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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5 Sweet Pet Safety Tips for Your Furry Valentine

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably thinking of romance, stars, perforated paper bunny cards, and chocolate cake (you know I am).

Or perhaps you are thinking, “Ugh, I’d rather cuddle with my puppy.” For the not-so-romantic folks out there, a dog won’t look hopefully, then desperately, and finally disdainfully into your eyes when the evening doesn’t end in a gondola ride, 5-star restaurant and a romantic marriage proposal. Won’t happen. Prolonged eye contact totally freaks dogs out. 

The last thing you want, however, is an emergency trip to the vet because Fido got into something he shouldn’t. There are a couple new things that pop up around this holiday that you definitely don’t want your furry valentine getting into: [Read more…]

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It’s Not About the Money: Why a Good Pet Sitter Requires a Visit Every Day

“My cat doesn’t need someone to visit every day. Every 2-3 days will work, just top off his food bowl and water him.” “My dog has a doggy door and an autofeeder, so I need someone to check in every other day or so.”

I take a deep breath, and count to 3. “We have a policy to do a minimum of 1 visit every day for all of our families….” Client interrupts, “What’s the point? He’s perfectly fine without it, he’s done it before! All of you sitters just want to squeeze out what you can from people.” FREEZE HERE. [Read more…]

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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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Help Your Pet Enjoy the 4th of July as Much as You Do!

Most people really love the 4th of July; it’s a time to celebrate with family and friends and officially kick off our summer and enjoy some fireworks. Please be aware, however, that your pets will not be enjoying most of these festivities! The 4th of July weekend is when the MOST pets go missing and/or never return home; an increase of almost 30%. So as you’re planning your celebration, look towards your pet’s safety as well!

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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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ARCC: FIRST Pet Care Service with a Fear Free Certified Professional!

We are very excited to announce that ARCC Owner Alex Dundon is a Fear Free Certified Professional! This means that ARCC is the first professional pet care service (outside of veterinary clinics) in the country to have those credentials. We are excited to begin incorporating this wonderful initiative to our service, especially for our special needs and medical needs clients!

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What To Do When Your Dog Has a Grand Mal Seizure

I was lucky the first time my dog had a seizure.  I have a background in the therapeutic field and I knew exactly what was happening to him and I was able to keep my head about me to help him. It was still scary and unnerving, but it wasn’t the end of the world for him (or for me!)  Here are some tips on how to get your dog (and yourself) through his seizure: [Read more…]

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How Your Pup Can Save Lives By Being A Blood Donor!

If you’ve never had to face the horror of your dog needing a blood transfusion, you may never have given a second thought to canine blood banks and being a blood donor. They are relatively new programs, proof of the advances in veterinary medical care that can enable vets to keep your dog alive despite some pretty tough odds. [Read more…]

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Pet Sitting Safety & Our ARCC Disaster Plan

As all pet sitters across the US are dealing with a rough winter season, I am reminded of how important it is to have a disaster plan, and how valuable being prepared can be! Not only is it a must-have for any mobile business, but having an emergency plan in place for your family can make what could be a scary and dangerous experience into one that you are prepared for and can handle with little difficulty. We may not be fans of Murphy’s Law, but we certainly are believers, and our ARCC Disaster Plan has a good foundation to build on, emphasizing pet sitter and pet safety! [Read more…]

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