10 Summer Pet-Safety Tips for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners
The rising temperatures signal the fun summer months of backyard barbecues, vacations and more time spent outside (with a cool drink in hand). But, the scorching days of summer can also present unique hazards for your pets.
Follow these quick tips to ensure your fur babies remain happy and healthy during the dog days of summer:
- Never leave your pets in your vehicle.Hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion each year because they are left in parked vehicles (source: AVMA). Many pet owners don’t realize that even if they leave the windows cracked (or the air conditioner running), temperatures can still rise quickly and put pets at risk of serious illness or death.
- Do not walk dogs or allow them to exercise or play hard during the very hot weatheror the hottest party of the day. Exercising your dogs in the early morning or evening is recommended. Remember that hot pavement can injure your pet’s paws. Try this quick tip: Place the back of your hand on the pavement; if you can’t hold it for five seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog.
- Don’t forget, your pets have delicate skin.Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and the second-most common form in cats? Even though fur provides some protection, you should apply sunscreen to your pet’s least hair-covered spots—dogs’ bellies and around cats’ ears and eyes. There are sunscreens made specifically for pets, as zinc oxide can be toxic for pets. If your pet does get a sunburn, applying pure aloe can help soothe irritation, but be sure to check with your veterinarian first to ensure the brand you have is safe for pets.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion.Signs of heat stress could include trouble breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, weakness or collapsing. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Keep your pets cool indoors as well.While it’s important to not have pets outside in the heat of the day, hot weather means inside temperatures can be more difficult to regulate as well. While it may be tempting to increase the temperature in your home to save on energy costs while you are at work or away on vacation, understand high temperatures inside can be dangerous to pets also. A good rule of thumb is if it’s too warm for you, it’s also too warm for your pets.
- During the summer, more time is spent outside—often without the use of a leash. Unfortunately, this can lead to an increase in pets being hit by automobiles. Keep your dogs on a leash or confined by a fence—even well-behaved dogs should be kept on leash. Many cats also get hit by vehicles. Be sure to keep cats indoors, on a cat harness and leash or in a specially-designed cat fence.
- During warmer months, veterinarians see an increase in injured animals as a result of “High-Rise Syndrome,”which occurs when pets fall out of windows or doors. Make sure all windows are closed and have well-fitting screens.
- Be mindful of water safety for your pets.Never leave your dog unsupervised near an uncovered pool, and have your dog wear a bright lifejacket when boating, at the lake or beach. If you do have a pool, ensure the dog knows how to get out of the pool using the stairs by practicing with him or her several times.
- Don’t let cookouts and summer parties turn into bad experiences for your pets. Charcoal briquettes used for grills can get stuck in your dog’s stomach, requiring surgery. Also, don’t allow your guests to share scraps with your dog. Fatty leftovers can result in severe abdominal pain, or even death. Other foods, such as corn on the cob, also present a danger because they can become lodged in the dog’s intestines.
- Be aware of hazards in your garden and garage.While azaleas are common shrubs, they can be toxic for dogs or cats if ingested. Certain types of lilies can also cause acute kidney failure in cats, and even the ingestion of as little as two to three leaves can be fatal. In your garage, be mindful that any pesticides and insecticides (or plan food that include these) are out of paw’s reach. Fireworks can also be tempting for curious dogs, and the chemicals inside the fireworks could get stuck in the stomach causing serious side effects.
Zika Virus and our pets! The Zika virus has been in the news a lot lately. My thoughts go to can our pets get the Zika virus? What do the experts tell us?
- We don’t know if cats or dogs can get the Zika virus.
- At this time there is no evidence cats or dogs can transmit the Zika virus.
- We know that heart-worm preventatives will NOT stop the Zika Virus.
- The best way to protect our cats and dogs is mosquito control.
The Zika virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito; Aedes species. They bite during the day, have white spots on them, and prefer to bite people over animals!
So while research is being done on the Zika virus we can ALL do our part for humans and animals alike. Start NOW in our efforts to control the mosquitoes.
Remove standing water from flower pots, bowls, buckets, bird baths or outdoor containers and keep your gutters cleaned so water will not be trapped.
Keep the grass cut and bushes trimmed
To protect yourself and your pets:
Keep your window and door screens in good shape to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
You should wear long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors.
Use an all natural mosquito repellent for people and pets.
Do not use DEET on your pets, if you choose to use it on yourself be sure that your pets do not lick or touch the area until you have washed it off.
Catnip can be grown outside and lemon eucalyptus oil are natural options for a mosquito repellent.
For more information regarding the Zika virus check out Dr. Jones and Dr. Dodds.
Pet sitting isn’t something we take lightly and are picky about who we chose to join our team. Our mission is to honor our clients values and commitment to their pets.
If you are over the age of 21 and this sounds like something you or someone you know would LOVE to do please contact us after reviewing the following information carefully!
Pet sitting and dog boarding are perfect for energetic retirees, stay at home mom’s or dad’s, or work at home people.
If you’d like to be considered to join our team of professional pet sitters, please take a few moments and read through the desired characteristics of a Happy Tails Pet Sitter:
- Must absolutely love animals. Pet sitting can be challenging and if you don’t love animals, you won’t make it.
- For now, must live in the El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Placerville, Roseville and Rocklin areas.
- Must be mature and over 21 years old.
- Must be honest, responsible, dependable and ethical. This is imperative.
- Must be able to communicate effectively with pet owners and conduct consultations.
- Must have a reliable car and in great working order.
- Must be positive and upbeat.
- Must be agreeable to a background check.
- Must be willing to work some holidays and weekends. Pet sitting is a 24/7 operation. If you travel a lot, then this is not the job for you.
- Must be able to walk any kind of dog. Big, small and in between.
- Must be able to think on your feet and be cool in emergencies.
- Must be clean and have a decent appearance
- Must be able to network with Vets, groomers, pet stores etc in your area.
If you would like to board dogs in your home:
- All of the above, plus:
- Home must be clean and presentable to pet owners.
- Backyard must be completely secured and big enough for dogs to play in.
- Must not be gone for more than 3-4 hours during the day. Please do not contact us if you are a full time student or work outside of the home. A flexible schedule is highly desirable.
- Your own pets must be non aggressive and get along with other dogs.
Happy Tails Petsitting (now servicing Newcastle, Loomis, Rocklin, Granite Bay, and Roseville) is once again Ranked #2 for Petsitting by KCRA 3 A-List in 2015!
Our local news station, KCRA 3 holds an A-List Contest where top nominees in 150+ categories are voted on to determine the best businesses in the area. For the second year in a row, we would like to send all our customers who voted for us a BIG THANK YOU for taking the time to cast your vote! This year it was a battle once again but with your help we pulled of runner-up for the second year in a row!
We’ve been excited extend our service area this year to include: Meadow Vista, Auburn, Newcastle, Loomis, Rocklin, Granite Bay, and Roseville. So we’re determined Next year will be our year, with your help! So mark your calendars!
Here is the link to our page on the KCRA 3 A-List website: KCRA 3 A-List listing for Happy Tails Petsitting. Our KCRA 3 A-List webpage shows our awards for both 2014 and 2015 and lists the comments our customers have made. Thank you again beloved customers!
Because you can never have enough Happy Tails . . .
We’ve expanded into Meadow Vista, Auburn, Newcastle and more!
The owners of Happy Tails Petsitting have exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that we have expanded out into the following areas: Meadow Vista, Auburn, Newcastle, Loomis, Rocklin, Granite Bay, and Roseville. Please help us spread the word by letting all your friends and family know about our new service areas – so we can get busy spreading Happy Tails throughout!We are also looking for additional Pet Sitters to join the Happy Tails Petsitting family – to help service our new areas. We are pleased to offer a wide range of services, including; dog care, cat care, dog walking, over nights, boarding, and much more. We pride ourselves on professionalism and reliability. If you would like to join our team, please give Tam a call at 916-628-5543.
Happy Tails Ranked #2 for Petsitting by KCRA 3 A-List 2014 awards!
Here is the link to our page on the KCRA 3 A-List website: KCRA 3 A-List listing for Happy Tails Petsitting. Our KCRA 3 A-List webpage shows our awards for 2014 and 2015 and lists the comments our customers have made. Thank you again beloved customers!