Dog Safe Halloween

How Much Fun Is Halloween For Your Dog?

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Keep your dog safe and comfortable in simple Halloween costumes

Halloween! Yay!! How cute!! But not always happy for the dogs..

Kids and Halloween just go together, but not so much with our furry buddies. Dogs and stress go together like fire and water and I’m sure you don’t want your dog stressed this, or any other, holiday season.

According to the ASPCA, dogs are more likely to suffer from poisoning and burns on Halloween than any other time of the year!:( Of course, you don’t want your furkid harmed due to negligence or cruelty .. here are some tips to keep in mind this Halloween season:

  • Keep your dog inside and away from all the commotion on Halloween!
  • Any open door is a potential for escape. Keep tags and collar on your dog during the trick or treating time, especially. Keep a baby gate in front of your door so your fur baby can’t run off with the trick or treaters!
  • Keep all forms of candy, and their wrappers, out of your dog’s reach.
  • Candy, especially Chocolate, is toxic for dogs. They just can’t digest it, keep your dog’s own treats on hand if she/he is feeling left out.
  • Keep decorations away from puppies’ reach, particularly electrical cords. Take care with rubber bands in costumes and chewable pieces from toys and all those scrumptious smelling wrappers.
  • Be nice to black cats.
  • If a costume comes with a face mask, don’t use it. Dogs usually aren’t too happy with having one wrapped around their face, getting fur tangled in the rubber bands.

Have a fun filled, and safe, Halloween!

 

Pet Food and Veterinary Assistance

Need Help With Vet Bills or Pet Food? There ARE Resources Available! 

Because our pets are a life-long commitment, it’s not unheard of for a dog or cat mom or dad to face financial hardship at some point in the life of their fur-children.

We can all agree that before bringing an animal into your heart and home, it’s important to be prepared for the financial responsibilities – veterinary care, quality food and treats, preventative measures, etc. – that come along with pet parenthood. However, over the course of that 15-20+ year commitment, things happen. Jobs are lost, injuries or accidents make it impossible to work, economies take a hit.

Unfortunately, in many cases of financial hardship, it’s the family pet that suffers.

Follow the link below if you need help with pet food or vet costs, as there are always alternatives!

http://catingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

How To Choose a Pet Sitter

Thinking of Hiring a Pet Sitter?

Choosing the right pet sitter for your pet is crucial to your pet’s well-being and safety. If hiring a pet sitter is something you’re thinking of, for now or in the future, here are some things to think about.

You are entrusting your fur baby to a pet sitter, whether your home or a pet sitter’s home – consider these when choosing this option over a kennel.

Find Your Perfect Pet Sitter

  • Qualifications and Training

During your Meet and Greet with your potential pet sitter, ask about past experience, what types of pets she’s cared for, and whether she’s completed any special training – such as Pet First Aid Training, and CPR. Additionally, if your pet has any special needs or behavior issues, the sitter must feel comfortable managing them while you’re gone.

  • Insurance and Bonding

Your pet sitter should be able to provide written proof of commercial liability insurance (in case of accidents) and, if the pet sitter is coming to you, should be bonded (to protect against theft). You shouldn’t hire a pet sitter into your home that isn’t Bonded and Insured. Not only does the insurance cover pet accidents it also covers property damage and lost keys and re-keying.

  • Communication

How will the pet sitter communicate with you while you’re away? Professional pet sitters will record daily notes about your pet’s activities, eating habits or mood. Others will send you digital photos or daily text messages to put your mind at ease.

  • Services and Fees

It’s important that you’re both on the same page about what’s expected, and the fees involved. How many visits will occur each day? At what times and for what duration. Will the sitter provide grooming or walking services? Will she clean up accidents, water plants or do any other vacation care responsibilities (like bringing out your garbage)? Will she bring your pet to a veterinarian in an emergency? Also, if you’re delayed can the sitter care for your pet until you’re able to get home?

  • References and Interactions

Your sitter should provide you with references if you ask for them. In addition, the sitter should interact with your pet prior to your trip.

  • Medical Release Form

In New York State, an attending veterinarian can’t treat a pet without their owners permission. A very important document that is often overlooked because people think, ..well what can happen? Dogs especially can be unpredictable in their reactions to the stimuli around them in a new environment, as well as other dogs they just don’t like for who knows what reason. A professional pet sitter will have you sign a medical release form in the event of an emergency so that your pet can get medical treatment if it’s necessary and you’re not present. Unless you have signed forms filed with your own vet, expect a professional pet sitter to ask you to sign a medical release form.

Pet Sitting and Home Dog Boarding, What Are the Differences?

What is Pet Sitting and Home Dog Boarding? And, what is the difference?

You need to go out of town for your work or business, go on vacation, attend a wedding or go to your family reunion. One of your biggest concerns is: what to do with the dog the cat, and even the ferret. Who is going to feed your pet, and what about the litter box? Who is going to take the dog out to attend to business and get some exercise?

Will your dog really do better in a caged run next to other dogs? What about at night when no one is around? Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Is he fearful and socially unpredictable and better off at home?

Commercial boarding or pet sitting and home dog boarding – which is the least stressful for all concerned?

Home Dog Boarding

In the past, commercial boarding was the only solution for pet owners needing to leave their pets.  Fortunately for them, and us, cold concrete and steel runs with sterile steel cages in a rather depressing environment are no longer the standards.

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Piper Makes Herself at Home!

Stress is the biggest problem with boarding pets in the traditional commercial kennel facility.

Pets, especially cats, are just uncomfortable outside of their normal environment.

And of course, there is always the risk of injury because of altercations with other boarders during their social play time. This risk is eliminated with home dog boarding at Pet Stay Today, home dog boarding as it should be – for one household at a time.

The personal attention home dog boarding provides to your pet reduces your pets’ stress in a new environment with new human companions!

I provide a fun and friendly environment for your dog with the personal care and attention that a commercial dog kennel isn’t able to provide. I ask you to bring their own food, toys, water bowls and any other comfort items (favorite blankies, toys) they have. This is because most dogs feel separation anxiety the first night and these things help them stay rest assured they’re safe. If you need your dog crated to keep within a training routine, just bring it with you!

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At 11 years old, Corona needs exercise and play time more than ever!

Your dog is given the same amount of love and care as I do for my own. In home dog boarding provides a normal, natural environment with lots of love.

We have a fenced, spacious backyard but your dog is not left unattended and is always accompanied by me to play, exercise and attend to needs. They have free run of the house and yard and make themselves quite comfortable!

Now, as a side note, if your pet is seriously ill or has a life threatening degenerative condition, I think a veterinary boarding facility would be best for your pet to have access to sudden possible emergency veterinary care.

Pet Sitting and Drop In Visits

Pet Stay Today offers two types of pet sitting:

  1. I come to your home at specified times to feed, allow bodily elimination, and exercise and play with your pet. I also water the plants, bring in the mail and packages, rotate curtains/lights, and take out the garbage.
  2. I come to your home when your pet absolutely cannot leave the home and needs overnight companionship.

Having a pet sitter come and go also has the unexpected added advantage of protecting your home! Mail and newspaper collections eliminate away-from-home signals to potential thieves. A pet sitter creates near normal household activity that discourages possible robberies!

So, Which is Better – Commercial Boarding or Pet Sitting and Home Dog Boarding?

To me the obvious choice is pet sitting and home dog boarding! It is as close to a normal environment for the pets as possible, eliminates a great deal of stress for your pet and you, and is also great insurance against crime. It is my personal choice for my own dog.

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Pet Stay Today is a Proud Member NAPPS

Pet Parents can get valuable information and resources from NAPPS, too! Click here for the -> NAPPS website and choose the heading “Pet Parents”.

Professional Pet Sitting Service and Home Dog Boarding in Whitesboro, NY for:

Dogs – Home Dog Boarding and Pet Sitting
Cats – Pet Sitting
Ferrets and Other Small Fuzzies- Pet Sitting

 

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