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9 Pet Myths

 

Sorting through pet myths and truths can be a difficult task, but understanding the difference can make you a better pet owner and better health for your pet!

 

9 Pet Myths

1. All cats are loners.  Many cats love company and spending time with their humans.  It is not unusual for a cat to flow you around and try to help with whatever chores you are doing.

2. Eating Grass means a sick pet or an upset stomach.  It is believed that grass is a normal part of the ancestral diet of both dogs and cats.  Many pets eat grass because it tastes good, or because they crave certain nutrients missing from their food.  While some pets vomit after eating too much grass, this is generally a side effect, not an intended result.

3. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  You have heard it said a million times.  But while this might be true for humans, it’s definitely not for dogs!  20 minutes a day is usually enough to teach the most stubborn dog to sit, stay and other fun tricks.

4.  A purring cat is a happy cat and a wagging tail means a happy dog.  Cats purr when they are happy, but also when they are anxious or nervous.  In the same way, dogs wag their tail to show happiness, but also excitement, stress or even aggression.  Pay attention to the overall body language of dogs and cats to understand a wagging tail or a purr.

5.  Giving supplements to pets is a painful and difficult process.  Not true!  Many supplements come in powers, tasty chewable, or even treats.  Pill pockets have worked wonders for owners and pet sitters.  When I need to give medication to dog boarding at my home,  pill pockets are easily and clean, unlike peanut butter.

6. When pets lick their wounds, it speeds up healing.  Licking a wound too much actually slows down the healing process.  

7.  An itchy pet is always a sign of fleas.  Allergies are the most common cause of itching and licking and there are other skin irritants and diseases which need to be ruled out as well when tracking the source of the itch.

8.  Pets get stiff when they get old.  Just like human, your are not old until you feel old!  Keep your dog playing like a puppy and your cat playing like a kitten with the help of exercise ,healthy food, vitamins and joint supplements.

9.  Changing foods is bad for your pet’s digestion.  Would you want to the same thing 3 times a day, every day?  Changing up foods means overall better nutrition too, as long as its health, high quality foods.

 

Why Pet Owners Are Happier And Healthier

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Studies show that pets are good for your health, here are a few of the examples of this phenomenon.

 Heart attack patients with pets live longer than those without.

Pets increase our levels of oxytocin and serotonin.

Alzheimer’s patients are more apt to eat their meal if a fish tank is on nearby table, so they can see the fish swimming.

And we have seen therapy dogs make amazing differences ion the lives of those in assisted living or hospice.

 

There are more specific health benefits you will get by sharing your life with a pet.

1. People who live with pets tend to feel happier and less lonely.

Pets provide a sense of purpose, which boost self esteem.  Chronically ill people with pets are less likely to suffer from depression and isolation.  The routine of owning a pet provides structure and meaning.  Activities like walking your dog gets you outside and often results in social interaction.

2. Having a pet can help keep your blood pressure under control.

Most of us are cuddled up with our pets while relaxing or watching TV.  Petting your cat or dog helps your body release a relaxation hormone and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone, which can lower your blood pressure.

3. Having a pet is associated with heart health.

The American Heart Association links living with pets, especially dogs, with greater longevity and reduced risk for heart disease.  Findings from the National Institutes of Health showed that having pets minimizes the risk of a future heart attack through decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

4. Pets can help off depression.

Those of us with pets know no one who loves you more than your pet.  Whatever mood you are in your pet is there for you. Some therapists will recommend getting a pet to help with or overcome your depression.  Pets also help reduce e feelings of anxiety and depression in the chronically ill.

5. Pets encourage you to stay active.

I know people who would not walk one block for their own health, but their dogs motivates them to walk them each day or every other day.

6. Pets can help children and teens overcome limitations.

Children with ADHD, whose energy levels can prevent focus, caring for a pet provides focused and specific task that the child can be responsible for.

 

How To Choose A Pet Sitting Or Dog Boarding Service!

 

When you are choosing a pet sitting or dog boarding service there are many things that you need to consider.

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A Pet Sitter is a contracted service provider who takes care of your pet in it’s on home.

A Mid-Day or Dog Walking is on a weekly basis.  A daytime dog walker is usually hired to visit or walk your dog or dogs during the week on regular basis. A dog walker may be scheduled for daily or just a few days a week.

If your pet sitting services provides vacation or business visits to home which means that the pet sitter will do scheduled visits through out the day and evening at the pets home. These time are pre-determined between the client and pet sitter to best fit the pets needs.

Pet Sitter’s Will Stay At The Clients Home. Some pet sitters do offer live-ion/or overnight care. Live in daytime care is less common because most pet sitters have pets sit and daytime walks they need to do for other clients.

Pets Staying At The Pet Sitter’s Home Instead Of the Clients Home.  This service is becoming very popular and clients like that there dogs are getting socialization and playtime with other dogs. Plus they stay in a dog friendly environment. Boarding availability may be limited to certain types of pets and to a limited amount of dogs that the pet sitter can watch.

Always Meet The Pet Sitter Before First Service Can Be Provide, most pet sitters have a meet & greet consolation before taking care of the clients pets. The consultation will give the sitter time to learn about your pet, fill out paperwork, and to interact with your pet to make sure it’s a good fit.  Make sure you take notes about the required task that need to be fulfill while you are taking care of the your clients pets.

Your Pet Sitter Needs To Be Insured, you should definitely select a pet sitter who is insured for liability.  Pet Sitter can provide proof of coverage.

Should Your Pet Sitter Be Bonded?  Bonding is different than insurance, bonding generally applies if an employee of the pet sitting business steals from the clients’ home. Many bonds only apply to employees of the business, and not the business owner.

Other Factors To Consider, will you have the same sitter serving your home the entire time you are away?  Will the sitter be allowed to bring anyone with them to the pet sits?  Does the sitter ever bring children to the visits?  Do the sitter’s available time periods fit your pets needs?  How will the client’s keys be stored and returned?  Does your sitter know first aid?  Is your sitter a full time sitter or do have a limited availability due to another job or school?  Does the sitter accept multiple payments methods?

REMEMBER YOUR PETS ARE FAMILY SO ALWAYS ASK THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS WHEN USING A PET SITTING OR DOG BOARDING SERVICE.

 

 

Reasons For You To Never Tie Your Dog Outside!

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So, you are running errand, getting some coffee or doing some shopping.  You want to take a walk with your dog and  leave  your doggie tied up outside.  Here are some reasons why you never ever tie up your dog outside.

Here are some facts:

1. Most dogs are not happy being tied outside.  Some dogs do learn to deal with it, most pace, bark or whine because they are stressed out.  Its it really worth it to stress out your dog.

2. Sometimes dogs do get loose.  While some the those dogs do not go anywhere and wait for there owners, some will running away in fear and may get hit by a vehicle.

3. Your dog could get stolen.  While most dogs do not get stolen, it does happen.  A percent of those dogs are resold on places like Craig’s list or a random person contacts you and says I found your dog and will ask for a reward for finding your loved one.  Or much worst used as bait for dogs trained to fight.

4. Dogs are not physically equipped to keep cool.  We perspire and dogs pant and panting is not all that efficient.  Many dogs wear their own winter coats in summer and  it is possible to suffer heat stroke.  Even if the dog does not get sick, the dog is likely to be uncomfortable if sitting in the sun.

5. Sometimes you can keep an eye on your dog from inside.  But something is an instant, anything could happen.  Another dog could attack your dog, or when stressed out your dog might even uncharacteristically snap and bite someone.  If this occurs, there could be legal action taken against you.

6. In some places it against the law to leave dogs tied outside.  In some cites police will patrol areas where it’s against the law to tied up your dog  and the owner will be ticketed.

My advice is to bring your partner or a friend, so one person can go inside to grab that sandwich or coffee and the other person stays outside with the dog  Remember to keep your dog safe and comfortable.

5 Ways Your Dog Says I Love You

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We love our dogs as if they are members of our families, because to us they are!  We show our dogs we love them in so many ways outside of just their regular care and maintenance, by doing things like buying them special treats and toys.  But how do our dogs tell us they love us too?, here are 5 ways your dogs says I Love You!  Sometimes it might feel like a one-side relationship, but dogs love us just as much as we love them.

5 Ways Your Dog Says I Love You

1. Playing and Roughhousing With You.  While it seems to come at the most inopportune times, our dogs sometimes get playful and try to wrestle with us.  This is their natural way of playing!  If you’ve watched your pup play with another dog, you’ll recognize he’s offering the same behavior to you.  Doing a little wrestling with your pooch is certainly safe and fun, and will even give you a new game to play to keep your relationship strong!

2. Sleeping With You.  Dogs are pack animals, and in the wild wolves and other canids sleep huddled together in packs.  This helps keep them warm and help them feel safe.  It’s also a way for your dog to show you he cares.  He wants to be near you, and this is his natural way of showing you he feels comfortable and sees you as family.

3. Jumping on You.  While this is typically undesirable behavior, dogs jump on people because they like them.  When you come home after work or from running some errands, your dog is excited and wants to rejoice at your return!  While it’s better to teach dogs another and a more acceptable way to share their excitement, jumping should be seen as a display of affection.

4. Wagging Tails.  Although tail wagging isn’t always a sign of happiness, it’s generally displayed towards dog owners as a means of affection.  When a dog is wagging his tail loosely, and his body language is showing other signs of comfort and excitement, it’s safe to say he’s very happy you’re around!

5. Following You Around.  Dogs will follow their owners for a variety of reasons, including their knowledge that you are typically the source of their food and shelter.  But dogs are also pack animals that enjoy being with their families, and following you around is just another clue that your pup likes to stick by your side because he loves you.  So even though they might get in the way from to time, it’s important to remember that they simply just want your company.

Tips For Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Heat

 

 

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1. Never ever leave your pet alone in a parked car on a warm day.  Not even for a minute. On a warm day, the temperature inside your vehicle can rise quickly into the danger zone! Leaving windows cracked open does not drop the temperature inside the vehicle.

2. Don’t walk or exercise your pet on hot pavement. Not only can pavement on a hot day burn your dog’s paws, but the heat rising from the concrete or asphalt can quickly overheat an animal lives close to the ground.

3.Exercise your dog during the coolest parts of the day.  This usually means early in the morning or after sunset. Try to stay in the shade during daylight hours, and no matter the time of day, do not overdo outdoor exercise or play sessions.

4. Provide plenty of fresh clean drinking water at all times.  In addition to overheating, your pets can become dehydrated very rapidly in warm weather,  Make sure your pets have access to complete shade if they are outside for any length of time.