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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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Does your pooch have an Easter bonnet or gift basket?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, dog sitter, Dogs, Interest, pet events, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Does your pooch have an Easter bonnet or gift basket?

Hi Waggers Pals!! Today we have a guest blog written by Celia Sue Hecht her popular publication “Have dog blog will travel” is fun to follow so be sure to check it out! March 19, 2013 · 12:02 pm Does your pooch have an Easter bonnet or gift basket? Whether or not you celebrate Easter or Passover or whatever holiday or not, you can still have some fun with an Easter Egg dog hunt on Sunday, March 31… can be for treats, bones, toys, whatever gets your dog in the mood for fun…dogs love finding treats in the grass so why not give them some special time and treats to hunt for. Cici loves to sniff the grass at the park near our house every day and she comes up with all kinds of awful surprises. This could be a fun way to channel your dog’s inner sleuth in a positive way. An Easter outfit with bonnet is optional, but here’s how to make a costume if you must http://www.ehow.com/how_2156787_make-easter-outfit-dog.html http://www.dogguide.net/blog/2008/03/happy-easter-from-the-dog-guide-dogs-dressed-in-their-easter-best/ Your back yard or closest dog park or even a room in your home can suffice to be the place where your doggie will sniff out his prizes… If you want to take photos of the event, you probably should take them before the treasure hunt unless you want some photos of your dog with their goodies and their costume off. Suggested prizes: an Easter bunny stuffed animal a hardboiled egg or two small bits of cheese cut up into squares a bone (deer antler perhaps) a few cookies (homemade or others) chicken or turkey jerky or bits of hot dogs some kibble thrown around in the grass If your dog is a seder dog who celebrates Passover, the treats can be appropriate to that holiday. For instance, bits of gefilte fish, tuna, and/or salmon. Popular Easter treats like jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and chocolate eggs can upset your dog’s tummy and make them sick. DO NOT give any dogs chocolate treats since chocolate is toxic for dogs. If your dog is a piglet like Cici, do not toss out too many treats for your pooch to consume or they will eat all of it and then still want to eat their meals. These treats can replace one meal that you normally feed them. On a larger scale, this can make a great charity fundraiser for your local pit bull rescue or shelter and an adoption event, to boot. For a community dog hunt, use plastic eggs and put the treats inside the eggs for the dogs to find. Have someone dress up as the Easter Bunny so pet guardians can take photos with the bunny and their pooches. Be creative. Offer fun dog activities such as agility, a parade, some donor booths filled with goodies and food for humans and pooches. Sponsors from the local community who donate will get Free publicity and a tax write off. Please let us know about your event at home or in the community and send us photos of your dogs in bunny ears/outfits. Below is one event taking place in the Sacramento area soon… http://www.examiner.com/article/wag-hotels-sacramento-presents-the-4th-annual-easter-egg-hunt-for-dogs here is an event taking place in New Jersey http://www.princessbuttercupfoundation.org/doggie-easter-egg-hunt.html ← A Limerick for CiciWag the dog → One Response to in your dog’s Easter...

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What do your pets have planned for Spring Break?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, cat sitter, dog sitter, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on What do your pets have planned for Spring Break?

What do your pets have planned for Spring Break? Do you have someone set to watch them for you? Or are you willing to take the chance that your home will look like this when YOU return from Spring Break? 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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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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Waggers Family we need your HELP!!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, cat sitter, Cats, dog sitter, Dogs, Interest, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Waggers Family we need your HELP!!

Waggers Family we need your HELP!! One of our families’ needs foster families for their 3 pets while they are out of the country… Please contact us with any questions, etc… Jazz Here is a picture of Jazz with our 9 month old. We rescued Jazz from the Harnett county animal shelter a little over two years ago, he was to be terminated that day:(. He was said to be around 4 or 5years old, supposedly owner was military and surrendered him. He was very scared, not house broken, and seemed like he had been abused, but had those sweet lab eyes. We kennel trained Jazz, and he is getting much more confident. He still gets scared at loud noises and is sometimes head shy, but has improved immensely! He is wonderful with our three children ages: 8,5, and 9 months. He is also good with our cats. He needs some training still, and pulls a bit on his leash. He would probably love a fenced in yard, but it’s not necessary as long as he is walked regularly. He has turned into our family protector and warns us when strangers come to the door. He definitely is part lab because he is an escape artist if the door is left open too long. He has never had any health related problems and is up to date on all vaccines. Overall, Jazz needs someone with patience and a kind heart who will see past his horrible past and give him loving when we are gone. Tiger Tiger is a 10 month old kitten! (Striped, like a tiger!) He is a sweet boy who likes to play with anything or anybody. He is good with our children, but sometimes thinks they are toys, too! He loves to go outdoors and climb trees. He has a kitty tower and will use the scratching post. He loves to snuggle and has become quite a lap cat. Oscar Oscar is about 11 years old and he just wants love. (Grey kitty) We call him our grouchy old man! He is great with kids that are pretty gentle. He likes to go outside occasionally, but always stays around the house. He sleeps a lot and is on a diet. No health problems but he is overweight. We will pay for any vet bills, flea and tick, heart worm, food allowance when we are gone. I asked the vet and she gave an estimate of what that amount might be. We are open to speak to anyone willing, even if we need to house them separately for awhile. Waggs wants everyone to know these pets are like one of our own – please let us know if you can think of anyone who may be wiling to help!! We want to serve you and your pets! If we can ever help you or any pet lovers you know, please call us (919) 244-3940 we would be honored to assist with their pet sitting needs. You can also fill out the contact form below or email us at info@waggersitters.com. We can’t wait to hear from you and to get to know your amazing pet! If you are in need of a rush job, calling us is the fastest way to obtain a pet reservation and we...

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Waggers Pet-A-Palooza Winners…

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, cat sitter, dog sitter, Interest | Comments Off on Waggers Pet-A-Palooza Winners…

Waggers Pet-A-Palooza Winners… We want to take a moment and share with all of our friends a huge THANK YOU!! It means so much to us, that so many of you supported this contest. Nothing means more to all of the Waggers Pet Sitters than providing reliable, trustworthy, care for some of the most treasured members of your family! It’s TIME…. Waggs is ready to announce our WINNERS!! Paws down our Grand Prize winner is Roxanne Foster Foshee! We hope you enjoy your overnight stay at HomeWood Suites. Daniel’s dinner certificate goes to our 2nd Place winner.. Jessica Sligar, can you bring me a doggy bag? Donna Hammer Mills as our 3rd place winner we have a basket of yummy Treats for you!! Waggers is planning to have prizes delivered by the end of February ~ Allison Smith, Owner and a big BARK out to all who participated… Cyndi Miller Pilkington Jennifer Thomas Mitchell Carolann Fargnoli Feeley Jeremy M. Johnson Sarah Gilbert Dewan Michelle Crumpler Woodson Vaughan Robert McGee Jr Jackie Tapp Jim Vatter Erika Gulino Donna Hammer Mills Eileen Conroy Tabitha Hawkins Clint Rogers Kaeley Stipicevic Lechner Claire Burling John Beickert James Smith Carrie South Perry Julie Berkowitz Chris Aldulino Michael Brockmole Nicoleta Brockmole Anthony Allen Andrea Uscio Eileen Conroy Erin Foshee Bobbi Borland Cabe Pam Demont Myers Betty Borland Joanne Fischer Nicole Acrey Debbie Meagher Dawes Dave Hardman Miriam Heilman McNally Judyth Atkin Niconienko Robyn Murphy Foshee Gayle Graham Acuff Chuck Brehmer June Chaisson Baker Anthony Allen Christine Grother Sandra Vega Vestal Brenda Steele Hawkins Cecilia Fogle Allen Alison Haberman Bittner Aleksandra Jones Aimee Carlotto MaLi Kwong Marty Hartman Edwards Chip Shearin Jessie Cillian Debbie Perrian Carmen Ramirez Rose Robert Butler Angie Abromitis Kaeley Stipicevic Lechner Julie Berkowitz Happy Valentine’s Day from Waggs!! We want to serve you and your pets! If we can ever help you or any pet lovers you know, please call us (919) 244-3940 we would be honored to assist with their pet sitting needs. You can also fill out the contact form below or email us at info@waggersitters.com. We can’t wait to hear from you and to get to know your amazing pet! If you are in need of a rush job, calling us is the fastest way to obtain a pet reservation and we will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our service! Thanks Again! ~Waggers Pet Sitting, Allison Smith, Owner...

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Waggers Valentine’s Pet-A-Palooza

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Interest, Raleigh Pet Sitters, things to do | Comments Off on Waggers Valentine’s Pet-A-Palooza

Waggers Valentine’s Pet-A-Palooza

Waggers Valentine’s Pet-A-Palooza HOW TO ENTER & WIN: Participants enter online by completing requests made by Waggers Professional Pet Sitting. Between Feb 1st and the 14th Waggers will be sharing tasks you can complete to be entered into our Valentine’s Pet-A-Palooza. Each day a new task will be posted, if you choose to complete the task multiple times GO FOR IT!! Simply watch our Facebook Page and/or the Waggers Pet Blog and join in on the fun!! We will be keeping track of tasks completed by our loyal clients. You can earn as many Treats as you would like just by joining in on the fun!! Every time you complete a task, you will receive a ‘Waggers Treat’ The person/pet with the most ‘treats’ at the close of contest will win the Grand prize, other prizes will be awarded according to their placement (and as Waggers Professional Pet Sitting determines). Prizes include an overnight stay at Homewood Suites in Cary, dinner out at Daniel’s Italian Restaurant, Or a pet goody basket full of fantastic treats!! A valid e-mail address is required for winner notification. All results posted are unofficial until winners are verified by Waggers and respond to notification. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local regulations apply. Winners will be announced and notified on Valentine’s day February 14th, 2013. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: The Waggers company Website may now or in the future share content submitted by you on our online media and Waggers company Website (“User Submissions”) and the hosting, sharing, and/or publishing of such User Submissions has been fully granted at the time of your submission. You understand that whether or not such User Submissions are published, Waggers does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any submissions. We hope to hear from you soon! Waggedly Yours, Allison Smith Waggers Pet Sitting...

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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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I mustache you a question…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 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 –> Weekly Clients/Daily Dog Walks: $13.00 (1 pet)/+$3.00 Each Additional dog   –> Cat & Small Animal Visits: $14.00 (2 animals. Add $1.00 per visit for each additional animal over 2.)   –> Potty Breaks: $11.00 (2 animals. Add $1.00 per visit for each additional animal over 2.)   –> 30-Minute Visits this includes feeding of pet: $16.00 (Add $1.00 per visit for each additional animal.)   –> Private Dog Boarding: $25.00 per day (Add $10.00 per day for each additional dog)   –> Pet Taxi: $35 per hour   –> Home Sweet Home (In Home Pet Sitting): $50.00 per day (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 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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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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