Does your Dog Walker or Pet Sitter need a DBS background check?
- Choosing a professional to look after pets in your own home is a complicated process
- A Client will need to place an enormous amount of trust in their dog walker as they allow them to enter their homes to pick up their pets for walking
- Is a DBS background check important for a pet sitter?
The business of Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is growing quite rapidly, and many customers ask “Do you have a DBS background check?” Of course, the answer every time is YES!
Dog Walkers are in business to walk your dog while you are unable to do so, sometimes when you’re at work, at a meeting or even away from home for the weekend. The majority of our customers issue us with keys to their homes, alarm codes, access to your valuables and possessions and of course we know your daily routine, when you leave for work and return and when you are away from home on holiday.
A DBS check for dog walkers or pet sitters
How to keep dogs busy while the humans are enjoying the Christmas excess
Make sure in the rush of visiting and hosting that you don't forget to take your dog for a walk. Your dog walker may be able to fit in extra sessions if you need them to. A dog that has had plenty of exercise will be calmer and happier.
National Senior Pet Month – caring for your older dog
Who doesn’t wish for a long and healthy life for their dog into old age, but as they get older, they do need extra special care and attention. A dog is considered to be “senior” when they reach around 7-8 years old and it’s at this time that their everyday needs and lifestyle will change. You will notice that your dog becomes less active and there may be a change in their behaviour. As a pet owner, it’s sometimes quite difficult to spot the difference between the early warning signs of illness or disease, and the normal signs of ageing.
Higher risk conditions
As your dog becomes older, he may have a higher risk of developing illness such as:
Does your dog love this chilly winter weather or is he happiest snuggled up in his dog bed with a fluffy blanket? Whichever he prefers, you need to be prepared for when you both do venture outside into the frosty and snowy elements. Just because your pet has a thick coat of fur, doesn’t mean that he won’t feel the effects of this cold weather. Dogs can feel these low temperatures so take some extra precautions to ensure that your dog doesn’t suffer from these extreme climate conditions.
Dangers in the cold – Frostbite
Even though he has a fur coat, your dog can still suffer from frostbite. The extremities like tail, paws and ear tips are most susceptible and can occur when the wind chill and temperature drop to below zero degrees. Symptoms of frostbite may not be immediately visible but may develop over several days after the exposure. Look out for any of the following symptoms, and of course seek immediate veterinary help and advice.
- A colour change of the skin with a blue or grey tinge
- The skin is cold or feels brittle
- Swelling or pain
- Ulcers or blisters on the affected skin
- Dead or blackened skin
Fireworks Safety and Your Dog
It’s that time of year again. Halloween and Bonfire Night have rolled around bringing excitement, loud bangs and whizzes and yummy sweet treats for us all. Unfortunately while we love this time of year, for our poor pets it can be terrifying.
Halloween is the time of year when we throw noisy parties and we don’t mind opening our doors to ghoulishly-clad strangers, but bear in mind your dog may react to a stranger’s knock in ways you don’t expect. He may try to run out of the door in panic or he could even try to attack the person on your doorstep.
If Fido is frightened of noise, whether it’s loud music or fireworks, take steps beforehand to keep him calm. Walk him during the day before any fireworks start. Give him a place of his own in a quiet part of the house. You could build a den for him so he has somewhere to hide. Leave a radio playing quietly in the background to distract him from outside noises. Make sure he is left undisturbed but do calmly check on him at intervals.
All About Dog Flu
Almost every person on earth experiences the flu at least once in their life. The experience of fever, aches, pains, and the uncontrollable urge to never leave your bed again are an experience one never forgets and never has the desire to repeat. The flu can last days or even weeks, but with lots of fluids and rest people generally recover over time with no long term effects.
It is a little-known fact, but an increasing phenomenon that dogs can contract a form of flu that is very closely related to the human strain. This form of flu, just like the human form, evolves and is resistant to many forms of medication. Dog flu is on the rise and as the numbers go up so do the number of dog flu deaths each year. Symptoms of dog flu are very closely related to humans, so here are some of the most common ones.
One of the first signs that a human is getting the flu is coughing. Many times this is simply attributed to food we have eaten, but coughing in a dog can be cause for concern. Coughing occurs when the respiratory tract becomes inflamed. Most of the time drinking water can help, but if the animal continues to cough a trip to the veterinarian may be in order.
You can help a homeless person and his pet this Winter
The really cold weather that we usually experience in the UK during the winter months is extraordinary, with temperatures sometimes falling below -20 C. Many farm and domestic animals are at risk from this severe cold weather, but are you aware of an equally exposed group of animals, the large number of homeless pets, mainly dogs, that live rough on our streets today.
Many of these dogs are kept as pets by homeless people, and regardless of the conflicting views whether they should actually keep pets or not, the truth of the matter is that many of these dogs are at risk from the extreme weather conditions.
Homeless Dogs and their owners
The majority of people imagine that a homeless animal may have a pretty unhappy life, but many of these dogs have a very strong relationship with their owners, more attached than a domestic dog would be. Many homeless people will admit that owning a pet is what gives them hope, with money that might have been otherwise spend on drugs or alcohol, actually being spent on their dog. A lot of the dogs are found to be in good health, with their homeless owners often putting their pet’s needs before their own. It’s thought that as the person and the pet spend so much time interacting with each other, their bond is amazingly strong.
A Great Idea for Busy Dog Owners
The care and well-being of your dog is likely the most important thing in your lives. Our dogs are a huge part of the family and therefore we strive to offer them the best level of care that is available, but if you are like many busy individuals your pets care can take a back seat to other things going on in your life. It is not something that is intended, but remembering specific pet care aspects that are intended to be given on a monthly basis, such as flea and tick treatment are often forgotten. A responsible dog owner usually keeps track of these needs by writing them down on a calendar or a planner of some sort, but they can still be forgotten quite easier. There is now however a much better way to keep track of these things each month and it is called Protect My Pet.
What is Protect My Pet?
Protect My Pet is an easy way to receive the items your pet needs for care without you ever having to remember dates of care or items that you may be running low on. Protect My Pet allows you to sign your dog up and pay a monthly fee to have many of your pet care items sent directly to your home. You do not have to remember the dates because your package will arrive promptly, so you will know that when the box arrives it is time to treat your dog.
Hidden Dangers in Convenient Retractable Dog Leads for Dog Walking
Dogs are the most popular pet among people all over the world. Almost everyone has owned a dog at some point in their lives and many treat their dog like they are truly one of the family. Dog lovers throw their dogs parties, buy them speciality outfits, and even take them on family holidays. It is a good life when you have the opportunity to be a family’s favourite pet, but there are times when good intentions can get you into trouble.
Dogs really enjoy taking walks with their owners. In the interest of safer Dog walking dog owners utilise many forms of restraint to keep the dog from running aimlessly through the streets. One of the most popular devices people use for restraint purposes is the common retractable lead Upon first looking at one of these leads, it looks like a great idea. The owner has control over how much to let the lead out and the dog gains a little more freedom with their walks, but there are certain hidden dangers that make this form of restraint one of the worst for your dog.
Too Much Freedom
We want our dogs to have a certain amount of freedom, but some of these leads can allow the dog to go a considerable amount of distance from their owner. They may come in contact with another animal and engage in an altercation or find themselves running out into a busy street. A shorter lead allows the owner to maintain better control of the entire situation.
How to tell if your dog is depressed
When people suffer from a mental health issue such as depression they may show signs and symptoms of the condition or be able to talk about the situation, but for our four-legged friends, it’s not that easy. Most people don’t realise that dogs can suffer from mental health issues just as much as humans can. Unfortunately, if they are suffering, they aren’t able to tell us about it, but it may be the reason for unusual behaviours. Anything can be the trigger for depression in dogs such as the loss of a group member, so watching out for the common signs of depression in dogs can alert us to any mental health concerns and enables us to upkeep their general health and wellbeing.
Watching for the warning signs
Humans and dogs have similar traits especially when it comes to behaviours. If your ‘always hungry’ pup suddenly becomes food shy and loses weight, or you have a dog that has started to overindulge and gain weight this could be a key indicator of a sad dog and a common sign of depression. Everyone knows the saying ‘it’s a dog’s life’ and whilst some dogs like to sleep a lot, if your pet is sleeping more than usual for them, this can be a sign of depression, but so can restlessness, especially if your dog is unable to get a good night sleep.