Tag: scorpions

Mesa Pet Sitter Investigates Scorpion Stings



Our first concern was for the pets in the house.  I just know that if they spotted that scorpion before I did that they would want to investigate and possibly get stung.  My immediate reaction was to call my exterminator to see if there was something in addition to the normal routine that we could do to eliminate our new “friend” and keep them out of the house.

According to Jim Brandenburg, with Cactus Wren Pest Control, there is a different spray that can be used which will cost a bit more due to the cost of the chemical used.  Jim advised that we don’t jump the gun right away.  We should wait and see if we find more scorpions.  Just because I found one, doesn’t mean my house is infested.  Jim said that scorpions like to live in palm trees (which I have) and with the strong winds we have been having the wind most likely blew them out of the trees and they are now looking for refuge from the heat.

My next step was to call my friends at Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital to see if scorpions are toxic to dogs.  According to Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital, the sting of a scorpion is not necessarily toxic to all dogs, but some dogs may have an allergic reaction to the venom.  It is not usually necessary to treat unless the signs become severe at which time symptomatic treatment should suffice.  If you find a scorpion in your home and are noticing your dog behaving weird you should consult with your veterinarian right away.

What about cats?  Cats are not immune to scorpion stings, however, they are faster and more agile than humans and will most likely spot a scorpion before we do.  If a scorpion were to attempt to sting a cat, the cat’s fur and skin will protect them.  The scorpion stinger is not that long and will most likely miss the skin of the cat all together.  If it does manage to get to the cat’s skin, their skin is tough and the stinger may not be able to penetrate their skin.  Cats are better at avoiding getting stung than their humane or canine counterparts.

With all the research that I have recently done about scorpions and my pets, I am no longer afraid of the scorpions hurting my pets.  It seems they will not die from a scorpion sting, and neither will I.  However, this does not mean that I welcome scorpions in my home.  Take this as a warning to all scorpions….If I see more of you, I WILL exterminate!

If you are experiencing your fair share of scorpions in and around your home and would like to ask an experienced exterminator for advise, I highly recommend Cactus Wren Pest Control for all your exterminating needs.  480-220-3007

Overcoming obstacles to keep pet clients safe

Your pet sitter often comes across certain obstacles that you might not find within the city.  In an earlier blog  I briefly touched on a couple of these obstacles.  Now I’d like to share how we overcame these obstacles to ensure our pet clients will be safe and secure in the care of our pet sitters.

    1. Wildlife – Obviously, wildlife exists everywhere.  Even while walking dogs in certain parts of Mesa we are extra careful and watchful because we see coyotes all the time.  In other places we may be walking dogs on mountain and desert trails.  We have seen deer on our walks and I know there are snakes (rattlers), Gila monsters, coyotes, bob cats, bees and many other potentially harmful wild animals.  It is important that when we walk dogs on these trails that we are mindful of not allowing them to stick their noses in every hole they see or under every bush we walk by.  When one of the dogs stops and stares we pay special attention to what they may be seeing that we aren’t.  As your pet sitter it’s important to know where the nearest Emergency Vet is and if they have snake anti venom.

    2. Desert Hiking Trails – We love the views and enjoy having different scenery than the hard asphalt and sidewalks of the city.  What could cause potential harm are the holes in the ground and the dogs becoming very excited over seeing wildlife in the desert.  It’s important that your pet sitter has control of the dogs they are walking so they don’t drag them through the desert chasing after a butterfly or deer, then getting their foot stuck in a hole. Gold Canyon Hiking

    3. Cactus Needles –  Cactus needles are everywhere!  Especially after a good hard rain or wind.  Those spines snap off and scatter like crazy after a good storm. Your pet sitter should carry needle nose pliers with them in case the dogs get cactus needles stuck in their pads.  Yes, I have used them…on several occasions.  It’s almost impossible to steer clear of ALL the cactus needles. Pliers are a good tool to have on hand so you don’t get stuck by the cactus trying to get it out of your dogs pads.  It also helps get the entire needle out, rather than snapping it and leaving some behind which could cause infection. 

      These are the most common issues pet sitters come across while walking dogs in the beautiful desert.  It’s also important to keep our clients safe at night while pet sitting.  Those dog doors are closed tight so our clients can’t get out and wildlife can’t get in.  When letting our clients out after dark to go potty, we follow them out there, to make sure there isn’t anything lurking around the corner…waiting to pounce on what they think will be their dinner.

Doggy Door Dangers in East Valley

Do you have a doggy door in the East Valley?  Be aware of the dangers if you already have one or are thinking of installing one.

Doggy doors sure are convenient aren’t they?  Have you ever thought of all the things that can get IN your doggy door?  Especially if you live near the desert or state land?  Here are some dangers to look out for:

  1. Intruders – What do robbers think of doggy doors?  Burglars have gotten into homes many times through a doggy door.

  2. Snakes

  3. Scorpions

  4. Coyotes – There are coyotes in almost every neighborhood in areas close to open desert areas.  “They smell something that smells like food, they do some wild stuff sometimes,” says Dr. Schmidt from Johnson Ranch Animal Hospital.

Also keep in mind that if you allow your pets outside by themselves they could be in danger of being attacked by a coyote.  Here is a video that shows how easy it is for a coyote to jump a wall.  It’s slow going… but watch from minute 1:30 to 1:50.

Coyote Jumps 6ft Wall

Here are some tips on what coyotes are looking for and how to deter them from your property.

What Coyotes Look For and How To Deter Them

I walk dogs regularly in East Mesa.  I’ve come across coyotes at Guadalupe and Hawes, Signal Butte & Elliot as well as Signal Butte and Meridian while walking dogs.  While walking your dog keep them on a leash, carry a large stick or rock and if you come in contact with one, make loud noises to try and scare it away.

Your turn…

What experiences have you had with coyotes?