Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Why Should I Be A Pet Sitter?

pet sitter

Interested in pet sitting jobs or just animal jobs in general? Are you thinking about becoming a pet sitter?

When we look for people to be hosts for our customer’s pets, there are a few things that we take into consideration.

The number one thing we look for in our pet hosts is that they truly love animals. Sure, we give them a small stipend for dog sitting, but they aren’t going to be buying a new car with it. We are so lucky because most of our hosts do what they do because they love caring for pets, and they view the pay as an added bonus. Our hosts give our customers’ pets the best care they can, and that is what makes our customers so satisfied with our business! We couldn’t do it without them!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

RECIPE: Grain-Free Ginger Apple Dog Treats

Grain-Free DIY Dog treats

Today we bring you a sweet and special (Grain-Free!) recipe to give your pup some home made, fall-themed treats! You know you always wanted your pooch to know the joy of ginger and apples in treat form!

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Preparing Your Pet For Boarding: 5 Steps to Ensure a Fantastic Stay!

Pet Boarding

Once the interview process is over with a new client, I often get asked, “So... what do I do now?”

There are a few steps that you should take to prepare your pet for their first stay with Pets Are Inn. No worries, it’s nothing too difficult and some of it might be fun!

Step One: Tell your pet! They are going to be going to a new place with a new person! It’s only polite to let them know in a gentle and calm voice that they are going to be going on a special vacation soon. Maybe throw in a belly rub to make them feel special!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Boarding A Senior Pet

Senior Pet Boarding

It can be hard to watch a beloved pet slowly age. It seems like all of a sudden they can't do stairs as well, they need a boost to jump up on the couch, and they don't enjoy the longer walks as much. Our senior pets give us so much and we want to make sure they are comfortable and get the best care. 

Senior pets need someone who will look after them carefully, make sure they are comfortable and not being bothered by children or other dogs. They need quiet places to rest and some need regular medications. Some kennels do offer special services for senior pets, but they can be costly and restricted, and even then you probably don’t want your pet sitting alone in a kennel all day.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Why Did My Cat Pee on My Bed?

Cat peeing on bed

There may be various reasons your cat is peeing on your bed.

When a cat urinates anywhere other than in his litterbox, the first step the owner should take is to have a veterinarian do a physical exam and relevant diagnostic tests, including urinalysis to be sure he does not have an underlying medical problem.

When he has a bladder infection, for example, your cat may associate pain or discomfort with the litterbox. The cat may then choose another location. If the examination, urinalysis and other diagnostic tests are normal, then we need to determine why the cat is choosing the owner’s bed.

Anxiety Is Often the Culprit
Most often when a client consults with a vet regarding her cat’s inappropriate urination on her bed, they can usually identify an anxiety-related issue. They try to identify the stressors that are contributing to the cat’s inappropriate behavior. Is there an issue related to the litterbox, location of the box or substrate (type of litter) that is causing the cat to stray away from the designated toileting area? Or are they dealing with a social issue — either tension in the relationship with the owner or with another cat, family member or pet in the household?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Senior Pets Exercises for Aging Bodies

Senior Pet Exercises

There are three specific kinds of exercises that help senior pets' aging bodies: 1) passive range-of-motion (PROM) exercises, 2) exercises that maintain balance and fluid movement and 3) exercises that target the big, body-supporting muscles like the hamstrings and gluteals.

Here are some ways that you can help keep your aging pet strong.

1. Passive Range of Motion Exercises

Lay your pet comfortably on their side. Gently flex and extend each limb, one at a time, holding each position for about ten seconds
It's important to keep the leg's position parallel to the body wall to avoid torque on the joints. It's also important not to hyperextend the wrists or ankles.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dog and Cat Claws

pet claws

Consider this is a friendly infomercial on the subject of pet claw health — because even the most pedestrian claw is a crucial body part. I'm offering you this collection of things you may not know about claws.

1. Unlike fingernails, claws contain nerves and blood vessels. Hence, the heightened sensitivity surrounding their manipulation and the reluctance most pets display when their paws are touched, irrespective of whether they've had a bad experience with toenail trims.

2. Claws are integrally attached to bone. The body works hard to ensure that the connection between claw and bone is as seamless as possible. That means that damage to the claw can impact the adjacent bony structures. Ouch!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

5 Tips For a Happier Pet

pet happiness

Everyone needs appropriate opportunities to release stress, expend energy and give boredom the boot. That includes people, dogs, cats and, yes, even rabbits and ferrets. Such actions offer physical and mental enrichment while helping to keep unwanted behaviors at bay. Pet happiness should be important for any pet owner!

Here are some ways you can enrich your pet's life and help prevent him from acting destructive because he's bored.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Does My Pet Get Bored?

pet boredom

We don’t know if cats and dogs truly perceive boredom like humans do. Instead, when talking about pets, it's better to use the phrase “insufficient mental stimulation.” Have you ever seen your cat literally try to climb a wall, repeatedly jump on your shelves to knock items off or leap onto the chandelier? Or has your dog ever tried to dig up your wall-to-wall carpeting or decided that it’s fun to play tug-of-war with the curtains? 

These could all be signs that your pet is not getting enough mental stimulation.

The Work/School Dilemma
Often pets are left at home when owners go to work or spend a great deal of time outside of the home due to other demands, such as school or family commitments. Many times, these pets suffer from insufficient physical and mental stimulation. In the absence of adequate outlets, our pets may engage in activities of their own making.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

What's In a Name: Birman

The Birman is also called the "Sacred Cat of Burma". The Birman is a long-haired, colorpointed cat distinguished by a silky coat, deep blue eyes and contrasting white "gloves" or "socks" on each paw.

The breed name is derived from Birmanie, the French form of Burma. There is no clear record of the breed's origin. They are most often claimed to have originated as the companions of temple priests in Northern Burma.

Interestingly, Birmans were almost wiped out as a breed during World War II. Only two cats were alive in Europe at the end of the war, a pair named Orloff and Xenia de Kaabaa, both belonging to Baudoin-Crevoisier. They had to be heavily outcrossed with long-hair breeds such as Persian and Siamese to rebuild the Birman breed. By the early 1950s, pure Birman litters were once again being produced.
Birmans have also been used in the development of new breeds, notably including the Ragdoll.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What's In a Name: Ragdoll

The Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat.Developed by American breeder Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up.

Particularly popular in both the United Kingdom and the breeds' native United States, ragdoll cats often are known as "dog-like cats" or "puppy-like cats" due to behaviors such as their tendency to follow people around, their ease at being physically handled, and their relative lack of aggression toward other pets

Friday, October 2, 2015

Are Cats Fully Domesticated?

Apparently there's a raging controversy among various scientists and biologists about whether domesticated cats are actually domestic. I get the confusion, and you probably do, too, if you share your life with a kitty. There's a certain wild vibe about our feline companions – even tiny kittens – no matter how long they've shared our homes or snuggled on our laps.

Cats are the most popular pet worldwide, and have lived with humans for 10,000 years or so. But despite their long and close association with us, cats turn feral without human contact, and it's often difficult to "tame" a feral kitten once it reaches a certain age.

Another sign of Fluffy's wild side: it's unlikely she'll starve to death if she escapes into the great outdoors, since her instinct to hunt never diminishes.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tailgating Tips for Dog Owners

Football season can be a lot of fun, especially when you include your dog! This year, make sure you and your dog are tailgating right.

1. Make sure dogs are allowed.

Some tailgating areas don’t allow dogs (lame). Before you get your dogs ready for the game, double check that they are welcome to come along!

2. Have a treat area with dog safe food.
It’s a cute and fun way to help tailgaters know what food is safe to feed your dog. 

3. Remind guests of common tailgate foods that are toxic to dogs.
  • Chicken Wings
  • Alcohol
  • Onions & Garlic (salsa, etc.)
  • Avocados (guacamole, etc.) 
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate

4. Incorporate dog toys into your game area.
If you’re tailgating all day, your pup will definitely need some toys to stay entertained!

5. Show your pride with a bandanna!
Everyone loves a cute bandanna, especially one that represents their school! This Etsy shop has collar-slip bandannas for all the SEC and Big 12 schools!