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February Newsletter 2018

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • It’s still doggone cold out there!Consider taking your pooch on a few, but shorter walks in this chilly weather. Put a sweater on smaller dogs or those with short coats!
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pet

Is your valentine handsome, athletic, with big brown eyes, and LOVES long walks on the beach? Mine too; it’s my dog! Millions of dollars each year are spent on pets for this loving holiday. And why not? 85% of pet owners say their best friends give them the unconditional love they don’t get anywhere else.

Here are a few ideas to share this holiday with your pet. 

  • Get some exercise! Explore a new neighborhood or take a hike, it’s not only healthy it’s also a great way to bond.
  • How about a new toy? Consider a toy that will give them hours of fun; like a Buster Cube or a Kong. 
  • Learn some new tricks! Training a dog or cat with treats is relatively easy. Make it fun. If your pet isn’t much into training, set aside a special playtime and spend some quality time together.
  • Snuggle on the sofa while watching your favorite movie, maybe The Aristocats, Lassie, or The Adventures of Milo and Otis!
  • Whip up a batch of homemade treats; they are easy and fun to make. 
  • Give them a massage; most pets love them.
  • Do your buddy a favor and learn pet CPR.
  • Donate to your local shelter in your pet’s name.

On the flip side, Valentine’s Day can be a hazard for your pets. Keep them away from these items.

  • Chocolate and cocoa are poisonous to many animals. If you receive them as a gift keep them locked away.
  • Many candies are also unsafe, especially sugar-free candy and gum. They contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to pets.
  • Did you get some flowers? Keep them away too; they can have fertilizers and insecticides on them. Some plants and flowers are toxic while others, like roses with thorns, could injure them.

Now you’re all set to have a doggone good Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips from the ASPCA

 

February is National Pet Dental Month

We’ve all heard that we should be brushing our pet’s teeth, but do you know why? Not only does it keep their breath sweet but poor dental health has a daily impact on your pets overall health.

If you’ve never brushed your best friends teeth and they are in poor condition, you’ll want to have your vet professionally clean their teeth. It often requires anesthesia, but it’s well worth it to start fresh.

There are oodles of dental care products on the market for your pet, and studies have shown that a combination of brushing and hard chew toys does that best job for keeping their choppers clean. So, grab a doggy toothbrush, some flavored toothpaste, and try to brush them every day.

There are a variety of toys that can help, for example, Kong Extreme Bone, Kong Kitty Toys, Pro Action Dental Chew, or Flossy Chews Rope toys; they act like dental floss. There are also treats specifically designed to clean teeth, such as Greenies (made for both cats and dogs), Zuke’s Z-Bones Dental Chews, Merrick Fresh Kisses, or Hill’s Science Diet Canine Oral Care Chews.

Dr. Bellows, a specialist in Veterinary Dentistry, tells people when they ask how long their new puppy will live, “your pup will live 15 – 17 years if you brush their teeth daily, 11 – 13 if you don’t.”

If that doesn’t convince you to start brushing, we don’t know what will!10 Tips for Better Dog Dental Health
10 Tips for Cat Dental Health

 

2 Behaviors Your Cat Wants You To Understand

Is your cat drinking from everywhere other than their water bowl?  There are a few reasons your kitty may be doing this. Many cats can’t see standing water well, but they can hear and see running water. This may be why your cat drinks from a dripping faucet.

Cats are also very sensitive to the size and material of a water bowl. They won’t like it if it’s too small (hits their whiskers) or too big. Felines are also very sensitive to smell, and some plastic bowls give off a scent that your cat may not like. Additionally, instinct may be telling them that standing water isn’t safe because in the wild it’s often a breeding ground for bacteria. Lastly, if your cat eats canned or fresh food, they may get enough water in that.

So what can you do? We know of people that leave a faucet dripping, or turn it on a few times a day so their cat can drink. You could try adding flavored water (mixed with a bit of tuna fish) to their regular meal which may satisfy most of their H2O needs. There are running water pet fountains on the market; both cats and dogs love them. Cats are finicky about having a spotless water bowl, so be sure to wash it and change the water every day. If your pet’s drinking habits change suddenly, it could be a sign of illness, and you’ll want to get advice from your vet.

Why does my cat sit in high places? We know of a cat that spends most of his day on top of his people’s refrigerator, surveying the lay of the land. It’s instinctual for most cats; they are safer in the wild when not on the ground, and they love having a high vantage point. It is part of your cat’s hunting skill set to be up high, keeping an eye out for small prey (which hopefully you don’t have in the house)! Many homes are warmer near the ceiling (remember, heat rises) and what cat doesn’t like a toasty cat nap? Climbing is also an entertaining activity for a kitty. And of course, in a multi-cat household, a little height often keeps the peace.

Be sure to provide your cat with some vertical territory. Some people have shelves up near the ceiling for their cats to hang out on (they will need a way to get up there). You can buy a multi-level kitty condo, keep in mind they need to be sturdy and stable; most cats won’t enjoy a wobbly one. Felines love watching the world from a window; consider putting a shelf or cat tree at window level so they can nap and watch the world go by!

Our pet’s quirkiness is part of the joy of having them, does your cat have some interesting behaviors?

 

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January Newsletter 2018

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Happy New Year!

  • Brrrrrr, it’s cold out there! Consider taking your pooch on a few, but shorter walks in this chilly weather. Put a sweater on smaller dogs or those with short coats!
  • Unwanted Pet Items – We are picking up unwanted pet items. If you have any unwanted pet items; food, towels, sheets, etc. and some magazine paper items for the bird sanctuary, please let us know. The next time Vital Visits cares for your pets, leave a note for your Pet Sitter to bring the unwanted pet items to the office. If we cannot use pet items for the fosters and rescues on our list, we will gladly donate to one of the shelters we work with.  
  • Job Openings – adding sitters! Adding Pet Sitters to Plano, TX  Richardson, TX Dallas, TX and Garland, TX.  If you know anyone that may be interested send them this link to Apply. Thank you!
 

Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes in canines is a complex and chronic disease where they have either a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to it. Although there is no cure for it, pets with diabetes can be managed successfully.

The cause of diabetes isn’t known. We do know that autoimmune disease, genetics, weight, pancreatitis, and some medications (like steroids) play a role in the development of the disease.

Often this disease is caught by blood work on your pet’s yearly well visit. Diabetes is usually a silent disease because many pets don’t show obvious symptoms early on. Look for the following indications:

  • Greater than normal thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of energy, weakness, or fatigue
  • Thinning or dull fur
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Frequent urination (maybe even accidents in the house)
  • Cloudy eyes

Obviously, if your buddy is showing these symptoms, it’s time for a vet visit. Don’t put it off; it’s best to catch this problem sooner rather than later.

Your vet will prescribe a treatment for your dog which almost always requires insulin injections twice a day and glucose monitoring, combined with dietary changes and exercise. Management of a newly diagnosed dog can be daunting at first, but both owners and dogs quickly adjust to this new routine. Along with the insulin, another critical factor in management is daily exercise (call us we can help).

So if your best friend is diagnosed with diabetes, don’t panic. With proper care, you’ll have many more happy, active years together!

 

Common Health Issues for Small Dogs

Small dogs have become doggone popular; they are SO big on charm and personality, cute as buttons, and easily portable! However, you may not realize that small breeds can generally be more fragile than the big guys. Before adopting a small breed, it’s good to understand some of the health risks that come with them.

Breathing issues – small dogs with short noses and flat faces (like a Pug or Boston Terrier) have a tiny more compressed airway- so don’t demand too much from them. Strenuous exercise needs to be kept to a minimum especially in hot weather.

Patellar Luxation – or more simply put, a dislocated kneecap. This problem can occur in any breed, but it’s more common in small breeds.

Intervertebral Disk Disease – this happens when the cushion between the vertebra come into contact with the spinal cord. It can cause discomfort, nerve damage, or even some paralysis.

Pancreatitis – this problem can develop when the pancreas becomes inflamed and can occur for a variety of reasons, such as obesity, infection, and sometimes just appears out of the blue.

Ectropion – this abnormality often affects short-nosed, flat-faced breeds. It causes the margin or the eyelid to roll outward which results in exposing the inner tissue of the eye and can lead to itchy eyes or frequent infections.

Oral Health Issues – Small breeds have small mouths, yet they still have 42 teeth like dogs of any size. This can lead to crooked teeth or an unusual bite and makes them a target for dental disease.

Don’t let this stop you from adopting a pint-sized pup, many have no health problems at all and if you know what to look for you can stay ahead of any petite pooch problems!

 

Introduce Your Cat to a New Friend

Last month we floated the idea of adopting a new cat to keep your current kitty company. This month we’ll go over some plans for introducing your cat to their new friend.

In an ideal world, your newcomer would be the opposite gender, fixed, smaller, and younger than your current cat. With any new addition to your pet family, you should plan to take it slowly because this is a stressful time for both cats involved. We don’t want either cat to have a bad experience or get injured.

Do these steps slowly, while gauging their tolerance to each other. Some cats may accept a newcomer in a couple of days; others may take a lot longer.

  • Before you bring the new cat home set up a separate safe room for the newcomer. They will need their own litter box, food and water bowls (be sure they are not near the litter box), and toys.
  • Scent is very important for cats. Let them smell each other indirectly by rubbing a towel on one and letting the other smell it. Do this with both cats and leave the scented towel near their food dish.
  • Expect some hissing thru the door; this is a natural and healthy behavior as they start to figure out the pecking order.
  • On day two, switch the cats around for a bit. Allow the new cat to explore the whole house and put your old cat in the new cat’s safe room for an hour or so. Do this for a couple of days, so they get a chance to inspect and smell the others’ lair.
  • After a couple of days of doing the steps above, allow the cats to sniff each other through an open door with a baby gate up. They may hiss or even ignore each other, which is OK and completely normal.
  • If you feel they are ready to mingle, let them do so under closesupervision. Ignore any hissing and growling, only intervene if an actual physical battle breaks out.
  • Make this first activity together a fun one; they will learn to associate their new friend with pleasure. Play a game with them, feed them (in separate dishes placed a bit away from each other), pet them, and offer a lot of praise.
  • If things go badly back up a few steps and take it slowly. Introductions can take from 2 hours to 6 months (most happen in a week or so).

Nine chances out of ten, your cats will soon be best buddies and get along famously, just be patient.

 

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December Newsletter 2017

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Relax and enjoy the holidays!

  • Unwanted Pet Items – We are picking up unwanted pet items. If you have any unwanted pet items; food, towels, sheets, etc. and some magazine paper items for the bird sanctuary, please let us know. The next time Vital Visits cares for your pets, leave a note for your Pet Sitter to bring the unwanted pet items to the office. If we cannot use pet items for the fosters and rescues on our list, we will gladly donate to one of the shelters we work with.  
  • Job Openings – adding sitters! Adding Pet Sitters to Plano, TX  Richardson, TX Dallas, TX and Garland, TX.  If you know anyone that may be interested send them this link to Apply. Thank you!
 

Fun Holiday Pet Gifts!

 

Cats

Feline Laser Chasing Scratching Post – This scratching post does double duty, it’s made with heavy duty sisal yarn and a felt cover base for your cats scratching pleasure, and it has a laser beam that moves across the floor in unpredictable patterns. Never ending fun!

Whale Cat Bed – From the UncommonGoods catalog, this warm and cozy maritime-inspired bed has a fringe that doubles as a toy. Machine washable and made in the USA. 

Meowbox – A monthly gift box filled with surprises for your kitty. It’s loaded with toys, treats, and a BOX! With every Meowbox sold they donate food to shelter cats.

Thermo Heated Kitty Windowsill with Fleece – This kitty sill will give your cat an enjoyable warm spot to watch the world from your window. Leave it plugged in all day, so it’s warm and snuggly for your cat. Cover removes for easy cleaning in your washer. The sill supports over 40 pounds!

Dogs

Barkbox – Welcome to a whole new world of joy with your dog! Get a monthly box packed with goodies for your best friend; themed boxes with treats, toys, and chews. They guarantee your pup will love them!

iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher – This fully automatic launcher throws standard sized tennis balls 3 different distances. Now you can have fun with your dog without straining your pitching arm!

Honest Kitchen Bone Broth –  Mix this broth with warm water and jazz up your pet’s food. This meets FDA standards for human food; it’s all natural with no GMO ingredients and all made in the USA. It comes in 3 delicious flavors; your pet will love it.

Rock’N Bowl – This unique dish is made especially for the dog that inhales their food. It’s a roly-poly puzzle that slowly releases your dog’s meal. From UncommonGoods.

Other Pets

Toss and Chew Sisal Rope Toy – A fun and safe toy for your bunny to chew, pull, and toss. From a great Etsy store, Bunny Rabbit Toys, this is handmade in the USA.

Small Animal Hideout
This adorable all wood hideout provides a place for your small pet, hamster, gerbil, or rat to have a place to hang out.  The all natural wood hideout is safe for your pet and promotes nesting and satisfies their chewing instincts.

People

PetCube Camera – Every pet owner needs one of these! This camera lets you watch and talk to your pets on your smartphone! Watch your pet in HD video with a wide angle lens, and talk with your pet using the 2-way audio! Capture and share what your pet is doing. Fun!

Dog Pillows – Unique pillows celebrating your breed’s special traits, created by Illustrator Patricia Carlin in Brooklyn, NY! Made from 100% cotton canvas.

We wish you and your fur friends a warm and happy holiday season!

 

Does your best friend have the flu?

Canine Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that affects dogs and cats. There are 2 strains of the illness, and it’s relatively new virus which means that very few pets have immunities to it.

This illness is very easily spread between pets via droplets or aerosol transmission. Your pet can catch it just by being near a sick animal who coughs, sneezes, or even barks! It tends to spread where pets congregate: the dog park, a kennel, the groomer, or doggy daycare facilities (good reasons to use a pet sitter)!

The virus can live for 48 hours on surfaces, which means that toys, water bowls, leashes, and other objects can spread this virus. The incubation period is 1 – 5 days, and it’s in this time period when a pet is most contagious. It’s also before they show any symptoms, so you can see why it’s so easily spread.

This flu can cause severe respiratory infections, so you need to look for these symptoms: a cough, nasal or eye discharge, sneezing, lethargy, fever, and lack of appetite. If your pet is showing symptoms, it’s time to go to the vet and have the severity of their flu diagnosed. Many pets also come down with secondary bacterial infections that may need treatment.

If your dog or cat is diagnosed with Canine Influenza, your vet will set up a treatment plan depending on how your pet is doing. Some may just need rest, while others may need fluids or antibiotics for secondary infections.

The good news is that there is a vaccine for dogs (not for cats). Discuss the flu situation in your area with your vet before your best friend gets ill, to help you make a decision about vaccinating your pet.

States with flu outbreaks (all but 4)

More Flu Information

 

Fun Pet Holidays in December

December 2 – National Mutt Day
December 4 – World Wildlife Conservation Day 
December 13 – National Day of the Horse
December 14 – Monkey Day

 

Are You (and your cat) Ready for a Friend?

There is no such thing as too many cats, right? Who doesn’t love purring, kitty kisses, and catnaps? There are many benefits to having 2 cats. In multiple cat households, the kitties get far more exercise, social interaction, and play. 

Most cats do have social needs. Feral cats tend to live in groups, especially when resources (food) are plentiful. House cats that live alone sometimes have behavioral problems like scratching because they are bored or sleeping all day long which can lead to a fat cat.

Before you rush out and find a friend for your cat, consider their age and personality. Have they interacted with any other cats? How do they behave when they see a cat outside?

A shy cat doesn’t want a bossy friend, an elderly cat may not be receptive to a kitten, and a high energy cat may do better with a similar personality and energy level friend. Always consider your cat’s activity level, sociability, and experience with other cats.

If you are looking for another cat, please go to your local shelter. Not only do they have a lot of cats available for adoption but they usually have a good handle on the personalities of shelter residents. They can help you make a good match for your cat.

Next month…. how to introduce your cat to a new friend.

Adding a new cat to your household may be a gift to both you and your cat.

 

Great Pet Links!

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Thanksgiving is on the horizon!

    • Now Hiring Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers and Overnight Pet Sitters For weekly and weekend work! If you know anyone that may be interested send them this link to Apply. Thank you!
  • Book your holiday vacations now!
 

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and pets but it comes with some dangers for our best friends. It’s a good time to review the basics.

  • People will be going in and out of your home so be certain your pet doesn’t escape. Have their ID tags up-to-date and be sure they are microchipped.
  • Keep the people food away from your pet. A lot of holiday food is fatty (butter, bacon, gravy) and can make your dog or cat ill. Fatty food can cause pancreatitis up to 4 days after they ingest it. Pancreatitis is very serious and can be fatal.
  • Supervise kids around your pets. Nobody likes tail pulling!
  • Don’t leave the trash unattended or open.
  • Review the foods that are poisonous to dogs and cats. For example raisins, currants, grapes, chocolate, and xylitol (see link at the end of article).
  • Don’t feed your pets any desserts.

Include your pets in the festivities with these ideas:

  • Take a walk or two with guests and your dog. It’s a holiday loaded with calories, walking will help burn them off.
  • Enlist your guests to play a few indoor games with your cat. Toss a ball in the backyard for your dog.
  • If you want to share pieces of your meal, try plain turkey, a bit of sweet potato, carrots, or green beans mixed in with their regular dinner. Best with no seasonings.

Here’s to a pawsitively perfect Thanksgiving for every one of your guests!Here is a bit more info:

Foods That are Poison to Animals
Thanksgiving Pet Safety

 

Uh-oh, Incoming Unknown Dog!

Being approached by a loose dog, especially when yours is on a leash, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Every situation is different, and each requires an on the spot risk assessment. Here are a few tips that might help with the next roaming dog you encounter:

  • Avoid the situation. If you know of specific homes that often let their dogs wander, walk a different route.
  • Loosen up on your dog’s leash. This sounds counterproductive but a tight leash telegraphs to both dogs you’re nervous, and it will make them nervous.
  • Hang a U-ie. If you see an unattended dog down the street casually do a U-turn with your dog. Try and get a barrier between you and the approaching dog: a parked car, a fence, go up on a porch or inside a business.
  • Use treats. Food will help keep your dog focused on you instead of the loose dog.
  • Try calming signals. Dogs see these “signals” as conflict avoidance: avoiding eye contact, yawning, and lip licking. Keeping your dog calm will go a long way in keeping the approaching dog calm.
  • Be assertive. Try saying no, go home, or sit. Hold your hand out in the universal stop symbol. Turn sideways to the approaching dog. If you’re terrified, call 911.
  • An umbrella scares many dogs and physically helps keep them away from you and your dog.
  • Treat tossing. Take a handful of treats and toss them at the dog coming at you.
  • Air horn. If a dog is intent on attacking this won’t stop them, but if it’s just a curious dog, it might work. They sell pocket-sized air horns, and they honk quite loudly. This may cause the loose dog to turn tail and run the other way.
  • Walking stick. The goal with a stick isn’t to harm the other dog but to intimidate it. Slap the stick on the ground or whirl it through the air. Some dogs may see this as a challenge so make this a last resort.
  • Deterrent spray. Mace or pepper spray has a large drift area, so it’s actually easy to end up getting the spray on yourself, so use them as a last resort. Citronella-based sprays work well too.

Remain calm and avoid routes where you know there are loose dogs out.

 

Fun Pet Holidays in November

Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Pet Diabetes Month
Manatee Awareness Month

November 1 – National Cook for Your Pet Day
November 5-11 Bird Health Awareness Week
November 17 – National Take a Hike Day
November 23 – Thanksgiving

 

Night-time Meowing!

Is your cat waking up the entire neighborhood every night with their vocalizations? This cat behavior is unfortunately common, especially in older cats.

Step number one is to be sure there isn’t a medical problem, so next time you visit your vet talk to them about the meowing, especially if the meowing occurs at all times of the day. Your cat may be in some pain or discomfort. Sometimes older cats meow loudly because their hearing isn’t as acute as it once was. If your cat gets a clean bill of health then try these suggestions:

  • Your cat’s internal hunting clock needs to be reset. Start feeding your cat later in the evening (try just before bed) and see if that makes a difference.
  • If your cat is hungry, you can purchase a timed feeder that dispenses food a few times each night.
  • Don’t get in the habit of feeding your cat when they demand it; they might be meowing to wake you up for a snack.
  • Make sure your cat has water at all times.
  • Although cats sleep a lot they need periods of high activity so maybe your cat is bored. Give them a few intense play times during the day and try and keep them awake more often.
  • Your kitty may be lonely or insecure. Often if they can access your room, they will feel safer, and the meowing will stop.
  • It could be hormones! Make sure your cat is spayed or neutered.
  • Sometimes adding a playmate helps, consider a second cat.

Let’s hope these suggestions result in a good nights rest for everyone. Earplugs may be a last resort!

 

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Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we’ve found on the net this month.

 
 
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It is officially Fall! 

  • Now Hiring Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers and Overnight Pet Sitters For weekly and weekend work! If you know anyone that may be interested send them this link to Apply. Thank you!
  • If you have Fall vacations or weekend trips planned, please schedule them as soon as you can.  It’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving!
 

6 Important Pet Tips for Halloween

It’s that fun and spooky time of year again: Halloween. Most kids rate this holiday as their very favorite one. Pets…. not so much. Many of them find it just plain scary! Here are a few tips to help your pets through it.

  1. Candy is not for dogs or cats, especially chocolate or candy with xylitol both of which can be deadly. Stick with dog and cat treats.
  2. Keep your pets away from the door. With it opening and closing all evening it’s a good way for a pet to escape. For some pets, the costumes, kids, and noise will make them very anxious.
  3. Don’t leave your pets outside. Sadly there have been many times where “pranksters” have let dogs out, teased them, or even hurt them. The same is true with cats, especially black ones.
  4. Don’t keep lit pumpkins and candles around pets. Pets are inquisitive and could get a nasty burn.
  5. Be sure your pets have a collar and ID tag just in case they get out.
  6. Do not dress your pet up unless they absolutely love this activity. Most don’t.

It’s best to keep your pet in a quiet room with the door closed until all the action is over that way everyone has a safe and fun holiday!

 

Nail Trimming, Important or Not?

I’ve never met anyone that loves nail trimming. Not me, not my dog, or even my vet tech. But believe it or not, nail trimming is essential to your pet’s health.  

As you know, your pet’s nails grow continuously. If your dog or cat were in the wild, they would naturally wear them down with their movements, digging, and changing environments. Since domesticated animals spend a lot of time snoozing and not foraging for food, they need us to trim their nails.

Long nails not only look unattractive but they can be painful if your pet jumps on you. Over time they can do some damage to your pet too, especially their posture. Long nails force a dog’s weight to be on the rear part of their pads – not evenly distributed as it should be. This is especially important for senior dogs. If their nails touch the floor when they walk it puts pressure on the nail bed and the toe joint which can be painful. These issues can change the joints in their forelegs and over time cause all sorts of joint and tendon issues.

The longer the nail, the more likely they are to split or tear, which is very uncomfortable for your pet. In extreme cases, neglected nails can curve and grow into their footpad. If a pets nails are neglected, it’s best to have a vet treat them. 

This same information applies to cats. If your cat is a kneader, having shorter nails is more comfy for you when they are kneading! Without the sharp pointed claws, they are less likely to shred your furniture too. A cat’s claws can tear and split, and this hurts!

The rule of thumb is if your dog’s nails touch the floor when he’s standing, they are too long, and it’s time to start clipping.

Clipping is easy, and your dog may learn to enjoy a spa day! Be sure to give them a few cookies after their “peticure.”

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails
How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

 

Fun Pet Holidays in October

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Pet Wellness Month

October 1 – National Black Dog Day
October 16 – National Feral Cat Day
October 27 – National Pit Bull Awareness Day
October 30 – National Black Cat Day

 

Guinea Pigs Make Great Pets!

Your local animal shelter probably has a few Cavia Porcellus (that’s Guinea Pig in Latin) available for adoption. Sadly they often end up in shelters; this is mystifying because they make fun pets. Most shelters tell us that their first owner thought they would be a “carefree animal.” Education is always important; no pet is carefree!

But if you think a Cavy might be a fun addition to your household, you’re right. These little guys are sweet-tempered and affectionate. They are 10 inches long and weigh a couple of pounds. One of the cutest things about Cavies are their coats; they come with long and short fur and in a wide variety of colors. 

Before you decided on adding a Guinea Pig to your family here are a few things to know. 

  • They are very social animals and do well if you get two of them (be sure they are the same sex, or you will have a LOT of Cavy’s).
  • They live between 5 – 10 years.
  • They like a big cage to roam around in (it’s easy to build one and a great project for your family).
  • Although they are quiet animals, they do vocalize, with purrs, cooing, chirping, and squeals.
  • They require daily handling and almost never nip.
  • They make great family pets but not for very young children. They could be injured if dropped.
  • They need hay at all times.
  • Their teeth never stop growing, so they need chew objects to wear them down (available online and at pet stores).
  • They need their cages cleaned regularly.
  • They love grooming.
  • They “popcorn” which is an adorable behavior where they run, bounce, and jump in the air. Popcorning is a sign of a happy Guinea Pig!

If all this sounds manageable and fun, head on down to your local shelter and find a new Cavy friend (or two). 

A variety of Guinea Pig care articles from the Humane Society
A variety of homemade Cavy cages.

 

Great Pet Links!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we’ve found on the net this month.

 
 
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See you in September! 

  • If you have Fall vacations or weekend trips planned, please schedule them as soon as you can.  It’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving!
  • Check out some of our testimonials, they are great, thanks! Read them here.
  • All Inclusive visits! Did you know that our visits to your pet are one price? We don’t charge you extra if your pet needs medication, or if the visit runs a bit longer. No surprise charges on your bill, our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy!
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Lost and Hopefully Found!

Just the idea of losing my dog is enough to give me nightmares. No matter how careful you are, it CAN happen to you. Someone leaves the gate unlatched, your dog jumps out of the car, or your best friend slips their collar. However it happens, it’s absolutely heart stopping. Thinking about this horrible event ahead of time and having a plan, will help you get your dog home faster.

Before you get in this situation here are a few “ahead of time” tips:

  • Have your dog microchipped.
  • Make sure your dog has up-to-date ID tags.
  • Train your dog for 100% recall (or close). I know of a rescue dog that had a few names, so he didn’t always come when his name was called. His family started training him to come when they said excitedly, “treat.” They practiced this for about 3 minutes almost every day, and the treat they gave was always a delicious one, like real chicken or steak. Because of this training, this dog’s “treat” recall is about 99.9%.
  • Keep up to date pictures of your dog, face and side view.

If your dog does get away act fast, do not wait hoping your pet will find its way home. Here is a list of things to do ASAP.

  • Rally the Troops – get everyone you know to help you with flyers, social media, and walking the area.
  • Flyers – make up LOST DOG flyers with a picture of your pet on the top. Take them everywhere. Put them on phone poles, take them to every store, library, businesses, pet stores, vet’s office, any place you can find. Get a LOT of them made; take tape and pushpins with you. Make smaller cards and pass them out, put them on cars, drop them off at area homes. Call out for your dog while you drop off flyers since many lost dogs just can’t find their way home.
  • Call – the company that did your dogs microchip, so they are aware your pup is lost and be sure they have your correct contact information.
  • Shelters – go to every shelter you can find according to the ASPCA in a 60-mile radius. Leave or email your flyer with them and call them all, every day.
  • Animal Control – call the Animal Control officer in your town and in all neighboring towns, daily.
  • Veterinarians – many people take found pets to their vet’s office, call all the local vets.
  • Advertise – in your local paper immediately; most papers don’t charge you for lost pet ads. Keep those ads up. You should read the “Found Animal” ads every day.
  • Social Media – this is important so don’t neglect it, I’ve seen a LOT of dogs go home again after the word went out on social media. Post on Facebook and Twitter every day. Many towns and communities have their own Facebook and lost animal groups, check to see if your area does. 
  • Look – in places your dog could get stuck, the basement or under an old vehicle. 
  • Craigslist – but be aware of scams, people may call you and pretend like they have found your dog. They will want money up front. Don’t pay it; it’s a trick.
  • Radio – Call local radio stations; they do free lost dog ads too.

Put your pet’s info on these websites:

Keep the faith, man the phones, and hopefully you’ll find your best friend sooner rather than later.

 

5 Reasons NOT to Free Feed Your Dog

Many people free feed their cats but let’s face it, dogs and cats are different! Free Feeding (having food always available) is easy, but it’s not in the best interest of your dog. Here are some reasons to have set meal times:

  • Regular meals help maintain potty habits. Having an eating schedule usually sets your dog up for a potty schedule. A bathroom plan makes it easier to house break a dog and to keep them trained.
  • Appetite is a significant health indicator. If your dog stops eating there may be a problem.
  • Meals present training opportunities. Use feeding time to teach them “come” and “wait” and how to calm down. Mealtime training is particularly useful for multi-pet households.
  • Left out food is a good way to invite unwanted pests indoors, like ants and mice! 
  • If you free feed all your pets it’s impossible to monitor how much each animal is eating.

Have set meal times and fill in with some treats and training during the day!

 

Fun Pet Holidays in September

Happy Healthy Cat Month
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month
National Guide Dog Month

September 1 – Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
September 13 – Hug Your Hound Day
September 19 – Puppy Mill Awareness Day
September 24 – Deaf Pet Awareness Week
September 28 – World Rabies Day

 

Deaf Pets!

Deaf dogs and cats tend to have an entirely normal quality of life; they cope by using their other senses. Pets can be born deaf or lose their hearing due to medical issues. Training a deaf pet may seem daunting at first, but it is just a different set of challenges that both pet and person need to overcome.

With any deaf pet, the first issue is always safety. They can’t hear danger signals, so it’s essential that they not be allowed outside by themselves. Deaf pets are easily startled so walk “hard” when you approach them so they can feel the vibrations.

Training a deaf pet can be fun, and it will not only teach your pet new behaviors, but I bet you’ll learn new things too. You’ll learn more patience, how to read your pet, you’ll be more tuned into the environment, and you’ll most likely develop a very deep bond, especially with a deaf dog. They will learn to accept you as the leader who protects them and gives them direction.

I won’t go into specifics on training your deaf pet, but I have included some links below. Just know that it isn’t any more difficult than training a hearing pet, it’s just different. So don’t let the word “deaf” scare you, both you and your deaf pet will have fun getting to know hand signals and bonding.

If you are adopting from the shelter, don’t automatically turn away from a deaf pet, they are very loving!

Training and Teaching a Deaf Cat
Living with a Deaf Cat
This is a great document about deaf cats

Training Deaf Dogs
AKC on Training a Deaf Dog

 

Pet Reads!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos We’ve found on the net this month.

 
 
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Hot Dog, it’s August! 

  • Have late Summer or Fall trips planned? Schedule them as soon as you can.  It’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving!
  • Read our blog article, How to Check and Clean Your Cat’s Ears.
  • All Inclusive visits! Did you know that our visits to your pet are one price? We don’t charge you extra if your pet needs medication, or if the visit runs a bit longer. No surprise charges on your bill, our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy!
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Summer in the City (or country)!

It’s summertime, and it’s a hot one. Everyone knows that hot weather can be dangerous; people get heat stroke and hyperthermia every summer. So, “keep your cool” this summer!

Don’t forget about our pets since our dogs and cats are wearing fur coats! Here are some tips to keep us all “chill” this summer.

  • Hydrate – Keep plenty of water around for your pet. Make sure it’s fresh, cool, and in the shade.
  • Sunbathing – Dogs and cats love to sunbathe. However, too much time in the sun can cause heat stroke and skin cancer (yes, even with all that fur). Be sure there are shady areas for your pet to relax in.
  • Hot Cars – We know NOT to leave our pets in the car with the windows up, but even a car with the windows partly down can heat up to a deadly temperature quickly. It is NEVER safe to leave your pet in a hot car.
  • Pups and Seniors – Pets, both young and old, are far more susceptible to the heat. Look for signs of distress; heavy panting and trouble breathing are the two most likely indicators that they are overheating.
  • Hot surfaces – Pets don’t often complain, but a hot parking lot, sidewalk, or boiling beach sand can get them in trouble. Not only can it burn their foot pads but it can quickly raise their body temperature.
  • Soaking – A hard plastic child’s pool with a few inches of water in it will cool off your pet.
  • Ice – Some dogs and cats love ice cubes in their water or to play with, if yours does give them some (in moderation) during the day, it’s fun, cooling, and it ups their hydration.
  • Exercise – Only take your dog out for exercise early in the morning or late in the day. Watch them carefully; they don’t always know when to stop.
  • Treats! – Buy or make some frozen treats for your dog; it will keep them quietly busy and cool them down too.
  • A/C – Keep them inside if you have A/C and if you don’t, keep a few fans going.
  • Digging – Let your dog dig! It’s cooler at the bottom of the hole than at ground level. I know people that have a designated “digging” spot for their dogs!
  • Spa Day – Some long-haired pets may benefit from a bath, trim, and good brushing.

Keep an eye out for danger signs of heat stroke: drooling, fatigue, heavy panting, vomiting, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, or seizures.

If your dog or cat has these signs check their temperature (over 103 for a dog or 104 for a cat is too high). If it is high, you need to cool your pet off quickly. The easiest way is to spray or immerse your pet in cool (not cold) water. You can apply cool, wet towels to their groin and feet; this will help lower their temp. Or soak a beach towel in cool water and have your dog lay on it.

If you believe your pet has suffered a mild case of heat stroke, even if you’ve treated it in time and successfully, you need to see your vet. Heat stroke can cause serious internal problems that may not be obvious for days after the event.

Enjoy the summer, beat the heat, and let your best friend snooze through the hottest part of the day!

 

Bunny Benefits

Are you looking for a pet that is friendly, easy to train, but not quite as demanding as a puppy? Think bunny!  They may make an excellent addition to your family.

Bunnies are wonderful pets, perfect for smaller households, and are ideal for families with kids. (very young children are too rough on bunnies and thus not suitable as playmates until they are a bit older). 

Here are some bunny positives:

  • Bunnies have loads of personality! 
  • They bond with their people just like dogs and cats do. 
  • They need less space than many other pets.
  • They are quiet.
  • They are easy to train and as smart as dogs and cats.
  • A bunny has a long lifespan (into their teens with good care).  
  • Rabbits are playful.
  • They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors.
  • There are a lot of rescue bunnies available, so check with your local shelter. Be sure you’re ready for any pet before you adopt. They all come with joys and challenges.
  • They are very clean pets and easily housebroken. 

Rabbits make fun, loyal pets. If you’ve decided that a bunny might be a good addition to your home, read the links below and call your shelter or local rabbit rescue society.

Is a Rabbit Right for Me?
House Rabbit Supply List

 

Fun Pet Holidays in August

National Immunization Awareness Month

August 8 – International Cat Day
August 10 – Spoil Your Dog Day
August 17 – National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 26 – National Dog Day

 

Dog Pupsicle Recipes!

Almost any food your dog loves can be frozen into a summertime treat. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Apple, Peanut, and Yogurt Pops
Use a container of non-fat plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and a cup of apple sauce. Mix them together in a bowl and freeze in a popsicle mold or an ice tray. Serve!

Chicken Pupsicles
1 cup low sodium chicken stock, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup canned 100% pumpkin, and some finely chopped chicken. Mix in a bowl, pour into an ice tray and freeze. Yum!

Bacon Pops
1 cup non-fat plain yogurt, 1/2 cup apple sauce, and a handful of real bacon bits. Freeze and serve!

Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Treats
1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1 cup of apple sauce. Mash and freeze!

Fruit Pops
Mix together a couple of fruits your dog loves like watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, or banana. Add a cup of non-fat plain yogurt. Freeze and serve. Delish!

If your dog is diabetic go lightly on the bananas, as they are high in natural sugar. Instead, you can substitute 100% pumpkin for the banana in the above recipes!

Enjoy your summer with one of these cool treats!

 

Pet Reads!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos We’ve found on the net this month. Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Heat is On! 

  • Late Summer or Fall Vacations? Schedule them nowWe fill up quickly!
  • See some pet videos on our website; our clients are so cute! Click here to see them.
  • All Inclusive visits! Did you know that our visits to your pet are one price? We don’t charge you extra if your pet needs medication, or if the visit runs a bit longer. No surprise charges on your bill, our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy!
  • Don’t leave your pets in a hot car, here you can see how quickly your vehicle heats up.
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Summertime Itching & Scratching Blues!

A scratching dog is no fun; you know your best friend is uncomfortable, and every time you hear the jingling of his tags as he scratches, you cringe. Let’s get your dog feeling good again.

Keep in mind that itching is a symptom, not a disease. Unfortunately, there is no magic cure; it may take a bit of detective work to figure out why your dog is itchy. 

There are two separate causes of excessive scratching, the skin itself and allergies. Allergies can be environmental, seasonal, or caused by fleas.

The first and easiest step is to determine if your dog has fleas. If so, time for a flea treatment. If not, part their fur and look at the skin in various spots on their body. Is the skin dry, infected, cracked, or red?  If the answer is yes, schedule a vet visit so they can help determine what is going on with your best friend.

But in the meantime, these tips will help soothe your pet’s itching.

  • A high-quality diet.
  • Healthy oils in their diet (Omega-3).
  • Consider probiotics for a healthy gut and a healthy dog.
  • Allergies Rx – ask the vet about antihistamines – Zyrtec and Benadryl. Consider allergy testing.
  • Bathe with a nondrying shampoo like Oatmeal.
  • Some people swear by plain yogurt or coconut oil, just try a little in their meals.
  • Epsom salt mixed with water and soak itchy spot (or rinse them with it).
  • Ocean water helps a lot of itching problems.
  • Witch Hazel can help with itching; it’s 100% natural. Soak a cloth or cotton ball and rub on the itchy areas of your dog.
  • Baking Soda has anti-inflammatory properties. Mix a tablespoon with water and make a paste, then put it on the itchy areas or 2 T in 8 ounces of water and spray it on.

With the help of your vet, allergy testing, and these tips you’ll soon have an itch-free dog!

 

Thinking About Getting a Bird?

Think hard before you buy.

Did you know that there are a LOT of birds available for adoption? That’s the best way to go, rescue!  Birds live a long time; many go into rescue and neverget adopted. So please check your local shelter, vet, Petfinder.com, or Rescueme.org. And consider opening your home to a lonely bird.

As a matter of fact, think about adopting more than one bird. Birds are flock animals and very social; they do far better with a friend.

Read everything you can about the type of bird you’re going to adopt. Birds are highly intelligent and friendly pets. Although they don’t take up much room and are relatively low maintenance, they need attention so be sure you can commit to that.

Be prepared to offer them as much “out of cage time as possible; this will mean bird-proofing your home. When birds are loose, they need to be supervised because they like to chew: wires, cords, walls, even furniture. Be sure the windows are closed; some birds are escape artists. Keep your birds away from your other pets until you are sure they get along.

Speaking of cages, provide your bird(s) with the largest cage you can afford and accommodate. A bird cage can never be too big.

Feed your bird a healthy diet. This might come as a surprise to you, but your bird should eat very little seed. Most birds do best on a diet of high quality, organic pellets, fresh fruits, veggies, and some grain. Study your bird’s diet and talk to your vet about feeding; use only high-quality food.

Find a board certified avian veterinarian because many dog and cat vets do not treat birds. It’s not always easy to find someone certified in avian medicine, but it will make all the difference in your bird’s health.

If you’ve looked into birds and are ready to welcome one in your home, you won’t regret it. They are very loyal, smart, and entertaining pets.

 

Fun Pet Holidays in July

Adopt a Rescue Rabbit Month

July 4 – Fun Day For People, FURightenting Day For Pets
(see Pet Reads section below for help)

July 11 – Cow Appreciation Day
July 14 – Shark Awareness Day
July 15 – Pet Fire Safety Day
July 31 – National Mutt Day

 

The 5 Serious and Sneaky Cat Diseases

I know us “cat lovers” give our kitties high-quality food, preventative care, a safe and loving home, and lots of attention, and exercise. But did you know there are five health issues that can sneak up on cats, even when you give them the best of care? On your next vet visit ask your vet to check for these silent health issues.

  1. On the top of the list is chronic kidney disease. If caught early this illness can be managed well with low protein diets, medications, and more water intake. There are signs to look for; excessive drinking and urination, weight loss, large clumps in the litter box, bad breath, lethargy, and weight loss.
  2. Diabetes is another sneaky illness. Many cats are overweight which puts them at greater risk for diabetes. It’s another disease that if caught early can be managed fairly well with insulin and diet changes. You will need to monitor your cat’s glucose levels and make more vet visits. Look for frequent thirst and urination, decrease or increase in appetite, funny smelling breath, and possibly vomiting.
  3. Hyperthyroidism is another silent disease that is often seen in middle-aged or senior cats. Again, the signs are similar to the other to illnesses. Excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, weight loss, and eventually a ravenous appetite. Treatment for hyperthyroidism is very effective with medication and a special diet.
  4. Heart disease is often hard to diagnose in cats; they don’t typically get a heart mummer like dogs (and people) do. So look for these signs: racing heart rate, passing out, blue gums, increased respiratory rate, open mouth breathing, and cold or paralyzed hind limbs. The long-term outlook for heart disease isn’t great for our animals. Your vet will probably medicate your cat; heart disease is progressive, there is no cure for it.
  5. Lastly, cancer is another quiet killer. Just like people, as animals live longer we see more cases of cancer. The most common type of cat cancer is gastrointestinal cancers. Look for these cancer signs: weight loss, loss of appetite, weakness, hiding, vomiting, and bloating. The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome. 

Let’s keep a close eye on our cat companions so they can live longer healthier lives and avoid these sneaky diseases.

 

Pet Reads!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos We’ve found on the net this month. Enjoy!

Fourth of July Links

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Summer is here! 

  • Our Summer Schedule is Filling Up Fast!  Be Sure To Schedule Your Summer Vacations Soon.
  • All Inclusive visits! Did you know that our visits to your pet are one price? We don’t charge you extra if your pet needs medication, or if the visit runs a bit longer. No surprise charges on your bill, our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy!
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Help! My Dog Is Feasting On Grass!

Some dogs seem to be part cow with all the grass eating they do. Does your dog munch on grass? If so, why? Are they sick, bored, or hungry? Will grass eating hurt them? Guess what? Grass eating is very common but not very well understood. Many dogs love eating grass, it’s even been observed in wild canines, so there is nothing unusual about it. Most vets consider it a normal canine behavior. So why do they do it? There are a number of theories why – below are the most popular.

  • Many people will tell you their dogs eat grass when they don’t feel well, and they use a grass snack to throw up. Studies have shown that less than 25% of dogs throw up after eating grass, but this may occasionally be their reason.
  • Dogs, like people, are omnivores – which means their diet consists of meat and plants, so it’s natural for them to include plants in their diets. It may add roughage, help their digestion, or offer nutrients they need.
  • It’s tasty and available! And dogs, for the most part, enjoy the process of eating (don’t we all).
  • Sometimes dogs are bored. They dig, chew grass, or eat dirt just for something to do.
  • Occasionally dogs are anxious and need to be doing something, so they chew plants.
  • Some studies have shown that wild animals eat grass to eliminate intestinal parasites. Plant material speeds up their intestine and helps to get rid of parasites. Since most domesticated dogs are free from this problem, this may be a leftover wild behavior.

The only caveat with a grass eating dog… you need to be sure the grass they are munching on is fertilizer and pesticide free. Many people use all sorts of dangerous chemicals on their yard to keep it in tip-top shape. So be sure the grass your pet is eating is “organic” and don’t worry when your dog does a little grass snacking, it tastes good! Here is a study that seems to debunk the myth of an upset tummy. You can read the AKC take on grass eating here.

 

Does My Dog Have a Cold?

If your best friend is coughing, has a runny nose, or is just “off” you might be inclined to think they have a cold. The colds people get are not contagious to dogs, so the short answer is: Your dog does not have a cold. Dogs do, however, get illnesses that can affect their respiratory system that may result in a cough and runny nose. One of the most common is called kennel cough or Bordetella. This illness is highly contagious. Any dog can get it even if they haven’t been in a kennel recently, but it does tend to spread quickly in kennels (a great reason to use a Pet Sitter). If your dog displays the following symptoms, it may be time to take them to your vet and have them evaluated.

  • persistent, “honking” cough
  • watery nasal discharge
  • sneezing
  • eye discharge
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy

Kennel cough can lead to pneumonia if left untreated. There is a vaccination for Bordetella so you may want to discuss that with your vet next time you’re there. Follow your vet’s advice and get your pup back to good health and high spirits. Read about Kennel Cough according to the AKC.

 

Fun Pet Holidays in June

Adopt a Cat Month National Pet Preparedness Month National Microchip Month June 4 –  International Hug Your Cat Day June 4 – Pet Appreciation Week June 8 – Best Friends Day June 11 – Pet Memorial Day June 23 – Take Your Pet To Work Day

 

Pet First Aid Kit Supplies

I bet you have a first aid kit in your home for people, right? You might consider having one for your pets too. Accidents happen, and a first aid kit will tide you over while you head to the vet. If you ever have to evacuate in an emergency, it’s easy to have a first aid kit all set up so you can just pick it up and go. As promised last month, here are few things that should be in your kit:

  • the name and number of your vet and emergency clinic
  • the Animal Poison Control Center
  • your pet’s medical records
  • gauze
  • self-adherent wrap bandages
  • adhesive tape
  • activated charcoal
  • eye dropper
  • scissors
  • styptic powder
  • tweezers
  • flashlight
  • disposal gloves
  • eye/ear wash
  • thermometer
  • cotton swabs/balls
  • wound disinfectant
  • Benadryl
  • muzzle
  • leash
 

Pet Reads!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos We’ve found on the net this month. Enjoy!

 
 
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