Tis the season for Thanksgiving travels and holiday shopping. Fall is coming to a close. Winter is upon us. How will you make sure your pets are happy and taken care of while you're away for Thanksgiving or on long holiday shopping excursions? If you're at home entertaining guests for the Holidays, you are probably cooking and serving lots of food, and your pets start begging. Do you know which "human foods" are not healthy for them? As the days get darker and colder, how will you make sure that they will be healthy and happy?
Pet Sitters Plus has a few handy tips to consider for your animal companions while away for long periods of time, as well as while at home entertaining guests with lots of food:
Technically, it might still be Fall, but Winter has arrived in Northern Nevada. It's always a quick changeover, so don't forget to be quick about winterizing your outdoor pet area. Pets might have fur, but they're not equipped to handle prolonged exposure to the cold and wet months.
Pet Sitters Plus has a few handy tips for keeping your companion pets safe and warm over the winter:
We don't always have the choice of taking our pets with us - to work, on vacation, or on an extended hospital stay. Lots of situations are not designed for companion pets to be with us. Picking a pet sitter can be tricky and somewhat anxious! You want to know that your faithful companion is as well cared for as when you are around.
And let's face it, even if you have friends or roommates you feel comfortable asking to take care of your pets, you don't always want to impose on them. That leaves choosing a pet sitter. There are a some questions you should ask when looking at all of your options:
If you choose Pet Sitters Plus as your companion pet's caregiver, you know that we bring a depth of experience, training, licensing and safety with us. Your pet will be taken care of to your specifications, whether that is feeding and cleaning up after a cat, walking a dog, or spending some cuddle time with a needy animal. Don't be afraid to be too picky when choosing a pet sitter - this is a member of your family. Make sure it's the kind of care you want.
If you are interested in becoming a pet caregiver or starting your own business as one, you can contact Pet Sitters Plus to find out all you need to know - from forms, to licensing and even to networking and building your client base. Our consultations are one-hour phone consultations for $40. This is one hour that could change your life and have you working for yourself in a very short time!
Cars heat up a lot faster than we think. In the summertime heat, it is NEVER okay to leave your pet unattended in a car - windows cracked or not. Car temperatures can literally be like the inside of an oven, and that's no place you want to leave your pet.
We still have errands to do though. Here are some great alternatives to leaving your pet in a car:
1) Drive-Thru Only - Convenient and accessible, many businesses offer a drive-thru. Instead of leaving your companion in the car, even for a second, take advantage of the opportunity to let your pet ride in comfort and style.
2) Pet Friendly Shopping - Many businesses are happy to accommodate our companions! When you can, go to businesses that have a pet friendly policy and take them shopping with you.
3) Bring a Friend - Having someone come along while you (or both of you) run errands will give your pet someone to hang out and play with while you're inside.
4) Outdoor Eating - Instead of going into a restaurant to eat, find those with outdoor seating. Shade and a little water dish make this a fun time for everyone!
5) Skip It - Is your trip to the store really all that important? Can it wait until tomorrow or later on in the day? Let your pet stay at home where its cool and relaxing.
The hot weather is returning to the Carson Valley and that's a big concern for outdoor pets. As the summer turns up, the mountain air can get sweltering in the daytime heat. Even the shade, what little there is in the high desert, is no refuge for our furry companions.
There are a few things you can do to help out any outdoor pets you might have. For long haired breeds of cats and dogs, one solution is summertime grooming - get them a haircut! But this is only a temporary solution and it doesn't address the problem for their shorter haired cousins.
One ingenious way of keeping your pets cool as a cucumber in the summertime is to invest in a kiddie pool. Yes, the same plastic pools that you can buy at the store. FiIl it up with about 3-4 inches of water to give those pets some relief! Placing it in whatever shade you can muster helps a lot as well. Dogs, and even cats, that don't like the water will get in to cool off when it gets really hot. It also becomes an additional source of water for them if they are feeling parched.
Don't forget to change it every other day or so, to keep the water fresh and clean! They'll thank you for it.
As spring returns, your companion probably wants to get out more. There are a few things to be aware of as the weather warms up. These pet tips should help with your springtime pet care.