Working from home

Working from home

We all dream of working from home. Getting up late, staying in our pyjamas and spending time with our pets. But when you are forced to work from home and you have not done so before there may be a few challenges that you will have to deal with relating to your pet. Your dog doesn’t understand that you are now home but need to work and will see this as an opportunity to get some extra attention. 


Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is often put on the back burner while pets are fit and healthy and only need to go to the vet for their yearly check-up and the odd minor problem. 


Holiday checklist

Holiday checklist

Going away for work or on holiday and having to make arrangements for your pets at home can be very stressful. I recommend that you consider your options carefully and don’t leave it to the last minute. 

Once you have decided to use a professional pet sitting service it is important to tell them as much as possible about your pet’s habits for this will make it easier for them to care for your pets. Honesty is important, if your dog is an ‘escaper’ when the door opens or your cat is a scent-marker let them know.


Toxic & Dangerous Foods for your Pet

Toxic & Dangerous Foods for your Pet

As pet owners we always want to spoil our pets with treats and tit-bits from our plates while cooking or cleaning up, but it is vital that we ensure these spoils are safe for our furry friends. Despite how big their eyes get, here are the top 10 dangerous mistakes we commonly make

Garlic: This could cause anaemia and vomiting. Some people believe the ingestion of garlic repels fleas but this is a myth. Rather steer clear.

Rat poison: Although we wish to be rid of small pests, we may end up being rid of one of our pets. Some dogs such as jack Russell are driven by their hunting instinct and consume the poison even when it is hidden behind fridges and washing machines. Rather be safe and find other forms of extermination.

Xylitol: This sugar substitute may cause liver failure as it increases the release of insulin.

Raw/uncooked meat: This is a shocker to most of us but yes, these meats contain bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella. Even bones, which one would think a wild dog would eat, can cause blockages or cuts in their throats/ mouths.

Raisins and grapes: Although these are healthy for humans they can cause kidney failure when ingested by dogs.

Dairy and milk: Even though your milk has gone off and you do not want to waste it, your dogs have problems digesting it as they only release small amounts of lactase and they may get diarrhoea.

Alcohol: This seems obvious but some people enjoy sharing their beer. Under no circumstances should you give any of your pets alcohol. This causes many effects but most importantly it may cause death.

Chocolate: This has many side effects on your pet. They may get diarrhea, vomiting, seizures or hyperactivity. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous and white chocolate is the least.

Caffeine: We may not be able to cope without our morning coffee but your pets can do without. They may develop abnormal heart rhythms, tremors or seizers and you may end up spending your day (and your money) at the vet.

Tuna for cats: This is perfectly fine as a periodic treat but cats cannot eat tuna as their stable diet. Tuna packed for humans my cause mercury poisoning or malnutrition as they do not receive enough nutrients.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the welfare of your pets. We are dedicated to help you care for your pet whether at home or going away.

How to prepare for Holidays

How to prepare for Holidays

Going on holiday is exciting and thrilling, but can sometimes be very stressful when making all the pre-trip arrangements.

One of the things that needs to be part of the planning, is the selection and training of a responsible pet sitter. Whether you make use of a professional pet sitting service or make arrangements with a friend or family member, consider the following tips:

Tag your keys on collection. We advise you to put your name and NOT your address on a tag so that the pet sitter knows exactly whose key they have, without the possibility of introducing a security risk should the keys be misplaced or lost.

Detailed instructions. Ensure you supply as much detail as possible on your information form. This reduces confusion and allows the sitter to always have a reference if their memory fails them.

Communicate your plans. It is important for your sitter to know what time you leave and what time you return home. This is to ensure no feeds/visits are missed. Sitters can also put lights on for you if you are arriving late at night.

Supply all utensils needed. If your pets get tin food, ensure you leave a can opener and spoon. A plastic packet/dustbin is also always appreciated by your sitter.

Lastly, ensure you have left enough food for the duration of your trip. No food will be wasted. We all know that stopping at the shops on your way home from your holiday is annoying and frustrating because you just want to get home and be greeted by your beloved pets.

These tips may seem pretty obvious, but you will not believe how often they are neglected in the rush to get away. By considering our advice next time you leave your pet in the care of a pet sitter, you increase the likelihood of everything going well and making sure that you can enjoy your break without unnecessary interruptions.

How to walk your Dog

How to walk your Dog

Taking your dog for a walk can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for both of you.

But if your dog doesn’t know how to walk on a leash, then this enjoyment can soon turn into frustration and anger.

Here are some basic tips on how to train your dog:

Until your dog learns to walk without pulling, consider all walks to be training sessions.

These training sessions must be frequent, short and fun for your dog.

Dogs pull because they’re full of excess energy, so expend that energy before your leash training by finding other ways to stimulate and exercise your dog beforehand.

Teaching a dog to walk without pulling requires plenty of rewards.

Use highly desirable treats that your dog doesn’t get at any other time.

Walk at a quick pace. If your dog trots or runs, she’ll have fewer opportunities to catch a whiff of something enticing, and she’ll be less inclined to stop and eliminate every few steps.

You are far more interesting to your dog when you move quickly.

Walk to the door and pick up the leash.

If your dog races around, barks, whines, spins or jumps up, just stand completely still. Do and say absolutely nothing until your dog calms down a bit.

As soon as she has all four paws on the floor, slowly reach toward her to clip on the leash. If she starts to bounce around or jump up on you, quickly bring your hands (and the leash) back toward your body.

Wait again.

Then slowly attach her to the leash. Repeat this until your dog can stand in front of you, without jumping up or running around, while you clip on her leash.

Once your dog walks beautifully on leash it is time to take the leash off.