Pet Nanny https://pet-nanny.net Main Line Pet Sitter | Dog Walking Main Line Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:45:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Heroic Cats – Small in Stature, Big in Deed https://pet-nanny.net/heroic-cats-small-stature-big-deed/ https://pet-nanny.net/heroic-cats-small-stature-big-deed/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:48:46 +0000 https://pet-nanny.net/?p=4601 Dogs are well known for their heroic behavior. Their valor is sung by everyday pet owners all the way to those on the battlefield! Cats on the other hand have an established reputation for being self-consumed and having little genuine interest in anything beyond getting fed and petted. It turns out though that while cats […]

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Dogs are well known for their heroic behavior. Their valor is sung by everyday pet owners all the way to those on the battlefield! Cats on the other hand have an established reputation for being self-consumed and having little genuine interest in anything beyond getting fed and petted. It turns out though that while cats may not have the strength to drag someone to safety, they do some pretty heroic things too! Cats are very attune to medical emergencies and on multiple occasions have alerted their owners to internal threats that they themselves didn’t know where occurring! Take a look at our list of five kitties due some recognition!

Heroic cats!

Heroic cats!

Heroic Cats to the Rescue!

  • Schnautize and the Gas Leak – A Montana couple fast asleep, were awakened by Schnautzie’s persistent paw tapping on their sleeping faces. Once awake they became aware of the sound of gas hissing! Upon evacuating the home and calling the fire department they were told their basement had been filling with gas from a leak while they slept! One spark from their furnace igniting would have sent the house to pieces!
  • Pudding and the Diabetic – Pudding was a shelter kitty who hadn’t even been in her new home for 24 hours when the woman who adopted her began to fall into a diabetic coma while asleep. Pudding, sensing something was wrong, tried to keep her new owner awake. When that failed she ran to the woman’s son’s room, waking and alerting him to action.
  • Leo and the Burglar – A robber breaking into a home one night encountered a cat named Leo. Leo was so upset by the burglars presence he began yowling and making such a racket that the surprised crook abandoned his pursuit.
  • Baby and the Fire – A grey tabby named Baby sprung into action when a fire broke out in his owners apartment and their fire alarm failed to notify them. Baby awoke the couple in time to get to safety, saving the couple and their unborn baby!
  • Masha and the Baby in the Box – An infant who had been left on a street in a box in Russia owes his life to a passing cat named Masha. Masha hopped in the box with the baby and laid on top of him to keep him from freezing. Not only did she keep him warm, she yowled at passerby’s to attract attention until the baby was discovered and taken into care.

Cats might be small in stature but their gestures and efforts are certainly heroic. Do you have a story about you cat alerting you to danger? Share it with us!

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Puppy Preparedness – How To Get Ready For Your New Pet https://pet-nanny.net/puppy-preparedness-get-ready-new-pet/ https://pet-nanny.net/puppy-preparedness-get-ready-new-pet/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:16:53 +0000 https://pet-nanny.net/?p=4510 Bringing home a new puppy is always exciting! However there is a lot of preparation that should be made first. The more you do beforehand and the better prepared you are the easier it will be on both you and your new puppy! A smooth transition is ideal for a long and happy relationship. Also, […]

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Bringing home a new puppy is always exciting! However there is a lot of preparation that should be made first. The more you do beforehand and the better prepared you are the easier it will be on both you and your new puppy! A smooth transition is ideal for a long and happy relationship. Also, don’t forget to spend some time considering where you get your puppy from! Be sure to check your local shelters first. You can find shelters near to you by using the Humane Society’s shelter locator here.

Getting Ready For Your New Puppy

The joys of a new puppy!

The joys of a new puppy!

  • Puppy proof your home – To ease the stress for both you and your puppy, make a point to put everything you don’t want chewed on well out of the puppy’s reach. You’ll be a lot less likely to have to discipline your pet during the transition period if you remove all temptations before hand. Don’t forget to keep chemicals, poisons, and electrical cords out of reach too!
  • Prepare a space – make sure that your puppy has a space where it can feel safe and free from harassment. It’s best that this area have an easily cleaned floor for accidents too. Keep their food and water dish, bed, and puppy pads for accidents here.
  • Get the right supplies – Here is a basic list of items you should have on hand before you bring your puppy home: food for puppies, puppy bed or adequately sized kennel, food and water dishes, puppy pads, collar and leash, treats for training, and plenty of chew toys!
  • Find a vet – Make sure that you know a good vet to use for your puppy’s needs right away. This will prevent you from delaying important preventative care. You will need a vet for vaccinations and worming, as well as for spaying/neutering and future check-ups!
  • Find a pet sitter – You will inevitably have times when you can’t be there for your pet. Whether these are planned vacations or unexpected family emergencies, be certain that you have a care plan for your puppy! If you don’t have a reliable friend who can take over pet duties on short notice then be sure to research and find a good pet sitter in your area. Having these numbers handy and doing your research before hand can ensure that your pet is properly cared for and reduce your stress!
  • Be prepared for the elements – If your pet will spend much time outside, be certain they have access to adequate shelter in both the summer and winter. Plenty of shade, free of obstacles, safety from wind and rain and enough insulation to protect against the cold. If you’re in a place that gets really cold temperatures and bringing your pet in is out of the question, invest in a dog house with a heated floor.

Want to take an extra step? If you’re a home owner, consider fencing in your backyard so your pet can play while you relax.

Remember that while getting a new puppy is exciting, it’s also a big responsibility that is going to require a lot of patience. Don’t forget to prepare yourself and family for the added responsibility and understanding!

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Presidential Pets – Pets of the White House https://pet-nanny.net/presidential-pets-pets-white-house/ https://pet-nanny.net/presidential-pets-pets-white-house/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:35:51 +0000 http://pet-nanny.net/?p=4443 Your pet probably plays a pretty big role in your life. Pets that have had the privilege to belong to presidents have had the opportunity to play a big role on a national level too! On several occasions throughout history presidential pets have softened the rough edged of their owners to the public eye. Some […]

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Your pet probably plays a pretty big role in your life. Pets that have had the privilege to belong to presidents have had the opportunity to play a big role on a national level too! On several occasions throughout history presidential pets have softened the rough edged of their owners to the public eye. Some of the more exotic pets were often gifts from foreign leaders – one leader even gifted a whole herd of elephants! There have been approximately 256 presidential pets that have called the White House home. Here is a look at some of the noteworthy mentions!

Presidential Pets

Presidential Pets

Presidential Pets

  • Theodore Roosevelt had the most pets of any president with a total of 39! His large collection included: 5 guinea pigs, 2 ponies, a hen, lizard, blue macaw, garter snake, 10 dogs, a bear, rat, badger, pig, rabbit, 2 cats, a hyena, barn owl, and a one-legged rooster!
  • George Washington had 3 American Staghounds, 4 coonhounds, 2 horses, and a donkey. His wife Martha had a parrot
  • John Quincy Adams, the 6th president kept silkworms
  • Martin Van Buren kept two tiger cubs for a while
  • James Buchanan had a pet eagle and once received a herd of elephants from the King of Siam – one of which he kept at the White House!
  • Abraham Lincoln once joked that his cat Dixie “is smarter than my whole cabinet”.  He also kept a turkey, two goats, two dogs, a horse, and a rabbit
  • Andrew Johnson kept no pets, but would feed the mice he found in his bedroom.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes kept 8 dogs and was the first president to own a Siamese Cat.
  • Benjamin Harrison kept two opossums named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection
  • Calvin Coolidge had 26 pets. Among these were 12 dogs, 2 raccoons, a donkey, 2 canaries, a goose, bobcat, cat, 2 lion cubs, a black bear, duiker (miniature antelope), wallaby, and a pygmy hippo!
  • Herbert Hoover kept 2 alligators

You can read more about presidential pets and a few of their roles in their owners claim to fame here, at the Presidential Pet Museum website.

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New Years Resolutions – Use Your Pets to Stay on Track! https://pet-nanny.net/new-years-resolutions-use-pets-stay-track/ https://pet-nanny.net/new-years-resolutions-use-pets-stay-track/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:59:51 +0000 http://pet-nanny.net/?p=4403 It’s that time of year again. The time when we reflect on all that we have learned and experienced in 2014 while looking forward to all the potential of 2015. Whether you make New Years Resolutions every year, or are trying it anew this year, you’ve no doubt heard how hard they can be to […]

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It’s that time of year again. The time when we reflect on all that we have learned and experienced in 2014 while looking forward to all the potential of 2015. Whether you make New Years Resolutions every year, or are trying it anew this year, you’ve no doubt heard how hard they can be to keep. Listing all the things you want to do and change is far easier than following through. A lot of people need extra motivation to stay on track. A little accountability doesn’t hurt too! Here are some ways that pets can help you conquer so common New Years Resolutions…

Pets to the Rescue!

  • Get fit or just be more active! – If one of your New Years goals is to get in better shape in 2015, then your pet is going to love you! Taking your pet for a walk or run are two great ways to get regular exercise. Take it up a notch by playing frisky or fetch. Not a dog owner? Try working out around a cat and just see how they can get into it too!
  • Quit smoking – Second-hand smoke can be just as bad for pets as it can for humans. Think of your pet the next time you go to light up. Not only will it make you healthier, but your pet too. Plus you’ll have extra lung capacity for playing!
  • Reduce your stress level – Pets have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure! If you’re stressed make it a point to spend more time interacting with or just doting on your pet.
  • Be more charitable and/or giving – Use all that experience time with your pet has given you and extend some of it to less fortunate pets. Take time volunteering at your local animal shelter. Offer to take an elderly or sick neighbors pet for a walk or a simple game of fetch in the back in yard. Donate pet items you no longer need to other animals in need. Get creative!

Do you have your own ways that your pet helps keep you on track with New Years Resolutions? Share them with us!

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Cruelty to Animals – What Should You Do? https://pet-nanny.net/cruelty-to-animals-what-should-you-do/ https://pet-nanny.net/cruelty-to-animals-what-should-you-do/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:29:22 +0000 http://www.pet-nanny.net/?p=4385 In a perfect world we’d never have to worry about or be confronted with animal cruelty and abuse. Unfortunately it is a reality that happens everyday. In an effort to combat animal cruelty you should know the signs and symptoms as well as what you should do if you suspect animals are being mistreated. All […]

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In a perfect world we’d never have to worry about or be confronted with animal cruelty and abuse. Unfortunately it is a reality that happens everyday. In an effort to combat animal cruelty you should know the signs and symptoms as well as what you should do if you suspect animals are being mistreated. All domesticated pets deserve a loving home and sometimes, all it takes is a phone call to put the wheels in motion to bettering an animals life.

What can you do to prevent animal cruelty?

What can you do to prevent animal cruelty?

 Many people may have the image that animal abuse requires some sort of physical abuse or starvation. In fact abuse of an animal can take many forms.

What is Animal Abuse/Cruelty

  • Not Providing Adequate Shelter – pets that are left tied up outside in the rain, snow, wind, and sun without adequate shelter is a form of abuse. All animals should have the opportunity to shelter themselves from the elements.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment – this applies to everything from leaving serious physical injuries untreated to not taking steps to properly safeguard a pet from flea and tick infestations and heart worms.
  • Malnourished Pets – Anytime you can see an animals ribs clearly, they are malnourished and in need of care.
  • Frequent abandonment – Pets that are frequently left alone for extended periods of time without a pet sitter or anyone to check in on them to make sure they are in good health and their basic needs are being met.
  • Physical Abuse – Striking, choking, or incapacitating an animal in any way
So what should you do if you feel that you have witnessed or are aware of an ongoing situation in which animals are being mistreated? This will vary based on your areas resources. If you have a local Humane Society many of them will have a hotline you can call to report abuse. You can also call your local law enforcement agency and ask for assistance or direction in checking on the situation.
Make it a point to get to know the animals in your neighborhood and be sure to teach your children the proper way to treat pets – both theirs and others. If you have concerns, and feel comfortable with the owners, ask questions. Sometimes situations won’t be what they seem. You’d hate to end up reporting someone who had just taken in a starving stray and was trying to nurse it back to health. When in doubt though, call someone to perform a welfare check on the pet(s).
For more ways to help put an end to animal cruelty check out the Human Society’s information for your state here.
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Gifts For Your Pet – A Holiday Guide – Pet Nanny https://pet-nanny.net/gifts-pet-holiday-guide/ https://pet-nanny.net/gifts-pet-holiday-guide/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:58:37 +0000 http://www.pet-nanny.net/?p=4383 As the Holiday shopping season rambles on many pet parents are out there searching for last minute gifts to adorn their pet, cozy pet beds, toys and treats! As the pet sized elf hats and holiday sweaters sell out consider these gift options to make your pet’s Christmas a treat! As an added bonus the […]

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As the Holiday shopping season rambles on many pet parents are out there searching for last minute gifts to adorn their pet, cozy pet beds, toys and treats! As the pet sized elf hats and holiday sweaters sell out consider these gift options to make your pet’s Christmas a treat! As an added bonus the purchase of these gifts do good on a bigger scale than  your living room on Christmas morning!

Pet Gifts That Give

  • BarkBox – A subscription to this service not only ensures that you and your pet get a monthly box of goodies throughout the year to come, but a portion of the proceeds go toward helping with spay and neuter programs as well as  military dog organizations.
  • Under the Olive Tree Oil – When mixed with your pets food this oil can ensure a healthy coat. It can also help with skin allergies and boost immunity. Think of it as a doggie cosmetic! 10% of their proceeds go to local animal charities in Virginia.
  • Luv-a-Pet Holiday BlanketThis blanket is great for snuggling up with your kitty, keeping a puppy warm or letting a bunny nest around in. Plus PetSmart charities gets 10% of each purchase!
  • DJ Cat Scratching Pad – This awesome kitty toy is offered through ASPCA’s online store and proceeds from it go toward preventing animal abuse across the nation. Not only a blast for your house cats, but a unique idea!
Pet Gifts that give!

Pet Gifts that give!

Want to help animals with every gift you buy this year? Download the iGive app and anytime you spend money at one of the over 1500 participating businesses a portion of your purchase goes to your charity of choice, at no extra cost to you!

Also, if you’re giving a pet this year instead of buying for one, don’t forget to shop your local animal shelters first! Give a pet a second chance at a loving home is just about the best way you can give back to the animal world!

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Pet Match – An Unlikely Kinship – Pet Nanny https://pet-nanny.net/pet-match-unlikely-kinship/ https://pet-nanny.net/pet-match-unlikely-kinship/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:59:56 +0000 http://pet-nanny.net/?p=4350 Check out this heartwarming story here on the Huffington Post detailing how a dog named Opie found an abandoned new born kitten and alerted his owner. After some much needed veterinary care, the kitten (who was named Roscoe) came to be in fine health as well as a much loved companion for life to Opie, his […]

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Check out this heartwarming story here on the Huffington Post detailing how a dog named Opie found an abandoned new born kitten and alerted his owner. After some much needed veterinary care, the kitten (who was named Roscoe) came to be in fine health as well as a much loved companion for life to Opie, his life-saver. While there are many testaments to be found of dogs and cats growing to be inseparable (We’ve even seen the unlikely kinship of a rabbit befriending a cat!) there are a lot of factors to consider before one commits to housing a dog and a cat together. There is truth to the common loony-toon idea that cats and dogs are mortal enemies and there are some things to consider before you match up your pets.
The perfect match!

The perfect match!

Raising a kitten and puppy together is no guarantee of affection toward one another in adulthood. Like humans, pets have individual personalities and while they may accept they have to share their space with a “brother” or “sister”, that doesn’t mean they have to like it! Puppies and kittens are often playful with anything and anyone. Remember though that just because the two species have some playful tumbles in their youth, don’t expect them to have a trouble free existence. Having said that, if you are going to attempt to pair the two creatures it is best to introduce them while young. They may never reach the level of loving affection as Opie and Roscoe, but they should at least be able to comfortably tolerate each other. Should you not have the option to pair them when they are young and are instead bringing a new cat or dog into anothers already established domain, take some basic precautions:

  Making a Match Between a Dog & a Cat

  • Introduce them both on an equal eye level
  • Make introductions in an open space so that neither animal feels trapped. Plus, if there is a scuffle you can move more quickly to restore peace
  • Make introductions slowly. Allow the two supervised play dates before you allow them to coexist in the same space.
  • Never leave a match unfamiliar with each other alone. Even if it seems like they are getting along well in a very short period of time, it could still lead to injury on one or both parts.
  • Feed and bed them in different spaces. If each animal still feels like they have their own domain, it will be easier for them to tolerate and learn to like each other.

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Cost of Pets: What Cost and Which Breeds Take the Cake? https://pet-nanny.net/cost-pets-cost-breeds-take-cake/ https://pet-nanny.net/cost-pets-cost-breeds-take-cake/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:58:08 +0000 http://pet-nanny.net/?p=4348 How Much Does Your Pet Cost? With pets in American increasingly being treated like children as opposed to animals the cost of pet ownership is soaring! Pet spending topped $56 billion dollars in 2014 and is expected to reach or exceed $60 billion in 2015. What are American’s spending such large amounts of cash on? […]

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How Much Does Your Pet Cost?

With pets in American increasingly being treated like children as opposed to animals the cost of pet ownership is soaring! Pet spending topped $56 billion dollars in 2014 and is expected to reach or exceed $60 billion in 2015. What are American’s spending such large amounts of cash on? Not vet bills like one would think. Turns out most of the spending is being put into healthier pet foods. Healthy pet food totals over a third of that yearly total. Maybe because of this investment in more quality and nutrient rich food, veterinary bills are now the second costliest part of pet ownership.

Are you a dog or cat person? do you prefer  rabbits or other small animals? If finances are an obstacle for you, then you need to choose wisely before you bring a companion home from the local pet store or shelter.

While dogs often top spending over cats and other house pets, the dog breed that seems to rack up the most in vet bills and general care, surprisingly, is the Rottweiler. Large dog breeds garner significantly higher costs than any other house pet. The Rottweiler breed is especially susceptible to many allergies as well as gastric disorders which can lead to regular vet bills, medications, and specialized care. Other expensive dogs to care for include Great Danes, English Bulldogs and Ragdolls.

The cost of pets

The cost of pets

While cats are generally less known for specific breeds, the famous Siamese Cat is notably more expensive than your average house cat. Siamese cats are prone to respiratory disorders as well as liver diseases. Again, hitting your wallet much harder than a small pet like a hamster or gerbil.

Overall, most specialized breeds of pets are going to be prone to medical issues unique to their variety. Make it a point to research well and know things you can do right from the start to minimize your pets need for veterinary care. Want more information about the annual cost of pets per year? Check out the ASPCA website for a breakdown!

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Weird Pet Behaviors That Are Actually Very Normal https://pet-nanny.net/weird-pet-behaviors-actually-normal/ https://pet-nanny.net/weird-pet-behaviors-actually-normal/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:18:47 +0000 http://pet-nanny.net/?p=4334 If you’ve had a pet for any amount of time, chances are you’ve witnessed some weird behavior. While there may be many things that pets do that are puzzling to us humans, most of it is a lot more normal than we think! Weird Behaviors of Pets Gifts from you cat – Does your pet […]

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If you’ve had a pet for any amount of time, chances are you’ve witnessed some weird behavior. While there may be many things that pets do that are puzzling to us humans, most of it is a lot more normal than we think!

Weird Behaviors of Pets

  • Gifts from you cat – Does your pet cat sometimes bring you dead rodents or birds? Maybe the occasional reptile? Don’t punish them! From their perspective, they have plenty of food and have managed to obtain excess, they have brought it back to their home in case you, or the other members of their “family” may be in need. It’s a cat’s act of generosity and while it may be gross, you should consider it an honor!
  • Your dog eats dirt – They don’t just roll around and nose in it, they eat it! While dirt isn’t particularly ‘digestible’ to your pet, it does contain nutrients like potassium, magnesium and others. This may be a sign that you need to adjust your pet’s diet!
Weird pet behavior

Weird pet behavior

  • Your rabbit eating its feces… – This one is really gross to us! Whatever you do though, don’t stop them! Rabbits have very sensitive digestive tracts that require a certain bacterial balance. They MUST eat what are called ‘cecotropes’ in order to live! It’s similar to why humans eat yogurt and probiotics.
  • Your cat and too small spaces – Did you invest in a spacious, luxury kitty bed only to have it shunned for that tiny box your Amazon order came in? What is up with your cat always picking the most cramped, uncomfortable locations for a nap? In the wild, animals are vulnerable when sleeping. Cats (and many other animals) like to feel that they are protected on all fronts from attack while sleeping. Tight spaces make them feel more secure.
  • Does your ferret steal? – Ferrets are VERY fond of hoarding. Think of them as smaller dragons who like to stash treasures away in secret hiding spaces. It’s seems weird when ferrets do so in our homes, but in the wild they often kill excess food and hide it for later. While it may not be food, it’s the same instinct that drives them to carry off your watch, pen, or other small items to their secret lair.

Does your pet have weird tendencies? Be sure to share them with your pet sitter or dog walker so they don’t worry if they notice something out of the ordinary!

Share your pet’s weird tendencies with us!

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Overprotective Pet Parenting: Are You Guilty? https://pet-nanny.net/overprotective-pet-parenting-guilty/ https://pet-nanny.net/overprotective-pet-parenting-guilty/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:59:33 +0000 http://pet-nanny.net/?p=4307 Are you an overprotective pet parent? Most people are used to hearing that term associated with raising children, but do you take it a step further? While it’s not uncommon to be very attune to your beloved pets welfare it can be easy to slip into the overprotective category. Signs You’re An Overprotective Pet Parent […]

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Are you an overprotective pet parent? Most people are used to hearing that term associated with raising children, but do you take it a step further? While it’s not uncommon to be very attune to your beloved pets welfare it can be easy to slip into the overprotective category.

Signs You’re An Overprotective Pet Parent

  • You’ve got your vet on speed dial
  • You keep your home locked up like a fortress for fear of an escape
  • You have a toothbrush for your pet
  • You spend more money grooming your pet than you do on yourself
  • You get nervous if anyone else comes near them
  • You don’t let your pet play with other animals
  • You have a bookshelf full of volumes of dog psychology and care manuals
  • You worry about your pets welfare if they get out of your sight – even in your home
  • You’re afraid of leaving them with a petsitter or a dog sitting service
Stop worrying your pet with overprotective behavior

Stop worrying your pet with overprotective behavior

Does your behavior mirror many of these traits? It’s time to take a step back and see what you can do to stop being so overprotective. While it’s true that there are many things in the world of humans that pets just don’t have the instinct to deal with, don’t underestimate your friends ability to be aware of dangers. Most animals have great instincts. They also often know what they need to do if they are sick. Try to resist the urge to call your vet for minor injuries or concerns. Pick up a basic care manual when you bring your pet home and follow the guidelines. There is no need to seek out numerous care books to feed your overprotective behavior . If you feel you need just a little more information, keep a list of things you have questions about and ask your vet the next time you take your pet in for a check-up. Worried about a dog sitting service? Do some research! Read reviews and find one that is rated well! Don’t forget our tips and tricks on saving money - throw out that toothbrush your pet hates and rub some doggie toothpaste on a chew toy! Remember that animals like to be social. Don’t isolate yours. If you don’t have friends with pets you can let yours play with, then take them to the park and let them mingle (leashed!) with others! Learn the differences between playing and fighting and relax! What looks rough to us is just another (fun) day in the park to them! As for your home, make sure that you follow the basic precautions to keep your home pet safe and let them explore independently in a safe environment. Basic responsible behavior on your part is all that is needed to keep your pet safe and happy! Remember, your pets look to you for direction, if you are constantly nervous  and overprotective, your pet is likely to act the same.

Worried about a dog sitting service? Do some research! Read reviews and find one that is rated well!

Don’t forget our tips and tricks on saving money - throw out that toothbrush your pet hates and rub some doggie toothpaste on a chew toy!

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