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Coronavirus 2020 and pets

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With Coronavirus in the news, it’s important to stay up to date with the facts. While it can be scary to read about, this post is meant to inform over anything else. I want you, your pets, and everyone in your life to be happy and healthy. Let’s jump in and address what we know right now: Let’s start with the basics… What is the Coronavirus? According to the CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was “first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading …

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Ticks in Spring and Summer

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Did you know ticks thrive in late Spring and Summer? It was a normal Saturday night pet sitting. Go see the cutest hounds ever, take them for a walk and feed them dinner. The type of visit I’ve done more times than I can count. Unfortunately. this time it was not so normal. This time I picked up some hitchhikers. Ticks. Not just one. I found five. FIVE! I have ticks – what now? After getting those bugs off of me (shudder), I reached out immediately to my local pet control service. Baker Pest Control is my favorite in …

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Easter Lilies are Poisonous for Cats

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Every year around Easter Sunday I get a sweet gift of an Easter Lily from a well-intentioned friend. I think they are absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, Lilies of all types are very poisonous for cats, so I don’t bring them in my house. I wondered what I could find to share with my clients about the effect Lilies have on their kitties. I checked the blog of one of my favorite veterinarians. It was no surprise he’d written about this exact problem. Here’s what veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker had to say on his blog about Lilies: “We don’t know why, …

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Pet Ownership Costs Guide 2017

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Pet Ownership Costs Pet ownership represents a large emotional – and financial – commitment. Whether you buy from a pet store or a breeder, adopt an animal from a shelter, or take in a stray, initial costs are just the beginning of the story. This Pet Ownership Costs Guide for 2017,  examines the different costs associated with pet ownership and helps you know what to expect, how to plan for these expenses, and potential ways to reduce the financial burden of pet ownership. The Lifetime Cost of a Pet There are two main cost areas when owning a pet: …

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Family Pet Loss Grief Help

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Family pet loss grief help The loss of a  family pet affects our emotions and these feelings usually progress through several stages of grief. Recognizing them can help us cope with the family pet loss grief we feel. My Griffey who left us way too early! And now we lay you down to sleep You’re finally at rest Our love for you we’ll always keep You were the very best You gave us joy for all those years A memory for each new day Then came the day of all my fears The day you passed away A part …

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Assistance Dog Resources

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Assistance Dog Resources  by Autism Speaks   Service Dogs for Children with Autism are constant companions to children with autism. The dogs help them improve social interactions and relationships by;     Expanding verbal and nonverbal communication Teaching life skills Increasing interest in activities Decreasing stress within the family   Service Dog Organizations (Assistance Dog Resources)     4 Paws for Ability 4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities and veterans by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children …

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Help Finding Lost Dog

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Help Finding Lost Dog,  has arrived!   “Finding Rover” application is a dog locator service. Help Finding  lost dog has arrived and its name is “Finding Rover”. This is a technologically advanced system designed to pair pet owners and shelters with their communities. Sign up, take pictures of all of your pets and you will be prepared if your dog goes missing!   The Solano County Animal Care has signed on to use the Finding Rover application service.   Finding Rover, uses a facial recognition technology to identify lost and found dogs, in real time from a smartphone or …

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Pet Sitter World Educational Conference

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Pet Sitter World Educational Conference   House Calls Pet Sitting attends Local pet sitter Wendy Tom, owner of House Calls Pet Sitting, LLC, joined with 200 professional international pet sitters and pet industry experts last week. They attended the 2016 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo which was held in San Diego, California.   From the United States, Canada and South Africa the attendees were able to increase their pet care skills, improve their pet sitting business practices and help raise thousands for a local pet-rescue organization.       Wendy Tom attended keynote speaker, Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s …

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Pet Holiday Safety Tips

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Pet Holiday Safety Tips As a pet sitter I must make sure the holiday pets I care for are holiday safe!  Decorations and Christmas Trees are at the top of my Pet Holiday Safety tips. To help pet owners prepare I am sharing The Valley Humane Society list of suggestions on how to make a safer holiday season for your pet:   Decorations: Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are festive, beautiful and POISONOUS to pets. Once ingested, they can all cause severe intestinal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and central nervous system disorders. If you include them in your holiday decor, please …

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DIY Tips for Keeping Your Pet Cleaned or Groomed

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DIY Tips for Keeping Your Pet Cleaned or Groomed   Have you ever watched your dog/cat roll on the ground, lick its tail or fur? It’s trying to keep itself clean. But sometimes, they will also need an EXTRA help from you to keep itself cleaned and groomed. They might not be comfortable getting touched or handled at first and you need to make it a habit of petting her sensitive parts such as ears, belly, back, feet and tail before she feels at ease with you. Once your dog or cat is comfortable with your touch, here’s how …

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