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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Winichahanat Veterinary Care Opens Its Doors In Downtown Dover, NH



Hello! I wanted to make everyone aware that a new veterinary practice, Winichahanat Veterinary Care, opened up on 495 Central Avenue in downtown Dover across from Flight Coffee (478 Central Avenue) and next to Thai Cuisine


 Daisy and I took a walk (the novelty of being able to walk to vet appointments is the ultimate convenience!) to see Dr. Hunt and the staff yesterday and we were impressed! 

I wish I had thought to bring my camera so you could see how happy Daisy was to get pets, treats, and hugs from the staff but there's always next time, right?  

I highly recommend you do a "meet and greet" (I never met the vet prior to appointments with Daisy until now!) in the lobby because it is a great way to see if you are a good fit! He's the only vet there and he said he'd always be the only vet so that he can get to know everyone personally. There are two exam rooms complete with love seats so it's cozy and quaint!

For those who worry about finding parking have no fear because there are plenty of parking spaces! As a complementary bonus, Dr. Hunt said he would give parking tokens to anyone who is in need! 

For further information about this veterinary office please visit www.winichahanatvet.com!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Yay! I've Made It To My 1,800th Blog Post!


I'll never forget how exhilarated I was to publish my first blog post on January 18, 2010, because I was finally realizing my dream to write about my passion for animals to an audience of fellow animal lovers. Today as I celebrate my 1,800th blog post I want to thank everyone for encouraging me to continue writing about my Teacher's Pet Sitting Service clients and my own dear pets for nearly nine years! I appreciate your comments and your dedication to animals and I look forward to reading your future posts!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Silly Cat Sunday


My cat Buster recharges his batteries quite a bit! Does your cat do the same? Ha! Ha!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mojo and Echo's Overnight Care Was Doggone Fun!


Can you tell from the look on Mojo's face that he was just as worried as his sister, 


Echo, was when I told them that their mom and dad were going to be away from home for 7 nights and 8 days? Even though they knew me very well they had every right to be concerned!


The original arrangement was that they would keep each other company overnight but by the second night I noticed they were getting increasingly stressed as I prepared to leave so I contacted their parents suggesting I stay overnight with them. After they said yes I packed up my things and kept them company for the remainder of the vacation and the pups were happy about that! Here they are looking relaxed on the bed with me! Isn't that sweet?


They also enjoyed sharing the bed with my coon hound, Daisy, and the three quickly became a tight-knit pack! 

I was so glad to be able to provide peace of mind for these precious dogs while mom and dad were on vacation! 

If you live in the Dover, NH, area and know your dogs would do better with a human by their side on an overnight basis please consider hiring Teacher's Pet Sitting Service! Your dogs will be happy you hired me!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Why Proper Nail Trimming Is Vital to Your Dog's Health


I think we all know that nail trimming is important for the prevention of scratches on our furniture, carpet, and floors but did you know that proper nail length is an important factor in our dog's health and safety? 

The 3 reasons to keep nails at the proper length are as follows: 

1) Helps in our dog's ability to comfortably jump and make sharp turns on agility courses or while playing in the backyard. 

2) Prevents painful feet: When nails are long, the hard surface pushes the nail back up into the nail bed which puts pressure on all the toe joints or forces the toe to twist to the side.

3) To help geriatric dogs long term health to improve and/or be stabilized by their ability to distribute their weight correctly and not have a slumped back. In other words, if a dog's back nails are too long he will compensate by putting all of their weight in their front paws where their nails are at the correct length. 

Dr Leslie Woodcock, a Team Canada veterinarian and owner of Woodcock Veterinary Services, a clinic that specializes in rehabilitation for dogs post surgery or post injury posted an excellent 14 minute informational lecture explaining why healthy nail length is  important. 

Dr. Leslie suggests that our goal should be to cut our dog’s nails short enough that you CANNOT hear them on your tile floor. In order to get the nails this short without hurting the dog (or making their nails bleed) your goal should be to get the “quick” (or soft bit that supplies blood to the nail) to recede.

Most people when cutting nails try to cut directly across the dog’s nail (as in the diagram below):




However, Dr. Leslie recommends the best way to cut your dog’s nails without hurting them AND get that quick to recede is to cut the sides of the nails on an angle.

By cutting nails this way it becomes easier to get your dog’s nails shorter without hurting them



Take a look at these before and after pictures of nearly 17 year old Buzz above. On the left is Buzz before a nail trim and on the right is him after his trim. To the right he is distributing his weight correctly and comfortably. You can tell this because his posture in his front and back legs are uniform (all four legs are straight and erect).

Dr. Leslie’s information is a real eye-opener and I hope it will be used as a point of reference when your dog needs a trim in the future!

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Dog Days of Summer Are Doggone Fun at Longhill Dog Park in Dover, NH

 

Have the dog days of summer gotten you down? Then I suggest you take your dog for a ride to one of the coolest summer and most inexpensive retreat ever; the local dog park.
To keep my coon hound, Daisy, and I cool we headed to  Longhill Dog Park located on Longhill Road just minutes off Central Avenue in Dover, NH, near the Somersworth border. 
 
 
 
As soon as Daisy was released into the "wild" she couldn't stop talking about how much she appreciated the grassy areas for fetch and the wooded areas for shade. I was also thrilled that picnic tables were available for owners who wanted a comfortable spot to enjoy while overseeing their pooches at play.


   
Another thing that Daisy loved was that Longhill Dog Park provides kiddie swimming pools for those who need to quench their thirst

 
or to cool off!

  Because Daisy gets in so many walks with her Teacher's Pet Sitting Service buddies she is too tired to get to the park very often but we hope you will check it out for yourself soon!


Longhill Dog Park is open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from April 1 to Sept. 30, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Oct. 1 through March 31.