Our Fetch! Corporate office posted these tips and we’d thought they were worth sharing…
November officially kicks off the holiday season! Nothing says the holidays like turkey, decorations and family. But while you’re hauling in the tree and baking holiday treats, remember to consider how these things can affect your pet. In an effort to help your kitty or pup avoid any holiday accidents, here are some “Do’s” and “Don’ts”.
Tempting holiday treats may cause harm
- DON’T feed your pet Thanksgiving Dinner. Turkey and other poultry have small brittle bones that pose a choking hazard to animals. Avoid feeding your pet any turkey.
- DO guard your left overs. Make sure all of your leftovers are in a secure place and that the garbage is not within your pet’s reach.
- DON’T feed your pet your dessert. It’s tempting to share your holiday pies and treats but these foods can cause your little guy a big stomachache. Treats with chocolates are absolutely off limits, as they are highly toxic and deadly to dogs.
– DO stick with your pet’s regular diet to avoid any stomachaches or trips to the vet. If you want to give your pet a festive treat, take a trip to the pet store for a pet appropriate surprise!
Decorations should bring cheer not fear!
- DON’T let your pet play with the Christmas tree. Tree decorations, lights and pine needles can all cause serious problems for your pet if they are digested.
- DO trim low hanging tree branches that your pet may see as a tempting toy or treat!
- DON’T let your pet drink from the tree’s water bowl. Stagnant water can grow bacteria that are hazardous to your pet’s health.
- DO secure a Christmas tree skirt around the bottom of the tree. This will keep pets away from the tree trunk and clear of the lights, decorations, water bowl and from accidentally knocking over the tree!
- DON’T leave poinsettias, lilies and mistletoe on the ground. These plants can be toxic to pets, so keep them out of licking and chewing range.
- DON’T leave holiday presents under the tree or on a coffee table. Pets like to open gifts too! Holiday paper and ribbons can be deadly if they get stuck in your pet’s digestive tract.
- DO speak with guests about pet safety hazards so they don’t unknowingly break the rules and put your pet in harms way.
Remember, the best present you can give your pet for the holidays is a warm safe home! We hope these tips help you and your pet side step any holiday accidents and we wish you a Happy Holidays from everyone at Fetch! Pet Care!
Price Changes, Billing Policy and Fetch! News:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Hello Fetch! Families!
We sincerely want to thank you for your continued patronage as a client of Fetch! Pet Care of Reno, and the opportunity to provide care for your furry and feathered loved one. Over the past year, we have been experiencing rising pet insurance costs, as well as ongoing high gasoline prices. As a result, we find it necessary to change our rates for some of our services beginning November 1, 2013. New rates for the following services are:
In-home overnight sitting – $60 up to 2 pets, $5 each additional pet; $54 up to 2 pets and $5 each additional pet for 7+ consecutive days.
Private Boarding – $50 first pet, $25 each additional pet; $45 first pet, $22.50 each additional pet for 7+ consecutive days.
Book services now through the end of the year by October 31, 2013 to lock in old pricing!
We will also be implementing a new billing policy effecting November 1, 2013.
Mid-Month Billing: We will be adding a mid-month billing. For regular clients, you’ll still receive a monthly service order showing the entire month’s service. On the 15th your credit card will be charged for half the service order. The remainder will be processed on the last day of the month as usual. For vacation pet care clients, this means your service order will be processed after the service has been completed on either the 15th or 30th of the month, whichever is sooner.
Deposits: We will require a 50% deposit on any service order that exceeds $400.
Holiday Booking: In order to secure your pet sitter and confirm your holiday booking for private boarding and in-home overnight care, we will require a 25% deposit. The deposit is refundable if services are cancelled more than two weeks prior to the service start date. If cancelled less than two weeks, the deposit is forfeited – this is to compensate pet sitters who may have declined other pet sitting jobs during our busy holidays. The holiday booking policy applies to services that begin up to 3 days prior to New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And finally, we have some news to share – Fetch! Pet Care is expanding! Fetch! Pet Care and Lucky Mutts have merged, now offering an even larger selection of services, additional service coverage, and more than 30 pet-loving professional pet sitters in the Truckee Meadows.
Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns. We are always happy to work with our clients to find solutions that work for you and your pets!
For the pets,
The team at Fetch! Pet Care of Reno
Dogs are amazing! Did you know that a dog can shake roughly 70 percent of the water from its fur in four seconds? A dog’s loose skin increases the speed at which the water is whipped away while the dog’s backbone goes back and forth only 30 degrees. But it’s not just a super efficient way to rid their hair of water – it’s also pretty darn funny looking.
Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture hilarious freeze-frame shots of various dogs mid-shake. The amusing portraits seem to transform ordinary pets into strangely distorted animals right out of a cartoon. Known for her candid and heartfelt portraits of pets and wildlife, Davidson first began photographing animals while working with the animal care team at the Oregon Zoo. Shake was partially inspired by her own dog Norbert whose drool she regularly scrubs from the walls of her home due to his frequent shaking.
To accompany the book Davidson also teamed up with the folks over at Variable to make a slow motion montage of numerous dogs shaking and rolling their heads. That’s two whole minutes of glorious HD drool. Shake features a total of 130 high speed photos of 61 dogs, some of which are also available as prints.
Great article from petpav.com!
3 Easy Steps to Clean Your Dog’s Ears
Dogs, primarily with flappy ears, are prone to ear infections. If you can clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis, it can help prevent ear infections and/or illnesses associated with the ear. Some dogs have very little ear buildup and simply need their ears wiped out occasionally.
How can you satisfy your need for the companionship that a cat or dog offers, while assuring that your pet is having a happy, fulfilled life? How do you keep your living space attractive, clean and human-friendly while also being an animal habitat?
- Clear whatever pet you intend to get with your landlord first. There’s nothing worse than getting a kitten or puppy only to find out that they aren’t allowed. If you cannot purchase a large pet, maybe you can only keep a small bird, hamster, or fish tank.
- Leash train your dog. Living in a vertical community that accepts pets is a wonderful experience! Since all dogs have different personalities and temperaments, keep your dog close to you when traveling through communal areas like halls and entry/exits.
- Carry a poop bag dispenser. Be prepared when you’re out and about, carry a poop bag dispenser on your leash.
- Housebreak your dog, 100%. Get a proper wire kennel or crate, and work with your dog until s/he is completely trustworthy in the house. Diligence is a must; so until your dog is completely housebroken, do not let them have the run of the house unless you can be there every minute to watch them. Keep your dog in the room with you with the other doors shut until he is 100% potty trained. Use a pet service (like Fetch!) to give your pup a mid-day potty break and keep them on a consistent schedule.
- Keep clean litter all the time. Some first-time cat owners discover to their dismay that Garfield leaves little “presents” for them – everywhere, if their litter is not kept clean. Soon, you will feel like you’re living in a kitty litter box.
- Socialize outside of your home. When introducing your dog to new dogs, its best to do so on neutral territory, such as the dog park or a nearby open space where they won’t feel territorial. Some dogs new to condo living are unsure where their territory starts and ends, so this will help them disassociate the new friend from an intruder.
- Vacuum often. Cats continually shed hair, and they also lick themselves (it’s that clean thing) often. The protein in their saliva binds to the skin dander or hair bits, dries, and then gets airborne with every little whiff of air that passes over it. This becomes almost a “weaponized” allergen, ever-present, everywhere, so vacuum.
- Brush your dog or cat often – outside. This loosens dead hair that’s about to be shed, removes dander, and keeps your dog or cat’s coat healthy and looking fine.
- Keep your pet healthier and happier with some safe access to exercise and play outside, whether it’s a small patio or a dog park. If you aren’t able to exercise them yourself, a professional dog walker can come to your home to take Fido for a frolic.
- Have your pets play with dog and cat toys. Not furniture. A cat needs to sharpen its claws. A dog needs to gnaw on things to clean his teeth and keep his gums healthy.
- Make regular visits to the vet and keep up immunizations. Keeping your pet healthy also insures that any messes they make are just mischief or lack of training and not illness.
- Keep water clean. Try an automatic water bowl.
Fetch! Pet Care of Reno offers a variety of services to help keep you pets healthy and happy! We also offer a 10% Montage resident’s discount. To find out more about Fetch! and all that we have to offer, visit www.fetchpetcare.com/reno
We often post quick tips on our Facebook page, but thought a blog would be a great place to share tales and tips from our experience as professional pet sitters and dog walkers in a more informational format. We plan to share information about pet-related events and happenings, safety tips, information about pet nutrition and well being, pet exercise tips and so much more! Thanks for stopping by….
Jen & Betty