Covid-19 and Your Pet

Okay, so we have all heard about a few cases of pets having Covid-19.  Pets are not spreading the virus to other humans, however we still need to take the same precautions that we do with other humans with our pets.  Below are some of the things that we can do to keep us and out pets safe and healthy.

  • Limit your pet’s interactions with other people and large groups.
  • Keep your dog on a maximum 6 feet leash when walking them.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Do NOT put a mask on your pet, and do NOT put disinfectant or alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on your pets fur or skin.

If you (the human) are sick with Covid-19:

  • Restrict or avoid direct contact with your pet. This includes petting, licking, kissing and snuggling!
  • If possible, have another person take care of your pets while you are sick.
  • If you have to take care of your pet while you are sick, always wear a mask when dealing with your pet, and wash your hands before and after your interaction with your pet.

If you are sick and you suspect that your pet might be sick:

  • Avoid contact with other humans and other pets.
  • Call your vet. Do NOT go to your vet!  Most vets are not even letting people and their pets into the facility.  Most vets are coming out to your car to get the pet.  But if you are sick with Covid-19, the vet may be able to help you over the phone or with a telehealth “visit”.
  • If you must have direct contact with your pet, wash your hands after touching pets, their food, their waste, or other things your pet may be in contact with.
  • Definitely keep sick pets away from vulnerable people such as young children and people with weakened immune systems, and people 65 years of age and older.

The research so far shows that there is a small risk that humans can spread Covid-19 to animals, but a very low risk of pets passing Covid-19 to humans.  It is still important to practice all of the recommendations that we have for human to human interaction with our pets as well.

Comfy Critters will take all of the precautions that is suggested and/or required by the CDC and the Governor.  We will always wear a mask during a meet and greet.  We will always wear gloves and/or use baby wipes.  We will wipe down every place we touched in your home with Lysol or something similar to Lysol.  I myself took a Covid-19 Certification Course for Petsitters and Dogwalkers through Petsitters International (PSI) and me and my staff will be implementing safety protocols with new clients as well as current clients.

 

 

 

The Importance of Socializing Your Pet

One of the reasons that I decided to research and write about this topic is because I think socialization is absolutely vital to a pet’s physical and mental wellbeing. And as a petsitter and dog walker, I also don’t like seeing dogs and cats that have not been socialized. It makes it very difficult to do my job. I don’t like it when I see a person coming towards me with their dog and as soon as they see me they turn around because they don’t think it is right for their dog to interact or they are afraid of the dogs that I am walking. I especially don’t like it when I see a puppy wanting to meet the dogs that I am walking so bad and their owners won’t let them. So here are some important points to think about when getting a dog or cat.

Some people chose to adopt an older dog or cat and that pet may have issues that do not allow it to be as social with other animals or humans. For a dog or cat, the optimum age for socialization is 3-12 weeks of age. It is important for them to be around other people, other puppies and dogs, different social situations, and even car rides as often as possible. Exposing the pup or kitty to as many different social situations up to 12 weeks of age is vital because it can quell their fears and stop social anxieties.

The positive reasons for socializing your pets are:

  • They will be less stressed around new situations.
  • Their attitude is better.
  • Their behaviors are much better in different settings.
  • It teaches them to have self-confidence and acceptance of other people and other pets.

The negative consequences of not socializing your pets are:

  • If you do not socialize your pet as a baby, you will not be able to change the behavior as they become adults (as those of us know who have adopted older pets).
  • They may not get the best vet care because they will act out at the vet and the doctor may not be able to get accurate readings or accurate testing done because of the pet misbehaving.
  • They may be scary to house guests, children, or other pets.
  • When a dog or cat is unsocialized, they may respond out of fear causing damage to something or someone.
  • The places that an owner can take their pet are limited and the activities that you might want to do with your pet are also limited.

Puppies and kittens are so adorable and can be a lot of fun. These pets are very trusting when they are young. In order to keep that trust and not have them become fearful, they should be exposed to as many pleasant and positive experiences as possible and to as many people and places as possible. So if you are going to get a puppy or kitten, investing time and energy into the socialization of your pet is one of the many ways to take care of your pet. Plan exposures to the various animals, people, places and activities that will be part of your pup or kitten’s new life. Providing positive and diverse experiences for your dog or cat will help them grow into adulthood without becoming fearful or aggressive.

The Benefits Of Hiring A Team For Your Petsitting Needs

Hi everybody! Welcome to my first ever blog!!! Today I want to talk about the benefits of having a team to take care of your furry loved ones.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 7 years since I decided to start my own petsitting and dogwalking business! It was a perfect way for me to make a career out of my love of animals (I tell everyone that I have the best job on earth!). I am so grateful for my more than 70 amazing clients from Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Willow Springs, and Angier who have welcomed me into their lives and homes and trusted me with their over 100 amazing pets.

With my expanding client base I am very excited to announce that Comfy Critters is growing too as we welcome Marianne, Kelley, and Kim to our pet-sitting staff! When I started Comfy Critters, I set out to offer nothing short of the highest quality service. During every visit I try to cater to your pet’s every need and I want to be able to offer the same level of care to all of your pets.

Our new caregivers all share my passion for animals. I have personally trained each of them, and they all bring their own unique skillset to care for your pets, so you can be sure that your pets will get the Comfy Critter care that you have come to expect. Each went through an extensive hiring process, which included both phone and face-to-face interviews, and they have all been cleared through an ACUTRAQ background check. You can rest assured that our sitters are all professional, trustworthy, and compassionate.

Additional benefits to the client:

It’s been a busy year for Comfy Critters. My new team members are shadowing me to learn how to properly care for your pets. Especially for our new clients, me and a team member will come to your house for an initial meet-and-greet so that we will both be familiar with your home, your pets, and their routines. This insures that you are comfortable with your caregiver, but especially that your pets are too! While you are away, we take extra care to look out for any changes in behavior, eating, drinking, or play habits and will alert the owner immediately. We can also help out with other items around the house like bringing in the mail or taking care of plants. In my 7 years as a professional petsitter, I’ve experienced just about everything you can imagine, and I am confident that the team I’ve assembled will do everything they can to make sure your precious family members are safe and cared for in the best way possible. My hope is that our expansion can bring you extra peace of mind that should an emergency occur while you are away, there will be a team of trustworthy, qualified pet sitters to handle just about any situation. Our goal, as always, is to far exceed your expectations.

Additional benefits to the pets:

I’ve always been committed to visits that last at least 30 minutes to give your pets the love and attention that they deserve. While I am so excited to expand my client base, I would never want to feel like I need to “rush” through a visit in order to attend to all my pets. The benefit of having a petsitting team is that you can be sure your pets will still receive the same amount of time and attention that you expect from Comfy Critters – even during our busiest times of the year! We will also be able to provide you with more options for scheduled visits, so as to best cater to your pets’ routines and schedules to limit any stress that may come from having someone other than you caring for them. We will also do our best to prioritize consistency for visits (having the same team member come to your house). This should give you extra peace of mind that your pets will have a familiar face who knows their personalities, preferences, and any specialized health issues. As always, we maintain detailed records for each of our pet clients detailing their preferences and particular instructions regarding about your pet’s care.

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