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Tips for Finding a Lost Dog or Cat

Lost Dog Poster from local pet sitters in raleigh

As a pet owner, as well as a local pet sitter, I can’t think of anything more frightening than the thought of a lost cat or dog.  The fact is that 15% of pet owners report having lost a cat or dog sometime in the past 5 years.  Of those pets, about 93% of dogs and 74% of cats eventually find their way home safely.  Taking a few precautionary steps early on and also getting an immediate start once something happens can help to increase these odds.

An Ounce of Prevention

All dogs (& most cats) should have a collar with their name and contact information, either on a tag or printed on the buckle or stitched into the collar.  About 15% of found dogs were returned home just because of this very simple and inexpensive step.  Microchips are another very useful tool, but a dog (or cat) must be at a shelter or a veterinarian’s office in order to be scanned.  A collar with their name on it is the fastest way for someone to get in contact with you. [Read more…]

A Safe and Happy Christmas: Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Merry Christmas from Dickens!

Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Unless, of course, you end up rushing your beloved pet to the vet due to an avoidable emergency. 

For humans, the holidays bring twinkling lights, gaily wrapped packages, rich foods, and adult beverages served by the fire in the company of friends and family who come to call. And while we don’t want to sound like the Grinch, each one of these things presents a possible hazard.

Here’s how to avoid them so your pet can enjoy a safe, happy holiday. 

Trees and Decorations

Christmas trees are irresistible, especially to a cat. “Why bring a tree in the house if you don’t mean for me to climb it?” your kitten may ask, and if you have a cat or kitten, you may spend a good deal of the time shooing her away from the tree or fishing her out of it. Climbing within itself isn’t usually a danger, but make sure the tree is secure since a falling tree can hurt your cat, especially if it gets tangled in the lights.

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