus running through the state.  Luckily, it did not spread too fast and seems to have been thwarted.

– Here is a WMUR Video on the Importing of animals in NH  (please ask more questions than this video states)

With all of these problems being created, The state of New Hampshire ended up creating a law, that any animal brought into the state must be quarantined for 48 hours in a licensed facility before going into a new home.

Here are the other laws for rescues/shelters/breeders/anyone you should be aware of

– NH Laws on Frees Pets & For Sale

The above laws are there to protect YOU and well as protect the ANIMALS.

 

So, how can you protect yourself?

Like everything else, ask a lot of questions and do your research.  Better to take the time now, then to either lose your money or obtain a very sick animal or worse.

 

What should you look for- 

 

1- Date Established

Rescues that have just opened in the past year or so would be a red flag.  As mentioned above, many people are starting “rescues” because it is an easy profit for some.  A form of Pet Flipping.  Getting free unwanted pets locally or from out of state and bringing them here to “adopt”. With fees ranging from 50-300 per animal, it could be easy profit.  Sometimes a transport fee may be tacked on of 100-300.

What to look for – a rescue established 5 years or more is probably a safe bet

 

2 – They should have a website

Not Petfinder alone. All legitimate rescues/shelters will have their very own website, giving you information on the organization. There should be an about us section, how the organization was started and when.  This information is a great start, but the creator can write anything they want, so make sure to check things out as well. For example, they can write they are a non-profit but not be a non-profit.

 

3 – Facebook page

This is good as long as they also have a legitimate website.  They should not only have a Facebook page.  Check to see what others have posted about this organization.  Do not just go by these posts because they could be friends, family and even the creator using different names.

 

4- Be Licensed with the state (NH) as a rescue

Check with the state agriculture to make sure that they are a licensed rescue.  The state of NH requires that All rescues/shelters must be licensed with the state every year.  The yearly annual fee is $200.

– List of NH Licensed Rescues

 

5- Non-Profit Status in NH

Check to make sure that their Non-profit status is legitimate.  Many organizations state they are nonprofit but are not. In NH organizations must do quite a few things to become nonprofit with the state and then they must do what is required to become a nonprofit federally.

List of Registered Charities in NH (non-profits, 5013c)

 

6- Veterinarian on call

All rescues/shelters work with a veterinarian

 

7- Ask what the animals have had medically and get a copy of this medical.

AND CHECK IT OUT, call the veterinarian who signed

Why?  because many illegal “rescues” forge paperwork.  So, do NOT rely on it.

All animals should receive  –

  • Physical
  • Vaccines up to date for their age
  • Testing appropriate for dog (heartworm) or cat (Feline Leukemia)
  • Deworming
  • Defleaing
  • Spay/neuter, even kittens and puppies

Your adoption fee is a BARGAIN for all of the above services.  If you were to pay for these services your self, it will most likely cost you 2, 3, and maybe 4 times as much as your adoption fee.

 

8- Ask where their animals come from

Are the animals owner surrenders, ferals, abandoned animals in NH?

Are the animals imported from other states? Where from?

 

9- If imported from other states, what licensed facility for quarantine do they use?

NH state law requires that all animals are quarantined for 48 hours before going into a new home. This is because the out of state organizations that have these animals are so desperate to get them up here that they were falsifying documents and health certificates.  This creates disease coming into the state and affecting our animals up here.

At these NH licensed facilities, they usually will check out documentation.  Many from NH facilities will have NH documentation for health certificates and vaccines if they came without documentation or documentation that can not be proven. 

All organizations in AND out of NH must be licensed in NH if they choose to adopt in NH.

All transporting organizations that are bringing animals into the state of NH must bring animals to a NH licensed facility to be quarantined for 48 hours before they can be adopted out.

If there is a foster home in NH for an out of state organization, the foster home and out of state organization must be licensed in the state of NH as a rescue if they are adopting.

 

10- What is their adoption policy?

What do they do, if anything, if this animal becomes sick in the first 30 days?

What is their return policy, if ever you can no longer keep this animal for any reason? A legitimate rescue/shelter will always have the animal returned to them

 

11- Visit the facility, if possible.  

Is it clean, smells good, animals look well cared for, have fresh water and clean dishes.  Are they housed separately or are they crammed with too many animals in a cage/kennel.

 

What should you do, if you suspect something is off?

  • Document clearly what you have found, take pictures, write dates and notes of findings.
  • Are they not licensed, not a nonprofit?
  • Did you find the facility in bad shape, animals neglected, feces all over?
  • TELL someone.  Call another shelter, animal abuse investigator.
  • Call the State of Agriculture.  They are responsible for all the animal related laws in the state of NH

If you are reading this, chances are you LOVE animals.  This was not written to thwart any legitimate help for animals.  It was written to arm you with information, to protect you from being used or stolen from and to ultimately help animals.  Homeless and abandoned Animals have it hard enough without being used again.

 

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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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Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Low Cost Spay Neuter & Vaccine Clinics in NH

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Low Cost

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Spay  Neuter

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Vaccine

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Clinics in NH

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

 

Did you know that New Hampshire has MANY places that offer low cost spay and neuter for your pets?  New Hampshire is one of the states that really has done a great job in curbing unwanted litters with vast education and offering low costs clinics that everyone can afford to do the right thing.  The decades effort has paid off in much lower numbers of unwanted litters being brought to shelters but there is still more to be done.  So please Spay and Neuter all of your pets.  With our list here, there really is no reason to not spay and neuter.

We have also included a Vaccine clinic that anyone can go to as well to keep your pets up to date and healthy.  See our full list below.

 

Here are a few low cost vaccine, spay & neuter clinics.  if you know of any not on this list.  please email me (ppseweb@aol.com) all information (name, address, phone) AND links to their website with the information for low cost vaccine, spay, neuter clinics.  thank you. 

 

Vaccine Clinics

Nashua, NH

  • Humane Society for Greater Nashua Website
  • Vaccine Clinic Page Link
  • Clinic runs Wednesdays ONLY from 12-4pm.  Walk-ins welcome but will need to wait for time.  Best to call and make an appointment
    • Dogs
      • Vaccines (Rabies, Distemper, Lyme, Kennel Cough
      • Vaccines (Rabies, Distemper, Lyme, Kennel Cough)
      • Heartworm test and prevention
      • Frontline flea & Tick
      • Microchipping
    • Cats
      • Vaccines (Rabies, Distemper, Leukemia)
      • Feline Leukemia/Aids test
      • Frontline flea & Tick
      • Deworming
      • Microchipping

 

Spay Neuter Clinics in NH

Great Fun Video on Importance of Spay/Neuter – Click here to watch !!

 

Conway

  • Rozzie May Animal Alliance
    • Click above to go to their website
    • Conway, NH 
    • Mobile Spay/Neuter Van
    • Vaccine and Microchip Clinic
    • Pet Food Pantry

 

Dover

  • Cocheco Valley Humane Society
    •  Click above to go to their website
    • 262 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820
    • 603-749-5322 ext 103.
    • Cocheco Valley Humane Society now offers low cost spay/neuter clinics at the shelter once per month through All Creatures Mobile Veterinary Services!
    • For information on pricing and scheduling, please call the shelter

 

Laconia

  • NH Humane Society
    • Click above to go to their website
    • 1305 Meredith Center Road, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246
    • (603) 524-3252
    • Also known as the SNAP program

 

Littleton

 

Londonderry

  • Animal Rescue Veterinary Services
    •  Click above to go to their website
    • Londonderry, NH
    • Low cost spay and neuter clinics for owned dogs and cats under 6 years of age.

 

Manchester

  • Animal Allies
    •  Click above to go to their website
    • Manchester, NH  603-228-6755
    • Any cat owner who cannot afford the regular cost of spaying/neutering. Clinics are held twice a month and fill up quickly. Call to learn more.
  • Manchester Animal Shelter:
    • Click above to go to their website
    • Low cost Spay/neuter clinic For owned cats and rabbits, Vaccines will be given as well, if needed
    • Free Spay/neuter for PitBulls & Pit Mixes, must be a resident of Manchester, NH

 

Nashua

 

Swanzey

  • Monadnock Humane Society
    • Click above to go to their website 
    • 101 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH  03446, 603-352-9011
    • Cats Only

 

NH State Plans

  • State of NH Spay and Neuter Assistance
    • Click above to go to their website 
    • State of NH program:
      • if you receive or are eligible to receive financial assistance from the state of NH (food stamps, SSI etc) you can get your pet fixed for $30 through Plan B
      • Please ask organizations and your veterinarian if they accept this.
  • N.H. Spay Line
    • Toll Free 1-800-990-SPAY
    • For residents of N.H., this service tries to help people locate a low cost or free spay-neuter program.
  • New Hampshire Spaying & Altering Service
    • Need to call or write for information 
    • 8 Hutchins Street, Concord, NH 03301
    • 603-224-1361 before 2 pm
  • New Hampshire Dept. of Agriculture – APC Program
    • State House Annex, 25 Capitol Street, PO Box 2042, Concord, NH 03302
    • 603-271-3697
    • Discounts for qualified low-income families.
    • This program is funded by dog licenses
    • Call or write for information about APC.
  • Spay Program for Mother Cats
    • 8 Fox Hill Road, Belmont, NH 03220, 603-524-6432
    • or 24 Montgomery Street, Concord, NH 03301, 603-224-1877
    • You and your cat must meet various criteria to qualify for this program.
    • Call for information
  • Friends of Animals
    • click name above to go to website 
    • 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, CT 06820
    • 800-321-7387 or 203-656-1522
    • Friends of Animals will send an application and a directory of participating veterinarians nationwide. Participating vets are limited. You pay Friends of Animals for a certificate. Upon receipt of certificate, make an appointment with any participating veterinarian. Costs for certificate: Female Dog $75, Male Dog $54, Female Cat $55, Male Cat $40. Veterinarians are invited to call for information.

  

Massachusetts

  • Merrimack River Valley Feline Rescue (Cats Only)
    • Website –  
    • The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s Catmobile Program is a subsidized mobile spay/neuter clinic designed specifically for cats. Our package includes a brief exam, spay/neuter, rabies vaccination for cats over 12 weeks of age (weighing 1.5kg/3.3 lbs.), flea treatment and nail trim.
    • This mobile clinic travels all over.  Call or visit their site and then make an appointment to one that may not be too far.

 

 

 

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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January Pet Care Tips

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January

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Pet Care Tips

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Pet Care 

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

Having been in the animal field most of my life, working in animal welfare, animal rescue,

Animal Hospitals and now in the Largest NH Pet Sitting Company, I have put together a few

Pet Care Tips for every month, here is the Month of January.

Update Calendar

As you flip over to the new year.  Put reminders when your pet’s Veterinary Visit is due.  Include Annual physical, vaccines and Heartworm check (for dogs).  Do not forget to check their teeth.  Dental health should be checked annually.

Keep Pets Inside

Rule to keep in mind – if it is cold out for you, it is cold out for a pet.  If they are to be outside for any length of time, Please make sure that they have a full shelter to get out of the cold, rain, snow and wind.  They can freeze and get frostbite just as we can.  

Check your car/truck’s engine before starting

Many Cats, wildlife and other animals may try to keep warm inside a vehicle. Engines are nice and warm right after you come home and park.  Sometimes clapping your hands and speaking loudly may scare an animal away.  If you can, open your hood and inspect the inside before starting.  

Increase the calories

If your pet will be spending alot of time outside, you may want to increase food.  Keeping warm takes added energy.  

Keep Pets away from any puddles

Puddles may contain antifreeze.  It is lethal to pets and humans.  Animals can be attracted to it because it is sweet.  Clean thoroughly if you spill.  

Check paws

Check paws daily for chapped and cracked paw pads.  Use Bag Balm to keep soft.

Use a Sweater

Short coated dogs may get cold very fast.  Consider buying a coat or sweater to help.  Boots may be hard for them to get used to but may also be a good idea. 

Wipe Paws

Wipe paws, feet and legs after each walk.  They may pick up deicers, salt, antifreeze or other chemicals while walking.  You would want to clean that off before your pet has time to lick off. 

Avoid all Ice on Lakes/Ponds

Unless your know for SURE that the ice is completely solid and 6 or more inches thick with temperatures below freezing consistently for at least 3 or more weeks, do not even chance your life or your pets life.  

Be Prepared

Be Prepared for severe weather, blizzards & power outages.  Have a plan in place that includes pets if you must leave your home.  Never leave your pets, even if people say you will be back in a little while, too many times, something happens and that little while may be a day or longer.  Also have extra food and water for you and your pets.  Check out our Disaster Planning for You and Your pets for more Helpful ideas.  

Help Your Neighborhood Stray

Help any cats or dogs that may be abandoned in your neighborhood.  Many pets are left behind with owners hoping some kind person will take them in.  Or that abandoned female cat, has kittens and now there are feral kittens in the neighborhood.  If you can contact organizations to help trap them, they can help the animals find homes.  If feral, there are organizations that will trap them, make sure they are healthy, spay and neuter them and find barn homes for them or if you will help feed and make them a shelter, they can be returned to live out their life without having more kittens.  

Speak Out if you see a Pet in the Cold

If you see a pet consistently kept out in the cold, rain, snow.  Say something to your local animal control.  Document everything you see, dates, times, if you see anyone giving fresh water or food.  It could mean life or death to that pet.

Protect Horses Too

Horses and other livestock need shelter as well.  They need to be able to get out of the cold, rain, snow and wind.  To keep warm, they also need extra food.  Water needs to be checked often so that it is not frozen.  

Make February Reservations Now

If you have any FEBRUARY dates you will be away, especially for the February School vacation, please make your reservations NOW to ensure availability. 

 

If you adopt a puppy or dog this month

CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Dog Walking/Mid Day Let Out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

If you adopt a kitten or cat this month

CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

 

 

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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Pets in Need – How Can You Help

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Pets in Need

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

 

When you think of pets in need, most people think of humane societies, humane shelters and rescues.  There certainly are many pets in need in those facilities and organizations.  However, adopting a pet is not the only way you can help pets in need.  There are lots of ways you can help these organizations and more.

 

Here is how –

 

ADOPT –

This is always a way to help a pet in need.  If you are ready to add a new furry love to your family, by all means adopt.  The added love in your home will be well worth it.  But there are many things you can do besides adopting.

 

FOSTER –

Here is a way to help many pets.  I foster orphaned kittens for a shelter.  These kittens could be orphaned and still nursing, they could be too young to vaccinate and therefore can not go into a shelter where they would be susceptible to many diseases.  If you have room and time to care for an orphan kitten or puppy, it is rewarding.  Many organizations also need help with pregnant moms (cats and dogs).  The shelter is not a place for a pregnant mom, too much going on, too stressful, etc.  They need a quiet, warm home where they can finish their pregnancy, deliver their babies and care for their babies until they are ready to be adopted.

 

DONATE MONEY –

Every organization can make your dollar stretch to help the animals in their care.  This is always a great way to help your local organization.

 

TRAIN –

If you know how to train the basics, many shelters would love to have the dogs trained in basic – sit, down, come, stay.  Dogs that are trained are always a plus to be adopted.

 

SOCIALIZE –

All the cats and dogs need love and attention.  Maybe you can just sit and give them attention.  The animals need it. Sitting and brushing or petting an animal not only de-stresses that animal but also de-stresses YOU.   Many shelters have socialization programs.

 

DONATE NEEDED ITEMS –

Paper Towels (they go through cases)

Trash bags

Kitty Litter (call the organization to find out if they use a certain kind, many organizations like to use one kind for consistency for the cats.)

Food – dog, cat, kitten, puppy, dry or canned.  This is always in need.  (Call the organization to find out if they use a certain kind, many organizations like to use one kind for consistency for the pets.)

Towels, blankets, sheets (new or used)

Newspaper

Small boxes (That cans are packed in.  They can be used as litter boxes)

Toys

Treats

Brushes and other grooming items

Stainless steel bowls

Shelving Units (heavy duty on wheels for storage)

Storage Boxes

Pet Formula

Pet Nursing Bottles

 

VOLUNTEER TIME –

Shelters need volunteers for many things, just ask what they need

 

MAKE PET ITEMS –

Pet beds

Pet toys

 

VOLUNTEER YOUR EXPERTISE –

Can you do bookkeeping, cpa, taxes

Landscaper, lawn mowing, snow plow

Carpenter

Plumber

Painter

Artist – paint a mural, donate your works of art for auction

Computers

Web Designers

Lawyers

 

VOLUNTEER or discount YOUR EXPERTISE to the workers and volunteers

VOLUNTEER or discount YOUR BUSINESS SERVICES to the workers and volunteers

 

VOLUNTEER what you love to do

Garden

Organize

Clean

Graphics

 

GIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES – 

Donate items for raffle or auction

Donate your services (plumbing, carpentry, etc) for raffle or auction

 

SHARE POSTS  –

Like your rescue or shelter’s Facebook page.  Share posts of the animals looking for homes. You never know if one of your friends will fall in love and give an animal a much needed home.

 

WILDLIFE –

Become a wildlife rehabilitator in your state

Donate to a rehabber person or organization, they can always

 

CARE FOR A FERAL COLONY –

Many shelters do a trap-neuter-release.  Volunteers are needed to help bring food on a daily basis.  Making warm shelters is also needed.  Making sure that people do not harm them or poison them.

 

 

CLICK HERE for the list of NH Area rescues and shelter organizations.

Contact them to see what they need.  It is VERY rewarding.

 

 

 

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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Pets as Gifts – Is it a Good Idea

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

You have a pet lover on your gift list and thought a new pet would be the perfect gift.

Please think long and hard before giving a living breathing animal as a gift. Pets as gifts require many things to consider.

 

The times that many people think of giving a pet as a gift are Birthdays, Easter, Christmas and after a person has lost a beloved pet. Weeks and months after a pet is given at these times is also the times these pets may be given up. If not given up, the pets may enjoy a wonderful life but the joy of choosing one’s own pet was not given.

 

The one thing I have witnessed over and over again in all the years that I have been in animal welfare is when an animal chooses a person, the bond is special. If you have ever been chosen by a pet, you know what I mean.

 

Keep in mind – 

  • Adding a pet to a family is a very personal choice.
  • Not every pet is right for every family
  • Not every family is right for every pet
  • What you may think is the perfect pet maybe the last thing the person receiving would actually get for themselves.
  • A person may prefer to add a dog instead of getting another cat or may decide to add a cat instead of another dog.
  • Maybe they prefer a male over a female or the other way around.
  • Maybe they absolutely love black but would never consider another black pet because it reminds them of the one they lost and it would be too painful.

 

If there was a loss of a pet, and they are grieving, many people think getting another pet to replace that pet will help.  Keep in mind, a pet that was deeply loved can never be replaced. Grieving is a very individualized thing.  Some people do well with adding a pet soon after that loss, some take much longer. It took me 5 years after losing my Siberian Husky before I was ready for another dog. If you bring a pet to a grieving person who may not be ready, you may add to that grieving if they must give up the new pet as well.

 

Adding a pet to a family is a decision that is a long term decision. Dogs and cats can live 15-20 years or more. Large bird breeds can live upwards of 50 years and it is advised to put them in your will and trust (all pets should be as well).

 

Then there is the financial aspect of owning pets. In the first year, expenses can run into $1000-2000 with pet food, vaccines, spay/neuter, etc.  If it is a pet that has medical issues that are not known when acquired, it could be higher.

 

A pet as a present will require a lot of time and money from the person that will be receiving the pet. Can they handle this?  Do they want to?  There is a lot to consider and if this will be a surprise, you may think you know all the answers but maybe the reason this person has not gone out to get a new pet is because it is not the right time.

 

So, should you throw this idea out the window?  Not necessarily.  Here are some ideas on giving the gift of a pet without actually giving a pet. This way, when the recipient is ready, all they have to do is choose.

 

You can make up a basket or fill a decorated box with everything they need.  Or fill a crate or pet carrier. Fill with everything on our list (lucky person and pet) or choose just a few.

 

Ideas For Dogs – 

  • A note letting the person know that when they are ready you will be happy to take them to choose their pet
  • A note stating that you will pay for the pet of their choice
  • Pet Care Gift Certificate for mid day let out for a puppy while they are at work or dog walking for their new dog or whenever they may need a pet care visit at their home from a professional pet sitting company (Professional Pet Sitting Etc has gift certificates in any amount)
  • Pooper Scooper
  • Pet waste bags and carrier
  • Leashes, collars, harness
  • Pet Identification
  • Pet Video Camera
  • Pet GPS
  • Microchipping
  • Training Gift Certificate
  • Training/behavior books and videos
  • Pet Insurance
  • Animal Hospital Gift Certificate
  • Care Credit information (this is a special line of credit to be used for your pet whenever it is needed.  This can be used for regular or unexpected medical, emergencies, etc.  Depending on the amount, you could have up to 6 months interest free to pay off the balance. Bonus is that this can also be used for human medical and dental as well!)
  • Pet Food (enough for a few days, a week, a month)
  • Grooming Gift Certificate
  • Brushes, combs
  • Nail Clippers
  • Toys of all sorts
  • Treats
  • Beds, blankets

 

Ideas For Cats – 

  • A note letting the person know that when they are ready you will be happy to take them to choose their pet
  • A note stating that you will pay for the pet of their choice
  • Pet Care Gift Certificate for Litter box cleaning while they are at work or whenever they may need a pet care visit at their home from a professional pet sitting company (Professional Pet Sitting Etc has gift certificates in any amount)
  • Litter Scoops
  • Litterboxes (at least two)
  • Leashes, collars, harness
  • Pet Identification
  • Pet Video Camera
  • Pet GPS
  • Microchipping
  • Training/behavior books and videos
  • Pet Insurance
  • Animal Hospital Gift Certificate
  • Care Credit information (this is a special line of credit to be used for your pet whenever it is needed. This can be used for regular or unexpected medical, emergencies, etc. Depending on the amount, you could have up to 6 months interest free to pay off the balance.  Bonus is that this can also be used for human medical and dental as well!)
  • Pet Food (enough for a few days, a week, a month)
  • Grooming Gift Certificate
  • Brushes, combs
  • Scratching posts and trees of all sizes
  • Nail Clippers
  • Toys of all sorts (especially laser and feather toys)
  • Treats
  • Beds, blankets

 

If you are planning on giving another type of pet such as a bird, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit, duckling, chick, etc.  Please do ALOT of research.  There are Facebook groups for all of these pets and more.  Ask questions on what they would love as a gift for complete care for the type of pet you are considering.

 

If your friend rents, please check and find out what is allowed.  If you are thinking of a German Shepherd puppy and the rental agreement only allows cats and dogs under 25 pounds, that will be a bit disappointing.

List of Pet Friendly Rentals

 

If you are thinking of a horse, pony, ducks, chickens, goats, etc. You may need to check with the city your friend lives in to make sure that their home is zoned for such animals. Also, these are animals that will need a building for them to be housed in. You may need to do further research for housing plans, costs and make sure there is room and zoning for that as well. Ducks and chickens may also be in danger of wildlife in the area, so please take that into consideration.

 

What are some ideas that you can give to a Pet Lover without giving an actual Pet?

 

If they already have pets –

  • Pet Care Gift Certificates – they can always use help with pet care if they go out to dinner and need a supper visit or a dog walk when they are gone all day(Professional Pet Sitting Etc has gift certificates in any amount)
  • Animal Hospital Gift Certificate
  • Really anything on the above two lists will work

If they do not have any pets and a new pet is not right at this time – 

  • Donate to a local shelter or animal organization in the person’s name
  • Donate to a local shelter or animal organization in the person’s pet’s name

Happy Gift Giving !!

 

 

  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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Christmas – December Pet Tips

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Pet Tips For Christmas December

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

 

Some easy to make cat toys for Christmas –

  • Cut holes in a plastic water bottle so that kibble is dispensed when the cat rolls the bottle around. Use sand paper to smooth any sharp edges and rinse well then dry before using.
  • Tie fabric strips to a long stick and run it across the floor. Be careful to not let kitties eat any loose strings
  • Take an old sock and put catnip and a few pieces of crumpled cellophane inside. Knot it up for your cat to wrestle with or carry around.
  • For the prey minded cats who love to chase, toss aluminum (not used on any food) foil balls down stairs or along your floor. A crumpled piece of paper will work, too!
  • Here are more ideas – http://www.pinterest.com/lacey_pentland/diy-homemade-cat-toys/

 

 

Some easy to make dog toys for Christmas –

  • Wrap a water bottle in a t-shirt, becomes a crinkle chew toy
  • Another crinkle toy, take a water bottle and put in a sock
  • For a tennis ball treat puzzle, cut a hole in a tennis ball big enough for kibble or small treats, insert inside and as the ball rolls around the food will fall out
  • Braided Tug Toy – take Old t-shirts cut into strips can be braided tightly, knot each end
  • Here are more ideas – http://www.pinterest.com/brumzoo/diy-pet-toys/

 

 

Pet Tip #1 –

Securely anchor the tree to the wall with fishing line, to prevent playful curious pets from tipping or knocking it over

 

Pet Tip #2 –

Skip the tinsel,  Kitties can not resist the sparkly fun toy but if ingested could lead to obstruction, vomiting, surgery & can be fatal.

 

Pet Tip #3 –

Keep pets away from wrapping paper, string & ribbons.  They could pose health hazards, blockage and more

 

Pet Tip #4 –

Christmas tree water is not for pets to drink.  It may contain chemicals, flame retardants and insecticides leaking from the treated trees.

 

Pet Tip #5 –

Clean up tree needles.  They can be toxic and cause mouth and stomach irritation.

 

Pet Tip #6 –

Angel hair, flocking and artificial snow are mildly toxic, large amounts will cause blockages

 

Pet Tip #7 –

Tree preservatives for the water are often sugar based and inviting to pets, another reason to keep pets away

 

Pet Tip #8 –

To keep pets away from the tree, try using citrus sprays.  Most pets do not like the smell.

 

Pet Tip #9 –

Keep wires taped securely and away from pets.  No dangling wires enticing them to be chewed, causing burns or worse.

 

Pet Tip #10 –

Keep breakable ornaments out of reach from playful paws.  Glass fragments and metal hangers can be a choking hazard and more

 

Pet Tip #11 –

Holiday potpourri can smell delicious to pets but may cause them to become very ill or worse

 

Pet Tip #12 –

Some snow globes contain antifreeze which is sweet tasting to pets.  If knocked over and broken, pets may be attracted to ingesting which can be fatal

 

 Medications

As always keep medications out of pets reach.  Give them a place to go from all the noise and bustle of the holidays.

 

Make Reservations Early

Make your reservation Now for your January pet care reservation.  Book all pet care reservations as early as you possibly can to ensure you will be all set.

 

Adopt

If you will be adding a new furry member to your family, consider doing it at least 2 or more weeks before the busy Thanksgiving Holidays.  It is hard on new pets in a new home with losts of hustle and bustle.

If you adopt a puppy or dog this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

If you adopt a kitten or cat this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

Happiest of Holidays to you and your pets

from all of us, at

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. 

 

 

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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FREE Pets, Are They Safe

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All Pets Have Value, 

All Pets’ Lives Matter,

Keep Them Safe,

They are Counting On You

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

 

How can you keep your pets safe if you must find them a home?

Let’s find out.

FREE pets are advertised in the newspaper, on Craigslist, on Facebook and various places online.  People are hoping to find good safe loving homes for their pets but is a free pet really going to a loving home?

When I worked at the Humane Society, we always told people to never give a pet for FREE.  People who are willing to pay for an animal are generally willing to take good care of them.

There is always the exception to the rule, however, in most cases, placing a cost value on a pet makes it more likely that a person will think before buying/adopting that pet.  In many situations, if they must get rid of the pet,  they may think twice because of the money spent already for that pet.  Where as a free pet, already has no cost value, so if the person has no emotional attachment to the pet, they also do not have a money value on the pet.  Making it easier to get rid of.

When you advertise a Free pet, sometimes people will grab the pet before someone else does without putting much thought into their living situation, cost in medical care, cost in food, time involved in caring for the pet (scooping litter, taking for a walk in all kinds of weather, picking up dog waste, and more).  Many times people do not know what to ask when getting a pet or what to ask when re-homing a pet (click on both for lots of ideas and suggestions). Many times free pets may not be up to date on vaccines or healthy.

There are many stories of free pets who were found to be very ill after someone took them.  Those free pets cost hundreds and in a few cases thousands in just the first few months.

What other things do Free pets have to worry about?  The people who make a living or a hobby acquiring free pets.  These people are VERY good at what they do to convince you your pet is going to the best home.  They look like wonderful people.  People who could be your neighbor.  They may even let you do a home visit.  They may bring their children.  As your pet leaves, you will believe that they are going to a great home.

They are that convincing.  

So here are a few kinds of BAD people who are looking for YOUR Free pets.

They are looking in newspapers, craigslist,  facebook and online –

 

BEWARE OF THESE PEOPLE, they all exist in New Hampshire.  

REMEMBER, they are good at what they do –

  • Pet Flipper
    • They look for FREE pets and turn around and sell them to anyone who will buy them for a profit
  • Cultists – 
    • they are looking for FREE pets to use in animal sacrifices
  • Animal Abuser 
    • they take FREE pets because they like to kill them (or worse, torture) or use them as target practice
  • Puppy/Kitten Mill  
    • Take FREE pets that look purebred and breed  in high quantity for money.  They look for pets not spayed/neutered
  • Dog Bait 
    • Take FREE pets and give them to their dogs to rip up because they find it fun or use pets to train dogs for fighting
  • Experiment Labs
    • people who make money finding animals to sell to labs for experimentation.  Many years ago in New England, unclaimed animals would go to labs.  Even today, some labs pay for test animals. Many do breed their own animals for this.
    • Did you know that the animals that are used in schools for biology are obtained by looking for FREE pets?  We are talking about classes that dissect cats or other pets.  The companies that sell to the schools buy from people who are paid per pound, so they need many. When I was appalled that Nashua High was requiring students to dissect cats that looked like everyone’s pet at home, I started doing research and this is what I found.
  • Fake Rescue
  • Animal Hoarder
    • Takes on FREE pets because they feel the pets need them,  Many times they love the pets but do not have the money to care and feed the numbers.  Pets end up living in filthy conditions and are not medically cared for.  This usually gets worse over time until authorities step in.
  • Pet Food
    • These people look for FREE pets to feed to snakes, lizards and other exotics.
  • Backyard Breeder
    • Want FREE pets to use for breeding to make money.  Many times they are looking for what looks like purebreds.  They often do not do vaccines, etc.  These people are on a much smaller scale than the above Mills.
  • Bestiality/Fetishists  –
    • Unfortunately it does exist in NH and people are working on making this illegal.  FREE animals used for many sexual reasons.

All of the above troll and search for FREE pets.  They are very good at their jobs and they will convince you that your FREE pet will be going to a loving home.

You say, but we will know if someone is trolling because they will be asking for lots of animals….WRONG!  They wil continually make new profiles in different names just so you do NOT know how many pets they are getting on Facebook.  On CL, they just answer the ads from different Unsuscepting people.

It was brought to my attention that a local purebred rescue would help to re-home your pet. You would keep your pet with you, they would be happy to help refer interested people to you for your pet in their referral program but the pet would need to be FREE, here is what they required –

Referral Program

Due to our limited resources at this time most of our work is done through referrals, matching people looking for dogs with people needing to place dogs.

Those who participate in this program do so with the understanding that we are unable to investigate either party. Once we send information about dogs to potential adopters it is up to you to contact the current owners, who will then interview you.

There is no fee (FREE) for any dog in the referral program, and all arrangements for transfer of ownership are between the current and new owners.

 

This is NOT a good thing for a rescue to require a pet to be FREE.  The owner must be VERY good at interviewing, do a vet check, do a home check, make an application and make an agreement.  I would still recommend doing all of that but by putting a re-homing fee on the pet, especially a purebred, most of the bad people mentioned above will be out of the picture.  By this rescue requiring the pet to be FREE and not taking any responsibility, they are not helping keep those pets safe.

So, does this mean that ALL people who are looking for FREE pets are bad – of course NOT.  But because the above bad people are so convincing, it is very hard for anyone to figure out who is good from who is bad.

So, what are some ways to keep your pets as safe as possible.  Unfortunately, there is no 100% guarantee –

Here are FOUR things that will help –

  • First place a price for re-homing your pet. 
    • Kittens and cats – 50 – 100+
    • Puppies and dogs – 100 – 200+
    • Purebreds, dogs, cats – 100 – 400+
    • Rabbits, Guinea pigs – 25 -100+
      • Purebreds may go for more
    • Birds – 50- 800+
      • Large exotic birds may go for any price
    • The above prices are suggestions.  these are for pets that have been checked by a veterinarian and found to be healthy, up to date on all vaccinations, free of parasites, dogs are heartworm free, and all that are old enough should be spayed/neutered.
    • Remember that this is for the safety of your pet to find a loving home.  This is not for making a big profit.  Many people do a bit of research.  Maybe you have registration papers, which if the pet is spayed/neutered, it is just a nice thing for the new owners to have but proof that your pet is a purebred with lineage. Some people base price on the cost of vet check, vaccines, etc.
  • Then, ask TONS of questions, vet check, home check.
  • Have them fill out an Application
  • Have them sign an agreement with you

If you do the above things, chances are the home will be okay.  Again, it is not a 100% guarantee.  If all of this gives you anxiety, I totally empathize with you.  Having the life of your pet in your hands is a daunting task.

The above list of licensed shelters and rescues can help.  We are very fortunate to have many amazing organizations helping pets in New Hampshire.  Go visit a few.  Ask them questions.  What are there policies?  Do they keep animals until they find homes?  Go on their website, read everything there. I would avoid any person or organization that want you to give your pet away for FREE.  It just puts pets in a possibly unsafe path.

Whatever your decision, to bring to a shelter or to find a home yourself, you  need to be happy with your decision.  Your Pet’s Life depends on what you decide and you need to live with it.

All of your hard work is worth it for your pet’s safety & happiness.

Thank you for caring so much.

 

 

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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Halloween-October Safety Tips for Pets

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Halloween October Safety Tips for Pets

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

 

 

Halloween time can be fun for you and your pets.  Here are a few things to consider so this time is full of treats and no tricks !!

 

1 – DECORATIONS –

  • Popular Halloween decorations like decorated Pumpkins and corn stalks are relatively non-toxic but can cause stomach upset if nibbled on.
  • Use non-toxic paint or better yet, keep pets away from decorations.
  • A carved pumpkin  is fun, but take caution if you add a candle.
  • Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.
  • Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.

 

2 – CANDY –

  • This is the time for lots of candy.  Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats.
  • Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.
  • Lollipops and their sticks can be choking hazards and cause a painful obstruction or foreign body ingestion that may require surgery to remove.
  • Candies wrapped in plastic and other types of wrapping can also lead to chocking or cause an obstruction and upset stomach.
  • Raisins, a favorite of health-conscious revelers, are toxic for dogs and can cause renal failure.

 

3 – WIRES & CORDS –

  • If you are putting up  any electrical decorations, please make sure that cords and cords are not chewed on.
  • Secure them so curious dogs or cats can not pull them and decorations down if they try to play with them.

 

4 – PET COSTUMES –

  • If you decide that you would love to dress up your pet, please make sure your pet is a “ham” and loves it.
  • Some pets can get stressed even though we think it is cute.
  • Also make sure that costumes are in good repair, no loose strings that can be eaten, no small choking hazards, flame retardant material.
  • The costume should never restrict movement or impede breathing.
  • To minimize chances of an accident, add reflective tape to your pets costume if they will be out after dark.
  • Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Small (or large) parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested
  • If your pet seems stressed while wearing the costume, you may consider just having them wear a bandanna or going au natural.

 

5 – WATCH PETS –

  • Take caution when opening your door to trick or treaters.  if you have a cat or dog that loves to dart out the door, please secure them in a room during the hours of trick or treat.
  • Give your pets a quiet, safe place on Halloween. Scary parties, constant doorbell ringing or too many strangers in your home can be stressful to your four-legged friends and even make them physically ill.

 

6 – IDs – 

  • IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification.
  • If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

 

7 – GLOW STICKS –

  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely

 

8 – PREPARE –

  • Take your dog outside supervised before trick or treating starts

 

9 – PLEASE KEEP ALL PETS INSIDE

  • Especially BLACK pets, during this month.
  • If you you must let them outside, please do it under supervision.
  • We hate to say it, but this is the time of the year that pets, especially BLACK pets are stolen.
  • They are used for sacrifice in cults and other not nice things.
  • Children can be very cruel at this time of year as well.
  • Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.

 

10 – RESERVE A PET SITTER – 

  • If you will be leaving your pet at home during the trick or treating in your neighborhood, have a pet sitter stay with your pet if they are nervous with people walking by or ringing the doorbell or maybe setting off firecrackers.  We can come before the set time for trick or treating and let them out to go to the bathroom, or just come by for a visit to make sure they are okay or stay for the entire time of trick or treating and make sure they are comfortable before we leave.
  • Make your reservation Now for your November and Thanksgiving holiday pet care reservation. You may even want to think about December and New Years pet care as well.
    • Making your reservations now will ensure pet care availability during this busy time

 

11. ADOPT  – 

  • Black dogs or cats are the hardest to find homes for.  Please consider pets that have been born with black coats.  You may find that shelters and rescues may be a bit cautious at this time to adopt out.  This is because they care for the pets they are responsible for.  This is the time of year that all black pets, especially cats, may be in danger, as mentioned above.
  • If you adopt a puppy or dog this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.
  • If you adopt a kitten or cat this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

Let’s all (pets and humans) have a fun, safe,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!

 

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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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5 Must Have Products to Keep Your Pet Cool

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5 Must Have

Products to

Keep Your Pet Cool!!

Author, Joelle Schuller, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Frozen Treats

“Frosty Paws”  Ice cream-like treat specifically made for your dog.  These cool treats can be found in your grocer’s freezer.   For dogs who like ice cubes, how about taking it up a notch?  Puree watermelon or any other fruits and veggies your dog likes and voila!!  Easy, breezy…cool treats!

 

Gel Cooling Pads

These mats come in all sizes so all dogs and cats can cool off!  No need to refrigerate these mats either.  These work to cool your pet off by lowering his body temperature.  Simply put, your dog or cat lays on the gel mat and he’ll be cooled off in no time as the gel mat draws heat away from your pal’s body!

 

Cooling Pet Cots and Canopies

These amazing cots are made from a breathable denier polyester and mesh material making air flow possible to keep your pet cool.  There’s even one that comes with a removable gel pad to cool your pet down even more!  If your pet loves to lay on the cool tile at home, this cot may be just what he needs.  This will keep your pet up off the ground, which is great if your pet spends time out of doors!  This easy to assemble cot also has a matching canopy which is also great for dogs that spend time outdoors and is a great addition to your camping gear!

 

FroBo Water Bowl

Keep your dog “hydrated and happy” with this amazing bowl.  No cords or electricity involved here.  This bowl features a freezable core that will keep your dog’s water cold for up to 8 hours.  Gone are the days of warm, stagnant water.  You can even purchase an additional freeze core so you always have a cold one on hand!

 

Crate Cooling Fan

Do you keep your dog in a cage or crate while you’re at work or out for the day.  This cool fan attaches right to the bars of your dog’s crate providing extra ventilation.  It’s quiet fan works on two speeds, and provides up to 100 hours of cooling, fresh air.  No electricity needed either so your pet will be safe!  Requires 2 D-cell batteries

 

 

 

About the Owner of 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 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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Flea and Tick Borne Diseases

Felice

Felice

Flea and Tick

Borne Diseases

You Need to Be Aware of!

Author, Joelle Schuller, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Do you protect your pet against fleas and ticks?  If not, read on to learn the dangers associated with flea and tick infestation!  Your pet should be some type of flea and tick prevention plan; it could save his life!

 

First, let’s start with some tips to keep your pet free of fleas and ticks!

  • Proper grooming is essential. Bathing and brushing your dog regularly will help keep infestation at bay.  Those pests don’t thrive in soap and water.
  • Keep an eye on your pet especially if he spends a lot of time out of doors. Check his fur each time he comes in.  A quick brush before he comes in the door is a great option.  The sooner you detect the pests, the less likely those pests are to multiply!
  • An unhealthy dog is more susceptible to being preyed upon by fleas and ticks. Keep your dog healthy with a proper diet and exercise regime, as well as regular  visits to the vet.
  • Keep your lawn and shrubs well maintained. Fleas and ticks love to hang around tall grass and wooded areas!
  • Wash linens and vacuum any carpets and upholstery that your pet has access too. Empty the vacuum directly after each use and take the debris to the outside trash bin so if there are any fleas or ticks, they are not left inside!
  • Talk to the vet about the best prevention plan for your pet. If you are against medicating your pet, discuss alternative/holistic methods with your vet.

 

Note: Click on each underline to learn more.

 

Diseases and or ailments caused by fleas:

 

Tapeworm: causes mild, moderate or severe weight loss, itching/ hot spots

Flea Borne Spotted Fever: lethargy, fatigue, vomiting

Flea Allergy Dermatitis: itching, and chewing of skin and paws which leads to painful and unsightly hot spots

Plague: fever, swollen glands, anorexia due to decreased appetite.

 

 

Some ailments and diseases caused by ticks:

 

Lyme Borreliosis: lethargy, fever, lameness, loss of appetite

Anaplasmosis:  acute fever and severely compromised immune system

Babesios: infection to kidney, liver and central nervous system

Ehrilichiosis:  weight loss, anemia, fever

Flea and tick infestations are no joke!

They can cause life long damage to your pet and death may persist in some cases.

Remember to speak with your vet about how to keep your pet and home pest free!

 

 

 

About the Owner of 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 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

Pet Sitting NH , Pet Sitting Nashua NH , Pet Care NH, Petsitternh, Petsittersnh, Professional pet sitter, pet sitters, professional pet sitting, pet sitting, pet sitter, professional pet services, professional pet sitters, pro pet sitting, pet sit, pet, puppy sitting

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