End of Year Review
Happy Holiday Season! As we close out another trip around the sun I feel like I have learned a lot over the past year and would like to start sharing information on a regular basis. Topics will stem from questions that clients have come to me for advice on over the past 10 years and also tidbits you may not even be aware that you wanted to know! Let’s learn and grow together.
Did you know?
Mental stimulation helps:
-Releases pent-up energy
-Keeps the memory sharp
-Strengthens your bond
-Gives the feeling of accomplishment
Mental stimulation examples:
-Hide and seek
-Obedience & trick training
Pet Spotlight - Bosch
Over the course of the past 10 years I’ve been privileged to meet and work with so many different pets of all sizes and species. Mr. Bosch is one of the original Bandito members! We first met in 2011 when I worked at a kennel in Duxbury. It didn’t take long for his family and I to form a solid connection with each other that led them to staying with me as I started and grew my own business. They consider me extended family and the feeling is mutual.
Bosch is about 10 years young now and was a rescue from down south. He did struggle for a long time with separation anxiety and he is definitely the happiest surrounded by his people. He loves long walks on the beach, hide and seek, treats of many varieties and LOVES car rides to anywhere. He was visibly saddened when Bandit died, as they were best buddies and we helped each other to heal. He is a gentle giant in more ways than not and I look forward to caring for him during his retirement years.
Holiday Plants 101
The following plants can cause stomach upset, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, perforated stomach or throat (from sharp needles), head shaking, lip smacking, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, lack of appetite, increased or decreased urination, seizures and even death.
Seek immediate veterinary help if you believe your pet has been exposed and/or ingested any of the following: Christmas cactus, Christmas rose, Christmas trees, Holly, Lilies, Mistletoe and Poinsettias.
Here are some safer alternatives: Autumn Olive, Bromeliads, Roses and Rosemary.
Enrichment Zone - Sniffari
What the heck is a sniffari? A sniffari is a type of dog (or cat!) walk where they can spend as much time sniffing around as they like. The walk length may be very short but by letting your dog sniff everything they will burn as many calories as if they had been on a long walk and mentally will be very satisfied!
Pro tip: use a long leash for sniffaris. Recommended lengths: 10 ft, 15 ft or 20 ft. Need guidance on handling a long leash? Send me a message, I can give you a lesson!
Introducing your new client portal powered by Time to Pet!
Existing clients are still being added to this system so please bear with us. For those have been emailed your portal login instructions please activate your portals so that you will gain access right away. Within your client portals you will be able to:
- view existing services scheduled
- request new services
- cancel scheduled services
- view/edit your information as well as your pet's information (food/medication changes, etc)
- view invoices and pay online
Yesterday morning Bandit and I had our first encounter with a skunk.
As some of you know, Bandit just underwent surgery to her ACL and meniscus three days prior to the incident. I took her out on a leash at 4:00am and she was about two feet away from me while doing #2 when a skunk (unprovoked) came around the side of the house and sprayed. I immediately picked up Bandit and ran up onto the deck and proceeded to freak out while I called the vet to see what I should do because she had the stitches in her leg!
Since it was 4:00am, no stores around me were open for at least another two hours. I want to share with you what the vet told me to do so that you can hopefully be better prepared than myself and have these items all in one spot ready to use instantly, no matter what time of day.
First, if your pet has stitches (probably a rare occurrence) cover the area with a trash bag. If the stitches get damp, it's ok, but try not to submerge in water.
You'll need these items to make a wash to use on your pet:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 tbsp dishwasher soap
- 1 quart (4 cups) hydrogen peroxide
**Important** Do not leave these items pre-mixed in a bottle! They will cause a chemical reaction and will explode.
Mix all ingredients and wash the affected area, do not wet with water beforehand and try not to spread it all over the body if only the neck, for example, was affected. Truth be told, you'll most likely need to do this multiple times before the smell is gone. I also ran Bandit's collar through the dishwasher and was able to get rid of the smell that way.
Hopefully you find this helpful! It's always better to be prepared :)
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