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Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter?
Important Pet Care Tips
Peril At Poolside
30 X 5 = Health & Happiness

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Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter?

Pet parents have many choices to care for their fur kids while they are away, working long hours or simply unable. The options include friends, family, boarding/daycare or a professional pet sitter. According to many experts, a familiar environment and diet with personal attention is a favorable alternative for many pets. Using friends and family may be a solution, but, a professional pet sitter is your best choice. They will be bonded and carry commercial liability insurance. Services include but are not limited to feeding, watering, scooping the cat box, bringing in the mail/newspaper and even leaving some lights on for that “lived in” look. Being responsible for your pets as well as your home means you should carefully select a professional pet sitter. At the interview, ask the candidate questions and be satisfied with every response. Ask for references and proof of insurance! Watch carefully as the sitter interacts with your pets and note how your pet responds.
The most important reason for hiring a professional pet sitter is the health and safety of your fur kids. What if there is an emergency, would your friends and family know what to do? Where to go? A professional pet sitter will arrive on the designated dates and times, keep in touch with you providing updates on your pet(s) activities and behavior.
Choosing the right pet sitter is a very important aspect of pet ownership and care. Do your homework and choose wisely!
Presented by, Lisa Lewis, A CRITTER SITTER CO., www.ACritterSitterCo.com, (941)932-7049

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Important Pet Care Tips

-Spay and neuter your pets-they’ll live a longer, healthier life!
-Have your pets microchipped.
-Keep updated tags on your pet at ALL times.
-Always have your pet on a leash.
-If your dog pulls when walking, consider a gentle leader or a harness which gives more control.
-Never assume that your dog will not bite another dog or a person, not every dog gets along with other dogs and not all dogs love every “stranger”.
-Keep cats indoors all year round. The average lifespan of an indoor cat is twice that of an outdoor cat.
-Have one cat box per cat and scoop at least once a day.
-Provide clean water and clean bowls regularly.
-Feed quality food to maintain nutrition and proper weight.
-Check eyes daily for excess discharge and check ears weekly for cleanliness.
-Groom your pet regularly to reduce shedding & improve the skin and coat.
-Keep chewing gum, strings, rubber bands, coins and small objects off of the floor away from pets as they can be deadly.
-Make sure house plants are pet safe, many common house and garden plants are poisonous to pets. Chocolate, grapes and other foods are also harmful. National Pet Poison 1-888-232-8870.
-Keep a copy of Pet Pages handy at all times. Accidents happen when you least expect them and if your pet requires emergency medical care, you’ll know who to call.
Caring for your pets properly requires knowledge of pet care, pet health, handling emergency situations and assuming responsibility of ownership in order for your loved ones to be safe in your absence.
Presented by Lisa Lewis, A Critter Sitter Co, Sarasota, 941-732-7049

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Peril At Poolside

As a pet sitter, clients have asked that I leave their lanai door open allowing pets the luxury of basking in the sun at poolside between visits to their home. People do not realize how dangerous it is to leave pets unattended around the pool.
A few cat owners have shared with me that their cats have fallen in the pool and they themselves have pulled them out…yet they continue to allow the cat pool access. Cats are natural swimmers, but can only swim short distances. Climbing out of the water over a ledge is impossible for cats.
Although you may believe that your pet either doesn’t like the water or that they are an excellent swimmer, accidents happen. Even the best swimmers might panic when they can’t find a way out. Dogs swim to the closest edge of the pool and often try to claw their way out. Fatigue sets in and the dog drowns. Although most dogs drown due to exhaustion, ingesting chemicals in the water can be fatal as well.
In the past few months in Sarasota, at least 4 pets have drowned. So, please think twice before giving your pets the freedom to come and go around the pool (whether you are home or not). Accidents happen within seconds and there is no turning back time.
Your pet’s health and well-being is the responsibility of a pet sitter. Limiting risks of all kinds should be a priority.
Presented by A Critter Sitter Co, Sarasota, 941-932-7049. www.ACritterSitterCo.com

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30 X 5 = Health & Happiness

As a result of pet owners having less time to spend with their pets, pets become bored due to lack of attention. They may also find themselves sleeping and eating more which all lead to health risks. Working out with your dog increases circulation, promotes strong bones, tones muscle, improves your dog’s state of happiness and well-being and is advantageous to you too!
For most dogs, a 30 minute walk at least 5 days a week has them feeling better mentally and physically resulting in better overall health and contentment. Stimulating via exercise often addresses behavioral problems and fewer health issues arise as well. Regular exams by your veterinarian are important and should never be missed. And at the same time, do your part to be sure that your pet gets a clean bill of health by being a responsible and engaged pet owner.
Let’s face it, most of our lives are very full and finding time to exercise our dog may seem impossible. But, help is just a phone call away. To keep your pet healthy inside and out, a professional dog walker can really make a difference to your entire family. Be sure the dog walker understands any health issues or limitations your pet may have before beginning a regular exercise program. A happy pet makes a happy family!
When interviewing a professional dog walker, be sure to ask for references and qualifications.
Presented by Lisa Lewis, A Critter Sitter Co, 932-7049. www.ACritterSitterCo.com

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