My dog’s not fat – he’s just fluffy! It’s an old joke. But pet obesity is not funny. Pet parents in America are literally killing their pets with kindness. We feed them too much food – food often filled with empty calories that don’t meet their nutritional needs. We keep them crated or alone indoors all day while we work. Then when we get home in the evening, we are otherwise occupied or are too tired to give them the aerobic exercise they need every day. It’s a recipe for disaster and heartbreak. And our beloved pets suffer.
Prancing Poodle Pet Care Services came about because of my own personal issues with finding responsible pet care. As a professional fund raiser at Michigan State University for more than a decade, I traveled extensively. It was always difficult to find a pet care professional who would stay overnight with my dogs. My very senior toy poodle was on several medications for heart failure and I wasn’t comfortable leaving him and my other dogs alone for extended periods of time. The best I could do was to find someone who would check in first thing in the morning and again in the evening. That wasn’t good enough. In fact, my sweet babydog left for the Rainbow Bridge while I was away on a trip and I have never really gotten over the guilt I feel about that.
Potential clients sometimes have difficulty understanding how the cost of in-home pet care compares to the costs of a boarding facility or kennel. If you are thinking about making the switch from boarding your pet at a veterinarian or boarding facility to leaving them at home in the care of a professional pet sitter, the following analogy may be helpful.
A good pet sitter is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pet in your absence. But even the most trustworthy, experienced sitter can run into trouble if you don’t make sure that your responsibilities are met. To ensure that your name goes on the “Great Client List,” be certain you take care of the following:
When you’re away from home, a professional pet sitter provides you
Companion animals have been bred in ways that have left them susceptible to temperature extremes. Summertime is fun, but hot weather poses some unique pet care challenges. When the temperatures get extremely hot, pet safety should be top of mind.