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.

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