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Archive for June, 2011

Hull: Summer Pet Care

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Summer is here! That’s great news from kids who are ready for a break from school.  Many of us are looking forward to vacation time.  But what does summer mean for your pet?

The high heat and brutal sunshine of summer can be hard for dogs and cats, pet experts agree. Our pets are helpless in many ways: they can’t advocate for themselves and let us know what they need.  A dog can’t let themselves into the house when it’s too hot outside.  Your cat can’t call you to tell you the air conditioner’s broken and the house is unbearable. As responsible pet owners, we all want to keep our pets safe, healthy and happy all summer long.  Here’s what you need to do:

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Dogs and cats need access to plenty of fresh drinking water throughout the summer.  Each cat and dog needs a reliable source of water. Drinking water should be available inside and outside. If you need to be away from home for a few days, it’s essential to hire a Hull pet sitter. They will make sure that your dog and cat has plenty of fresh drinking water.  Dehydration is a killer – but it’s totally avoidable!

Maintain Sensible Fitness Routines

Dogs are happier and healthier when they exercise regularly.  However, excessive heat may make the daily walk or run very dangerous! Always carry drinking water for yourself and for your dog.  Take breaks often: there are worse things than enjoying a break in the shade with your canine companion. Your Hull dog walker can help keep your dog healthy by taking them for walks during the coolest part of the day – often the early morning, when most of us have to be in the office.

Some summer time events, such as fireworks, can upset sensitive dogs.  Consider keeping them home to reduce anxiety.

Marshfield: The Best Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Friday, June 17th, 2011

There are a lot of dogs in Marshfield, and a lot of passionate, caring dog owners who want the very best for their canine companions.  Here are some of the best reasons to hire a Marshfield Dog Walker:

  • Dogs need regular exercise to be healthy.  Dogs need to get up and move.  Regular exercise is the best way to control your dog’s weight, promote cardiovascular health, and boost your dog’s energy levels.  Your Marshfield dog walker helps make sure your dog gets a great walk – an ideal way for the dog to get their regular exercise.
  • Not all dogs will exercise themselves! Puppies and younger dogs will happily run around all day long, but as dogs age, they tend to grow more sedentary.  Like more than a few people, they enjoy sleeping in the sun.  Your Marshfield dog walker will get even the most comfortable couch potato up and outdoors.  This is great for their health and their emotional well being – and more than a few formerly lazy dogs have become enthusiastic fans of the daily walk.
  • Increased energy levels.  It’s true for people and it’s true for dogs -the more you do, the more you’re going to be able to do.  Having your Marshfield dog walker take your canine companion out for regular walks can boost their energy levels.  Happy dogs are enthusiastic and enjoy life more.
  • Save the furniture!  Dogs who are confined indoors for long periods of time – say the amount of time you’re at the office during the day – can become anxious and nervous.  Dogs manifest these feelings with destructive behaviors.  Having your Marshfield dog walker take the dog out for a daily stroll can eliminate those feelings of abandonment.  Goodbye, destructive behaviors! Hello, couch without bite marks!
  • Healthier dogs live longer.  Dogs who exercise regularly live longer, healthier lives.  You’ll be able to enjoy your canine’s companionship and unconditional love for years to come!

Dog Day Care South Shore MA

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Dog Day Care can be a good thing for older, less active, and obese dogs – a growing problem.

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Norwell: Did You Know These Amazing Facts About Dogs

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Photo by Justyna Furmanczyk

Did you know that when puppies are born, they’re both blind and deaf? They totally depend upon their Mothers for everything.  Their scent of smell helps them find their way to Mom, but that’s about all they can do for the first week or so.

And if you look in a newborn puppy’s mouth, you’ll discover that they have no teeth. Puppies’ first teeth, sometimes called milk teeth, come in when they’re between 3 and 7 weeks old.

If you own a dog who’s recently given birth to puppies, you know she needs special care.  If you have to travel away from the home while the puppies are young, have your Norwell pet sitter provide in-home pet sitting.  This is the safest, most effective way to make sure the puppies and their Mama are safely cared for.  Your dogs will be fed, watered, and exercised.

Don’t be surprised if your female dog is exhausted after giving birth.  Dogs are only pregnant for sixty days – that’s a little more than two months! Developing a litter of healthy pups puts a lot of demands on your dog’s system.  Be prepared to give her extra love and attention during this time – but don’t be surprised if she needs some  quiet time just to her self.

Dogs who have never had a litter before can have a hard time adjusting to motherhood: don’t be afraid to call your vet with any questions!

Another time that your dog may need special love and attention is after you’ve found home for the puppies.  Some dogs become quite distressed and exhibit high levels of anxiety.  This anxiety get grow more intense if your dog feels abandoned or alone.  So if you’ve got a trip scheduled, make sure to call your Norwell pet sitter.  Having companionship – someone to throw the frisbee or pat their head – can help alleviate dog anxiety tremendously.

Hanover: Finding Care For Your Kittens When You Go On Vacation

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Summer’s here, with all the fun that goes with it.  That means weekends at the beach – perhaps traveling to Newport for a festival or into Boston for a show.  Summer’s also a season full of kittens.  If you’ve just added a kitten to your family, you may be wondering about the best way to care for your kitten while you’re traveling this summer.

Kittens need a lot of care. While an older cat can easily spend a night on their own, kittens who are left alone often exhibit stress and anxiety.  Very small kittens are particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress. One way to make sure your kitten doesn’t get too stressed out is to hire a Hanover cat sitter.

Kittens have many needs.  They need to eat several times a day and have access to fresh drinking water. Additionally, kittens need lots of physical affection and attention.  They’ve only recently left their mother, after all – they need nurturing!  Your Hanover pet sitter will make sure that your kittens eat properly and stay hydrated.  This is essential for your kitten’s health.  Your Hanover cat sitter will also be happy to provide your kitten with lots of cuddling and companionship.  This is critical for your kitten’s emotional well being.

In home pet sitting services allow your kitten to stay in their own safe and familiar environment.  Cat sitting services are available both for short periods of time – an overnight trip or weekend vacation, for example, 0r for longer periods of time.  Young cats aren’t quite as needy as kittens, but they still require regular food, water and attention.  Having a pet sitter check on the cats while you’re away from the home for more than a single night is a very good idea.  And don’t forget about older cats – they need the companionship and care just as much as the kittens do!