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Archive for December, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Lovers

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Happy New Year!

Okay, we’re a few days early, but we wanted to take the time to talk about one of our favorite subjects: New Year’s Resolutions. You know the promises that people make to themselves at the beginning of every year, all in the hopes of making themselves a better person? Some people vow to exercise more, while others want to spend less money. We’re here with a list of resolutions tailor made for the person who wants to be a better pet owner in 2013:

Happy Dogs are Healthy Dogs

If you want your dog to be happy and healthy in 2013, they need regular, vigorous exercise. Now we know that you also may want to increase the amount of physical fitness in your life, and that’s great! Walking the dog is a fabulous way to boost cardio-vascular health, build muscle tone, and boost your energy levels. We live busy lives – so if you don’t have time to take the dog for a regular walk yourself, call on your Pembroke dog walking service. We’ll handle it for you!

Check Your Dog’s Toys Over

The chewy squeaky toy your dog loves so much can present a choking hazard. At the beginning of the New Year – and throughout 2013 – make a point of periodically inspecting your dogs chew toys. Look for cracks, splits, and damage. Any toys that aren’t in good shape need to be replaced. Sometimes pet toys can get a little funky: if they can’t be cleaned up or put through the washer, it’s time to replace them. This reduces your dog’s risk to potentially harmful germs and pathogens.

Stop the Boarding Stress

Pet experts rank the boarding experience as among the most stressful things your dog can experience. This is especially true if your dog is boarded somewhere they’ve never been before or in a setting they don’t generally enjoy themselves, such as the vet’s office.  In home pet sitting is the smart, loving alternative that lowers stress levels for your dogs and cats. Your pets get to stay in the comfortable familiarity of their own home, where they feel most at ease. Our team of in home pet sitters provides loving, nurturing care while you’re away. When you return, your dogs and cats will be happy to see you – and much less stressed out than they otherwise would have been. A very budget-friendly choice.

Giving What Comfort They Can: Therapy Dogs in Newton, CT

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The devastating impact of the shootings in Newton, CT have touched us all. It’s hard to wrap our minds around what happened, much less what the process of recovering and living life after this tragedy must be like for community members. It’s at times like this that the comfort of a good dog is highly appreciated. We’re happy to hear the news that a team of specially trained therapy dogs from Chicago have traveled to Connecticut to help the people there. You can see a short video and news story about the dogs here.

There are many types of service dogs. Many people are familiar with dogs who assist people who are blind or who have seizure disorders. Therapy dogs provide a calming, comforting presence, and are dispatched to help people who have experienced a traumatic event. In some instances, therapy dogs have been there to help emergency service personnel like police officers and firefighters process the emotions they experience in the course of their jobs. Simply being able to sit with and pet a dog lowers stress levels, reducing both blood pressure and adrenaline-hormone levels. Dogs are great listeners, which is a comfort for people who need to get things off their chest without traumatizing someone else with the story of their experience. Children who have experienced upsetting events tend to respond well to and find value in spending time with therapy dogs.

Hanover Dog Sitting: The Comfort of Your Canine Companion

Our own dogs may not be trained therapy dogs, but they’re often still a great source of comfort. If you’ve ever come home from a stressful day at the office or a unpleasant encounter to tell your dog all about it, you’ve experienced some of the same benefits therapy dogs provide. It is soothing stress-reduction at its finest.

Return the favor by arranging for in-home pet sitting for your dog when you travel. Boarding at the vets can be a very stressful experience for your dogs: they are in unfamiliar surroundings, with other stressed-out animals. Having your Hanover dog sitter watch your dog in the comfort of their own home is a much better solution. Contact us for more information!

Do Your Dog Toys Contain Harmful BPA?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Okay dog lovers! This is important. Pay attention! Researchers at Texas Tech University have found that dogs may be exposed to potentially harmful levels of BPA when they’re playing with their favorite toys.

What is BPA?

BPA is bisphenol A, a chemical compound that is used to make plastic flexible and chewy. You may have heard of BPA earlier this year, when the government banned its use in baby bottle nipples.

The Texas Tech University research team have found BPA in dog training ‘bumpers’ and many common pet toys sold in pet stores, discount stores, and groceries. The levels of BPA present varied by item, with some results being on the high end of what would be expected in children’s toys.

Researchers are investigating how much BPA exposure occurs as dogs play with their toys. Research remains to be done to discover if BPA is harmful to dogs in the same way it is to human babies and laboratory test animals. In testing, BPA exposure was shown to have a negative impact on an animal’s fertility and reproductive health systems, brain health, prostate, and behavior.

How Do I Know if My Pet Toys Contain BPA?

While we’re still waiting for the scientists to confirm their findings about BPA exposure and dog health, many dog owners will choose to start keeping their beloved dogs away from BPA right now.  It can be hard to determine if a toy contains BPA. In the case of inexpensive chew toys, it’s easiest just to upgrade to toys you know are BPA free (look in the natural section of the pet store or in health food stores). With more expensive training tools, you may want to check with the manufacturer first to confirm the presence or absence of BPA.

As your Pembroke pet care professional, we want to make sure all the dogs we know and love stay happy and healthy! We’ll share more news on this story as it becomes available.

Hanover Pet Care: Arranging Pet Sitting For the Holidays

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s already the holiday season. If your plans include travel to see family and friends over the next few weeks, you definitely want to know about Hanover pet care for dogs and cats.

Why would a pet owner choose Take the Lead Pet Care?

One of the reasons that people in Hanover choose Take the Lead Pet Care for their in home pet sitting service and dog walking is that we actually, genuinely care about animals.  We didn’t go into this business for the money. We centered our careers and our lives around providing the best possible care for people’s pets because we’re animal lovers. We know how passionate we are about our own animals, and we know you feel the same way. When you choose us for in home pet care, you can rest assured that we’re all about making sure your pets have a great experience.

In home pet sitting is the best choice for older animals, animals that have medical conditions, and animals that don’t travel well. While you’re enjoying the holiday festivities, your pets can remain in the comfort and security of their own home. Everything they love is there – their favorite toys, their comfy bed, their food dish. For dogs and cats, familiarity is very important. They like routine.

For some of us, cats and dogs are like potato chips – there’s no way you’re going to have just one! For pet owners with multiple pets in Hanover, in home pet sitting is a far more cost effective option than boarding your animals at the vet. And let’s be real – during the holiday season, we’re all on a budget! Choosing Hanover in home pet sitting makes financial sense.

Now is the time to make your pet care arrangements for the holiday season. Give us a call. In home pet sitting services are available for a single evening or for a more extended period of time. We’re here to make your holidays easier, happier, and healthier – for you and your pet!