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How Your Northville Pet Sitter Can Help You Enjoy Summer

Who doesn’t love the summer? It brings with it so many opportunities for weekend-getaways, trips, social events, barbecues and days on the beach. summer pet sitting in northville

Don’t let your summer fun be hindered by constantly trying to find someone to take care of your pets for you. It can become a bit exhausting always bothering friends and family to come by to feed the cat and let the dog out. Not only does it become a burden on them, your pets can start to get a bit lonely because they aren’t getting as much attention as they’re used to. 

By establishing a relationship with a professional pet sitter you have freedom knowing that you can make plans to have fun this summer without the worry of “who is going to take care of the four-legged family members?” Your pet sitter will be right there to take care of your pets for you (of course most pet sitters don’t work “on call” so you’ll need to give 24-48 hours minimum notice to be fair to your sitter). 

The other big benefit to hiring a professional pet sitter? Our entire lives are devoted to taking care of and loving our client’s pets. Here at Menlys Pet Care our staff are full time pet sitters and our one and only focus throughout the day is to shower your fur-kids with attention and make sure they’re happy and well cared for.

Though friends and neighbors are well meaning, they don’t put much effort into the attention and affection part of pet sitting because that’s not their goal. Their goals are to make sure they eat, have water and go potty…that’s about it. Friends and neighbors are less likely to fluff Fido’s pillow before he lays down at night or have the patience to play 15 minutes straight of “catch the laser pointer” with the kitty. 

Your pets crave attention, exercise and playtime throughout the day because that’s what they’re used to when mommy and daddy are home. With professional pet sitting not only are your pets getting their basic needs taken care of, you have peace of mind knowing that their emotional needs as well as their physical needs are being met. 

If you are in the Northville/Novi area and need a pet sitter for this summer, contact Menlys Pet Care today and we can get you on your way to a worry-free summer! 

Heat Stroke In Dogs – The Symptoms And Prevention

One of the greatest joys of having a dog is getting to share in adventures with them. Whether it’s going to the park, a festival, a cook out or any other of the numerous activities our dogs get to partake in with us during the summer, we love having our faithful companions right at our side.  However, we need to be careful when we take our dogs out during the summer that we are keeping them cool and hydrated to prevent heat stroke.  Heat stroke occurs in dogs when their internal temperature rises to 106 degrees fahrenheit or higher. The signs of heat stroke include:heat stroke in dogs

  • Panting
  • Dehydration 
  • Excessive drooling
  • Reddened gums 
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Shock
  • Staggering, wobbling, drunken movements
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness 
  • Production of only small amounts of urine, or none at all 
  • Sudden kidney failure

If you notice any of these signs the first step is to try and cool your dog down so their body temperature returns to a normal 103 degrees. Always be sure to avoid cold water when trying to cool your dog down as this may cause the blood vessels near the surface of your dog’s body to constrict and decrease heat dissipation.  Try one of these suggestions to cool your dog down: 

  • Spraying down with cool water
  • Immersing dog’s entire body in cool water
  • Wrapping your dog in cool, wet towels
  • Convection cooling with fans
  • Allow your dog plenty of access to cool drinking water (but do not force them to drink)

Once you have cooled your dog down you still need to take them to their veterinarian ASAP to get examined to be sure there was no lasting damage has taken place within organs or the brain and that your dog’s body has stabilized and reached normal temperature.  If you see little to  no change in your dogs symptoms after trying these cool down methods, you should seek emergency vet care immediately.  Prevention Tips:  First and foremost, never leave your dog unattended in a hot car. Ever. The temperature in a parked, closed car can become dangerously hot within minutes, even with the windows cracked.  Avoid leaving your dog outside, in a garage or a sunny room as these places can become hot and stuffy quickly.  If your dog is old, has long fur or has a flat snout (such as Bulldogs, Pugs or French Bulldogs) avoid taking your dog out during the hottest times of the day. Take your daily walk in the early morning or late evening hours when the sun and heat are less intense.  Be sure your dog has water accessible them at all times, no matter where you are. 

Petco To Stop Selling Treats Made In China By Year’s End

After almost 7 years of reports of illnesses to the Food and Drug Administration of pets getting ill from treats, one major pet supply company is taking a stand. petco stops selling chinese-made treats

On Tuesday (May 20th 2014) Petco announced that by the end of this year, they will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China. The change is a result of ongoing fears that the imported treats are making pets sick.

The FDA says that it has received more than 4,800 complains of pet illnesses and over 1,00 reports of dog deaths after eating Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats. Though the FDA did find antiviral drug amantadine in some samples of treats sold a year or more ago, they don’t believe this is the cause of the illnesses. They are still investigating further.

Nearly three years ago, Petco already started cutting down the number of Chinese-made treats in their stores but expects to completely get rid of them in all of it’s 1,300 stores by year’s end. They will be replacing Chinese-made treats with treats made in the U.S, New Zealand, Australia and South America.

We are more than thrilled that someone in the pet food supply industry has stepped up and said “enough is enough” and is taking a stand to protect our pets. Good for you Petco and we hope that in the comping months Petsmart and other retailers will follow suite.

Hiring A Professional Pet Sitter VS Friends/Neighbors/Relatives: An Honest Look At The Difference

Many times people are reluctant to hire a professional pet sitter because they think “Why wouldIn-Home Pet Sitting I pay someone to come in and take care of my pets when I can just have a friend or neighbor door it for free?”

It’s hard to argue with “free” and I can see where people are coming from with their thought process on this however there is so much more that goes in to pet care than just the cost that most pet parents don’t take in to consideration. 

We are going to take an honest look at the difference between hiring a professional pet sitter and asking friends, neighbors or relatives to take care of your pets for you. 

The Pros

The Professional Pet Sitter:

  • A professional pet sitter makes pet sitting their full time job which means it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to forget to come and take care of your pets for you
  • Professional pet sitters have more experience and are better prepared to handle emergency situations 
  • Professional pet sitters carry insurance and bonding to protected themselves and you in the event something unexpected happens 
  • Professional pet sitters can be a great resource to help your with advice regarding the care of your pets. From toys, to food, to behavioral training advice and veterinarian recommendations pet sitters have seen it all and can aide you in making your pet’s life happy and healthy

The Neighbor, Friend or Relative:

  • Often a less expensive option (if not free) 
  • This is already a person that you know and trust 
  • Neighbors are close by and can respond quickly in case of an emergency 

The Cons

The Professional Pet Sitter:

  • More expensive 
  • You have to trust a “stranger” to take care of your pets
  • Your pets have to go through an adjustment period of getting to know a new person, especially when you’re not there

The Neighbor, Friend or Relative:

  • Because it’s not in their daily routine to do so, relatives/friends/neighbors are more likely to forget to take care of your pet 
  • Relatives/friends/neighbors are more likely to rush through visiting your pets to get back to their daily lives. The emphasis is more on making sure your pets get food, water and go potty rather than spending quality time with them
  • Relatives/friends/neighbors have less experience with animals than professional sitters and are less likely to notice health concerns or be able to handle emergencies 
  • It may become a burden or irritating (to both you and the recipient) to constantly ask relatives/friends/neighbors to take care of your pets 

Though it may be a bit scary to take the plunge into allowing a professional pet sitter to come in and take care of your fur babies, the pros outweigh the cons and in the end you and your pets will be glad that you opted to hire a professional that you can rely on time and time again for your pet care needs. 

 

Bravo! Pet Food Recall

Bravo! is recalling select lots and products of Bravo Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monoctyogenes. Bravo! Pet Food Recall

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. 

However, healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria. Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian. 

The recalled product was distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube or on a label on the box.

The recalled products are as follows:

These products are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


Product: Raw Food Diet BRAVO! BEEF BLEND for DOGS and CATS (Made in New Zealand) All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes 
Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

Product: BRAVO! Balance Premium Turkey Formula (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT) 3 lb. box with (12) 4oz. burgers
Product Number: 31-401
Best Used By Dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16

These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because while they did not test positive for pathogens, they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that did test positive.


Product: Raw Food Diet BRAVO! LAMB BLEND for DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes 
Product Numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

Product: Raw Food Diet BRAVO! LAMB BASIC for DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
2lb. tubes 
Product Number: 42-202
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

Product: Raw Food Diet BRAVO! Beef & Beef Heart for DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
5lb. tubes 
Product number: 53-130
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

Product: Raw Food Diet BRAVO! 100% PURE & NATURAL PREMIUM GRASS-FED BUFFALO for dogs and cats (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2LBS (32 OZ) .91KG (Tubes)
Product Number: 72-222
Best Used By Date: 1/7/16

Product: Bravo! Turkey Balance Formula (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2 LBS (32 OZ) .91KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-402
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16 

NET WT 5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube) 
Product Number: 31-405
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

Product: Raw Food Diet BRAVO! LAMB BLEND for DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 42-105
Best Used By Date: 2/11/16

This voluntary recall has been issued because the FDA has reported an independent lab detected the bacteria in a sample during a recent review. The company has received a limited number of reports of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be associated with these specific products. The company has received no reports of human illness as a result of these products. 

Bravo! Article: http://www.bravorawdiet.com/bravonews.html

FDA Article: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm397362.htm

 

Viral Video – Cat Saves Son From Dog Attack

This video has been circulating Facebook, the web and news broadcasts. When I saw it, after my cheering of “Go Kitty!!” subsided, I realized that this video is the perfect opportunity to prove a very important point.

I have to be honest; as a pet sitter it gets a little tiring hearing people say “my cat doesn’t need a pet sitter, I’ll just put some food and water down for a few days and she’ll be fine”. Would you do this to your dog? I don’t think so.

Where did this thinking come from that our cats are self-sustaining and don’t need as much attention, care and love as dogs do and therefore don’t need a pet sitter?

Personally, I think it’s because cats express their love for us in less obvious ways and since we, as humans, are always so busy with all of the other things going on in our lives we tend to notice their subtle signs of affection.

This video, however, proves that our cats are just as valuable to our family as the dog is and therefore deserves the  same treatment and care as the family dog.

3 Downsides To Pet Sitting

DSC_0193Like everything in life, there are good and bad sides to pet sitting. Though there are many benefits to getting a professional pet sitting service for your pet, it would be unfair to not also take a peak at the downsides to pet sitting services as well.

In order to make a well informed decision about the best possible pet care for your fur-babies you need to know all of the facts; not just the ones that make us pet sitters look good.

Here are the top 3 downsides to pet sitting (in comparison to boarding):

Limited Time With Your Pets 

In this regard, boarding wins hands down when it comes to the total amount of time is spent with your pet throughout the day. A pet sitter comes to your home 1-4 times a day (depending on the type of pet you have) and stays for an average of 20-40 minutes at a time.

In a high quality boarding facility, your pet will have access to other pets to play with for an average of 6-8 hours a day.

No Interaction With Other Animals

If your pet is a social butterfly, they may benefit from getting to spend the day making new friends with other vacationers at the boarding facility.

This can give your pet an opportunity to learn new social skills and also burn off a lot of energy playing with other pets.

Since in-home pet sitting is based in your own home and we come to you, your pets are limited to the interactions of its own pack if you have more than one pet. If you have only one pet, depending on his personality, he may get a bit lonely in-between visits with his pet sitter.

Pet Sitting Can Cost More 

Professional pet sitting is a personalized service that requires us to come directly to your home multiple times a day and provide your pet with customized care and one on one attention.

As a result, pet sitting can be more expensive than boarding especially if you opt to use overnight pet sitting services in which the pet sitter actually spends the night in your home with your fur baby.

Conclusion 

There are downsides to boarding and there are downsides to pet sitting. The key to picking the right pet care services for your pet is to make your decision based on educating yourself about the pros and cons of each option, knowing what your pet would do best with and evaluating what you, as the pet parent, are most comfortable with for your babies.

To find out more about the benefits of in-home pet sitting click here 

Top 3 Pet Care Options In Northville

IMG_1196Traveling for business? Planning a family vacation? Weekend getaway planned with you and your spouse? It’s fun to travel and experience the world outside of Northville…unless you have pets. What do you do with them while you’re away? Who will take care of them? Sometimes the stress of finding pet care is enough to keep pet parents from traveling and enjoying life.

If you’re one of the unfortunate pet parents out there who haven’t traveled in ages because you just don’t know what to do with your fur babies – here are some options to consider so you can go out and enjoy the world without worrying about your pets:

In-Home Pet Sitting

Hiring a professional pet sitter to come into your home 1-4 times a day or stay overnight to take care of your babies is a great pet care option. Not only do your pets get to stay in the comfort of their own home and stay on their regular routines, you also have the added benefit of having your home regularly checked on and cared for as well.

With in-home pet sitting you don’t have to worry about pick-up and drop-off times, updating vaccines or exposure to other pets. Pet sitting is a very personalized service that provides your pet with one on one attention and care that’s customized to your fur baby.

Boarding Facilities 

Don’t like the idea of someone coming into your home? Maybe your dog has severe separation anxiety and doesn’t do well when left alone for any length of time?

Taking your pet to a boarding facility may be more to you and your pet’s liking. With boarding, your dogs (and cats) can regularly play with other friends and burn off energy, by regularly supervised by staff and you can even pay a bit extra to get extras like one-on-one play time with the staff or a walk.

Boarding facilities can be a great place for socialization and a good cure for loneliness in dogs that cannot handle being left at home alone.

Private In-Home Boarding

Like the idea of boarding but not the idea of your pet being around hoards of other animals in a loud facility? Check out private, in-home boarding.

In-home boarding can vary widely from your pet being the only animal in the home, to having several other playmates to bunk with during their stay. You get all of the benefits of boarding without your pet being exposed to the noise and amount of pets at a facility. In-home boarding can be your pet’s “home away from home”.

Conclusion 

Only you know what would be best for your babies (and your peace of mind). Do plenty of research on the different pet care options and also the care-providers out there and you will be able to find a reliable pet care situation that will give you peace of mind and allow you to get out there and enjoy all the things traveling has to offer.

What Should You Expect From A Professional Pet Sitter?

There are many articles out there on “How To Find The Right Pet Sitter” or “What To LookDSCN0178 For In A Pet Sitting Company” but what happens after that? After you’ve hired the pet sitting company and they’ve taken care of your pets for the first time, how do you know if your pet sitting service is really that good and is “the one”?

Here are a couple of key things to help you determine if your pet sitter is “the one”.

Your pet sitter/pet sitting company should be professional

Yes, we are taking care of dogs and cats which doesn’t require the same level of professionalism as say, meeting with your lawyer, but a professional pet sitting business should be just that…professional.

Your pet sitter should be:

  • Friendly and considerate when you interact with them
  • They should listen to your concerns and answer any of your questions
  • Dress professionally (obviously a pet sitter isn’t going to show up to your house in a suit and tie but they shouldn’t be letting their “goods and services” hang out, have ripped up raggedy clothes on or wear clothes with profanities/offensive material on them)
  • Answer phone calls, texts (if they allow them) or emails within a reasonable amount of time, especially while your pets are in their care

Your pet sitter should make you feel comfortable 

We all have different ways of training, disciplining and overall interacting with our pets. Your pet sitter should respect your wishes when it comes to handling your pets.

It’s okay for your pet sitter to politely offer suggestions of things they think may improve your pet’s quality of life, behavior or your relationship with them but they shouldn’t be pushy, use their own methods without your permission or be condescending to you about the way you do things.

Your pet sitter should leave your house clean and well taken care of

This statement is not to be taken out of context of course. Your pet sitter is not going to come in to your already messy home and clean it for you, but they should leave your home exactly how they found it.

  • Your pet’s water bowls should be clean and mildew free
  • Your cat’s litter box should be clean and the area around it swept (obviously depending on the amount of time the has lapsed between visits their may be some litter on the floor but there’s a big difference between the build up of a few hours to a day and several days of neglect)
  • Dog/cat food cans should be in the garbage or recycling not left on the counter with left over food in them
  • Leashes, collars etc. should be put back where they were found
  • Some pet sitters will even do a bit of vacuuming for you to clean the build up of pet hair before you return home

While some of these things may seem a bit obvious while others seem a bit overly critical, maybe even “demanding”, when you’re trusting someone to care for your fur babies and paying top dollar for them to do so, you should expect the best and nothing less.

Disclaimer: pet sitters are humans and are bound to make mistakes,especially during the first few visits when your pet sitter is really getting to know your pets and their routines. Give them a bit of grace and respectfully address any concerns you may have with your pet sitter or the owner of the company. 

Do Cats Need Wet Food In Their Diet?

Wet VS Dry Food has always been a great debate in the cat lover community with many different views. Some cat owners will Do Cats Need Wet Food feed their cats only dry food, others only feed canned food and others feed a mixture of both. So what should you feel your cat?

I’d like to start off by saying you should always consult with your veterinarian about your cat’s dietary needs as they know your cats medical history and needs.

Here are some facts about the benefits of feeding canned food to help you in determining what’s best for your cat.

Higher Water Content

Cats who eat canned food are better hydrated. In the wild, cats consume most of their water from their prey. Dry food contains an average of 10% water content while canned food is made up of about 78% water content. If you’re feeding your cat only dry food, chances are they aren’t getting as much water throughout the day as they should. Be sure to supply your cat with clean water at all times to encourage her to drink.

Higher Level Of Proteins 

Cats are carnivores and therefore survive off of meat and proteins. Canned food contains higher levels of protein (40-60% average) than dry kibble (33% average). Proteins help your cat produce amino acids which aides her body in things like growth, cell production and regulation of her bodies normal functions.

Though there are some slight benefits to canned food over wet food, neither one is nutritionally incomplete and can be fed on it’s own. Allowing your cat a mix of both wet and dry food in his diet is a great way to be sure that they’re receiving balanced nutrition as well as enough hydration.

There are so many different flavor combinations when it comes to canned food, try a few out and see what your cat likes best. Feeding them a variety in their canned food can help even the pickiest eaters stay satisfied.