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Pet Sitting

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We have a name for people that treat their pets like family… Client.

We would love to become a part of your pet’s extended family.

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Committed to building caring relationships with our clients that foster trust and credibility

• Licensed • Certified • Bonded • Insured

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“When we got home, Jack was peaceful, not freaking out like he needed attention. Must have been a great day!

Thanks again for the last minute rescue. You definitely turned panic into relief!”

Dana & Brian

We are…

…A professional pet sitting, dog walking & BellyRubbing services company.

…Committed to creating absolute peace of mind for pet owners and loving kindness to their pets.

…Providing superior services.

A Happy Cat

How to keep your cat happy and well-adjusted

As cat lovers, we know that besides food, water and a clean litter box, all cats have some other basic needs. See if you recognize these social, emotional, and instinctual needs in your feline friend.pet sitting

Cats have a natural scratching instinct. They scratch to mark their territory and to stretch their muscles. It’s important to provide your cat with acceptable scratching spots. If not, be prepared to have your couch or favorite chair become the target of kitty’s claws. Different cats have different preferences for scratching surfaces. Some like vertical scratching, some prefer horizontal or angled surfaces. Cats often have texture preferences as well. The best way to tell is to experiment with your cat, and see what he is interested in.

Perching is another natural cat behavior. Cats love to be above the ground where they can observe their surroundings from on high. They also love to look out the window, so a perch near a window is a great way to keep your cat content.

Cats also need a place of refuge. It can be a box, a cat bed, a bag, a cat carrier, or just a cozy hiding place in the house. Cats will often choose their own spot where they feel safe, when they just want to be alone.

Another way to keep your cat happy and healthy is provide him with plenty of toys. These don’t have to be expensive to be fun. Most cats enjoy toys they can chase. Toys tied with a string to a pole are a favorite for a lot of cats, especially if feathers are involved. Many also like small rolling balls and toys, and some like toys they can carry around in their mouth, or throw up in the air and then run to retrieve them. Some cats enjoy playing with laser pointers, while others tire quickly of catching something that isn’t tangible. It goes without saying that all cats are individuals, and your cat(s) will have their own unique preferences when it comes to playthings.

Last, but not least, there’s cuddling, which is such an individual thing, that it’s not a need for some cats. There are definitely snugglers and non-snugglers among cats. And some cats will snuggle with other cats, but not people, and any variation in between.

At BellyRub we know cats, and we love caring for the needs of all kinds of cats. Visit us at BellyRub Pet Services to learn more about how we can help you keep your exceptional cat happy and satisfied.

 

 

 

Natural Pet Food

How to Choose Quality Natural Pet Food

It is quite common for pet food companies to market their products as being “natural”, which makes us as pet owners feel good about choosing their food. But what does the term natural really mean, and how can you make sure that the food you are feeding your dog or cat is healthy and nutritious?

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, “natural” equals a lack of artificial flavors, artificial colors, and artificial preservatives in the food. Choosing a natural pet food does not guarantee that it is a high quality product, or that your pet will do well on the food. pet sitting

The first question to ask yourself when evaluating a natural pet food is, is there a balance of nutrients in the food? There are six basic nutrient groups that need to be part of your pet’s diet. These are protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Each one of these components is essential to keeping your pet’s body functioning well. All the ingredients in your pet’s food contributes to the balance of nutrients that your pet receives. And the nutrients must be balanced properly or your pet will be at risk for illnesses caused by excesses or deficiencies of particular nutrients.

Look for the statement of “nutritional adequacy” on the label. It is required that pet food labels include this statement. The label must also show which life stage the food is formulated for. This will enable you to select the pet food that provides adequate nutrition for the life stage of your particular pet. Another thing to look for on the label is a statement that asserts that the food has undergone a feeding trial demonstrating that the food supplies complete and balanced nutrition.

Another way to ensure the quality of your pet food is to buy a brand from a reputable company. A reputable company will do the following: invest in research, manufacture their own products, obtain their ingredients from trustworthy sources, perform quality control testing, and have veterinarians on staff to oversee the formulation of pet foods.

Finally, consult your veterinarian. He or she is your best source of advice on pet nutrition.

At BellyRub Pet Services we are committed to providing you and your pet with the ultimate pet sitting experience. You can look forward to care and nurturing that is second to none, including feeding the high quality diet you value for your pets.

Microchip your Pet

Why you need to microchip your pet

It’s a sad fact that 1 in 3 pets goes missing sometime during its lifetime. And, even worse, 90% of lost pets that have no identification never return home. Pet owners may not realize how easy it is to lose a pet. Fortunately, microchipping your pet is an easy way to protect them, giving them a chance to be reunited with their family. pet sitting

Many people do not understand how microchips work, so we will provide a brief explanation. Here’s how it works:

  • First, the microchip is implanted by a veterinarian with a simple injection. The chip is a permanent ID that will never fall off or get lost.
  • The pet’s ID code is then registered in a database with the owner’s contact information. Registration is what makes it possible for a pet to be identified and reconnected with its owner. If the pet’s code is not registered, it is not fully protected.
  • When a pet gets lost and is taken to a shelter or vet clinic, the staff scans the chip and gets the code.
  • The shelter or clinic will call the registry with the code.
  • Then the owner is contacted and arrangements made for a reunion with the pet. You can see why it is imperative to keep the contact information up to date, so that the owner can be found right away.

Microchipping is a relatively inexpensive way to protect your pet if he or she were to be lost. If you adopt a pet from a shelter, it may already have a microchip, and you can either check the adoption paperwork or have the pet scanned for a microchip to reveal the code and register it in your name.

BellyRub Pet Sitting recommends having your pet microchipped. It is a painless procedure that takes only a few seconds, and can save you a lot of heartache by preventing your cat or dog from being permanently lost.

How to Exercise Your Dog

Keeping your dog fit and healthy in the city

You might think that if you live in the city, your options for exercising your pooch are limited. Well, we have a few ideas for you that will help you keep your dog fit no matter where you live.

If you work long hours, or can’t be home during the day, the best way to maintain your dog’s activity level is to hire a dog walker. A dog walker will come to your house and take your dog out to get his exercise and some fresh air as often as he or she needs it. Depending on where you live, a dog walker may be able to take your dog to the local dog park to play and socialize with other dogs. pet sitting

If you are the one exercising your dog, try using the local park or walking paths. Some dog parks do require proof of immunizations and basic behavior training.

Just as it is for people, swimming is a great low-impact exercise for dogs. It is recommended for dogs with arthritis, and those who need physical therapy, because it is easier on the joints, muscles, and ligaments. There are more and more swimming facilities that allow dogs to swim, sometimes on certain days or for certain events. You can check with your local pool to see if they offer anything like this.

You also, of course, have the option of exercising your dog at home. One method of exercising your pup at home is using the treadmill. If you’re going to use this strategy, you will have to get your dog used to the treadmill, and the best way to do it is to walk with him, at least at first. Make sure to set the treadmill at the dog’s natural walking pace. Most dogs will learn to enjoy walking on the treadmill, and will even begin to look forward to it. If you live in a building with stairs, that is another option for getting your dog to exercise. Just be sure to start out at a pace you and your dog can comfortably do.

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