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Are Two Pets Better Than One

Posted by in Pet Blog | November 16, 2014
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petsOne dog was so much fun…why not get another? And one cat loved to cuddle and take naps with you, surely a second would be twice as wonderful… Getting a second pet isn’t a bad idea, but you need to know the best scenario for doing so, and what it will require of you if you want to take the leap and get that second pet.

Two Pets, Twice The Work?

Having two pets means you will have two of everything. Twice the fun, twice the love…and twice the other
things you might not think about. Two pets will require more food, more medical care, more treats, more toys…but is that really twice the work?

In a strange way, two pets can lighten the load sometimes, when they get along. They become each other’s playmate, and take the burden off of you to be the sole source of attention. Dogs and cats are not the same in how they relate to groups, but they both benefit from being around each other. We often forget how much time we spend away from home as we go about our day of work, errands and other activities. Yet pets are always at home, wondering when we’ll get back so they can spend time with someone other than themselves.

That’s where that second pet comes in.

Dogs Are Pack Animals

Dogs, in particular, are pack animals. They like to know where they fit within the pack. As a dog owner, it is important that you establish yourself as the dominant figure in the pack. Dogs are quite content with that, in fact, as long as they know where the fit.

The problem is when you and your family are gone. Your dog spends much of its day alone and away from “the pack.” While some dogs handle this just fine, others develop behavioural issues like chewing on furniture or shredding carpet. Your dog might be a perfect angel when you’re home, but the things that happen while you’re gone are completely out of character. Unfortunately, many pet rescue centers are filled with wonderful dogs who did not handle being away from their “pack” well.

For dogs, having another pet around can be beneficial, and might be less work in some sense (though you will still need to walk, brush, feed, and care for two dogs). Not all dogs need this, however, and if you have space restrictions, or other reasons why you would not be able to handle two animals, you may wish to select a rescue dog, for example, that enjoys being a sole pet.

Cats Are Usually Independent

Cats aren’t the same as dogs in that they aren’t generally pack animals. They have a stereotypical image of being independent and not as “needy” as dogs. However, many cats love having playmates, and a multi-cat household is not uncommon.

Just as with dogs, a companion distracts your cat from destructive behaviour, or from becoming bored. Two cats also help each other with grooming and even exercise from playing with each other.Two cats only work, however, if they are well-matched in temperament and have enough physical space for them to be away from each other for alone time and hiding. You will also need to have a litter box for each cat you own, plus one. Cats must feel safe when using the litter box, and having too many cats for one litter box could lead to some litter box behaviour issues. If you live in cramped quarters, you may not have the necessary space for multiple cats.

If you’ve adopted an adult cat who has lived its life alone, introducing other adult cats to the scenario might not go well. A young kitten introduced to a solitary female might work, or a lively adolescent cat to a staid adult cat. In this scenario, the older cat helps to teach the young cat and there might not be the conflict you’d find between two adult cats forced together suddenly.

Do You Prefer Two Or One?

Many of you have had both one pet and two, and have seen the difference it can make in pet behaviour as well as the additional work required. Which did you prefer–two pets or just one–and why?

3 Quirky Traits Of Favourite Dog Breeds

Posted by in Pet Blog | July 4, 2014
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dogThere are always a few dog breeds that seem to top nearly every “favourites” list each year. While each breed has it’s own characteristics and personalities to love, what about these favourite breeds keeps them at the top of the list? Do they have any quirky traits or are they straight-laced and predictable?

Labrador Retrievers Are Mouthy

Labrador Retrievers (Labs) are the number one dog breed on almost every list. What makes them so popular?

Though not as overly affectionate as a Golden Retriever (a breed of dog that wants to make everyone a friend), Labs perfectly reign in affection ever so slightly without being standoffish. They are friendly, love everyone, kind-hearted, and good-natured. Labs are also known for being easy to train (though some have a stubborn streak), and so fun-loving that they don’t always think about the consequences of their actions. They are excellent swimmers, with a coat and ability that suits their ability to manoeuvre in the water, and, of course, makes them good at retrieving during a hunt or other activities.

What strange trait could such a lovable dog possibly have?

Labrador Retrievers are mouthy.

No, they won’t bark back at you and get into an argument, but they are a breed that likes activity to involve the mouth. Labs have a definite tendency towards chewing, whether it be toys that you provide or your hands as you play. They love to carry objects in their mouth, which makes sense for a dog whose strength and breed is about retrieving and bringing back.

If a Labrador Retriever is your dog of choice, be sure to provide it with plenty of chew toys, otherwise your furniture or shoes might take a hit.

German Shepherds Are Nose-y

German Shepherds are athletic and energetic, known for being protective of their owners. They are highly intelligent and loyal, and are often used as seeing-eye dogs because of the bond and trust connection they form with their owners.

As a true working dog, German Shepherds are nearly fearless when it comes to protecting their owners. They need plenty of exercise and proper socialization so that this protective nature doesn’t create a problem when around strangers or other dogs.

When it comes to German Shepherds, though, it’s all about the smell.

Not the dog, of course, but their renowned noses. Their keen sense of smell has made them the go-to breed when it comes to searching for people, drugs, explosives, military duties, guard and sentry duties, and other law enforcement or rescue tasks. The German Shepherd is an excellent breed for these kinds of activities, both because of their sense of smell, but their loyalty and connection to their owner.

Poodles Are Nothing To Sneeze At

The Poodle is more than just a breed with an interesting haircut. It’s known for extreme intelligence, and was originally a water retrieval breed. It excels at obedience and agility (when properly trained), but despite these outstanding athletic accomplishments, the Poodle still makes an excellent family dog.

As long as a Poodle is exercised and entertained, and knows who’s the boss in the family (it isn’t the Poodle), you’ll avoid any destructive behaviour and have a fantastic dog on your hands. What’s left to know about this fascinating breed?

Poodles are “hypoallergenic” of sorts.

Though no animal is truly hypoallergenic, Poodles, along with a few other breeds, are known to shed less hair and dander, those pesky things that can cause allergies to flare up for those allergic to pet dander. Poodle hair has a longer growth cycle. If you combine that with tight curls, and you have less shedding to deal with.

Looking for a beautiful dog with a smart head on its shoulders that won’t make you sneeze. Go for a Poodle.

Every Breed Has Worthwhile Traits

Each dog breed has its own unique traits that make it particularly suited for different situations. The key is to know what you’re looking for, what you can handle, and what will work best for you and your family.

The quirky traits? They’re thrown in for free.


Is It Better To Own Female Or Male Dogs?

Posted by in Pet Blog | June 2, 2014
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dogThere is an old saying for nearly every situation, and when it comes to choosing a male or female dog, the old saying is as follows: If you want a good dog, get a male. If you want a great dog, get a female and cross your fingers.

Seems a bit harsh. Could such a saying be true? Should you choose your next dog based on whether it is a male or female?

Male vs. Female Dog Stereotypes

Some dog breeders recommend that people who like the temperament of cats get a female dog. Female dogs are associated with affection and love, just as male dogs are, but they have a “limit” and are more likely to go off on their own or desire to be alone for periods of time. They have a streak of independence in them.

Male dogs, on the other hand, are thought to be almost demanding of affection, craving attention and love and always willing to receive what their owners can give them…and then some. They want to be around you and with you as much as they can be.

How would this affect training?

Female dogs are thought to be easier to train (except while in heat), because they are more likely to stay focused, while the ever-playful and fun-loving male dog is always willing to be distracted during training if the opportunity arises.

The flip-side of this, of course, is that idea that male dogs crave human attention more than female dogs, and therefore see pleasing you as of the utmost importance. Training a male dog with the right amount of praise might just be easier no matter how focused female dogs might be.

The stereotypes continue, with the suggestion that female dogs, more prone to nurturing instead of playing, are better with children. Male dogs might see them as just another playmate and be inclined to roughhouse.

These, however, are generalizations. While there may be hints of truth to them, the fact is that male and female dogs of different breeds and in different settings may or may not reflect these generalizations. Each dog is unique, an individual, and there is more to a dog than its sex.

There is one truth, however, and that is that the cost of spaying a female dog will be greater than that of neutering the male dog; that may be the only bankable consideration on whether you’d choose one over the other.

Choosing A Dog, Male Or Female

When it comes time to choose a dog, the choice is really about the specific dog, and not whether it is male or female. Granted, if you already have a dog that is male, you’d perhaps be better off choosing a female dog for your second pet (and vice versa), as dogs of the same sex sometimes don’t get along as well and are more inclined towards defending territorial rights.

But even then, the decision always comes down to the specific dog, and how well you connect with him or her, and if the home you are bring your new dog into is one that seems to suit everyone involved. Is the dog good with children? Good with other pets? Happy to be inside or in need of lots of exercise space?

These are the kinds of questions and personality connections you’re looking for, and not generalizations in a male vs. female debate.

You may also want to consider what you will do with your dog. Are you wanting a pet and a companion, or are you looking to enter competitions and dog shows?

Male dogs dominate the dog shows, but this isn’t necessarily an indicator of males being the better of the two. Instead, it is a matter of logic: a champion male can bring in more money through breeding than a female. And, you’d never show a female in heat, which reduces the number of opportunities for competing. For these types of reasons, male dogs are often the preferred show dog. It has little to do with temperament or intelligence.

We’d love to hear from our dog-owner readers. Have you found a significant difference between male and female dogs? Which do you prefer, and why?


How To Plan For The Hidden Costs Of Pet Ownership

Posted by in Pet Blog | May 7, 2014
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      pet-ownership-costsWhen you think about getting a pet, cost isn’t the first consideration that comes to mind. Usually you start with the idea of which pet you want, how wonderful and cute they are, who might take care of them when you’re on vacation…
      …but you don’t think about the cost. At least, not right away.
        Potential Costs Of Pet Ownership
          Pets, like people, have to eat. They need to go to the doctor, they need exercise, and they need to be entertained. It is easy to forget these things when you buy a pet, thinking only whether or not you can afford the initial purchase price.
            What are the key expenses that occur with owning a pet? Here are a few of the more common expenses:
              ● Buying a pet. Purchasing a pet is the first cost you’ll confront, particularly if you are buying a particular breed or type of pet which runs a bit higher priced. (Consider adopting a pet, which usually does not cost nearly as much and allows you to give an animal a much-needed home.) But purchasing is an initial cost, one that won’t be repeated.
                ● Food. Your pet will need to eat, obviously, and the amount of food (and what it will cost) varies based on what kind of animal you own and breed or size. This amount will change as your young pet grows older and appetite and diet changes.
                  ● Medical expenses. Your pet will need regular visits to the veterinarian for maintenance checkups. Unfortunately, they may also need additional visits if they get sick or injured. Older pets will likely require more medical attention, so the amount you spend on medical expenses will increase as your pet ages. Work with your veterinarian so you have an idea of what upcoming medical expenses might be. Some pet owners go as far as purchasing health insurance for their pets, though that is not a typical route.
                    ● Toys and treats. It’s going to be very difficult to walk by the toy section in a pet store and not feel the urge to buy your pet a new toy or treat. You definitely should get your pet toys and treats, and make certain that you dispose of toys that are worn out and possibly dangerous, but it is also a good idea to keep an eye on this spending so that you don’t get too carried away. Your pet doesn’t need 10 new toys. A few new toys, rotating an old one out and a new one in, is a good idea.
                      ● Licenses. Depending upon where you live and what type of pet you have, you may be required to purchase a license for your pet.
                        ● Pet care. When you travel or are gone for extended periods of time, you’ll need a pet sitter and/or a dog walker care for your dog. You’ll want to choose the best pet sitting company. These need not be the most expensive, but it is something to consider as you plan budgets and vacations.
                          ● Miscellaneous expenses. There are expenses that sometimes occur with pets you don’t consider, such as the cost of items that a playful pet may have damaged. If you live in a rental unit, your landlord may allow you to have a pet. However, if you need to move, pets sometimes mean you’ll be required to pay higher rents by other landlords. Perhaps you will pay for professional training of your pet.
                            Before making the leap and purchasing a pet, you should know ahead of time what some of these will cost, particularly the “big ticket” items, such as medical expenses and licenses. Do a bit of research prior to bringing a new pet home.
                              Once you have an idea of what to expect, you can include pet expenses in your budget. Planning for your pet in your budget is the best way to approach this aspect of pet ownership. The
                                The Not-So Hidden Benefits Of Pet Ownership
                                  It’s important, though, to not let pet ownership become something merely about money and budgets. Pets are more than just an expense you need to budget for. They are your friends and companions. And, pets have a few hidden benefits you might not have been aware of, benefits that can hold their weight against, perhaps, a few expenses that are making you reconsider your desire to have a pet.
                                    What kind of benefits?
                                      People who own pets experience better health in ways that you might not expect. Pets can help lower your blood pressure, your cholesterol levels, and your triglyceride levels. They help improve your emotional well being by reducing feelings of loneliness, and increasing opportunities to socialize with other pet owners. With pets like dogs, they have a way of giving you an excuse for exercise and being outside.
                                        It would be easy to see a pet in terms of dollars and cents and make the decision that you cannot afford one, but it might also be worth considering if you can afford to not have a pet in light of how they will enrich your life. Your furry or feathered friend can make you healthier and happier, and there is no price tag you can put on that.

                                          5 Litter Box Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

                                          Posted by in Pet Blog | April 26, 2014
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                                          cat-litter-box1. Not using the right litter

                                          The litter used in the box is a critical choice and many cats are quite particular about the type of litter preferred. Ideally, a litter without a strong scent is preferred. Cats are very sensitive to odors. Also, some cats have preferences as to the texture of the litter as well. You may need to experiment with different litters to find one that your cat likes.

                                          2. Not using the right litter box

                                          Cats appreciate a litter box big enough to stand and do his business in without being crowded or hanging over the edge. If given the choice, the majority of cats prefer a large box to a smaller one.  Hoods covering the litter box are also problematic for many cats. Though hoods do create privacy, they also create a dark and perhaps worrisome environment with only one way in or out for your cat. In addition, hoods tend to trap odors that your cat might find objectionable.

                                          3. Not having enough litter boxes

                                          In a multi-cat household, you need to provide one litter box per cat. Many cats do not like to share a litter box. Some cats even prefer to pee in one box and poop in another.

                                          4. Putting the litter box in the wrong location

                                          Cats generally like privacy when using the litter box. Locate your cat’s box in a quiet location, away from noises and disruptions. This may mean placing the litter box in an area where small children and dogs are not allowed. The box should also be easy for the cat to access.

                                          5. Not keeping the litter box clean

                                          Cats like cleanliness. Most would refuse to us a soiled litter box. The litter box should be scooped at least once daily, or sometimes more often depending on your individual cat. Emptying, cleaning the box completely, and replacing all soiled litter with fresh litter should be performed at least once weekly.

                                          Is Lack Of Playtime Making Your Pet Depressed? Consider a pet sitter or a dog walker.

                                          Posted by in Pet Blog | March 28, 2014
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                                          dog-playingPlaytime is necessary.

                                          It keeps your pet healthy, not just because of the exercise for your pet that is involved, but also because of the interaction they need to stay happy and interested.

                                          For your pet, you are more than just the person who provides food and water. You are your pet’s family and they want to bond with you. And playtime is a great way to bond with your furry kids

                                          1. Playtime Is Great Exercise

                                          Exercise doesn’t just happen in dog walks around the neighbourhood. It also happens when pets are playing, chasing after toys and balls or climbing a carpeted cat tree. It gives them a chance to enjoy moving and working through their instincts in a way that feels like a game. Just think of how you are more likely to exercise if you enjoy it. Your pet feels the same!

                                          Cats, especially, need you to play with them for exercise. Most of us aren’t out walking our cats on a leash and giving them toys to chase after, leap for, and climb on is the best way we can make sure they are getting the exercise they need to stay healthy.

                                          Just like humans, exercise plays an important role in our mood. Your pet is no different. Plenty of exercise leads to a happy pet.

                                          2. Playtime Curbs Anxiety

                                          Regular playtime creates a comforting routine for your pet. Not only will they enjoy playtime and reap the benefit of exercise, but they will also have a familiar activity that you can use to keep them from feeling anxious when other things have changed. For example, you may find your puppy to be quite anxious when you take him on a trip, but throw in a few of his favourite toys and your regularly scheduled playtime and games with him, and you’ll find that his anxiety levels and nervous behaviour will be reduced.

                                          Relieving anxiety is vital to the health and happiness of your pet. Anxiety and stress contribute to confusing and sometimes aggressive behaviour that your pet otherwise would not exhibit. Playtime is an effective way to release that anxiety and stress.

                                          3. Playtime Relieves Boredom

                                          When your pet is bored, watch out. Boredom leads to destructive behaviour. Scratching, climbing, chewing, shredding, and other similar reactions are the product of a bored pet who has nothing else to do to stay occupied. Boredom also leads to depression in your pet, and lack luster attitude towards life and food that can lead to other health problems.

                                          Regular playtime stimulates the mind and the body of your pet, and makes them less inclined to fall into the pattern of destructive behaviour. It also keeps your pet from becoming obese and uninterested.

                                          4. Playtime Creates Lasting Bonds

                                          Playing with your pets not only creates a bond between you and your pets, but between your pets as well (if you have more than one pet). It gives them a chance to explore how the group works together, and how to behave in in the group in energetic situations. It teaches them to trust you and to look forward to a positive experience with you.

                                          How To Play With Pets

                                          When playing with pets, you want to be sure that you teach good behaviour. It is important to not encourage biting or attacking or anything similar that could someday lead to your pet acting in a playful manner in a situation where it is not seen as playful. Playing with your pet is an opportunity to train them in how to behave towards you and other people.

                                          For cats, playtime is about toys and the sense that they aren’t alone. Providing a cat tower or high perch near a window to look out of will let them create their own “playtime” during the day when you aren’t home. Toys could be as simple as a crumpled up ball of paper tossed around a room, or a more elaborate toy from the store. Anything to challenge your cat’s instincts to chase, stalk, hunt, and capture will keep his attention until he is tired and ready to rest.

                                          For dogs, playtime varies. You might prefer to get your own exercise regimen in by throwing a ball or a Frisbee at the local dog park. Smaller house dogs might enjoy chasing a ball down a hallway. Dogs love to play tug-­of war, and they love to fetch. Learn which activities your dog prefers.

                                          Remember: no matter what age your pet is, it is important that you play with them. As they get older they might not leap as high or run as far, but they still want you to play with them and challenge their minds with fun games and toys.

                                          If you work long hours and you’re not home to play with your pets you can always employ the services of a professional pet sitting and dog walking company to spend some valuable time with your furry kids.

                                          Advanced Pet Sitting also offers a unique “Break The Day” pet visit where we spend a whole hour with your pets and every day we can do a different activity to keep them entertained and happy

                                          How To Help Your Pet Avoid Common Parasites

                                          Posted by in Pet Blog | February 6, 2014
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                                          parasites in petsMaybe your furry best friend isn’t tired. There could be parasites vying for his energy that you don’t know

                                          No one wants their pet to be carrying around freeloading parasites that drain them of energy and health. The problem of parasites, however, is that they aren’t always easy to spot. You must know what signs tell you if your pet has a parasite, and how to keep them parasite-free.

                                          Common Parasites Found In Pets

                                          External parasites, such as ticks, mites, and fleas, seem easy enough to control using animal-safe repellents and other treatments that your veterinarian can provide you with. They are visible pests, and you can see if your pet has them. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that ridding your pet of external parasites is a minor task. A common pest like the flea, for example, requires constant vigilance and serious effort to bring the situation under control.

                                          Determining if your pet has internal parasites requires more careful observation. Their presence isn’t always readily apparent at first. Pet owners have to carefully monitor their pet’s appetite and bathroom habits. There might be subtle hints that all is not well that you’ll miss if you don’t pay attention.

                                          Some of the most common internal parasites are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms (which can enter through the skin), and heartworms. There are also internal parasites that are protozoa, such as giardia.Whipworm is a parasite that only dogs are at risk in getting, but are particularly difficult to remove from an environment even if your pet has been cleared.

                                          Symptoms Of Parasites In Your Pet

                                          How can you diagnose and prevent what you can’t see?

                                          Common indications of a parasite problem include vomiting, diarrhoea, a patchy coat, or tiring easily even after moderate exercise. You may even notice very dark stools, or worm segments on your pet’s anal area. While some of these could be symptoms of other issues, they certainly indicate a reason to take your pet to the veterinarian along with a stool sample if needed.

                                          Often, bouts of diarrhoea clear up depending on the parasite, and pet owners mistakenly think the issue was something the pet ate or mild sickness that has cleared up. You might not make the connection to seemingly random bouts of illness with a continual parasitic infection.

                                          Preventing Parasites In Your Pet

                                          Understanding where pets get parasites can help you change their behaviour or know whether or not they might be highly susceptible to infection. External parasites, such as fleas and mosquitoes, can lead to the internal parasites tapeworm and heartworm respectively. Pets can get tapeworm from more than just fleas, of course. If they eat an infected rodent or rabbit, they may also pick up the parasite.

                                          In fact, eating and drinking food and water that you don’t make certain is safe is where animals will often pick up most parasites. Stagnant pools or puddles of water, animal faeces, rodents, and other things your pet might ingest is the prime way parasites arrive.The most common source of parasitic infection is oral- faeces contact.

                                          Be sure to give your pet clean water, and to keep their bathroom areas separate from where they eat. Clean their bathroom areas frequently. If you have a cat, keep the litter box clean. This is especially so if you have multiple cats. If you have a dog, pick up after it frequently, especially in your yard, to keep your dog (or another person’s dog) from ingesting faeces later. You want your yard to be a safe place for your pet. Don’t allow your pets to roam freely outdoors.

                                          Deworm your pet every three or four months, depending on the advice of your veterinarian and whether he or she thinks it is necessary. Some pets are more exposed to parasitic infection, such as those pets that are allowed to roam outside freely, or dogs that are allowed to run off-leash at a public dog park. Regular heartworm vaccination is necessary prior to the onset of mosquito season for outdoor pets, and will require testing from your veterinarian prior to beginning the vaccination procedure.

                                          It is best to get in the habit of working with your veterinarian to find out if your pet really has a parasite or not; giving medicine “just in case” is a poor way to keep your pet healthy and might do just the opposite. Once your pet is clear of parasites, make changes to keep things that way.

                                          Parasites Affect More Than Just Your Pet

                                          Keeping your pet in good health and free of parasites for their own sake is a good enough reason, but if you needed one more, here it is: some parasites, such as giardia, can be transmitted to people.

                                          Keeping your pet healthy also keeps your family healthy. Isn’t that the perfect pet relationship?

                                          Pets As Christmas Presents

                                          Posted by in Pet Blog | December 6, 2013
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                                          pets as christmas presentsPet lovers agree: pets are a wonderful addition to the family. They bring happiness, they bring joy — all the feelings associated with Christmas. Pets sound like the perfect gift to give this holiday season!

                                          But wait just a minute, Santa. Let’s think about what giving a pet really involves, once you get past the happiness and joy, and why you might want to re-think the idea to give your friend or family member that fuzzy kitten or wiggly puppy that you think is so cute.

                                          1. Pets Have Different Needs

                                          Each animal has different needs. Dogs and cats do not require the same kinds of care, and even within their species, different breeds also have their own set of peculiar needs.

                                          Giving someone a dog means you’ve not only given them the gift of a loving companion, but you’ve also told them that they’ll be taking the dog out walking on a regular basis. Dog breeds have different energy levels, but all dogs need regular exercise. You may think that energetic, adorable puppy is the perfect pet for someone not knowing that what they would really prefer, because they do not have a lot of time to devote towards a walking a dog or letting it out to use the bathroom, would be a quiet cat.

                                          2. Pets Require Food And Medical Care

                                          Pets need medical care. They need routine checkups and vaccinations, and sometimes, they’ll need special trips to see their veterinarian because of illness or aging considerations. Pets will also need food, even requiring special diets as they age or if health issues appear over time. All of this comes with a price tag.

                                          Pets that are given as a gift aren’t free; they come with future costs associated with them. Giving a pet as a gift without considering whether the recipient may be able to afford the costs associated with the animal can lead to pet abandonment or an animal that isn’t properly cared for.

                                          3. Pets Have Different Personalities And Characteristics

                                          There are different dog breeds that are good with children and others that are best in an adult-only home. There are cats that are better for those with allergies. Some people have a fear of large dogs. Because you may not know the situation, it is impossible to choose a pet that perfectly fits the needs of the new home.

                                          4. Pets Are Living Creatures

                                          It would be a shame to categorize a living creature as just another toy or novelty under the tree, but giving a pet during the frenzy of Christmas can have that effect, particularly for children. It is important to treat the gift of an animal as that of a new member of the family.

                                          The Best Way To Give A Pet

                                          Pet shelters fill up in the months after Christmas as people quietly get rid of the animals they were given and did not want. Even worse, some animals are turned loose to fend for themselves during the hottest time of the year. The good intentions and the excitement that come with the holidays quickly gives way to the realities and work of caring for a pet.

                                          So, how do you give a pet to someone? Haven’t we made a pretty good case that it’s a bad idea?

                                          Giving a pet as a gift isn’t a bad idea, but picking out the pet on your own is. Why not present your friend or family member with a card on Christmas indicating that you want to give them a pet? With a card, you let them know that you’ll go with them to the shelter, local animal rescue, or breeder so that they can pick out the kind of pet they want.

                                          This way, they are able to do some research, consider what they are able to handle in their home and family, and even ask, before they buy, questions about the care and requirements their new pet will require. Your friend can have a chance to interact with the pet, and see if there is a connection there.

                                          And, why not make the gift of a pet this Christmas extra special, and add some great pet services for the new owner? What new pet owner wouldn’t appreciate a dog walking service, or a professional pet sitter?

                                          Pets bring joy and happiness. Letting someone choose their pet makes sure the pet receives the same joy and happiness in their new home.

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                                          How To Give Medication To Pets

                                          Posted by in Pet Blog | November 21, 2013
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                                          how to give medication to petsWhen our pets become sick it breaks our hearts. It’s even more difficult if they struggle to take medication.

                                          Pets are resilient, but at some point they will likely get sick.

                                          Like humans, pets are susceptible to a variety of viruses and diseases.

                                          Everything from a common cold to a more serious illness can cause discomfort and pain for a pet.

                                          It’s not uncommon for cats to get urinary tract infections, kidney issues and upper respiratory infections, which are most common if your cat is around other cats.

                                          Dogs can get a variety of different worms and infections as well.

                                          These are some of the things your pet can contract and while they’re not always “common” they do happen. And when they do sometimes you’ll need to give your pet medication.

                                          Pets and Medication

                                          If only our pets could understand that we’re trying to help them. When they’re feeling sick they usually aren’t interested in someone trying to put something in their mouths.

                                          Some pets are more accepting than others when it comes to things like brushing your pet’s teeth and they of course love treats.

                                          But when it comes to a sick pet you’ll often find that they aren’t interested in what you’re offering.

                                          So how do you get them to take their medicine?

                                          Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get the meds in and the sickness out.

                                          Important: Speak With Your Vet Before Giving Your Pet Medication

                                          Always consult with your vet before giving your pet any kind of medication. Even with over-the-counter medication it’s best to ask first.

                                          Also check with your veterinarian for advice on how to give specific medication to your pets. Some have specific instructions such as to take with or without food.

                                          Chewable Medicine Flavoured Like Treats

                                          Pets use their sense of smell to diagnose the things they’re about to eat.

                                          The issue with medicine in the form of pills is that they might smell different to your pet. If it doesn’t smell familiar or appealing the pet might not want to eat it especially if they’re not feeling well.

                                          One trick to use is to ask your vet for a source of medicine in chewable form that smells like treats.

                                          Mix Medicine With Treats

                                          If your pet is not feeling well they might not be in the mood to eat, but usually they’re open to treats; something they don’t normally get.

                                          Try feeding your pet one or two small treats. Then give them the chewable medicine and quickly offer them an additional one or two treats.

                                          The goal is to mix in the medicine before your pet realises what has happened.

                                          Raw Food & Wet Food For Coating

                                          If your dog or cat is used to eating raw or a commercial wet food then you can coat the pill or gel-cap with some mince or put it in a bit of wet food.

                                          Your pet will be used to the smell and taste and the natural oils will make it easier for the pill to slide down your pet’s throat.

                                          Normal Procedure For Giving A Pill To A Pet

                                          giving pills to petsFor cats, get them resting with their belly on the ground in a sitting position. Gently pet them a few times to get them comfortable. Once they’re comfortable, bring your hand gently over their head bringing your thumb and index finger behind their fangs or long teeth on either side.

                                          Lift the head back to point their nose to the ceiling while gently bringing your thumb and index finger together inside the cat’s mouth. This will open their mouth. If not, gently use your other hand to lower the lower jaw as you place the pill in their throat. Once placed, quickly release and let the cat naturally swallow. Alternatively you can use a pill popper – it’s easier to reach the cat’s throat but it takes practice.

                                          The same process can be used with your dog, but for larger dogs you’ll need to be careful about putting your fingers inside the mouth especially near the sharp teeth. A dog’s jaw is stronger than a cat’s.

                                          Get the pill as far back on the tongue as you can without risking danger.

                                          Remember, even if your pet is normally welcoming to you they can act differently when not feeling well so be careful and discuss options with your vet if you struggle.


                                          It’s never fun when a pet is feeling ill. They’re a part of the family and all we want is for them to feel better. Unlike humans, pets struggle to understand when we’re trying to help them especially when they’re not feeling healthy.

                                          Hopefully the tips above will make it easier for you to give your pet medication if necessary.

                                          Always remember to consult your vet for exact instructions for specific medication.

                                          If your pet is being looked after by a pet sitter while on any medication make sure you leave a detailed instruction on how to best give the medication.

                                          Do you have any tips that work for you when giving your pet medicine?

                                          We would love to hear your suggestions!

                                          By Adavnced Pet Sitting

                                          Great Dogs for Young Kids

                                          Posted by in Pet Blog | November 10, 2013

                                          child friendly dog breedsPerhaps one of the most challenging decisions is choosing the right breed of dog for your child. Whereas there are hundreds of breeds of dogs out there, not all of them make the best companion for your kids. This is because each dog differs from the other in terms of energy level, disposition, size and

                                          So which types of dog breeds suit your family needs and lifestyle? Listed herein, are several dog breeds that may be suitable for your children:

                                          While the Golden Retriever may not be as huge as the Labrador, it is loyal, kind, confident and above all smart. It is neither forceful nor bashful. The Golden Retriever is also quite patient thereby making it the most ideal breed of dog for kids. In as much as it does not require a lot of exercise, the Golden Retriever

                                          If you are unable to get the Golden Retriever, try looking for Labrador. In fact, the Labrador is one of the most preferred dog breeds in Australia. This is because it is protective, reliable, playful patient and most of all loving. The Labrador’s beauty also complements its charming personality as well as intelligence. So if these are the traits that you are looking for in a breed of dog for your children, then the Lab makes the

                                          The Poodle is the other breed of dog that is excellent for children. It is not only gentle, but extremely smart. The other reason why the Poodle is the perfect breed of dog for your children is the fact that it does shed its fur. This in turn makes it ideal for children who have allergies. Nonetheless, it is important to point out that the Poodle requires a lot of grooming.

                                          Other traits that the Poodle is popular for include pride, elegance, caring nature and loyalty. The Poodle rarely gets irritated and is not boring. Its friendly demeanour, tolerance and good nature are also the other traits that make this particular breed of dog excellent for your children.

                                          The Irish Setter is well-known for its crimson fur. But what you might not have known about the Irish

                                          Setter is that it is quite playful, spirited and enjoys being around people. Because it is playful, it makes an excellent companion for your kids. However, if you are to own the Irish Setter, you need to be prepared to take it for daily walks. Then again, it is important to point out that this particular breed is ideal for people who have a lot of space in their homes.

                                          It is quite easy to be deceived by the name. However, the Bull Dog is one of the perfect breeds of dogs for children. Its robust build makes it ideal for children who are a little boisterous. Unlike other dog breeds, the bulldog can adapt to bigger houses and apartments. It is docile, yet friendly and devoted. Plus, it can get along with other dog breeds as well as pets.

                                          The Beagle, Vizsla, Newfoundland, Collie and Bull Terrier are also the other types of dog breeds that may

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                                          By Advanced Pet Sitting