Muscle Strain in Dogs

muscle strain in dogsMuscle strain in dogs is possible!

Most dogs, especially in their younger years, are very agile and mobile.  So, it’s no surprise then that they are susceptible to muscle strain, just like we, as humans, are.

Strain or Sprain, What’s the Difference?

Strains and Sprains both result in some degree of discomfort in your dog, however they are not the same.  Muscle strains occur in dogs when the tendon joining bones and muscle is stretched too far.  You can expect this to happen with dogs that run around a lot and generally lead very active lifestyles. On the other hand, Sprains occur when ligaments connecting bones are injured in some capacity.  Common sprains in dogs are the result of jumping. [Read more…]

5 Ways your Pets make you Healthier

pets make you healthierPets make you healthier and do more than just provide you with hugs, companionship and entertainment. Pets make you healthier.  It’s true.  In fact, having a pet could potentially add years to your life and/or prevent an untimely death. 

To keep things short, we’re just going to list ten.

Pets improve heart health.

Researchers at the American Heart Association have discovered that owning a pet actually reduces your chance of cardiovascular disease. This has a lot to do with the fact that dogs encourage their humans, who would not do so otherwise, to exercise.

Pets are mood boosters. [Read more…]

Shaving your Dog’s Coat

Shaving your dog's coatSome people are under the impression that as soon as the temperatures heat up, they should shave their dog’s coat.  That’s a common misconception however, we understand there are some times when shaving a dog’s coat is necessary or unavoidable. There is a time and place for everything, however shaving your dog’s coat does come with risks and there are reasons why should not do so.   [Read more…]

Changing Dog Food

When and How you Should Consider Changing Dog Food

changing dog foodSome pet parents make the common mistake of keeping their pet on the same pet food for the duration of their life.  Doing so may present problems for your pet.  Think about it.  Does a baby eat baby food for their entire life? There are a few things you may want to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to change out your pet’s food.

When should I consider changing my dog’s diet?

Food Allergies

It’s not uncommon for dogs to develop food allergies.  In fact, Beef, dairy, wheat and chicken are often at the source of food allergies in dogs.  Allergies in dogs can present themselves in more ways than one.  If you notice your dog experiencing itchy skin or ears, and/or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to consider switching out his dog food.  At the very least, you will want to have  conversation with your vet about treating the allergy, and then trying to figure out if the allergy correlates with his food or not. Unfortunately, this process is often trial and error based and may require much patience on your part. [Read more…]

Dog Tag, Microchip or Both?

Should I get a dog tag, microchip or both? Picture this, you’re at home going about your business when your cell phone rings. You look at the screen and you don’t have the number of the person calling. After a few seconds of contemplating, you decide to answer the call. “Hello?” you answer   sans enthusiasm. In response you hear “My name is so and so and I believe I have your dog Fido.” At that point you freeze, run to the back yard and for sure find the gate ajar! Someone found your dog! That’s good news, but the not so good news is that too many dogs never become reunited with their pet parents because they are not protected with a dog tag or microchip! [Read more…]

Dental Dog Treats

Dental Dog Treats and Chews your Dog Can’t Live Without

Dental Dog TreatsIs your dog an active chewer? I hope so! This sentiment may perplex you, but let me explain.  I’m not saying that I want your dog to chew on your sofa cushions or your favorite tennis shoes! I want your dog to sink his teeth into some dental treats or chews! The simple act of chewing can prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar.  Aside from bad breath, plaque and tartar can cause serious problems for your dog’s health! In fact, according to webmd, “Dental problems in dogs can lead to loss of appetite and broken or lost teeth, and it may even damage other organs if bacteria get into the bloodstream through diseased gums”.  That’s a mouthful, wouldn’t you say? [Read more…]

“Treat” your Dog this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's dayJust as the doldrums of the uneventful winter months begin to set in, our hearts go a flutter as we realize Valentine’s Day is in within sight.  We begin planning special dinners, date nights and special treats to show our very special person just how much we love them.  Sometimes we forget about our most devoted and loving furry friend.  As your pet sitting professionals, we implore you – have you ever considered including your dog in on the day of love? It’s really quite simple to “treat” your dog this Valentine’s day!  [Read more…]

Halloween Dog Tips

Halloween dog tips4 Last Minute Halloween Dog Tips

Nobody likes to left out of the Tricks and Treats associated with Halloween; not even your dog!  Well, we’re here to let you know that you can get your Halloween on and bring Fido along, too!  However, you should adhere to a few safety measures to make sure that the night is fun for all involved.

  1. Know your dog. You might be thinking, “ummmm what?” Keep in mind how your dog most commonly reacts to unusual sights, sounds and pretty much just general unfamiliarity.  If he doesn’t appreciate a disturbance in his routine or any other change of pace for that matter, you might want to leave him home. It must also be noted that dogs will act out of character during times of stress.  A fearful dog can become a danger to himself and other people.  It only takes a moment for a fearful animal to bite a small child. Additionally, if you bring your dog out with you and he displays any signs of distress or anxiety, take him home.  Undue stress may result in health issues, a lost dog or even worse.

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Choosing the Best Pet Sitter

best pet sitterChoosing the BEST Pet Sitter for your End of Summer Vacation

Planning a summer vacation is loads of fun! Well, planning the getaway part is, anyway.  If you’re a pet parent, planning the particulars of who is going to watch your fur babies while you’re away tends to be the MOST stressful part.  In fact, some people actually opt not to vacation as often as they’d like to just because of the stress that comes with worrying about who will care for their pets in their absence.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  With a little planning and research, you can be on your way to that summer vacation you’ve been dreaming of all year. 

Choosing the best pet sitter just got easier! 

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Summer Beach Reads for Dog Lovers Everywhere

Summer beach readsSummer is in full swing!  If you love relaxing on the beach with a cold beverage and a good book in hand, it’s quite possible that you’re always on the hunt for another great summer beach read. If you’re reading this, you probably love your dog, too! So, we’ve come up with a few great beach reads specifically designed with you in mind. 

3 Summer Beach Reads – check them out! 

One Good Dog
by Susan Wilson

Adam March is blinded by his desire to succeed until he makes a mistake one day that will change the course of everything he has ever lived for and dreamed of.  Adam loses it all but becomes saved by a rescue dog that has experienced the horrors of being a fighting dog.  This is a story of friendship, loss and starting over.  [Read more…]