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Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

Fall has arrived with the arrival from the storm from the Hurricane that came up as a tropical storm from Baja Mexico.  The cold windy, rain weather is sticking around.  Looks like we are even in for more rain.  This cooler weather is fully welcome after the unusually hot summer we had in the area.

  To help your pets adjust and to be protected from the change of weather I thought listing tips to help out pets adjust to the cooler temperatures may help.

1. Winter Check up: a Veterinarian wellness exam for our older pets to make sure they are healthy and ready for another winter.  Arthritis and age plays a key part in keeping our pets healthy.

2. Know their Limits:  Just like people it depends on their age, health condition.  When the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit our pets feel the cold like we do. It does not mater if it a Dog, Cat or horse, if they are up in age and arthritic they need assistance to keep warm and pain free.

3. Offer several Choices:  At night on whe…

Cancer in Dogs

It has been awhile since I have posted anything.  There has been a reason why.  We have gone through some great sadness and loss lately.
My favorite Best girl, Peepot was diagnosed with Lympho Sarcoma, which is cancer in the Lymph nodes. The Doctor said she may last 2 months. She was able to last 3 months. After ending her suffering we took out Champion Retriever to the Doctor as he was lame on his front right leg for no reason for a couple days. Roux underwent many tests, blood work, several x-rays etc. We sent out blood work test for Valley Fever as that can cause lameness and bone tumors. He had a big very hard swelling on his right front leg's knuckle/knee area that came up suddenly, almost overnight.  The Doctor suspected Bone Cancer, yes, Osteosarcoma, the worst thing that could happen to our fast running always on the go, born to retrieve Champion that loves his work and won't stop Chocolate Labrador. 
We waited for the Valley Fever test result's. They came back n…

The Summer Heat and our Pets

On this past Saturday after calling the Sheriff, I thought I would remind us of the summer heat and what is can and will do our pets. I have seen it first hand and it is not a easy thing to witness or our 4 footed kids, fur babies, extended family.   I was driving down the street and I saw a black dog tied to a post in the center of a yard. The line was tangled and the dog could barely move 6-12 inches. There was no shade for the dog or water. The dog was panting very stressed. I could not go in their yard myself so I called the Sheriff as it was in the county to take care of the situation of the dog being overheated and if left it could possibly die of heatstroke.  We as pet lover's, guardian's of all pet's must not turn the other way. It is a matter of life and death for this animal in a situation like this. Don't turn your back on them, please. We all need to watch out for their safety. I will not hesitate.  Below are some charts to understand what the sun a…

Life's Abundance Pet Food

Are you Tired of pet food recalls? I am tired of worrying what I feed my dog is killing my pet. This Life's Abundance Pet Food is manufactured in the USA with ingredients that are the best. Small batches are made and sent to your door as fresh as possible. The guaranteed analysis even has LIVE Prebiotics and Probiotics. 100% Guaranteed! Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health. We use a “fast-cook” process to help preserve the nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. And we maintain strict inventory controls to ensure the quality and safety of our foods.

Our foods are made with the finest ingredients, including …
A proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals High-quality protein from chicken and catfish meals for strong muscles An antioxidant system including vitamins A, C and E A selection of nutritious vegetables and fruits Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin…

Rats as Pets

Yes, I said Rats. They make awesome pets and are clean.Most Rats do not bite, compared to a hamster or gerbil, in the past I have had pet rats and mostly just one rat at a time. I used to keep the rat in a 10 Gal aquarium which I find out is wrong. The rat would just lie in the Aquarium all day and looked depressed. Times have changed for the better for the rat. I started reading and doing research. Rats are sociable. Always have at least two Rats together, same sex of course or you will have many more unless they are neutered. Rats like to run and play with each other and their toys. Homemade toys are the best and are cheap.

Housing:First let me talk about housing for the Rats. Please don’t keep them in an aquarium. The air does not circulate in them to well and the ammonia builds up quickly from their urine and will cause the rats to have upper respiratory infections. Rats are clean; they clean themselves daily like a cat. They also can be litter box trained. Homemade cages can be b…

Hot Weather Tips for Pets

We are in the summer months of the year here in Arizona where we need to watch and take precautions to keep our pets safe from the heat.
Water & Shade is a must
Water needs to be available at all times. Recommend that the water be changed daily to make sure it stays at a cooler temperature, or better yet place some ice cubes in the water. If the water is outside, keep the water container in a shady area of the yard. Using a larger container will help too. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun. Be careful to not exercise them during the hottest part of the day between 10 am – 4 pm or even later as the asphalt can stay hot longer, the dogs are closer to the asphalt too. The pads can protect their feet but only to a point. The dog’s pads can burn, peel, they can get very raw and even blistered. The black bed liner of a truck is just as bad.Please keep them indo…

BEWARE!!! "PRIVACY" This one word has a very big meaning. A little information about a Pet Sitter Posting photos of your pets on public Blogs, Facebook etc.

Happy Pets Pet Sitting Service maintains discretion of our pet sitting service at your home.  We make sure we do everything possible that you being away from your home is NOT noticed.  Our service includes bringing in the mail, newspaper and even the trash and recycling can, which is included in our services.  We want to keep our clients home safe  and the lowest possibility of being burglarized.

A note to our clients  "Absolutely DO NOT put on your phone message that you are out of town."  We cannot stress that enough. We do not answer your phone while you are away it is a sure give away.

Signs - There is great risk having signs on our vehicles when we are at your home, that is why we do not have them on our vehicles.  It is a green light for anyone seeking out a home to burglarize, the signs are a sure give away to that person(s) driving by or living near by, that you are away from your home.
Photos - Posting photos on a Blog and Facebook or even Twitter can be a security…

Dog Walking Service

There are many benefits to why people need to hire a Professional Dog Walker. Some owners do not have the time in their busy schedule or don’t have a yard because they live in an apartment. Some are physically unable to take their dog(s) for a walk. There are certain dog breeds that require more exercise than others.A dog needs a job to do. If they just lay around the yard or the home, they will develop bad habits, like excessive barking, chewing and tearing up things in the house, digging in the yard or even worse digging under the fence. Having a Professional Dog Walker provides the opportunity to release some of the pent up aggression and energy that builds up throughout the day while positively reinforcing routines, practicing proper leash etiquette (not pulling on the leash etc…) and working on some basic walk training such as “sit” before crossing the street, heel, come and street etiquette (not barking at other people, dogs etc.) We here at Happy Pets need to stress that your d…

Valentines Day Is Fast Approaching

Everytime Valentines Day comes around, what do you think about?  Chocolate , flowers, going out to dinner or just a nice dinner at home.....  I want to send a reminder out that Chocolate and certain flowers are poisonus to our pets.  If you have a puppy that gets into everything, please make sure these things are put up out of reach. Cats go everywhere, so it will be tough to keep flowers out of their reach. Put the flowers in a room with the door closed when you are not able to supervise your kitty. 

  If you want to go out to your special dinner and need a Professional Pet Sitter to check on your babies while you are gone to Tucson to a special resturant, give us a call. 520-249-6635. We still have some space on our schedule.

  Have a wonderful and safe Valentines Day!!!




The holidays are upon us, where did the year go?

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving has already been here and gone.  Christmas is right around the corner. We are filling up our calendar already for Christmas and New Year's.  Make sure and contact us so we can include you and your pet's on the schedule. This has been a wonderful year and we want to thank each and everyone one of our client's old and new for using our Professional Pet Sitting Service's this year. Thank You! :) 
   Looking forward to watching your babies again.We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 

                                               Happy Pets Pet Sitting Service (Cathy & Bob)

Sierra Vista Pet Idol Contest

Sierra Vista, AZ. 04/12/11. The City of Sierra Vista, The Sierra Vista Herald, Goin' to Grandma's and Sierra Toyota are proud to sponsor this year's Annual Pet Idol Contest.. Voting begins on Saturday, April 16. Ballots are available in the Sierra Vista Herald each day beginning April 16 through April 24 so cast a vote! Ballots can be dropped off at the Sierra Vista Herald/ Review offices, Sierra Toyota, Goin' to Grandma's, the Ethel Berger Center, Sierra Vista Public Library, Oscar Yrun Community Center, The Cove, the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, or City Hall.



Winners will be awarded certificates, included is a Certificate from Happy Pets Pet Sitting Service and prizes at a free public Pet Idol event on Wednesday, April 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, located at 6799 E. Highway 90. Area residents and their pets are invited to attend for refreshments, tours, and pet adoptions. For more information, go to www.svher…

Careful…….Beware of what is in food

After doing months of research, I have discovered that not only does human processed food have chemicals and loads of soy in them, but also our pets food.I cannot believe that some of these foods are even allowed to be sold.I have been buying a food for my Macaw and did not even think to look at the ingredients in it, because a Vet recommended it a long time ago.Propylene glycol is one of the ingredients in the bird food.Do you know what Propylene glycol is………..go to this link and take a look.You may be as shocked as I was.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol
Here is a highlight(but you should read the whole article):Propylene glycol is a component in newer automotive antifreezes and de-icers used at airports. BUT yet is an approved food additive for dog food under the category of animal feed and is generally recognized as safe for dogs. Similarly, propylene glycol is an approved food additive for human food as well. Well, this ingredient is in my bird’s food that was recommend…

Avian Pet Sitting

Happy Pets cares for all types of pets, including Avian.We have many years experience in taking care of birds.I can’t imagine taking my Blue and Gold Macaw to a boarding facility.The exposure to any bird disease’s are hard to treat or to even diagnose, never mind the cost.If you would rather your feathered friend stay home while you are away for a business trip or vacation Happy Pets will gladly provide the loving individualized care, you give your bird or parrot yourself, in your own home in the environment your feathered friend is accustomed to.There will be no upset or stress feathered friend to be worried about while you are away.


We provide fresh food and water. Including the cutting up of fresh vegetables and fruits daily, refilling their foraging toys.Cleaning of the papers in the cage or litter on the bottom.Misting water daily or changing their bath water.Birds such as a Cockatiel, Conure or Macaw need daily human interaction, they have feelings too.They get lonely just as any…

Busy Christmas Time

Baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating……sometimes you are so busy that things get left out for your dog or cat to get into.A new puppy or kitten added to the household will get into things.Please, if you are not at home to watch your pets activity please remember to put items away so they cannot get into them or crate train your new family member.Your puppy can get some crate training while you are wrapping gifts or baking.Yes, they may make some noise but it pays off in the long run and you are right there to make sure they are just fine.Just remember to let them out of the crate while they are quiet, not when they are whining or barking to be let out. Praise them as you let them out.
Tinsel is very bad to put on your Christmas tree if you have a kitten.They will eat it, costly surgery intervention may be required to remove it from the kittens intestine. Dogs and puppies get into everything when left alone, even wrapped presents. If you have a Live Christmas Tree, to make the tree las…