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Human Medications Can Be Very Harmful To Your Pet


Pet Connections has an article about the most common human medications and their potential harmfulness to animals.  Advil and Tylenol are especially harmful as are some commonly prescribed drugs like Advair and Abilify.

And here is some good common sense with regard to ALL medications in your home:

It’s best practice to make sure all your medications are far out of reach of your pets, and you should never store drugs in plastic (even Ziploc-type) bags. They’re too easily chewed through, and since the bags are transparent, the pets can see the potential goodies inside.

Here is another article which points out human medications for three years in a row now top the list of toxins that have sickened pets in the United States.

PS:  Also don’t forget to keep all of those delicious chocolate candies far far away from your dogs.  Chocolate is poison for dogs.

May 23, 2011   2 Comments

How Do You Find a Good Pet Sitter?

This article over at Petblogs points out that using a family member or friend down the street to take care of your pet(s) while you are away can have some often overlooked negative side effects.  These include:

Resentment on the part of the family member who agrees to the pet sitting duties because they feel obligated to say yes when he/she really would prefer to be doing something else entirely.

The teenager down the street sees the pet sit as an opportunity to use your home for having a get-together with other friends or worse yet to throw a party.

Lack of experience and training in taking care of animal(s) resulting in your pet(s) being poorly cared for or, even worse, being inadvertently harmed or lost.

John and I have cared for our own and other people’s pets for a long time.  The number of successful pet sits we have performed  is in the tens of thousands.  We have never had an animal escape from us.  We have never lost a house key for a pet sit.  We know the signs and what to do when an animal is sick.  We have fostered hundreds of animals in our home for the Humane Society for SW Washington.  We also have numerous dogs, cats, birds and some chickens of our own.  We are trained in first aid and CPR for dogs and cats.  I am trained in disaster preparedness for animals.  John and I spent a week as volunteers in Gonzales, Louisiana caring for the abandoned dogs after the Katrina hurricane.

Both of us serve as back up for each other in the event that is necessary.  We never take a vacation together for more than 12 hours because it interferes with our pet sit responsibilities.  We have a 30 year old son who lives locally that is also available in the event of an emergency.  We have good relationships with local veterinarians and other pet sitters in the area.

In other words we take the responsibilities of providing pet sitting very seriously and we have a great deal of experience successfully caring for other people’s animals.

So when you consider asking your grandmother or aunt or the friend’s daughter down the street to care for your animals while you are at work or away from home, please consider the risks and possible negative effects of that decision carefully.

We are here to assist you.  We love what we do.  We are good at what we do.  And we want you to know that your decision to allow us to be the caregivers for your animals is much appreciated and that we take this responsibility very seriously.

Gonzales, LA, September 16, 2005
Gonzales, LA, September 16, 2005

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May 18, 2011   1 Comment

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Pet Exercise Tips has some advice for exercising your dog:

Even if you have a fenced backyard, your dog may not be getting enough activity unless he’s exerting himself to the point of panting.

Don’t expect your dog to start out with a 30-minute intense walk, however. You’ll need to condition your pet and work up to more intense activities, just as you need to do yourself if you haven’t worked out in awhile.

A good starting point for most dogs is a 10-15 minute, moderately paced walk. You can work up to 30 minutes, three times a week or, for athletic breeds, up to an hour per session. If you don’t have time to take your dog for regular walks, hiring a dog walker, or taking your dog to a supervised doggy day care, will provide a great alternative.

And for cats:

Cats, especially the indoor variety, can be harder to keep active but a bit of ingenuity on your part will go a long way. Experiment with a variety of toys for your cat and change them often to prevent boredom.

Most cats enjoy catnip-filled toys, such as Nigel the Octopus from or mouse toys like the 100% natural Wooley Bully.

Another simple option to keep cats entertained is a flashlight or laser pointer. Cats will wear themselves out trying to “catch” the light, and highly recommends the Ba-Da-Beam Hands-Free Rotating Laser Chaser from for all cat owners.

And some safety tips:

When exercising your cat or dog, be sure to watch for signs of overexertion, such as excessive panting or lying down. These are signs that it’s time for a break. Also, be especially careful when exercising pets with flat faces, such as pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats, as they are vulnerable to respiratory distress.

Other breeds may also be prone to overexertion or injury, including toy breeds, dachshunds, young puppies and older pets, so always use caution and pay attention to cues from your pet.

You’ll also want to avoid exercising your dog in extreme heat or cold, which can lead to hypothermia, heat stress and over-exhaustion. In bad weather, take your dog to an indoor play park, or teach him to walk (with your assistance) on a treadmill!

Of course, always make sure your pet has access to fresh water during any exercise session.

If you do not have the time or energy to exercise your pet(s), that is one of the services At Home Pet Sitting will gladly provide for you.

March 3, 2010   No Comments