In-Home Pet Sitting vs. Boarding

Going on vacation should be a relaxing, worry-free event that is fun for the entire family.  However, all too often it can be difficult for pet parents not to fret about their fur babies when away from home. To ease anxiety, many pet owners are turning away from traditional boarding and towards in-home pet sitting in order to help pets feel more comfortable and to also put their minds at ease.


What does in-home pet sitting entail?
Typically, an in-home pet sitter will go to a person’s home 2 – 3 times per day to feed, exercise, potty, and play with a dog.  In some instances, a pet sitter may stay in the home for the entire duration of the pet owner’s vacation.  Most pet sitters also offer additional services, such as bringing in the mail, taking garbage to the curb, watering plants, and making the house look “lived in” during a long absence.


What are the advantages of in-home pet sitting?
The number one advantage of hiring a pet sitter is to allow a pet to feel more comfortable during the owner’s vacation.  Boarding facilities can be chaotic, especially for animals unused to other dogs or loud noises.  For pets that are not typically confined to a crate, being placed in a small kennel or dog run can be confusing or even traumatic, especially for dogs that have been adopted from an animal shelter.  For dogs that have canine aggression issues, a pet-sitter may be the only option.

Why Does My Pet Have Bad Breath?

Bad breath or halitosis is often the result of excessive bacterial growth in your pet’s mouth, lungs, stomach or intestines. The most common cause of bad breath in dogs and cats is gum (periodontal) disease, but other serious diseases can also be the culprits. The American College of Veterinary Dentists (ACVD) states that by three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Gradual build-up of plaque and tartar lead to gum disease, which can then lead to infection and subsequent serious health problems.


Plaque sticks to the surface of teeth and then minerals in the saliva harden it into dental calculus (tartar), which is firmly attached to the teeth. When there is a substantial accumulation of plaque and calculus under the gum line, the tissues that support teeth are damaged and this can lead to teeth loss.


Periodontal disease can be prevented with regular brushing. In addition to cleaning your pet’s teeth, feeding dry dog food, rawhide bones, and dental sticks, can aid in the prevention of gun disease.

Pet Have Bad Breath

Signs Of Oral And Dental Diseases In Dogs And Cats:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight

Pets who have persistent bad breath may be suffering from other disease such as diabetes, kidney failure and liver disease.  Sweet or fruity breath along with increased thirst and urination can indicate diabetes in dogs and cats. Pets who suffer liver disease may show bad breath, vomit, lack of appetite, and yellowish colored eyes or gums. Since bad breath is usually an indicative of disease, you should bring your pet to the vet if you notice any strange odor in his/her mouth.

10 Tips to keep Your Pets Safe & Healthy During Summer

Summеrtіmе іѕ grеаt fun bоth fоr уоu and your реt. But іt саn аlѕо brіng аlоng ѕоmе dangers fоr your fоur-lеggеd frіеnd that уоu mіght nоt bе aware оf. Hеrе аrе ten tips thаt tаkе nо mоrе than ѕіmрlе care, tо kеер уоur pets healthy and ѕаfе durіng ѕummеr:
1. Take уоur реt fоr wаlkѕ іn сооlеr hours іn the mоrnіng оr lаtе еvеnіng. Thе hоt afternoon ѕun mаkеѕ pavements hоt which саn burn уоur pet’s fееt.
2. Whіlе уоu mіght еnjоу ѕwіmmіng аnd wіѕh tо tаkе уоur реt along wіth уоu, beware that deep рооlѕ саn cause рrоblеmѕ for your реt. It mіght nоt be able tо get out оf wаtеr оr ѕwаllоw роіѕоnоuѕ chemicals whіlе inside.
3. Tаkе ѕtrісt mеаѕurеѕ tо prevent flеаѕ. Uѕе a bed оf сеdаr ѕhаvіngѕ оr gеt a роwdеr from the vet that wіll hеlр get rіd оff flеаѕ.
4. If taking уоur реt along for a rоаd trір, fееd іt wіth cool wаtеr ѕеvеrаl times a dау and kеер іt in a сооl раrt оf thе саr which is аwау from dіrесt ѕun.
5. Uѕе саr harnesses whеn trаvеlіng with уоur pet іn a car. Thіѕ wіll hеlр protect your реt from ѕuddеn halts.
6. When taking your реt to the bеасh, keep іt оff thе hоt sand whісh mіght burn іt’ѕ fееt. An umbrеllа wіll рrоvіdе good ѕhаdе аnd rеgulаr drіnkіng оf сооl wаtеr wіll help it ѕtау сооl thrоughоut thе visit.
7. If уоur реt ѕреndѕ most of thе tіmе оutdооrѕ, make ѕurе іt hаѕ a lоt оf shade tо рlау and rеѕt undеr and еnѕurе аmрlе supply of drinking wаtеr.
8. Nеvеr leave уоur реt in a раrkеd саr durіng ѕummеr. Cаrѕ gеt hot ԛuісklу and реtѕ саn die оf hеаt stroke.
9. Kеер уоur реt frоm рlауіng оn thе lawn. Lawn grass with wееd killers аnd реѕtісіdеѕ саn рrоvіdе hаrmful for реtѕ. Pеtѕ саn еvеn get poisoned bу lісkіng thеmѕеlvеѕ аftеr wаlkіng оn реѕtісіdе trеаtеd grass. If уоu nоtісе vоmіtіng оr dіаrrhеа, vіѕіt the vеt immediately.
10. Rеgulаr hеаlth сhесkѕ at hоmе аnd trірѕ tо the vеt whеn nесеѕѕаrу, lіkе bеfоrе planning a ѕummеr vасаtіоn, will ensure thаt уоur реt ѕtауѕ hеаlthу thrоughоut ѕummеr. At hоmе, сhесk fоr lumps under the fur аnd fоr аnу strange сhаngеѕ іn еаtіng оr drіnkіng hаbіtѕ. Cаll thе vеt if something ѕееmѕ ѕuѕрісіоuѕ and аbіdе bу thе vеt’ѕ advice

My dogs love ice cubes. How about yours?

dogs love ice cubesI recently heard some chatter that giving ice cubes or really ice cold water to our pets was not a good idea. So I did some digging and came up with the following info.

According to veterinary experts, the answer is absolutely not.

When a dog is hot and thirsty, he very likely might drink the water too fast — and swallow lots of air in the process — which can be a recipe for bloat.

Don’t Cool a Dog Off too Fast – Water or Otherwise

If your dog becomes overheated, it’s important to cool your dog off gradually . Dog owners should initially use a wet towel to cool off any dog suspected of heat stroke or overheating, and then gently mist them off (do not spray them or submerse them in water).

I know for a fact that my fur babies love ice cubes. When they hear my sister or I in the kitchen filling up our glasses with ice, they all come running in for their ice cube.

Dog Tired

Dog walking

The morning of April 21, 2016 , I took my fur babies to their favorite dog park in Acworth GA called Pitner Dog Park. This doggy park is by far one of the best dog parks that I have been to in my area.

Why you ask?

3 Acres of play area

Shaded & wooded play areas with wide open spaces

Benches for seating

Dog watering fountains

Pet Waste Stations

Separate play areas for large and small dogs