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Which Harness or Collar is Right for You and Your Dog?

We’ve all been there; we just want a nice stroll down the sidewalk with our pooch, watch the leaves blowing around, stop and chat with a neighbor on the way. Instead, what we get is more of an involuntary sprint down the street, digging our heels in until our dog decides the neighbor’s lawn is the perfect spot to leave a ‘present’.

Pulling on the leash is one of the most common complaints of dog parents everywhere, and it can severely impact your relationship with your dog. Fortunately, there are a few steps that everyone can take to get you (and your enthusiastic leash-puller) the peaceful outing that you both deserve.

Starting off on the right foot, or paw, can be as simple as getting the right collar. Believe it or not, there is a world of difference between the behavior from one type of collar and another, read this list to see which is the right one for you. [Read more…]

Strange Cat Behaviors and What They Mean

Cats, our eccentric companions who go bump in the night, mystify us with their jumping and sprinting on a daily basis. Unfortunately, they don’t come with an instruction manual to decode their behavior. If you have ever been curious why your cat loves boxes, hates cucumbers, and seems to love offering small animal sacrifices to you, wonder no more. We have compiled a list of the top five mysterious behaviors of cats, and what you can do about them, in this quick and fascinating list:

  1. Kneading Everything with Their Paws:

Making biscuits, cat massages, or just kneading machines, cats caught pressing their paws into all kinds of surfaces has melted the heart of the internet for years. Why cats do this mysterious behavior is equally adorable: it’s a sign of affection. Kneading behaviors start as early as kitten-hood, where young cats knead their mother’s stomach to help milk production. Continuing this behavior into adulthood, cats knead surfaces and people when they are feeling particularly relaxed.

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Business Insights: Why Do We Have a Meet & Greet?

Three important things take place when one of Paula’s Pet Sitting team stops by for your Meet and Greet. First (and most importantly), we get to meet your pet. While this may seem silly since we would eventually meet anyway, the first meeting is a chance to exchange a lot of information. By having us over while you are home and can set a friendly tone to us being in your house, your pet is much more likely to greet us with perked ears instead of bared teeth in the future.  You can also watch how we interact with your pet so you are assured we will take care of them just like you would.

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Pet Safety During the 4th of July

With your entire family planning to gather around the barbecue and enjoying the sunshine on the Independence holiday coming up, keeping an eye on everyone can get overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several easy steps you can take to make sure everyone has a good time, including your pets:

Realize That Not Everyone Will Enjoy the Fireworks Display:
While it might seem like a special occasion to you, some family members may be miserable once the sun sets and the cracklers come out; namely some veterans, animals, and very small children. So that [Read more…]

Home Security is More Than Just a Deadbolt

We live in a time when we welcome more strangers into our homes than ever before. Professionals like house cleaners, electricians, dog walkers and pet sitters, even the delivery people for Amazon have access to lockboxes with house keys! With such unprecedented access to our homes (as well as more people working outside the home), Paula’s Pet Sitting wants to make sure that our clients understand that home security is more than locking your windows and doors while you are away.

Here is a useful list of steps you should consider while ensuring your home, and possessions, will be safe from intruders and unscrupulous visitors:

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What is Microchipping – And Why Should You Do It?

Microchipping your pet has become a more popular trend over the years, one offered by most vets at the pets first wellness visit. What are microchips, where did they come from, and why are they so important for your pet, though? Here are all the facts about this tiny device, no bigger than a grain of rice, that can be the most valuable purchase you make for your pet’s health.

The History of Microchipping:
This small computer, inserted under your pet’s shoulder blade and activated by a handheld scanner, can hold all their identifying information. The chip releases a unique code, read by the scanner, which is connected with a profile on the manufacturer database. This database, which enables storing information such as owner address and contact info, health problems, and veterinarian information, enables pets to be returned to their owners if separated.

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The Newest Pet Care Trend: CBD Oil

CBD oil, the subject of intense debate for years, is now becoming more popular in veterinary treatments.  Users are seeking it out for their pets in treatments for pain, anxiety, allergies, or symptoms from cancer treatments when traditional medicines are falling short.  Learn ten fast facts about this latest craze in the pet world, and dispel the urban legends about this latest greatest treatment for what ails your pet:

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What is your Pet Evacuation Plan?

Residents of Hawaii woke up to a nightmare on January 13th; a notification informing them that an emergency was about to take place.  Fortunately, this was a false alarm, and after an hour of scrambling everyone was told it was a mistake and to go about their day.  This was a wake-up call, though, since many people had no idea what to do in case of an emergency.

This made many people wonder; given such a short time, what should they do in an emergency and would they be able to react appropriately?  In some case, emergencies leave less than an hour to respond, and some happen when people are out of their house.  If an emergency were to happen, what should residents of Midland do, especially those with pets?

Here are some tips and preparations for your pet to keep in mind should a similar text come to your phone:

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Diabetes In Pets

 

Often a less talked about problem in the pet health world is diabetes in cats or dogs.  Operating similarly in both humans and pets, diabetes is a manageable health problem that should be highlighted more, if simply to enable you to recognize the symptoms earlier.  While a diagnosis of diabetes for your pet may require some lifestyle adjustments, your pet can live a long, happy life of excellent health. [Read more…]

Mentally Stimulating Toys for Pets

As pet professionals, we know your top priority is in your pets mental and physical welfare.  Already, you are being proactive by hiring a professional service to care for them while you are at work, but there are other ways you can keep them entertained (and out of the trash bin).  Either through personal use or the grapevine, here are some of our favorite interactive toys for your pets who need some stimulation (our business has not received any compensation for listing these items): [Read more…]