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29
Jul 2017
How to Coexist When Living in an Apartment with Pets

Life with roommates can bring joy or misery, and the result starts and ends with basic compatibility and conscious coexisting. This principle is no different when you’re considering introducing a new fur roommate. If you rent an apartment, like many young adults in the Seattle area, you may wonder how life with a pet works when you’ve signed a lease. If you feel you’re ready to become a pet parent, here’s how to successfully share close living quarters with your future roommate — and soon-to-be best friend. (Bonus: If you’re already sharing......

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05
Jul 2017
How to Keep Pets Cool in a Home Without Air Conditioning

When temperatures start to climb, there can be little escape for those without air conditioning. This is especially true in the Seattle area — a region that notoriously lacks air conditioning in homes and rentals. While you may spend much of your day at work, your pets must endure the temperature in your home. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to help keep your pets cool at home during the dog days of summer. It’s important to note that certain pets are at greater risk than others. Pets that are very......

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31
May 2017
It's Allergy Season! How Are Pets Affected?

Allergy season is in full swing, and many of us have been suffering the consequences, from runny noses and sneezing to watery eyes and itching. However, your human friends and family members are not the only ones that can be affected by these seasonal issues — our beloved pets can also experience uncomfortable allergy symptoms. For this reason, it’s important for owners to educate themselves about the telltale signs of pet allergies, as well as potential treatments. Stay tuned into your furry friends’ behavior and help them thrive through the season! Pet......

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28
Feb 2017
In Honor of World Spay Day: Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

On the last Tuesday of every February, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its international partners host World Spay Day — a time devoted to raising awareness about the many positive benefits of spaying and neutering. While “fixing” pets remains just as important throughout the calendar year, this day is an opportunity to remind ourselves and our neighbors to take this critical step in helping community animals. Many people assume that spaying female pets and neutering male pets will leave owners footing a hefty vet bill. However, an abundance......

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26
Jan 2017
How Your Pet May Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health

Most people can’t help but smile when their dog greets them at the door, tail wagging in full force, or when their cat purrs and crawls onto their lap when they sit down after a long day. However, studies have shown that a pet’s companionship provides humans with more short- and long-term benefits than a simple, brief mood lift. While caring for a pet does come with a host of responsibilities and obligations, the reward of being an owner pays off in countless ways. Pets Improve Your Mood and Attitude When your......

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19
Dec 2016
5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Furry Friend

You’ve purchased a sweater for Great Aunt Muriel, picked out something special for your significant other, and picked up gift cards for everyone in between… but what about your favorite pet? Don’t let this important family member’s stocking go unstuffed! Though they can’t wrap a present in return, we know their love and companionship are the greatest gifts of all. Even though they may not be able to write a thank-you note, wagging tails and merry meows are even sweeter. Your furry friend is bound to love these five gift ideas —......

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28
Nov 2016
A Guide to Holiday Safety for Pets

Now that we’ve wrapped up Thanksgiving (and, consequently, the heaps of leftovers we’re bound to be reheating every day for the foreseeable future), there’s only a handful of weeks left in the holiday rush! Are you ready? For pet owners, being “ready” for the holiday season takes on some added meaning. Between the usual bouts of careful planning and attention to detail, we’re also responsible for making sure our furry family members feel the holiday love… and that means keeping them safe, healthy, and happy in the midst of all the merriment......

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15
Nov 2016
7 Fall and Winter Exercise Tips for Your Pets

We know our clients consider their pets an important part of the family. When you care so deeply for your pets, it’s natural to want to make sure they are happy and healthy. When the sun is shining, it’s easier and far more desirable to spend loads of time outdoors with walking and playing with our dog friends — but what happens in fall or winter when it’s too cold and dreary to be outside for long? Just like you, your dog needs to follow a regular exercise regimen to stay healthy......

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19
Oct 2016
Boarding Your Pet vs. Hiring a Pet Sitter

As the holiday travel season approaches, your family’s plans are likely beginning to come together. For many, a vacation away from home may be in the cards as invites roll in from out-of-town relatives. In the coming weeks, you’ll be arranging transportation, time off from work, last-minute home duties — and if your furry friends won’t be coming along for the ride, you’ll also need to secure pet care. In this case, the two primary options for pet owners to consider are checking your pets into a boarding facility or enlisting the......

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27
Sep 2016
Don’t Forget These Emergency Kit Essentials for Your Pets

Seattleites are used to talk of “The Big One” — the megaquake projected to happen sometime in the Pacific Northwest’s not-so-distant future. Should a natural disaster strike, you and your family want to be prepared with an evacuation plan and a stockpile of emergency goods. You may already have a disaster kit ready to go for the human members of the family — but what happens to your fur babies in the event of an earthquake or other unforeseen event? If your pets aren’t yet part of your emergency plan, it’s best......

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22
Aug 2016
How to Keep Your Blind or Deaf Pet Safe and Happy

Our beloved furry friends only grow more endearing as they reach their golden years. But it can be heartbreaking to watch senior pets experience aging symptoms such as vision or hearing loss. The good news is, with a combination of the below techniques, pet parents have the power to boost any blind or deaf pet’s quality of life! Safety-proof your home You’ve likely already completed phase one of pet-proofing your home just before and after you first brought home your bundle of joy. Senior dogs and cats require special consideration as they......

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08
Aug 2016
Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Entertained During the Workday

It’s no secret that even the shyest pets tend to imprint on their owners. While this can mean a whole lot of love, snuggles, pets and playtime, it can also spell trouble when the lovefest must be placed on pause from 9 to 5. Dogs and cats who suffer from separation anxiety can become anxious, distressed, or act out while you’re away — and this can the form of potty accidents, excessive barking or vocalizing, hiding, chewing your personal belongings, shredding the furniture, or other destructive activities. Ease your fuzzball’s stress by planning......

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26
Jul 2016
3 Ways to Celebrate National Mutt Day

Some of the most commonly euthanized shelter dogs are medium to large mixed breeds. In 2005, pet and family lifestyle expert and animal welfare supporter Colleen Paige dubbed July 31 and December 2 National Mutt Day in an effort to advocate for these unsung shelter heroes and drive aspiring dog owners to adopt. Whether or not you’re ready to care for a dog of your own, mark your calendar for this summer’s National Mutt Day and choose your preferred mode of celebration at the end of July! 1. Adopt! If you are......

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18
Jul 2016
What to Include When Leaving a Note for Your Sitter

When it comes to your pet’s laundry list of needs and preferences, you know every detail by heart — and when you leave your dog or cat in a new sitter’s hands, you’ll want to arm them with the same knowledge. Lucky for Sarah’s Pet Care clients, our state-of-the-art software, powered by Precise Petcare, streamlines this process. Does your dog or cat have any food allergies? What kinds of treats are Fido’s favorite? At the same time you register, schedule or pay for our services, you also have the opportunity to provide......

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12
Jul 2016
Fluffy Didn't Start the Fire: July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Wagging puppy tails and kitty curiosity are generally traits that make canine and feline friends so darn charming – but when left alone, your fur babies’ excitability or penchant for investigation just might get them into trouble. According to the National Fire Protection Association, pets and wild animals play a role in starting approximately 700 home fires annually. Whether or not they are the instigators, it is also crucial to include household pets in your family’s disaster evacuation plans. For this reason, the folks at the American Kennel Club joined forces with......

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06
Jun 2016
cat sitting matters

Most pet service providers focus on dogs, and we’ve definitely talked plenty about our canine companions on this blog. But of course dogs aren’t the only one with needs–cats also need attention, stimulation, exercise, and love. The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease One of the primary reasons dog owners are often more aware of their dogs’ needs is that dogs are, in many ways, harder to neglect than cats. Neglected dogs will whine, bark, or become aggressive, and when they act out they’re capable of doing a lot more damage to things......

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05
May 2016
How to Keep Your Dog Off The Couch

When you adore your dog, but just can’t stand the shedding fur all over your sofa, it may be time to train your four-legged buddy that this piece of furniture just isn’t a welcome place for him to be. These tips for keeping your dog off the couch are tried and true, provided that you’re consistent and patient … Discipline Training is crucial to your dog following your rules, and if you’re unable to start teaching your dog that the couch is off-limits right from puppyhood (for instance, if your dog is......

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15
Apr 2016
Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?

One of the common questions we get from pet owners is how much exercise is right for their dog. Honestly, it can be hard to answer! Exercise needs are based on a blend of factors, including breed, age, temperament, size, and health. And even with these factors taken into consideration, no two dogs are the same – just like people. Athletic breeds like herders or hunting dogs might need as much three runs day, while breeds like pugs will overheat and have trouble breathing if they’re pushed too hard. One thing that’s......

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09
Mar 2016
What to Do If You Detect Bloat in Your Dog: An Emergency Guide

As we discussed in our last blog post, bloat is one of the most life-endangering and sadly common threats to the health of your dog. During bloat – also known as Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV) – the stomach swells, often rotating 90° to 360°, trapping any food or liquid inside and slowing or stopping blood flow. Bloat can kill a dog in a matter of hours, and it’s crucial that every pet owner knows what to do if they detect signs of this deadly condition. Go to the Vet Immediately If your dog......

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27
Feb 2016
Bloat: The Doggy Killer Every Owner Needs to Know About

Many dog owners aren’t aware of one of the most common and dangerous threats to a dog’s health: bloat. Also known as “stomach torsion,” or Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), bloat is the second leading killer of dogs, after cancer. As such, it’s imperative that you know how to help prevent bloat in your dog, and how to detect bloat if it should occur. What is Bloat? Bloat begins when a dog’s stomach fills with air or any combination of air, fluid, food, or foam, causing the stomach to swell (also known as dilation).......

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