Never Leave Your Pets in a Parked Car

November 16, 2017

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Never leave your pets in a parked car, not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

As someone who lives in a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest, I know that probably 5 out of 10 people in the area drive around with their 4 legged friends riding shotgun. We are usually cool enough for our pets to be safe but as summer is quickly speeding up on us we need to consider how the increasing temperature can put our pets into danger.

It important to consider the humidity and not just the ambient temperature. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly. So in areas with high humidity always consider this when deciding if your pet can go for a ride with you or not.

Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating

Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) So don’t rely on fans they don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat-in fact, it makes it worse. Always make sure your pet has a place to get out of the sun either under a tree or under a tarp covered area to make sure they don’t get overheated.

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4 Essential Tips for Taking Care of Your Pets

November 16, 2017

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Pets are like the kids who require proper nurturing and a caring touch to thrive and grow up. Once you bring any of them home, you should shower on them the maximum amount of love and respect possible. That is why going for pets is a big decision that you must opt for after deep introspection. There are quite a number of things that you must take care of, in the best way possible. Here are some of the best ways in which you can take care of your canine companions, feathery buddies and feline friends.

• Schedule regular visits to the vets – This is one of the foremost things to be performed after you bring them home. They are almost like human beings and just like humans need a periodical check-up they also need to have it. This is done just to ensure that if they are infected with the virus of any kind of disease, it gets detected before it’s too late. So you should go for regular vaccination of the dogs and cats especially and keep the number of your vet and that of a veterinary hospital handy just as a precaution of dealing with emergency situations.

• Spaying and neutering pets – This one is not only imperative but it proves to be really beneficial too. Each year there is an increasing number of animals who become homeless, are abandoned or lost. To prevent this, it is necessary that you go for this. This type of operation prevents the pets from developing certain types of cancer and also checks the roaming about of your pets and thus, decreases the chance of them from being lost.

• Make sure their food suits their nutritional needs – The inexpensive foodstuff that is available in the market may not be healthy for your pets. Similar is the case with feeding them with table scraps. No matter how sweet they look, it is not advisable to practise this because the food that you take may contain some minerals that are harmful to them. That is why you should feed them with the special type food meant for them that too in a responsible amount.

• Bestow adequate love and affection on your pets – Animals are more like humans and they crave for attention from their masters and mistresses. Though this is mostly true for cats and dogs but even fish and lizards require this for surviving. You need to play with them so as to ensure that they get proper mental stimulation and exercise.

The above are some of the ways in which you can take care of your pets who can be your greatest buddies for life and whom you don’t want to lose ever.

 

Pet Tents – More Comfort for Your Companion

November 16, 2017

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Those who love their pet consider them as a member of the family. It’s not unusual for many pet lovers to carry the pet along when they go out camping or undertake travels. Pet owners should offer good treatment to these animals by enabling them to sleep comfortably when they camp outdoors. You just can’t allow your pet to remain outside the tent when you are comfortably sleeping inside it. For example, dogs prefer sleeping next to their master. Since pets are unable to complain when being uncomfortable, it is obligatory on your part to ensure their comfort and safety. If a pet is not comfortable at the place allotted to it, it would search for some alternate site which it finds more comfortable and cozier. Humans should be sensitive to the requirements of their pets.

Comfortable living

If you like to provide a comfortable living to your pet, procure a pet tent. A pet tent makes an ideal gift for your pet as it offers them protection, while the pet comfortably rests inside. Pet tents for cats as well as dogs are designed to offer them protection against all kinds of weather. Water resistant materials plus a detachable liner used for the construction of tents offers the utmost comfort to pets. Pet tents also include doors plus windows to facilitate the circulation of air, and allow the animal to go outdoors. You can easily carry the tent along when you go camping outdoors, as it can easily be folded and used as a seat or blanket for the animal.

Easy to install

You can install the tent very conveniently and it may be folded when not in use. You’ll find it ideal for your outings or camping with the family. The use of a pet tent keeps your pet safe from wild animals and harmful insects.

Buy a quality product

You should prefer buying a quality tent for the pet. Its initial price may be higher, but it pays for itself because a cheaper variety of tents is made using materials of inferior quality. Generally, cheaper tents are not made from waterproof materials and are easily torn.

You can find a large variety of tents in the present market and also online. You can surely find one that fulfills your requirements and preferences. You can have pet tents in many different sizes and colors. You may need to buy a small, medium or large-sized tent as per the build of the pet. You can get huge-sized tents for bigger dogs like the Terrier, German Shepherd and Saint Bernard. Though pet tents are basically designed for the purpose of transporting animals, the current designs of these tents go to work as sanctuary for your pet. Your pet feels at home even when it is away from its normal home!

 

Cat Tents – A Great Gift Idea

November 16, 2017

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Are you wondering what gift to offer a friend or relative who has a cat as their pet? Gift him a pet tent, it will make an ideal gift. These tents are versatile, lightweight and can be stored conveniently.

The prices of pet tents can vary a lot. You may procure a top quality expensive tent, or an inexpensive variety that is fine for indoor use or even in your backyard. You can certainly locate one that fits in your budget, while simultaneously fulfilling your requirements, as well as those of your friend.

Here are the benefits of cat tents:

  • Cats prefer sleeping in unseen spots. A pet tent works as a safe, quiet and private area for the pet to relax or go to sleep.
  • Condensed tents are excellent for trips. Certain tents are designed for use within the car, though you can also get pet tents intended for outdoor use. Generally, these may be used for cats as well as dogs.
  • You can get flexible, handy tents. You’ll find them helpful when traveling with your pet. These are easy to shift, clean and store.
  • If you are short of funds and unable to procure a cat house or can’t provide adequate space in the backyard, you can provide your cat with a tent to keep it protected from natural elements. You can hide it when not in use.

Cat tents are ideal for indoor use.

  • Most tents have a collapsible design, making it easy to fold and store them to save your space.
  • Pet tents can be assembled, packed and stored easily, particularly their pop-up variety.
  • Many tents include dangling toys, which the cat enjoys playing with.
  • Obviously, a pet tent can be considered as a piece of useful furniture.

Factors you should consider while procuring a cat tent:

  1. There can be many factors influencing your choice. However, design and cost are the most significant and should be kept in mind while selecting a tent.
  2. The next important factor is the size of tent. If your pet is large-sized, you have to procure a tent large enough for the animal to move easily inside it.
  3. You should also consider the material used for making the tent. If you plan using it outdoor, you should get a tent with a sturdier construction. Lighter variety is made for indoor use.
  4. If you like taking the pet along with you during your outdoor trips or camps, buy one designed appropriately for the purpose. You may know that most pets tend to get edgy while traveling.

Here are additional features you should seek while selecting the most suitable tent for your cat:

  • Easy installation and storage – it should be lightweight and convenient to carry, clean and install.
  • Great design – It should provide adequate ventilation to your pet.

The material used for its construction should be heavy-duty and durable.

Pet tents are a great gift idea for animal lovers. In our online store you will find a wide range of models and designs – so visit us today to choose one!

 

To Discount or Not to Discount Your Pet Sitting Services

November 16, 2017

Pets & Animals

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I think it’s an excellent idea to have a killer introductory offer for your pet sitting services to attract new clients to your business and for you to run promotions to your client list. This is not the discounting I’m referring to. In this post when I refer to “discounting,” I’m speaking of discounting for the hagglers and bargain shoppers.

Selling Yourself Short

When people haggle with you and you decide to lower your price, you inadvertently dilute your service’s value, and worst yet, the type of people that haggle with you are not the people you even want on your client roster. Hagglers are the people who will not give you referrals because they want to monopolize your schedule and keep you their convenient little secret. They are the kind of clients who will eat up your time and patience with a long list of requests that in the long run will become unreasonable. And, these are the people who will bog you down and eat up your valuable time for little value in the long run and burn out your stock of happy thoughts.

The Solution to Hagglers

Since hagglers are not the kind of people you would want on your client list, here is my suggestion; When speaking with them about the pricing of your pet sitting services, emphasize the value of your service and politely tell them that your prices are set with no room for negotiation. Next, tell them they are more than welcome to call you in the future if the are in need of top-notch professional pet care. Finally, send them on their merry way with a friendly, “best of luck!”

Bargain Shoppers

Bargain shoppers are a different breed from hagglers. They are the people who will call you and every other pet sitting business in a 15-mile radius trying to find the cheapest deal. Is this really the type of client that you want? Your answer should be a resounding “no!!!!!!!” You are not a pack of batteries or a flashlight. You are a service that offers unbelievable value, and you should be compensated accordingly.

The Solution to Bargain Shoppers

Don’t waste your time waiting for a callback or giving them an offer they can’t resist. These people are, again, not your kind peeps. These people are short term clientele and will not help in the growth of your business.

Final Thoughts on Discounting Your Pet Sitting Services

Your client list should include people who understand the value you offer, who happily pay you for your outstanding pet sitting services, who leave you and your staff generous tips and kind words of thanks, and who will refer other people to your wonderful pet sitting business.

Colleen Sedgwick is the Owner of Pet Nanny, LLC. She is devoted to providing her customers with the highest quality, in-home professional pet care available by offering unsurpassed personal service to the pets and their parents. Colleen is dedicated to providing peace of mind to pet owners who struggle with the guilt of having to leave their precious pets at home when they travel or work long hours.

 

Tick Prevention and Control

November 16, 2017

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Your initial line of protection against ticks is to keep them away. Build a fence to help keep deer, a well-known host, away from the lawn. Employ repellent as well as traps to keep smaller rodents, including mice or chipmunks, removed from your property. If you can, install a two or three foot walkway of concrete, gravel or bark between all woodlands or bushes and your yard, play sites and residence. Ticks must have water and as a consequence these kinds of drier regions cause them to dry out and thus deter them from getting across. Always keep your grassy areas and bushes trimmed short and far away from pathways where you, as well as pets, could rub against them and also get rid off any sort of fallen foliage or lawn clippings. Edge sprays utilized in May or June can be successful in high population locations. Popular natural tick applications for your household or backyard are Wondercide Yard And Garden Spray, Wondercide Home Spray as well as Vet’s Best Home Spray. Inorganic products include products like Vet Chem or Adams Plus Yard Spray. For those who don’t choose to add chemical compounds to their yards, experiment with treating the yard with diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth works as a desiccant and can be very effective.

Attempting to keep the animals tick-free doesn’t need to be a full time occupation. For starters, prohibit your pet from going in tall vegetation or playing in foliage and similar tick hiding places. Next, employ a tick poison or tick repellent. There are tons of all-natural oils that get rid of ticks for instance geranium, eucalyptus, peppermint, clove, neem, citrus as well as the earliest shield against bloodsuckers, garlic. These repellents may be rubbed right on your pet; a few droplets behind the skull as well as a one or two drops on the lower back before heading outside. Any of these natural oils can readily be manufactured into sprays in your own home.

A couple of excellent commercially available herbal items are Terra Pet Naturals Drops or Spray and Pure Neem Oil. There are a lot of very good external chemical-type solutions to be found. Recommended are Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix II. Tick collars will also be effective longer term coverage. Seresto Collars for cats and dogs are very effective. You might want to try an oral tick killer like NexGard. NexGard is straightforward to employ, just feed your puppy the flavorful snack one time each month. Wash animals often with a tick repellent and or tick eliminating shampoo. Ovitrol can be particularly reliable for cats and dogs or alternatively utilize the Wondercide Shampoo Bar or Wally’s All Natural Shampoo. Don’t neglect to brush after washing to clear off all dislodged ticks before they get the opportunity to reattach.

Just a few drops of your favorite all-natural tick repellent around ones cuffs before taking off on an outing should be ample protection for most of us. Tuck your trousers into your socks and or utilize gators to help keep ticks outside of your clothes. Maximum potency DEET repellents will also function effectively against ticks. Spraying garments with a Permethrin application will eradicate ticks on contact. You should not use Permethrins directly on your skin. There are actually bug and tick resistant clothes for sale and also do it yourself clothing applications. These products appeal to a lot of people however their capabilities are going to disappear gradually over the course of time.

In summary, create an environment that is unfriendly towards ticks around your home. Apply repellents or poison to yourself, your pets and your yard or home. Use tick shampoo to kill any existing ticks on your pets. Apply more repellent. With these easy steps you should be well on your way to a healthy tick-free home!