Pet sitters do so much more than just provide your pet with food and water while your away. Here are just some of the additional benefits for both you and your animals.

Pet Sitters are Valuable

Good pet sitters also spend quality time with the animal, gives them exercise and knows how to tell if he needs veterinary attention. What’s great is pet sitter typically offer additional services, such as taking in mail and newspapers and watering plants.

 

Why hire a pet sitter?

Pet sitters are professional, qualified individuals paid to care for your pet—offers both you and your pet many benefits.

Your pet gets:

  • The environment they know best.
  • Their regular diet and routine.
  • Relief from traveling to and staying in an unfamiliar place with other animals (such as a boarding kennel, or family members home).
  • Good love and care from your pet sitter while you’re away.
  • The animal is not exposed to germs in a kennel that other animals may have.

You get:

  • Happier friends and neighbors, who aren’t burdened with caring for your pet.
  • The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your pet is being cared for by a professional pet sitter.
  • Someone to bring in your newspaper and mail so potential burglars don’t know you’re away.
  • Someone who will come to your home so you don’t have to drive your pet to a boarding kennel.
  • Other services provided by most pet sitters, such as plant watering and pet grooming.

What should I look for?

It’s important to learn all you can about a prospective pet sitters’ qualifications and services. Before selecting a pet sitter, interview the candidates over the phone or at your home. Find out the following:

  1. Will the pet sitter record notes about your pet—such as his likes, dislikes, fears, habits, medical conditions, medications, and routines?
  2. Is the pet sitter associated with a veterinarian who can provide emergency services?
  3. What will happen if the pet sitter experiences car trouble or becomes ill? Does she have a backup?
  4. Will the pet sitter provide related services such as in-home grooming, dog walking, dog training and play time?
  5. Will the pet sitter provide a written service contract spelling out services and fees?
  6. If the pet sitter provides live-in services, what are the specific times she agrees to be with your pet? Is this detailed in the contract?
  7. How does your pet sitter make sure that you have returned home?
  8. Will the pet sitter provide you with the phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references?

Even if you like what you hear from the pet sitter and from their references, it’s important to have the prospective pet sitter come to your home to meet your pet before actually hiring them for a pet-sitting job. Watch how they interact with your pet—does your pet seem comfortable with the pet sitter? If this visit goes well, start by hiring the pet sitter to care for your pet during a short trip, such as a weekend trip. That way, you can work out any problems before leaving your beloved pet in the pet sitter’s care for longer periods.

Helping the pet sitter and your pet

  1. Of course, even the most trustworthy, experienced pet sitter will have trouble if you haven’t also kept your end of the bargain. Here are your responsibilities:
  2. Make reservations with your pet sitter early, especially during holidays.
  3. Ensure your pet is well socialized and allows strangers to handle him.
  4. Affix current identification tags to your pet’s collar.
  5. Maintain current vaccinations for your pet.
  6. Leave clear instructions detailing specific pet-care responsibilities and emergency contact information, including how to reach you and your veterinarian.
  7. Leave pet food and supplies in one place.
  8. Buy extra pet supplies in case you’re away longer than planned.
  9. Leave a key with a trustworthy neighbor as a backup, and give him and your pet sitter each others phone numbers. Be sure those extra keys work before giving them out.
  10. Show the pet sitter your home’s important safety features such as the circuit breaker and security system.
  11. Last and most importantly have a safe and fun trip. Remember to bring your pet sitter’s phone number in case your plans change—or you just want to find out how your fur families doing.

In need of a Dog groomer in Goffstown, NH? Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws is where Dirty Dogs are done Dirt Cheap!

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Does your dog have dirty paws? Why not give your premier Goffstown, NH dog groomer a try?

Sherry Benson the owner of Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws dog grooming in Goffstown, NH is an inspiration for all whom seek to do what they love. Her story begins with this quote.

“If you are able to make money doing something you love you will never work a day in your life.”

She was letting life go by so fast being an executive assistant and kept seeing this quote but never really reacted to it. Finally one day she woke up and felt the urge to go after what she knew would fill her heart with joy every day and that’s when Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws Goffstown, NH was set in motion.

She fearlessly quit her job as a executive assistant and enrolled in a Dog Grooming training course, graduated and got a certificate from New England School of Canine Cosmetology. Her skills were polished, experience was gained, and her knowledge of the dog grooming business grew with her employment at a local Pet Store Chain. While working as a dog groomer here she saw things she didn’t like, she wanted to create a more personal, less stressful, one on one experience for the dogs. So she took everything to the next level and turned the 3 season addition in her home to a cozy, clean, and dog friendly dog grooming studio.

Sherry is now a dog grooming success in the Goffstown, NH area, and is known for giving one on one, patient, attentive care, but most importantly so much love, to all the dogs she gets the pleasure of grooming. Stop by and see for yourself why Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws is the leading dog grooming business around!

Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws Goffstown, NH offers dog grooming services at a very affordable price, some of her services include:

  1. Full bathing and blow outs
  2. Nail clipping
  3. Ear cleaning
  4. Paw and pad trims
  5. Coat conditioning
  6. Shave downs

She also offers add-ons to grooming services for a low price of 5$ that can include:

  1. Teeth brushing
  2. Nail grinding
  3. Specialty shampoos for the more pampered pup
  4. Fulminator and de-shedding treatment
  5. De-matting
  6. And anal gland clean outs

Every pup deserves a pampering, and The Cat’s Meow knows there’s no better place to do the job than Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws dog grooming.
They are located at:
12 Rochambeau Street,Goffstown NH
Mon – Sat. 7am to 7pm
Call Sherry for an appointment today + 1 (603) 782-8221

Visit her website: Dirty Dogs with Muddy Paws

As the owner of The Cat’s Meow I highly recommend Sherries services.

Do you know how to save your animals life in case of an emergency?

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I recently took a first aid and CPR course through Pet Tech and I have to say I was impressed.

This course informed me in so many ways of how to save an animals life in case of an emergency.  I left the course feeling confident that if something were to arise on my clock I would know just how to deal with the problem. As the owner of Cat recommend that any Pet owner, lover, and career take this course.  Just think of how awful you would feel if an emergency arose and you didn’t know what to do! Potentially save a life and get certified today.

Pet Tech offers a course called PetSaver™ Program which is the one I attended, it is an 8 hour course and covers the following topics:

Skill: Restraining & Muzzling:
Reason: A pet that is in pain or is going to be moved into pain, can and will bite. Learn the necessary skills it take to restrain and muzzle an animal before administering aid. Handbook and hands on training is offered.

Skill: Primary Assessment
Reason: The first 12 seconds of being on the scene are crucial to asses what actions might need to be taken to save a life. You will learn just how to access any situation with handbook work and hands on training.

Skill: Rescue Breathing
Reason: If your animal has a heart beat but is not breathing it is imperative you know how to open the airways so air can reach the lungs. Hands on skill training and handbook skill work will be completed.

Skill: Canine & Feline CPR
Reason: If the animal is not breathing you need to call for help, but know what to do before help arrives. You will receive hands on training and bookwork training.

Skill: Choking Management
Reason: If the animal is choking you have a short window to regain air to the lungs. You will learn hands on how to remove blockage. Hand book work is also completed.

Skill: Bleeding & Shock Management
Reason: You need to be aware of how to stop bleeding and shock to an animal found in this condition. You will learn how to Restraint, Muzzle, Elevation, Direct Pressure, Constricting Hand/Band, Immobilization, Shock Management & Transportation. Hands-on Skill Practice.

Skill: Snout-To-Tail Assessment for Injury & Wellness
Reason: A deliberate and systematic assessment from the snout to the tail of the pet with intent and purpose looking for any injuries the pet does not present to you or for wellness to create a base-line of your pet’s health.  Hands on skill practice.

Skill: Assessing the Pet’s Vitals
Reason: If you know what is normal for your pet then you will be able to quickly
recognize when your pet is presenting not-normal signs. Hands on training.

You also will be lectured on the following topics, handbook work is incorporated in these lessons. Pet First Aid Kit Contents,  Insect Bites & Stings and Snakebite, Heat & Cold Injuries, Seizure, Caring For Your Senior Pet-izen.

Want to take it to the next level and get certified to teach others about Pet CPR and first aid?  Pet tech also offers a three day course where you will learn all the necessary lessons on how to teach others Pet first aid and CPR. Hands on lessons will be provided giving you more confidence that you can save a animals life in the case of an emergency.

Pet Techs mission statement:
Our Mission:
“Improving the Quality of Pets’ Lives,
            One Pet Parent at a Time.”™

Here is some information to make it easier for you to find a course near you.

Pet Tech Webpage: http://www.pettech.net/programs.php
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PetTech.Inc

As the Leading Cat and Dog sitter In the Bedford NH area I wanted to spread the word about this amazing store called The Wholistic Pet.

Bedford Cat & Dog Sitter

As the Leading Cat and Dog sitter In the Bedford NH area I wanted to spread the word about this amazing store called The Wholistic Pet.

Any Dog sitter knows it’s hard to find a store like this one. The Wholistic Pet sells a wide variety of Natural products including the ever so popular Wholistic Pet Organics line.

They offer a great rewards program with a mired of ways to earn points keeping your bills low! The Wholistic Pet Bedford NH offers more than convenient hours with being open on Saturday, and Sundays which is invaluable for dog sitters and pet owners!

The Wholistic Pet Bedford NH isn’t just any pet store selling you products, they have unsurpassed knowledge in the field as their family has been involved in dog and horse shows for decades. This hands on experience has taught them valuable lessons on just what it takes to keep our animals happy and healthy. They have backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and animal health science. As a dog and cat sitter I couldn’t find any reason why you wouldn’t choose these products for your furry friends.

Cat and Dog sitters like myself know the importance of keeping your loved ones healthy and this fabulous store makes it super easy. You can order there products online if you don’t have the time to stop in the store. However this dog sitter would highly recommend stopping into The Wholistic Pet Bedford NH, because I know you will be pleasantly surprised.

Wholistic Pets top products stem from a line called The Wholistic Pet Organics, here are the top products they sell in this line and my recommendations as a dog and cat sitter:

Wholistic Pet Organics Equine complete:
This oil is pure and of the highest quality, it is the only organic and cold-pressed flax seed oil available and delivers high concentrations of EFA’s for a beautiful, healthy skin and coat. As a Dog and Cat sitter I know how important it is for your furry friends to be looking there best!

Wholistic Pet Organics Equine complete:
Which is the finest super-premium all-in-one supplement! Offers a full array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants. Keeping your loved ones full of nutrients is ever so important in this GMO world.

Wholistic Pet Organics Feline Diatomaceous Earth:
This is a safe, non-chemical alternative to chemical dewormers, flea and tick relief. As a cat and dog sitter I always hate applying harsh chemicals to any animal to rid them of such pesky insects, this is a great alternative that actually works!

Wholistic Pet Organics Wild Cod Liver Oil:
This great product promotes overall health and well-being using naturally available Omega-3 Fatty Acids as well as Vitamins A, D, and E. Not only are these vitamins vital for humans they are also an essential part of our animals diet. I have been a dog and cat sitter over the last 25 years and I definitely see a major different in the animals I get to take care of that use products like this one, over the ones that don’t.

Wholistic Pet Organics Canine Complete Joint Mobility with Green Lipped Muscle:
This name is a lengthy one but here is what it does. It is a All-in-one joint supplement containing a proprietary blend of certified organic, super-premium ingredients for Total Body Health. I see so many animals suffering from mobility issues as a dog sitter. I always recommend this product to all my clients, and have seen major results when incorporated into any animals daily routine.

This is just the beginning of all the great products Wholistic Pet Organics Bedford, NH has to offer. As a dog and cat sitter I believe The Wholistic Pet has a great purpose, and this is there belief. Health is invaluable. Our mission at The Wholistic Pet is to help all our beloved pets live happier, healthy lives and be free from avoidable health problems.

As a dog and cat sitter in the Bedford, NH area I highly recommend this store to animal lovers! Make sure you stop in today!
The Wholistic Pet is located at
341 NH-101, Bedford, NH 03110
There phone number is
+1 603-472-2273
Or you can visit there webpage at
http://www.thewholisticpet.com/

The Cat’s Meow Pet sitting now has openings in the Hooksett NH Area!

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This Hooksett Pet Sitter highly recommends, NH Veterinarian clinic.

The Cat’s Meow pet sitting has been in the business for over 25 years now and I know the importance of finding a great Veterinarian clinic. The Cat’s Meow wanted to recommend one here for all my Hooksett clients.  I love what I do as a pet sitter and enjoy helping my clients with anything I can.  So here is why this pet sitter gives Hooksett Veterinarian Clinic a big thumbs up.

Hooksett NH Veterinarian Clinic has been caring for dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and other small pets since 1970.  Meryl Meloy and Dr. Randy Macneill bring a combined 40+ years of superiority to this practice.  As a pet sitter I see many of my clients trusting Hooksett Veterinarian Clinic with there loved ones.  This duo offers a broad spectrum of medical and surgical veterinary services and with there stellar resumes I wouldn’t see why you wouldn’t choose them for your fur babies.

The Cat’s Meow pet sitting offers drop off and pick up services to Vets, for your loved ones.  Often times Vets close there doors early but with Hooksett NH Veterinary Clinic they keep there doors open until 6, and are even open on Saturdays, making it super convenient for home owners and pet sitters combined.

Part of my job as a pet sitter is to bring your loved ones to the Vet so I get to know a lot about the different Veterinarians.  Hooksett NH Veterinary Clinic also offers a great program called Care Credit (http://www.carecredit.com) which allows you to apply for a credit line with 0% interest for a promotional period.  We all know as pet sitters and animal owners that vet bills can get racked up pretty quickly, so I think this is a great program to take advantage of.

The Cat’s Meow Pet sitting thinks it’s great that this Vet is offering a ton of great promotions to there clients, check them out below.

*Senior Discounts (65 and over)

*Family and Friends Referral Program:
Refer a family member or a friend and once they come in for their scheduled appointment you will receive a $20 credit to your account and they will get 20% off their new patient exam!

*Multiple Pet Discount
Schedule 3 or more of your pets for their annual wellness exams with vaccines and get 10% off your total vaccine cost!
(Discount is on vaccines only and all pets must be scheduled together for the same day)

*Facebook Rewards Program
Think we’re doing a great job?  If you let your family and friends know by liking us on Facebook, and for a limited time only you will receive a $10 credit to your account!
(1 per client/pet account only)

*First time clients receive a 20% discount on first time animal exam.

All these reasons listed above are just the start to what Hooksett Veterinarian Clinic offers. The Cat’s Meow pet sitting gives this establishment a A++ rating.  Be sure to visit there web page for more details at http://www.hooksettvet.com/homepage.pml

Sometimes you just can’t live without your bestie!

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While planning a holiday your pets play a huge role in the decision making process.  First you ask your self what am I going to do with my precious one, then you start looking for the solutions.  Having an in home pet sitter is a great option for most home owners however what if you just cant bare to leave your loved one behind?  Well we found a fabulous solution for you when you want your fur baby to be in all those family vacation photos.  Now more than ever families are traveling with there pets and this is made easier with hundreds of hotels that are animal friendly.
At TripsWithPets.com you can search through hundreds of pet friendly hotels and lodging all over the US.  Its great because its made easy, all you do is enter the dates of travel and destination, without hesitation you have all the pet friendly lodging at your finger tips.  As you can imagine this can save you hours of endless searching by having letting Trips with pets do the leg work and hand you results.  Sometimes you want to bring along your furry mate and now this is made simple.  Check our there fabulous webpage as there is everything you need to know about traveling with your loved ones.

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Keeping up with a new puppy, or an old time friend can be a lot of work, encourage your pet sitters to use these helpful tips I’ve learned along the way.

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Pet Sitters Agree: They are sure to make your life easier in the pet cleaning and prevention department!

Food and water messes: Pet sitters should Place mats under animal food dishes and water bowls to keep food spills and water drips easier to clean.

Animals bedding: Use washable slipcovers over the furniture pets prefer.  Pet sitter should make sure to wash in hot water to kill allergens and other bacteria.

Humans bedding: If you allow pets on beds, bedding must be washed at the same high temperature at least every two weeks.  Always wash sheets and slipcovers separately to keep hair from migrating to other fabrics.

Bathroom accidents do happen: To clean urine stains, the pet sitters should blot thoroughly to remove as much moisture as possible then rinse the affected area with a mild solution of dish washing liquid and water; dry thoroughly. Next, sprinkle baking soda over the area; let sit to absorb any remaining moisture, then vacuum.

Cleaning up a accidental upset tummy messes: Vomit is a combination stain that requires a two-step approach: First have the pet sitters scrape as much of the solid bits with the back of a knife into a plastic dustpan. Then blot and treat the remaining stain with an enzymatic product to remove the odor.

Sprucing up pets bedding: Deodorize pet bedding with baking soda. Sprinkle heavily, wait 15 minutes then vacuum.

Animal hair: One of the most persistent issues pet owners face is animal hair — on floors, furniture, and clothing. Encourage your pet sitters to place an old towel or sheet wherever your puppy likes to rest, and periodically shake it outside to remove most of the hair before tossing it in the washing machine. Grooming your pup regularly will help diminish the problem of unruly hair.

To remove dog hair on carpeting, vacuum several times a week using full suction. Pick a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. On wood and other hard floors, use an electrostatic mop; they’re more efficient than vacuums since they don’t blow the hair around.

Pet hair on clothing and upholstery can be a nascence. For clothing, your best bet is to use a tape roller. Loop a ribbon through the handle and hang one from the doorknob inside closets throughout the house so they’re always available to use. For furniture, advise your pet sitter to use the vacuum’s upholstery tool or a hand vacuum with a motorized beater-bar attachment. Lint brushes designed for clothing and dry sponges (sold at pet-supply stores) also work well. When removing pet hair from draperies, carpets and upholstery, don’t automatically reach for the vacuum. Use a rubber latex glove, wet or dry, to do the job because hair will cling to it.

Regular grooming sessions for your pampered pets will help keep all their hair out of yours.

Keeping your animals paws clean: Have your pet sitters keep a towel and a shallow container filled one-third of the way with room-temperature water by your door prior to walking out the door. Once the walk is over, dip each of your dog’s paws into the water. Dry them off and let your dog go about its business. This practice is especially useful during the winter months when sidewalks and driveways are often covered with ice-melting agents.

Protecting Surfaces from Puppy Scratches: For starters, have your dog’s nails trimmed regularly. Dogs often scratch doors to let you know they want to go outside or into another room, so cover the area with a Plexiglas sheet as wide as the door and as tall as the space from floor to doorknob. Then, provide an alternate way for your dog to signal you, such as a jingle bell hung from the doorknob. Show him how to nudge the bell, and open the door quickly when he rings it; do not respond to scratching. After the new behavior has set in, remove the Plexiglas.

We love pets as much as you do. At The Cat’s Meow, we want your home looking like humans are in charge – even if they’re not!

DIY Emergency remedies for pets, look no further than your medicine cabinet.

Pets and Pet Remedies

When you pets in need you can save time and money using these helpful tips.

Before administering any home remedy to your pets a quick check with your local vet should always be priority as there professional knowledge can steer you in the right direction and dosage appropriate for the size of your animal.  You have all sorts of helpful remedies at the tip of your finger in your medicine cabinet, it’s just a matter of knowing what to use and in what situation.  Many human remedies can be used for your precious pets.  Here is a helpful list of remedies that can fix the usual pet condition.

 

Poison Control:

Hydrogen Peroxide can induce vomiting in an animal in case they have ingested something poison-is.  One teaspoon can be administered per every 5 pounds of the animal, this process can be repeated once.  Mineral oil and milk of magnesia can also be used for toxin ingestion, check with your vet to see the dosage they recommend.

Bee Sting:

If your animal is stung you should start by removing the stinger and scraping the area with something hard and flat, a credit card is usually the best option.  Apply a baking soda paste as a poultice.  If your animal is having an allergic reaction a dose of Benadryl may be administered (1mg/lb) every six hours.

Large lightning storms:

Most animals suffer anxiety during a thunderstorm, and it usually it isn’t because of the light or sound it has to do with the buildup of static electricity in there coat of fur.  To alleviate this you may rub a dryer sheet on the coat to remove the static electricity and make your pet more comfortable.

Upset stomach:

If your dog is having stomach issues and vomiting you may use Pepto Bismol to help alleviate the symptoms.  This may only be used on dogs though because Pepto Bismol contains an aspirin like substance, which is bad for cats. The dose for your dog should be a child’s dose for every 40 pounds of body weight every six hours. An example is: A ten pound dog would receive one-quarter of a child’s dose, and an 80 pound dog would receive twice the amount.

Moisturizer for small cuts and Winter Temperatures:

Petroleum jelly can be used on minor cuts in order to prevent the area further contamination to other germs.  This useful tool can also be used in the winter months if you rub the jelly in-between the animals pads or toes to prevent ice formation.

Heal wounds with salt:

Create a soak using Epsom salts for wound treatment and this can also be used on irritated itchy skin of the animal.

Cure animals Diarrhea:

Imodium can be used in small doses to cure your animals unwanted diarrhea.  Check with your vet on dosage amount before administering.

Flip side of the coin constipation:

Canned pumpkin without spices can help with constipation. Dulcolax or Metamucil can also be of help in this situation.

Pet care in Concord NH with an Inviting twist

Pet Care Concord NHBark Now Concord NH provides natural luxury pet care! Here’s the inside scoop.

Pet care at this luxury Concord NH “spaw” treatment facility is sure to be top notch.  Bark Now located on South Main St in Concord NH is a full-service grooming salon for dogs and cats. They also have a high class Boutique that supplies an array of unique Products for your Pampered Pets. Bark Now offers a different aspect of pet care that is vastly becoming more popular, the service is called animal Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese word that means “universal life energy” and is a form of energy therapy. This method is now being used in pet care at shelters and hospitals as it loosens blockages and balances energy while treating the body, mind and soul. Reiki relieves pain and is good for stress, anxiety, depression, sickness, injury and boosting the immune system in any animal.

Another great reason you should choose Bark Now is because Kris the owner loves to give back to the community. It shows true with her being a partner in a sponsorship program at the Concord NH SPCA that helps dogs get off on the right foot when they are adopted. Kris Tripp is the Owner/operator, and has over 20 years of experience in the pet care industry. Her credentials stand tall as a Certified Professional Pet Groomer and Reiki Practitioner.  I think it’s a sure bet that Bark Now will take your pampered pets seriously.

Bark Now Concord NH performs a few luxury spa treatments that will be sure to leave your animal feeling “purrty”.  One unique treatment Kris offers is called The Color burst which is a creative way to spruce up any animals spunk. Temporary or semi-permanent color available and is great for your oh so white fur babies. Another great promotion is First time clients for any bath treatment are now receiving a “FREE” Blueberry Facial which is a tear-less face wash and includes a special massage sure to leave your pet feeling loved! Talk about pet care luxury at it’s finest!

At the Cat’s Meow pet sitting we feel quality pet care is of high importance and Bark Now gets a two thumbs up for this in our book! Check and see if Bark Now in Concord NH can help be your pet care provider today.