National Pet Sitters Week

Back in 1981, when I started petsitting it was unheard of. We didn’t even know if it would be a viable job let alone a source of income. Little did we know with patience, persistance and several years later petsitting is a job. A job that while it can be fun because we are enjoying all the different pets that people own, it can come crashing down around you when you walk in and find a dog with bloat or a cat who has jumped down off a table or couch the wrong way and is hurt.
People have found the petsitters can be an important part of their lives. Top 10 reasons that people hire petsitters are:
1. Your pet has separation anxiety – we come in and help relieve the boredom. Remember a tired pet has less of a chance of getting in trouble when you’re gone.
2. You work long hours and need someone to come over exercise and let your pooch take a potty break.
3. Your pet needs meds while you are at work. We can do it.
4. You need to get your pet to the vet, groomer or somewhere where you can’t get to because you are unavailable.
5. You are ill or injured and you can’t get them out for a walk or are pregnant and can’t clean your cats litter box. We can.
6. While you go away on vacation.
7. By using a petsitter they can stay in their own familiar environment.
8. Pets can have individual attention as we all know pets crave attention.
9. Getting married? Want your pet in the wedding? We can help you.
10. But most of all we are there to give you peace of mind when you are at work or away on vacation.
Kistinnes Critter Kare

Ideas on how to exercise your dogs and trying to beat the heat

It’s getting to be that time of year when we come to the cross roads of needing to walk our dogs because they need the exercise and the temperature being to hot for their feet.  What does a pet parent do?

1.You can take your dog out earlier or later in the day, when the temperature isn’t as hot.

2. Walk them on the grass, remember if you can’t go bare foot think about how they feel, about how hot it is on their paws.

3.You can have your pup wear booties.

4. If your dog loves the water and you have a pool or have access to a pool let him/her go swimming, throw a toy or ball and both of you can enjoy each other and being cool at the same time!

5. Here in Southern California we have dog beaches – go have fun but remember to have some shade, water,  &  sunscreen for those cute pink noses!

6. If you don’t have a pool get a baby pool just make sure it is made of hard plastic so their nails don’t put a hole it.

7. Take along a spray bottle and mist your dog, it will help cool them off.

8.  Take breaks often and make a drink of water part of that.

But most of all watch for signs that your dog has had enough and take them home.

Some of the signs of Canine heat exhaustion are  excessive panting, increased heart or respiratory rate, drooling, & seizures so please be careful.

Do you have any other ideas to help keep your pooch cool on these hot summer days?

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