Is your pet sitter a professional or a hobbyist?

While all pet sitters, to some degree, start out as hobbyist sitters (aka avid animal lovers), there are some key differences between the two.  Is your pet sitter doing this full time or just for a few extra bucks?  Are they insured and bonded?  Do they know what to do in the event of an emergency? …

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…

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…

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…

Would you know what to do if your dog was choking?

Preventable accidents, such as choking, are the leading cause of death and disability for pets.  While these occurrences occur more for senior pets, no animal is immune.  Would you know what to do?  Knowing the skills and techniques for pet first aid and CPR can be the difference between temporary and permanent disability; between expensive veterinary…