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Prepare your Pets for Summer Article What should you do to prepare your pets for summer?

Beagle & fan

Beagle blowing in the breeze

Do you have a shady yard? Trees, a shade cloth shelter?  A sandpit to dig down into and stay cool, a children’s shell pool with water. Put a step in it for little dogs to get in and out easily. Sprinklers on in the shade to soak the lawn before leaving for work. Keep pool gates closed, pets also drown in unattended pools. Clean water, sturdy bowls so they can’t be tipped over, and multiple buckets/bowls. Some dogs will try to get into their water bowls to cool themselves down, spilling a lot of it. Dog coats trimmed, your long haired dogs will thank you for it. Have a vet check especially for your elderly pets. Ask for advice on your pet’s weight. If overweight, gradually reducing their food portions will make for a much happier pet, and they will cope with the summer weather much better. Carrots make a great low fat treat for dogs. You can use ice cream containers, and freeze meat or seafood flavoured water. Nice large blocks that will keep them amused and cool. Dog walks early morning or later in the evening. Petcarers has a heat policy- we don’t take dogs for walks when it’s over 28 degrees. Hot paths and roads can burn their feet, they can suffer heat stroke, short snouted (brachycephalic) dogs in particular such as pugs and bulldogs don’t deal well with the heat. They can’t pant as well as other dogs, to regulate their body temperature. If you usually book pm pet sit visits for your pets when you are away, consider booking morning visits so we can walk your dog’s in the cool of the day. Mosquito proof netting over hutches, mossies carry viruses which can make your hutch animals very ill, or worse. Bring birds, hutch animals and domestic pets inside where possible. If they can be let out on an enclosed tile area,  the tiles will keep them cool. If you can’t bring them inside, place wet blankets/towels over their cage/hutch and put solid icepacks or frozen water bottles in with them to lean against. In hot weather these will melt quickly, be sure to replace them often. Move their cages/hutches into shady areas as the sun moves during the day. If you take your dog in the car but need to leave them unattended for any length of time, the very short period of time it takes to overheat in cars can kill them. It’s just not worth the risk. Does your emergency evacuation plan include your pets? Have leads, cat carriers, spare non-perishable food, water & bowls ready.  Consider who can evacuate your pets if you aren’t able to get there in time and where will you/they evacuate to? Party season, please don’t let people give your pets alcohol or non-pet food. So many human foods are toxic to animals including chocolate and onions. A lovely pet treat on Christmas Day (no cooked bones) will keep your pets happy, and perhaps reduce the number of pets needing to see the vet on Boxing Day. Until next time please give your fur babies a big pat from me. Sharon Moore – Petcarers “A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.” -Helen Thomson


Eye Contact with a Dog Article Eye Contact A dog’s natural instinct is to look away from another dog’s eyes to avoid challenging him. A stare is a challenge, and a fairly rude one at that. Dogs will naturally tend to look away from us, unless they are challenging us or we have trained them to do so. If we stare at them, it is confronting to them. A dominant dog will stare back, growl, and generally escalate aggressive behavior until the other party backs down whereas a very submissive dog will squat or roll and urinate in deference. When interacting with a new dog, it is ok to look at them. Ensure you blink, occasionally look away, and never stare at them. If you are meeting a nervous dog, look away and talk to them quietly while they take the time to sniff you without feeling vulnerable.


Follow Patricia The Value of a Pet Sitter Written by Patricia Hunnybun Patricia Pantazis HunnybunOwner of Pampered Pets & People LLc & Becky’s Goodie Bags LLc The Value of a Pet Sitter Often times the value of a qualified experienced professional pet sitter is undervalued. People sometimes may assume a pet sitter isn’t educated or that their prices are too high. For those, they do not understand that many pet sitters are highly educated and worked in a corporate environment for many years only to one day realize they were not living their passion and made a conscious decision to leave a high paying salary for a rewarding career. Many professional pet sitters are insured, bonded, accredited and certified all of which costs hundreds of dollars a year, for some even thousands. Professional pet sitters with a professional name, registered with the state, a web site, a logo and professional business cards, brochures and the works also costs a lot of money. Add to those marketing and advertising expenses of which costs exactly the same for an individual pet sitter as it does for a huge corporation who make millions even billions a year.

A full time professional pet sitter also gives up evenings, some overnights, weekends and holidays. Pet sitters do not get paid time off, do not get company paid holidays, there are no sick days, fmla, vacation days, medical or dental insurance. All of these are self-insured or costs that the pet sitter takes on or simply just keeps on working.  But the truest value of a pet sitter is what leads me to write this article. One does not necessarily hire a professional pet sitter for when everything is perfectly going well – but more so if something goes wrong and the experience to be able to handle any situation that might come up with your home or pets. A pro that is experienced and skilled in identifying stress, illness, injury even the most subtle of symptoms. One who is qualified and pays attention to detail in a proactive manner versus a reactive manner is priceless, thus avoiding possible problems with each visit.  A pet sitter is also your pet’s companion, play mate, comfort when you are not home. We become a second home, a second parent to each and every one of them. They depend on us, trust us, and rely on us. We also help to train new puppies all the way to dealing with aging of the elderly.  For all the low pay, no benefits, working 350 days a year (I take two weeks off a year) – giving up weekends and holidays and to a certain extent a social life; it is things like what this client told me today that makes it all worth it.  This is not the first time a client has put me to tears and will not be the last. The battle between the mind and the heart in knowing when it is time to let our loved pet pass onto that rainbow bridge and the emotional struggle of being capable and strong to do it not only affects the owner, but us, the pet sitter as well.  Knowing this and being valued like this is priceless. My client texted me today “…we don’t have much time left with our girl and I appreciate you helping us take care of her. We truly couldn’t do this without you.” I started to cry and texted my client back that her comment made me teary. She responded, “.. me too. Bad form to cry at work, but I am sincere in what I said. She needs you right now and it helps knowing we can all count on you to make sure she is as comfortable as possible. So, thank you for everything you do!”  When considering hiring a pet sitter, remember the quality and value you are hiring and the importance of hiring the right pet sitter for your animals and not necessarily your pocket book. Every single one of my pets when I come to the door even with the owners home, come running to me, recognize me, trust me and have also developed trust, love and a relationship with me. It means everything why I do what I do, and why I am so important to them and their owners. Patricia of Pampered Pets & People LLC , Monument Colorado


The Value of a Pet Sitter by Patricia Hunnybun

The Value of a Pet Sitter I felt compelled to write a little article of the Value of a Pet Sitter after an exchange with a client today – it truly compelled me to realize the value of what I do every single day and the impact I have not only for my animals I […]

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