The Importance of Heartworm and Flea Prevention

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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

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7 Fun Fall Activities for Pets

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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

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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, barely moving and never coming when called.  Most 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. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Pets Happy While You’re Away

In today’s world there are many of us that simply can’t afford to stay at home, no matter how much we’d love to! Most of us have to work for a living and for many that means working outside the home. For those of us that have pets at home there’s the added worry of keeping them happy and occupied while we are away. From dogs to cats to small mammals to birds it’s easy to find a way to keep them busy.

Dogs: In my personal experience I’d say dogs can be one of the easiest pets to keep entertained simply because of the selection of products out there. The easiest way to keep your dog occupied is to start by finding what motivates them. Do they like toys? Do they like to sleep all day? Are they food motivated? It’s a good idea to have a decent selection of toys for your dog. That being said, you don’t want to have all of the toys out at all times. Rotate them on a daily basis so there’s always something fresh and new for your dog to investigate. If you have an older pet, or perhaps one that just isn’t all that active, sometimes a comfy bed will do the trick. Now, whether that bed is YOUR bed is completely up to you! It can be a little more tricky if your pet is food motivated only because treats are edible. If you want something longer lasting try a bone specially made for dogs (these can be purchased at a variety of retail establishments but make sure to do your research and pick the one that is right for you!). Kong toys are awesome since you can fill them with peanut butter and freeze them enabling the treat to last longer.

Cats: Just like with dogs there is a large assortment of products on the market to keep cats entertained. My top two choices are cat trees/towers and toys. Within each of those categories there is a huge selection. You can get cat trees that stand just a foot or so tall and accommodates one cat all the way up to one that stands 6 feet plus and can accommodate multiple cats. The selection of toys is endless! There are crinkly toys, feather toys, jingle bell toys and more. That being said I found that occasionally an old sock with a crinkled paper ball in it would do the trick as well! You can also find special platforms designed to attach to your window for your cat to be able to watch the world go by out the window. (Please keep your cats’ safety in mind and secure any loose hanging strings, blinds etc when using a window seat or putting a cat tree near a window.)

Small Animals: We can’t forget about the little guys in the bunch! They deserve the same love and attention as their larger counterparts. I always found in a pinch that an empty paper tower roll will keep a small mammal such as a hamster or mouse entertained for hours. You can also find specially made habitats that include mazes of tubes through which they can climb and play. While I don’t have a lot of personal experience with reptiles I know there are options out there for them as well. They may not want to catch a ball like a dog but a nice habitat will go a long way in keeping them happy and entertained. Make sure to provide the proper housing, water, substrate and hide away spots to ensure your reptile stays happy while you’re away. Even a fish will appreciate a good play structure in their tank!

I usually like to remind my readers that all pets are different. Whatever you choose to make your pets happy make sure you do your research because they are all different and in the end only you can make the best choice for your baby.

See you next blog!

Jaime

What Pet Fits Your Lifestyle?

Many of us have had pets for years. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of pet from something as tiny as a fish all the way up to my beloved Great Dane, Harleigh. That being said, there are many first timers out there that have never owned a pet. Choosing what type of pet to bring into your home is not a decision that should be made lightly. There are many things to consider. How do you choose what pet best fits your lifestyle?

We must start by asking ourselves a few questions:

How often will I be away from home? – If you travel a lot or work long hours you need to consider who will take care of your pet while you’re away. There are many different options such as pet sitters (I know a great one!), lodging facilities and having a friend or family member look after your pet. These needs can range from having someone come by and walk Fido while you’re at work to coming by and changing kitty’s litter box while you’re on vacation. Dogs take more care than cats when you consider the need for exercise, cats take more care than fish and so on. The amount of time you can commit to the care of your pet should be a determining factor in the specific type of pet you decide to bring home.

How active am I versus the activity level of the pet I am considering? – Let’s say you’ve done your research and have decided you want a dog. Great! What kind of dog? If you’re a jogger who wants to be able to take your companion with you, then you want to focus more on your active breeds like Border Collies, Labradors and Golden Retrievers. If you want a couch potato or maybe a dog that doesn’t need quite the amount of exercise as the more active breeds you’ll want to look at Basset Hounds or maybe even Great Danes. If you’re not a dog person and you don’t have an active lifestyle then you may want to consider a cat or perhaps even a fish tank or small mammal.

What is my budget for my new companion’s initial set up as well as their continued care? – In doing enough research you can figure out a pretty good estimate of what it will cost to purchase or adopt your companion as well as the cost of initial supplies such as bedding, food, dishes, toys etc. But what about unexpected costs such as a change in diet, new bedding (in the case of a destructive pet), emergency medical care etc. It’s a good idea to consider the “what ifs” by setting up an emergency fund to help cover unexpected expenses or to consider pet health insurance to help cover medical costs.

It’s important to keep in mind that every pet is different so be prepared for surprises in personality, activity level and behavior. If you’re just not sure, then wait. The perfect companion will be waiting when you are ready!

See you next blog!
Jaime

Welcome

Hello my pet loving friends!

My name is Jaime Standley. I’ve had the pleasure of being friends with Brooke for over 10 years. I’ve been married to my husband for almost 13 years and we have two beautiful sons named John and Matthew. For the past 14 years I called the animal care industry home. I’ve lived in Houston most of my life with an interim stop in Katy for about 14 years. I have an Associates Degree in Science and plan on going back to school to study Marine Biology. When we had our second son in February I made the decision to become a stay at home mom to our boys and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Recently, Brooke approached me with the idea to create and maintain a blog for her wonderful pet sitting business, Animal Admiration. In this blog we hope to address many different aspects of pet care, pet health and more.

We will delve into such as issues as:

How to keep your four legged friend happy while your away whether it’s for a few minutes or a full work day

Dog friendly restaurants

Are cats really like potato chips and you can’t have just one?

…..and so much more!

I welcome any and all topic ideas from you, the customer. After all, you and your pet companions are who we do this for!

See you next blog,

Jaime Standley