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Choosing a Pet Sitter in Beaver County – 5 Important Things to Know

 Choosing a Pet Sitter in Beaver County

Pet sitters are easy to find in Beaver County, you can search on the internet, ask friends and family, contact your veterinarian or groomer for references, or look in the phone book.

Anyone can claim to be a pet sitter but you do not just want anyone to care for your pets, they are of course your babies and their care involves more than putting food and water out and a quick potty break.

5 Important Things To Know

 

 1.  Is Your Pet Sitter Bonded and Insured?

Your pet sitter should be able to prove they have commercial liability insurance.

Commercial liability insurance Me & Sandy 2012 - 2protects you and your property due to claims of negligence.

Bonding is the protection from theft of a pet sitter or their employees.

2.  How Long Has The Pet Sitter Been Pet Sitting?

This is important because someone who has been pet sitting for years as opposed to months has more experience in dealing with different situations that arise.

Pet sitters come and go in this industry because it is demanding with little or no time off, working 7 days a week.  If a pet sitter has been caring for pets for a number of years, they are more likely to be available as opposed to someone just starting out and doing pet sitting as a side job.

3.  Does Your Pet Sitter Have a Contract and Profile/Contact Forms or Online Scheduling Software?

Your pet sitter should provide a contract that clearly specifies services and policies. They should also have you complete a profile form for yourself and your pets or have you complete online registration.  It is important that a pet sitter has all the necessary information about contacting you and caring for your pets and home and this should be in written form or online.

4.  Does Your Pet Sitter Have an Emergency Back Up Plan?

Sometimes emergencies happen that are out of our control, a death in the family, a car accident, or a severe illness.  It is not planned and cannot be prevented.  This is why it is very important for your pet sitter to have a back up.  The last thing you want to do is end your trip to come home because the pet sitter you hired is no longer able to care for your pets.

5. Do You and Your Pets Feel Comfortable With Your Pet Sitter?

Choosing a Pet Sitter in Beaver county - 5 Important Things to Know

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Meet with the pet sitter and watch how they interact with you and your pets. Were they able to answer all of your questions and concerns?  Were they friendly and professional?  How did the pets respond to them.  Go with your gut instinct.

 

Now go away and enjoy yourself with peace of mind knowing that you have hired the best pet sitter in Beaver County for your pets.

 

 

 

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Iams and Eukanuba Voluntary Pet Food Recall on 8/14

From Procter and Gamble

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:25 pm EDT

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CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea,

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vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10-day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com. Media Contact: Jason Taylor, 513-622-1111.

Products affected by this announcement:

EUKANUBA DRY DOG FOODS
Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Large Breed Mature Adult 15 LB 31874177 19014270156 6Nov14
30 LB 31874177 19014270309 6Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Mature Adult 30 LB 31954177 19014149308 14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Puppy 16.5 LB 31884177 19014042234 7Nov14
33 LB 31884177 19014609468 7Nov14
5 LB 31884177 19014039852 7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Adult 16 LB 31904177 19014010516 9Nov14
4 LB 31904177 19014039722 9Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Puppy 16 LB 31944177 19014010509 13Nov14
4 LB 31874177 19014039678 6Nov14
40 LB 31874177 19014011070 6Nov14
31944177 19014011070 13Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Boxer Adult 36 LB 31944177 19014019588 13Nov14
31954177 19014019588 14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Chihuahua Adult 4 LB 31884177 19014607037 7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Labrador Retriever Adult 36 LB 31954177 19014019564 14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance 30/20 Adult 33 LB 31884177 19014609475 7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Professional Feeding Bag Small Breed Puppy 44 LB 31874177 19014113194 6Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Weight Control Large Breed Adult 30 LB 31894177 19014269303 8Nov14
31924177 19014269303 11Nov14
IAMS DRY DOG FOODS
Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult 13.3 LB 31884177 19014612017 7Nov14
31904177 19014612017 9Nov14
31924177 19014612017 11Nov14
31934177 19014612017 12Nov14
31944177 19014612017 13Nov14
2.9 LB 31944177 19014700165 13Nov14
25.7 LB 31884177 19014700646 7Nov14
31894177 19014700646 8Nov14
31904177 19014700646 9Nov14
31914177 19014700646 10Nov14
31934177 19014700646 12Nov14
5 LB 31904177 19014612635 9Nov14
31914177 19014612635 10Nov14
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult 13.3 LB 31894177 19014612024 8Nov14
Iams Dog Food Premium Protection Chicken Adult 12.1 LB 31894177 19014611362 8Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult 30 LB 31884177 19014611331 7Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus 13.3 LB 31934177 19014612000 12Nov14
26.2 LB 31934177 19014700615 12Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult 15 LB 31944177 19014610815 13Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Adult 13.3 LB 31874177 19014610990 6Nov14
31894177 19014610990 8Nov14
31924177 19014610990 11Nov14
3.1 LB 31874177 19014700110 6Nov14
31894177 19014700110 8Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612055 6Nov14
31894177 19014612055 8Nov14
31924177 19014612055 11Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy 5 LB 31904177 19014700943 9Nov14
IAMS DRY CAT FOODS
Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult 16 LB 31874177 19014611881 6Nov14
31944177 19014611881 13Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612697 6Nov14
31944177 19014612697 13Nov14
Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult 5 LB 31894177 19014612703 8Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Adult 10.8 LB 31864177 19014612086 5Nov14
31904177 19014612086 9Nov14
31914177 19014612086 10Nov14
31924177 19014612086 11Nov14
31944177 19014612086 13Nov14
17.4 LB 31864177 19014611836 5Nov14
31864177 19014611836 5Nov14
31914177 19014611836 10Nov14
31924177 19014611836 11Nov14
31944177 19014611836 13Nov14
3.2 LB 31904177 19014612659 9Nov14
31924177 19014612659 11Nov14
31934177 19014612659 12Nov14
31944177 19014612659 13Nov14
5.7 LB 31864177 19014612499 5Nov14
31914177 19014612499 10Nov14
31924177 19014612499 11Nov14
31944177 19014612499 13Nov14
6.3 LB 31944177 19014611621 13Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Kitten 17.4 LB 31904177 19014611867 9Nov14
3.2 LB 31904177 19014612628 9Nov14
31954177 19014612628 14Nov14
5.7 LB 31904177 19014612505 9Nov14
31904177 19014612505 9Nov14
31954177 19014612505 14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Digestive Care Adult 16 LB 31904177 19014611904 9Nov14
31954177 19014611904 14Nov14
3 LB 31904177 19014700202 9Nov14
31954177 19014700202 14Nov14
5 LB 31904177 19014612451 9Nov14
31954177 19014612451 14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Adult 16 LB 31874177 19014611911 6Nov14
31954177 19014611911 14Nov14
3.1 LB 31884177 19014700219 7Nov14
31914177 19014700219 10Nov14
31954177 19014700219 14Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612420 6Nov14
31884177 19014612420 7Nov14
31914177 19014612420 10Nov14
31934177 19014612420 12Nov14
31954177 19014612420 14Nov14
9.8 LB 31894177 19014612161 8Nov14
31914177 19014612161 10Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Mature Adult 5 LB 31954177 19014612604 14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control & Hairball Adult 16 LB 31884177 19014612147 7Nov14
31914177 19014612147 10Nov14
31924177 19014612147 11Nov14
31934177 19014612147 12Nov14
31944177 19014612147 13Nov14
2.9 LB 31914177 19014700240 10Nov14
31924177 19014700240 11Nov14
31934177 19014700240 12Nov14
31944177 19014700240 13Nov14
31954177 19014700257 14Nov14
5 LB 31884177 19014612789 7Nov14
31914177 19014612789 10Nov14
31924177 19014612789 11Nov14
31934177 19014612789 12Nov14
31954177 19014612789 14Nov14
5.5 LB 31924177 19014611652 11Nov14
9.8 LB 31884177 19014612130 7Nov14
31914177 19014612130 10Nov14
31924177 19014612130 11Nov14
31934177 19014612130 12Nov14
31944177 19014612130 13Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control Adult 16 LB 31874177 19014612178 6Nov14
31934177 19014612178 12Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612680 6Nov14
31934177 19014612680 12Nov14
9.8 LB 31874177 19014612123 6Nov14
Iams Cat Food Professional Feeding Bag Chicken Adult 33 LB 31914177 19014105458 10Nov14
31944177 19014105458 13Nov14

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Contact:

Procter & Gamble P&G Consumer Relations, 800-208-0172

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3 Reasons to Walk Your Dog Daily

You may think that your pooch gets plenty of exercise in the fenced yard or your little dog who weights under 10 pounds is too delicate for walks but here are three very important reasons why you will want to provide your dog with daily dog walks.

Why is it so important to provide your

dog with daily dog walks? 

 

3 Reasons to Walk Your Dog Daily

1. Dog walking is a great way to bond with your dog.  The daily routine, socialization, and training helps bond you with your dog.  He views you as his leader and companion. This is quality time with just you and your best friend.

Daily Dog Walking prevents boredom

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2. Daily dog walks help prevent unwanted behavior associated with boredom. A bored dog will look for some activity which usually results in a chewed up sofa cushion, your favorite shoes, the pillow from your bed, the woodwork, or the rug. We blame the dog for excessive barking, chewing, digging, jumping but he is just being a dog and finding ways to relieve his frustration and boredom.  If you want a well behaved dog, start taking him for walks and tire him out.

3. Dog walking is important for your dog’s health.  Feeding him the best food  and providing vet care is not enough.  Your dog needs daily exercise to keep the unwanted pounds away. More than half the pets in this country are now overweight.  These added pounds lead to severe health problems, diabetes one of them. Daily exercise also stimulates your dogs senses. He experiences new scents, sights, and sounds. Dogs who get out in the world are more relaxed and secure.

3 Reasons to Walk Your Dog Daily

Jemma – Best in Pet Services – professional pet sitting & dog walking

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for, get out there with your dog.  Tell us where you like to walk your dog!

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The Doberman Ate The Entire Couch – Is the Pet Sitter Responsible?

 

Our day started early 6 am, fed my dogs and out for a quick potty.  It was hit the door running to be at the first pet sitting client’s house by 7am. It was a full day of taking care of dogs, cats, birds, and fish.  We had feedings, potty breaks, clean ups (oops yes sometimes there are accidents), litter scooping, and dog walks.

 

There was barely time for lunch.

 

While I was out attending other pets, my pets were at home waiting patiently.  What were they doing? Were they napping?

Ace & Chis

 

It was a really long day and I was gone longer than usual but I wasn’t worried they are good dogs.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? 

 

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WHO DID THIS?

 

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(notice Sasha, the Chihuahua left the crime scene)

My dogs have never chewed anything up before.  Why did they do this?  I just couldn’t figure out why they would cause this destruction and then the light bulb went off. The Chihuahua’s are over 10 years old and do nap a lot but Ace the Doberman just turned one year and he is used to having a walk and some play time before I head out the door but today was different. Ace was bored and lonely with two senior Chis. He wanted to have some fun  and he did .

Bored dogs become destructive dogs. They chew on shoes, the carpet, the woodwork, and may even eat an entire couch. They need to find something to do to relieve that boredom. Keep them busy, challenged, and tired.  Give them new toys, a stuffed Kong, introduce them to new surroundings by taking them on a hike in the woods or to a dog park or just friendly walks around the neighborhood.

Life gets busy and hectic but don’t forget the dog or you may not have something to sit on after your long busy day.

 This pet sitter learned a lesson.

        DSC00804 (2)Ace is now on our daily dog walking schedule.

 

        Does your pet need on our daily dog walking schedule too?

 

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Beaver County Pet Sitter Cares for Diabetic Pets

Diabetes is on the rise for pets.  It has almost tripled since 1970. Most dogs suffer from Type 1 Diabetes while most people and cats suffer from Type 11 Diabetes.

Three years ago, our  dog Ming was diagnosed with diabetes.  We had just taken Ming in from a family moving who could no longer keep her. She was 8 years old at the time. We only had Ming for a month when she started to display all the classic signs. Ming was very lethargic, vomiting  (a lot), peeing (a lot), had trouble holding it until she went outside ( lots of very sticky accidents), was drinking water like crazy, and losing weight fast. Sure enough, a vet visit confirmed Ming had diabetes.

Pets are really resilient, Ming bounced back quickly with a regulated diet and regular insulin shots and her diabetes is under control.

As a pet owner, I know in order to keep our dog feeling good and in good health, a regular routine is very important. Feeding, insulin shots, and exercise must be regularly scheduled. Adapting to a pet with diabetes, takes some  time.  It is an adjustment but very manageable.   After the intial shock,  it all becomes second nature. Although second nature for me, the pet owner,  that is not the case when I need to go away and have someone else care for her.

As a pet sitter, I have cared for many diabetic dogs and cats in the Beaver County Area. Our clients are very particular on who cares for their special needs pets, just as I am.  Not just anyone should care for the diabetic dog or cat. We have had many clients who had not gone away for years before finding our service because they did not trust anyone to care for their pets and did not want to use a kennel so as not to stress the pet.

Family and friends may not feel comfortable giving insulin shots, or recognize warning signs of high/low blood sugars, or not know what to do when the pet does not eat.  The neighbor girl who loves pets might not realize the importance  of being there right at 7am and 7pm to feed the pet and give a shot and think it’s ok to come at 9am and 5 pm one day and then 7am and 10 pm the next .

Just remember diabetic dogs need frequent potty breaks and cannot always hold it all day and exercise should be part of their daily routine. If you are working long hours, call us and we would be happy to give your dog some relief and a walk. If you are going away on vacation or for the day, we are here to provide you with peace of mind knowing your diabetic pet is in the best hands and their routine will be closely followed.

Tell us about your diabetic pet.  How long has your pet had diabetes? Do you follow a strict routine?

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