July 2013

Safe people foods to feed your dog

Yesterday I discussed what are the top 10 foods you shouldn't feed your dog: https://www.crittercaretakers.com/top-10-things-you-shouldnt-feed-your-dog/   Today I'll share with you what people foods are safe to feed your pooch. The list is a lot longer than you'd think!  Trust me, they'll thank you with lots of tail wags and slobbery kisses when you let them have some of these people snacks! Green Beans - can be served fresh or frozen for a crunchy summer treat Peanut Butter - this Mesa Dog Sitters go to food when I need to administer medication. Dogs lovvvve peanut butter. It is also yummy when put into a rubber kong and provides something for your dog to do. Carrots - another yummy, crunchy snack that dogs love. Apple slices (no seeds though!) - satisfies the crunch factor again and double bonus, you can smear it with peanut butter. (for those clever canines who know medicine is now in the plain...

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Top 10 things you shouldn’t feed your dog

Let's face it - we all love to spoil our dogs and give them lots of yummy treats. Sometimes we even enjoy slipping them some table scraps. (It's hard to resist those big brown eyes, we know!)  However, there are times where we're giving our canine companions some things that aren't in our best interest for them! Because we care about the well-being of your furbaby, your Mesa Pet sitters would like to share with you what foods are not safe for dogs. Chocolate - hopefully everyone knows this one. The cocoa in it is not good for them and if too much is eaten can cause fatal heart problems. Fish - (who knew?) - Can cause a Thiamine deficiency that may lead to seizures or anorexia. This includes raw, canned or cooked fish. (Although, an *occasional* treat of fresh cooked salmon is ok). Raw Eggs - Apparently an enzyme in the egg...

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What kinds of pets do we pet sit for?

Of course the most common pets we sit for are dogs and cats. But people have lots of different kinds of pets, not just cats and dogs.  We’ve also had the pleasure of watching many kinds of birds. Meet Duncan: So what are some other more unusual pets we’ve sat for? Well, your Gilbert pet sitter has sat for ferrets and we adore ferrets. They make fantastic pets, are very fun, lively and a constant source of entertainment. They’re like having a permanent kitten. But beware, ferrets have a particular musky smell that not all people can handle, and they need a lot of exercise and stimulation. If you want a pet that will just be cute in its cage, a ferret is not for you! Here you can find a great picture of Boomer, one of our ferret clients, in a rare moment of ferret stillness. What other pets have we...

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The Dangers of Dog Walking in Mesa

Arizona is not always the kindest place for dogs and dog walkers. For most of the year, we're very fortunate. We have more days of sunshine than many other states which allows us to take our furry companions with us hiking, bike riding, swimming, and a variety of other outside pursuits. But realize that the weather and other things here pose very real threats for dogs! What are some of those potential dangers? Rattlesnakes - yes when you take your dog out into the great outdoors for a wonderful hike into our mountains, this is a potential hazard. Dogs are exploratory by nature and sniffing is what they do. If they happen to sniff something in a bush where a rattlesnake or other snake is, they run the risk of being bitten. If you're going hiking it's a good idea to keep your dog on  leash or long leader so that you...

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Hartz Products? Not for this Gilbert pet sitter!

Whether you own a dog or a cat, chances are they enjoy being outside, which means there is the potential risk of them getting fleas and/or ticks. To help avoid this you may opt to use a flea or tick collar, or to use various treatments if they catch them. But whether you use a preventative or a treatment, this Gilbert pet sitter has learned some disturbing news recently. One of our Gilbert pet sitters fosters pets and does rescue work. She recently invested in the Adams Flea collar for one of her new fosters. Within 24 hours of wearing the collar, the foster cat went in to crisis. Per my pet sitter this is what happened: "I want to say he wore it for 24 hrs. His appetite decreased today, then a few hours ago I saw him stumbling and salivating, crying (I took it off and wiped down his neck...

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How to help prevent hairballs in your cat

HackHack,  cough, spplllxxx, whatever sound effect you assign your cat’s hairballs, the truth is they’re not pleasant. Not for you, not for your Mesa pet sitter and certainly not for your furbaby. Not only are they not fun for your cat to cough up, they can pose a potential blockage problem in kitty’s stomach! What causes a cat to have hairballs? Cats are naturally fastidious and they keep clean by grooming themselves with their tongue. Their tongues have countless nearly invisible barbs on them designed to help remove dust and other things from their fur. These barbs also pull the hair from your cat’s coat and your cat winds up swallowing the hairs. Once a large mass of the hair accumulates and your cat’s digestive system can’t pass it, the cat will cough it up via a hairball. Since ideally we try to help prevent these as much as possible, here are...

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Help your pet have a Happy 4th of July

Many of our pet sitting clients travel during this holiday, so your Gilbert pet sitter is busy spending time with your pets. Unfortunately while we’re enjoying our cookouts and parties, many pets get very scared during this time. The fireworks and noise are often too much for many of them. How can you help your pet during this time? There are several ways we recommend keeping your pet happy and safe. First, if you know you will not be home, have your pet sitter turn on some music for them that night while you’re away. The music provides a welcome distraction and covers the loud noises/booms of fireworks. You can also use Pet Rescue Remedy in their water or put a few drops in a pet pill pocket or other treat. This is a calming and anti-anxiety supplement for pets to soothe frazzled nerves. I’ve used it with my pets and feel...

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