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What is happening to your dry pet food?


Shelf life of dry pet food storage varies! You love and care about your pet as if they were your children. For many people, pets are like children and they deserve the care and attention that we give to our own foods. As with the foods we eat, the shelf life of dry pet food varies as does the storage needs and environmental requirements for safe storage. As a pet sitter, I find that many customer pour the food from the original bag and place it in an air tight container to keep the pet food fresh.  Few know …

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Cat Tricks


Cat Tricks (Almost) Anyone Can Teach Their Cat!   3 Tricks To Teach Your Cat With a Clicker Everyone knows cats are independent — and, for the most part, unconcerned with what the people in their lives want them to do. The word “untrainable” comes to mind. But with an easy-to-learn technique called clicker training, your cat can learn to listen to you — and do tricks. It’s great fun for both you and your cat. And the training can strengthen the loving bond between you. Plus, the exercise training provides the mind and body of your cat can …

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Make Dog Jerky Treats


Let’s Make Dog Jerky Treats Have you thought about making your own dog jerky?  Do you find it scary to buy commercial dog treats with all the recalls?  Do you waste time agonizing over which store bought treats are safe?  Below is one of my pet’s favorites I found at Dog Treat Kitchen.  Give it a try and let me know how much your dog loves them too! For healthy dog treats make dog jerky treasts and stop worring! Recommended Equipment: Food dehydrator Ingredients: Chicken Breast Fillets Instructions: Preheat oven to 200° F Lightly grease a baking sheet. Rinse off …

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Pets Cold


Are your pets cold? Is your pet sitter cold? You may not want them to feel like they have been left out in the snow. As a pet sitter I have found that many people turn off the heat when they leave on their cold weather vacation.  It is amazing how fast the temperature drops in your home.  Sometimes it is so cold water pipes freeze and the pets are freezing too!  Spark Energy recommends:  When you’re away at work or know you’ll be gone for a while, decrease your thermostat temperature to around 58 degrees.  Are your pets cold? …

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Pet Be Cool on Pet Sitter Watch


Help Your Pet Be Cool This Summer Your pets need to stay cool while you are away and your pet sitter is watching them too! It’s great to enjoy summer with your pet. It is also a time when we travel on vacations and your favorite pet sitter is coming to your home to care for your beloved pets.  This is the greatest time when your pets have the greatest risk of injury due to heat-related health problems. As a pet sitter I find that sometimes people turn off everything and lock up tightly before leaving with Fido in …

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Beware of Poisonous Plants and Pets!


  Poisonous Plants and Pets The following list represents the most commonly kept potentially hazardous plants, but in no way is complete:  Plants Potentially Poisonous to Pets Some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals are listed below with links to additional information. . This list is intended only as a guide to plants which are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction. Amaryllis Aloe Vera (Medicine Plant) Apple (seeds) Apple Leaf Croton Apricot (pit) Asparagus Fern Autumn Crocus Avocado (fruit & pit) Azalea Baby’s Breath Bird of Paradise Bittersweet …

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Great Ideas: Pet Owners Plan For Pet Sitters


Below you will find help to be prepared in our blog post: Pet Owners Plan for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers.  Before leaving for your trip, it is best to equip your sitter with what she needs to know. This will help her perform her tasks better and make things easier. First and foremost, it is a good idea to have a meet-and-greet session where your pet can meet his sitter. This is so they can get acquainted with one another and you can decide if it is a good idea to leave your pet with this sitter. If …

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