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What is Going On With Your Pet’s Breathe

Cat with mouth open

Pets with bad breathe may have health issues

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Your

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Pet’s

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Bad Breath

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 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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

 

Periodontal Disease

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

 

Liver and Kidney Disease

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

 

Diabetes

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

 

Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

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

 

Poor diet

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

 

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

 

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

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

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What to Expect as Your Cat Ages

I am never getting old, I promise

I am never getting old, I promise

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What to

Expect

as Your

Cat Ages

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Author, Darlene Wagner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

 

Your favorite feline will be an official senior citizen once he turns 10 years old. Sure, as with humans, kitty ailments are more of a concern as they age, but these days, with proper care and advancements in veterinary medicine, cats are living into their late teens and even early 20s. So there’s no need to panic if your purr-fect pal is getting older, but it IS time to start taking steps to insure he stays as happy and healthy as possible throughout his senior years.

 

The Pre-Teen Years

By the time most felines turn 10, behavioral changes become more noticeable. Your cat has likely slowed down a bit; you may notice your cat isn’t jumping up onto high surfaces as much, or he’s no longer climbing to the uppermost perch on the cat tree. He may be more easily stressed if his daily routine is changed, or something new is added to his environment. Or perhaps he doesn’t run out to greet you when you get home, as he once did. And how about his increased vocabulary? What’s up with that?

Older cats can suffer from many of the same health challenges older people face, including arthritis, thyroid issues, diabetes, and kidney disease, making it of the utmost importance to schedule twice-yearly wellness visits with your veterinarian. The sooner a change in your kitty’s health is identified and addressed, the easier it will be to resolve or manage the problem.

When visiting your vet, mention any and all behavioral changes you’ve noticed in your cat, no matter how minor they may seem, as these can provide important clues about health problems that may be brewing under the surface. It’s also important for you and your vet to keep regular tabs on your cat’s weight, to assure he isn’t gaining or shrinking over time.

 

The Teenage Years

From 13 to 15 years of age, most cats are moving quite a bit slower than they once did, many experience at least some vision and hearing loss, and may also have less tolerance for cold temperatures. Teenage cats can develop age-related dementia, making small changes in their environment or routine increasingly stressful and confusing.

 

Along with increased napping and less activity, you may notice your typically friendly feline become a bit cranky and easily irritated. If your household includes young children and/or a frisky canine, everyone should learn to approach kitty in a quiet, non-aggressive manner. Have a multi-pet household? It’s important to keep your younger pets from bullying your aging cat, as they may sense a change in the natural pecking order and become more aggressive toward him.

Does it seem like your cuddly companion prefers spending more time alone? This is normal behavior for an aging feline. Enhance his feelings of safety and security by making his favorite hideout a warm, comfy little retreat. But keep in mind, older cats still need to interact with their human family regularly. Engage him in gentle play, an ear scratching session, some lap time, or a bit of brushing or combing.

Continue with twice-yearly veterinary checkups as they are essential in order to safeguard your teenager’s health. Your vet will perform a geriatric workup, including a physical exam with blood, urine, and stool sample tests. The results of these tests will provide a snapshot of how well your cat’s organs are functioning, and point to any potential problems. Have your vet check the condition of your kitty’s coat and skin, his footpads and nails, and his teeth and gums as well.

 

Sweet 16 and Up

First off, if you’re lucky enough to share your life with a cat of 16 years or more – congratulations! You’ve done a great job!

Now, it’s reasonable to compare your 16 year-old feline to an 80-year-old human. He’ll move and think more slowly, and may have an assortment of age-related health challenges. He’s likely not as alert or responsive as he once was, and maybe even seems confused at times. Even if he’s still in good health, chances are he’s sleeping more, interacting less, has reduced his grooming time, is vocalizing more, and maybe even having accidents outside his litter box.

As long as you keep bi-annual vet visits and look out for significant or sudden changes in your senior’s health and/or behavior (such as changes in appetite or potty habits, aggressive behavior, mental confusion, etc.), there’s no need to worry. Ensure he is comfortable, secure and relaxed by having a consistent daily routine and providing him with a quiet, cozy retreat with bedding and a toy or two.

Interested in ways you can help your favorite feline through his senior years? Read our accompanying blog entitled “Tips for Helping Your Senior Cat Age Gracefully and Comfortably.”

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

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

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Is My Dog Healthy

Nothing Wrong With Me ! I'm Perfect !

Nothing Wrong With Me !
I’m Perfect !

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8 Tips

to Check

Your

Dog’s Health

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Author, Darlene Wagner,  of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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

 

Healthy Checklist:

 

#1 Body.

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

#2 Eyes.

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

#3 Ears.

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

#4 Nose.

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

#5 Mouth and Teeth.

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

#6 Nails.

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

#7 Coat and Skin.

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

#8 Overall Attitude.

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

 

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

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

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

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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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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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

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

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Making A Pet First Aid Kit

Who wouldn't keep this baby safe?

Who wouldn’t keep this baby safe?

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Putting Together the Best Pet First Aid Kit

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

 

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

Also check out our Articles –

6 Disaster Planning Ideas

 

Disaster Planning for You and Your Pets

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

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

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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

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Flea Prevention in Cats

Itchy, I'm so itchy !!

Itchy, I’m so itchy !!

Fleas,

Ticks

and

Cats 

Author, Noelle Dunn of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

 

The perfect setting for fleas and ticks to breed is the cozy, warm coat of cats. These nasty bugs feed on your pet’s blood and can cause a variety of health issues. There are steps you can take to keep them away from your furry friend.

 

Fleas and ticks usually attack together but are very different. A flea is considered an insect and has 6 legs. They cannot fly, but can jump a great distance. Ticks are related to spiders. They are tiny and have 8 legs. There are some other differences; fleas live about 100 days or so, while ticks can live a few weeks up to 3 years. Fleas will lay 20-40 eggs a day for up to several weeks. A tick can lay thousands of eggs at once. It is most common for fleas to dominate during warmer months but a tick thrives in both hot and cold climates.

 

If your cat has fleas and ticks you will notice persistent scratching. You should check your cat’s fur, focusing on the head, neck area, tail and feet.

Some signs your cat may have fleas and ticks:

 

Itching

Gnawing and licking

Hair Loss

Tapeworms

Pale lips or gums

 

The most common way animals contract fleas is from being outdoors. It only takes one flea or tick to be infected. Fleas can fall off their host animal onto the rug, furniture, and bedding.

 

You can keep your home flea and tick free by doing the following: clean rugs and upholstery often and the areas where your pet sleeps and eats. You should wash your pets bedding regularly. You can use an indoor fogger to kill fleas and ticks. For more severe cases, you may have to consult an exterminator. As you clean, focus on dark areas where fleas and ticks like to hide.

 

If you are going to treat your yard, keep in mind these bugs migrate to the dark, damp, shady spots. Always read directions thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Before treatment, pick up any leaves, loose branches or anything you don’t want to be affected by the chemicals.

 

You can prevent the spread of fleas and ticks by regular checkups and vaccinations. Cats are highly sensitive to insecticides. Some products that are intended for dogs should absolutely not be used around felines.  Check all labels before you buy. To be safe, you should consult with your veterinarian for the best methods of flea and tick prevention.

 

 

 

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

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

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Is My Dog Losing His Eyesight?

Hey, everything is blurry

Hey, everything is blurry

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I think my

dog is losing

his vision. 

How can I tell? 

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Author, Noelle Dunn of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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

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

 

Signs to look for

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

stepping high or taking steps with noticeable caution

walking onto or into objects

more dependent on using his nose to navigate his surroundings

cannot catch or locate his fetch toy this

startle more easily

disorientation or clumsiness

 

So, what causes vision loss or blindness in dogs?

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

Stroke

Retinal degeneration syndrome

Progressive retinal atrophy

Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy

Collie eye anomaly

Retinal dysplasia and detachment

Glaucoma

Diabetes mellitus

Untreated eye infections

Cataracts

Dry eye syndrome

Uveodermatologic syndrome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

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

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Choosing The Right Family Pet

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Which Pet is Right for Your Family?

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  Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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

Family Schedule

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

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

Budget

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

 

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

Living Space

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

 

Multiple Pets

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

Kids

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

 

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

Transition Periods

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

 

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

 

About the Author: Jordan Walker

 

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

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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

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

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

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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

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Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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

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I’m Sorry !

What Could Be Wrong and Why Is This Happening?

  Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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

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

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

Fever

Lethargy

Blood in the urine

Excessive thirst

Increased frequency of urination

Signs of pain while urinating

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

 

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House Training An Adult Dogs

 

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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.

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

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Canine 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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