Foods That are GOOD For Dogs

Foods That are GOOD For Dogs

So, you have probably seen dozens and dozens of posts of what NOT to give to your dog or to be aware of while you are cooking. Wouldn't it be nice to hear some positive news, like what is OKAY for your dog to eat?  I have listed below 10 things that your dog can eat safely (and just may be good for them, too)! 1.  Apple slices (no cores) - This provides antioxidants and boosts immunity. 2.  Spinach - Increases iron, anti inflammatory, contains calcium and anti-cancer properties. 3.  Pumpkin (baked or canned) - aids in problematic digestion, and helps constipation and diarrhea. 4.  Green Beans - vitamins, high in fiber and a low calorie filler (snacks in between meals). 5.  Watermelon - Antioxidants, lycopene, nutrients, helps hydration on hog days. 6.  Cantaloupe - easy to digest, a vitamin punch, beta carotene, may help reduce and prevent growth of cataracts. 7.  Carrots - filling teats for overweight dogs on diets, good for oral hygiene, use to help with "chewers." 8.  Blueberries - anti-oxidants, occasional rare treat. 9.  Pears - Good for cardio and high in dietary fiber. 10. Sweet Potatoes - increase in amino acids, good for muscles, has antioxidant properties. There you have it ... 10 foods that are GOOD for your dog, and most likely, they will like them. I really depends on the dog. You will find treats made with these foods as well.Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new...

Pets are Family – Even for your Pet Sitter

Last year toward the end of summer, a client of mine moved due to a shift in his job. Unfortunately, the move was out of my service area and too far to drive. I took care of his two Pugs and his cat 5 days a week. Boopadoo was a young, rambunctious Pug who was full of energy and loved to just run and run. She helped me lose weight as I ran with her around the apartment complex. Cody was a very old Pug who just liked to get out to potty and smell the fresh air and walk a bit in the grass. Kitty was an older cat, but loved to be petted and enjoyed getting her little treat each day. I realized the very first week or so how much I missed them. Today, though, at a Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee, I saw my client and we talked about the Pugs and Kitty. Boo now has a yard that she just loves and runs around like crazy. She helps Cody stay in this life as she keeps her on her toes, annoying and playing with her. As we talked, I realized how much these three had become a part of my life for the almost 7 months I took care of them and all their needs. I know my new contractor, Gen, has stayed much longer than the usual allotted time a few mornings for a couple of dogs we watched because they were in a crate all the time. She just wanted them to have fun and run and stretch. I...

Summer and Holiday Get Aways and Pet Sitting Plans

Don't forget your pet's care when you are planning for your summer and holiday plans. Many pet care providers, kennels and in-home pet sitting alike, book up quickly during this time of year. Call your pet care provider as soon as you know the dates of your get away and be sure they are available to care for your furry loved ones!  Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...

Winter… or not? Pet Care Forecasting

It is now February in the Joplin area ... and it is 61 degrees outside! This type of weather makes it particularly difficult to predict what to do with your pets in regards to leaving them in or outside. Take today for example:  I am pet sitting two schnauzers and the owner and I, at the free meet and greet, decided by forecast it is going to be nice outside, so in the morning I would put them outside and then let them in at night, do a little playtime and loving and then crate them for their sleeptime. However, it is to be 61 degrees, but at 7 a.m. it was 32 degrees! The schnauzers are extremely short-haired, so I was concerned that for at least a few hours, these little guys were going to be shivering their little docked tails off! I texted the client an idea that I could put one of their large crates outside facing the house with a blanket over all the other sides to keep the wind from blowing through. She texted back that would be a great idea! So, they are outside.  Tonight it is supposed to rain and we had that covered already with the help of a housekeeper in the a.m. and I would come in the afternoon to let them out for a potty break. So when you are considering what to do with your pets, just try to keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and remember that even though the high may be nice, the low is not so pleasant! You might even consider hiring a pet sitter that already knows...

Why would my cats need daily visits while I’m gone?

While cats seem to be such independent creatures, if they are pets, they still like to know someone is around the house. When an owner goes away, this can distress the cat when there is no one there for over a 24 hour period of time let alone a 48-72 hour period of time. Also, cats like fresh water, fresh food, and a very clean litter box. Just like us, they like to have a clean place to go - how many times have you walked into a public bathroom stall and decided you would use a different one since that one was not clean?! Anything can happen while you are gone and it is nice to know that a professional can be there daily to check on your cat and your house. From personal experience, I have had two instances where if the cat were left alone, it would not have been a good situation for the cat or the owner. One was where a cat had jumped up on the stove and fell in between the wall and the stove. She was rather large and so she was stuck behind the stove on the floor. She could not get out or even turn around and the stove was built into the cabinets. Since I came twice daily to care for the cats, she had not been back there for more than 6 hours or so and I was able to have my husband come over and help me rescue the poor thing. The other was a cat that had been shut in one of the kids' rooms...