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I mustache you a question…

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, cat sitter, dog sitter, Dogs, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on I mustache you a question…

I mustache you a question…

I mustache you a question…   When will one of the Wagger’s Pet Sitters be back to play some more? Huh huh huh??? When when when???   Waggers offers a variety of services to handle all of your pet care needs. Worried about that vacation you’ve been planning? Who’s going to watch after the pets? That’s what we’re here for! To give you the peace of mind to enjoy your vacation knowing your beloved pets are happy at home.   Services & Pricing Daily Dog Walks: $13.00 (add $2.00 for each additional dog)   Small Animal Visits: $15.00  (add $1.00 per visit for each additional animal)   Potty Breaks: $12.00  (add $1.00 per visit for each additional animal.)   30-Minute Visits this includes feeding of pet: $17.00 (Add $1.00 per visit for each additional animal.)   Private Dog Boarding: $25.00 per day (Add $12.00 per day for each additional dog)   Pet Taxi: $30 per hour   Home Sweet Home (In Home Pet Sitting): $75.00 per night (8PM – 8AM)   Additional Home Sweet Home Options HERE.     *Weekly clients receive a discount for using Waggers on a regular basis. Contact Us for details. ^There is an additional $5 (add $1 for each additional pet) Holiday Fee on every service during the following times: New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Contact Us...

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What do your pets have planned for the holidays?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, cat sitter, dog sitter, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on What do your pets have planned for the holidays?

What do your pets have planned for the holidays? Do you have someone to watch them for you? Or are you willing to take the chance that your home will look like this when YOU return from vacation? Have you considered finding a pet sitter to watch over your pillows? Pet-sitting services are a great alternative to boarding for dogs and cats. Here is a short list of questions to ask yourself when you are making such an important decision. Do your pets have problems with large groups of animals? Though many dogs seem to like the social aspects of a boarding kennel, shy, aggressive or nervous dogs may be stressed by groups. Cats and birds can be intimidated by other animals as well. Has your pet experienced separation anxiety when away from his own home and family? While many pets, especially dogs, enjoy new experiences, some feel much more secure at home. Keeping their habits the same can be good for their mental and physical health. Do your pets have all the vaccinations required for boarding? For the protection of all dogs in a kennel, a bordetella (kennel cough) inoculation is required twice a year and other vaccines must be given annually. Owners of dogs and cats that have had bad reactions to vaccinations in the past may prefer not to vaccinate often and therefore cannot board. Is your pet older or does he/she require specific care due to health problems? Older pets are often happiest when their routines and surroundings are constant. Pets who require special health care will likely get a much better service from a pet sitter. Do have multiple pets? It can get very expensive to board more than one pet and you can get a much cheaper and personal service with a pet sitter. Do you prefer knowing that your pets are at home in familiar surroundings? With a pet sitter you don’t have to worry about getting your pets to a boarding facility, how they might react to the facility and arranging pickup when you come home. With a pet sitter, your loving pet will be waiting for you when you walk through the door!   If you would like more information about our services, simply visit us here. Allison Smith www.WaggersPetSitting.com Excellence in Pet Care since 2003...

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As Temps Rise, Veterinarians Advise Early Flea & Tick Prevention

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Dogs, pet health, pet safety, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on As Temps Rise, Veterinarians Advise Early Flea & Tick Prevention

As Temps Rise, Veterinarians Advise Early Flea & Tick Prevention

Hike Planned with Your Pet? Outdoor Fun? As Temps Rise, Veterinarians Advise Early Flea & Tick Prevention DENISON, TX They’re not just in your pet’s fur–they’re everywhere. With the warming temperatures, they might be jumping earlier than usual. Fleas may be ready to dive into your animal, but there’s a way to stop the scratch before it starts. “It’s always skin irritation. Being sensitive to the flea bite,” Billy Martindale said, DVM, Animal Hospital of Denison. Man’s best friend may have something to sweat about this summer. “When you have animals, you’re going to have fleas unless you control them,” Martindale said. As the mercury rises earlier than usual this year, veterinarians advise pet owners to use flea prevention early. “Fleas feed on animals. That’s the only place they feed. That’s the dinner plate. They can be off the animal for a long period of time, actually for years,” Martindale said. According to veterinarian Billy Martindale, fleas thrive when it’s 80 degrees with 80 percent humidity. However, cold weather doesn’t stop dormant bugs from looking for a bite to eat. “Doesn’t mean the fleas aren’t going to be inside the house, doesn’t mean they’re not going to be on the animal, because they will be,” Martindale said. Fleas aren’t just outside. They could be in the carpet. Martindalae recommends spraying your home for pests regularly, not just once a year. “You got to be able to control the pet and do something inside the house, or even outside the house,” Martindale said. During summer hikes in the woods, ticks are another pest to be wary of because of the diseases they may carry. “Fleas do not pose a human health problem. Ticks pose a humongous human health problem,” Martindale said. Flea prevention can come from a pill or topical treatment. “Some animals are predisposed to being sensitive to fleas,” Martindale said. It might keep Fido from scratching later. The Environmental Protection Agency advises pet owners to vacuuming frequently to remove eggs, larvae and fleas. It’s also important to clean carpets and cushioned...

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Harley’s Impressive Career

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Dogs, Interest | Comments Off on Harley’s Impressive Career

Harley’s Impressive Career

Harley’s Impressive Career There is no easy way to share this news – yet I know so many of our Waggers Family has been concerned and checking in on the status of Harley. Sadly Harley has lost his battle with issues related to cancer, below is the memo that was shared with the Sherriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office Personnel, It is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of Jimmy Smith’s retired canine “Harley”. Canine Harley was an outstanding narcotics detection canine with a zeal for work like no other. Harley’s impressive career speaks volumes of his ability and the hard work and dedication put forth by Deputy Smith. Deputy Smith knew for some time this day would come and like any handler regretted choosing the day. As fate would have it, Harley decided to go out with a bang. The following is a brief outline of the day’s events and the moments leading up to Canine “Harley’s” departure. On 3-5-2013 at approximately 1000 hours Deputies Wall, Greene, Smith, Horton, Wilbourne, Williams and Sgt. Johnson were at Kildaire Animal Medical Center on Kildaire Farm Rd near Cary Parkway. While talking in the parking lot Deputies observed a black GMC Acadia wreck into a brick wall then strike a power pole causing the power pole to be split in half. Deputies immediately began organizing efforts for a vehicle extraction and perimeter containment for traffic control and safety. It was immediately apparent that the subject was deceased and no pulse was able to be obtained. The male was extracted from the vehicle, pulled to safety and CPR was started. Through a collaborative group effort, traffic was re-routed, a safety perimeter was established, Fire and EMS were routed into the scene and CPR was continued until EMS personnel arrived and took over CPR. Upon EMS arrival the subject still had no pulse and EMS began lifesaving measures and his airway was secured. The subject was put on an AED and received one shock. CPR was continued and the subject was able to be brought back to life. EMS transported the subject alive with stable blood pressure and breathing on his own. Scene operations were turned over to Cary Police Department and Progress Energy staff. Divine intervention placed Deputies at the right place at the right time. Deputy Smith conducted a follow up on the subject and nursing staff advised he would be fine. With the passing of Harley, another life was saved and it will be a day to...

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New Apex Dog Park, Now Open!!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Dogs, things to do | Comments Off on New Apex Dog Park, Now Open!!

New Apex Dog Park, Now Open!!

New Apex Dog Park, Now Open!! Information provided by the Town of Apex Hunter Street Dog Park, 1250 Ambergate Station Hours of Operation: 7 am – 10 pm (year-round) Membership Fees The park is a fenced area that remains locked at all times. To access the park, you must register your dog(s) annually and receive 1 key card that unlocks the gate. Additional key card available for $10. Complete Dog Park Registration & Rules form. Types of Membership            Resident                     Non-Resident Single Dog                                   $30                                $60 Multi Dog                                    $50                                 $100 Registration Basics Annual registration fee is required. Registration available at Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter Street (see hours of operation). Proof of Rabies vaccination /expiration date and assigned rabies tag number from the veterinarian is required at registration. Dog Park Basics: A key card is required to enter the park. Dogs must have collar with ID, and display rabies vaccination tags at all times. Each adult may have a maximum of 2 dogs at a time in the park. Children 10 and under are not allowed inside the fenced area. Dogs under 6 months of age are prohibited. Additional rules listed on registration form. Dog Park Features: 2 acre park, fenced and lighted Separate sections for small dogs and for large dogs Wood chips for ground cover Shade gazebos and benches Water fountains Pet waste stations Frequently Asked Questions: What’s the scoop on Poop? Dog waste bags and trash cans are available throughout the park. Will my pass work at both dog parks after the Nature Park is completed? Yes Will the park be periodically sprayed for fleas? No, each pet owner is responsible for their own dog’s treatment. What happens when a pass expires? Passholders will be notified either by mail or e-mail approximately one month before their pass expires. They will have that time to come in and renew their pass. Those who don’t renew by their expiration date will have their cards deactivated the first business day after the pass expires. Which section should my dog use? The Town does not have a set limit for what size a dog should be to use either the small or large dog section of the park. However, as a general guideline small dogs are considered to weigh less than 22 lbs or be shorter than 16 inches and large dogs weigh greater than 25 lbs and measure 27 inches or greater at the shoulder. If your small dog is comfortable with large dogs or if you medium size dog is timid and not active then choose which feels best. But always be considerate of others and their pets when choosing which part of the park the use. Does the Town offer day passes? At this time day passes are not offered. How is resident versus non-resident status determined when issuing...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Cats, Dogs, Interest, pet health, pet safety | Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets 10 Tips for enhancing animals’ lives and our own By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, About.com Guide Have you ever reported a case of animal neglect or cruelty?   I am not typically one for making New Year’s resolutions — too much stress and expectation! But I do enjoy the feeling of a “fresh start” and the refocusing that the new year brings. Here are some ideas and tips to hopefully enhance the health and add some fun to your pets’ lives.   It is the start of a new year, and people’s thoughts often turn to diet and exercise, making up for holiday indulgences. Pets also suffer from overeating and lack of exercise, as discussed in the Is My Pet Overweight? articles. (Please click here for tips on how to tell if your pet is overweight. But there are more things to consider than diet and exercise when it comes to being a good example for our pets. Here, in no particular order, are 10 tips to a healthier lifestyle for our pets and animals in need.   1) Exercise Regular exercise has the obvious health benefits, but it also is a great time to bond with our pets. A simple daily walk helps a dog learn proper manners, provides some good quality time, and does wonders for the human counterpart, too! Keeping pets at the proper body weight reduces the risk of heart and joint problems, diabetes, and a host of other poor health conditions. What to do if Fido (or Fluffy) tips the scale   2) Health Check Up A regular visit to your veterinarian is the best way to stay ahead of potential problems. Annual examinations of teeth, heart/lungs, and body condition overall will be less costly than waiting for a problem to develop and your pet suffering needlessly from complications of preventable problems. Having a good “baseline” of information about your pet also gives the veterinarian something to compare against and determine exactly what is wrong when something isn’t quite right with your pet. How to prepare for a veterinary office visit   3) Good Nutrition Like humans, pets who eat poor quality food just don’t have the health reserves than those that a good balanced diet. Poor skin, hair coat, muscle tone, and obesity problems can be a result of a poor diet. Also, pets are not humans — a diet rich in table scraps is not a healthy one, and can lead to problems such as obesity and pancreatitis. Nutrition information for pets   4) Good Grooming No one wants to be around a stinky pet. Regular grooming — bathing, toe nail clips, brushing teeth and hair coat, parasite control — not only make the pet more pleasing to be around, it is much healthier for the pet! For skin and coat problems that don’t resolve with regular grooming, please see your veterinarian — there may be an underlying medical condition affecting the skin, coat, or toenails. Good Grooming: A Matter of Life and Health Tips and Tools for Good Dental Health   5) Safety Keeping pets safe is something most pet owners take for granted. However, take a moment to assess the toxic chemicals used in your house and yard. Are they necessary? Are all safety precautions...

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New Year’s Safety For Pets

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Interest, pet health, pet safety, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on New Year’s Safety For Pets

New Year’s Safety For Pets   by Stacy Fox khou.com Posted on December 28, 2011 at 6:36 AM  New Year’s Eve is the one party that the whole world is invited to, and it’s just days away!  As we get ready to ring in 2012 with a loud, colorful display of festive fireworks, we need to remember to keep our furry friends safe.  The excitement of the sparkling, popping and cracking sounds might be fun for humans, but it can make many pets agitated and scared. Without proper care, pets can get lost during the festivities.  Here are a few helpful tips to keep your furry friend safe this New Year’s Eve: Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags with current information.  Cats should wear break away / safety collars. Microchipping your pet is always advised. Keep your pets indoors in a quiet area that is familiar to him / her with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys.  Dogs who are crate trained may feel safest in their kennels.  Cats will do best in a bathroom or utility room with food, water and their litter box. Resist the urge to soothe and comfort your agitated pet as this can actually reinforce his / her stressed behavior. Instead, stay calm and “matter of fact” when dealing with a pet who is upset by loud noises. Frightened outdoor dogs have been known to jump high fences and dig holes to escape the sound of fireworks.  Indoor animals should be kept away from large glass windows or doors because when scared they are capable of crashing right through. Make sure to keep all alcohol, festive foods / chocolates, floral arrangements and party decorations away from your pets.  Alcohol can be dangerous and deadly while balloons, streamers, party hats and confetti can become lodged in your pet’s intestines, causing an intestinal blockage.  Chocolate is especially toxic to both canines and felines. Remember to keep a watchful eye on your pet and put the name and number of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic in a designated area. For more information, visit...

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What New Year resolution’s do you have planned for your pets?

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Interest, pet health | Comments Off on What New Year resolution’s do you have planned for your pets?

What New Year resolution’s do you have planned for your pets?

Don’t Drop the Ball on Your Pets!! What New Year resolution’s do you have planned for your pets? I just found this great article to help me think about things we have promised the Smith family pets… While you’re busy jotting down your resolutions for the new year, don’t forget the furry friend at your side giving you a paw of encouragement. Whether it’s running your first marathon, eating healthier or taking on a new hobby, your pet could be hoping and wishing to make it on your list of resolutions. Believe it or not, Fido and Fluffy have a few bullet points on their to-do list that might match yours. Let us be the first to tell you exactly what your pet hopes for in 2013. Read Entire Article...

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Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Interest, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays!

Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays!

Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays! We would like to take a moment and thank every one who trusts us with their pets… we LOVE each and everyone of you and your furry friends! Please have a safe, happy and FUN holiday season no matter what your family celebrates! ~Allison Smith ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (dog version) It was about time for Christmas, and all through the house A creature was stirring, but it wasn’t a mouse I knew right away it was my wife’s little pup, She thought we were sleeping, and so she was up The dog was a gift it was coercion, really, A woman can pout, ’til a man gets downright silly. And now the wife was snoozing she was really sacked out She wouldn’t have awoke from less than a shout. Yes, her in her nightgown, I in my BVDs, We had finally settled down to catch some Zs When off in the kitchen there arose such a clatter, I rolled from the bed to see what was the matter. Away down the hall, my head in a muddle, I reached the kitchen…and stepped in a puddle. The glow from a nightlight illuminated the room, So how come I stumbled over the broom? I fell in a sprawl, my legs were not stable. On the way down, my nose hit the table. My head was a spinnin’ and when I came to rest Four miniature dog feet stood on my chest. With a lick and a bark, she bounded away, Into the living room, she ran to play. More rapid than mouses, that rat terrier ran, Me on the follow, rolled newspaper in hand. “Stop, Skeeter! Stop, Dog! Stop, Pup! Halt, Pooch! Halt, Girl! Oh, come’ere, you mutt! “Get off the new couch! Now let go of that curtain! Ohhh…If I ever catch you, you’re gonna’ be hurtin'” As winds of a Texas tornado do fly, She spun round the room, down low and up high. Then up on the countertop, that puppy went She stopped for a second. I thought she was spent. I make a quick lunge, she ducked me and then Yawned when I dove through the flour bin. As I drew out my head and was turning around, She made for the presents, in a single bound. I was covered with flour, from my head to my toes, My robe in tatters, and blood on my nose. A bag full of toys, she grabbed with glee I nabbed her, I thought, but instead got the tree. The ornaments, they broke, as they began to fall The lights, how they fizzled, and that is not all. When I reached for the plug, to turn the bulbs out, What flowed through my body, but electricity, so stout! As smoke encircled my head like a wreath, That dog held my big toe, tight in her teeth. “Skeeter,” I moaned, “I give up. Oh, Skeet, I give in.” So she bit my swollen nose, and nipped at my chin. She spoke not a word, but went back to work, Down came the stockings it took just a jerk. Then up from the hall, came the sound of feet, Momma, it seemed was awake from her sleep. “Now you’ll get...

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Mal Kitty, Shadow Boxing

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Cats, Interest, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Mal Kitty, Shadow Boxing

Mal Kitty, Shadow Boxing Hi Mom & Dad, Miss Allison and the Waggers Pet Sitting crew is taking great care of me… they brought me this thing called a BOX today, it’s been hard to concentrate on anything else. I have been playing Lion of the Sahara Desert all day – once I crouch and stare the box down, then I jump thru and start all over. Can’t wait to show you how I keep this BOX in control. Chris Alduino’s kitty, Mal staying entertained with boxes… it’s the simplest of joys that keep you young! ~Allison Smith, Owner of Waggers Professional Pet...

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