Recent surveys indicate that about 50% of America’s dog population is overweight. Recent surveys also suggest that way less than 50% of Americans think that their pets are overweight. There are several tell tale signs that your pup may be a little pudgy. One way is to stand your dog up and view over the top of him or her. There should be an inward curve just behind the rib cage. If there is a straight line from head to tail, then you may need to put your pooch on a diet. Also, if you view your pet from the side, there should be an upward curve right behind the rib cage. If there is no curve or there is sagginess in the belly, your dog is more than likely in need of losing a few pounds. When you run your fingers over the dog’s rib cage, you should be able to feel each individual rib. If you feel sheets of fat and your hand doesn’t easily slide across the rib cage, there is too much fat! I have found that most people think that you should not be able to see ribs on their dog, but that is actually not the case. One of the perks of having a pet sitter is your dog will be walked regularly and that keeps them healthy and exercised.
Sometimes dogs so things very fast…puppies grow up fast, dogs run fast, play fast, and wag their tails fast. Some dogs even eat fast, which is not something that we, as pet owners, want them to do. The risk of eating too fast is that they can suffer from bloat. Bloat is when speedy eating and gulping cause excessive amounts of air, food, and liquid to fill the stomach and it blows up like a balloon. The result is a trip to the vet and about 25-40% of dogs do not survive. Luckily, pet owners have an easy solution for their pets ravenous eating. It’s called the slow feeder dog bowl. There are many different brands, but they all do the trick. We, at Gwinnett Pet Watchers, have many clients that use these bowls for their dogs and they work great and save lives. Do not take any chances if your dog is a rapid eater. Go get yourself (and your pet) the slow feeder dog bowl!
Dental health is very important to your dog’s health. Get yourself a toothbrush made especially for canines; you can even get a full kit that includes the toothbrush and toothpaste. It is important to get toothpaste made especially for canines or make a paste out of baking soda and water. Never use fluoride with dogs under six months of age—it can interfere with their enamel formation. And please do not use human toothpaste, which can irritate a dog’s stomach. Special mouthwash for dogs is also available—ask your vet. After you have the correct supplies, taking these steps will make brushing a lot easier for the both of you:
- First get your dog used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Massage her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move on to her teeth and gums.
- When your pooch seems comfortable being touched this way, put a little bit of dog-formulated toothpaste or a paste of baking soda and water on her lips to get her used to the taste.
- Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for dogs—it should be smaller than a human toothbrush and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger (or a clean piece of gauze) are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your dog’s gums.
- Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing.
- A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your dog’s gums are inflamed. If your dog has mild gingivitis, brushing too hard can hurt her gums.
- Try to brush two to three times per week.
Following these simple steps can prevent gum disease and tartar on your dog’s teeth and we, at Gwinnett Pet Watchers, recommend it for all of our canine friends!
Have you heard of the cable channel dedicated to entertaining your dogs while you are away from home? It is called DOGTV and according to the network’s creators, their research has proven that it really does appeal to dogs. The theory makes sense…you are at home on a quiet night with your dog curled up next to you on the couch watching tv, when something peaks your pup’s interest. They get up, get close to the television and stare at the screen. Why not create a 24 hour channel with things like bouncing balls, dogs playing at the park together, and grassy fields that your canine friend can enjoy? The channel offers three to six minute segments with sights and sounds that your dog will love. Pair this with a favorite bone or chew toy and you will have entertainment for hours. The channel started out in California, but is now available right here in Lawrenceville, Buford, and all of Gwinnett County through DirecTV or online.
Why do pets eat grass? Well, there are a few different reasons. Some dogs and cats love the taste. Grass contains fiber and some pets find it tasty. Another reason could simply be boredom. Stuck in the back yard by himself, your pet may just decide to eat his troubles away. Are you providing enough exercise for your pet? Another theory is that grass eating could be a form of self-medication. If the behavior starts suddenly, then this could be the case and it could be a sign of something a little more serious if the behavior is not typical of your pet. Whatever the reason, there is no need to panic. Veterinarians consider grass eating among pets to be normal and as long as there are no harmful pesticides or chemicals on the grass, then your pet should be fine. To keep your grass eater safe, use only non-toxic products on your lawn and when in public, keep a careful watch of what your pup puts in his mouth.
What a crazy day at Gwinnett Pet Watchers. We all knew that the snow was coming, but I don’t think any of us had any idea that everyone was going to head home at the same time. This caused absolute gridlock in the city of Atlanta Georgia.
Gwinnett pet watchers is a pet sitting company that covers Gwinnett County. Gwinnett County is a northern suburb of Atlanta. Most of our clients do not work here in Gwinnett, but work inside the perimeter.
Around 1 o’clock on January 28, 2014; my phone started ringing off the hook. Many of my clients were tied up in the traffic trying to get home; and they were worried about their pets. The roads in Lawrenceville, Buford, Dacula, Lilburn and Snellville were just fine. The biggest problem we were running into was the traffic around schools where parents were picking up their children.
We have four sitters that cover Gwinnett County. So we split the clients up and used our knowledge of back roads to stay away from all schools. We were able to get all of our clients home and take care of their four legged kids. Everyone got out to use the bathroom. We gave them fresh water and food and got them settle down to wait for their parents to come home.
Yet another good reason to have a relationship with a pet sitter. You never know when an emergency will strike and you will need help with your fuzzy little friends.
When Gwinnett Pet Watchers was started, gas prices were on average $2.64/gallon. We have tried to keep the prices of our services down, but if prices keep rising and reach the $4.00 mark, we’ll be forced to increase prices. So, since this decision affects our clients, we want to hear from YOU on how we should charge for gas. We’d like for you to tell us whether you would rather us put in a gas surcharge per visit, or just give ourselves a cost of living raise? Take the poll below to give us your preference!
For the month of January, we are offering a 10% discount on pet sitting when you mention the
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