Category: Health and Safety

Pet First Aid Tips

This past weekend nine more of our fabulously dedicated pet care professionals competed their Pet First Aid Certification. Here at Pet Nanny we are dedicated to contracting only the best, most caring and qualified pet lovers around. This means running each sitter through an extensive screening and offering Pet First Aid & CPR Certification classes. Now we have almost twenty pet first aid certified sitters on the Pet Nanny team!

Pet First Aid Tips

  1. Pulse. You can check your dog’s pulse in-between the thigh and body, near the groin.
  2. What are normal vital signs? Once you figure out what normal is for your pet, you can figure out what abnormal is.
  3. Blood Circulation. Your pet’s gums should be a nice pink color. Give them a pinch and they should turn white, but quickly back to the normal color in under two seconds. Gums that are blue or white in color are often a bad sign and means oxygen is not flowing correctly through the body.
  4. Panting. Dogs can pant up to 300 times a minute, most often in the heat of the summer and after strenuous activity. This is also a time to be aware of tip number 2 (What is your dog’s normal?) If your dog regularly pants a lot in the summer heat, but is lying there showing out of the ordinary behavior, it is a time to watch closely.
  5. Temperature. Pets have higher temperatures than humans, often even up to 102.5. Again, be aware of your pet’s normal.


Make Your Own Pet Food




Lately I have seen a rise in pet bakeries and pet owners taking more of an interest in what they feed their pet, even going to the extent of making their own pet’s food rather than using dry or canned. Why would you make your own pet food? Just like in a human’s diet we try to steer clear of too much processed and canned food and we often hear of these products being recalled due to contamination. You can’t just start feeding your pet homemade food though, you may notice when they steal scraps from the table, they have “gastrointestinal problems,” and that’s exactly what will happen if you jump right in with your homemade meals. Always consult your vet before giving your met homemade food and any of these recipes.

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Meat and Rice Stew (Dog) from Bark Bark I’m Hungry

  • 2/3 cup of meat – turkey, liver, or hamburger are best
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 of a small potato
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1 cup water

Cut the meat, potato, and carrot into small pieces. Combine with water and garlic powder in a pot. Turn on stove to high, bring to a boil then simmer. Cook the rice then stir it into the pot and simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and strain out the juice but save a little. After it cools serve and add the little bit of juice back to it.

Bacon-Flavored Dog Treats from Recipes 4 Gourmet Dogs

  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 10 TBS. bacon fat – melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cut water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix well – drop from teaspoon onto ungreased non stick cookies sheet, and flatten with bottom of a glass. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Cat Nip Crackers from Cat-Recipes

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of dried catnip
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the two flours and the catnip. Next, stir in the yogurt, egg, honey, and vegetable oil. Roll out the catnip dough onto a floured surface. Cut the dough into small dime-sized pieces. Find tiny cookie cutters in a specialty store to make the crackers more festive. (This recipe also makes a great gift for a cat lover and his/her cat!) Place the cut dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Catnip crackers should be fed as a treat and not as a meal. Store uneaten crackers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a week or frozen in the freezer for three months.

You can find local, all-natural pet treats at The Bark Avenue Boutique (Ardmore), Pupcakes (Philadelphia), and Esmerelda’s Dog Grubb (Philadelphia).

Main Line Pet-Friendly Lodging

Traveling or moving to a new area can often be tricky when you have pets, especially finding accommodating lodging. Pet-friendly hotels usually have an extra fee for pets, but check each individual hotel for their policies and rates. With Easter weekend quickly approaching, you may be looking for a pet-friendly place to stay in the area, or you may be the one traveling out of the area. Need a last-minute pet sitter? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Pet Nanny is offering $10 off your service order of 3 or more visits when you book by this Wednesday, April 20th. See coupon for details.

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Letting Young Children Take Responsibility With Pets

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Now that Spring is here and Summer is soon to follow, there are certain warm weather pet tips you should take to keep your pet happy and safe. And there is no better time than now to start getting your younger children involved in these pet responsibilities and safety.

1. Pet Safety

Safety is something that sometimes may be overlooked when teaching children about pet responsibilities. Make sure your child knows the importance of a pet i.d. tag in case your pet gets lost. Teach your children early about the dangers of medicines and cleaning supplies that can be deadly to your pet. Especially with puppies, small toys could easily be swallowed or chewed up, creating a dangerous health hazard.

2. Dog Training

Dog training is a perfect opportunity for your child to feel in charge. Whether it is using a treat to teach your dog to sit or to not jump up on guests, let your child gradually take over some of the dog training responsibilities under your supervision. Not only will your child will have a stronger bond with your pet, they will learn patience as well.

3. Add Pet Care to Chores

Your pet relies on you for everything and that involves time and money. Adding age-appropriate pet care to your children’s chores will not only help you out, but show your children how much work it is to take care of a pet. Measuring food and pouring water into bowls is an easy task for the younger children, brushing, and walking are just a few of the other pet responsibilities that your child can help with. Buy these interactive Pet Responsibility charts for a fun way to track your child’s pet chores.

3. Let Them Tag Along

Vet, grooming, and training appointments are often a regular part of a pet owner’s life. Letting your children tag along is a good teaching tool and will help them understand that just like humans, pets need some of the same things to stay healthy.

Getting your child involved in the pet duties will help them learn and develop necessary skills like respect, patience, and responsibility. How do you involve your children in pet care?

Canine Flea and Tick Medicine Could Harm Your Cat

Dog and Cat Reclining on a Blanket ca. 2000 San Francisco, California, USA

There are those of you who read this blog that have both cats and dogs, who may not know about the interaction between cats and flea medicine. Cats and dogs do not usually frolic and play together, but there is the rare exception, and this is wherein the danger lies. A common ingredient in canine flea and tick medicine, permethrin, is extremely toxic to cats. New reports are surfacing daily about the hazardous effects permethrin is having after coming in contact with cats.

Permethrin acts as a neurotoxin in felines, and causes seizures and death. Any type of flea and tick medicine intended for dogs should never be put on cats. If you have both dogs and cats in the house, make sure they are separated for several days after the medicine is applied. Remember, dogs like to roll, get on furniture and interact with their families, but if your cat ingests any of the chemical, it can have devastating results.

If you are looking for a non-toxic alternative to the flea and tick medicine that is commonly available, look no further than Diatomaceous Earth. It is a non-toxic substitute that can be sprinkled on your dogs AND cats, and can be found in the pest control section of most mainstream home and garden stores. It is made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type on algae, and can actually be used as a safe alternative to all bug control. So, after you sprinkle it on your pets, dust around your house and even in your yard. It is safer to have your animals in an environment free of toxic chemicals, than risk any interactions that could potentially shorten your time with your pets.

Warm Weather Tips For Your Pet

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Taking these preventative measure for your pet’s safety and well being, will insure a happy fun-filled Spring and Summer!

For Dogs and Cats: Buy flea and tick spot-on protection! This will save you (and your baby) weeks, or months of torture and bad times dealing with those nasty buggers!

Add a salmon oil (omega 3) supplement to your pet’s food! Many skin allergies start to rear their ugly head right about now…this supplement is the the END ALL BE ALL ANSWER! It makes coats conditioned, clear, soft…and helps skin allergies 10-fold! Also works wonders for shedding and dandruff too!

Groom your pet for the season! Get rid of Winter’s old hair and bring out that shiny new coat! Do it yourself. Give a good brush, a good shampoo, another good brush while shampoo is still on to remove even more old fur/hair, rinse…ta dah…just gorgeous!

Always carry a gallon thermos filled with cold, fresh water when traveling with your pet.

Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.

The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is humid.

Be especially sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Brachycephalic or snub- nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus, as well as those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air- conditioned rooms as much as possible.

By Colleen Sedgwick, owner of Pet Nanny

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