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Emergency Vet Runs with Our Clients

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No one expects to leave town and receive a call from the Emergency Vet’s office. Yet, it does happen – rarely – for our clients. That’s why we ask you to complete our Medical Release form and let us know your preferred Vet in town. We take our job seriously, and we want to ensure that any health issue your dog or cat may be experiencing is handled with love and care, as if you were home. We’ve only had three emergency vet visits in almost six years in business, and all three of them have been with dogs. In that time, we’ve literally taken care of hundreds of your furry family members. I bet you’d like to know what happened? The first situation occurred when Michaela returned to a client’s house to find a plastic bottle of Rimadyl chewed up on the floor. The owner had not forewarned us that her dogs were “counter surfers” and she preferred that the dogs not be closed into a room or a crate in the house. It was impossible to know which dog ate the pills, and upon speaking with the owners (who were out of town), they didn’t remember how many pills were in the bottle. Therefore, it was decided to take both dogs to the emergency vet. The vet determined that the dogs needed to have their stomachs pumped, and remain at the vets until the next day. Thankfully, both dogs survived the procedure just fine, and nothing was left on the counter tops for the remainder of the time we stayed at their home! The next situation occurred when a pet sitter contacted Michaela to say that the dog was looking ill. Michaela went over to the client’s house late in the evening and was shocked that the dog appeared to be swollen to almost twice her size! She tried getting in touch with the pet parents to no avail, and decided to immediately take the dog to the emergency vet. The vet determined that the dog must have swallowed a bee after being stung multiple times. It took multiple doses of antihistamines to calm down the reaction, and the dog was pretty sick for a few days, but bounced back well. The last situation occurred just last week. Michaela was taking care of a puppy who began vomiting, and having diarrhea consistently for an hour. She wouldn’t stop throwing up and appeared she was thirsty but didn’t want to drink. Michaela spoke with the pet parents and it was decided to take the puppy to the emergency vet. The vet gave anti-nausea medicine to calm her stomach down. They also hydrated her intravenously, so she looked like a football player, as her fur was pumped up with the layer of saline. The vet asked that the puppy not eat or drink anything till the morning so that she could hopefully start feeling better.  The vet prescribed a diet of chicken and rice to calm down the stomach. The next day the puppy went into heat! Thankfully the puppy has an excellent vet that also helped us as she hadn’t pooped for more than 48 hours. She finally did poop, and we learned that with her in heat it can certainly affect her bowel movements. Dogs are literal...

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The Joy of Puppies!

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This past weekend, we had the joy of taking care of this 9 month old puppy, Mia. It was a fun, exhausting, loving, exhausting experience! Did I mention that it was exhausting?! Puppies can be like that! We’ve written about puppies before in our blog post “3 Ways to the Best Puppy“, and we want to delve into this topic more. Puppies are just like little humans. They need A LOT of attention. If you’re contemplating getting a puppy, make sure that you have a lot of time to devote to their care…and not just during the day. All puppies should be crate trained and/or confined into a certain area of the home, for example, the laundry room, especially when you first bring them home. The goal is for them to be able to be alone without whining or crying, or becoming overly stressed. That way you can go to work, go to the grocery store, and basically live your life! Crate training is important for you to be able to transport the puppy to the Vet in the car. A puppy that can free roam throughout the home can get into a lot of trouble, even if the owners are at home! Shoes can be chewed up, or a puppy can eat a pair of socks, which might have to be surgically removed (We know a puppy who had this happen!) Leash and Collar A puppy can be leash trained from DAY ONE. A leather leash is our preference, because a vinyl leash has the tendency to burn human hands. Any collar will work for your puppy. Just make sure it’s tight enough and comfortable for your dog, 2 human fingers should be able to fit in between the collar and the dog. You shouldn’t be able to pull the collar over your dog’s head. If you can, then the collar is too loose. Our experience is that if you train your puppy from the beginning, you shouldn’t have any issues with pulling that would necessitate a gentle leader on the dog’s nose. A harness won’t be necessary for your dog, either as long as you train your puppy to walk appropriately on a leash. Don’t know how to train your puppy? We’d be happy to help you train him/her. Just ask Michaela! Training your puppy is an energetic thing. Puppies want to please humans. Use your words, and they will learn how to obey. Potty training your puppy Your puppy should have an area in the yard that they know how to potty in. In other words, they shouldn’t HAVE to go on a walk to go potty. And vary your walk routes so that you get new views, and your puppy gets new smells. This also makes it easier for Pitter Pattering Paws to take your puppy for a walk. Potty pads inside the house for a puppy is a dangerous precedent to set. You want to have your puppy learn to go outside. And you may need to get them outside every 2 hours, including overnight, at first to circumvent accidents. Love and Affection Your puppy wants lots of love and affection, and you may find that you don’t have time for anything else. Your days will be filled with lots of kisses, a few...

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4 Hazards To Watch Out For This Easter

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4 Hazards To Watch Out For This Easter

Easter is a time to make memories with your family. This does not include running to the vet while your dog is about to get sick. Here are four hazards to watch out for this Easter season. Easter Lily-Did you know that if your cat gets into an Easter Lily it can be highly toxic? Make sure to keep it away from them, either on a counter they can’t jump on, or not in your home. Easter Grass-As with any type of tinsel, this can cause severe digestive issues if your dog or cat gets into Easter Grass. When you are doing easter baskets make sure to put your animals in another room while you and your children are having fun. Chocolate– This is very important to watch out for. Those chocolate ears are the best though, right? Well, your dog might think so for the first five minutes until they get a really bad belly ache. Chocolate can kill a dog if they eat too much of it and don’t get the correct care as soon as possible. To mitigate this issue, put your chocolate in an area where your dog can’t sniff it out in the kitchen. Xylitol– We know that your dog can be a bit mischevious. We don’t want Fido to get into that yummy candy that has xylitol in it though. It can also be very harmful to them. Did you know that some Peanut Butters now have xylitol in it instead of just plain sugar?? Read those ingredients and you will be well on your way. Easter is a time to come together and enjoy one another. It is also a time to be careful with your pets so Fido and Fluffy can also stay happy and...

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3 Ways To The Best Puppy!

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3 Ways To The Best Puppy!

  Here is what you need to do DAY ONE to have the best puppy! Have you been pulled down the street by your dog yanking your arm from the end of the leash? Does your dog bark like crazy over nothing? These are just a couple of examples that people get to deal with in adult dogs when these three items are not followed from the very beginning. Take your puppy to low stimulating places and let them socialize. Most puppies aren’t ready to go to the dog park at such a young age because they haven’t had their immunizations yet. A dog park is also a VERY stimulating place which can make your dog very excited or nervous. Instead, take them for a ride in a car, or a walk down the sidewalk! Daily walks! This is so incredibly important. We have had clients say that they have poorly behaved dogs. This is especially true for puppies ages 2 months to 2 years old. The usual reason is that the puppy has pent up energy. When you go for a walk, make sure to do a good 30-minute walk, both for you and your dog. A happy puppy is a result of walking off puppy energy. Buy your puppy plenty of toys. Puppies love to pull and tear apart absolutely everything. Give your puppy a toy that they can either digest (i.e. a hard bone) or something they can’t pull apart easily, like a rubber toy. Be careful of the toys that have stuffing in them, as many dogs will chew and swallow the strings and stuffing, which isn’t good for their digestive system. If you follow the three tips for your puppy you are on the path to having a happy dog. As puppies age they do become a bit calmer, but they still are in need of socialization, walks and of course, toys …and LOTS of love from you! Happy...

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A Piece of Apple A Day Can Keep the Vet Away

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A Piece of Apple A Day Can Keep the Vet Away

Apples are another fantastic treat for your dog! In a perfect world, it is best to start your dog out with a piece of apple when they are a puppy. This allows them to not only get used to the taste, but you can also start training them for a piece of apple. If you take off the skin of the apple to start that is even better. Puppies are growing, this includes their intestines. One of our clients, Blu, is absolutely obsessed with apples now. He is only nine months old yet absolutely adores them. Anytime I slice an apple he is right next to me ready for a piece! The other night Blu was outside playing and I was slicing an apple inside. Within seconds he came inside and sat down right by my feet ready for that sweet and beautiful piece of apple. Apples are a perfect alternative treat for any dog. As with anything, balance is everything. Don’t give too many treats; otherwise, your dog will not want to eat any of their food. Alternatives are also great because many treats today on the shelves are extraordinarily expensive for the package size and many have added sugar that can be a detriment to your dog’s health. Enjoy sharing an apple snack with your...

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The Great Pizza Heist of ’14

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The Great Pizza Heist of ’14

So one time, I was day dog-sitting two sick dogs of a regular client, Mia and Sienna. Before I left my house, I packed a cold pizza lunch (one of my favorites) and soda. I left for the house and spent the morning reading, drawing, and studying without incident. Lunchtime rolled around and the pizza starred calling to me. I got up and extracted my lunch from the fridge and set it down on the kitchen counter. Just then, another call came to me that may or may not have been related to the empty can of Dr Pepper on the table. I left the slice sitting on the counter in its plastic bag and headed for the bathroom. I wasn’t gone two minutes, but when I came out, Mia, the quieter of the two dogs, was huddled in the laundry room with a mask of impending doom and guilt fitted on her face as she looked up at me. I continued to the kitchen to find Sienna happily inhaling the last of my lovely pizza. To this day, I have no idea how a short beagle-mix was able to nick the pizza bag off the tall kitchen counter (Michaela’s note: it is about 3 feet off the ground) and reduce my beloved and much anticipated lunch to nothing more than a spread of sad little crumbs on the kitchen floor. Michaela’s note: Caroline responded perfectly to this situation. She ended up calling the owner and the owner informed her that this is not the first time Sienna has eaten an entire pizza. The owner was pleased to see that Sienna was eating after she was so sick……..but not necessarily the food she was supposed to be...

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Green Beans Are The Best Treat Ever!

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Green Beans Are The Best Treat Ever!

Why would you even want to feed your dog those natural, long, skinny green things? Well, first they help with your dogs digestion. It keeps them regular shall we say. And it also would be something where if your dog were in the wild, they would find vegetables and probably not grains. So keeping your dogs diet as natural as possible would definitely be preferable for any dog. Green beans work as excellent treats that will make their mouth water. Rather than giving your dog those yucky, sugary treats….green beans could be the answer!As always though, talk to your vet, reason things out but always make sure your dog is eating as healthy and natural as they can. To find out more about Green Beans in your dogs diet you can go here: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/ktudor/2012/apr/green_bean_diet_for_dogs-14140...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

As the business has become very busy, I have noticed that there are a lot of owners that get very frustrated with there dog because they might not listen or have a tendency to misbehave with the other dogs that they live with. A few owners have said that they absolutely despise there dog sometimes. I truly find this very disheartening as I try to work with all the dogs to become better behaving dogs. So what are the five items that you should remember to keep your dog well behaved? 1. Consistency– This is always key with any dog because they learn with repetition. If you feed them same time morning and night and have a pet care provider come into your home and change the times, the dog could have major issues. The same goes with walks. Your dog will be so much calmer with going on a walk the same time everyday. They know what is expected of them. 2. Care – All dogs need care. Even if they did something bad(like chew up a shoe) make sure that after you have reprimanded them that they know you still love them. I would not suggest to give a treat because that means you are rewarding bad behavior. 3. Keep it simple – dogs are simple animals when you boil down to it. They want lots of love but they also need training. By no means do I expect dogs to be able to go search and rescue my cell phone when I lose it in the house. I do have an expectation that a dog will know sit, down and stay. These are all extremely important. Dogs live to please the owners. If that is the case then keep it simple with training while making sure your dog is constantly learning something new. 4. Learn – Learn as much about your breed as you possibly can. Part of the responsibility of any dog owner is to know what the breed is known to do. For example, are Great Dane’s considered a giant breed or are they on the 100 lbs. cusp? These are certain facts that will help you learn a lot more about your dog and help educate others if they are afraid of large dogs like Great Dane’s. 5. Enjoy – Your dog is supposed to be an animal that you enjoy being around. Part of being an owner is being calm around any dog. This will make you have a happier home and you will certainly be a calmer paw owner. The biggest tip I can give you(we are on to number 5 1/2) is that you need to take ALL responsibility of whatever your dog does. Most owners have had there dog since they were puppies. Take responsibility of your dog. If you do, there will be many more happy dogs along with happy people that surround your...

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Does Your Dog Take You On Walks?

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Does Your Dog Take You On Walks?

I have personally come across many owners who are constantly telling me that they do not like other dogs and that they pull so hard on all walks. Why is this exactly? I want to teach you how to train dogs to walk on a leash. Having a dog takes a lot of responsibility to constantly make sure the dog is happy and safe. It is the owners responsibility to socialize the dog and keep the dog from pulling on walks. So what tips and tricks have I found that seems to work really well when you take your dog on a walk? It all starts when you put the leash on the dog. Make sure the dog is calm and isn’t very excited to go on a walk. For most owners it can be very instinctual to get your dog excited for a walk. When in reality staying calm is so key with your dog. Waiting for them to sit and have there entire complexion be calm. This isn’t just for there ears to go down, but this is with there entire body. Some dogs take five minutes to calm down, while others take longer. You as an owner have the responsibility to stay calm and DO NOT get frustrated and just put on the leash. The dog will then see that it is okay to be hyper and excited to go on for a walk. This entire situation as I said starts before the walk. The next test is getting a collar on your dog. If you hire a dog walker or house sitter it can at times be hard for them to know how your dog will react to a collar. Some dogs yet again do not like collars put on their neck. Yet even if you are the owner and your dog doesn’t like to have a collar put on him or her make sure to have patience. Any dog takes a lot of patience. Grab a treat and put it in the middle of the collar so that they have to stick there head through the collar to be able to get the treat. Yet again this takes lots of patience and consistency. There is truly no need to yell at a dog when they have done something bad like pull on a leash. There are many other types of reinforcements to use that will get the message across clearer. Okay so now your dog is calm and has a collar on, the next step is to get out the door. Many owners get so frustrated that dogs will just pull ahead out the door and will completely forget that they have a leash on which means the owner gets pulled out also. So what do you do? Have patience. Be the authority in the situation. Make sure that the dog knows that you are in control. The way that you do this is by practicing walking out of the door. Have a strong but calm presence when you walk out the door. Block the dog from walking out first with your legs. Keep practicing this till they understand that you go out of the door first and they can come also. Now is the process of actually going on the walk. Make sure...

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Beauregard Knows

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Beauregard Knows

The biggest thing that I have found is dogs NEED to be trained. It is so incredibly important for dogs to be trained. Beauregard, the Bouvier I live with, is totally trained and is so much fun to be around. I have been around many different dogs who are not trained. It is at times very difficult to sometimes stay with dogs who are not trained. They can get incredibly hyper and are sometimes difficult to calm down. So what is the best answer for all of this? Spend time with your dog. Just like kids, dogs need attention also. It takes a lot of time to train dogs. Why not set a goal to teach your dog one command a month? This can be sit, stay or down. I would say start with sit. The best way that I have found to train a dog is to take two minutes or so out of your day. Focus on just your dog and work on the command of sit. Once your dog understands sit, give them a treat. That way when you do it again they will know if they sit they will get a treat. Amazingly Beau knows all of these commands. He is also VERY good on walks. He is blind in one eye so sometimes he gets a little bit confused on exactly where we are going. So I guide him on the left side when we go on walks. He understands heel and also he slows down when we are about to walk across the street. He never pulls and is always enjoyable to take him out on walks. Take the time to train your dogs so all of your dogs can be like...

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