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Can Pets Have Vertigo?

Missy and Buster

Missy and Buster

Vestibular

Disorder

in

Cats and Dogs

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Vestibular disorders, such as Meniere’s disease and vertigo, are not unique to humans. Even our dogs and cats can be afflicted when there is irritation to the nerves that connect the vestibular (inner ear) organs to the brain. The organs provide the brain with important information about body position with respect to gravity. Sensory information from your pet’s vestibular system tells him if he is upside down, right-side up, turning, falling, accelerating, slowing down, etc. This information also coordinates with sensory information from vision and proprioception (touch sensors in the paws and other parts of your pet’s body) to help your pet maintain balance and keep a clear field of vision when moving.

 

There are two forms of vestibular disorder – peripheral and central. Most cats and dogs are stricken with the peripheral form (inner ear), with the central form being less common but much more serious, originating inside the central nervous system (brain).

 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Vestibular Disorder?

 

Signs of vestibular disease include stumbling or staggering, head tilting or shaking, falling or rolling to one side, spinning or walking in circles, or sudden motion sickness, as well as involuntary, rhythmic and jerky eye movements. Secondary signs can include nausea, vomiting and excessive drooling. Perhaps one day you notice your cat’s usual streamlined and graceful movements have become awkward and uncertain, or your dog’s love for a good game of fetch has been hampered by disorientation and lack of coordination – these can be signs of vestibular disorder.

 

In older animals, vestibular disorder is often mistaken for a stroke, as the vertigo caused by the disorder can be especially intense, mimicking some signs of a stroke. It can also make simple activities like eating, drinking and eliminating quite difficult. In cases like this, supportive therapy in the form of IV fluids or nutritional supplements may be necessary. A pet-friendly calming agent such as chamomile or passionflower may also prove helpful, as the symptoms of vestibular disorder can be very stressful to senior pets.

 

What Causes Vestibular Disorder?

 

The cause of peripheral vestibular disorder in pets may include a middle ear infection, genetic sources, head trauma, an underactive thyroid gland, or a central nervous system issue, like a brain lesion. Often times, however, the exact cause can remain undetermined.

 

How is Vestibular Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?

 

Schedule an appointment for you and your furry friend to visit a veterinarian if you suspect vestibular disorder. Your vet will conduct proper testing, including a physical examination and a neurological assessment, which will determine if the disorder is peripheral or central. If the peripheral form is diagnosed, an otoscope will be used to view the depths of your pet’s ear. Your vet may also conduct additional tests such as x-rays and blood tests to rule out any other possible causes of your pet’s symptoms.

 

Treatment depends on the diagnosis. For example, if an ear infection results in the inflammation of tissues and nerves of the vestibular system, an important part of treatment will be to eliminate the infection. If your pet is diagnosed with the more common peripheral vestibular disorder, your vet will likely prescribe motion sickness medications to alleviate your pet’s nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, this form improves quickly in most cases, once the underlying cause is addressed and symptoms of vertigo are managed with supportive care.

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

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Protecting Your Pets After You Are Gone

I want you to always be cared for

I want you to always be cared for

.

.

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?

.

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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Tips for Helping Your Cat Age Gracefully

Senior Cats are the best

Senior Cats are the best

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Tips for

Helping Your

Senior Cat

Age Gracefully

and Comfortably

Author, Darlene Wager of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

 

We love our pets, and want only the best for them throughout their lives and, especially, as they get older. If you’re the parent of a cherished cat entering her golden years, there are some things you can do to help her age gracefully and comfortably.

 

Nutrition.

 

Feed your senior a balanced, antioxidant rich, feline-appropriate diet that includes omega-3 essential fats, such as krill oil. Moisture is an aging cat’s best friend, so encourage adequate hydration by providing a variety of water bowls throughout your house, in addition to minimizing dry food, which contains minimal water. If your cat is addicted to poor-quality dry food, try adding a whole body supplement, such as Standard Process Feline Whole Body Support.

 

Supplements.

Provide your kitty with a SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) supplement as a safe and effective way to stall or improve mental decline, improve mobility, and assist in liver detoxification. Some researchers believe SAMe may also be helpful in other conditions related to the damage of cell membranes such as diabetes, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia, Cushing’s disease, autoimmune disorders and certain heart conditions. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the proper dosage for your feline.

Coconut oil, a rich source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), has been shown to be safe for cats and can improve brain energy metabolism and decrease protein build-up that results in brain lesions in aging pets. It may even reduce your kitty’s hairball issues. Serve ¼ teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your cat’s body weight twice daily.

 

For aging kitties who prowl the house all night and vocalize (as many seniors do), consider a low dose of melatonin, which is a sedative with a calming effect that will help kitty sleep. Some vets even prescribe this supplement to treat mild feline anxiety, and it’s an effective antioxidant. Since melatonin is a hormone, not a drug, it has few side effects and can be used long-term. Again, consult with your vet regarding correct dosage.

 

Exercise.

 

Keep your cat’s mind and body active with regular exercise that is appropriate for her age and physical condition. Think of creative ways to enrich your cat’s indoor environment, like hiding bits of food or treats throughout the house, encouraging her to “hunt;” providing scratching posts and perches; and adding a shelf beneath a window so she can sit and watch the outdoor activities. Provide mental stimulation with puzzles and treat-release toys. And, of course, have regular playtime with your feline which not only serves as exercise, but also as much needed bonding time.

 

Routine.

 

Set aside time every day to socialize with your senior. Ensure meals are provided on a consistent schedule, along with playtime and petting/lap time. If your cat enjoys being brushed or combed, work that into the daily schedule as well, to assist her with her own grooming chores, as they may slack as she ages. If she’ll allow it, trim the hair around her private areas since her age likely impacts her ability to reach those areas on her own.

 

Sanitation.

As cats age, they may experience potty accidents.  If eliminating outside the litter box is an issue, try putting additional boxes around the house. Make sure kitty is comfortable when getting into and out of the box. Cats are masters when it comes to hiding arthritis and other aches and pains, which can limit their ability to climb into high-sided boxes, or boxes kept in bathtubs or up a flight of stairs, for example.

 

We wish our pets could live as long as we do but, sadly, that just isn’t so. Do anything and everything you can to ensure your favorite feline is comfortable, happy and as healthy as possible while she’s here.

 

 

 

 

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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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Paw Injuries

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Merlin’s Paw – Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Paw Injuries –

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What to look for

.

and

.

What to do

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Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Did you know that injuries to the paws are quite common in dogs?  It’s true and once you really think about it, it makes perfect sense.  After all, our dogs spend a lot of time on their paws! Running on the pavement, hiking in the woods, and walking on the ice and snow are just a few examples of the wear and tear our dog’s paws take!

So what exactly causes injuries to our dog’s paws? The list is endless, really but here are a few possible causes:

  • Cracked pads from the weather (hot, dry, cold elements are all culprits)
  • Insect bites such as bees, wasps or red ants
  • Broken toenails (keep those nails trimmed!)
  • Rocks between his toes (or other objects such as twigs and burrs or even ice particles)
  • Cuts and lacerations (ice, glass and other sharp objects)

Now that you know some of the causes of paw injuries, you might be wondering what the signs are.  Watch for these signs:

  • Chewing or Licking of the paws
  • Whining, yelping or crying
  • Avoiding the use of or neglecting to put pressure on the suspect paw
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching

There are a few things you can do to help your pet keep his paws in good health.  Start by paying close attention to where you walk your dog.  There are many chemicals and contaminants that your dog comes in contact with on a daily basis. It’s always a good idea to wash your dog’s paws off after a walk. After washing off your dog’s paws, consider using a balm to keep the pads on his feet from becoming dry and cracked.  You should also check between your dog’s toes to make sure little rocks or other objects have not become lodged in between his toes or even between the pads on his paws. During the winter months, be sure to use pet friendly de-icers.  Aside from causing injury to your dog’s paws, your dog may ingest harmful chemicals as he licks his paws and that can be downright deadly. 

It’s a great responsibility to care for a dog.  Your dog’s overall health, from his ears right down to his paws, is up to you!  Be a good steward, your canine pal is counting on you.

 

About the Owner

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.

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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.

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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Gracey Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Gracey
Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Canine

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Cognitive

.

Dysfunction

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 Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Has your senior dog been displaying behavioral changes?  Behavioral changes in senior dogs are often the result of an underlying physical health problem but can also be indicative of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.  Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or CCD results as a senior dog’s cognitive abilities deteriorate similar to Alzheimer’s in their human counterparts. 

What are the symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction?

  • Aggression towards family members
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of interest in play or socialization
  • Eliminating in the house
  • Change in eating habits particularly a loss in appetite
  • Staring at the wall
  • Startling easily
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty learning new commands or seems to forget previously learned commands

 

Your veterinary doctor will work closely with you as he diagnoses your dog.  He will mostly likely need to rule out some other health issues via diagnostic testing before he can definitely diagnose your dog with Canine Cognitive dysfunction.  However, the more information you can provide your vet, the better.  You should be able to discuss any and all behavioral changes that you have noticed in your senior dog.  Dogs with CCD lack dopamine activity so your veterinarian may prescribe a popular drug by the name of anipryl.  This drug may reduce some of the symptoms associated with CCD.  However, just as with other areas of veterinary medicine, a holistic approach towards treating and preventing CCD is gaining more popularity.  You may consider working with a holistic vet to come up with a plan in addition to the conventional medicine plan that has been put in place.  Dietary considerations and supplements are key components that should not be overlooked in your dog’s medical plan. 

With your help, some environmental changes may make the onset of CCD a little easier on your dog.  Avoid moving the furniture as this will only serve to confuse your dog.  Try to keep his day on a routine.  Doing this will keep stress at bay or at least not add to your dog’s stress.  Be sure to set aside time to play with and exercise your dog.  Even if his memory is failing, that does not mean your dog should be ignored and it certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to teach him new things or interact with him.  Just keep in mind that he may get frustrated just as elderly humans do when they are suffering from dementia.  Always exercise patience with your dog and understand that he will need breaks and may frustrate easily, which may bring about some of the symptoms such as aggression with you. 

When dealing with an aging dog, the best thing you can do is provide lots of tender love and care.  After all, your senior dog has provided you with many years of loyalty and love.  It’s only fair that he lives out his final years with a kind, patient and ever faithful pet parent.  That heart of the puppy that you loved and nurtured many years ago is still beating inside your senior dog’s chest.

 

 

 

 

 

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 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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Hiking with Your Dog

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Author, Noelle Dunn, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Who does not enjoy fresh air, exercise and time with their four legged pal? Going on a walk with your pet is one of the best experiences you can have. Hiking in the mountains or walking wooded trails can be even better!

However, there are some tips and precautions one must take when thinking about taking your pet on a hike. Taking your pet with you on a hike is a rather large responsibility and not all dogs are ready nor meant to hike.

Below are some tips to consider if you are thinking about taking Fido out with you on your next hike.

First things first:

  • Obedience.While you may love your pup, how obedient is he? Does he get easily distracted? Does he return immediately when called?
  • Health. How is your pet’s health and stamina? Does your pet take medications? Visit with your vet first to ensure your pet is up for hikes.
  • Rules. Verify well before your arrival, if the area you are considering for that hike is pet friendly. Can Fido come? If so, obtain the rules and regulations before venturing out.
  • Location. Please verify the area is suitable for your pet. Avoid rocky, tough terrain as it may not be suitable for Fido’s paws.  What creatures might your pet be exposed to on the hike?  Is he trained to handle encounters with snakes? Bears?

Once you have all of your ducks in a row time to prepare for the hike. Below is a checklist of some important items to square away and carry with you on that hike:

  • Bring a leash and collar. While your pup may be well behaved and trained, the leash is a good idea for their protection – especially in unknown territory. There will be so many new smells and sights for your pet!  It can be overwhelming and the urge to stray might be possible for even the most obedient of dogs.
  • Bring plenty of water and a bowl. You need to ensure Fido has plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially during the summer months when heat and exercise can potentially lead to heat exhaustion.
  • Plastic bags. You must pick up after your pet.
  • First aid. Make sure you have essential first aid care in the event Fido is hurt.  You should have a first aid kit on hand at home even if you aren’t thinking about hiking.
  • ID. Ensure your pets is micro-chipped and his collar has an up to date ID with your cellphone number on it your home number will not help you if you are out in the woods with your dog). Also, ensure you have a recent, clear full-bodied photo of your pet with you.  In the event your pet does get lost, all of these will improve your chances of being reunited with your pet.

Now that you are prepped and packed, you are ready to go! Enjoy a hike with your best friend! Remember to respect all wildlife you encounter, keep Fido safe and have fun!

 

 

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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How to Choose a Pet Sitter

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I want my Pet Sitter!!

 

How to Choose a Pet Sitter

   Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

The most stressful part of going out of town, whether for vacation or business, is finding someone to watch your beloved pet.  Many people’s first thought is to enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to watch their pets while they are away.  Some people opt for boarding for kennel, while others choose a pet sitter.   In home pet sitting is growing in popularity.  It is convenient in the service they provide as well as the fact it is the least stressful option for your pets.  If you are looking for someone to come into your home to meet your pet’s needs while you are away, keep reading for important things to consider when choosing a pet sitter.

Is the pet sitter you are considering a professional pet sitter or someone who pet sits as a hobby or to earn a little extra cash?  The best pet sitters are professionals that are known in their community and have extensive experience. They should be registered to do business in your state, bonded and insured.  A professional company will have a company website with testimonials from happy clients.  A professional company will do background checks and training and have employees.

Is the Pet sitter you’re considering have business experience?  If they have been in business for at least 5 years, chances are they have run into problems and have policies in place to handle them.  Do they know what to do if your dog gets bit by another dog, stung by a bee, or suffers from heat stroke?  Who will they call?  What is the emergency plan of action?  Every reputable company has a plan of action and all of their pet sitters are well schooled on how to handle all types of emergencies.

Is there a contract or service agreement?  There should be!  This provides protection for you and the pet sitter.  It also minimizes any miscommunication as far as what services are provided and exactly what you can expect from the pet sitter.   Your prospective pet sitter should provide time to speak with you and allow you ample time to ask questions.

Stay Away from Craigslist Type of sitters.  These are sitters who pay to post a listing on sites like craigslist, Tech companies who list multiple people.  Some even state that YOU are protected with insurance, etc.  However, the insurance ONLY protects the Tech company.  You and the sitter you choose on this site are not protected.  As long as these Tech companies are making money every time you book, they do not care about anything else.  In fact most do not pay taxes.  They collect the money from you and then pay a portion to the sitter as an IC.  The Tech company gets away without paying taxes stating that the IC is responsible. These type of sites will have people who are not fully committed to pet sitting.  They do it when they can, they may not be available when you have an emergency, they will not be bonded, insured, etc.  This is why you will pay a cheap price because there is NO protection, no professional business.

Look for Sitters who really want to IMPROVE themselves and their business and profession. They go to continuing educational conferences, take classes.  They will have their own website (VERY important).  In addition to a website you will see their business facebook page with reviews (not a personal page). On their website you should be able to see extensive background on the owner with awards and certificates.  Knowing this will help give you peace of mind.

Finding someone to take care of your pet while you’re away can be scary and confusing but if you do the proper foot work before you leave, you’ll no doubt leave your pet in the hands of a trusted, respected professional while you’re away.  If you have any questions on how to choose a pet sitter, please call us. We’d love to guide you through the process.

We also have plenty of information on our website to help you make the best informed choice in pet care.

Here is a list of all of our blog articles

10 Things to Look for in a Pet Sitting Company

3 Mistakes People Make in Hiring a Pet Sitter

 

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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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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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