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Independence Day Pet Safety

4th of July is upon us and with it comes loud noises our dogs aren’t used to hearing. Here are some ways to keep your dog sane and safe during 4th of July:

Staying home for Independence Day?  Here are some stay at home tips:

  • Don’t leave alcoholic beverages out where your dogs can get to it. Alcoholic beverages have the ability to poison your pets.  It can cause your pet to become weak, severely depressed or could go into acoma.

  • Don’t apply insect repellent to your pet that isn’t labeled as pet safe.  The misuse of insect repellent containing DEET can lead to neurological problems.

  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets reach. Chlorates found in matches can damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing.  Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin and if ingested can cause gastrointestinal irritation.

Going out to see a fireworks display? Here are some tips for leaving your dog at home:

  • Be sure to leave your dog inside.  Keeping your dog inside, away from the noise, will help them stay calmer.  They should be kept in a quiet, escape-proof area of your home.  If you have a doggy door, keep it closed so they don’t have access to the backyard where they could dig out, jump the fence or obnoxiously bark at the loud noises.

  • Although it is tempting to bring your dog with you…Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for your dog.

  • ID or Microchip.  When dogs get scared they react with fight or flight.  Loud noises could send your dog running for the hills.  Make sure you properly ID or microchip your dog to be sure you get him back if he runs away.

Don’t forget about the kitties.  Same rules apply.  Keep them inside where they are safe.  

How will my pet sitter keep my pet safe?

The 4th of July is a popular holiday for pet sitting in Mesa, AZ.  Many of our clients want to get out of the heat to enjoy festivities, which means leaving the state or traveling to a town in the northern part of Arizona.  As pet sitters, it is our job to ensure the safety of our client’s pets during this time.  Our actions change a little, as do the temperaments of our 4-legged clients.

The mind of a dog during 4th of July festivities:

  • OMG, OMG, OMG…what was that noise?  I’ve never heard that before.

  • The sky is falling, the sky is falling…hurry, run away and take cover.

  • If I bark at it, it will go away, right? BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK….

  • I’m not sure what’s happening right now, but I’m sure if I start drooling everything will be ok.

  • Mommy, hold me!  This is FREAKIN me out!

If your pets are anything like mine, they get really nervous when they hear loud noises.  Mostly because this isn’t a part of their normal, everyday life.  My dogs will bark, pace, drool, jump in my lap and just generally become very nervous.  Here are some precautions we take with our client’s pets on the 4th of July to ensure their safety:

  1. If they have a doggy door, we will close the doggy door before it gets dark.  This way they don’t have access to the backyard where they could dig out, jump the fence or bark obnoxiously at the loud noises.  Kitty cats are also brought inside (if they are allowed outside) and kept inside for the night.

  2. We will turn the tv or radio on at a higher than normal volume to try and drown out the noise of neighborhood fireworks.

  3. We exercise them more than usual to try and wear them out before we leave them.

  4. If we are spending the night with them, we make sure we are at the home before the sun goes down.  Again we make sure the doggy door is closed and turn up some music or the tv to distract them.

  5. We certainly make sure we visit them early the next morning to make sure they are safe and sound.

It’s your turn.  What do you do to calm your dog and keep your pets safe during the 4th of July?

Pet Sitters Who Love Your Pets Like Family!

What do we mean when we say, “Pet sitters who love your pets like family?”

Play Time Pet Care uses this quote in all of our marketing.  Why? What does this mean?

When we say we love your pets like family, we mean, we treat them as if they were our own.  We treat them like they are our children.  When one of our clients isn’t feeling good, or is nervous because mom and dad are gone we take the time to comfort them.  We play games to take their mind off the fact that mom and dad are away.  We do everything in our power to make your pet feel better.  For example:

Scary, Loud Noises

During July 4th celebrations we experience residential fireworks.  Many parents know their pets are very nervous when it comes to loud noises like fireworks or thunder, so they hire our sitters to spend the night with their pets.  Once our overnight service is booked, we can only offer dinner and tuck in visits in the evening.  We reserve one or two sitters to provide dinner and tuck in services during this time so we aren’t taking away from the client’s who purchased our overnight service.  There is only so much we can do during the dinner and tuck in visit since we typically have several clients to visit.  In 2014, we KNEW we had 1 doggy client that was not going to fare well during the active celebrations.  So, the sitter arrived as close to sun down as possible and stayed as late as possible.  Here is an example of how the sitter kept the pet calm during this time:

Working with Illness

Sometimes we are contracted to sit for ill pets.  We have had several occasions where the parents are providing hospice type services at home.  They are called out of state for work and are unable to stay home.  Our sitters come in and care for these pets as if they were their own.  They lay with them, cuddle with them, pet them, tell them they are the best pets ever and sometimes shed tears, knowing the soon to come fate of the pet.

High Maintenance

Hahaha…everyone thinks their pet is high maintenance 🙂  What I mean is…a pet that requires a lot of attention.  Whether they require it because they medically need it or just crave the attention of people.  This is the very reason our visits are not timed. We will spend up to an hour per visit with pets that NEED it unless hourly pet sitting has been purchased which would be a minimum of 2 hours with your pets.  We don’t want to ever leave a pet “wanting more”.  We do our best to exhaust our welcome :).  If your pet is used to having someone home all day and night, we do recommend our overnight or live in service so we can provide as much attention as they are used to.