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- Five Dos and Don'ts for Pet Owners this Independence Day
Last year around this time, most of us had acquiesced to a life less fulfilling than before. We stayed indoors, learned a hobby, and started drinking wine with our pets instead of human company. We truly lost our sense of freedom all due to an icky virus. So, now that we are all vaccinated, we know that this Independence Day is going to be EPIC! But before we indulge, let us not forget about our old drinking buddies, a.k.a. the fur babies. Below are the top dos and don'ts for keeping your pets comfortable this Fourth of July. Do... Keep dangerous items out of reach. Matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles, insect coils, tiki torch oil, sparklers, glow sticks, and fireworks all contain harmful chemicals that can cause illness or death if ingested or inhaled in large amounts. So, though these items may be fun and festive for us, keep them away from fur kids who don't know any better. Be mindful of the heat. Your pet can't tell you if the heat is making them uncomfortable. If your fur baby is outside with you, look for signs that they may be overheating (excessive panting, drooling, lethargic behavior, slow or heavy breathing, etc.). And always provide a respite area in the shade and cool water. Leave your pets home. If you're planning on visiting a friend or family member's BBQ, leave your fur baby home. Though it's tempting to bring them along, remember, they may not have as much fun as you when they're surrounded by new people and scary fireworks. Make a little fortress for your fur kid. It is a safe bet to leave your fur baby in an escape-proof area of your home. Even if they are not at a party with fireworks, sounds of nearby fireworks are still very frightening to fur kids, and they may run off because of the sound. Update your pet's tags and microchip. Though we hope you won't need it, it's best practice to make sure your pet's ID tags and microchip both reflect accurate contact information. Runaways due to fireworks happen often, but most pets are reunited with their parents due to good forethought and planning. Don't... Bring your pet to a large gathering or one that has fireworks. If you are dead-set on brining your fur kid with you to a party, just make sure it's a low-key one. Your fur kid may not enjoy the crowds like you do...and we've yet to meet a dog that loves the sound of fireworks. Leave alcoholic drinks where pets can reach them. Despite all the drinking references, the truth is that companion animals do not process alcohol like humans do. If a pet accidentally ingests an inappropriate amount of alcohol it may cause severe physical problems and can potentially be life threatening. Apply any sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet. Though these products are safe for people, there are chemicals in sunscreen and insect repellents that could result in serious injury to your pet, including neurological problems. Ingesting these products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. Feed your pet table scraps. We know it's tempting to share, but avoid table scraps and bones from grilled meat. There are many foods that can upset your pets stomach, and many of them are used in seasonings! So play it safe and stick to kibble. Bring your pet to a large gathering or one that has fireworks. If you are dead-set on brining your fur kid with you to a party, just make sure it's a low-key one. Your fur kid may not enjoy the crowds like you do...and we've yet to meet a dog that loves the sound of fireworks. We hope these tips help you have a great Fourth of July weekend! If you're leaving your fur kiddo behind, we'd be happy to help out while you're gone. You can learn more about us here, or you can meet one of our fantastic sitters with no obligation to use us!
- Post Pandemic Pet Care: What do I do if my pet has anxiety?
Quarantine was a stressful time for all of us. But it created the perfect environment for many of us to start a hobby, achieve a personal goal, or finally be able to grow our families with a new, furry addition. Those in the last category, with a new dog or cat in the mix, might be noticing some concerning behavior from our furry friends now that we are getting back to normal. Unfortunately, we can't all keep our pandemic schedules, and any schedule change can be stressful and anxiety-inducing for our fur babies. Here are some signs that your fur kid isn't adjusting very well to post pandemic life: They have potty accidents they didn't have before Destructive behavior (ripping apart the couch, chewing on the stairs, scratching doors) becomes common when you're away Excessive barking, howling, or meowing Acting out aggressively to strangers or new pets Excessive drooling Panting when not in the heat or exercising Being lethargic or seeming depressed They become restless Your pet develops repetitive actions They have a reduced or increased appetite Does this sound like your fur baby? If so, you're not alone. Even seasoned pet owners are seeing changes in their pet's behavior after being at home for so long. Just because you've been home, however, doesn't mean you have to be stuck there because your pet has developed an over-attachment. Here's some steps you can start taking so that your transition back to work (or that long-deserved vacation) can happen without stressing your pet out. Make sure your pet has structure. To prevent anxious behavior from becoming worse when you're away, you should always make sure your pet has structure. This could mean they have a set schedule for meals, playtime, and potty time. It could also mean that you give your pet boundaries in your home. By establishing structure, you are letting your pet know that you are in control. Even better, you are setting a standard operating procedure for your pet to follow and they will be able to find security in their boundaries, instead of relying on your presence to keep them calm and collected. Teach them basic commands. If your pet (specifically your dog) doesn't know basic commands, teach them now. It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks and obedience training is not only a great way to bond with your pet, it helps instill good behavioral habits. Give them something else to focus on. No matter how structured or well-behaved your pet is, they may still feel overwhelmed when you're away. A great tactic to help keep them from destructive or rambunctious behavior is to give them something else to focus on while you're gone. This could be something as simple as a kong filled with their favorite snacks or an extra scratching post. For more intellectual stimulation, there are puzzles and games you can leave behind for your pet as well. Don't make abrupt changes. We've spent the last year dealing with the unpredictable. However, one thing we know for sure is that we are starting to leave the house more. To avoid a total anxiety melt-down from your pet, start by going out for short intervals at a time and slowly extend your time away from home. For example, you can start by heading out for one or two hours to grab groceries every few days. Then, the next week, you can spend up to four hours away, then six, then eight. As your pet is adjusting, they won't always be perfect. Get your fur baby a buddy. If you're concerned about your pet's behavior while you're out of the house, get someone to swing by to check on them. With Fluff, you can order a pet sitter to your home, like you would a ride-share, for some on-demand playtime. No matter who you get to visit your pet, they'll enjoy the extra loving. Start getting your pet used to other people. If you are planning an extended time away from home, make sure your pet has time to get acclimated to other people, ideally the person who will be watching them while you're away. If your pet has the chance to get used to another person, they will be less likely to act out when you're enjoying your getaway. For this reason, Fluff offers 20% off of all services scheduled during the week before your vacation dates. Make your home "oops" proof. No matter how much you try and prepare your pet, they may still be a nervous Nelly when you are out of the house. That's why it is always a good idea to make your home anxiety-proof by keeping your pet in an area where they can't do as much damage. This could mean making sure your dog is crate trained, or keeping your cat in an uncarpeted area. No matter how you go about addressing your fur kid's anxiety issues, we know that you love them, and so do they! If your fur kid needs help adjusting, Fluff is here to back you up. To see if your pet is prepared for you to leave, you can always schedule a free consultation with one of our certified sitters. Meeting them doesn't obligate you to use us, but we want to make sure you and your pet are 100% comfortable with us before committing. For more tips and tricks, visit the rest of our blog! In the meantime, we wish you a smooth transition back to normalcy!
- Pet Safe BBQ: Sharable Nom-Noms for Your Fur Baby
Memorial Day is almost here! After the year we've had, we are all ready to have some fun at our patriotic parties; part of which is the all-sacred barbecue. Just the thought of the grill probably has you daydreaming about the perfectly grilled hotdogs and burgers coming your way this weekend. As much as we like those tasty treats, our pets (especially dogs) will be smacking their lips even more! We put together a list of foods that are safe for your furry friends to eat so they can join in the festivities too. Caution: there is always some inherent risk when feeding your pet human food. Make sure that everything is unseasoned, without seeds, and boneless to prevent harm to your pet. If you are not sure if something is for your pet to consume, always check with your vet! Dog Safe Grill Foods Hot Dogs: Hot dogs are the perfect Memorial Day Weekend food to give to your dog because they can be cut up into treat-sized pieces to give to your dog... especially if you've dressed them up! Hamburgers: Fatty meats can be dangerous for your dog's health. That being said, burgers will be hard for your pup to resist. A burger is okay for your pup in in small quantities. If you do decide to share this delicacy with your babe, we recommend only a few pieces of a cooked, plain patty to avoid giving them tummy issues. Other Meats: Foods like chicken, ribs, fish, and other grilled meats are safe to feed your dog, but it is important to remove any and all bones as they can be choking hazards or cause internal damage to your pup. (Some) Veggies: Grilled veggies make for a tasty side or meat replacement at barbecues, and some are also a safe treat to give your to your dog, so long as they don't have any allergies. Here's a list of what veggies your dog can and can't eat, respectively: Fine to eat: Brussel sprouts Carrots Celery Green beans Peas Dangerous to eat: Asparagus Mushrooms Onions Spinach 5. (Some) Fruits: Who doesn't love pineapples in the shape of stars or red, white, and blue fruit platters? Your dog should get to enjoy these deliciously healthy treats as well! But remember, not all fruits are good for Fido...in fact some can be toxic. And always remember to only feed your doggo fruit flesh, not seeds or pits, as these can be poisonous or a choking hazard. Here are the okay and not okay fruits to give your fur baby, respectively. Fine to eat: Apples Bananas Blueberries Cantaloupes Cucumbers (...wait...that's a fruit!?) Cranberries Mangoes Oranges Peaches Pears Pineapples Raspberries Strawberries Watermelon Dangerous to eat: Avocados Cherries Grapes Tomatoes Going to a friend's cookout? If you're headed to a barbecue that your friend or neighbor is hosting, it may be hard to make sure your pet has safe eating options. Besides, who want's to fret about their fur kids while relaxing with people you haven't seen in a while? If you think you'd enjoy your Memorial Day more without your dog at your heels, feel free to leave your baby in our care. We're alway happy to add another furry face to the Fluff family. You can request a time to meet your local sitter here. Meeting your sitter is free to do and comes with no obligation to use us. We just want to see if we're a good fit. In a rush? You can order a sitter to your home, like you would a ride share, by downloading the iOS app, Fluff - Pet Services. Or, check out our website for more info about our services.
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Pets and Their People Come First Fluff understands what the pet sitting biz is all about; the pets! By selecting only the best sitters and making it easy for our clients to schedule quality care, we are confident that we will leave you and your fur baby with wagging tails. Want to skip the reading? Shoot us a message or give us a call. At Fluff, the doggy door is always open! Our Staff Learn More Our Tech Learn More FAQ Learn More
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Getting a professional Pet Sitter is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Download the iOS App, Fluff - Pet Services and create an account. Fill in all of your information under the My Info tab and add your pets under the Your Pets tab. Tap the icon on the main page to make a request. Once you do you can pick your service and time frame.* Need a little extra guidance? We'll be happy to help get you started! Give us a call, email, or follow the detailed instructions we've left below. Call for a pet sitter Call Now email for a pet sitter Send Now iOS App Help *There are three time frame options on Fluff - Pet Services; ASAP, Later Today, and Another Day. ASAP requests are fulfilled immediately, and a sitter will be sent to your home to care for your pet right away. Later Today allows you to request a service for a later time today. Another Day will reroute you to use our third party software Time to Pet. If you do not have a Time to Pet account, one will be created for you within 24 hours of creating a Fluff - Pet Services account. For your convenience, we suggest you download the Time to Pet App for iOS as well to schedule future services with ease.
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Taking time with your Fur Baby Fluff offers two categories of services, timed and FlexSit. All of our services are conducted in your home, whenever you'd like! Click the options below to find out more or, if you're ready, book with us. Dog Walking Pet Sitting Learn More Learn More Overnight Stays Learn More