What an amazing Summer it's been, what lovely weather, it certainly makes my job a lot easier and enjoyable :-)
It has also been a very busy time for me with gaining so many more new customers - Just fantastic!
I'd like to Introduce Emma to Happy Pet Care. Emma helps me out at busy times and covers for me when I take a holiday. She has already had some great, positive feedback from my customers.
What a star she is, just the right person for the job. Bubbly, bright, honest and reliable. She is also an animal lover and has an NVQ level II in Animal Care.
Welcome to Happy Pet Care Emma and thank you for your help so far :-) X
A few Sunday mornings ago I had a shock when I walked into a home where I was calling in on two cats and a dog. One of the cats was in obvious distress. He was sitting with his head down and not even moving when I walked in.
When I went up to him and stroked his face I saw immediately that there was a discharge coming from somewhere around his face, but I wasn't sure where as he wouldn't let me touch it, he was obviously in pain.
I immediately called the owners to let them know what was happening and that I was needing to take the cat to the emergency vet. They were in absolute agreement.
I called the vets to let them know I was on my way. It turned out to be an abscess on the jaw which was totally treatable with antibiotics.
I took him back to his house where I made sure he was comfortable in his own space and with instructions from the vet to regularly bathe the wound. I also kept the owners informed at all times.
When registering with Happy Pet Care's services I ask customers to fill in a 'Vet Release form', which I would need to hand over to the vet if ever anything like the above scenario occurred. I was so thankful I had that form to hand and that I had full backing of the cats owners.
Phew!! I am happy to say now that the kitty cat is much better after his ordeal :)
Well we're coming to end of July and what a busy time it's been!
With it being the holiday season, as well as visiting my regular customers, I have also been lucky enough to sign up lots of new clients which has meant meeting so many of your wonderful pets, Kipper shown here being just one of them.
Kipper, unfortunately, is deaf which means he does tend to have the loudest Meow ever!! He especially made me laugh last week as each time I went to see him, he would literally be shouting at me as I walked through the door, such a lovely old fella he is.
And hasn't the weather been amazing?! It's made walking my doggy friends even more enjoyable, (if that's at all possible), and when looking after my feline friends it's just been lovely being able to sit in their gardens with them, tickling their tummy's while they enjoy the sun.
I've been looking after five rabbits too, making sure they have shade and giving them lots of cuddles.
I've started, this month to get to know Ben too, a 2 year old Labrador who is incredibly shy and so I am having to take my time with him in order to build his trust. Small steps each visit.
Looking forward to August, lets hope this fantastic weather stays a while longer :-)
My past employments have lead me to attend a few First Aid courses (for humans) and so I thought it would be sensible to gain first aid knowledge for animals due to my fairly recent change of career as a Pet Sitter and Dog Walker.
So, I recently attended a 'Canine First Aid Workshop' which was so very useful. I learnt such a lot, not only for my business as a Dog Walker and Pet Sitter but also for myself as a pet owner.
The course, among other things, taught us what to do in the event of an animal being injured or taken ill and how to prevent any further injury, relieve suffering or deterioration where possible and temporarily dress a wound in order to effectively transport the animal to the Vets.
I didn't know you could give an animal the Heimlich manoeuvre, but it is possible! You can also give kiss of life!
Also learnt about various poisons. I did know some things which we eat are poisonous to animals, but some I didn't know.
I think all in all a very worthwhile course and one which all pet owners could benefit from so Thank you North K9 Training.
Please find below a list of common poisons;
- Venom- toad/snake
- Weed killers- paraquat, herbicides
- Sump oil
- Benzoic acid
- Paracetamol (CATS!)
- Insecticides/Organophoshates (some flea collars and spot ons)
- Slug pellets
- Rodenticides- warfrin
- Chocolate- Theobromine
- Xylitol- sweetener in sugar free foods
- Peach- cyanide!
- Apple seeds-cyanide
- Avacado- profuse diahorrea
Does anyone else have a cat who comes for walks with you and your dog?
I have had some cats previously who tentatively come along and then disappear, but Minnie, pictured here never likes to miss a good walk with me and Jenna.
Rain or shine she will be first out the door when I pick up Jenna's lead and she walks all the way, sticking to Jenna and sometimes playing as she goes.
She's such a great cat...Anyone else have cats who love to go Walkie's?
Going away for short stays or long stays, holidays, hospital stays or business trips and worry about what to do with your beloved cats?
You may be thinking about putting them in a Cattery? Well yes that's an option, or there is the other option of leaving them in their own home, in their own environment where they feel comfortable and relaxed, eating out of their own dishes and keeping to their routine. This is where Happy Pet Care Pet Sitting Service would come in...
With a free consultation I would come along and meet your cat(s) and learn your routine, know exactly what you feed them and learn all the little quirky things you do for them so I can carry this on when you are away, creating a stress free time for them while you are away.
I can come along to feed them, clean litter trays, let them in or out, play with them and give them the attention they deserve.
You would also have the added bonus of having me come along to your home once or twice a day, picking up your mail, putting out your bin, drawing/un-drawing your curtains or watering your plants. All this helps to make it look like someone is home, adding to the security of your home while you are away.
Another added benefit of this service is that I could hang on to a key if preferred, so that if you ever find you are kept back at work, have to go into hospital or you have the opportunity to have a weekend away at short notice, then all you would need to do is give me a call or text and I would already know your cats and their routine and be able to sort out their needs while you were away.
Happy Pet Care Pet Sitting Service also offers this same care for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs or any other pet you may have at home.
Why not take a look at my website for more details or contact me, Sam today for more information :-)
I look forward to hearing from you and looking after your beloved pets.
I think we are so lucky in Huddersfield for dog walks because you're never too far from a park, reservoir, canal, river, woods, moorland or just lovely public footpaths with green fields. This makes my job a little easier as I like to walk dogs in good surroundings where they can enjoy interesting smells and be exercised away from traffic and so creating a relaxed and happy walk.
I was reading an article recently, in 'Healthy Pets', by Dr Becker about how important oral health is for your pets, just as it is for us humans, but learnt some facts about what is in some of the products sold to help with your pets oral hygiene so thought I'd pass this on. The following is from the article...
Dr Becker recommends the following for your dogs healthy oral hygiene...
Here's a quick checklist to help you start taking better care of your dog's teeth:
The link for this article, if you are interested in reading further is; http://healthypets.mercola.com
My other 'arf leading the way over a drift, (he didn't want me go on own, bless him) - This is the actual ROAD!!
We had to climb over into the field as a digger was trying to clear the road. This was Sunday, they still haven't managed to clear it. I think it will be a while before this road is clear
Hi I'm Mandy and this is Happy Pet Care's Blog