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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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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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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How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids: Part 1 (The Set-Up)

This article is Part 1 of a 2-Part Series on how to help you give your pets subcutaneous fluids. Subcutaneous (or SQ) fluid treatments are most commonly recommended for pet’s with chronic renal disease (CRD) or kidney failure. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I have worked with many families, teaching them out to perform these treatments at home to help them manage their pet’s disease. Although it sounds overwhelming, it can be very manageable with the right information, help, and practice.

How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids- Part 1
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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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4 Tips on How To Give Your Pet a Subcutaneous Injection

A large part of being a certified vet tech is interacting with clients.  One of the most common appointments I am called in to help with is for newly diagnosed diabetic or kidney disease pets that would need a regular subcutaneous injection or fluids at home. Most of the time these parents are a little overwhelmed, trying to wrap their minds around such a new aspect of their pet’s at-home management. Each time I give the same tips and advice, and these parents usually (with practice) do perfectly fine at home. For those that don’t like or want to do the injection themselves, there are still a number of options (including an experienced pet sitter!) that they can work with to provide their pet with at-home treatments.

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4 Things to Do to Prepare for Your Professional Pet Sitter!

 
When you leave your pets in the care of a professional pet sitter, you should be able to travel with peace of mind. At this point, you’ve done your research and found a professional that is a good fit for you. They are insured, are certified in or have Pet First Aid experience, and have appropriate forms and a contract so that you are covered and feel good about leaving your fur babies.
The last steps before you leave home is to make sure your pet sitter has all the necessities to take the best care of them!
 
 
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How a Professional Pet Sitter Safeguards a Client’s Home and Personal Information

At the top of a professional pet sitter’s priority list is ensuring the security of our client’s homes and personal information.  We take the utmost precautions from the time that we input your information into our online database, until we have completed our visits to your home.  We know that relying on someone to care for your pets and your home can be a challenge for most people, and a professional pet sitter’s goal is to eliminate this concern as much as possible by building a trusting relationship with each of our clients.

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ARCC Celebrates Professional Pet Sitter’s Week!

Mark your calendars now for the 22nd annual Professional Pet Sitter’s Week, March 6-12, 2016! I know if you are like me, you start rolling your eyes that there seems to be a day, week or month for every occupation, illness, fruit, vegetable and … well almost anything.  That being said, I think this week is worth not just celebrating, but recognizing our incredible Professional Pet Care providers!

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Our Pet Sitting Policy on Job Sharing and Why We Enforce It

We are professional pet sitters and have made the job we love into a career. We pride ourselves on the services we provide while caring for your pets and your home while you’re away. We do things to make your home look lived-in, like bringing in the mail and alternating lights, while also keeping up with the little things that make your home look as good as the way you left it. We’re quite happy sweeping up bits of kitty litter or excess fur that might accumulate while you’re away, or wiping up muddy paw prints after playtime. [Read more…]

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