Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
As the weather continues to warm up it can be tempting to get out and give your pets some well-deserved exercise. Being cooped up in the house for weeks at a time can make any pet (and owner) antsy to see the world again. While we humans are exceptionally well-adapted to being out in the heat for hours at a time thanks to our ability to sweat, our pets aren’t so fortunate. While we may be fine soaking up the rays, our pets could be suffering in silence by our sides. It’s our responsibility as pet owners to keep our pets safe from heat exhaustion or heatstroke—today we’ll be talking about how to do just that. (more…)
Friday, June 19th, 2020
When you leave the house to take a break from the stresses of modern life, the hardest decision you should be making is where to spend your time. Going on vacation shouldn’t be a stressful affair—but pet owners may not have the luxury of being able to take their furry family with them. Naturally, we want our pets to be as comfortable and happy as possible, and making sure that someone can take care of our pets can be the worst part of going away. There is a plethora of options: you can bring your pet to a boarding kennel, find a trusted friend or family member, or even check your pet in to a veterinary hospital. Those are all fine options, but each one comes with its own caveats. (more…)
Monday, March 30th, 2020
Spring means green grass and trees, bright sunshine, and warmer temperatures — but as the weather warms up, fleas and ticks will also start to come back in large numbers. This is a problem if you take your pets out to stretch their legs, or if your pets are outdoor pets in the first place. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance, they can also carry diseases that can be debilitating for your cat or your dog. This article will take a look at what you can do to be ready for these pests and to take better care of your pets. (more…)
Sunday, February 16th, 2020
After a long and cold Winter season here in Michigan, it’s finally time to prepare for Spring — and time to think about how we can prepare ourselves and our pets. While you may be busy deep cleaning your home or just taking in the warmer days, you owe it to your furry family members to spend some time preparing for their needs as well. (more…)
Monday, January 20th, 2020
This February isn’t just the time for Valentines Day, it’s also American Heart Month — a month when we should all be mindful of things that keep the old ticker healthy. But it’s not just us who should be trying to live healthier lives, our pets deserve some love too. Dogs and cats are equally at risk of developing heart-related illnesses and disorders, and the main defense we have against these conditions is awareness.
Like people, dogs can develop heart disease, either as a congenital condition or developing as they age. Clinical signs can vary, but the most common symptoms include exercise intolerance, coughing or fainting episodes. Diagnostics such as x-ray and heart ultrasound (echo) can help diagnose heart disease so that appropriate treatments can be implemented. Always report any changes in your dog’s breathing or the development of a new, persistent cough to your veterinarian. (more…)
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
As we come up on a new year and a new decade, many people are already planning on their New Year’s resolutions—we all appreciate the chance for a new beginning and a fresh start. But as we make our New Year’s resolutions, let us not forget our pets. They, too, can benefit from new activities and goals. For many pet owners, pets are just as important as family—so this is a great opportunity to improve their lives even further. Read on for our ideas for great New Year’s resolutions that you can set for both you and your furry friends. (more…)
Monday, November 25th, 2019
With the advent of the holiday season, Michigan pet owners will face another cold season—and it’s time to get prepared for it. Especially vulnerable are outdoor pets, as they have scant protection from the lower temperatures and the wind and snow.
While our pets may have some natural protection from the elements with their furry coats, they aren’t actually any more resistant to cold weather than their owners. The cold weather has an effect on every animal, but smaller animals with a lower body mass and thinner coats will be affected to a greater degree. Very young or very old animals are at similar risk, as their systems are less well equipped to deal with the temperature difference. (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Pet Nanny owner Janet Conner recently attended the 14th annual, Compassionate Feast, at the Michigan League Ballroom in Ann Arbor. This fundraiser raised money for the Huron Valley Humane Society. The featured guest speaker was Jackson Galaxy popularly known as “The Cat Daddy”, and host, executive producer of Animal Planet’s long running hit show “My Cat from Hell.” Jan is a proud supporter of the Humane Society and is always looking to help animals in need. If you are looking for a pet sitter for your furry family loved ones call Pet Nanny today at 734-981-6108 or use our on-line contact form to learn more.
Monday, October 21st, 2019
This November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is possibly one of the most devastating diagnoses to hear when it comes to our loved ones—even our pets. The mind instantly goes to the perceived harshness of chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatments; the likelihood of remission; and the possibility of losing the battle altogether. Many a pet owner has had to say goodbye to a beloved pet because of it, but that doesn’t mean you have to be one. (more…)
Friday, September 27th, 2019
Trick or treat! This Halloween, you can have both with your pet—provided you keep them safe and sound during your celebrations. It’s supposed to be the spookiest time of the year, but your pet doesn’t know that. Unusual activities, strangers all around, and scary costumes—it’s all in good fun, but they’re likely to cause anxiety and stress for your furry family members. (more…)