February 2013

Why does my dog eat poop?

Recently I was pet sitting in Gilbert when one of the dogs managed to have a poop appetizer before I could get to him. Whether or not you are a dog sitter, dogs eating poop is just *gross*!  I love to learn about new things, especially as it relates to my job as a pet sitter, so I jumped online and did some research to find out...

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Dog sitter in Gilbert discusses Nutri-Vet Recall

More jerky treat recalls everyone. This time it’s Nutri-Vet and Nutri-Pet chicken treats, and the real kicker is it involves salmonella. This can be potentially harmful to owners as well even just through handling the treats. According to the article “Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain”. In addition to watching for illness in your pets,  owners should “monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever”. The products were distributed online and in stores and the article lists all lot numbers, etc. associated with the voluntary recall. If you’re looking for a healthier, safer alternative to jerky pet treats, consider Pet Planet Health who have a variety of options for your pet. In fact, they even offer free biscuit Friday....

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The proper way to greet a dog

Everyone loves dogs: little dogs, big dogs, happy dogs, tails wagging or not. Almost everyone loves dogs! As dog sitters in Gilbert, it's important for us to be able to know the right way to meet our prospective client's dogs. And we thought we'd share that knowledge with you. We encourage you to share this information with your children, too, because in their excitement, kids can sometimes scare a dog when they greet them. First off, realize all dogs have a personal space bubble, just like humans. Just as you wouldn't want a complete stranger coming up to you and giving you a gigantic hug, neither does a dog want you just running up and giving them a head pat or a squeeze. The best way to greet a dog is to allow them to come to you. If you want to greet a dog, stand a few feet away from...

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Clients of pet sitting company in Mesa give generously

While we love pet sitting in Gilbert and Mesa, we don’t restrict our love of animals to just those two communities. At Critter Caretakers, we like to get involved in the community at large and help out when we can. So when we heard that Maricopa County Animal Care & Control was in desperate need of help with laundering their blankets, we stepped in. At first I brought home a bunch of laundry to wash myself. Then to add insult to injury, their on-site washing machine broke down.  I decided to ramp up our assistance efforts and put out a call to our clients. Critter Caretakers decided to hold a food/blanket/towel donation drive for the pets at MCACC. Well, I’d set a goal for us to donate 150 pounds of dog food and 75 of cat food.  After all the donations were in, between what our clients contributed and...

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Would you want your pet sitter lying down on the job?

As a Gilbert pet sitter we get to do all kinds of pet care visits - dog walking, daily visits and overnights. Overnights? As in sleep at the person's house with their pets? Absolutely! Why would someone want an overnight pet sitter? All they are doing is sleeping, right?  Hardly! Our overnight pet sitting runs from 8PM - 7AM. When we arrive in the evening, the first thing we do is provide a potty break while passing out  hellos and pets. And we make sure everyone gets some one-on-one attention. Then it's dinner time (yeah!). After that it's another trip outside before we spend some time playing with everyone. If your pet doesn't feel like playing, (probably not likely since they've been alone for awhile) then we'll sit on the couch and provide all the love, chin and belly scratches they can stand. Maybe they want to be brushed; we can...

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Can I trust Critter Caretakers pet sitters?

As a pet sitter in Gilbert, we understand that offering up your house keys & alarm codes, and letting a complete stranger into your home can be nerve wracking and unsettling. Not only are we being given the monumental task of caring for your most beloved furry family members, we’re also tasked with the responsibility of caring for your home. Both of these are responsibilities we take very seriously! We work to develop long standing relationships with our clients and value the trust they place in us. We want you to rest assured that our sitters have been thoroughly interviewed (a lengthy 2 interview process), back ground checked, reference checked, and each is bonded and insured. Your home’s protection and personal peace of mind, next to your pet’s care and well being, is our greatest priority! We are an accredited business with the BBB, a rare thing in the pet sitting industry!...

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If cats had opposable thumbs…

We cat people really love our cats! I mean, my 4 cats have more toys to play with, and things to climb on, than I did when I was growing up! OK, maybe not really, but they are quite spoiled. As cat sitters in Gilbert, we lovvvve to spoil our cat sitting furry clients, too, with a ridiculous amount of love, affection, play time, lap time (if they’re so inclined), and yes, treats.  We adore when they come over and give us a head bonk because they’re so comfortable with us. Nothing makes us happier than figuring out which particular spot: under the chin, behind the ears, or in front of their tail, is “The Sweet Spot”.  As professional cat sitters, we know that most felines do *not* like their belly rubbed unlike our dog sitting clients! So if your cat had opposable thumbs and could text you while you’re away…you’d most...

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Why it’s not such a good idea to use friends or family members for pet sitting

When you go on vacation, you have to leave the pets with someone, right? Whether it’s at a boarding kennel, using a dog sitter in Mesa, or asking a friend, family member or neighbor’s son/daughter, someone has to, uh, let the dogs out, so to speak. However, we’d like to share some interesting stories of non-professional pet sitting failures. These are true stories from actual professional pet sitters I network with! “Our company got a call from a pet owner on vacation that had asked a friend to watch over her 3 dogs, fish tanks and an African bullfrog; then they couldn’t get ahold of the friend they’d asked and never heard from her. Hearing her cry on the phone, we set up everything from keys to paperwork and took on the job….I’ve never seen such a mess going into a home! The dogs obviously hadn’t been let out in days,...

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Pros and Cons of dog boarding in Mesa vs. a dog pet sitter

When exploring options for pet care when you travel, the 2 top choices are taking your dog to a dog kennel or hiring a pet sitter. So how do you know which option is best for your dogs? First let’s look at dog boarding in Mesa. PROS – Price  - for *base* care for one or two dogs, this may be less expensive than pet sitting. Do consider that most kennels require you to pay extra for longer play time, larger kennel space, walks and medication administration. Socialization with other dogs. Your dog will probably get to spend time playing with other dogs. For highly social dogs this is very nice. CONS Vaccinations – most boarding facilities require proof of current vaccinations (another expense you may not have been counting on.) Staff – most kennels are not staffed by someone 24/7. Not ideal for a pet who may be receiving medical care or for your pets who...

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Are you getting a new puppy?

Yeah! Puppies! Everyone loves puppies, especially us dog sitters in Mesa! Now that you’ve decided to bring home a new member of the family, do you know all that your new puppy will need? They need all the obvious things Food dish filled with high quality, nutrient rich food to help them grow Water dishes filled with plenty of fresh clean water A collar with identifying information tying her to your home or telephone number (don’t want to lose your new best friend now that you just got her) A good leash for their walks Teething soothers – puppies teethe until they’re six months of age and like an infant this leads to sore teeth. Give them something for relief. Toys – puppies need mental stimulation and safe chew toys. Consider toys that you can fill with treats that your puppy has to ‘figure out’. A wire crate filled with a soft, comfortable padding for them to lay...

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