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Christmas is ahead, which also means that you’re going to be incredibly busy. While you’re busy going to parties, baking, cleaning the house, and entertaining in your own home, it’s important to not forget your pets. This is a time of year when everyone should feel happy and loved.
It’s important to include pets in your holiday and Christmas activities. Here are a few fun activities to include everyone during this happiest time of the year.
Many pet supply stores and charitable animal organizations will hold a special event in your city in December. This is when you get to have a photo of your pet taken with Santa. Many photographers will also come to your house (a better option if you have cats too), and take photographs of the entire family. Your pets should be included in any and all photographs of the family.
Nothing is better after a big meal than heading outside for a walk around the neighborhood. Don’t forget the dogs. The last thing you want to do is have your pet sense that you feel inconvenienced that they need to be walked after their daily meals. Our pets will also feel happy knowing that everyone is going on the walk. If your cat loves going out on a leash, include them too. Walking will help to wear off that big meal and also help to stretch muscles that can become tight after all that sitting and chatting you’ll do over Christmas time.
It’s Christmas Time!
Many families on Christmas Eve like to open at least one gift before the big day. Don’t forget to include your pets. For extra fun, play hide-a-gift. Your dog or cat can hunt for their treats that you’ve strategically placed around the living room. You can even hide small gifts for the kids or adults, but never hide chocolates, as these are poisonous to dogs and cats.
If your city gets snow in winter, head outdoors to build a snowman, and have snowball fights. Your dog will have fun chasing after the snowballs. If you don’t get snow, then head outside and toss a ball around in a circle. Your dog can be in the middle and try to grab it out of the air.
When you buy gifts for your family, don’t forget your pets. There should be gifts under the tree for your pets on Christmas Day. If they are catnip or food, it’s not necessary to put them under the tree until gift opening time, unless you don’t mind your pet getting into them too early.
You don’t want your pet sad and moping in the corner because you are playing a game or eating a meal and excluding them. But when you include them in your Christmas activities, they’ll feel happy and loved. They’ll even be excited next year when they see the Christmas tree go up!
The true meaning of Christmas is spending time with family, but you don’t want your furry friends to feel left out while everyone is unwrapping gifts. Dogs and cats should be on your gift list this year. But it can be difficult to think of a special Christmas gift to give a pet when you’ve already spoiled them throughout the year.
Here is the definitive Christmas gift guide for dogs and cats.
1. Higher quality treats or food.
Most dogs aren’t fussy about what they eat, while cats are more particular. But often we reach for the grocery store brand food, which is cheap and perhaps not all that healthy for them. This season, head to a pet supply store and buy them a high-quality dog or cat food. Look for ones that have a limited amount of grain fillers (animals don’t eat that in the wild), and a minimum of food additives that can cause upset tummies.
2. Handcrafted toys.
You’ve bought the cheap toys for your pet, but now it’s time to head to a local craft fair or market to buy them some really nice gifts. Handmade toys are sturdier and more durable than a cheap toy made overseas. You can also feel assured that the toys have been made from organic fabric, and are free of toxins.
3. Handmade blankets.
Does your dog or cat go through a lot of blankets in the week? Blankets can cover a pet bed, making it last much longer. Plus, it’s a lot easier to wash a couple of blankets during the week than it is to stuff an entire pet bed into the washing machine. To make your gift extra-special, buy some nice fleece material from the fabric store and sew it yourself. Don’t worry if there are imperfections, your pet won’t even notice!
4. Heating pad.
There are special heating pads made just for pets. If your pet is getting older, chances are they suffer from arthritis or sore muscles just like we do. A heating pad will help to ease sore and stiff joints. These special pet heating pads are designed with additional safety features. They also have auto-shut-off switches, just in case you forget to turn it off before you leave for work.
5. Nice dishes.
Have you been using any old dish for your pet? Likely they clank and move around the floor. Instead, buy them stainless steel bowls that fit within a durable wooden structure. This helps the dishes to stay put and also keeps their food station a lot cleaner. Look for a set that has three bowls in it, rather than two: wet food, dry food, and water bowl.
When you’re trying to think up a good Christmas gift for your pet, consider their needs. This should help to solve one of your pet care problems. Just imagine how excited your pet will be when they see their special gifts on Christmas Day!
When you’ve been pet sitting for any length of time there will be certain questions that you’ll need to address. These questions won’t necessarily involve pet care. Pet owners may ask you to provide some services that you don’t normally provide.
How do you tackle the issue of providing additional services? Should you say no? And what happens when they don’t want to pay you more?
Stay Clear & Concise in Your Pet Contract
Simple Puppy makes it easier for pet owners to find pet sitters and other pet services, while the dog walker, pet sitter, grooming service, or vet clinic can find clients for their businesses.
It’s important to keep communication open when you are messaging back and forth. You want to outline all of your services in a concise and clear manner. Will you wash the dog and cat food dishes on a daily basis? Yes! But you won’t unload the dishwasher or do the human’s dishes for them.
Sometimes Flexibility is Required
Sometimes pets can be messy. This may involve the puppy peeing on the floor, or the cat pooping outside the litter box. It’s not something that you want to just leave there for their owners to clean up when they return home. The smart pet sitter factors this into their pricing. It actually doesn’t take that long to clean up a mess from the floor.
Sometimes cats vomit up their food or a hairball. You’ll want to clean this up too. Yes, do feel free to sweep up pet litter that’s gotten all over the bathroom floor, but there is no need to vacuum cat fur out of all the furniture.
Sometimes the dog or cat will fall asleep on your lap and you’ll be happy to spend an extra five minutes with them.
Not Pet-Related or in the Contract, Don’t Do It
It can be tempting to want to vacuum or clean a dirty home but don’t do it. Most people are particular about their belongings, and they don’t want things touched or moved around. Keep your services directly related to the dogs or cats you are pet sitting, and what is in your contract with them.
In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to include additional fees for additional services that may not be related to pets. Stay firm with clients who want you to clean their homes or go shopping. You’re there to spend one-on-one time with their pets, not to clean their homes and any additional pet-related services will require an extra fee. You may wish to have your base hourly fee, a minimum charge (one hour), and then add-ons for additional services when required.
Don’t be afraid to turn down a pet sitting gig if you feel it’s not right for you, or if someone is making you feel bad over your services or fees. There are thousands of other pet owners in your city who are in need of your amazing pet services.
Did you know that you should find a good veterinarian before your dog or cat gets sick? It can be an exciting time bringing a new pet into the home but don’t forget about their health and welfare. If you have adopted a new dog, cat, puppy, or kitten, you should book a visit within their first 48 hours of living with you. This is to ensure that rabies and other vaccinations have been done, deworming and flea meds were given and that they’re generally healthy and happy.
Here are a few tips to help you find the best veterinarian, as the last thing you want during a pet emergency is to end up at the wrong clinic.
Ideally, a veterinary clinic should be within walking distance of your home. You can quickly put your dog or cat in a carrier, or your larger dog in a crate, and being at the clinic in five or ten minutes. You should also have a second clinic in mind for 24-hour emergency vet care. These types of clinics charge more for their services, but it’s helpful to know where they’re located, should your pet become sick or injured in the middle of the night.
Have all the vets at the clinic attended a good veterinary college in the USA? Do you recognize the name of the school? Does the clinic have fully qualified veterinary assistants and receptionists? The person you speak to over the telephone should be fully educated in medical terminology.
3. Book a visit.
Most clinics encourage an initial booking that is more an introduction than providing actual medical care. This preps your pet for future visits. Take note of whether your dog or cat likes the vet, or if they seem fearful. Perhaps there’s another vet at the clinic that they might like better.
4. Fear-free clinic.
Many clinics have received certification in a fear-free environment for pets. These types of clinics are designed to ease the stress and anxiety that a dog or cat may feel in a clinic. For example, some clinics are set up as living rooms, with couches, chairs, and scratching posts for cats. There are comfortable rugs on the floor. Pheromones are used to destress your pet. The vet actually gets down on the same level as the pet to provide their care.
5. Fee schedule.
One of the most common concerns a pet owner has is how much it will cost to bring your dog or cat to the clinic for a checkup, vaccines, and emergency treatments. Ask to see the clinic’s fee schedule. You should know that these fees can vary greatly between each clinic. It’s helpful to what to expect in advance. And just because a clinic charges premium rates doesn’t mean that it’s better than the clinic down the street who charges reasonable rates.
With a bit of research on our Simple Puppy apps, you and your pet will find quality veterinarian care. Keep this information on your fridge in the event of an emergency.
Do you have a dog sitting business and have received a request to pet sit at a home that has both dogs and cats? Are you wondering if cats are much different than dogs? While our furry friends require the same love and attention, some aspects of pet care can vary between species.
Varying Dietary Requirements
You should never feed a dog cat food, or a cat dog food, as much as they try to deceive you! Both cat food and dog food have special nutrients. For instance, taurine is an essential nutrient for cats that is added to all cat food. Dogs also require taurine but it doesn’t have to be added to their dog food as their bodies naturally synthesize it.
Dogs and cats also need different volumes of food during the day. Some cats are fed smaller amounts of food three times a day, while dogs do well on two meals.
It can be tricky separating dog and cat meal times. Your best option is to follow all instructions given by the pet owner, as they know how to deal with pets who want to sample each other’s food. A possible solution is to be feed cats in a different room, on the countertop, or somewhere where a dog can’t reach their food.
Dog & Cat Walking
Some cats love to go outside on the leash. Find out from your client if their cat likes leashed walks, and if so, can you bring all pets for a walk at the same time. Perhaps the cat should only be leash walked within the confines of their own yard.
Most cats won’t be offended if you head outdoors for a walk with the dog. But don’t be surprised if you discover they’ve taken over the dog bed in your absence!
Dogs are generally more social animals than cats. With cats, it depends on how many humans they met as kittens, and whether the humans obeyed their needs. Don’t be surprised if you go pet sitting and the kitty hides under the couch or bed.
It’s a good idea to do pet inventory as soon as you arrive in a home. Most experts advise keeping all indoor-outdoor cats inside for the duration of their owner’s vacation, as cats have been known to find new homes if they think their owners aren’t returning. If the kitty is indoors-only, never let the cat outside, no matter how much they beg.
One thing a dog lover needs to know about cats is that their tempers can change in seconds. One moment they’re loving and happy, the next they’re hissing and biting. If this happens, say “ouch” and back away. If you have a bite or scratch, head to the bathroom to wash the wound and apply antibiotic cream.
If the cat has some no-go zones, their owner should let you know in advance. It’s a general rule to never pick up a cat, as most don’t like it.
It can be exciting to get to know your client’s pets. Remember to provide exceptional care for your clients and your schedule will quickly fill up!
You may think that you’re grooming your dog properly, or that your hired dog groomer spends a few minutes attending to your dog’s needs, but the truth is that each individual dog breed has specific grooming needs.
While it may be easier to find a dog groomer on the Simple Puppy site and app, you should be aware of the right ways to groom your dog. If your dog is mixed breed, choose the following breed category that closely matches your dog’s coat.
These types of breeds have curly coats and include bedlington terriers, kerry blue terriers, and poodles. They don’t shed, but their fur needs to be dematted with a slicker brush, or metal comb, about twice a week. They should visit a pro groomer about once a month.
These types of dogs have a light undercoat with a long coarse outer coat. These breeds include Lhasa apsos, shih tzus, and Tibetan terriers. All types of tools are suitable. These dogs need to be groomed several times a week, with a visit to a professional groomer once a month.
Long Silky & Long Double
These types of dogs don’t have an undercoat. Long silky breeds include Maltese, silky terrier, and Yorkshire terrier, while long and double breeds include chows, coolies, and samoyeds. The best tools to use are the Slicker and a fine-toothed comb. You can brush them at home every second day. They need a professional grooming about once a month.
Breeds that have a short double coat include the Labrador retriever and the Rottweiler. These dogs grow a short double coat. The top part is straight and coarse, while the undercoat is soft and thick. These dogs need to be brushed at least twice a week, but you’ll have to brush them more frequently in the spring and summer when their hair sheds. A variety of tools can be used on them, including the pin brush, metal comb, Furminator, and the Slicker. They should visit a professional groomer about six times a year.
Dog breeds that have a short but smooth coat include basenjis, doberman pinschers, and pugs. These dogs only need to be brushed once a week with a hound glove or a bristled brush. They can visit the professional groomer about four to six times a year.
These types of breeds include airedales, schnauzers, terriers, and wirehair dachshunds. These breeds have a short but coarse fur coat that is dense and hard. Their backs will have softer fur. The best type of tool to use is a slicker brush or a medium-toothed comb. You’ll want to brush and comb your dog at least twice a week. These types of dogs need frequent grooming visits, usually about every six to eight weeks.
Even a hairless dog may have some fur on their legs or tail that needs grooming. If your dog’s coat is need of care, you can find a great professional groomer through our Simply Puppy website and app.