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The Perfect Alternative To A Dog Kennel In Northville Mi

Until recently most pet owners thought their only option when they traveled was to take their dog to a kennel or boarding facility. Well luckily, for pet owners in Northville, there is an even better option of pet care available! Hire a professional pet sitter!

How Is Pet Sitting Different From a Dog Kennel?

The major difference between pet sitting and a dog kennel is that one is in your home and the other requires you to take your pet to a boarding facility to be cared for. With pet sitting, you have a professional pet sitter come to your home anywhere from 1-4 times a day or even spend the night with your pet depending on what services you chose!

What Are The Benefits of Pet Sitting VS a Dog Kennel?dog sitting in northville mi

  • With in-home pet sitting your dog or cat get to stay in the comfort of their own home
  • Your pet will be used to the same sounds and smells of their home and won’t be subjected to baking dogs, new sights and new smells
  • Your pet will get complete, one on one attention with a pet sitter
  • With pet sitting, daily walks and exercise are included in the price
  • Your pet will have access to their favorite napping spots, toys and potty areas
  • If you chose overnight pet sitting services, your pet will have someone sleeping with them by their side all through the night so they don’t have to sleep alone
  • Your pet sitter is able to update you on how your pet is doing each day via text or email which is something most dog kennels are unable to provide to each customer
  • Unlike a dog kennel, because your pet is staying in their home, you don’t need to worry about pick up or drop off times with pet sitting
  • When hiring a professional pet sitter you also get the added benefit of having someone look in on your home as well and can take out your trash and bring in the mail
  • When taking your dog to a kennel, you need to bring their toys and food for each day, plus any medications they may need. With pet sitting, you just tell us where it is and we will do the rest! No need to pre-portion or pack anything up for us.

Does Pet Sitting Cost More Than a Dog Kennel?

In most cases pet sitting costs the same or even less than a dog kennel! Yes, the initial base right for boarding your dog in the Northville area is less expensive than boarding. However, the base rate for boarding at most places is ONLY for a place to sleep. Here are list of extras that most dog kennels charge extra for that are included in the cost of pet sitting:

  • Extra fee for more than one pet
  • Extra fee for one on one affection
  • Extra fee for one on one play
  • Extra fee for walks
  • Extra fee for frozen kong toys to keep them busy during the day
  • Extra fee for photos/email updates

Lastly, because your dog will be exposed to other pets in the dog kennel they will need to be up to date on all of their shots. Since pet sitting is done in your home where they’re not exposed to any additional bacteria, there is no need to invest in additional vaccines (such as the Bordatella vaccine required to prevent kennel cough at boarding facilities).

Ready to give your pet the best care available while you’re away? Contact us today! We provide pet sitting in Northville, Novi and Surrounding Areas

 

 

 

Does Menlys Pet Care Have A Policy For Bad Weather?

If you are lucky enough to live (or have lived) in Michigan for any length of time, you know just how unpredictable the weaMenly's Pet Care Pet Sitting Servicesther can be. For example, last week for days in a row the temperature was either below zero or in the single digits; today it was 50 degrees!

Needless to say there are times when Michigan does not always provide the optimal conditions for walking a dog! Below you will find our policies for both pet sitting and dog walking services:

  • If the weather reaches single digits or below, we take dogs outside for a potty break or a short walk and then return home to play inside for the duration of our visits.
  • If there are excessive amounts of ice on the side walks, for the pet sitter’s safety and the dog’s safety, we take them out to potty and then return inside for play.
  • When the roads are too unsafe to drive on (sheets of ice, blizzard, extreme down pours at night etc) our pet sitter’s will wait until the roads are safe to drive and then will be sure all of our pet’s are taken care of.
  • When it rains we base our walks on the dog (depending on how bad the rain is). If your dog doesn’t mind light to moderate rain than we don’t mind it either and will continue with our walk as normal. If your dog doesn’t like the rain, the rain is severe or there is thunder/lightening near by we will take your dog out for a walk and then enjoy some playtime indoors for the rest of our visit.

When you’re leaving your precious fur babies with us, we will be there for them rain, sleet or snow!

5 Things You Need To Know About Your Northville Pet Sitter

When you call a pet sitting company to find out more about them I’m sure you ask the standard questions like: “How much experience do you have?” “Are you insured?” and “How much does it cost?”. These are all great questions to ask your potential pet sitting companies but what about the questions that you don’t feel comfortable coming right out and saying? We have the answers to those questions too!

1) Yes, we do this full time.

Yes! Pet sitting and dog walking are not just hobbies for us at Menlys Pet Care. Every single pet sitter on the staff (including the owner) does pet sitting full time (365 days a year, holidays and all) and dedicates their day to day lives to ensure that every pet in their care is well cared for, happy and that their owners are just as happy!

2) Yes, we really make a living dog walking and pet sitting.

Pet parents around the world look at their fur babies as more than just pets. They are members of their families that deserve the best care. Pet parents in the Northville area are no different which means we are able to take care of pets across the area everyday and make a living doing it. How wonderful is that? We get to make a living while taking exceptional care of dogs, cats, fish, birds, horses and more! How lucky are we??

3) We have more than just one client.

With almost 100 clients and growing, our schedules are full day to day with dogs that need to be walked, cats that need to be fed and played with and horse stalls that need to be mucked. Often times, clients can forget that pet sitting isn’t a hobby for us and our day to day schedules are jam packed with pet sits that need to get done through out the day.

4) We have policies and procedures that we follow.

We don’t take pet sitting lightly. Yes, it is great that we get to play with pets during the day and snuggle with them at night but pet sitting is a much larger responsibility than that. Our clients intrust us with the care of their pets, their belongings and their home and while they are away each on of those things are OUR responsibility. So when we go to a client’s home we don’t just fly by the seat of our pants. We have check lists and procedures that we follow to ensure that everything is done correctly while we are taking care of everything. We even have policies on how clients schedule pet sitting services to ensure that visits do not get accidentally forgotten or mixed up. Everything we do is geared toward making our services the best experience possible for our human and animal clients.

5) Online scheduling work does work.

There is a reason that we use an online scheduling system beyond looking flashy to potential clients. Our scheduling system ensures that visits are not missed or scheduled incorrectly, client instructions are always up to day so we know how to properly care for your pets each time we come to your house and it provides our sitters access to the most important home/pet instructions right from your home without needing to carry around instruction sheets in our cars.

 

Contact us today to find out even more about our services and to get your pet a reliable and trustworthy pet sitter

My New Foster Dog – Buddy

I logged in to Facebook last Monday (the 14th) and saw these pictures:

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He was at a shelter that I have pulled dogs from before and my friend, Julie, at the shelter said he was scared there. Sometimes God just put things on your heart and you begin to jump into action without even thinking about it.  I contacted the rescue that I work with now, Last Chance Rescue, and asked them if they would take him if I offered to foster him.

A day later I was on my way to Lincoln Park to pick up Buddy.

He was shy when I first saw him but as soon as I got him into the car we became best friends. He spent the entire 35 minute ride to my house trying desperately to sit in my lap and cuddle with me.

When we arrived at my house it took him very little time to adjust. He has made himself at home as the officialBuddy4 Snuggle Bug of the house. If there is someone sitting down anywhere in the house, he is right there sitting in their laps.

He is absolutely in love with my cat, Mittens. If she is out and about, he is right there next to her following her around and doing his best to get even a moment of play out of her (yes, my cat plays with the dogs). The other day I actually caught him mimicking Mittens’s actions. She was laying on her back and wiggling around and sure enough, Buddy laid down right next to her and started to doing the exact same thing!

Buddy will play with the other dogs as well. He and my Chihuahua, Lulu, have become boyfriend and girlfriend. They’re always playing together in that goofy way that Chi’s play. He isn’t a big fan of my Golden Retriever, Copper, but I think it’s just because Copper is the only other male in the house.

There is such great satisfaction in knowing that I am giving this boy a second chance at life. One day soon he will be snuggling in the arms of his forever owner while always having a place in my heart.

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Is In-Home Pet Sitting Right For My Dog?

While there are many benefits to leaving your dog at home while you travel for business or pleasure, there are some dogs who would not make good candidates for in-home pet sitting. In order to help you decide if your dog would benefit from pet sitting, we have come up with some things that you should think about before picking up the phone and calling a pet sitter.

  • Some dogs are destructive when left home alone. We have all had a dog like this at one point or another, I’m sure of it. You think “Oh, Buddy will be fine if we just leave him for an hour out of his crate while we’re gone” and then you come home to what can only be described as a scene out of The Day After Tomorrow. Some dogs are more prone to boredom or the need to chew and simply cannot be left unattended in the home for ours. Is pet sitting right for my dog?
  • Your dog is not crate trained. A simple remedy for the problem above, is to give your dog his own crate; somewhere he can be kept safe during the day and relax. However, if you have never introduced your dog to having a crate, getting a pet sitter before he is used to it is not a good idea. Crate training your dog requires time and commitment from you and shouldn’t be done when he is expected to all of a sudden stay in his new “den” for several hours at a time.
  • Your dog is territorial of his home. For the safety of the potential pet sitter and the well being of your dog, if your dog is aggressive with strangers coming into his home when you’re not there; pet sitting is not right for your dog. There are some ways around this one; for example, you can get your dog used to his new pet sitter by having them come over a few times a week prior to your vacation, gradually working up to coming in without you home. However, if you have tried this method and your dog is still not comfortable with the pet sitter coming in when you’re not there, don’t force it. The results can be very dangerous for everyone involved.

Though I would love to say that pet sitting is a great option for every dog out there, it simply just isn’t true. It is better to make a decision that is best for your dog, his safety and his long term happiness. Not to mention avoid any unnecessary stress on you!

What Is Overnight Pet Sitting?

You have a couple options when it comes to what type of pet sitting services you’d like to have for your pets. There are the standard visits that you can have through out the day which typically last anywhere from 25-45 minutes in length. And then there are overnight visits which is what I am going to highlight for you today.

What is Overnight Pet Sitting?

Overnight pet sitting services are when your pet sitter comes to your home and spends the night with your pets!

How long do Overnights last?

Menly’s Pet Care’s overnight pet sitting services last from 9pm to 7am.

What does my pet sitter do during an Overnight visit?

During an overnight pet sitting visit we will give your pet exercise both in the morning and in the evenings, provide them with dinner and breakfast, administer any medications needed and provide them with plenty of one on one attention. This includes snuggling on the couch and watching movies together, belly rubs and having sleepovers in the living room under the blankies!

Do you still take care of the mail, garbage and house plants during Overnights?

Absolutely. Our overnight visits are full service and include everything you would expect during a regular pet sitting visit!

Will I need regular pet sitting visits during the day?

If you are reserving overnight services for your cat, they should not need an additional visit during the day. However, we do recommend that dogs have at least one regular visit during the day so they can go potty and break up the long day.

How do I reserve Overnight services with Menlys Pet Care?

If you are a current client you can log in to your profile and schedule your visits here: Schedule Now

If you are a new client and need to register, please follow this link: Register Now.  Once we receive your completed registration your pet sitter will contact you to set up a consultation!

We offer pet sitting in Northville, Novi, Farmington, Livonia, South Lyon, Plymouth and Walled Lake

WARNING: Kasel Recalls Numerous Brands of Dog Treats

We just received word that Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is manufacturing several brands of dog treats that were manufactured at their Denver, Colorado facility. They are recalling the treats due to possible salmonella  contamination. Pets are at risk of being affected if they have eaten these treats and humans can be affected by handling the treats or the surfaces that are exposed to these treats.

The following brands are being affected by the recall:

  • Boots & Barkley
  • BIXBI
  • Nature’s Deli
  • Colorado Naturals
  • Petco
  • Best Bully Stick items

The recalled treats were distributed nationwide from April 20th to September 19th.

As of right now, luckily, there have been no reported illnesses from this recall but watch out for the  symptoms below in yourself and your dog to be safe

Watch for the following symptoms in your dog:

  • Lethargic
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain

Humans should watch for these symptoms for themselves:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea of bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Consumers who have purchased any listed products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

 

2 Year Best By Date
UPC Lot/Best By Date
085239043165 Boots&Barkley American Beef Bully Stick 12″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239403495 Boots&Barkley American Smoked Beef Femur Bone 3″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043103 Boots&Barkley American Flossie 6-8″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239403440 Boots&Barkley American Pig Ear Strips 8oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043202 Boots&Barkley American Chicken Stuffed Beef Femur Bone 6″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043110 Boots&Barkley American Braided Bully Stick 5″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043325 Boots&Barkley American Chicken Jerky 16oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043400 Boots&Barkley American Chicken Jerky 8oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
490830400086 Boots&Barkley American Variety Pack 32oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899196 Boots&Barkley American Beef Ribs 2ct 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899172 Boots&Barkley American  Beef Knuckle 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899158 Boots&Barkley American Pig Ears 12ct 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899189 Boots&Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks 6ct 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899165 Boots&Barkley American Pork Femur 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
681131857246 Roasted Pig Ear Dog Treats 28oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092903 25 PK Natural Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092910 12 PK Natural Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092927 12 PK Smoked Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092934 7 PK Natural Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092941 7 PK Smoked Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263800291 16oz Chicken Chips 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263900151 16oz Salmon Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263800178 4oz Chicken Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263510176 4oz Lamb Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263900175 4 oz Salmon Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263801175 4oz Beef Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263800291 16oz Chicken Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263700157 16oz Pork Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018021 BIXBI Skin & Coat Beef Liver Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018045 BIXBI Skin & Coat Lamb Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018007 BIXBI Skin & Coat Chicken Breast Jerky Treats 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018069 BIXBI Skin & Coat Pork Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018144 BIXBI Hip And Joint Pork Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018120 BIXBI Hip And Joint Lamb Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018083 BIXBI Hip And Joint Chicken Breast Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018106 BIXBI Hip And Joint Beef Liver Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Buffalo Hearts Sliced 3 lbs 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Knee Caps 25 Ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Pork Jerky Strips 16oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Chicken Jerky 16oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Turkey Cubes 4.5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Pig Snouts 25ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Beef Lobster Tails 1ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Turkey Jerky Sticks 6ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Hearts of Lamb 4oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Lamb Jerky 4oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN

 

1 Year Best By Date
UPC Lot/Best By Date
647263800215 Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 3lbs 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN
647263800208 Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 2.5lbs 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN

Please make sure that your canine companions aren’t affected by this recall!

 

Does my cat need a pet sitter?

It is a common misconception that you can go away for days at a time and leave the cat alone. All you have to do is put down a huge bowl of water and food and make sure he has plenty of litter and he will be fine, right? Wrong. Though cats are much more self sufficient and low maintenance than dogs, they should never be left alone for days on end.cat sitting in northville mi

Why does your cat need a pet sitter?

-Cats are known to get themselves into very strange places inside the home. Unfortunately, it is possible for them to get stuck in a closet or another small space and be unable to get to food or water. If left for days, your cat can suffer serious health problems or even die.

-An animal’s health can change drastically very quickly, sometimes even within a 24 hour period. If no one is there to see your cat’s health changes, the results can be fatal.

-Cats need companionship, mental stimulation and exercise. The majority of cats out there enjoy human interaction of some sort whether it be play, petting or just the sound of their voice (though we do know that it’s all on their terms WHEN they want they interaction 🙂 ). Your cat does get lonely when she is left for days on end with no one to interact with.

Getting a cat sitter for your feline companion not only provides your cat with the care he deserves, it provides you with peace of mind while you’re away.

 

What Is Pet Sitting?

Most people have heard of doggie daycare or pet boarding, however there is a new type of pet care service that is catching the attention of more and more pet owners; professional pet sitting.Rather than taking your pet to a facility, pet sitting involves someone coming to your home and taking care of your pets. Your pet sitter can visit anywhere from one to four times a day and can even stay with your pet overnight. The length of the visits depends on the company and how they are structured but the average sit lasts anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.

Why is pet sitting so attractive to pet parents?

1) Your fur baby does not have to suffer the stress of being relocated and left without their mom and dad for an extended period of time. Your babies get to stay in the comfort of their own home.

2) No need to worry about pick up/drop off times. Your pet is happily awaiting your return at home.

3) Your pet sitter will do their best to maintain your pets’ regular routine with regards to eating, exercise and playtime.

4) Your pet sitter is able to snuggle up on the couch or your baby’s favorite chair and give them plenty of one on one kisses, hugs and belly rubs.

5) Having a pet sitter means that your home is watched out for as well. A professional pet sitter will bring in the mail, water plants, take out the trash and give your home the appearance of being lived in. Having someone in the house several times a day also means that if a water pipe bursts or the heat stops working, there will be someone there to see it and take action before it costs more damage.

Pet sitting isn’t just for dogs and cats either. Pet sitter’s can take care of anything from fish and hamsters to horses and chickens. Those pet parents with babies that aren’t accommodated in boarding facilities can now travel in peace knowing that someone is there to take care of their feathered, hooved or scaly companions.

Contact Menlys Pet Care today so your fur baby can start experiencing the joys of having a professional pet sitter!

 

Why The Price of Pet Sitting Services Should Be Your Last Priority

It’s natural, we all do it. We decide we have a want/need for a service and start shopping around. However, most of us don’t know the right questions to ask a company to see if they are the right fit for us so we go to our go to question: “How much does it cost”.  And it’s no different when you’re looking for a pet sitter. What questions do you ask?

I’m sure you’ve read things like “The Pet Sitter Hiring Checklist” that lists certain qualifications that you should look for when hiring a pet sitting company (like insurance and experience for example). But lets be honest here, most professional pet sitting companies that have been around for longer than a year and are successful, have all the basic requirements that are necessary to be a reputable pet sitting service. So when there are 2,5 or sometimes 10+ pet sitting companies in your area, how do you decide who to hire?

It’s time to think deeper!

Having a pet sitter is more than just having someone who is available to “puppy sit” while you go away for a little while. Your pet sitter can be just as important in your pet’s life as your veterinarian, so it’s probably a good idea to ask these questions when looking for a pet sitting company:

1) Does the pet sitting company you’re looking into have a blog that frequently posts relevant information to you and your pet?

Why should this matter? If your pet sitting company has a blog it means they are concerned with keeping pet parents up to date on information that can help them learn more about pet sitting, pet care health tips and product recommendations. They want to keep their clients in the loop and it’s important to them to keep up to date on the best way to care for your pets.

2) Does the pet sitting company you’re interested, have a page on Facebook that they post to regularly?

Check to see if this pet sitting company is on Facebook and see how often/what type of content they post. This is another way for you to find out if they’re up to date on relevant information AND, another bonus, you can see how they interact with their clients. Do they reply to their posts? Are they respectful in their responses, even if they might not agree on something?  This can give you a lot of valuable information about the company.

3) How quickly does the company return your calls/emails? How are they when they interact with you?

When you make initial contact with the pet sitting company you’re thinking about hiring the absolute longest it should take them to reply back to you is 8 hours. You need to have a pet sitting company that has great costumer service because nothing is more annoying than trying to schedule pet sitting services but you can never get a hold of your pet sitter!

4) Pay attention to the little things!

I may have put this as number 4 on the list but in my opinion, this one is the most important. When you’re interacting with the pet sitting company you’re considering hiring, pay attention to how they talk about your pets. Do they understand that your pets are more than just animals? Do they remember your pet’s names if you mention them? Do they ask you about your pet’s personality, habits, and likes/dislikes? These little things show you where the heart of the company is. Of course, all pet sitting companies love animals, but the ones who take the time to find out more about you and your pet’s needs rather than sell you on their services, truly has the highest of quality care for your pets in mind.

When you find that pet sitter that understands you and your pets, has great customer service, provides your pets with outstanding care and interacts with you on a regular basis to keep you up to date on pet care information, the price of the service no longer matters. Do yourself and your pet a favor, start looking for a pet sitter that actually fits your needs and don’t fall into the “price shopping trap”.