Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter?

The concept of professional pet sitting is still relatively new. The first pet sitter's association to my knowledge was the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters founded in 1989. Today, there are several national and local associations and industry standards are very high. We used to know our neighbors, but these days, that is very rare. Even if you do, they have their own schedules as well. Although there are many pet sitters that charge for pet sitting, Pet Pampering Plus networks with other businesses and only refers to companies that have similar standards. Here is what you should expect from a professional pet sitting company:

Reliability: You can count on your pet sitter to be there and if they can't make it, they will have a back up ready. Your pet will be the first priority and your pet sitter will try to stick as close to their current schedule as possible. Professional pet sitting is not a side job where your pet sitter will just fit your pet in when it is convenient.

Love and attention: You are paying for your pet sitter to give your pet care. Your pet sitter won't just come in for five minutes, refill the food and leave. Your pet sitter will offer dog walking, playtime, and lots of affection.

Convenience and familiarity: Leaving your pet at home saves you a trip before you have to head out. Pets are able to stay in the comfort of their own home, reducing the possibility of stress or illness. While pet sitters can carry germs on their clothes such as kennel cough, a professional should, and will, take all precautions to avoid bringing outside germs into your home.

Security:
Your pet sitter will rotate lights and blinds, bring in mail and newspapers and give your home a lived in look. Having somebody visit the home multiple times will give criminals a message that somebody is watching. Your pet sitter will do a house check to be sure everything looks secure.

Emergency preparedness: Your pet sitter will be trained in pet first aid so that they know how to handle emergency situations. They will note if anything seems off with your pet including bowel movements and appetite. Your pet sitter will also be prepared to handle emergency house situations in case your house floods, has a gas leak, etc

Insurance: Accidents happen. Your pet sitter is human and sometimes accidents can't be prevented. Your pet sitter should have insurance in case a toilet floods, a pet's leash breaks, or any other unexpected events that might occur.

If you are looking for a pet sitter in Flower Mound or Lewisville, Pet Pampering Plus would love to make you part of our family. We do have a small service area and don't service all of either city, but we network with members of the Denton County Pet Sitters Association and are happy to refer you to other insured professionals!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Acorns are toxic to Dogs!

With the arrival of Fall, we would like to remind you that acorns are toxic to dogs. Squirt is obsessed with acorns but luckily, she doesn't eat them. She just wants to play. We watch her carefully because at her size, just a couple of acorns can make her very sick. However, not all dogs are as sensitive to the toxins in acorns. We have clients that said their dogs have eaten acorns for years with no problem and they are surprised to find out they are toxic. We have had other clients get very sick to their stomach from eating them. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. For more info, read this article http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-information/dog-vet-geller-dvm/acorns-and-dogs-dont-mix.aspx

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

$200 For a Rescue Dog or Cat??? Are They Crazy???

Just what exactly does that cover? Well, you would be suprised that it doesn't cover enough. When I started my business, I started it because of my love of all animals. Once I started getting busy and feeling that my business was a success, I really started to miss my volunteer work, but I just didn't have the time that I used to have to dedicate to it. I decided to start a page called "Lewisville Dog Lovers". Each day, I share a "Dog of the Day" from a shelter or rescue. I started to notice that a lot of rescue pages commenting that the adoption fees were ridiculous. I have realized that people just don't get it. The adoption fees, usually $200 to $400 do not even cover all of the costs of rescuing a shelter pet. Rescues aren't in it to make a profit. Many people in rescue have full time jobs and THEN spend all of their spare time in the rescue. I have to admit, I couldn't do it.

So, what DOES the adoption fee cover? Here is just a partial list:

-Physical exam

-Vaccines

-Deworming medication

-Spay/neuter

-Microchip implant

This list does not include the many other expenses that rescues come across or the blood, sweat and tears they put into rescuing the animal. Rescuing from a shelter requires rescuers to go into shelters frequently to evaluate the pets and decide which ones to pull. Once they pull the pets, they have to go to the vet for a thorough check up. These pets have often come from bad situations and may need a lot more help than just the regular shots and neuter. Many times teeth need work, heartworm treatment is need, etc. Once the animal is all clear, they can go to adoption events. Adoption events often take up a half of the rescuers weekend. All of these responsiblities take up time and gas that the rescuer could have used to just go have fun.

Why bother? It's just a pound puppy right? Aren't they a lot of trouble anyway? Actually, the dogs and cats that I sit for that have come from the shelter are some of the best pets I know! I think they know how much they are loved and appreciate all the help. Sure, some have some training issues, but many learn very quickly and are eager to please.

As the admin of "Lewisville Dog Lovers", I try to network with and share as many rescues and rescue events in the area as I can. I have met many of the rescues in the area and they do such amazing work. I can't thank them enough for all they do. Please remember to thank the animal rescuers you meet. Who knows? They may save your next best friend!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat-- Lewisville pet sitting

Summer is a time for adventure and exploring. We love to take advantage of the longer daylight hours and we love for our pets to join us! Still, there are lots of dangers that we should be aware of. Also, it is important to know how to recognize the signs of overheating and what to do. Check out this article for great information! http://www.examiner.com/article/tips-for-keeping-dogs-cool-the-summer

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Adopting a rabbit: Choosing the right companion for your home!

As many of you know, I support the "Make Mine Chocolate" campaign that encourages people not to buy rabbits for Easter. However, rabbits make great companions and are fantastic pets in the right home. There are many homeless rabbits at a shelter near you and they are ready to be adopted! Rabbit personalites vary widely and like any animal, there may be behavioral issues you have to deal with. Take your time at the shelter to choose the right rabbit for you. Shelters are happy to answer your questions and let you play with the rabbits to get a feel for what they are like. If you already have a rabbit and are looking for a buddy, many shelters let you bring your rabbit in for play dates so that they can choose their own friend.

If you know me personally, you have heard me talk about how cute, sweet, and intelligent my rabbit is. Hershey has been a faithful companion for almost 8 years and she constantly amazes me. However, it hasn't aways been easy. Everytime I move, I have to litter train her again. Even though I am careful to make sure cords are tucked away, I have still had a few destroyed. Somehow, my phone charger ended up on the floor once and by the time I found it, the cord was chewed in half. When I first got Hershey, I had to train her not to dig up carpet. Landlords usually frown upon this. Speaking of landlords...many apartment complexes classify rabbits as farm animals so it can be difficult to find a complex that will allow them. They are out there if you do your research. Sometimes you can get people to write a letter of reference for your rabbit and convince a complex to make an exception. These are just a few of the troubles I have had thoughout the years. For the most part, Hershey has been very easy and she is definitely worth it.

I would like to share a list of questions to ask the rescue to help you choose your furry friend:

-Is the rabbit shy or friendly?
-Can the rabbit get along with other pets?
-Does the rabbit get along with children?
-Does the rabbit like to be picked up and cuddled?
-Does the rabbit get frightened easily?
-How old is the rabbit?
-What is the lifespan of the particular breed?
-Has the rabbit had any health problems?
-Is the rabbit already litter trained?
-Do you know of any behavioral problems?
-Does the rabbit shed a lot?
-What diet is the rabbit currently on? (If the rabbit is used to eating mostly pellets, veggies will have to be slowly added in)

These are just a few questions to get you started. I am happy to answer any questions you may have to help you find the right pet for your home. For more tips about animals, funny videos, and other valuable information, please check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PetPamperingPlus

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homemade Diets to Ensure Healthy Cats and Dogs

Making your pets food at home can help to ensure that you know what your pets are eating and that it is not contaminated. Remember all of the recalls back in 2007? So many animals got sick from contaminated food. I am still hearing about recalls often so it scares me to feed commercialized pet food. Also, most pet foods have additives that the pets really don't need.

If you can't make your pets food at home, I suggest that you stick with a high quality, grain free canned food. I can help you to choose brands that I trust. That is not a guarantee that they are perfect, but it is definitely a start. My own cat gets a combination of raw food and canned. My ultimate goal would be to feed only raw. However, I want her to get a variety of meats.

Watch Doctor Karen Becker's video of why you should feed homemade pet food.
If you decide to go that route, I am happy to help you find resources on how to do it properly.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Small Dogs Need Constant Supervision- Even in Your Own Back Yard

Small dogs can be targets for several types of predators. An acquaintance learned that the hard way this week. She let her Pomeranian out to potty as she always did. She only left her unsupervised for a few minutes but when she got back, her dog was gone. Her yard backs up to land so it isn't a surprise that wild animals live nearby. Her sister and brother-in-law helped her search and they found several foxes living nearby.

I am sad to say, that this isn't the first story I have heard of dogs disappearing like this. Tiny dogs can be considered prey to fox, coyote, hawks, and owls. With the constant new construction in our area, we are running wild animals out of their natural habitats. They are getting braver around people and dogs can be easy targets. I know that I have personally seen all four predators in Lewisville and Flower Mound. In fact, I saw three grey fox in broad day light. I always thought they came out at dusk and dawn, but that isn't always the case. I saw them standing in a field by somebody's private fence. I found myself wondering if there was a dog on the other side.

We can coexist with our wild friends, but we have to be smart about it. Don't leave garbage out longer than you need to for trash pick up, keep you yard tidy, and supervise all small pets!!! If you have any concerns about wildlife in your area, please contact The DFW Wildlife Coalition http://www.dfwwildlife.org.