March 2014

Pet Sitter in Tempe Answers – Why is my Cat Not Using the Litterbox?

One of the most common reasons pet parents surrender their cats to animal shelters is house soiling.  Unfortunately, many of these kitties are deemed “unadoptable” and are euthanized as a result.  In an effort to prevent this from happening, your Tempe pet sitter wants to discuss what to do when encountering this problem in your home. First, take your feline friend to the vet.  As much as they hate it, kitties who start going outside the box need to be checked for any medical problems such as a urinary tract infection or blockage initially. When kitties don’t feel well they tell you, and this can be one of their methods of communication.   Once your cat is given a clean bill of health, you can safely assume the problem is behavioral and continue your detective work to determine why this is occurring. Have you had any major life changes recently?  Maybe a new human or furry addition or change...

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Weight Loss and Gain in Your Canine Companion or Feline Friend

Obesity is one of the most prevalent problems among our furkids, so your Tempe pet sitter wanted to offer some tips and tricks at combating this issue.  Obesity can cause arthritis, heart disease, back problems, and reduce your pet’s quality of life.  First, remember food does not equal love!  You can show your canine or feline buddy love and affection other ways than by feeding them such as with petting and scratches, verbal praise, or playtime.  You have to remember what is in their best interest and keeping those extra pounds off is a must.   Next, we recommend feeding your dogs on a schedule which includes 2 meals a day with a limited portion of food.  This makes it much easier to monitor how much they are eating and increase or reduce the quantity as needed.  Look for kibble that is high quality and therefore recommends smaller feeding portions.  Try checking www.dogfoodadvisor.com to see unbiased ratings on hundreds of dog...

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What Kind of Leash Should I Use for My Dog?

Whenever we take our dogs somewhere, it is always advised to put on a leash. This is for their safety and protection; it provides your dog sitters in Chandler a way to maneuver, lead and, well, walk your dog. Obviously different dogs have different needs and based on your individual dog you’ll need to decide which is best for you. First, there is the standard leash and collar combo where your dog’s leash is clipped to its collar – many dogs have this first kind of leash as an option. The leash itself can be made of nylon or leather. Leather does withstand biting and chewing, but can be a little more costly. A nylon leash may not stand up to chewing or last as long. These leashes come in many different lengths, widths and colors, and provide many different options to dog lovers. Second, there are retractable leashes. This type of leash...

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Pet Sitters in Tempe Ask Should You Feed Your Dog Treats?

Many people think treats and yummies outside of meals are a mandatory part of being a pet parent.  Treats can be extremely helpful when training a new puppy, housebreaking, rewarding established good behavior, learning to use a doggie door, and more.  Some dogs even have a large repertoire of tricks that they learned with treats as a motivation.  Fido may love his munchies, but your pet sitter in Tempe recommends every dog parent take some things into consideration when deciding if they should dish out the desserts.  First, is your pooch at a healthy weight?  If he’s overweight, you may want to scale back on the treats or choose a low-calorie treat.  Avoid human food for treats as it usually contains more calories and ingredients that are unnecessary for a balanced doggie diet.  When this Tempe dog walker discovered one of my dogs gaining weight, I started breaking the treats in half or even thirds.  If underweight, look...

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