Wag-a-Tail... My Notes & Tips

Tips to help you as a pet parent that are seasonally useful for puppies, dogs, dog walking, cats, kittens and other pets.



Fall is upon us, and it time to rake leaves give thanks and look out for the "hobgoblins".   Remember no candy for the pets during or following trick or treat.


I'd like to say a hug thank you to a number of clientsthat have sent me lovely personal notes over the past couple months.  They sure brighten my day. Also dont forget the referal bonus program I offer.    Doreen

Spring has Sprung, look for some tips and posting on my instagram account on how to to keep your pet healthy and safe


I found this poster of useful tip to keep your pet safe from potentially dangerous things.   Watch for the details over the next little while as I post the items in greater detail.







Past Notes:


The Xmas season is upon us...


During this busy holiday season, it is important for you as a pet sitter to keep some simple—yet significant—pet-safety tips in mind, and to share them with your clients.
Holiday decorations
Much like toddlers, pets are attracted to bright lights, shining ornaments and dangling tinsel, so many holiday decorations can be hazardous to pets.
Keep these decoration safety tips in mind:
  • Christmas trees add beauty to the home, but pine tree water can be poisonous, so let pet owners know it is best to use an enclosed tree stand. If that is not possible, they should be sure to cover open tree stand bases. Make sure that the tree is secured to the wall with strong wire or twine, because a toppling tree can cause serious injuries to dogs and cats.
  • Ornaments and hooks, twinkling lights and electrical wiring pose significant danger to pets by ingestion or contact. When no one will be around to supervise, unplug lights and any electrical decorations a pet has access to. Tell pet owners to cover or tack down electrical cords.
  • To avoid pets being burned or causing a fire hazard, tell pet owners to ensure that pets are confined away from any room containing a lit Hanukkah menorah or holiday candle.
  • Keep holiday game pieces, such as the dreidel, out of paw’s reach from pets to avoid accidental ingestion.
  • Holiday plants that are poisonous to pets include the berries of the mistletoe, holly, hibiscus, Christmas roses and the poinsettia. Keep these plants out of pets’ reach.
Holiday foods
Food is another culprit for some of the most common holiday pet emergencies.
Pet owners or caretakers should be cautious of the following:
  • Dark and baker’s chocolate. While milk chocolate is not poisonous, it will cause a pet to have an upset stomach. On the other hand, dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate contain high levels of theobromine and caffeine. Animals are extremely sensitive to both, and ingesting either type of chocolate could be fatal.
  • Chocolate gold coins. These treats—sometimes used in Hanukkah and Christmas traditions—should be kept in a location that cannot be accessed by pets. Not only do the chocolate coins contain theobromine and caffeine, but the shiny foil wrappers can also cause intestinal issues if digested.
  • Xylitol. This sugar substitute causes a dog’s blood sugar to drop quickly. This poisoning can be treated, but causes liver failure if not treated properly.
  • Macadamia nuts. Dogs experience severe weakness in their back legs, appearing paralyzed, after ingesting macadamia nuts. Dogs usually recover from this condition within three days.
  • Bread dough. When bread dough is ingested it continues to rise, causing an intestinal blockage.
  • Latkes and sufganiyot. For pets, ingestion of these Hanukkah treats could result in a variety of gastrointestinal issues, including vomiting and diarrhea. Also, some ingredients can have even more dangerous consequences. The onions in latkes, for example, can cause Heinz body anemia in both cats and dogs.
If a pet ingests any potentially harmful product, call a veterinarian or a local emergency animal hospital immediately.
While the safety of the pets in your care is your top concern, don’t forget to prioritize your safety as well.




SUMMER is Here..

1. Do not leave your pet in your vehicle and / or unattended as heat can sore to dangerously high temperatures causing death.
2. If you must walk your dog in the heat, keep the walk shorter than normal and perhaps go in doors where it’s cooler.
3. The backyard is a great place for your dog to roll around in the grass and stay cool even in the shade.
4. Have lots of fresh, cold water, dogs love ice cubes.
5. Know your pet before you venture out, older pets, or those with health issues need to be closely watched.

Winter is now here so some important things to keep in mind for walking your dog.

Well the DEEP FREEZE is here... If its too cold for you outside its too cold for your pet. Spend some quality time mentally simulating you pet indoors. The salt will bother them so be nice and play indoors.

Remember keeping your pet in a car on a warm or hot day will cause undue stress or even worse death.

Keep control of your pet on walks. Other dogs could be aggressive unexpectedly.

Clean up after your pet on a walk. Be a good neighbour.

FIREWORKS and STORMS, play the TV or radio a little louder and keep them in a room that does not have windows so that they don't see the lightning.

Change the water in the outside bowl frequently as wild animals could pass along a disease such as Lepto.

Going on holiday or away for a few days. Bring along enough food and supplies to make them feel comfortable.

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