The Importance of Heartworm and Flea Prevention

51zx3rqicul

Summer may be over, but heartworm and flea prevention is just as important as ever. It seems that mosquito’s linger longer and longer each year. It’s November and I just got bit twice today! So, whether you are hitting trails with your dog or just letting your pets outside potty breaks and exercise, they need to be protected all year long

  • Why is it so important?

[Read more…]

7 Fun Fall Activities for Pets

Fall Activities

 

The dog days of summer are coming to an end and fall is finally in the air.  Even though most people think that summer is a great time to be outside, fall is really where you can find some gorgeous days.   In summer it can often been too hot.  It can be so hot that the pavement burns the pads of your dog’s feet and sometimes the heat can be so oppressive that you find it hard to breathe and you start to sweat the second you step outside.  That’s no fun for us and is especially no fun if you’re wearing a fur coat.   But now, those steamy days are dissipating, fall is finally upon us and the weather is starting to shift.  And you know your pets are ready to enjoy the cooler air and sunshine just as much as we are.  Now that the weather is changing and fall is upon us, here are 7 fun fall activities for pets you should try this season.

  1. Take a Hike – Fall is a great time to hit the trails. The fresh air and exercise is great for both you and your pet.  Taking a quick road trip to a nearby park is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.
  1. Go Camping – Spending the night in the great outdoors is simply a fantastic time to spend the weekend with your pet. Camping is perfect to break the rut of being stuck inside all summer, safely tucked away from the sweltering heat.  Find a park that allows pets, pack a few treats, and their favorite toy, and you’re all set to have an awesome time.
  1. Pick a Pumpkin – Pumpkins and fall are almost synonymous, this is the time of year where pumpkin spice everything starts popping up. Even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin spiced jazz, going to a pumpkin patch and picking a pumpkin is still good fun.  Bring along your dog and maybe they’ll sniff out the best pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern.
  1. Tailgate – Fall brings a few traditions and only second to pumpkins is the start of the football season. Taking your dog out to the gravel lot of a game, grabbing some good food and tossing a ball while watching the big game is an ideal way to spend a fall day.
  1. Backyard Fun – Most animals love being outside and playing in the backyard on a sunny day is never a bad idea. You may always want to bring your cat, rabbit, or other pernickety pet with you when you go out, they may not feel likewise. They are far more comfortable close to home and sometimes the yard is really all you need.
  1. Enjoy the Leaves – Of course, the coming of fall does foreshadow the actual clean-up from the falling leaves. I know my cats love running in the piles of leaves, one of them even likes to be tossed in it.  After all, a pile of leaves needs to be jumped in, right?
  1. Dress up Together – Halloween night is basically a chance to walk your dog and get candy for it. So if you’re going out to trick or treat, make sure to include your dog.  You can even incorporate them into your costumes, dress them up like a hot dog and you or the family as ketchup and mustard.  Then go out and get some candy!

Even though some people hate the coming of winter, it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful days of autumn. Cooler mornings, nice tepid evenings with gorgeous skies; the time for being outside is here.  So grab your pet and get out in the sun and enjoy it while it lasts. 

Why Your Cat Sitter Should Come Every Day

Cat Sitter Daily

 

Cats are usually thought of as pretty self-reliant pets.  They are generally casual and independent, relaxing in a spot of sun or a comfy bed, rarely moving and never coming when called.  Mostly people go out of town and think, “Oh my cat will be fine, I mean all they do is eat, sleep, and maybe play a little…”  But that’s not necessarily true.  Cats are also feisty and often get themselves into mischief, especially when left to their own devices.

I remember when I had my cat in my first apartment and went on short vacation for the first time.  I was only going to be gone for the weekend and I did in fact think, “She’ll be fine, I will only be gone two days.”  So I filled up two giant bowls of food and water, made sure her litter was clean; I even set up a few comfy places for her to rest and off I went to a fun filled weekend with some friends. I was so very wrong.  Even though she was thankfully just fine, it was obvious that she got into some cat shenanigans. There was tupperware was all over the floor, carpets were scratched, picture frames knocked over, worst of all, she was actually out of food and that broke my heart.

That’s when I realized I really should have hired a pet sitter.  Cats can get into a lot more trouble than you think particularly when they are bored and left by themselves for a long period of time. Here are just a few other situations that can happen when you leave your kitty at home alone.

They can run out of food and water – A bored cat will eat more than an active cat and even if you think you’ve put down enough food, there is a chance they will run out. My cats have also been known to knock their water bowl over leaving them without anything to drink.

They can get trapped or tangled up in wires and cords – I know my cats love getting behind the TV and also in the windows. It could be very easy for them to get tangled up and even strangled. They could also get trapped in cabinets or accidentally close a door and get stuck in a room.  Our homes are full of places where cats can get stuck while playing and if no one is there to rescue them, they could really get hurt.

They can get sick – When cats get sick, it can go downhill very quickly. Often things like bladder or kidney infections can show up fast and hard. If no one is there to notice the symptoms, when you get home it may be too late. It’s even worse when they have the extra stress of being home alone added to the sickness. This sounds dramatic, but it is also very true.

For the safety of your precious fur baby and also for your own peace of mind, it really is best for your cat sitter to come at least once a day.   Twice a day is even better since it only take a few seconds for a tricky situation to get from bad to worse.  Nothing is more important than making sure everything is taken care of for the well-being of our loved ones.