Celebrate September with your Pet – September 1, 2012

September has a good selection of pet holidays.

September is National Disaster Awareness Month.  Hopefully, this is something that you have thought about and have an emergency kit packed for both yourself and your pets.  If you need additional information, please contact us and we can furnish you with a list of what you need for your pets evacuation kits.

September 9th is National Pet Memorial Day.  It is a time to remember the dogs and cats that have been such an important part of our lives.

September 23rd Dogs in Politics Day in recognition of politicians dogs.

September 24th – 28th is Deaf Pet Awareness Week. Just a reminder … special needs pets need good homes as well as healthy ones.

September 28th is World Rabies Day.  Just a reminder how important it is to have your pets vaccinated for rabies for their safety and yours.

Just a quick reminder that if you are planning on going out of town for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the sooner you make your reservations, the better.

September 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

August Holiday Awareness – August 01, 2012

We have a couple of important holidays in the month of August

The first is International Homeless Pet Day August 15th, And National Dog Day is August 28th.

We would like to stress this month the importance of adopting a homeless pet for your next addition to your family,

The staff at All Critter Pet Sitting does not just preach adopting rescued animal but we do practice what we preach.

Myself, Joan, I have 7 cats they are all rescued from either a rescue group such as Hope for Life or from Animal Control.  One, was rescued before she was actually taken to Animal Control,  My two dogs were gotten from K-9 New Life and Animal Control.

Jill and Ashley have three cats all rescues .  Two dogs, one of which was rescued from North Carolina and two horses one a rescue and one miniature.

If you need help locating a new pet do not hesitate to call us and we will help you anyway we can.

Adopting a shelter or rescued cat or dog is literally saving a life,  Adopting  a pet from a shelter or rescue group is saving that animal from  euthanasia.

80% of the animals in shelter are there because of a change in living situation (i.e. move to an apartment that does not allow pets) a change in family situation, (I.e. a new baby) and others are surrendered to a shelter or rescue because their owners have died or is too ill to care for them any longer.  A minority have been surrendered because bad behavioral problems.  They are just victims of circumstances.  Most dogs are  potty trained and have basic behavioral training.

My two are just perfect Mikey I gor from K-9 New Life and he was in a foster home with other dogs.  He was very lonely and I was able to find Missy at the Virginia Beach Animal Control and they are a perfect match.  Many are already spayed or neutered or the group will help you and make sure that  service is made available to you.  Most require that you have it done.

We encourage you to come down to the Shelter or SPCA see what is available.  If you do not find your new life long friend on your first trip, Come back the following week.  Pets change on a weekly basis.

August 1, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Safety Summer Tips for Pet Owners – July 01, 2012

Just as heat and sun can affect humans, our pets are at the same risk.  As pet parents, we must provide our animals with proper care to ensure their health and safety during scorching days of summer.  It’s important to familiarize yourself with the warning signs and know how to treat heat-related problems effectively.

Apply sunscreen to light skinned and light furred dogs.  Areas around their mouth and ears can still get sunburned..

Always provide your pet with fresh clean water during those hot summer days.

If you are taking your pet somewhere always use a leash.  This gives you better control and keeps them from getting into something harmful.

If you pet is outside make sure there is shade for them to get out of the sun.

Overheating in pets, includes heavy panting, difficulty breathing, drooling and weakness.

Never leave your animal alone in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

Give your pet a trim, cutting pet thick hair can help prevent it from overheating during hot summer months.  Do not shave, leave enough fur to protect the pets skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

During extreme heat avoid walking your dog on concrete or asphalt.  It can burn the pads of their paws.

Be sure all vaccinations are up to date.

Also if you are going somewhere  there will be fireworks, leave your pet at home.

Enjoy your summer and stay cool

July 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Hug Your Cat Day – May 1, 2012

May is a busy month for Pet Celebrations.

The first week of May is National Pet Week as well and Be Kind to Animals Week.

May 3 is National Disabled Pets Day.

May 13-19 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

May 30 is Hug Your Cat Day.


Things we learn from a Cat

Sleep does the body good.
Comfort is highly overrated.
Baroque music is soothing to the soul and silence is golden.
Getting your back scratched is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
You learn when you explore; after all, the world is your oyster.
Stretching after a nap is highly recommended.
Showing no expression makes us appear less judgmental.
You can learn a great deal by being a good listener.
Don’t hesitate to give affection to those you love.
Your crap should be covered at all times.
Even if you’re smarter than everyone else, there’s no need to let it show.
Never worry about what others think of you.
It’s best to live life on your own terms.
When you go out on a limb, try to land on your feet.
Attitude is everything.
Even if you’re just a a kitten, see yourself as a lion.
Independence is wonderful and so is companionship.
A wide-eyed, innocent look helps to get anything you ask for.
Purring is an excellent way to show appreciation.

Thanks to Debra Wier & Puddin for this poem!

May 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month – February 1, 2012

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month.  One way of being a responsible pet owner is to have your pets spayed and neutered as soon as possible.

 Spay Day is recognized on the last Tuesday of February.  Since its establishment by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, over one million animals have been spayed or neutered.  Unwanted and destructive behavior resulting from the urge to breed can be alleviated by spaying and neutering.

 We encourage pet parents to consider the benefits of spaying and neutering pets:

  • Spaying females early reduces the risk of breast cancer and prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer.
  • *Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of perianal tumors.
  • * Reduces the urge to roam to seek out hormonal scents.  Approximately 80% of pets hit by cars are unneutered males.
  • * Ensures a happier household for multiple pet homes.
  • * Long term – saves pet parents money on vet care.

 NAPPS President, John D’Ariano said

  “We encourage pet parents to neuter or spay their pets to prevent overpopulation in shelters and help their pets live a happy, healthy life.”

 February is also, Dental Health Month.  Dental health often neglected or overlooked when caring for a pet, is a vital component to the well-being of animals.  Pets require regular dental care for optimal health.  It is important to schedule yearly dental cleanings, as well as exercise regular, preventive care.

 *Work with your veterinarian to develop at-home treatment, such as brushing and teeth friendly chewable items.

*Regularly examine your pet’s teeth and gums, noting any changes in color, redness, or sensitivity.

*Have you noticed a sudden change in your pet’s breath?  Foul breath can often signal infection, and it’s important to schedule a veterinarian appointment soon to explore the source.

*Observe your pet’s behavior during meal time.  Does he or she show signs of pain while chewing?

*Plan regular visits to the veterinarian for dental cleaning.

 Without proper dental care, infections can spread to other organs, creating serious health issues for your pet.  By working with a veterinarian to identify the right year-round dental solutions, pet parents can rest assured that Fido’s teeth remain healthy and strong.

 Thanks to NAPPS, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters for supplying the information in this newsletter.

 Have a great month and look forward to being of service to you.

 Joan, Jill and Ashley


February 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Happy New Year 2012 – January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that the New Year has started off good for everyone.

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of our clients during 2011 and look forward to being of service to you in 2012.

Winter Pet Safety

Winter fun presents some unique challenges for our pets.  Cold and snow can be downright dangerous for pets,  A number of cold-weather products can be potentially poisonous.  Here are a few tips to help keep the colder months safe for everyone.

Keep an eye out for automotive fluid. Both antifreeze and windshield washer fluid are hazardous to animals.  Steer clear of puddles of antifreeze and washer fluid while walking your pooch, and keep pets out of garages and other automotive areas.  The ASPCA recommends using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Wipe de-icing products off paws.  Ice melting  products can get stuck in your pet’s paws and then they may try licking it to remove it.  Paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.  If you walk your dog on de-iced roads or sidewalks, make sure he wears booties.  And wipe off  Fido and Fluffy’s paws, legs and stomach when they come in out of the cold.

Be wary of rodent poison.  If you live in a rural or semi-rural area, you may see mice move in when the temperature drops.  You or your neighbors may be tempted to rid yourself of these pests with rodent poison.  Unfortunately pets sometimes eat the poison.  If you exterminate rodents, use humane and safe traps rather than poisons.

Be prepared to act fast.  If you think your pet has swallowed something toxic, call 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline, staffed by ASPCA veterinarians at 1-888-HOMEAGAIN (1-888-466-3242).  These calls for free for pets with a paid annual HomeAgain membership.

Watch the temperature.  Cats and short-coat dogs don’t fare well in frigid temperatures, and even furrier breeds like Huskies and Malamutes can experience problems without adequate shelter.    When nights get cold and snowy, bring pets inside.  Indoors pets should sleep off the floor and away from drafts.  Though frostbite and hypothermia is more rare in dogs than humans, it can happen.

Keep cats away from your car.  Cats love warmth, so after you park the car, the heat from the engine can entice even the wariest felines.  Once under the hood, your cat could be seriously hurt the next time you start your engine.  Keep Fluffy inside, and bang on the hood and honk your horn before starting your engine.

With a few simple precautions, the wintertime can be a favorite time of the year for both you and your pets.  So grab a warm blanket, curl up by the fire and enjoy getting cozy indoors with Fluffy and Fido.

Thanks to homeagain.com for this newsletter.


Joan, Jill and Ashley

January 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment


Tips and safety precautions to go over before putting up your Christmas tree to make it pet safe and friendly.

1. Choose the right spot.
Pick an area where the tree can be enjoyed by the family but remains out of heavy traffic. A lot of activity near the tree can result in accidentally knocking it over. An area by a wall or in a corner is ideal, especially one which is out of the traffic flow pattern of the house. Try to place the tree near an outlet so you don’t have to run electrical cords long distances.

2.Prepare the area.
If you have a live tree, you might need to use some extra precautions. Lay down plastic sheeting or put a “tree bag” before setting it up. This is an extra large trash bag used for live trees. Center the tree on the bag. When the season is over and you have removed the ornaments, pull the bag over the tree. This will catch the pine needles as they fall from the tree-and prevent them from being chewed or swallowed by your pet.

3. Secure the tree.
Many trees have been sent swaying by a rambunctious puppy, or the cat deciding to climb the tree. Dogs can knock over a tree by rubbing against or playing under it. Pets can be injured if the tree or ornaments fall and break. You can place the tree in a corner and secure it from two sides to small hooks in the walls. Another trick is to place a small hook in the ceiling above the tree and use clear fishing line from the top of the tree to the hook. Apply gentle tension and tie. The clear line is invisible. While you’re at it, make sure that the base of the tree is firmly secured and does not wobble.

4. Hide the cords.
Electrical cords are a grave danger to pets-especially puppies and dogs that tend to chew on anything. Cords can cause electrocution and serious injury or even death. Secure the cords by positioning them higher than the pet can reach or hiding them with special covers.

5. No hooks.
Check your ornaments and replace hooks with a loop of string tied in a knot. Ornaments often fall from the tree and pets may catch their mouths on or swallow the hooks.

6. Choose safe ornaments.
There is no perfectly pet-safe ornament, as any ornament can be ingested and cause an intestinal obstruction. Pet “safer” ornaments would be plastic or wood. Glass ornaments on the lower limbs can be especially dangerous. If broken, pets can step on them and cut their feet. Worse yet, they can even treat the ornaments like and ball and chew on them causing them to break and result in mouth or throat trauma and bleeding. Many pet owners have learned the hard way not to place any ornaments on the lower limbs. Ornaments made of food may be especially attractive to pets, so beware of popcorn garland and similar treats.

7. Ribbons
Big red velvet ribbons are a lovely addition to a holiday home. They’re also safer replacement for the tinsel and garland that can be eaten by dogs and cats and get caught in their intestine. Cats are especially attracted to the bright shiny tinsel, so it should really be avoided in households with cats. Ingestion of this material can cause intestinal obstruction that may require surgery.

Dogs love to investigate and most don’t understand that the presents are not meant to be opened ahead of time. Gifts can be destroyed by a playful pet, and the decorative wrappings swallowed. Consider storing presents in a safe area until right before the holiday or make sure you pet is always supervised while investigating and searching for his special gift.

9.Sweep and Water
Sweep up the pine needles. Ingestion of needles can cause vomiting and gastric irritation. Keep the tree watered and only turn on the lights when you are at home. There is always a risk of fire with a live tree, so take extra precautions. Do not allow your pet access to the tree water, as drinking it can make them ill.

10. Supervise
The safest thing to do is to allow your pet access to the tree only when supervised. Bitter apple spray can be sprayed on low branches for persistent chewers.

Thanks to Petplace.com for the above tips. Hope that this helps your have and Safe and Merry Christmas.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our valued clients for allowing us to help you with your Pet Sitting needs and look forward to being of service to you in the coming year,

Joan, Jill and Ashley

November 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

Tricks for Making Halloween a Treat for your Pets – October 1, 2011

Tricks for Making Halloween a Treat for your Pets

According to the Halloween Industry Association there has been an increase in the number of pets participating in Halloween activities. More families are taking their pets trick-or-treating as well as dressing them in Halloween costumes”, explains Marc P Beige chairman of the Halloween Industry Association.

“With proper safety precautions, pet parents can have fun with their pets this coming Halloween,” continues John D.’Ariano, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

NAPPS has prepared helpful tips for pet parents to ensure that pets have an enjoyable time and are free from harm:

Do not let your pet eat chocolate or candies. Treats containing the artificial sweetener xylitol, are poisonous to dogs and cats. Make sure that children know of these dangers and keep their candy out of the pet’s reach.

If your pet shows signs of being poisoned, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 1-800-213-6680 with any questions or concerns.

Properly dispose of candy wrappers after use, as the tin foil, plastic components and cellophane can pose a chocking hazard for pets.

Continual knocking at the door and doorbell ringing can cause a pet to become agitated and anxious. This could result in unpleasant stress-related symptoms or could cause the pet to potentially injure themselves if constrained in a crate or other enclosed object. Make sure to keep your pet in a quiet and safe place on the holiday.

Keep Halloween decorations out of the reach of pets. Electric lights, wires and cords could damage your pet’s mouth or give your pet a life-threatening electrical shock.

Jack-O-Lanterns are festive, but keep them away from pets when the pumpkin is lit with a candle. Pets can easily knock them over and cause a fire.

If you decide to dress your pet in a costume, make sure your pet is comfortable and safe. Costumes should not limit movement, breathing or hearing, and should not contain anything that could easily be chewed off or caught on other objects.

Proper identification tags are important in case your pet escapes during the evening.

“Halloween can be full of pleasant memories when pet safety if considered,” explained NAPPS President John D’Ariano. “With proper precautions, the entire family-pets included-can enjoy an evening of fun.”

Hope you find the above information help and hope you have a fun and memorable October and Halloween.

Just a reminder that the Holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner, please book our Pet Sitting Services early, in order to guarantee that we will be able to take care of your pets and you can have a holiday with worry.

Joan, Jill and Ashley

October 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

National Preparedness Month – September 1, 2011

I received the following newsletter from a client and thought it was full of so much good information that I have decided to share it with you.

September is National Preparedness Month, and 2011 is certainly proving to us all the importance of being prepared for the worst. As pet owners, we have our furry friends depending on us to care for them through good times and bad. Do you have an emergency evacuation kit for your pets? If so, good for you! Take this time to double-check your kit and make sure everything is up to date. If you don’t have a kit, now is the time to make one and here’s how to do it.

First take care of yourself, YOU are the most important resource your pet has, and if you’re not okay, you won’t be able to take care of anyone. So make sure you have a human disaster kit prepared with enough supplies to last 3 days.

Make a plan for where you and your pet would go if needed to evacuate. Human emergency shelters most often cannot take pets, so plan ahead with family, friends, vets, or pet sitter who could provide emergency shelter. Arrange with a neighbor or someone nearby to evacuate your pet in case you are away from home or unable to do so. Do not leave your pets to fend for themselves-over 90% of animals left behind in an evacuation area do not survive.

Your pets can’t tell anyone who they are or where they live, so they should wear identification at all times in case they become lost. Better you, microchip IDS will still be there if your pet loses his collar. Include photos and medical records in your evacuation kit as well.

You will need some way to transport your pets. Carriers or crates are best, especially for cats, Let’s face it, most cats don’t enjoy traveling, and the chaos of an evacuation would be enough to stress even the most intrepid wayfarer. Be sure the carrier or crate will fit in your vehicle and is easy for you to manage.

Your pets’ emergency kit should include food, water, and medicines for at least 3 days. You should check these items regularly for freshness. You’ll also need sanitation supplies such as litter, a litter box, paper towels, disinfectant, etc to clean up after your pets. When preparing your kits, remember to keep it small and lightweight, so you can move it easily. If you have room include a few comfort items to help your pet distress during evacuation, such as toys, treat, even a small scratcher. Check CatClaws.com for items to complete your emergency evacuation kit.

Planning for an emergency is no fun, but I think that being caught in an emergency unprepared would be even worse. So get prepared-if you ever need it, you’ll be so glad you did.

I thank our client for reminding us that hurricane season is right in the middle and Irene certainly reminded us what a hurricane is like. We were very fortunate and had little damage, but who knows what next time will be. Be Prepared!

Joan, Jill and Ashley

September 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Common Dog Myths – August 1, 2011

Common Dog Myths

Dogs should have a litter before they are spayed.

This is not true. In fact, spayed dogs are at lower risk for breast cancer and uterine infections.

Dogs are sick when their noses are warm.

The temperature of a dogs nose does not indicate health or illness. This is an “old wives tale”.

Mutts are always healthier than purebred dogs.

This is not true. Both mutts and purebred dogs can be either healthy or unhealthy. However, mutts generally do not have many of the genetic diseases that may be common in purebred lines.

All dogs like to be petted on their heads.

Some dogs do like to be petted on their heads but many DO NOT.

Happy dogs wag their tails.

This may be true but aggressive dogs often wag their tails, too. A wagging tail can mean either agitation or excitement.

Household “pet dogs” don’t need training

Every dog should be trained.

Dogs don’t need to be housebroken-they naturally know where to go.

Oh… if this was only true. You need to train your dog on where to go. This preferably happens when you start at a young age and give your dog positive encouragement.

For more information go www.petplace.com/dogs

Thanks and enjoy the last month of summer. Remember to keep plenty of water and shelter for all your pets during the extreme heat.

August 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

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