Pet First Aid 101: 5 Basic Emergency Procedures

Although first aid is not a replacement for going to your veterinarian, it can mean the difference between life or death for your pet. If you must administer first aid, always follow through immediately with veterinary care.

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3 Biggest Medical Issues that Masquerade as House Training Problems

Being a new puppy owner can be such a wonderful experience. Your puppy is exploring, and being adorably awkward. And naughty… adorably naughty. You’re learning all the ins-and-outs of puppy training, nutrition, and veterinary care. House training is definitely on top of that list!

As you work through the “don’t-pee-in-my-house-please” details, you’ll have successes and you’ll find yourself taking a few steps back. If you do find that you’re having trouble with house training, your first instinct may be to call a trainer (which isn’t wrong!). Your vet should also be on top of that list. There are several physical reasons for your puppy to be peeing in the house, and you want to rule those out before giving him the “naughty” speech. Here are the most common medical issues that can masquerade as house training problems:

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: The Magical Music Box Called Pet Tunes

When I became Fear Free Certified earlier this year, I searched for the best tools to bring on board with me. These would help promote the goal of stress and fear-free interactions for all of my special needs and medical needs clients. Although we have quite a few great items in our toolbox, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker (I like to call it my “magical music box”) is one of my favorites!

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet Shouldn’t Have a Beer With You This Holiday

I get many questions regarding what someone’s pet should and shouldn’t have, ranging from foods to medications. And although many answers include “in moderation”, there are quite a few that are a sweet, simple, emphatic, NO. This is one of those answers! Not just because it can make them sick, but because alcohol poisoning can kill your pet. Here’s why: [Read more…]

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Recognizing Signs of Stress & Fear in Your Cat

Stressed out cats are more likely to struggle and become aggressive.  Aggressive cats (9 times out of 10) are not truly “aggressive” as much as they are strongly reacting to their fears. Even at home, certain changes and unknown elements can lead our kitties to becoming more stressed and anxious. Chronic stress can also lead to health issues (we all know that), and some kitties may be more sensitive than others. For all of us cat lovers, we definitely understand that a happy cat means a happy house. I’m sure you can recognize an angry or very scared cat, but can you recognize the early signs of feline stress? And if so, what can you do to help them adjust and keep them from getting to the tipping point? [Read more…]

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My Dog Has Diarrhea: 3 Steps to Help Settle Their Stomach

Ugh. If you have a dog, you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with varying degrees of diarrhea. We even have a special name for it in my house: “poop carpet”. (Hey, when you have 4 dogs there has to be some humor in it!)
It’s no fun for anyone to have an upset stomach and there are some ways to help your pup rest a little more comfortably until they aren’t racing for the door to go outside. [Read more…]

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Dog Walker Secrets: It’s all on the Belt! The Top 8 Items to Carry

I love being a professional dog walker because it wonderfully melds my passion with the more practical need to have enough exercise and stay healthy. Knowing that I’m helping families provide that to their pets is also incredibly satisfying. As much fun as it is, it’s also very important to plan ahead and be prepared for most situations that may pop up!
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Recognizing Signs of Fear in Your Dog

Almost 90% of owners will say that their pet has some sort of behavioral problem. This can range from the “reactive”or “cranky” to “dominant” pets. There is a behavior or “personality quirk” that’s not ideal, but it’s something that the pet’s family lives with because…well, why not? It’s not a big deal. He’s just “cranky” or “certain things set him off”. But what if you can notice signs of discomfort before that happens? What if Fido is acting out because he’s scared? Can you recognize the early signs of fear? [Read more…]

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Pet Sitter Secrets: It’s All in the Trunk!

Being a professional pet sitter is a wonderfully satisfying job. You also learn quickly that being prepared keeps you ahead of the game if anything doesn’t go as planned! So how does a professional pet sitter do that when she’s on the road all the time? It’s all in the trunk. [Read more…]

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: 4 Simple Ways to Help Our Pets with Stress

Science can measure stress and its effect on the health and well-being of our pets. Both short-lived and chronic stress can impact their health, healing process, and lifespan. Fear Freesm ideas help lower our pet’s level of anxiety, which results in a happier pet and a safer environment for treatment (both at the vet clinic and at home). [Read more…]

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