Why Do Dogs Watch—and React to—TV?, By Liz Langley

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say. Dogs watch a Bakers dog food TV advertisement, created especially for canines, in the U.K. in 2012. The one-minute ad contains high-frequency noises that can be heard only by man’s best friend. Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of…

Doggie, Doggie, Are you OK?

For those pet parents and pet professionals who have ever taken a pet CPR course from a Certified Pet Tech Instructor, this should be a familiar phrase. For those who haven’t . . . well . . . quite frankly you should. It is a commonly known fact that when a human falls ill, their…

Are you protected from zoonotic diseases?

Zoo-what? Zoonotic diseases are those parasites and diseases that can pass from animals to humans.  While most might immediately think of diseases likes rabies, which our domesticated four-legged friends are vaccinated from, precautions must still be taken to protect yourself against other diseases such as roundworms or hookworms (see picture below). “But my vet always…

If something were to happen to you, what would happen to me?

by Sari Reis, CPPS, 2013 Pet Sitter of the Year™  Last year one of my clients made a special request. He asked if I would be willing to be his dog’s caretaker if something should happen to him. I have never had a client ask that of me before. After discussing the details and giving…

Pet First Aid Essentials

Whether you are at home, on an extended trip, or taking an extended walk or hiking trip with your dog, being prepared to administer first aid in any situation is essential.  Though larger items, such as blankets, can be bulky and are best left in the home kit and car, most first aid essentials are…

Brrr. Winter’s Chill is Back in Tallahassee

With lows forecasted to be in the 20s the next few days, it is time again to bring in the plants and pets.   But what happens when you can’t provide warm shelter to outdoor animals? I found myself in this position when a stray cat decided to choose my house as a preferred place of…

In the event of an emergency, will you be prepared?

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home. Leaving pets behind, even if you try…

Doggy Breath: A fact of life, or Indication of Oral Disease?

“Doggie or kitty breath is just part of having a pet.  All of them will get it at some point, right?”  Wrong.  What we have commonly referred to as doggie or kitty breath (and in some instances assumed it to be a fact of life) is actually the first stages of poor oral hygiene that…

Professional Pet Sitter vs. Hobbyist Sitters

“I really don’t want to board Fido during our upcoming trip” David stated to his wife.  “He is getting older and has always seemed so depressed every time we have left him there.  Do you think we could find someone to come here to care for him?” “Ive heard that Suzy from down the street…