Pet Sitting in Forbes Magazine

It’s always nice to have pet sitting get the attention of a highly respected magazine.  There was an interesting article on pet sitting recently posted on Forbes website.  It starts out with an interesting fact about how much people will spend on pet products and services  each year: $ 55 billion.  There are some general ideas on different occupations you could try if you like working with pets.  Aside from pet sitting, you could also offer services as a dog trainer or animal masseuse.  Some pet sitters may offer those services already, although an animal masseuse can require a good deal of training.  One problem with the information is that it says there are not any special skills required for cat sitting or dog walking.  While this may be technically true, it is highly recommended to have training in pet first aid.

You can read the article at Forbes.  You can also read about animal massages here.


PetsitUSA Blog

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dog In The Snow

Check out these Dog images:

Dog In The Snow
Dog

Image by liber
Loved the calm of this dog walking around in -10C. His color matches the backgound objects…

Dog in camera
Dog

Image by Boston Public Library
File name: 08_06_000920

Title: Dog in camera

Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer)

Date created: 1917 – 1934 (approximate)

Physical description: 1 negative : glass, black & white ; 4 x 5 in.

Genre: Glass negatives

Subjects: Dogs

Notes: Title from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.; Date supplied by cataloger.

Collection: Leslie Jones Collection

Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department

Rights: Copyright © Leslie Jones.

Preferred citation: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Dogs playing
Dog

Image by hep-cat
Ozzy moves so fast his feet don’t even touch the ground. He’s a new breed of dog: Hovermute!

Posted in Flea Protection Media | Tagged | Leave a comment

It’s Called ‘Dog Whisperer,’ Not ‘Dog Wrangler’

It's Called 'Dog Whisperer,' Not 'Dog Wrangler' … training techniques from around the world" and "positive reinforcement" convinced us. We pictured our dog…



[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]


Dog Training Blog | Tips and Dog Training Resources

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

69 customers in 30 days

From April 2 to April 29 of 2007, we were able to get 35 new customers for my sister; picked up 34 for myself. They all came through the Internet and this was right after the beginnings of the gigantic pet food recall of 2007.

What did I do and what do I think was the most effective?

  1. Blog – Are you feeding your pets safe pet foods? *** This was linked all by different forums, 1300 hits per day
  2. PlanetXMail Direct AD 30-days ***
  3. GreenPeople Directory Listing – Premium *** This has always done well for me
  4. Yahoo Answers
  5. GotSafelist – 5,000 guaranteed visitors
  6. MadVlad Safelist
  7. Bulldog Safelist – Top Sponsor ad “What the pet food companies don’t want you to know”
  8. Craigslist Ad – Safe Pet Food

The top 3 were good, I wouldn’t say much came out of any of the rest.

Take-home message is that the blog needs to be alive and well.
A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Vinyl Dreams: Drop By the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair this Saturday

Vinyl Dreams: Drop By the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair this Saturday
Good news for all of you who missed Coachella, have an iPhone, and love artisanal carbs – tomorrow (Saturday, May 4) the Red Bull Music Academy presents the Spring 2013 edition of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair at East River State Park in Williamsburg.
Read more on BlackBook Magazine

MV Big Flea Set for Saturday
The market will close briefly at 10:30 a.m. when organizers announce the winner of the Flea Car donated by Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota, which will be raffled off. Tickets for the car cost $ 10 apiece (or three for $ 25) and will be available for
Read more on Patch.com

Posted in Flea Protection Media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Potty Train a Puppy Dog

In this video I share with you some top tips on how to potty train your puppy dogs. If you need more info, visit our dog training guide at www.pottytrainpuppydogs.com where you can learn how to…



[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]


Dog Training Blog | Tips and Dog Training Resources

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Canine friend Whisperer complete with Rendir Millan numerous Mascot Madness (Se ’08 Ep 03) Item several over 5 various

various various various variousvarious Fond: Some sève proud owner demands assist to toning down herhenne hyper-active bulldog; Afinar attempts to curtail the latest German born shepherd’s…



[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]


Dog Training Blog | Tips and Dog Training Resources

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Varroa Mite History, Distribution, and Biology

Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida discusses the history, distribution, and biology of varroa mites in honey bee colonies. This is a segment from a m…
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Romaji Lyrics : Mitemite☆Kocchicchi Mite mite ☆ kotchi~chi Kotchi mite hoshii Mi tete kuretara Dokidoki happii! Mite mite ☆ mo~tonton Motto mite hoshii Mi te…

Posted in Flea Protection Media | Tagged , , , , | 32 Comments

Plants That are Harmful or Can Injure Your Dog

If you’re a dog lover, thoughts of long evening strolls and outdoor recreation with your dog fill your head. In fact, you may have already started to create new fond memories. Given that, the last thing you want on one of your nature walks is for your canine companion to be sidelined by an injury. Unfortunately, many pet parents don’t realize until it’s too late that there are menacing toxins lurking in the plants of both cultivated and wild landscapes. Plants that you are used to seeing in public parks, your neighborhood and perhaps even in your own backyard can lead to devastating effects. First up are four plants commonly used in landscaping that are actually toxic to canines.

Azalea – Rhododendron Species
A typical choice for landscapers due to its hardiness and lovely flowers, these unassuming ornamentals contain a toxin which can be lethal, even in small amounts. Both the plant’s leaves and nectar are known to be harmful if eaten or chewed by your dog, and can cause drooling (often a symptom of nausea), vomiting, weakness and collapse. If greater amounts of its toxins are ingested, it can lead to severe poisoning, possible coma and even death.

Oleander
Widely recognized as one of the most poisonous plants in the world, even minute quantities of Oleander can trigger a fatal response. Unlike the Azalea, every part of the Oleander is toxic, from flowers to roots. If dogs should chew on any part of this plant, they could suffer varying degrees of illness, including upset stomach, abnormal heart functioning and possibly even death. Beware of the sap, which can irritate the skin and eyes, as well as the leaves, which retain their toxicity even when dried out.

Sago Palm
Most commonly used in planned landscapes where climates tend to be hot and dry, Sago Palms are nevertheless popular all over the U.S. While the whole plant contains harmful chemicals, it’s the seeds that contain the highest levels of toxins. Estimates currently put the percentage of animals that die after eating the seeds of the plant as high as three out of four. The incidence of Sago Palm poisoning in dogs and cats has risen 200% in the past few years, although dogs seem to enjoy the flavor of the plant and the seeds more than cats. Ingestion of Sago Palm can cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure and seizures.

Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums are popular ornamentals blooming late in the summer and early in the fall. While beautiful, their flowers contain a natural insecticide. If a canine chews on the Chrysanthemum blooms, the insecticide can cause excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your furry one is exposed to any of these toxic plants, please contact your veterinarian immediately. As is often the case in toxins and poisons, the sooner your pet receives treatment, the less likely they are to experience dramatic, and sometimes fatal, reactions.

And now here is a common weed that can cause a great deal of grief for your pets.

Foxtails
Weeds that resemble the tail of a fox, Foxtails are considered a widespread nuisance in most states, especially west of the Mississippi. Prevalent from late spring to early fall, they become more dangerous in late summer when their seeds dry. When the seeds are released from their pods, they are covered in barbs like little fish hooks, making them potentially very dangerous to your dog. If she merely brushes up against the Foxtail plant, the seeds can become snagged in her coat. Worse, the seeds can pierce the skin, or even be inhaled!

As a result, Foxtail seeds can become lodged between a dog’s toes, in their ears or armpits; they can be inhaled or swallowed and latch onto the interior walls of the nose or throat; or, they can stick to the eyes. Obviously, all of these circumstances can be very painful. Perhaps most frightening, the seeds are so small that they can be difficult to locate, and, if embedded in the skin, have been known to migrate to other areas of the body, resulting in severe infections.

If the Foxtail seed becomes infected under the skin, it may result in a visible, inflamed and painful lump. Commonly these lumps are between the toes, and are painful enough that your dog will repeatedly lick or chew the raised area. If a seed becomes lodged in your dog’s nose, she will likely sneeze, violently and over-and-over, and may even repeatedly paw at her face. If the seed latches to or in her ear, she will likely shake her head side-to-side and/or scratch incessantly at her ear. In the case where a Foxtail becomes stuck in or near the eye, you’ll likely see lots of repeated squinting, tears and redness; you may even see the foxtail poking out!

If you see any evidence of an encounter with a Foxtail, take your dog to the vet immediately. If you notice a red bump in between the toes, soak the paw in a mixture of lukewarm water and Epsom salts. This will help to ease the swelling until you can be seen by your veterinarian. Keep in mind that the longer you wait for treatment, the more difficult it is to treat an embedded Foxtail seed, so time is of the essence.

The best way to prevent Foxtail incidents is with an ounce of prevention. During hikes, keep your dog away from grassy weeds, and check her paws after walks. In addition, you should consider brushing her coat while using your hand to feel for any raised areas, checking inside the ears, in between toes, under armpits and throughout the belly and groin area. If you find a Foxtail in the coat, carefully pull or brush it out. If your dog has thick or long hair, consider getting a ‘Foxtail Clip’, a term applied to trimming away the hair between your dog’s toes. And, if you live in an area where Foxtails are common, remove them from your yard (be sure to exercise caution and carefully bag the weeds).

By using a little common sense and being aware of your surroundings, summer walks can be fun and free from environmental injuries. Then, you can get back to making some wonderful, new, summer memories together with your dog outdoors.

The Perfect Pet Food Blog

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It’s not what it looks like

Someone said this to me the other day: “You have such a glamorous life.”

And I laughed, because I assumed it was sarcasm, but she said it with such sincerity that I paused and said, “Really?”

And she said, “Oh, you know, maybe exciting is a better word- all the travel and….well, the trips and stuff you talk about.” She paused, tilted her head to the side, and realized she was talking to a person holding a grocery bag full of mops and Zero Odor. I was, in fact, on a trip as we spoke. To the grocery store. Which has been the  extent of things lately, as tends to happen sometimes.

It was ironic to me that the person chose this day of all days to make that statement, because this is perhaps the least glamorous day I have had in some time. Apollo has been engaging in some marking behavior the last few months, and if there is one thing that turns my normally mild-mannered spouse into the Hulk, it’s the acrid stench of cat urine in the entryway of the house. Can’t say I blame him. So here we go again, off on a cleaning spree and figuring out what has so disturbed Apollo’s little kitty-brain that he sees no other option than to back on up to the nearest wall and let loose.

The offending area was easy to spot, a Niagara of urine splattered on the wood of the front door, pooling underneath and soaking into the grout and the tile. A lovely way to greet new neighbors, by the way.

I mopped it, dizzy with the fumes.

I mopped it once, I mopped it twice, and still not smelling very nice, I went ahead and mopped it thrice. Even then, it was no dice. My feelings then were not so nice.                                    -Dr. ScrewLoose

After about 18 rounds of attempting to clean the area, including liberal doses of Anti Icky Poo, I could still smell it. I wondered if perhaps there was another area I was missing. I got out the blacklight and investigated the entryway, but if you are anything like me I have no luck with that unless it’s already pitch black in the house, and who wants to clean at midnight? So I went old school, sticking my nose to the ground and trying to ascertain if there was an errant area I was missing in my cleaning attempts by olfactory input.

Did I mention I have a glass door that looks right into our entryway that you pass on the way to the front door? It’s pretty private, which means you have to be in the middle of walking up to the door to see anything, which means of course that any time I’m doing something I’d rather not have witnessed, someone invariably shows up.

There I was on all fours, nose pressed to the ground sniffing like Scooby Doo looking for a Scooby snack with Brody dutifully trailing behind, when I heard a polite cough from the region of the front door. This seems as good a time as any to mention I had just gotten back from a run and didn’t see the point of showering before cleaning up cat pee, so I was in stinky gym clothes and my hair pulled back in a sweaty ponytail while I crawled around smelling my floor. I pushed up to my hands to see the UPS man trying hard to look anywhere but inside the door, well aware that I was probably going to be “sight of the day” at the UPS locker room this evening.

I took the box and shut the door. Sometimes explaining “It’s not what it looks like. I was just sniffing for cat pee” is not the correct answer.

crazy-cat-lady

So there you have it. The glamorous life of a veterinary writer looks a lot like the life of any person with a grumpy cat, bad timing excepted.

If there are any small favors in life to be thankful for, it’s that I was discovered by the UPS man and not, say, the neighbor kids who already have one story too many to share about the weird lady on the corner.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , | Leave a comment