Category: Pet Health and Safety

How Important is Canine Flu Vaccination for Chicago and NW Indiana Dogs?

How Important is Canine Flu Vaccination for Chicago and NW Indiana Dogs?
Just as is true in human medicine, advances in veterinary care give us reason to celebrate. However, they can also be a source of stress when it comes to making health care decisions for our dependent pets. It can be hard to keep up with current recommendations while navigating through the tangle of varied opinions that is... Read more »

Does Your Emergency Pet Contact Have an Emergency Contact? Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Kind Friends, Take Note!

Does Your Emergency Pet Contact Have an Emergency Contact? Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Kind Friends, Take Note!
If you didn’t catch yesterday’s post on steps to take to create an emergency pet care plan, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to create one, even if you are a young, healthy person. You just NEVER know when something crazy will come along to disrupt your life. Remember this… The time to... Read more »

Young, Single, Pet Owner? Take These 9 Steps to an Emergency Pet Care Plan Because Love Means Having a Safety Net

Young, Single, Pet Owner? Take These 9 Steps to an Emergency Pet Care Plan Because Love Means Having a Safety Net
It is no secret that many pets, like stunning Zeus here, up for adoption at DuPage Animal Care and Control in Wheaton, can wind up in shelters due to the death or prolonged illness/disability of an owner. But, let’s be honest…You probably assume most of those pets belonged to elderly owners, right? Given up because their... Read more »
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Your Dog's Friendliness Still Spells Trouble for Dogs in Need of Space

Your Dog's Friendliness Still Spells Trouble for Dogs in Need of Space
don’t often beg but, today, I’m begging you. This is short, sweet and important. Read. Share. Let’s band together and help our dogs and those who love them be safer when out and about. Sometimes dog owners can develop a dangerous kind of tunnel vision when out walking their dogs. When leashed, dogs eager to... Read more »

Lost Dog or Cat? Missing Pet Partnership is a Resource to Know

Lost Dog or Cat? Missing Pet Partnership is a Resource to Know
With many people looking to add a family pet over the holidays, not to mention current pets dealing with holiday confusion, people in and out, doorbells ringing as packages get delivered, and all the rest, now is a good time to make sure you have some good resources right at your fingers tips in case... Read more »

Boarding Your Dog with a Pet Sitter? Tips for Interviews and Home Visits

Boarding Your Dog with a Pet Sitter? Tips for Interviews and Home Visits
Have you read the prior posts on pet sitting and pet sitting mishaps here, here and here? They are chock full of info for pet sitters and those who hire them, as well as anyone who brings a new dog into their home. In fact, the post on dogs escaping leashes is info everyone should... Read more »
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When a Dog Slips Its Leash (and Tips for Preventing It)

Have you read the recent posts here and here on pet sitting? Please do for more important tips that affect pet sitters and those who use them (as well as anyone who has a new dog at home.) Today, let’s talk about what happens when a dog slips a leash. You would be amazed at... Read more »

Hiring a Pet Sitter? Tips for Reading Online Pet Sitting Profiles

Hiring a Pet Sitter? Tips for Reading Online Pet Sitting Profiles
I lied. I said this was a two part post. I’m making it a three-parter because narrowing down sitters from profiles is a topic all by itself. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please do, as it contains important information for both pet sitters and those who are looking to hire them. Today, let’s talk... Read more »

Thinking of Hiring or Becoming a Pet Sitter? Read This Please

Thinking of Hiring or Becoming a Pet Sitter? Read This Please
This is Part 1 of a two part post. In this age of ‘everything can be freelanced’ from car rides, to shipping, to pet sitting, a lot of people are looking for ways to turn their hobbies and interests into ways to make money. That entrepreneurial spirit is part of what makes this country great,... Read more »
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What Would Happen to Your Pet if Personal or Regional Tragedy Struck? Love Your Pet? Make a Plan

There were dogs that did not get walked in Paris last night. Cats who didn’t get fed. And while this may seem like a small thing in the wake of the lives lost, the families bereaved, the children whose lives will never be the same, and the national (and global) implications of this senseless tragedy,... Read more »