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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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March Photo Contest

 

Please follow THIS LINK to enter the APRIL 2018 contest!

The Pet Photo Contest is sponsored by Paula’s Pet Sitting. 

MONTHLY PRIZE: ONE (1) Winner will receive

Twenty Dollars ( $20) as a credit in their Pet Care Account.

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…]

Food Aggression in Dogs

Like toenail clippings in the sink, dirty dishes on the table, or wearing muddy shoes in the house, food aggression in animals is an example of personal baggage that can come with your new special friend.  Food aggression includes many resource guarding behaviors, and it can spell disaster for a healthy pet relationship if not addressed correctly and quickly.  Related image [Read more…]

5 Ways to Help Animal Shelters During the Holidays

Whether you are a college grad who doesn’t want another package of cleverly wrapped underwear or a parent who can’t stand the thought of getting more Legos to trip over, the holidays do not have to mean exchanging gifts only with family.  If you are looking for a charitable organization this holiday season, consider your local animal shelter or rescue group.  

These organizations run on very small budgets and are always interested in helpful strangers, and many donations are tax deductible.  These organizations benefit your community in many ways as well, either through spay and neuter programs to keep stray populations down, pet care programs for low-income families with furry family members, and many other programs.  If you are interested in helping the cause, read on to see the different ways you can benefit: [Read more…]

Fearful or Defensive Aggression in Dogs

Claiming her space.

It is one of our joys in the business of pet sitting to meet the many different personalities of your loved ones.  Sometimes they are shy, sometimes enthusiastic, and occasionally they need to be convinced we are a good thing.  Defending their territory is a characteristic in every dog’s personality, but sometimes it gets in the way of our employees fulfilling their duties in exercising your pet at agreed upon times.  Paula’s Pet Sitting takes several measures to ensure a friendly relationship with your pets, but occasionally even the standard practices need to be expanded if the first time we visit without you present your dog is less than happy.  

The first step, when you contact our services, is to schedule a Meet and Greet.  This includes a visit with the owners to discuss needs and services offered, as well as an introduction of the Pet Care Team to your furry friend.  In nearly all cases this meeting goes well, and the dog welcomes them with open paws.  In rare circumstances, however, the dog is (understandably) more interested in protecting their home than an offering of treats or walks when the owner is not present.  This is when the training and knowledge of Paula’s Pet Sitting comes into play.
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