Do not leave your pets in a parked vehicle even for a short time. You are putting your pets at risk even if you leave the windows cracked or air conditioner running, temperatures can still rise quickly and your pets can get serious illness or death.
Do not exercising, walk or play with the dog in the hottest part of the day. Best time is in the morning or evening. If you can't hold the back of your hand on the pavement for five seconds it's too hot to walk your dog.
Look out for heat exhaustion, trouble breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, weakness or collapsing. If the temperature in your house it's too warm for you, it's also too warm for your pets.
Do not leave your dog unsupervised by the pool. Be sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool by practice several times how to use the pool stairs with your dog. Put a life-jacket on your dog when you take the dog boating.
Grapes and Raisins
The dog will develop severe kidney damage and it can lead to kidney failure.
Ingesting garlic can be deadly to dogs and cats. Low red blood cell count anemia which can cause lethargy difficulty breathing and death.
Bacon and Ham
Are very dangerous can cause extremely painful digestive condition hospital is required.
Xylitol in sugar-free product is extremely dangerous causing blood glucose to drop. Have the pet treated immediately.
Soda Coffee and Tea
Products with caffeine cause heart arrhythmia, coma vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Keep it away from your pets.
Is toxic to dogs and cats. It causes seizures, arrhythmia, hyperactivity, and death.
A balanced diet is very important to kittens and puppies. All animals need a balanced diet. Calcium is very important for the animal's bones development excess calcium can cause puppy severe bone changes. Puppies and kittens should never eat adult formula food.
Kitten and poppy food have everything they need for proper development.
Puppies should eat 3 meals per day, kittens 6 months or less should eat 4-6 times a day.
Multiple meals offered throughout the day best avert the onset of lethargy, trembling, weakness, lack of coordination, and seizures. It is best if you have a time-limited where the food is out for a set period of time and not 24/7. It is also best that you talk to your vet about the best feeding options.
Brush the pet before you bath the pet to remove any debris.
Use warm water and not cold. Don't let the water get into the pet's ears.
Apply the shampoo onto the dry fur. The shampoo will bond with the dirt on contact then wet the pet's coat down and repeat it again. Only use pet shampoo or tearless shampoo. Use conditioner after shampooing even if the coat is very oily it will return moisture to the skin and coat. Rinse with cool water not cold be sure you rinse thoroughly. For cats use waterless shampoo. Pat dry with a towel until the coat is damp, brush after it is dry.
Affects animals and humans and is transmitted through tick bites. The disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems. Talk to your vet about whether you need to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. It depends on where you live and the lifestyle of your pet. Avoid areas with tall grasses, marshes, and wooded areas. When you come in form outdoor check for ticks on yourself and your pets.
Lyme disease infected pets may not show any signs for 2-5 months. Symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, joint swelling, decreased activity, and lameness.
Check their footpads for stickers, burrs, sunburn from pavement Slivers, gumweed seeds. Look for signs like licking paws. If it is a burr you may need to trim the hair or use mineral oil to get it out. Long hair can mat between their toes. Too much moisture can cause irritation. Make sure you dry their feet with a towel. Use a spray bottle to spry their paw pads when walking.
How to clean gum and gunk out of your pet using a little Dawn dishwasher detergent or olive oil.
Make sure your pets are current with identification including pets name, rabies tag, cell phone number, home address.
Put the pets health records in a file and then put them in a zip-locked bag. Be sure to have all of the pet's photos vaccination current.
If you have to evacuate know where you can take your pets to their pet-friendly places like BrigFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com
Be sure you have 10 days supplies for your pets like water, food, bowls, trash bags, newspapers, cat litter, litter box, and pet carrier.
If you are away from home when disaster strikes provide your pet sitter with a plan.
Caffeine, Soda, Tea, and coffee can make your pet restless, caffeine can make the heart rate go up. Caffeine can cause your pet to go to the hospital. If the pet has swallowed caffeine do contact the vet or Animal Poison Control. Make sure you tell them how much caffeine your pet has consumed and what the pet weight is. The pet can start to have tremors, seizures, restlessness, agitation, vomiting, panting and experience diarrhea and have difficulty breathing. Do not induce vomiting it could lead to problems. Let your vet do that. It takes about 24-48 hours for the caffeine to pass through the animal's system. Keep these products out of the pets reach like coffee beans, grind coffee, tea bags, and chocolate.
Be aware of what could set your dog off.
Dogs will fight over toys and food, that is very common.
They can become possessive and aggressive when guarding their items.
It is a good idea to feed the dogs on opposite sides of the room or in another room if necessary. When the dog is done eating remove their bowls.
If you try to remove a bone or a toy from the dog's mouth distract the dog with a treat to divert his/her attention so that you can take the item away from it.
To distract the dogs from fighting, throw water at them, bang two lids together, or blow air horn more than likely they will stop. If you are outside use the water hose.
You can put a barrier between the dogs like a garbage can lid, a piece of wood or metal but not your hands.
Stay calm if at all possible and don't get between a dogfight.
Be sure the dogs are up to date on all of their vaccination.
your dog should be removed if you see these types of signs: pulling back on their leash, wide eyes, tucked tails and drooped ears they're looking very apprehensive. Smaller dogs should be off the ground into doggie stroller or purse. The smaller dog can easily get under people feet trip the person and injure the dog. For the safety of the dog and others, it is best to remove the dog.
Dogs can be aggressive with other dogs make sure they get along well with every kind of dogs, people, children and loud noises.
Older dogs may have issues outside with health problems, sun, and hot pavement.
Unexpected noises can cause your pet to get away from you. Be sure your dog is microchip-ed or has an ID.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area