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The Top 5 Problems Of A Doggy Day Care Vs A Daily Dog Walker Or Pet Sitter

Doggy Day Care sounds awesome, just like day care for our kids while we are going to work, doesn’t it?! Our children play all day, are having fun and learn things for life. Now, while we look at our dogs as being part of our family, a Doggy Day Care might be perfect for some dogs while others don’t take well to it at all.
It depends on the temperament of your pooch, how well he takes to a noisy place full with other dogs of all sizes and temperaments and overall there is still a difference between our two-legged and four-legged kids regarding interaction which with the latter there are certain risks to calculate.

 

Possible Problems Of Doggy Day Care? – Versus Using A Daily Dog Walker/Pet Sitter.

 

  • Doggy Day Care: Some dogs might actually get quite nervous and anxious in the hyper and noise surrounding with all the other dogs. Especially if they haven’t been raised to socialize with others, the group dynamic might be rather stressful and changes in his overall behavior might be observed.         If a dog is rather on the shy side, he might be bullied from the more confident dogs and be left out of the group as in nature the strong are followed, similar to what our two-legged kids experience in school.
    Daily Dog Walker/Pet Sitter: Your dog is visited at his home and can be as shy or as confident as he wishes. It’s all about him in his own surrounding, enjoying outside time too potty and play or go on a daily walk. Overall a very serene and calming experience with the value of a certain routine and just as two-legged children, our dogs need and thrive of routines. It allows them to feel safe and content as they know what to expect.

 

  • Doggy Day Care: Your dog has to be dropped of in the morning and picked up in the evening within their facility’s opening hours. That’s fine as long as nothing out of the ordinary happens but if work calls for staying late or that traffic jam keeps us on the road for the extra half hour, it’s a struggle and stress.
    Daily Dog Walker/Pet Sitter: Since the dog walker or pet sitter visited your dog at home, no extra trip after work is needed and not even the traffic jam is too much of a deal other then maybe the frustration about the situation itself. Pooch is patiently waiting at home for Mom and Dad.

 

  • Doggy Day Care: With a setting of numerous dogs at a time there is not much to no room to one-on-one attention as the norm is just one or maybe two staff members attending and watching over the entire group where there also lies the risk of eventually not recognizing signs of a starting ‘disagreement’ amongst the dogs before it may come to an actual fight.
    Daily Dog Walker/Pet Sitter: The dog walker or pet sitter is solely there for your dog during the visit and it is all about what your dog needs and wants, including cuddles and kisses.

 

  • Doggy Day Care: Mingling with other [strange] dogs carries the risk of picking up on a disease like kennel cough or other contagious diseases. Though there is a vaccination requirement for Doggy Day Care, their is still no 100% protection. Factors like stress and anxiety can alter your dog’s immune system, making him prone to catching illnesses.
    Daily Dog Walker/Pet Sitter:
    Your dog is home in his own surrounding and going on walks by himself, not getting in touch with other dogs you don’t know. The risk of picking up on a disease is at almost zero.

 

  • Doggy Day Care: Depending on the facility and their set up, it is at some places not more then gathering dogs [usually at least by size] in a gated room for a free play scenario which is fine for a short period of time but at a setting of many hours it can cause young dogs to pick up on bad habits of their play buddies as their is no guided play.
    Daily Dog Walker/Pet Sitter:
    Your dog is supervised even for play time as not every game is good for every dog. Exercise here is not only provided with toy play but also age depending with a easy to brisk walk [or run], calling on other senses like smell and sight which gives just the right amount of excitement without being too overly excited.

 

I know, I know I said the Top 5 Problems but a 6th doesn’t hurt to mention ;)

  • Doggy Day Care: Prices are per each dog taken to day care, depending on the facility and their pricing structure this may be with our without a discount for each additional pooch.
    Daily Dog Walker/ Pet Sitter:
    The majority of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers charge one price for at least up to 3 dogs and after that maybe an additional $2 or $3 per dog [we at EaseMyMind have one flat rate, no matter how many dogs]
    It’s almost guaranteed that for multi-dog-Moms/Dads a Doggy Day Care is more pricey.

 

Some Things To Consider Before Deciding

Whether a Doggy Day care or a Daily Walker/ Pet Sitter, consider your options or why not even try out both for a few days each.
Ask yourself:  “What do I want for my dog/ what is my goal to achieve? Is it….”

  • Potty break during long work hours?
  • Socialization time for my dog?
  • Exercising for my dog?
  • Convenient service around my day’s agenda or am I myself flexible?
  • Companionship for my dog as I feel a bit guilty being gone all day?
  • Which service is more affordable since I have more then one dog?

 

Please find out more about our dog walking, midday potty breaks and companionship for your dogs while you are at work.

Our ‘Dailies’ LOVE it! :)

Why Does My Pooch Shred Tons Of Dog Toys?

How Does YOUR Dog’s Toy Basket Look Like Or Do You Have “roadkill” all over the house?

You are probably wondering why your dog are so attracted by anything noise making, squeaky things and find nothing more important at that moment then getting to the cause of the noise and tearing it out. Depending on the size of the dog and durability of the dog toy that can take not but a minute or he spends a great deal of time nibbling holes until the squeaker is out~ even better for Mr Pooch if there is fluffy stuffing to pull out of the way to the goal.

 

Why Do Dogs Not Care For The Toy To Last?

Even speaking of the domesticated dog from nowadays, the hunting instinct in most is still the same as in their ancestors and wild living kind. The toy is prey and must be hunted and destroyed and hey, you gave it to him like food is freely given to him so in dog’s mind it must be ey okay to kill the prey.
Pooch only needs little to no provocation to tear into this smaller then him “thang” which squeaks like a mouse or alike when chewing on it which startles him even more.
And ah ya, a lil fuzzy squeaky stuffed animal in the mouth of a Great Dane or Rotty really doesn’t last but a short time.

Another reason might be boredom and access energy when there is nothing else to do as dogs are needing to be challenged and need to work~
Work in the shape of daily walks once or twice to get the energy out or even interactive toys might be all the pooch is needing to get away from tearing things up!

 

Finding Appropriate Dog Toys

Nowadays there are an awesome variety of chewing toys and I mean, size- and material (strength) appropriate toys from extra tough cloth to durable hard rubber, with or without squeakies, treat releasing or edible.
Check out your local pet store(s) and online, Amazon for instance has a great selection.

How Many Dog Toys Did Your Pooch Already Go Through And Have You Ever Bought Several Of A Kind?

 

Alternatives To Declawing Your Cat Or How Do I Save My Furniture

What’s Up With This Annoying Scratching

For cats the scratching is what a Pedicure is for us, taking care of their claws and especially to remove the outer dead layer of the nail [sometimes you can see a cat trying to pull it off with their teeth].
Of course it’s also a form of play and stretching out from head to toe and when you watch a cat closely, you will recognize that the scratching is also used to communicate with humans and other cats alike.
So overall an inherited trait of species cat, no matter if tiny kitten or huge tiger.

 

The Humane Alternatives To Keep Kitty From Destroying Your Furniture

Instead of amputating a cat’s toes [what declawing really means] here are the safe, humane ways to save your furniture from Ms Kitty’s claws:

Keep Your Cat’s Nails Trimmed

Clipping the sharp point of your cat’s claws makes it less destructive and less painful while playing of course ;)
It may take a while for your cat to get used to this pedicure session but it can really be trained and a routine be established.
The easiest is to have Ms Kitty on your lab and pet her while touching the paws and eventually apply pressure which exposes the nails. Now it is important to just clip the white portion of the nail and not get into the pink part, the quick.
The white is the dead part similar to our fingernails but the quick is full of nerves and will bleed when cut.
If this should happen, dip the nail into simple flour and it will stop bleeding.

Applying Soft Nail Caps

You can even get really fashionable with colorful or sparkly claw soft caps [neutral Cat Claw Capsavailable too ;) ] which are applied after trimming the nails with an adhesive similar to faux fingernails and last for about 4-6 weeks and save your furniture and yourself when ruff housing with your cats.
They are now readily available at Petsmart and Petco or directly online at i.e. SoftClaws Nail Caps

Providing Scratch Surfaces For Your Cat

When your cat tends to scratch inappropriate areas, observe if those areas are vertical or horizontal and what the material is like and what height or coverage is affected.
This can determine the best cat scratching device for your cat which could be a scratching post covered in sisal rope or a flat or slanted corrugated cardboard scratch pad.
By now there is a good selection in store to choose from and many already come with catnip to rub or sprinkle on Ms Kitty’s new scratch parlor to attract her to it.
I would recommend to stay away from carpeted material as the cat cannot define an allowed and forbidden carpeted area to scratch and the soft material is not sufficient enough for the cat to condition her claws.
Keeping the new scratch post or pad near the undesired area and later gradually moving it to a more desired area usually works with patience and a treat for rewarding.

Training Your Cat To NOT Scratch Where You Don’t Want Her To

Covering the affected areas of attack can happen with draping a blanket, applying double sided tape or aluminum foil which Ms Kitty doesn’t like for the sensation those cause.
Don’t try to correct her with yelling or hitting, it will have no or worse, reverse effect –> bad attention is attention too!
Catch her in the act of scratching [after is too late!] with a loud noise giving a quick scare and your cat will start associating the noise with scratching. An air can for the noise [and the noise only, do NOT spray a cat with the air] is working beautifully.
Squirting water with a spray bottle is a way too but means you must be close and of course have the water to clean up after.

I think when understanding that Ms Kitty isn’t viciously scratching just to annoy her owner, it is easier to work WITH the cat’s trait instead of taking away a vital part of inherit behavior and worse, her claws/toes.

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Who Are The Best Boarding Kennels In Killeen And Harker Heights? (Reviews/Ratings)

Every so often we get phone calls of pet owners who are asking for boarding their dogs or asking if we can give our rating or review on a boarding kennel in the area of Killeen or Harker Heights.
Yes, there are times were we are not a good fit for a pet owner~ let it be that it’s a move to the area so not yet a home to stay at or budget or simply because a kennel is preferred over in home pet sitting.

Though we have no direct personal experiences with the boarding facilities in Killeen and Harker Heights, we think that the following three are noteworthy for being established in the Central Texas area (in no particular order):

 

1.) Stillhouse Luxury Pet Hotel      Located in Killeen, TX, Stillhouse Luxury Pet Hotel is around for about five years now, serving the needs for dog boarding with each room having it’s own little yard, cat boarding with no cage cat studios and bird boarding as well as boarding of small caged animals like rabbits, ferrets, turtles, etc.

2.) Barker Heights Bed & Biscuit Calling it’s home the city of Harker Heights, TX, Barker Heights Bed & Biscuit too offers boarded dogs access to little private yards right outside their room. Cat Condos and small animal boarding is also available.

3.) Shangri Paw- in Harker Heights, TX, is not only a dog boarding kennel but mostly known for being DIY doggy wash and dog day care which can be combined with boarding.

Although I could also list all the great Veterinarians in Killeen and Harker Heights on the subject dog and cat boarding, I limited this list to actual boarding facilities only and these 3 deserved mentioning, especially if you find in home pet sitting doesn’t fit your needs and thus you are looking for a boarding kennel.
But, of course, before you decide on any boarding facility, get informed and see for yourself if the facility is to your liking and gives you a good vibe.

Don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts or share your experience below

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Are Cats Really So Independent And Why You Need A Cat Sitter

We Actually Hear It Way (Too) Often:

  • “Y’all just need to take care of our dogs and not to worry about the cat we have. She good with her full food dispenser and doesn’t need any attention!”
  • “I need someone to check on my cats 2-3 times a week. That’s all they really need.”

My big talker Penelope

My big talker Penelope

I must admit it worries me every time I get these phone calls as living with nearly one dozen of cats myself,

I don’t even have one out of the almost dozen which doesn’t crave for daily attention from a little to a lot. My cats and many of our clients cats are very social and affectionate little fur people!

It sure is true that they don’t need to be taken out on a leash every few hours to go potty but every singleone for sure appreciate the litter boxes to be cleaned and oh boy, I have a couple which surely would let me know with not so nice “surprises” that their “Katzen-klo” (translation: cat toilet) better get some attention now!

Food And Water – The Essentials

Our Cuddles always sits ON the fountain to drink

Our Cuddles always sits ON the fountain to drink

 Now, I want to say the majority of cats are probably fed on what we refer to as “free feed” with a big bowl or food dispenser topped off with dry food where kitty cats munch away as they please. Hehe, and yes I hear Veterinarians sighing and rolling eyes as it is their daily bread to see overweight cats and trying to get them on a diet but this is subject to a different blog post (which I definitely will tackle at some point )
Food dispensers… looking at what I have in my home and numerous dispensers we get to see on our jobs on a daily basis, the majority wouldn’t quite ‘dispense’ hence, we always have to scoot the food to fill the bowl portion as it somewhat gets stuck in the dispenser.
Seeing cats only every other day or even less would risk that they don’t have access to their food unless they would go “fish” for it. Scary thought in my opinion!

Even scarier is that cats could run out of water as they are prone to not drinking enough to begin with and that on a mostly dry food diet which demands a good water intake to not risk the development of kidney disease, kidney stones and failure.

Medication And Medical Conditions

We see quite a few cats with medical conditions like thyroid disorder, inflammation or diabetes and those are conditions which demand steady and regular treatment. Going out of town doesn’t need to interfere with the medical attention of Ms Kitty but it still should be consistent to the prescribed routine instead of the other way around to adjust the medical attention to the travel schedule. Professional pet sitters and especially us at EMM are pay really close attention to the daily routine to distract a pet as little as anyhow possible.

Cats Can Get In Trouble, TOO!

Obsessed with shopping bags

Obsessed with shopping bags

It is amazing (not a good amazing) what cats can get into in a home. We had it all, from shutting themselves in a room or closet with no food and water and no litter box to loving plastic trash bags and getting caught in it. Getting into fights because one was in a bad mood and decides to scratch the other one’s eye out. Jumping up on a counter or hutch in the living room and pulling something down and getting hurt in the heat of the moment. Getting stuck in the window blinds or curtains and not being able to free themselves.
Cats are also very quiet and silent when not feeling well or with an oncoming illness and bam, one day it’s just so bad that it needs immediate veterinary attention.

Food For Thought For Next Time When Going Out Of Town

and yet the answer why we require to see cats at least once a day, every 24 hours and better even more often and this is not for the reason to make more money but for the physical AND emotional well-being of your velvet pawed friend  :)
 

Why I Should Hire A Professional Pet Sitting Company


“I Can Find Someone Cheaper On Craigslist”…. Oh YES, We Fully Agree!

You most likely find cheaper pet sitters on Craigslist. Now the question coming up is, WHY are they so cheap?
Is it because they do not have insurance? (those are business expenses, reflecting in prices)
Or because they are young Moms and just want to make a little money on the side?
But then what happens though when their children get sick or their friend or husband isn’t available to watch the kiddos at night?
Are they bringing their kids along to the visits in your home? What a liability this is!!

 

Why A Company Versus A Sole Operating Pet Sitter

What happens when this pet sitter herself gets ill or other has an emergency?
Has she thought of a back-up plan?
If yes, who will be the back-up person?
How is the backup person notified when this pet sitter is in a condition were she cannot talk?

 

Hobby Pet Sitter Versus Professional Pet Sitter

Is it someone what pet sits “on the side”, having another job?
If yes, when do those pet visits happen?
Accommodating the work schedule or actually the pet’s need?

 

SCARY, isn’t it ?!? …. and those are just a few questions a pet Mom or Dad should ask!

 

EaseMyMind,LLC- A Professional Service Company Offers

  • a back-up in place when one of our assigned pet sitters gets ill or otherwise has a delay or heaven forbid, an accident!
  • using state of the art devices and applications for clocking in/out, GPS tracked for your assurance that your sitter was with your babies and for how long you have booked.
  • using state of the art scheduling systems which have long replaced that paper calendar, assuring that your booked services are never forgotten.
  • higher coverage for openings over a sole operating pet sitter or boarding facility
  • a TEAM of EMPLOYEES, not Independent Contractors who we would not be able to train and tell how work must be done

What Is Your Peace Of Mind Worth??

How Simple Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Your Dog To Be A Happy Healthy Dog

Is your dog suffering with constantly recurring ear infections and itchiness and you seem to see your Vet way to often?
Is it a constant cycle of medications and even steroid shots, just for the ear infections and itchiness to come back soon after?

It can be so frustrating but foremost worrisome and we feel bad and often helpless!

A simple, easy and inexpensive natural remedy can do the trick and help your dog to feel better!

What Causes Frequent Ear Infections?

In most cases ear infections in dogs are actually yeast infections, meaning an overgrowth of yeast in the entire body and manifesting in the delicate ear area.
Yeast is a fungus which thrives in an unhealthy, unbalanced acidic PH balance, feeding off sugar and starches, like found in most commercial dog foods with ingredients like sugar of course, but also mostly corn starch, corn meal and corn meal byproduct which turns into sugar during the digestion process.

To take the feeding ground away for the yeast, we want to balance the PH to a more alkaline state for which it is suggested to find a healthy natural food without fillers and starchy ingredients and Apple Cider Vinegar too can help the balance from an acidic to a more alkaline environment in your dog’s body.

For Ear Infections And Maintaining Healthy Ears

Two words of caution:
You want to be certain that your dog’s ear drums are intact as you don’t want to damage the ears and hearing with any fluids when the ear drums are not intact.
Please never use Apple Cider Vinegar pure as it is too concentrated to use without diluting it with water. The dilution 1 part ACV and 1 part water is good for most topical applications.

Direct Application Of Apple Cider Vinegar Dilution

Application is easy with a syringe or a little squirt bottle to flush the ear with the ACV/Water Mix, just making sure to not insert the syringe down into the ear canal to avoid injuring the drum. Your dog will shake the access fluid out and the area and accessible part of the ear should be dried off with a cloth. You want to do this twice daily with an existing ear infection until all cleared up and then a couple of times a week to maintain healthy ears.

Even if your dog only has one infected ear, you always want to treat both.

Internal Application Of Apple Cider Vinegar

As mentioned above, yeast infections only manifest in certain areas of the body like the ears, but actually yeast holds hostage of your dog’s entire body, so an internal approach of taking away the yeast’s “playground” is also something what should be considered.

Here too, Apple Cider Vinegar comes into play and can be used internally with adding it to your dog’s meals.
Start with one teaspoon mixed in wet or dry food twice a day and if necessary it can be increased to one tablespoon (per about 50 lbs of body weight and more or less ACV accordingly) helps creating and maintaining a healthy more alkaline PH balance which yeast doesn’t like at all.

Additional Benefit: Dogs suffering from acid reflux also benefit from Apple Cider Vinegar added to their food as here too, the acid of the stomach is neutralized.

Are You Wondering What Your Dog’s PH-Balance Is?

You can easily test that with getting little PH test strips at any local pharmacy and hold it in the stream of your dog’s morning urine.

Readings between 6.2 and 6.5 show a healthy PH balance for your pup, readings of 7.5 and up is a bit too alkaline but readings below 6.0 are too acidic and more of concern and more widely spread.

Apple Cider Vinegar- a great boost for your dog’s overall health. Inexpensive and a great addition to any kitchen and home apothecary.

Read about Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar for pets (and humans) HERE

 

Disclaimer: As usual, of course, this natural remedy is not intended to replace your pet’s Veterinarian and the Author doesn’t claim for this to cure or heal. You always want to consult your Veterinarian to discuss care.

How Do Best Prepare For Your Pet Sitter Before Going On Vacation

Though stay-at-home pet sitting is the most convenient form of pet care for pets and pet owners alike, there are still a few things which should be planned and prepared for to make it a positive experience for pet, pet owner and pet sitter.

Here are the most common things a Pet Sitter runs into or finds missing on the job:

For Your Home:

  • Check all windows and doors upon leaving if all are closed and LOCKED, sometimes it’s simply forgotten to put that lock back in place after a beautiful sunny day.
  • As nice as the plug-in room fresheners and Sensy wax warmers smell, they should be turned off or unplugged when leaving as they are a fire hazard and the wax warmers could also easily be tipped over by your jumping or playing pets.
  • Table lamps are not the best and safest choice for ambient light for your pet, the cook top light or a ceiling light in a small hallway or with a dimmer is a safer choice.
  • Ensure that the thermostat is on a comfortable temperature for your pets, they too can shiver when too cold or overheat when too hot in your home.

For Your Pets:

  • Pet food, treats and needed medications or supplements should last and then some for the time away
  • Extra towels for the event of rainy weather or accidents, then your pet sitter can switch them out while washing and drying the dirty towels.
  • Extra litter, litter scooper and enough plastic sacks for the daily litter box scouring.
  • Things which could be dangerous for your pets should be tugged away where they can’t get to. Medications, small items they could chew and swallow, plastic sacks cats could get caught in, glasses which could be knocked over and break, just to name a few.

For Your Pet Sitter:

  • Ensure that all pet care and personal information is still up to date so your pet sitter has clear current instructions and doesn’t need to question or assume what needs to be done.
    Whilst notes left in your home for your pet sitter is not a bad thing, it’s much better to keep your online profile up-to-date in the event a back-up sitter has to cover.
  • Leave a note for your Pet Sitter if your pets already have gotten breakfast or dinner from you before leaving and if they received all their medications when applicable.
  • Cleaning supplies are the essentials for a Pet Sitter; ensuring that solvents, dish soap and especially paper towels, a broom and dust pan are at home, makes your pet sitter’s life much easier.

Your Pet Sitter appreciates it VERY much when a front porch light is left on for her or him when visits start at night; it can be pretty spooky to walk toward a house all in the dark.

 

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Did You Know That You Could Save Your Pet From Over-Vaccination?

The Scare And Mass Hysteria?!

You must vaccine for this ailment and since we’re at it, this is a scare of the year too…. does it ever stop?
No!
It’s business and an abundance of revenue because it is so easy to make money of fearful people…. scare them enough with putting horror stories out about dying and diseased folks and pets, mass hysteria guaranteed. Who’s benefiting?

Now the media (aka pharmaceutical industry) found a new source of revenue and scare dog owners that they must vaccinate their dogs for the flu! Really?!!

It’s getting truly out of hand with how often pets need to get boosters for rabies, distemper, bordetella, canine hepatitis, parvovirus…. my head is spinning…. I’m sure I forgot to list a few…
Cities and states already require certain vaccines to be renewed on an annual basis like rabies while other areas allow for a 3-year period, other vaccinations are not required by the city or the State but sure enough especially when boarding cats or dogs or make use of a doggy day care.
Of course it is important to ensure that pets don’t cross-contaminate when getting together for those daily play dates or staying at a public facility and eventually picking up on what the pooch from before suffered from.

AND: Vaccination does not give a 100% guaranty that your pet doesn’t pick up the particular disease! It a hit or miss and some praying, just like the yearly flu shot where we hope that not the other but given strain of influenza hits~ 50% hit or miss.


The Titer Test~
Why Does Almost Nobody Know About It?

Though, there is always just the big scare put out what all those diseases cause and do to your pet and that it WILL happen if you do not vaccinate your dog or cat religiously but why is no or almost no Veterinarian [I have to say no because I haven’t had a Veterinarian ever tell me about titer tests] educating and advising their clients about the possibility to test the pet’s antibodies?? The Titer Test is a simple blood test to find out if a pet has enough to be immune for a particular disease or if a booster shot is necessary.

What are antibodies?

When a living being’s body [human, animal, plant] is attacked by bacterias, viruses and fungi, the individual’s self defense system [when working properly] IMMUNE SYSTEM is kicking in and building antibodies to fight attacking intruders. Like a mini war if you will.

Giving a vaccine is a purposeful initiation of such mini war, for the body to produce antibodies to fight the just injected virus.
Once the antibodies are produced and fought the virus, chances are that the body becomes immune to those intruders as i.e. the chicken pocks in humans… you eventually only once in your life get a series of boosters and not anymore.

Why should this not happen for other forms of viruses too? Why is the popular believe that a vaccine must be given each and every year until a pet passes?
Why not rather performing a titer test to see if a vaccination is even necessary or if eventually the dog or cat is already immune to certain diseases?

Listen to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM talk about the truth of pet vaccines and titer testing

 

Vaccines Might Have The Reverse Effect

Tricky and eventually even dangerous it gets when the pet develops an allergic reaction to the given vaccine~ keep in mind, we are speaking of life or dead viruses injected, initiating this “mini war” in the pet’s system… quite a battle to fight [just think of how we feel after some shots]
Lethargy, loss in appetite, vomiting are signs for a reaction to i.e. rabies or distemper. The pets needs to be taken to the Veterinarian immediately and will be usually kept to monitor in the event the pet would go into allergic shock.
Experiencing this once, this particular vaccine cannot be given anymore.

 

Vaccines And Elderly Pets

Seeing that vaccinations are not easy on the body, especially the owners of elderly pets want to rethink and retire their dog or cat from the annual booster shots~ Mr Pooch and Ms Kitty won’t mind skipping this Vet visit…

 

Will you ask your Veterinarian about titering?

Listening to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM explaining what Veterinarians learn in Vet school, keep in mind that you might run into reluctance regarding anything different than the traditional common views on vaccinations as it is still taught and with the suspicion that lobby Pharma industry has strong connections as it is money we are talking here.

Look at your pet, your fur kid and you know you will do him/her right when making an educated decision even though it means to swim against the (still) mainstream and being a step ahead of the game.

 

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Why Do I Need To Tell My Departure And Return Times?

Almost sounds like having to tell my parents when I will be home, just curious why my pet sitters would want this information…

Coordination for seamless care, it’s all what it’s about.
The folks at boarding facilities, of course, recognize when a pet isn’t being picked up at the discussed pick up day and time and they keep taking care for the pooches, kitties and little critters until Mom or Dad is finally back.

In in-your-home care we have to work a little differently and though you request certain visits in particular time blocks, knowing the time you leave your home and return back to it helps scheduling mindful so your pet sitter doesn’t show up just an hour after you left and it won’t be too long between the last visit of your sitter and your return.

The expected return time give us the idea when we should get your notice of a safe return but often forgotten, we then try to get a hold of Mom and Dad and if impossible, we know that we must dispatch continued visits until we can get in contact with you.
Assuming a return but then experiencing a travel delay or worse, an accident can be devastating and we do everything to keep your pets happy, healthy and safe.

So not to be nosey, it’s all about the well-being of your fur kids 🙂