Monday, June 27, 2016

The Shorter the Snout the Less Dogs Should Stay Out in the Summer!

As temperatures continue to rise please be aware that your smooshed-faced friends cannot tolerate the heat as well as other breeds can. For my clients safety I take them indoors immediately after they "do their business" so they can cool off, play, and munch on some treats! 

I love this catchy slogan so pass it on to anyone who needs this reminder! 

Thank you! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

4 Reasons Why I Have a Strict Every Day Visit Policy for Cats

Harold looks forward to "helping" me write notes about his visits for his mom to read.   
Occasionally, clients will request that I  visit their cats every other day rather than on a daily basis because they insist that their furry friend is independent. My response to clients is that it is my policy to visit cats daily for the following four reasons:

Even timid cats such as Newman felt better knowing I would look under the bed to say hello to him.
1. Regardless of your cat’s independence, they are used to having you around. When you go days without spending time with them, their happiness and health are affected. While a friendly pet sitter is no substitute for their loving owner having someone around to nurture and play with them is a huge comfort.
As soon as I scoop Norman's litter box he has to inspect it.
2. Not to mention, cats tend to be pretty finicky when it comes to their litter box. If a cat’s box is not cleaned out regularly, they are more likely to have accidents. A daily pet visit could save on future carpet cleaning expenses and will ensure that your cat gets the attention it needs.

Shy Sebastian never missed a minute of me scooping his litter box and filling his food and water bowls to the brim.
3. Another reason why every other day visits are not recommended is because when cats get sick, their health deteriorates rapidly. Cats are known to be pros at hiding their physical ailments so if your cat becomes sick, they will most likely hide their illness until they cannot hide it any longer. If a pet sitter is checking in on your cat daily, they will notice that something is wrong sooner than if they are only visiting every other day, keeping your pet safe from disease.

If my friends do not greet me at the door I look for them immediately. In this case, Sparky was found waiting for me to turn the faucet on for him!
4. Too many other things can go wrong if your cat is only being visited once in a 48-hour period. For instance, your cat may knock over their water bowl, become trapped in a closet or cupboard, have an accident on the carpet, or become seriously ill.

If you live in the Dover, New Hampshire, area and are in need of a cat sitter please contact me! Please click here for more information! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

7 Ways to Keep Your Cat(s) Cool This Summer

Any cat owner will tell you that their cat is cool but when the temperature starts to rise how do you keep your cat REALLY cool?  
According to my cat, Buster, there are 7 ways to keep your cat cool this summer: 

          1. Get plenty of sleep

2. Camp out and get comfy in a shady spot

                    3. Lie on your tile floor 

                4. Stay close to your breezy fan

5. Drink plenty of water

6. Keep your paws cool with a few rounds of ping-pong aerobics

7. And above all, keep your chin up! The dog days of summer will be over soon!   
Now that Buster has shared these cooling tips, he'd like to know how you keep your cats (and dogs too) cool in the summer heat?

Monday, June 20, 2016

7 'Rules of Paw' To Keep in Mind While Walking Your Dogs This Summer

Since it's the first day of summer and temperatures are expected to rise higher than ever this year I wanted to reiterate how important it is to keep your dog's paws safe by following these 7 rules of paw:

1. As a basic ‘rule of paw’-If the pavement feels too hot for your bare feet, it is too hot for your dog. 
2.Pressing your own bare hands and feet on the pavement for at least 7-8 seconds is a recommended strategy to assess heat level  
3.If the 7-8 second test yields a comfortable temperature, it is still critical to consider other factors to assess safety accurately. 
4. The air temperature is NOT an accurate reflection of ground temperature at all!
5. Asphalt and other ground surfaces retain heat and this temperature rises exponentially as heat and sun exposure continues. (See chart above). 
6.Furthermore, the time of day is very relevant! 
7.Asphalt soaks up the heat all day and can only cool down at a certain rate and only when the sun retreats- so pavement that was deemed safe for a walk at 9 am may differ greatly at high noon and into the early evening.

If you want to take an outing with your dog in the summer think water! Even non-water dogs still like to run along the edge and get their feet!

Please pass these post along to anyone who might need to review these safety reminders! Thank you!