March 2nd is Read Across America Day, and today we invite you to read all about a very special kind of therapy dog: reading dogs.
A special relationship exists between children and dogs. Children like to dress dogs up in clothes, play games with them like make-believe. As children and dogs interact so effortlessly, reading to dogs is a natural progression.
Martin connected the dots and realized how dogs could affect that same motivation in children who are struggling in the area of reading.
A pilot was initialized at the city’s public library. Staff looked on as children read to dogs for the first time as part of an event. It was an effortless success as the children instantly bonded with the dogs and soon all were lost in the world of books.
Now thousands of programs have sprouted from coast to coast. With each dog to child connection, magic is made as both reader and listener reap the benefits of this intimate therapy relationship.
Why Are Children Reading To Dogs?
The sight of a child reading to a dog is sweet and endearing, but it’s more than just cute activity. These dogs are trained therapy animals who understand the role they fill in the presence of children.
While it is a fun activity, it’s fundamentally about therapy. Reading is a foundational skill for young learners and it doesn’t come easy for everyone.
63% of 4th-grade children read below grade level. Intervention programs are needed to improve the state of literacy in our country. Studies have shown that reading skills can improve up to 30% through dog reading therapy. With regular sessions, a progression of benefits is seen for both child and animal.
Getting Comfortable with Reading
In the first phase, children become more comfortable with reading aloud. A dog will listen without interruption (adults tend to correct a child’s diction). Children who have felt uneasy about reading aloud may finish a book without even thinking about it.
Children who have been in traumatic situations, perhaps even bullying, deal with a lot of anxiety that interferes with their academic performance. Pets are known to have a calming effect on humans, so a dog naturally deescalates anxiousness and takes away the inhibition toward reading.
Performance anxiety is another issue. Some children may shy away from reading aloud because they are worried that adults will judge them or other kids will make fun of them. A therapy dog is there to listen without judgment.
Encouraging Kids to Read More
A side benefit of these programs is an increased desire in children to want to read more often and for enjoyment. Reading to dogs removes a child’s resistance to reading and causes the child to associate reading with fun!
For children who have been through challenging issues like a distressing home life, learning disabilities, and socialization troubles, a dog will have a positive emotional impact. The boost in confidence also helps the child’s emotional and mental well being.
There are a number of obstacles humans may not have been able to overcome if not for therapy animals. Reading dogs have proven to be highly effective in improving literacy and mental well being for children.
While we may not read to your them, your Columbus Ohio area dog sitting service will be sure to supply plenty of fun and attention for your dogs.
While some dogs can be trained to use a box and some cats can be trained to use a toilet, by and large, our dogs do their business outside and our cats have their own little indoor outhouse: the litter box.
A cat’s natural instinct is to cover their own waste. It is believed to be an inherited survival skill to keep predators from tracking a feline’s scent out in the wild.
Whether you’re a new cat parent or troubleshooting a sticky situation, we’ll cover the basics for you!
The Essential Box: Lid or No Lid?
Item number one is gettin a litter box. On the cat supplies aisle, you have your cheap pan with no lid and then the covered unit.
A 2012 research study determined that cats had no apparent preference for covered or uncovered, as the usage frequency of each type was evenly split. What’s most important to cats when it comes to a litter box is hygiene: is it clean enough to use? However, some cats may make it obvious that they don’t like a closed box.
Advantages for Covered Boxes
Humans don’t have to see the waste.
Keeps small children and other animals out of the box.
Prevents litter mess surrounding the box – a cat covering up waste can kick a lot of litter out of the tray (however a box with no lid and high edges would have the same benefit).
Advantages for Uncovered
Humans see the evidence of waste and remember to clean it out.
Better for skittish cats – cats don’t like sensory reduction, they want to be able to surroundings and not feel trapped.
Circulation for quicker dry time (compared to the lidded one).
Features: Separates solid & liquid waste for superior odor control,
non-tracking, long-lasting cat litter pellets, super low dust, and easy cleanup.
Recommendations from Our Community
“I currently mix lightweight scoopable clay with regular… Lightweight is double the price and doesn’t clump as well. But easy to carry home and dispose of. Saves money and my back … They do last longer. Smell okay. Dry up pee. Get one of each. ” – Deb H.
“The wood pellets are much much cheaper and you can buy a giant bag… we have a green recycling bin for garden and food products we can toss the wood pellets in there.” Quinn L.
“I buy Naturally Fresh. It’s made out of walnut shells, which are the same color as my floor, & it’s a lot lighter than the clay stuff.” Tess C.
Creatures of Habit: Tips to Maintain Your Cat Litter Situation
Back from the store. Now, what do we do with all this?
Where to Place the Box?
Place the boxes away from high-traffic or noisy areas, but place them where the cat can find it easily. Keep food and water dishes away. We wouldn’t put a toilet in our kitchen, right?
Some owners recommend having more than one litter box, especially if you have more than one cat in the household.
This increases accessibility, especially if you have a large or two-story home.
How to Prevent Litter Mess Around the Box?
Use a litter trapper mat or a bath mat.
Use dust-free litter or one of the non-tracking options mentioned above.
Trim cat’s nails.
Use a box with high walls or top entry.
Keep litter bags out of reach or in plastic containers (cats may claw them open}.
If all else fails, keep a hand vac right next to the box for quick clean up.
How Often to Scoop or Clean?
Some say you should scoop twice a day, but a minimum of once a day is probably enough to keep things hygienic for your cat.
Of course, this depends on how many cats are using the box and how much a single cat will produce.
If you aren’t using disposable trays or liners, wash the box a few times per month.
Clean the outside of the box and the area as needed.
How Often Do I Change the Litter?
It is recommended to change out the litter twice per week.
Can I Flush Cat Litter Down the Toilet?
This is probably not a good idea. Use waste bags or the Litter Genie mentioned above.
What Should I Do For Multiple Cats?
It is recommended to have at least one litter box per cat. Place the boxes in separate but easy-to-access areas of the home.
If the cats seem to be sharing a box, try a multi-cat litter.
Is It Okay to Use Fragrance Deodorizers?
It’s an achievement to have a home that doesn’t smell like a cat lives there. For that purpose, there are a variety of deodorizing products on the market and some include fragrance products.
This could be disruptive in litter box use if the cat is put off by the smell. Like if you start using a fragrance product and your cat starts to refuse to use the box, he probably doesn’t like the smell. Using a fragrance neutral product like baking soda is a potential alternative.
Staying on top of waste removal and cleaning is the best way to fight odors.
Do I Need to Train My Kitten to Use the Litter Box?
Depending on how long a kitten has spent with her mother, she may already be trained to some extent. Kittens learn how to use a litter box from their mother’s habits.
Place a litter box (preferably with no lid) in a room that has no rugs or carpets. After feeding, put the kitten in the room. Having the cat litter as a the only appropriate surface for their excremental instincts, they will likely use the litterbox. Optional: reward them with treats if they successfully use the box.
If the cat or kitten is having issues finding or not using the litter box, try using cat litter with attractant.
Watch for Adverse Reactions to Litter
Refusal to use the litter box can be a telltale sign that your cat is uncomfortable with or allergic to something about the litter box. It’s likely to be the litter itself or something mixed with the litter.
Check the paw and pads on the cat. Is there bleeding or sores?
Products galore and a community of cat lovers are here to support your cat litter box success. Ask your local pet store for recommendations or consult the internet community to troubleshoot any issues.
Your Columbus Ohio area in home cat sitters are no stranger to daily scooping duty. Your cats won’t be the only ones getting attention, we’ll also check on the litter box.
If you just need a quick cleaning, we charge $15. Call or text us at: (614) 439-1621.
When we travel, we leave our lifestyle at home with it ready for us to resume when we return. Pets are a huge part of our lifestyle and not one we can’t put on hold like the mail service.
Of course, you can’t take a 75-gallon fish tank with you on vacation, and maybe it’s not a great idea to bring a pet rabbit along for a trip, but for pets such as cats and dogs, such a trek is feasible.
And now all the “what-ifs” start to pile on top of everything else swimming in your mind. Well, don’t panic! Our community has your back to help you make a solid plan on how to travel with pets.
Get out your notebook and take some notes as we go over the hairy details.
On the Road: Pets in the Car or RV
Road travel perhaps is the preferred way to transport pets on a trip. It may take longer to get where you’re going, but at least you aren’t checking their carrier into airline cargo or not being able to take them out for potty breaks.
When taking children on the road, you can explain to them that you’re leaving home, about how long you expect to be driving, how many days you’ll be away, etc.
If only we could have this same talk with our animals.
If it’s been a while since your pet has been on a car ride, or maybe even the first one ever, it’s a good idea to familiarize your pet with what will be their mobile shelter for a day or more.
A day or so prior to departure put them inside your car or RV. Let them roam around and inspect every corner. If you will be using a carrier, place them inside the carrier and give them a chance to settle in within the vehicle.
Taking a quick ride with your pets in your car or RV will give them a preview of what’s to come and hopefully ease them into the change.
Cats will need to be in a carrier. Dogs can either be in a carrier or have a seatbelt clip attached to the collar. For long car rides it’s probably for the best that you have both so your dog can switch back and forth.
Put a favorite toy or a blanket beside them for comfort and familiarity.
Some may want a buffer by placing the animal carrier in a truck bed or the hitched RV, but this causes a problem.
You could drive for hours not knowing that something is wrong. In order to have a timely response to emergencies, it’s important to have your pets within seeing and hearing range.
Additionally, do not allow your animals to move around the vehicle without restraint while you’re driving. They could distract or impede the driver and this would cause a crash.
Pet Pit Stop
Be prepared to make several more stops than you normally would. Time in between stops for a break should not exceed 2 hours.
Decide ahead of time which stops will be for meals in addition to potty breaks.
Of course, dogs doing their business is pretty simple. Take them on a leash and pick up the poop with baggies.
Cats will need a little more help.
For felines. get a small litter box and dispense a small amount of litter in the box. With all the doors closed to the RV or car, remove kitty from the carrier and place them in the litter box. If they potty, place all the litter in a baggie and discard. Clean the box with some cleaning wipes, and DONE!
We don’t recommend leaving food in the carrier. Plan feedings alongside stretch breaks for cats as you would for dogs.
This app-based system is like a baby monitor for animals, but it also helps you book flights. Important alerts about the animal are sent to airline staff as well as pet owners.
Our Check List for Traveling By Air with Pets
Don’t assume an airline is going to be careful with your pets just because you forked over the fees. They aren’t required to know the particulars on how to travel with pets.
For example, United Airlines’ reputation has taken a hit with a puppy dying when a flight attendant forced use of the overhead bin, a dog was sent to Japan instead of Kansas, as well as one Greyhound owner’s horror story of negligence.
Research the airline.
2018 Animal Airline Deaths
Delta: 4 (+3 injuries)
United: 2 (+1 injury)
American: 1 (+1 injury)
SkyWest: 0 (+1 injury)
Alaska: 0 (+1 injury)
Airlines Transporting Animals with Zero Incident in 2018
Sun Country Airlines
And we also have Pet Airways which is 100% devoted to safe and comfortable travel for pets, but it will set you back several hundred dollars.
Here’s a handy guide on the best airports for those traveling with pets.
Air travel calls for quite a bit of consideration, so it may be best to hold off on booking until you’ve taken plenty of time to think about everything.
Was all this plane talk nerve-racking? Your Columbus Ohio in home pet care and professional dog walking service will take care of everything while you fly the friendly skies. We’re all booked up for 2019, but make sure you call or text us for your 2020 travel plans at: (614) 439-1621.
All Aboard: Traveling with Pets By Train
Traveling by rail, you can avoid air sickness and hefty airline fees. However, services like Amtrak have relatively tight restrictions.
Amtrak Pet Travel Rules:
Trip cannot exceed 7 hours
Pets only allowed in coach class area
One pet per customer
Cannot be a multi-ride trip
Pets must fit comfortably in a carrier no larger than 19″ long x 14″ wide x 10.5″ high
Maximum weight allowed is 20 pounds INCLUDING carrier weight.
Carrier counts as one piece of carry on
Pets must remain in carrier while on board and in the train station
Pet carrier must be kept under the owner’s seat (“except on Amtrak Cascades trains where you can put your pet carrier on the floor in front of the seat next to you.”)
Pets may not travel unaccompanied
Pets must be:
At least 8 weeks old
Healthy & up to date on vaccines
Whew! So many rules. If by some miracle your pet situation passes all these criteria, our tips are rather simple.
Our Check List for Traveling By Train with Pets
Where to Stay: Planning Lodging with Pets
If you aren’t staying with family or friends, you’ll need to find pet-friendly accommodations.
Lucky for you, there are websites out there that know all about how to travel with pets. Check them out to find the best place for your family:
Of course, you can use search filters on your favorite booking sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline or AirBnB.
Just be prepared, dear dog owners, for frequent trips outside to potty and possible barking at whatever is in the hotel hallway.
Is that perfect hotel booked or too expensive? You can still be a happy camper. Read our blog about camping with pets!
Adorable Dog in Camera Bag. Source: Roberto Nickson/Unsplash
The pet parents community has your back. Use all of this info based on real-life experience to use when you make your plans. Bon voyage!
Fur Star In Home Pet Care and Professional Dog Walkers in Columbus Ohio has your back! We are booked for the rest of 2019, but if you have BIG travel plans for 2020, we’re here to take care of your pets while you’re away. Call or text us at: (614) 439-1621.
Holiday shopping season is here already? Say it ain’t so.
But let’s not forget to pick up a little something special from “Santa” for our four-legged friends this holiday! They may have just as much fun opening the gifts as they do playing with them!
Who knows better than pet people on what are the best gifts and treats? Below are 10 reasonably priced, pet-lover endorsed presents for your cherished animals you can buy online!
1.) SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy
Fur Star Pet Care’s own Jeanette Hale recommends this awesome cat toy! The kitties just love this!
A toy attaches to a small motor below the fabric circle. The toy moves under the fabric but then peeks out as it moves along. This really keeps the cats interested. The blinking lights feature also adds to the entertainment.
Penelope playing with a SmartyKat Hot Pursuit toy!
The toy shuts off after a while to save on power and limit stimulation. Jeanette says, “Our cats love it so much, they sleep on it! Sometimes even when it’s off!”
If you were a kid in the days before tablets and smartphones, you probably played with a Slinky or the spring stopper behind the door. Well turns out cats can pass the time playing with springy toys as well.
These colorful springs come in packs of 10. One cat mom in Alberta, Canada says that her kitty loves to play with these colorful coils.
Amongst all the rough and tumble dog toys are the softer and cuter dog toys. One website offers really cute plushies for your pooch to play with!
A Missouri-based dog mom doted over the Murphy’s Mochi toy from Bark Shop! Unfortunately, this was a seasonal offering, and that season has passed. But there are brand new products to pick from that are just as cute!
Order soon, because some Bark Shop designs are seasonal and limited edition!
9.) Chuckit! Ultra Grip Dog Ball Launcher
Fetch! It’s what dogs live for. What better way to get some post-Christmas dinner exercise than to toss the ball around in the yard and try out your dog’s new toy!
One Ontario, Canada dog mom says that the ChuckIt! ball his her good boy’s, “Most prized possession.”
Bear loves his ChuckIt ball!
$11.95 will set you up with a launcher and a ball on Amazon! You can, of course, buy extra balls in various sizes. You can add some fun with balls that glow in the dark or whistle. All the balls are reasonably priced.
10.) Bully Sticks: Treats for Dogs
Another product recommended by this dog mom are Bully Sticks. Like herself, other buyers prefer the odorless version of these treats!
This year has flown by, hasn’t it? We’re already planning Thanksgiving gatherings and getting apple cider and pumpkin pie cravings.
This is also the time of year when we reflect on what we are grateful for. Often our relationships are what reveal what’s rare and precious in life.
As we count our blessings this season, let’s also count the ways our pets add meaning to the experience of gratitude.
Appreciation for the Simple Things
Pets aren’t materialistic and image-conscious like humans can be. They don’t need expensive mattresses or a new fall wardrobe. They get excited at mealtimes for food that isn’t appetizing to us.
Pets are happy with the simple things. Like children, they will play with random things around the house rather than that new toy you bought from the pet store.
They teach us that it’s the little things that can be the big things. They set an example for being content with what you have which is what gratitude is all about.
Big holiday plans? We’re your Columbus area dog walkers and in home pet care service. Book now before we’re booked up. Call or text us at: (614) 439-1621.
The Gift of Unconditional Love
While relationships between humans can be very complicated, the relationship between a person and pet is fairly simple.
While people in the home may be holding grudges or irritated at each other’s bad habits, an animal isn’t going to get into a row with you. They have no interest in holding onto the past nor in judging their humans.
They accept you as you are.
While humans tend to withhold love and trust in their relationships, animals are a shining example of loyalty.
Unconditional love between humans isn’t common, but with pets it certainly is! They inspire gratitude by meeting us with an unwavering love every day.
Have you asked your dog if she’s free tonight for an after-dinner walk? Have you asked your cat if he’s available for a fireside cuddle?
Pets don’t keep calendars, have schedule conflicts, nor will they flake on you last minute. They are the ones who are there for us when we need touch and presence. They aren’t too busy for you.
Pets show us what a faithful companion truly is. They show gratitude by showing up for us daily.
The Gift of Healing
Sometimes grief we bear just can’t be put into words. When we turn to others for help, the words of humans can make us feel even more alienated and misunderstood. Other times we just don’t want to feel that we are burdening others with the tough times we go through.
Animals are there for us as healers.
They won’t ask you questions you’d rather not answer.
You can talk to them without fear of saying the wrong thing.
They won’t think you’re being weird for hugging too long.
They don’t need to end the visit or phone call and go back to their lives. You are their life.
They teach us gratitude through healing in giving freely of togetherness.
Amanda Sommers of Houston, TX shares the story of Ted, a rescue cat
A Homeless Cat Learns to Trust: “The beginning was rocky. This kitty only wanted to hide upstairs under the spare bed we had. We had to move all his stuff up there because he refused to come down. After about a month, he began to venture downstairs. It wasn’t long after that that our new kitty, whom we renamed Ted, was this very affectionate loving big furball that always wanted his belly rubbed.”
Amanda Saves Ted:“The firemen had to pull me out of the smoke filled house because I tried to crawl in after them. I could hear them crying for me and I couldn’t do anything. Luckily they were okay and I was able to retrieve them all. After that Ted couldn’t stand to have me out of his sight.”
Ted Saves Amanda: “I was back home with my Ted. He was pouty at first because I had left him but I know he could tell I missed him. After that, we only grew closer. He was my little rock through the divorce, through my depression when it got bad again”
Sometimes it’s so hard to get the day started, especially if you have nothing planned for the day.
Some days you may wish someone would take the dog out to potty or serve breakfast to the cat, but having that push to get the day going can be beneficial for you.
Having a sense of purpose and routine is a way to stave off boredom and blues. Having pet counting on you to care for them can keep you going when you occasionally feel like giving up.
Through this experience of having creatures to care for every day, we gain fulfillment through responsibility. We can be grateful for the way they keep us going.
Every day is rewarding when your life’s purpose is caring for animals. Fur Star Pet Care is here to lend a hand from needing a Columbus area dog walker or in home pet care. Call or text us:(614) 439-1621.
The Receiving is in the Giving
When love and care are mutual, it is a rich experience. We care for animals and they care for us.
Sometimes the act of caretaking is how we experience the essence of love and the warmth of feeling needed. Gratitude is experienced in needing them just as much as they need us.
“I realized how her neediness had changed my heart. I realized that her neediness was no different than my own, and that, by making sure her unique daily needs were being met, my needs were being met as well. Just as she needed constant reassurance that she was loved unconditionally, she, in her overwhelmingly quirky ways, was assuring me of that same unconditional love…. So, what has Dora taught me about gratitude? She’s taught me that, even though it’s easy to be grateful for the shiny, beautiful things we’ve been freely given, it’s equally rewarding to find blessings in the strangest, quirkiest, most unexpected places.”
The Virtue of Patience
Generally speaking, pets are so patient. They trust you will eventually fill the food bowl, the water dish, and take the daily walk.
They also require so much patience. They may potty where they aren’t supposed to, run off to make us chase after them, bark too much, or meow too early in the morning.
We can be grateful for the patience they grace us with as well as the opportunity to practice more patience with them.
At Fur Star Pet Care we are grateful for our loyal clients and every precious moment spent with these cherished pets.
Every day is like a holiday for a Columbus area dog walker. When we’re not loving every minute of in home pet care, we’re enjoying the variety of taking care of reptiles, rodents, pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, and even horses! Lucky us.Call or text us:(614) 439-1621.
Perhaps the general attitude toward exercise is that it’s just not necessary for everyday life. We’re overscheduled, exhausted, and distracted.
After a long day or week, the thought of even more activity can be so unappealing.
With exercise falling off a daily routine, this means dogs will often go without a walk as well.
What does it mean for a dog when they aren’t being walked on a regular basis?
In Their Biology
Dogs have a natural inclination to be on the move. This stems from their ancestors moving in packs in search of food. It’s in their blood to migrate.
Consider all the freedom you have to just go. Like if you’ve been cooped up with a cold all week and now that you’re feeling better, you have the urge to go shopping or to a restaurant. It’s likely that your dog would get “cabin fever” too.
Some animals end up being confined to their homes and unable to carry out the basic instinct of movement.
Working long hours? Schedule too full for a dog walk?
Dog walkers in Columbus, Ohio would love to give your dogs the exercise they need!
Call or text Fur Star Pet Care and book a dog walk this week! (614) 439-1621.
The Special Needs of Breeds
The necessity for regular walking and physical activity increases according to breed.
If you have a sporting or a herding breed, they have even more of a primitive drive for movement.
The more your breed has been conditioned for strenuous tasks, the more they will need exercise for wellness.
List of Sporting & Herding Breeds
Getting Vitamin D from the sun is good for humans and it also benefits dogs. The benefit of serotonin can help them sleep better.
If you have a dog who is too active while you’re trying to sleep, making sure they get exercise during the day can help get them back on a diurnal sleep schedule.
Think of it this way. Humans can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder from a lack of sunlight exposure. Making sure your dog is getting plenty of sunshine can help with mental wellness.
Also important to a dog’s social life is learning how to act around strangers; both other animals and other humans.
Taking your dog for a walk or to the park for exercise gives both you and your dog practice with discipline and control.
Also, it’s important to train your dog against pulling or zig-zagging. This puts them in control but the human needs to maintain control. When you maintain discipline, it mitigates for misbehavior among strangers.
Our professional dog walkers recommend body block and high-value treats as distractions from interfering stimulus (like other animals they want to get after).
A halti, a gentle leader, or an easy walk harness are products we recommend to help with getting walks under control.
Taking regular walks gives both the owner and the dog a chance to maintain good habits.
Walking a dog properly instills discipline in your pet. Professional dog walkers in Columbus Ohio will do it right!
Call or text to schedule a walk this week with Fur Star Pet Care at (614) 439-1621
Strengthen Your Bond
Thanks to technology, we have a highly distracted culture. When we realize that life has taken time away from our pets, scheduling routine walks is a way to reclaim time with our dogs.
It’s an activity that makes them very happy and you get to share this experience with them. It’s quality time
Is your dog barking too much? Are they tearing things up in the house? Chewing on things? Getting into the garbage?
Many of these behavioral issues happening in the home can be symptoms of being stir crazy.
After about a week or two of consistent walking, you may be able to tell a difference in your pet’s behavior.
Bonus: Benefits for You
Whatever they’re getting, you can get too. The exercise, the sunshine, the quality time are all benefits to you as well. You may both sleep better after an evening stroll.
What’s more, you will also be working out kinks with behavioral matters. This can reduce your frustration with naughtiness.
What seems like just a walk in the park turns out to be a vital part of a dog’s wellness.
Has it been a while since your pooch went for a walk? Professional dog wakers in Columbus, Ohio are here to lend a hand! Fur Star Pet Care really cares about doggies getting enough exercise and stimulation.
Ages ago long-distance travel was made easier with the help of animals. Camels, donkeys, and, of course, horses carried humans on their backs or drove carts and carriages.
While horseback riding has become more of a tradition or recreational activity in modern times, horses are still used for police transportation.
From automobiles to motorcycles, and even helicopters a police force has access to all kinds of transportation. Horses don’t typically travel as fast as a car and they can’t fly as high as a helicopter, but they can provide officers a specific vantage point.
Mounted police can move through crowds with ease and be able to get a view where they can see the activities of a dense group of people.
It’s kind of funny that cars replaced horses, but riding horseback is a select alternative to the use of police cars and motorcycles.
Like dogs, monkeys are extremely intelligent and can be trained to help those with disabilities.
While assistance animals such as dogs are amazingly dutiful, they lack the fine motor skills that are needed to do human-designed tasks.
Capuchin monkies are trained by the Monkey Helpers organization to complete tasks for those who have limited mobility. These monkies are paired with those in need free of charge.
These small primates have the ideal dexterity to do things around the house for those who are wheelchair-bound or otherwise disabled.
What’s the best job in the world? Taking care of your pets! Fur Star Pet Care is your Columbus area in home pet care service. We take care of more than just dogs and cats. We also care for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and reptiles. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621.
Another of natures most intelligent creatures is the mammalian dolphin.
The military has found a way to employ marine life to work for them underwater.
Whales, dolphins, and seals can be utilized as maritime guards and may attack intruders. They can also assist divers.
Marine life can find targets, mines, and lost equipment.
Dolphins, in particular, have sonar hearing that can still detect motion amid noisy environments. This makes them the ideal scouts.
Even the best military divers cannot do what marine life does naturally.
Maybe these animals love their jobs or maybe they don’t. At Fur Star Pet Care we absolutely love our job of caring for animals. We’re proud to be your Columbus area in home pet care service! Call or text us at (614) 439-1621.
Did you know that Fur Star Pet Care offers in home rabbit care? We love animals so much we want to care for pets of all kinds. We’re your Columbus area pet care service. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621.
There’s so much to keep track of when you have pets. Did you give them their meds today? Are they eating well? When was the last time they had a treatment for fleas?
Planning a trip to the vet can be a pretty involved process as well. There’s the scheduling and getting time off from work. Then you have to load up the car, drive there, and wrangle your pets in and out of the clinic.
Be it an annual check-up or a sick visit, there are other things you may want to ask while you are at the office.
If getting your pet to the vet is hectic, it may be good to have a list of your questions ready ahead of time. Here are some suggestions on what to add to your list!
1.) Will My Dog or Cat See the Same Doctor?
If your dog or cat needs special care or is uneasy around new people, it may be particularly important to see the same doctor each time.
Some clinics have rotating veterinarians which means your animal will be with whoever is available.
Knowing the clinic’s policy ahead of time can help you plan ahead.
2.) What Time Is Best to Schedule My Pet?
Usually, when scheduling an appointment, we are looking to synch times and find the time that is most convenient for the human’s schedule.
If you have a cat or a chihuahua, you may want to consider if they frighten easily.
If you have a pet who doesn’t respond well to loud noises like barking or doesn’t get along well with other animals, you might ask for a slot during a less busy time.
This will make things easier for you, the staff and more importantly for your animal.
If the best time for your pet to come in for an appointment is at a time that is inconvenient for you, don’t dismay! We can arrange transportation to the vet in Columbus. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621
3.) What Do I Do For Emergencies or Surgeries?
It’s good to plan for the “what-ifs.”
Ask your vet what emergency care facility your animal should go to if they don’t already have such a facility.
You may also want to ask where they refer patients for surgical care.
Work together on an emergency plan.
4.) How Can I Reduce Costs?
Money can be an uncomfortable conversation for people. However many families are on a budget.
It’s likely you aren’t the first person to ask about how to keep expenses low.
Ask about discounts, or what alternative treatments may be cheaper.
Sometimes medications intended for humans can be given to animals and wind up costing less. Ask the vet what safe, lower-cost substitutions are available.
You may be lucky and work with a clinic that has some money-saving tricks up their sleeve.
5.) Is This Normal?
Animals sometimes do strange things. Some of it may seem insignificant and we’ll just shrug it off.
However, some things we just assume are quirks could be signs of real issues that should be addressed.
Annoying behavior can also be discussed. It may seem like whining to you but think about it. If you can have less annoyance with your pets, you can enjoy one another’s company more.
If your dog barks too much, then mention it. There may be a simple solution that brings peace to both you and your neighbors.
For owners of aging animals, ask what kind of behavior changes you should be on the lookout for such as signs of senility. Also, ask about what additional care your senior pets will need in the near to far future.
6.) Can Anything Be Done About My Pet’s Bathroom Issues?
Smells seem to hit us at random times, don’t they?
You could be getting a stack of blankets off a shelf and smell cat urine all over them. How did he get in there?
Or you’ve settled into bed, your dog laying at the foot. As you read your book, suddenly that smell comes back. You don’t hear them coming, but you smell that flatulence immediately.
While these annoying things you’d rather just put out of your mind, there may be a fix for these foul odor problems that catch you off guard.
You’re not alone. It’s not a silly question. Ask what can be done to reduce these unpleasant surprises.
7.) Is This Store-Bought Product Okay?
Some vets advise against certain over the counter flea treatments as some products may cause seizures.
We may also make the wrong assumptions about other products we buy like shampoos, foods, and treats. Get your vet’s opinion on what products you are introducing to your animal.
Sometimes we make purchase decisions based on what a friend or store clerk says about the product. They may not be aware of certain adverse effects.
Better to be safe than sorry. Bring the package into the clinic or pull it up on your mobile device.
8.) What Should I Know About My Breed?
A packed schedule could mean that the vet staff is just trying to get through their bookings as efficiently as possible.
In this rush, issues that are unique to your animal may not come up.
If you have some information you’ve come across about your pet, go ahead and bring that up. Compare notes. Ask if there is anything else you need to know about your breed of animal.
Come to know what your vet knows. They know a lot.
9.) What Parasites and Pests Are a Problem In Our Area?
Allergists know what problems nature brings for the region they serve. Likewise, there could be a certain issue that is particularly cumbersome in your area.
Ask if there are pests and parasites that are a big problem for area pet owners. Ask what the best prevention is for these issues and what treatments are available should your pet be affected.
There might also be other notable trends going on in the pet community that you might like to be in the loop about.
Get the scoop!
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Some of you may only get into talk to the vet once a year during your annual visits, so this is a crucial time to regroup and get a gameplan together about what your pet’s needs will be for the coming year.
Get a pen and paper out and make your list. Tack in on the fridge so you know where it is. One less thing to worry about!
It’s second nature for us to wear lighter clothing, spend less time outdoors, drink more water, use more ice, and gravitate toward water activities.
We even keep cool without even thinking about it. Our bodies are furless and we sweat.
But our animals sometimes need a little help to stay comfortable during peak temperature days.
When we start to feel the heat in our own bodies, you can bet our dogs are feeling it too.
When is it Too Hot for a Dog?
If you put a coat on outside during a 90-degree day, how comfortable do you think you would be? What if you put on two more coats? You’d be cooking.
While most of us can go outside or even sit in the car on a 75-degree day and be okay, dogs have a coat they can’t just slip off to be more comfortable.
A dog with a thick coat can start to get hot with temps as low as 70 degrees and it becomes lethal for them at 85 degrees.
Dogs with lighter coats will start to heat up at 75 degrees and the danger zone threshold starts at about 90 degrees.
Puppies, elderly and/or obese dogs are even more vulnerable to heat.
Here’s a handy guide on temperature ranges.
It’s risky to keep your dogs in the car on hot days, even for a short time and even with the windows cracked.
If you can’t leave your dog in the car with the AC running, then take them home.
Signs That Your Dog is Overheated
Dogs are able to cool themselves off by sweating through their paw pads, panting, and instinctively seeking cool places to lie down like under a tree or on a cool floor.
Animals are not always able to sufficiently cool themselves down.
It’s up to humans to monitor their pets for signs of discomfort and distress.
Here are the indications that your dog is getting to be too hot:
Bloody & loose stools
Bright or dark red tongue/gums
Weakness or collapsing
Elevated heart rate
Abnormally excessive drooling
If you start to see signs that the heat is starting to get to your dog, there are things you can do to help keep him cool.
Removing a Dog’s Hair: Shaving vs. Undercoat Removal
Those of us with long hair will sometimes put hair back in an elastic, cut it short or shave it all off to be more comfortable during the hot months.
While we get a choice, our dogs don’t. You should understand your long-haired dog’s fur composition before deciding on hair removal.
While it may seem that buzzing it all off is a straightforward way to deal with a dog’s oppressive coat, sometimes it can be a bad idea!
For example, a Pyrenees’ overcoat being left intact will help the animal stay cool as the air flow reaches the skin to cool while the hair acts as a sunscreen. We interviewed Deb, a Pyrenees owner and she says that removing the undercoat is the best thing for Jesse.
Also, keep in mind that some animals will shed their excess hair naturally. For example, a dog with a medium coat will be alright with just a good brushing to help clear out the hair that his body is naturally getting rid of.
Are you feeling cooped up in the house lately? When you take your dog for a walk, do you take the same route every time? Would you and your pets enjoy a change of scenery?
When thinking of taking a vacation, does the idea of boarding your pets or flying with them sound dreadful? Does the idea of having to go down the hotel elevator every time your pet needs to do their business sound like a hassle?
What if you skipped the airline and hotel bookings and instead woke up to natural surroundings every vacation day with new adventures to be had? Imagine enjoying the best weather of the year in the great outdoors.
Consider a camping vacation!
Does your dog have the right temperament to share campgrounds with other families and animals? Will he be quiet for your neighbors after dark?
The last thing you want on your vacation is a confrontation by other campers or a park ranger.
It’s pretty straightforward with packing for a camping trip. Everything your pets need at home, they will need on a camping trip. Let’s go over the list.
Bringing your pets camping doesn’t mean you have to share sleeping space. You can purchase a separate tent for everyone’s comfort. Chewy.com has this cool tent, though others out there are less expensive.
Some family size tents come with separate compartments, like this Coleman tent with a separate screened porch. A friend went camping with the Coleman tent, and she loved having a this screened porch while camping.
While many campgrounds offer running water, sometimes drinking it can make animals ill if they are not accustomed to drinking potable water. If you have room, you can pack bottled water or filter your own.
Remember to bring plenty of food and keep it in pest-proof containers. If you don’t want to carry around too much bulk, a collapsible storage container would be a good choice as the containers will get smaller as the food is consumed.
With the current products on the market, camping with pets is more convenient than ever.
State Parks Check
If you are wanting to camp in a public park, per the rules you will need to keep your animals on a leash. For your cats, you can keep them in their carrier or walk them on a harness.
To go hands-free with your animals at your campsite, you’ll want to keep your dog hooked up to a tie out. This can be anchored with one of your tent stakes or even to a nearby tree or picnic table.
Alternatively, you can use your tent as a playpen or bring a separate foldable one.
Cats will easily escape a playpen. You should keep them in your tent or in their own crate/carrier.
To let your cat walk about, you could set up a picket line. If you have a set of trees close by your campsite, you take some line and wrap it around the trees. Then you take the leash and attach it to the picket line. This gives your animal the mobility to walk around and pace.
It should be noted that dogs are not allowed on the swimming beaches at the above parks.
Alternatively, you might look into camping at the pet-friendly EcoCamp in Swanton. TripAdvisor has it rated a 5/5.
Change of Heart
The great outdoors awaits! Go ahead and plan your camping trip while the nice weather lasts.
Maybe after some thinking, you decide that bringing your pets is too daunting or maybe your pets wouldn’t enjoy it. You shouldn’t have to cancel your plans, though. Columbus area pet care services are here for you.
Skip the boarding and let us take care of your pets while you enjoy the tranquil rest and relaxation that only Mother Nature can give. Contact Fur Star Pet Care to make arrangements. We’ve got your back.