Preparing Your Home for a New Puppy

by Loyal Pet Care on June 11, 2013

While excitement and anticipation may be at the top of the list when bringing home a new puppy, preparing for him should rate highly on the list.  Just as you would need to prepare a home when you have a baby, pet owners also need to take special precautions when “puppy-proofing.”

Just as you will prepare the inside of your home for your puppy, you should take the yard into consideration.  If you have fences or gates, make sure there are no holes large enough for him to get stuck.  Watch for litter and trash cans, which can be tipped over, giving your new puppy a chance to eat things that he shouldn’t.  Know where you are treating your lawn and garden with pesticides and keep your puppy from exploring in those areas.  In addition, make sure that all chemicals and other harmful products are out of your new furry family member’s reach.

You will need to investigate your home and pretend that a small toddler is coming to live with you!  Like toddlers, puppies will find everything new and exciting.  They don’t know when something is dangerous and can’t tell if that “interesting” remote control will get them into trouble.

When preparing your home for the new puppy, keep these tips in mind: 

  • Be sure all electrical and cable wires are either in a space your puppy will not be or hide them under rugs or carpets.  Do not keep wires where your puppy can chew and gnaw on them.
  • Just like a child, your puppy will explore every element, including low cabinets.  Just when you thought having a puppy was easier than a child, he will learn to nudge those cupboard doors open!  Think about installing locks or sort through them and only keep safe objects in low areas.
  • Consider putting baby gates at the top and bottom of staircases. Some puppies are fearless and might not realize that falling down the steps can hurt.
  • Keep plenty of chew toys accessible to your puppy. Interactive toys to stimulate his mind can keep him happily entertained. An entertained puppy is less likely to engage in destructive behavior.

Preparing your home for your new puppy is a lot of work, so buying a puppy pen for moments when you can’t keep your eye on the new little guy might be a good option.  Just like a baby’s playpen, a puppy pen will offer an area for him to play without roaming the house.  By doing this, you are also saving your furniture and other objects from being chewed. Safe puppy! Safe furniture!

The most important thing to think about while preparing your home for the new puppy is that it has ample amounts of supervision, attention, and love! If you have any questions about welcoming a new puppy into your home, please feel free to ask!

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Pet Quotes I Love

by Loyal Pet Care on May 8, 2013

Animals are so soulful. The expressions in their eyes can speak a thousand words. While there is nothing like what your pet communicates through things like a wagging tail, a slobbery kiss, or a sweet purr, I think that there are some quotes that describe pets so well.

In this post, I’d like to share some of those quotes with you.

  • “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France
  • “Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” –Orhan Pamuk
  • “Our pets are our family.” –Ana Monmar
  • “Sometimes, your pet picks you.” –Julie Wenzel
  • “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent friend.” –Franklin P. Jones
  • “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” –Charles Dickens
  • “Happiness is a warm puppy.” –Charles M. Schulz
  • “Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” –Max Eastman
  • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” –Roger Caras
  • “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” –Josh Billings

Each of these quotes is special in its own way but they all have two things in common: love and happiness.

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Choosing Healthy Food for Your Dog

by Loyal Pet Care on April 9, 2013

Today’s pet food industry is larger and more diverse than ever before.  Perhaps it is also more confusing than ever before!  While pet owners are now offered a large number of choices of types of food, this also presents a dilemma in choosing the healthiest food for your dog.  Are generic or store brands suitable for a dog?  What about familiar name brands like Purina and Alpo?  Are the pricier brands that advertise specially formulated ingredients living up to their claims and worth the extra money?  All of these are legitimate questions that loving dog owners deserve to have answered.

Dog Food Considerations 

There are several factors to keep in mind when choosing the right food for your dog.  Different dogs have different nutritional needs at different stages in their lives.  Below are some items to consider when choosing your dog’s diet.

  • Your Dog’s Age

Puppies have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs, just as human children have different needs than adult people.  Senior dogs also have different requirements than younger adult dogs.  Make sure that you select a food that is appropriate for your dog’s stage in life.

  • Your Dog’s Health

Does your dog have any medical conditions?  If so, the food you choose may need to be partially dictated by that condition.  Diabetic dogs need low-glucose foods and dogs with specific allergies may require certain foods, as well.  Yes, dogs can be allergic to all sorts of things, just like people.

  • Your Dog’s Size or Body Type

Some dogs are overweight.  Some dogs are underweight.  Some have a natural tendency to get lots of exercise while others tend to be more sedentary.  There are, of course, small, medium, and large dogs as well as the ultra-tiny toy and teacup breeds.  All of these different types and sizes will result in different nutritional needs.

  • Your Budget

Dog food can be expensive.  If you have a dog, you are probably very familiar with the cost.  I do believe that you generally get what you pay for when it comes to food, with the exception of homemade dog food.  You should buy the best dog food you can on your budget to help ensure your dog’s nutrition and health.

I am often asked what I feed my dog.  As she has quite a few allergies, our choices are somewhat limited but we have been very satisfied with the Natural Balance Potato and Duck diet.  It is a limited ingredient diet and does not contain any of my dog’s allergens.  I have fed her the Natural Balance bison for a bit of variety but almost all of her meals are duck.

To promote your pet’s good health and longevity, make sure that carefully choosing a dog food is a priority.  Your dog will thank you!

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Updated Forms

by Loyal Pet Care on March 7, 2013

Hello, Loyal Pet Care Family!

Those of you who keep up with the Loyal Pet Care Facebook page might have seen that I have updated forms. They can be found on this site’s Forms page and are available in PDF version. There are a few updates to the revised forms and I would like them to be filled out as soon as possible. As I said in my Facebook post, I will also send out an email reminder to you all.

The inclement weather plan has been expanded in the Terms of Agreement. I rarely have to alter pet care visits due to weather but it can be a possibility. Hopefully we have seen the last of the snow for this winter, though, and hopefully we won’t see a hurricane for a LONG time!

In addition, I have never been a fan of retractable leashes and Loyal Pet Care will no longer use them while providing pet services. Please have a nylon leash, preferably 4 feet in length, available for your dog’s walks. This is for your pet’s safety while he or she is in my care.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could all fill out these forms (Client Profile, Pet(s) Profile, Terms of Agreement, and Veterinarian Release) at your earliest convenience. When you have completed the updated forms, you can leave them in your home and I will collect them at a visit. If you don’t have any visits booked in the near future, I would be happy to schedule a time to come by your home to pick up the forms so that I have them on file for the next time I see your pet(s).

Please let me know if you have any questions and I appreciate your timely attention to this!

Thank you!

Lauren

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The Buzz About Underground Dog Fences

by Loyal Pet Care on February 24, 2013

I continue to see underground dog fences on the puppy circuit. Underground fences are electronic containment systems designed to teach pets their boundaries while in your yard.  They use a small “shock” which is transmitted through an electronic collar. These hidden fences can contain your dog within the set barrier without the expense of putting up a fence.

While wire fences are costly and can be dug under or jumped over, they can also distract from the beauty of landscapes and in some cases decrease the property value of your home.  Underground fences are reasonably priced and invisible, meaning that nobody will even know it’s there except for you and your dog.

When a dog approaches the fenced area, he’ll receive a warning tone. If he hasn’t retreated back after two seconds, the tone will the be followed by a mild electrical jolt, transmitted through a device connected to his collar. The jolt will be harmless and painless to your pet and paired to his specific temperament. If he still chooses to not retreat back, the electrical jolt then sets itself to the highest level to prevent the dog from running through it. Some people think that these jolts are inhumane. I, personally, don’t love the idea of these fences but I would much rather see a dog get a jolt than wind up in the middle of the road, possibly getting hurt or worse.

Underground dog fences are installed easily and will give your dog freedoms that he may not otherwise have. While dogs tend to be nosey, trying to cross the street, going into the neighbor’s yard, digging in your flower garden, or chasing those passing by, the underground system will quickly teach him where he is and isn’t allowed to go.

Just as you need freedom and exercise, so does your dog. Your dog is part of your family and it is your job, as his owner and guardian, to be sure he is safe and healthy. With an underground dog fence you can give him that safety and independence that dogs love so much, while being supervised by you.

NOTE: An invisible fence is NOT a babysitter. It is not a substitute for proper adult supervision. An invisible fence does NOT deter other animals from coming INSIDE the boundaries of the fence. If another animal crosses onto your property, your dog might feel like he or she can’t escape so it is of paramount importance to closely monitor what happens in your yard while your dog is outside.

 

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Purchases for Your Pet

January 21, 2013

Dog ownership, while delightful and rewarding, carries the responsibility of a number of inevitable purchases. In order to properly care for a dog and to comply with certain local laws, the owner must have a number of dog accessories in his or her arsenal of pet supplies. Some of these items are necessary and others [...]

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Dog Playgroups in Morristown, NJ

December 17, 2012

Dog playgroups have always been on the list of services that Loyal Pet Care offers. The groups are limited to three or four dogs and they are full of fun and friskiness. I am currently adding another playgroup to the Loyal Pet Care schedule. The group will be held in a warm and homey environment [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012

November 22, 2012

To my Loyal Pet Care Family: Day in and day out, I am greeted with wagging tails and playful meows because of your pets. Your dogs and cats (and birds and fish) give me so much joy and add so much more fun to my life. Whether I am visiting your home or boarding your [...]

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Microchipping Your Pet

November 1, 2012

I do NOT want any of us grieving a lost dog.  Once upon a time, if your dog ran away, people stapled signs to telephone poles hoping that someone would see it, find your furry friend and return him or her safely. While that is still one of the many ways to get the word [...]

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Safe Dog Toys

October 1, 2012

Many dog owners love to think of their dogs as children.  “That’s my baby,” we say when referring to our dogs. Raegan is DEFINITELY my furry daughter. I refer to myself as “Mommy” when talking to her. I actually refer to myself as her Mommy when talking to people, too.  I know that a lot [...]

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