Choosing Whether to Board Your Pet or Hire a Pet Sitter

AchillesBy Ashley Watson

I do a lot of pet sitting, and I have become the regular sitter for my coworker’s two Huskies, Achilles and Hadley. Yesterday, my coworker mentioned to me that she’s not sure whether I should watch her dogs or if she should board them during her upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Normally, she would, but the problem is that Achilles has separation anxiety, which sometimes causes diarrhea. Lately, his GI problems have become worse, and she will be gone almost a month in September. This made me curious about whether or not it would be better to keep him in a more social environment with other dogs for the duration of her trip, so I did a little research.

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Are You and Your Pets Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Hurricane Approaching FloridaBy Ashley Watson

Do you live in an area affected by hurricanes? You may have an emergency plan for your family, but what about your pets? While the 2014 hurricane forecast from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center is a “near-normal” or “below-normal” season, they are still predicting at least 1 to 2 major hurricanes. Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA administrator says that “even though we expect El Niño to suppress the number of storms this season, it’s important to remember it takes only one land falling storm to cause a disaster.” Hurricane season started on June 1st and will last until November 30th. From microchips to having an emergency plan, here are some ways you can protect your pets during a disaster. Even if you don’t live in a hurricane affected area, these tips are useful in case of any emergency.

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How to Transition an Outdoor Cat to an Indoor Cat

By Ashley Watson

Sookie-outbackDo you have an outdoor cat that you need to keep inside because of a new dog in the neighborhood, or have you adopted an outdoor cat that you can’t keep outside? Transitioning an outdoor cat to an indoor one can be tricky. However, with the right tools and a few tips, you can make this transition a little easier for you and your cat. The most important thing to keep in mind is that this will be a slow process for many cats, so try to be patient. One way to start is to speak with your vet and ask for recommendations. Meanwhile, here are some ways you can make the transition without your cat destroying your furniture, or driving you crazy in the process.

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How to Give Your Pet a Healthy Skin and Coat

Guest Post by Audrey Langley

Audrey and her two dogs, Kody and Walter

Audrey and her two dogs, Kody and Walter

Is your pet’s coat smooth, silky and shiny?  Or, is the hair dry, brittle, and break easily? The overall health of your pet directly reflects in its coat. There is a strong connection with nutritional practices, grooming maintenance, and physical health. This week’s blog post will cover a few of the ways you can help maintain a healthy skin and coat for your pet.

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5 Kickstarter Pet Products – Totally Useless or Totally Want!

kickstarter-logo-lightBy Ashley Watson

I was browsing Kickstarter projects involving pets just to see what’s new out there. What I found was a small pool of a variety of projects, some of which I don’t see surviving, and some of which I was surprised to see had already been a success. It begs the question of what consumers are really looking for, or what’s just brilliant marketing and lobbying for a product that perhaps no one really needs? From pet carriers to glow-in-the-dark leashes, here are 5 Kickstarter pet products that might make you say, “Totally useless!” or “Totally want!”

Pet Pita

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