Surviving the summer


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With temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, we need to know what we can do to help our pets deal with the heat.

Dehydration is one of the biggest concerns for our pets during summer. Access to fresh water is so important. It is best to place your dogs water bowl in a place where it will be out of direct sulight throughout the entire day.  If you need to, provide your pet with multiple water bowls in different locations so that you will always give your pet access to water out of direct sunlight.

Please be cautious using pet drinking fountains. The water left sitting in a hose can exceed temperatures of 140° and can possibly injure your pet if it gets a spray of that water straight into it’s face. Automatic water bowls also should be used with caution. If not maintained and checked daily you could risk your pet having no water if something breaks, as people tend to rely on the ‘automatic’ function.

A dog panting is completely normal as they do so to cool themselves down, however you need to recognise the signs of excessive panting. This could be cause for concern and indicate possible dehydration. These symptoms include

  • Pets saliva being thick and sticky
  • Tounge is bright red
  • Extremely dry nose and/Or gums
  • Lethargy

Misting systems, undercover tiled area, cooling mats and bringing your pets inside are other ways you can help your pet beat the heat.

Walking your dog on those hot summer days should be limited to early mornings or late evenings. Not only can your pet get sunburnt, the hot pavement can burn your pets paws. If unsure if it’s too hot, place your hand against the pavement. If you can’t hold your hand there for at least 5 seconds it is too hot!

Keeping your horses and livestock cool during these times may not be as easy but by providing them adequate water and shelter will help. Good quality food is also important. When food is digested it causes heat production which will contribute to the animal’s heat load, so it is important to provide animals with high quality feed to maintain nutrient intake without the excessive heat production. Feed early in the morning or in the evening when temperatures are not as high.

Let’s talk animals left in cars. Please don’t ever leave your pets in a car. During the hot summer days temperatures can soar and it can take just minutes for your pet to suffer from heat exhaustion and lead to death. If you ever see a pet locked in a car please be cautious. As tempting as it is to break a window to rescue the pet, you could face charges for the damages. It is best to stay by the car and call the NRMA who will come out immediately and handle the situation safely.

Snakes. Protecting your pets from snakes is highly important. Keeping your yard and fence line tidy and limiting places where snakes can hide is vital. Keep your grass mowed and bushes pruned. If you live in an area where snakes are common it is best to invest in snake proof fencing to help keep them out of your yard.

If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake, keep them as calm and quiet as possible and take them to a vet immediately. The chance of recovery is much greater if treated early. If your vet is some distance away you can apply a firm bandage over and around the bite site to apply pressure and help slow the venom spreading to the heart. Do NOT wash the wound. If you are able to identify the type of snake, this will assist your vet so they can administer anti venom.

And lastly let’s look after our local wildlife as well. By leaving out water for them. Bird baths and buckets of water could be the difference in saving their life in the event of a fire. Putting a stick in the water also can help smaller animals out if the water if they fall in.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

How do i trust a pet sitter?


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As a pet owner myself I have had the same thoughts when it comes to booking pet sitters.

How do you trust a stranger to come into your home and look after your pets?

The answer is simple really.

Because like in our case, after our obligation free meet and greet, you won’t feel like your letting a stranger do these important tasks. If we are the right fit for you and your pets, you will feel at ease with leaving your home and your precious loved ones in our care.

With our services you are not only provided with daily updates and photos of your pets, but you can contact us at anytime with any concerns or questions, or just to say hello. We would love to hear from you. Sound reassuring?

Asking your pets vet, groomer or trainer is a good way to find a great sitter. You will find that they will have someone to reccomend to you and they will only do so if they believe they are trustworthy and they respect their work. Reccomending another buisness that turns out to be bad wouldn’t go great for your’s would it?

Reviews and testimonials are important. You want to stay clear of companies that have turned off their reviews on Google or social media. There is usually only one reason for that. Look at multiple sources for reviews on the company and ask your friends, family and neighbours for reccomendations.

And on that note be sure to leave reviews for the pet sitter you choose to go with. This will not only help the sitter either improve where needed or receive more work but will also assist others looking for pet sitters to make an informed decision of who they want to leave their loving pets with when they go away.

 

Responsible pet ownership


Owning a pet is a privilege not a right.

All pet owners need to be aware of their responsibilities to keep not only themselves safe but also wildlife, the environment and other pets and their owners.

Taking on responsibility for a pet is a big commitment and should only be taken on board if you can provide all the necessities for it’s entire lifetime.

  • Adequate food and water
  • Preventative health care
  • Love
  • Appropriate exercise and mental stimulation
  • A clean and safe home environment
  • Appropriate socializing and training.

If a time may come when circumstances cause you to not be able to care for your pet anymore, please seek assistance and search for the best possible place for your pet to go. Do not abandon them or take them to a pound where they will most likely be euthanized. There are many rescue shelters and organisations to help, usually breed specific.

As a responsible pet owner you should

  • Have your pets microchipped and registered with your local council.
  • Have an identification tag on the pets collar.
  • Not allow your pets to stay or become feral
  • Limit your pets reproduction and reproduce responsibly.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place for them.

All pets deserve to have the best life possible and you can provide them with that by following the information here.