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Pet Etiquette

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 7:39 PM Comments comments (328)
Today I am featuring a wonderful article by Aurora James: It is loaded with excellent information.

Put Your Best Paw Forward: Dog Etiquette and Training

"Are you and your dog the life of the party and welcomed wherever you go, or do people shy away when you enter the room? With more and more places becoming pet-friendly, dogs and and their owners are everywhere these days. As such, your dog should possess manners and training that will serve him from the dog park all the way to Park Place.  Here are some tips and tricks on making sure you’re both on your best behavior.
As dog lovers, we sometimes forget that not everyone loves our dogs. So the polite thing to do is to make sure they’re invited before we bring them along to an event or activity. Check with your host/hostess or business proprietor to ensure you’re complying with their pet policy. Know your local zoning and leash laws so you don’t run afoul of them. Always keep your dog collared, tagged, and leashed and his shots up to date. Also, check out Pet Life Today for reviews of all the best equipment. When you go out in public, make sure to properly dispose of any waste. It’s a good idea to carry glove, wipes, sanitizer and bags at all times. If he steps in some mud, clean him up immediately. No one likes a muddy dog who flings dirt on their ankles. Ensure he’s always clean and well-groomed so he can make the proper first impression.
Good Training Makes Good Dogs
Dogs jump, bark, get distracted, and try to give chase. Yours must be trained to act against his natural instincts. Dog training takes a lifetime, but priority attention goes to the basics of house training and obedience. At a minimum, your dog should respond to “Come,” “Sit,” “Drop It,”  and “Stay.” He should be taught to walk beside you politely on a leash. You can enlist the services of a professional, but you can also teach your dog yourself with the aid of online videos and how-to articles. Dogs are constantly watching and learning from us, so every second is potentially a teachable moment. Be consistent and provide copious positive reinforcement in your training.
Cultivate a Sense of Humor
Even the most well-behaved dog will make mistakes, and accidents do happen. Learn to laugh at him and yourself; this can defuse some of the tension when he embarrasses you in public. Practicing saying, “I’m so sorry!” because you’ll need it eventually. Dogs are not people, and they don’t share our vanities. Inevitably, he’s going to put his nose into a trash can, break wind at a picnic, or do some other potentially embarrassing thing. What they lack in decorum they make up for in loyalty, and we humans love them for that.

As a pet owner, you’re responsible for the health and safety of your pet and also for how he behaves in the company of others. If he tears something up, you’re on the hook to replace or repair it. If he acts up by jumping on people or begging for food, it reflects badly on you. However, these are simple matters of training and preparation. A well-fed dog can be trained not to beg or bark excessively. He can be taught not to jump on other people. If he does these things, the fault lies with his human, not with the animal himself. Remember, you’re a goodwill ambassador for all of us when you’re out there, so do us proud. A courteous dog owner and a well-behaved dog will encourage pet ownership as a whole. However, an ill-trained dog and a boor of a pet owner will make the entire community look bad."

Pet Insurance

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 10:41 AM Comments comments (334)
For those of you pet parents that are interested in purchasing Pet Insurance but don't have a clue where to start to start, pick up the March 2018 issue of "Whole Dog Journal".It has a whole section in it that describes what you should look for and the comparison between current plans that are available. It is expertly prepared and chock full of wonderful information.

National Pet Travel Safety Day

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (234)
In the newsletter I received today from Dr. Karen Becker of "Healthy Pets", she addressed the importance of car safety when travelling with pets in your vehicle.
When driving around the city, it is quite common to see dogs sitting in the passenger seat or the back seat with their heads out of the window,. What is even more common and frightening is seeing the dog on the lap of the driver.  An unrestrained animal in the car is a huge distraction to the driver and can create an accident as a result. In the event of an accident, a loose pet becomes a projectile and can injury the driver, other passengers and definitely itself. It can fly through a window or get crushed in a collision. 
The best advise is to restrain your dog in an approved CPS-certified safety car harness or in a crate secured with a seat bell. Cats should always be in a crate or carrier that is secured with the seat belt.
I know dogs love to put their heads out the window and enjoy the fresh air rushing by, but it is your job to protect them and allowing them to do this is just plain dangerous. Bad pet parenting and lack of responsibility on your part can lead to your dog's injury or even death.
Also, always make sure your pet is wearing an up to date identification tag and is micro chipped. In the event of an accident, if your pet is thrown from the vehicle or jumps and you are unconscious or hurt, rescuers will be able to identify your pet if he wanders off or is injured.

For more very important information on pet travel safety refer to Dr Becker's article at "Healthy Pets" presented by Mercola on the Internet.
Safe travels!

Tent City for the Homeless

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM Comments comments (197)
 At the beginning of October, San Diego opened a temporary residence (tent city) in Golden Hills for the homeless. They currently have 200 residents including 45 children and about 40 dogs. A plan exists to open a permanent camp site residence downtown on Dec. 1, 2017. There are plans for 2 more campsites after that, housing some 1000 homeless in the county. These campsites are sponsored and monitored by the Alpha Project.
Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services is commencing a campaign immediately to collect donations of dog food, and clothes and toys for the children. We will collect through Dec. 24 and deliver the donations to Alpha Square for distribution to the homeless residents. 
We ask that you open your hearts to these people especially the children and animals. We do not want $ donations; just dog food, blankets, clothes for children and toys and games for the kids for Christmas. If you can help please contact me at [email protected] and I will make arrangements to pick up your donation.
Thanking you in advance.

Information on the new 2017 Vaccine Protoclol

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 3:54 PM Comments comments (214)
Dr. Nancy Kay  wrote a wonderful Blog on the updated version of the Vaccine protocols for our dogs. I have printed it here with her permission. 


Updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines by Nancy Kay, DVM.

"The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has released their 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines, the first update of this document since the 2011 version. A task force of veterinary experts who prepared the guidelines based their recommendations on vaccine research, immunological principles and clinical experience.The two core vaccinations (those that every dog should receive barring special circumstances) discussed within the guidelines are:·       
DAPP: a combination of Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus-2, and Parvovirus +/- Parainfluenza Virus

The roster of noncore vaccinations (those that may be warranted depending on the dog’s lifestyle) now includes:·        
Bordetella bronchiseptica only (kennel cough)·       
Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)·        
Canine Influenza Virus– H3N8·       
 Canine Influenza Virus– H3N2·        
Crotalus atrox (rattlesnake vaccine)

Antibody testing versus revaccinating

The 2017 Vaccination Guidelines provides in-depth information about antibody testing (also referred to as titer testing, vaccine titers, and vaccine serology). Antibody testing involves analyzing a small blood sample to determine the level of protective immunity against a particular disease, for example parvovirus or distemper. We know that a distemper/parvovirus vaccination protects for a minimum of three years, but beyond this time period the duration of immunity varies from dog to dog. For some, protection lasts a lifetime.Distemper, canine adenovirus-2, and parvovirus antibody testing have become readily available. Many veterinarians use a tableside test that provides results within minutes. A negative test result supports revaccinating. Conversely, a positive test result indicates that revaccination is likely not warranted at that time. Antibody testing for rabies is also available but is rarely warranted given that state law dictates the frequency of revaccination.Antibody testing is becoming more popular amongst people who prefer to rely on test results rather than automatically give a distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus booster every three years. Vaccine serology is also useful for determining if a puppy who has just completed the vaccination series has mounted an adequate immune system response. Additionally, antibody testing can be helpful in situations in which revaccinating might not be a wise choice such as:·       
 A dog with a chronic illness·        
A dog who is very elderly·        
A dog who has experienced a prior adverse reaction to a vaccination·        
A dog with a history of immune-mediated (autoimmune disease)·        A dog who is receiving drugs that could suppress the immune system’s response to a vaccination.

Something new

The 2017 version of the Vaccination Guidelines contains a brand new section devoted to “therapeutic biologics.” While these products are often referred to as vaccines (for example, the melanoma vaccine), they behave quite differently compared to traditional vaccines. Rather than protect against disease, therapeutic biologics are designed to elicit an immune system response that alters the course of a disease such as cancer, or modifies an animal’s response to an immune mediated (autoimmune disease). The Vaccination Guidelines includes discussion of therapeutic biologics as treatments for:·        
Canine oral melanoma·        
Canine B-cell lymphoma·        
Canine T-cell lymphoma·        
Canine atopic dermatitis (atopy)·        
Canine cancers·        
Tumor-derived immunotherapy for canine cancer·        
Mammary cancers in dogs.

How often should vaccinations be given?

The recommended timing and frequency of vaccinations hasn’t changed to any significant degree, particularly for the core vaccinations. Rabies and DAPP vaccinations need not be administered to adult dogs more than once every three years. Recommended schedules for the noncore vaccinations vary based on type of vaccine and route of inoculation.Keep in mind that, just as is true for any other medical procedure, vaccinations carry inherent benefits as well as the potential for adverse side effects. Giving unnecessary vaccinations exposes the dog to all the inherent risks without any possibility of benefit. There’s simply no way this makes any sense whatsoever.Keep in mind, the AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines are guidelines only. The recommendations within this document are not mandatory or enforceable in any way. So, if your veterinarian is one of the holdouts who insists on administering unnecessary vaccinations (those that are unnecessary based on your dog’s lifestyle or those given more frequently than recommended), I encourage you to step up to the plate as your dog’s medical advocate and find a new veterinarian.How have your views on vaccinations for your dog changed over the past decade?

If you would like to respond publicly, please visit: wishes,Nancy Kay, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on FacebookPlease visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog's Best Health.   There you will also find "Advocacy Aids"- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet's health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog's Best Health are available at,, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (198)
  As you know, today is the day we are to experience a total eclipse of the sun. Here is some important advice for pet owners from Pet Sitters International.
Best advice for pet owners and pet sitters during the eclipse
   "While damage to pets’ eyes are unlikely, pet parents, as well as professional pet sitters and dog walkers, should consider not bringing pets outdoors for walks or play during the eclipse. Keep pets indoors with windows closed and shades or curtains drawn.
Pet sitters and dog walkers may consider adjusting their schedules to offer their walks at least thirty minutes before or after the eclipse, or recommend that walks for the day be replaced with indoor play instead.
This way the pet is not exposed to large crowds that may gather to view the eclipse and will not be startled by the excitement that may be displayed by the sun gazers.  
If pets will be outdoors, take extra precautions and ensure that all pets have proper identification tags should they be spooked and flee."

4th of July tips to keep pets safe

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 8:19 AM Comments comments (816)
Here are some very important tips to keep your pets safe over the 4th of July holiday from Pet Sitters International

  "1. Keep pets inside during celebrations. While many humans love fireworks, they can be terrifying for pets, and a neighborhood that is normally quiet but becomes busy and loud on the Fourth of July can also cause undue stress—even to pets who are normally outside. When fireworks are likely to go off in your neighborhood or nearby, be sure to keep your pet inside in a safe space. Close all doors and windows, and turn on the television or play calming music.

2. Make sure your pet wears an identification tag. Even if you plan to keep your pet inside over the Fourth of July holiday, it’s a good idea to make sure your pet is wearing a tag with your name and contact information—or the contact information for a professional pet sitter who will be watching the pet. If your pet somehow escapes the property in a moment of panic over loud noises from fireworks or other celebrations, an ID could be vital to ensuring your pet gets back to you. You may also want to consider microchipping your pet.

3. Watch out for unsafe foods and decorations. If you are planning a holiday gathering or party, be sure to keep your pet away from the grill, as well as alcohol and any unsafe foods. While you may be aware of substances that are bad for your pets—for example, chocolate, xylitol, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, avocado and bread dough—other guests may not be.
You should also take special care to keep your pet away from décor that could cause harm if chewed on or ingested, as well as any used or unused fireworks, which may look tasty to pets due to their shiny or colorful wrappers. Keep festive items like sparklers and glow sticks away from animals.

4. Don’t just hire a pet lover to watch your pet. If your Fourth of July plans will keep you away from home, your pet could benefit from the services of a professional pet sitter. Your pet will be happier at home, away from crowds, fireworks and loud noises. PSI advises pet owners to only use the services of professional pet sitters.
“Just because someone is a pet lover and has a profile on an online directory—or even on a nationally-publicized site—doesn’t ensure he or she is a qualified pet sitter operating a legitimate business,” said PSI Vice-President Beth Stultz. “In today’s sharing economy anyone can offer their services online, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring not just a pet lover, but a pet lover who is also a true pet-care professional.”

How Long Should you leave your cat alone?

Posted on June 22, 2017 at 9:37 AM Comments comments (187)
  With the July 4th holiday weekend just a week away, it is important to make arrangements for the care of your kitty if you are going to be away from home. I have had numerous calls over the past week or so for kitty care and many potential clients have requested visits for their cat every 2nd or 3rd day while they are gone. I repeatedly tell them that I will not take on a cat sit unless I get to visit the cat/s every day. Dr. Debra Primovic, DVM agrees. In a recent post on she says the longest a cat should be left alone is 24 hours. Too many things can happen while you are away and someone needs to check on the cats and ensure they are okay. And if you are going for only 3 or 4 days and plan on leaving the cats a big bowl of food and fresh water, without anyone checking on them, think again. You could come home to a dead cat. Ideally, you want a professional pet sitter to look after your fur babies as we have the knowledge, skills and experience to deal with pretty much anything that may occur. If you do not want to spend money on a professional, then at least get a responsible neighbor, friend or relative to check the kitties every day. 
You will have a much better vacation with the peace of mind knowing your fur family is being cared for.

Plastic Liners in Litter Boxes

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:22 AM Comments comments (127)
      For the life of me I cannot figure out why people insist on putting plastic liners in their cats litter box. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for several reasons:
1) Plastic is an unnatural substance for cats to eliminate on.
2) Cats have claws and like to cover up their waste. When they do so, they inevitably rip the plastic liner.
3) When the liner gets ripped, it makes a terrible mess to have to change it.
4) Since the liner does get ripped, the actual bottom of the litter box gets waste and litter on it and has to be cleaned anyway.
5) Cats do not like the feeling of the plastic and often rip it intentionally.
6) The liners never fit properly and become folded trapping excess urine and feces and making it much harder to clean out on a daily basis.
7) It becomes much more costly than just putting the litter directly in the litter box because once the plastic liner is ripped you can't just lift it out and put it in the trash,. You need to use another plastic bag to transfer the liner into so you don't have litter all over the floor as you take it to the trash.

As a professional pet sitter who has cared for hundreds of cats over the years and cleaned hundreds of litter boxes, I can tell you the plastic liners are just a bad idea all the way around.

Misleading Pet Food Websites

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 6:04 PM Comments comments (399)
There is absolutely no doubt that the huge multi-billion dollar pet food industry is so interested in the bottom line - profits- that they will deliberately mislead or even lie to consumers to make a buck. Here is just another example from Susan Thaxton's website - "The Truth About Pet Food."

"Not true Hill’s Science Diet
There is no excuse. No pet food company should make misleading or false statements to consumers on their website. Some examples of false statements from Hill’s Pet Foods." Check this out.