Keep Your Dog Safe and Cool During the Hot Summer Months

Summertime is supposed to be easy – and it often is – but it can be dangerous for your pets, too.

Just as humans deal with overheating, hydration issues, sunburn, and heatstroke, pets can face the same problems. That’s why you need to be careful when your pet is out and about on a hot day.

Here are a few things to watch…

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Preparing for your Pet Sitter

The employees of Steph’s Pet Sitting look forward to every visit with our (mostly) four-legged friends and take steps in advance to be prepared for any circumstances.

Like our clients, we hope that you, too, will take a few steps to guarantee every visit is a positive experience for your pets. [Read more…]

Disaster Preparedness for your Pets

While Philadelphia-area residents won’t have to worry about a significant impact from Hurricane Florence, you never know when Mother Nature may target us — or some kind of manmade disaster occurs.

That’s why you need to consider emergency preparedness measures in advance; it’s always easier to get ready before a catastrophic event occurs.

And be sure not to forget your beloved pets. Here are a few steps you can take. [Read more…]

Taking Your Pets on Vacation

It may seem counterintuitive that a pet sitting business would be writing about taking your pets on vacation with you, but sometimes it’s the only option — or maybe you just want Fido and/or Fluffy to come with you.
That said, bringing a dog or cat isn’t as simple as loading up your car, truck or SUV and calling for Spot to jump into the back seat.
Let’s look at some things you should do (and not do) in advance. [Read more…]

Celebrating Professional Pet Sitter’s Week

March 4 through 10 is the 24th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week, and we think that’s a big deal.

And you should, too.

Some people think there isn’t that much difference when it comes to pet care. How difficult is it to walk a dog, feed a cat or scoop out a litter box, they ask.

On the surface, not much. In reality, plenty. It all comes down to professionalism. [Read more…]

Take Pause-to Protect Your Dog’s Paws

It may be the most wonderful time of the year about now – except for your dog’s paw pads.

Snow, ice and salt can wreak havoc on your dog, causing frostbite, chemical burns, dry and cracked pads, and other trauma.

That’s why you need to take steps to protect your four-legged friend’s feet. [Read more…]

Fall Activities for You and Your Dog

With fall approaching, now’s a good time to start planning longer walks with your dog.  In the summer, high temperatures make walks shorter by necessity – for both you and your dog. But the crisper, cooler air may have both of you feeling a little more frisky, and a walk is a means of exercise and bonding with your pet, not to mention an antidote to boredom. A bonus to come in a few weeks will be the changing leaves. [Read more…]

Why You Should Microchip Your Pet

While we’re not a substitute for your veterinarian, we are often asked whether having your pet microchipped is a good idea.

The answer is a simple one: YES!

A 2009 study by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine reported that dogs with microchips were 2.5 times more likely than those without to be returned home – while microchipped cats were 20 times more likely to be returned home than those without. [Read more…]

Bored Cat Prevention

If it’s been many moons since your cat was a playful kitten, you might think your furry friend is content to sleep most of the day and needs little more than a few ear scratches or pats on the head.

If so, you’re likely wrong.

They won’t tell you – which is part of the feline charm – but challenging and mentally stimulating your cat can be good for them.   [Read more…]

Why We Insist on “Every Day Visits” for Cats and Smaller Pets

When we first meet with potential new clients, we’re sometimes asked if we can check in on their cat (or cats) every other day.

Unfortunately, we have to say “no,” as it’s against our policy – and there’s a good reason why: Anything can happen when a pet is left alone, and it’s simply a smart idea to check up on the pet – and your house – each day. [Read more…]