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5 Tips To A Better Behaved Pet

Want to live a healthier lifestyle? roxy tongueGet a dog.

Studies show that pet ownership helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and fends off feelings of loneliness and depression.
While nothing can top the love and companionship of a dog, there are some unpleasant behaviors that just won’t do – from barking all night, to wetting the floor, to chewing on your shoes when you’re not looking.
If your dog is exhibiting this type of behavior, it may be acting out due to boredom, pent-up aggression or because of lack of training. With proper lifestyle adjustments and diligent training, you’ll be on your way to having a happy, well-behaved pet. The following tips will help your furry friend become more obedient:
* Spay or neuter. The Humane Society of the United States says that this common procedure can help your dog live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems.
* Help your pet relax. Just like people, dogs can get anxious, agitated and stressed. That’s why some veterinarians suggest giving your dog a calming product, such as an all natural Calming Spray, to help relieve hyperactivity.
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* Have a workout routine. Provide your canine companion with regularly scheduled walks twice a day. This will help your dog avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behavior. Hire a Professional Pet Sitter and Professional Dog Walker such as Wagging Tails Pet Sitters in Connecticut, to visit your pet regularly and walk them, while you’re at work.
* Go to school. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, enrolling your dog in an obedience class will teach you how to control your dog’s behavior both safely and humanely. Your Wagging Tails Pet Sitter offers puppy potty training and regular reinforcement of any training techniques that you currently follow to assist in educating your dog on good behavior.
* Be patient. Though teaching your furry friend to be more obedient may take determination on your part, it’s worth it. After all, as man’s best friend, your dog will appreciate bonding with you during the process.

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Halloween Candy Is NOT Safe For Your Pet

josie-costume-wagging-tails-pet-sitting-mobile-groomingHalloween Candy Can Kill Your Pet!

For millions of families, the celebration of Halloween includes every sugary, sweet, gooey treat imaginable. As parents, we often warn our children “Now don’t eat too much or you’ll make yourself sick.” At worst, a child who stuffs him or herself with chocolate may develop nausea and a stomachache.
But for our furry friends who get into the Halloween goodies, “getting sick” may be the least of it. Many of the sweet treats distributed for Halloween  can actually be fatal to dogs, cats and other small animals (such as ferrets.)
As responsible pet owners, it’s our job to protect our pets from harm. And though pet owners routinely give their companion animals human food, this is almost always a mistake.
Yes, many pets prefer to eat what we eat. Yes, household pets (especially dogs) really like sweet, sugary foods. And yes, it feels good to pamper Fido or Fluffy by giving them “just a little taste” of what we’re having for su pper. But many of the foods that humans enjoy can not only cause illness for your beloved dog or cat, they can even be fatal. And given how small a cat or dog is compared to a human, sometimes it doesn’t take much.

Chocolate is one of the most deadly foods for pets

(both cats and dogs; dark chocolate is worst, white chocolate has the lowest risk). It’s not only high in fat (pets don’t need lots of fat any more than humans do), it contains two nervous system stimulants, caffeine and theobromine. The fat can make your pet vomit or cause diarrhea — unpleasant, but usually not fatal.
ill-do-a-trick-for-a-treat-1But it’s the stimulants that sometimes cause death. Theobromine is both a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. A dog that ingests an overdose of chocolate may be fine at first, but will probably become excited and hyperactive within a few hours. It may pass large quantities of urine and become unusually thirsty. The theobromine will cause your pet’s heart rate to accelerate or beat irregularly, either of which can cause death (especially with exercise.)
But it’s not just chocolate that’s the problem. All sugary foods can cause dental problems, lead to obesity, and contribute to diabetes in pets, too. So be sure to keep your stash of chocolate securely out of your pet’s reach.
Children are notorious for sorting and trading candy, so make sure they don’t leave candy laying around (or candy wrappers, either, which can cause choking) And don’t forget how flexible and persistent a pet can be when it smells something yummy in a trash bin or garbage, either.
If you do have reason to think that your pet has gotten into the candy, call your vet and describe their symptoms. (Symptoms of chocolate toxicity are nervousness, vomiting, shaking, and overreacting to noises, touch, lights, et cetera.) If your vet is closed, call an emergency vet center. If you don’t have one of those in your area you can call one of the national animal poison control lines such as the Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680. (There is usually a fee for this service.)
It is up to you to make sure that Halloween candy and other dangerous foods are kept securely out of the reach of your household pets — so your whole family can enjoy the holiday!  www.waggingtails.com

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4 Things To Think About Before Declawing Your Cat

delilah kitty Wagging Tails Cat Sitter Pet Sitter ConnecticutDeclawing is a major surgery known as onychectomy,

performed under anesthesia, that removes the tip of each digit (from the first knuckle out) of the cat’s forepaws. There is a slight chance of death in the surgery, and a declawed cat may have an increased risk of infection and life-long discomfort in its paws. This surgery is not recommended for an adult animal and is considered an act of animal cruelty in some countries (see below).

People generally have cats declawed to prevent them from hunting and from damaging furniture. Rarely, vicious cats are declawed. In the United States, some landlords require that tenants’ cats be declawed.
Veterinarians are generally critical of the procedure and some refuse to perform it because the absence of claws in a cat.    However, each cat and owner’s circumstances are different.  Often the choice is between declawing your cat, or having to find him another home. This is a difficult decision to make on either end. If the decision is made to declaw your cat, after the surgery, they MUST be indoor only cats. They must NOT have access to the outdoors.

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1. Deprives it of its main defense abilities, including escaping from predators by climbing trees;
2. Impairs its stretching and exercise habits, leading to muscle atrophy;
3. Compromises its ability to balance on thin surfaces such as railings and fence tops, leading to injury from falls;
4. Can cause insecurity and a subsequent tendency to bite.
This operation is rare outside of North America. In Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, declawing is forbidden by the laws against cruelty to animals. In many other European countries, it is forbidden under the terms of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, unless “a veterinarian considers [such] non-curative procedures necessary either for veterinary medical reasons or for the benefit of (the) animal”.  In Britain, animal shelters find it difficult to place imported cats that have been declawed and subsequently most are euthanized.
soft paws cat declaw cat claw Wagging Tails cat sitter CTAn alternative to declawing is the application of blunt, vinyl nail caps that are affixed to the claws with nontoxic glue, requiring periodic replacement when the cat sheds its claw sheaths (about every four to six weeks). However, the cat will still experience difficulties because the capped nails are not as effective as claws.
Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service, an award winning, pet care service of 21 years in Connecticut offers the service of applying Softpaws, or vinyl nail caps, on cats claws. For more information about our services, please visit www.waggingtails.com  or (860) 621-7387 (Pets)Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service CT

Why Professional Pet Sitting Is A Better Choice Than A Kennel Or Dog Day Care

Here’s the #1 reason Professional Pet Sitting in your home, is a better choice than a Kennel or Dog Day Care

Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service in Connecticut is sharing this information with all CT pet parents as a courtesy.  Your pet’s health and safety has been our #1 priority for the 21 years that we have been caring for CT’s pets.  With the recent outbreak of a deadly canine infectious disease in a CT kennel, we offer this information, so that YOU, the loving pet parent know that you do have a choice in your pet’s care!

There are MANY reasons why hiring a Professional Pet Sitter and Dog Walker is a better alternative for your pet, than taking them to a dog day care, kennel, bed and barkfast, pet spa, etc. No matter what they call it, it’s NOT home.  For a complete list of reasons why you should consider a Professional Pet Sitter over a facility, visit Why Choose Us.

There’s no place like home for your pet, with a Wagging Tails Professional Pet Sitter and/or Mobile Groomer!

The #1 reason is…that there’s NO place like home. That there is no place as safe, secure for your pet, where your pet will remain healthy and happy, than your OWN home is the #1 reason! When your pet visits a pet care facility or dog park, of any kind, your pets are exposed to diseases, infections, fleas, ticks and other parasites that other pets carry.  (Not to mention the fights that break out amongst dogs, that could cause severe injuries to your own pet).  We are confident that your pet is safest, healthiest and HAPPIEST right in their own home, with a Wagging Tails Pet Sitter. Please continue reading the news from NBC CT below for more information about CT’s deadly outbreak of an infectious disease.  And, next time you have to go away, or plan a long day at work, contact us to care for your pets!  www.waggingtails.com

For more information you can also visit Pet Kennel vs. Pet Sitter: What’s Best For Your Pet?

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There has been a severe respiratory infection outbreak at a large kennel in Windsor, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association announced.

One dog that presenting fever, pneumonia and epistaxis has already died at the , the CVMA said. Tests for the dog came up negative for canine influenza and other tests are pending.

The co-owner of Day Hill Kennels in Windsor confirmed with NBC Connecticut that it had been affected by some type of infection.

“Our first notice that there was a problem going on was a week ago essentially and we were notified customers of ours after they took their dogs home some of the dogs developed a cough,” Roger Ball, the co-owner, told NBC Connecticut.

Ball said the infection was in an isolated area of the kennel where there were 30 dogs. He noticed about a third of them developing symptoms of the respiratory infection.

To the CVMA’s knowledge, no other veterinary hospitals are treating cases and the incident seems to be isolated to the facility.

Dogs from the Windsor kennel are currently being treated at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center in Middletown and New England Veterinary Center in Windsor, the association said.

welcome home mattA vet told NBC Connecticut tells dog owners that if they board their pet or keep them at a daycare, to be on the look out for symptoms.

The warning is keeping Fidelco, a guide dog foundation, said it will be keeping its dogs out of public areas amid the infectious outbreak.

Fidelco said symptoms of the infection include coughing, wheezing, running nose, weepy eye, blood in cough or stool.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the state Department of Agriculture:

“The CT Dept. of Agriculture is assisting in the investigation of an incidence of a canine respiratory illness at a commercial dog kennel in Windsor.

Dept. of Agriculture State Veterinarian Dr. Mary J. Lis is working with veterinarians at Day Hill Kennel, where one dog died and six others became ill.

A necropsy is being conducted on the deceased dog, and tests are being conducted on the others to identify the illness, and to determine its cause.

Lis said the illness appears to be isolated to the facility and the ill dogs have been given antibiotics, which has reduced symptoms of fever they were exhibiting.”

And the following info is from Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service LLC in Connecticut

Although this may be considered an isolated incident, please be aware that pets can contract these illnesses at dog parks, day cares, and any other facilities that pet’s share space. If your pet exhibits any signs of illness, please do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or bring your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary center.

The next time you plan a vacation, staycation, work a long day, or need your pet cared for, contact us! www.waggingtails.com

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Why Dog Grooming Is Very Important For Your Dog’s Health

The phrase “dog grooming” conjures up an image of expensive salons for pets. It’s true that most pets do not need fancy haircuts, expensive baths or oil treatments. But shunning away the idea of dog grooming is akin to handling your pet with shortsightedness. Your pet’s appearance is a mirror to its overall health and wellbeing. Lack of grooming may lead to major health problems. Dog groomers ensure that your dog not only looks good but feels good as well.

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Professional dog groomers suggest basic grooming for eyes, ears, teeth, face, tummy, skin, feet and nails, and coat should be done regularly.

Appropriate eye care entails regular cleansing. Your dog’s eyes should be bright, lustrous and clean. You must ensure that there are no signs of redness or excessive discharge. There is likely to be periodic buildup in the dog’s eye, which must be wiped out with a clean, damp cloth. However, if the discharge is thick or mucous-like, you must consult a veterinarian.

Ear care is also an important aspect of dog grooming. Moisture and dirt buildup inside the pet’s ear is a breeding ground for bacteria. You should trim ear hair and wipe with a clean cloth, thereby ensuring that the ear is kept dry. Any buildup of wax in the ear must be treated immediately, lest an infection sets in. The veterinarian would typically employ a solution to dissolve the ear wax and then cleanse it using a cloth or Q-tip.

Dental hygiene is equally important for your dog as it is for you. Plaque and tartar buildup causes gum disease. It is a common misconception that a balanced diet can prevent gum diseases or other teeth related problems. Cleaning the teeth and gums is highly essential for proper dental care. Dog groomers clean a pet’s teeth and gums in order to prevent unnecessary plaque buildup.

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Dog groomers stress on brushing a dog’s coat on a weekly basis. A thick and matted coat encourages bacterial infection and other diseases of the skin, and hence it is all more necessary to keep your dog’s coat clean. Stroking with a soft brush gets rid of dead hair, dander and dirt.

As every dog groomer would suggest, trim your dog’s nails at least once a month. It is a misconception that long hair between the toes would keep your dog’s feet warm in winters. Instead it would collect dirt and grime, and may encourage infection. Therefore, keep the hair trimmed at all times. Consult with your Veterinarian and Professional Pet Groomer for breed specific clips, ailments and treatment suggestions.

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