Holiday Pet Safety Tips

We want to include our fur family in the holiday festivities, but as you celebrate this holiday season, here are a few tips to insure your pet’s safety!

Sandy & Santa

Holiday Plants to Be Aware of….  Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats, if ingested.

Choosing Toys for You Pets  Choose gifts that are safe is important. Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallow the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kong toys, for instance, can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. (more…)

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Advantages of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Kate.VinnyFor pet owners, in-home pet sitting provides a unique alternative to boarding facilities or relying on family or neighbors to check on pets.  Pet sitters come to the home daily and pets are able to keep their regular routines for meals, walks, medication and one-on-one care and attention.  Many pet sitters offer the option of daily pet visits and/or overnight pet care, depending on the owner’s specific needs. Owners report that their pets experience less stress and adjust better to their owners’ absence when the pets remain in their normal environment.

For the pet benefits include:

  • Staying at home in his/her safe, secure environment
  • Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
  • Following his/her regular diet and exercise routine
  • Having play time
  • Receiving love and personal attention
  • Maintaining medical treatment, when required
  • Having someone responsible in case of an emergency with the pet or home
  • Eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
  • Ensuring good health (no exposure to other animals’ illness or parasites)

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A Glimpse of Being an Animal Shelter Volunteer

I have always considered myself an ‘animal lover’.  Years ago I remember talking to people that volunteered at local animal shelters and had the common response that so many feel ‘Oh, I could never do that, I’d want to take them all home with me’. While I admired them, it was completely out of my ability to consider. Then one day my beloved dog passed away suddenly and something shifted inside of me, how could I not help the homeless animals? The shelter was in desperate need of volunteers and I had a little time and a lot of love to give. (more…)

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The Victims of Human Greed and Ignorance

The subject of pet over-population is very close to my heart. Before starting my second career in the pet industry, my “heart work”, I really had no idea how many homeless animals there are in this world and how many die each day.

Are you a pet owner? Do you love your pet? Look into the face of your wonderful pet and know that every day in our county, state, country and world, so many pets, as wonderful as your own darling fur family member, are killed in shelters. These are not all sick or aggressive animals that are euthanized; it’s that same sweet face that greets you each morning, with love and gratitude.  Sure we could put all the blame on the shelters, they need to build more kennels, do better advertising, etc., but in my mind I see the problem coming from various sources; irresponsible ‘back yard’ breeders, ignorant people, unmotivated shelter staff and of course, puppy mills. (more…)

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The Journey

Most people look forward to Fridays, they wake up Saturday ready for some R&R, some play or even a weekend getaway.  By Sunday afternoon the heaviness sets in, Monday is weighing heavy on their souls, the dread of another work week, they go back to the grind and look forward to Wednesday, hump day, then it’s only two more days till Friday, another cycle repeats every week.  I used to be that person. A high stress job that I loathed, fluorescent lights, dealing with people that were less than savory, all for the golden paycheck. (more…)

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