Author: Tony

Best Non-natural Dog Chew Toys

In the last post your Chandler dog sitter blogged about natural chew toys, but there are a lot of great indestructible toys out there that are made to last. As my English Mastiff pup, Luciano, got bigger, (and bigger, and BIGGER), his chewing became more destructive. He had his adult teeth and was time to get that tried and true KONG brand of toys for my boy. I can't say enough good things about this brand - every product I have ever bought has lasted and stood up to their quality guarantee. I have their rubber bones that you can fill the ends with treats. I have a KONG Wobbler, that you fill with kibble and they have to knock it around the floor to get the treats out, and I must say it is fun to watch them play with this one. Then there is the original KONG - the...

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Bones for Dogs that Love to Chew

Do you have a dog or puppy that can destroy any bone in a matter of minutes? It can be frustrating; after all, they are not always cheap! Having had large breed dogs (Rottweilers & Mastiffs) my whole life, and a one year old Mastiff currently, I feel I have a bit of experience in this department. However, heavy chewing isn't limited to the big breeds; I've seen a Chihuahua destroy a flip flop in a flash! After spending a considerable amount of money on toys and bones over the years, perhaps these suggestions from you Chandler dog sitter might help...

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Mesa Dog Walker Discusses Pet Smart Dog Treat Recall

Well, it looks like there is another recall that is pet food related out there. This time it will affect many people as it is distributed through a major pet food store, PetSmart. And since your Mesa dog walker loves to pass out treats to the fur babies we walk, we wanted to be sure you were advised. The brand of dog treat currently being recalled is:  Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats PetSmart issued this voluntary recall today stating that the product is being pulled from shelves due to potential mold growth (eeewwww!)  According to information, no other Simply Nourish treats are currently being recalled, just this one.The PetSmart website issued the recall on the following company link:  http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196265&p=factset59 If you have purchased this product at a PetSmart, it is advised that you bring your receipt and the product to the store for a refund. More details...

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What’s Your Dog and Heat Safety Quotient?

Your Gilbert dog sitter takes the care of your dogs very seriously, especially in the dangerous heat of Arizona. Take this true/false quiz and see if you can pass with flying colors. 1)      It only takes 15 minutes for your car to become so hot your dog suffers serious physical harm. False –It only takes 10! 2)      Parking in the shade will keep your dog comfortably cool if left in a car. False – this only buys a few minutes at best to slow down the rising temperature. A shaded car will still reach very high internal temperatures dangerous to pets within minutes. 3)      A dog’s normal internal body temperature is normally 100 degrees- 102.5 degrees. True –Anything above 103 is generally seen as an emergency. Canine temperatures are best taken rectally for an accurate reading. If you have been exercising your dog and she seems listless afterwards, do you yourself a favor and check her...

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Adventures in Cat Sitting in Chandler

Being a cat sitter in Chandler is great fun. We get to spend time snuggling fluffy faces, brushing soft fur babies, playing with mice and wand toys with your cats, and giving lots of treats (with pet parent permission, of course). But sometimes we have an 'adventure'. And that's just what happened last week to one of our cat sitters. She arrived at the client's home on the first day of the sit to a house that seemed very warm. The house was at about 86 degrees. Understanding that some clients will adjust the temperarture while they are gone, she responsibly checked in with the owner to see if that was the case. The owner wasn't concerned and explained how to adjust the temperature setting, which she did. Still feeling concerned for the cats' safety, she made an additional unpaid visit, of her own accord, I might mention. When she arrived...

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Gilbert Green Acre Boarding Kennels Tragedy

After hearing about the terrible incident at Gilbert Green Acre boarding facility where at least 17 dogs lost their lives due to heat stroke, I felt it was important to address several things. First, I want to say how sorry we are to all the families who lost their pets due to what I personally believe to be gross negligence on the part of Green Acre Kennels.  I am shocked, saddened, heartbroken for the suffering of the dogs, and yes outraged! Rather than blow my top (and believe me, I want to) I am trying to look at this horrible tragedy and figure out how the deaths of those poor dogs can do some good (if that’s possible). I guess what I would like to say to any pet lover looking for pet care options for their beloved furry family members, regardless of what option you choose, you have to do your...

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Hot Weather Games for Your Dog

We know how HOT it’s getting out there! With the onset of summer, pet parents need ways to keep their dogs exercised, and also safely cool. As your Chandler dog walker and dog sitter, this topic is extremely important, since we do not walk your dogs when the temperature is over 90 degrees. So what can you do when it becomes to hot out to exercise and/or stimulate your dog so they aren’t bored? An ideal summer activity, of course, is playing in the pool or a lake.  Swimming or just splashing around with your pup is a wonderful way to bond and to exercise your pet. A classic game of fetch is fun for everyone in the pool! There are many different pool pet toys that are light and will float. For unsure swimmers, floating doggie vests are available. Another option is a kiddie pool and a hose; also great...

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Why Your Cat Thinks Cat Boarding is a No-No

As a professional pet sitting company owner, I had considered the possibility of opening my home's second rooms to cats needing boarding, as I don't believe there are many cat boarding in Mesa facilities. And while I have always felt very strongly that boarding cats at a facility is really NOT the best option for cats, in my mind I thought that providing care for them in a comfy room with someone they knew would be ok. However, I recently had an experience that once again has changed my mind. One of our in home pet sitting clients' air conditioning decided to go on the fritz while we were caring for two cats in his home. With the temperature reaching over 90 by late afternoon, we knew we could not ethically leave the cats in the home with no air conditioning, even though the 'cooler' evening temps were coming. So we...

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Can Cats Get Heatstroke?

[contextly_auto_sidebar id="NiSWyiMHrlarmoh9bFll3gQga27NgCwb"] Summer has come to Chandler once again! Yes, it’s HOT, and you know the signs that tell you you’re overheated and may be headed for heatstroke, but can you tell when your kitty is in heat distress? Do cat's even get heat stroke? Your Chandler cat sitter can tell, and is here to help you identify the signs of heatstroke in your cat because just like people and dogs, cats can and do suffer from heat stroke. As the temperature rises, it’s just as important for kitty to have a cool place to relax, as it is for you. Your furry friend also needs constant access to fresh, cool water.  You know how much you sweat as your body temperature rises, you’ll see Kitty leaving sweaty footprints on the floor as she sweats through the pads in her paws.  She’ll pace around restlessly trying to find a cool place, and...

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Why does My Cat Chew on Plastic?

[contextly_auto_sidebar id="DqHYUM2RjyfiB10czSMGIKqJuxK6Vr8l"] We pet parents have all seen it at some point. As a Chandler pet sitter, I've seen it often. Our dog will start treating the cat's poop as a food group, or our kitty will decide that yarn is better chewed and swallowed than played with. What is going on when this occurs? This is a condition known as Pica. Pica is characterized by the chewing on and/or ingestion of non-food objects. It happens in both dogs and cats. Dogs tend to eat either their own or available cats' poop. I know, yuk! This type of Pica is called Coprophagy. Cats usually go for rubber bands, yarn, paper or plastic. There are various schools of thought on what causes Pica in our fur-kids. It may be that a dog is missing a nutrient in his diet, or that a cat is exhibiting separation anxiety. There's no definitive known reason yet for...

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