Loving, Expert Pet Care from Veterinary Technicians While You’re Away

We love animals so much, we’ve made them our business

Loving, Expert Pet Care

Thank you for visiting the Sarasota Pet Sittingweb page. Our mission is to provide the best possible service to our customers and their dogs, cats, exotic and special needs pets, such as elderly or sick animals. We invite  to look over our services as well as the comments of our customers and decide if we are right for you. (Click here to Request Service) (Click here for a Special Offer)

We have been in the animal care industry since 2001, and in that time we have tended all kinds of critters, most obviously dogs and cats but also birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, rodents and animals that you might not think people keep as pets.

We are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.napps

We strongly believe that what we do matters to the lives of the animals and people we serve. We believe that providing the highest quality care and comfort to your animal family members is as important as caring for your human family members. That is why we consistently receive rave reviews from our clients, all of whom, until recently, learned of us by word of mouth.

Most of our Pet Sitters are Veterinary Technicians with emergency veterinary experience. These sitters are also the ones used for special needs animals, and they are always on call for other pets who might get sick while you are away and need transport to a veterinarian.

Look over our web site and review the services we offer, our philosophy and our commitment to quality animal care. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Pets and Winter (Even in Sunny Sarasota)

Pets and WinterDon’t think that just because we live in the Sunshine State that you don’t need to think about your pets and their needs in winter. Check out Sarasota Pet Sitting’s Pet Tips Blog for ideas to keep your dogs, cats and other critters happy and healthy this winter.

Sarasota Pet Sitting on Cats and Halloween

Cats and HalloweenWe all know that cats, particularly black cats, are synonymous with Halloween. What many cat owners don’t know is that this is a time of year that is particularly dangerous, not only for black cats, but all cats.

Our cat, Bob, is an indoor cat because he is old and not likely to be able to defend himself should he get into a scrape. And we generally recommend that all cats be indoor cats since that is the safest place for them. But if you are a cat owner like one we know, who thinks sunshine and rolling in green grass are essential to cat happiness, at the very least keep them indoors for Halloween and other cat unfriendly holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Here are some other things to keep in mind at this time of year.

  • Hang Halloween Decorations High because they attract your cats and can cause horrible problems such as intestinal blockages if parts of them or candy wrappers are ingested.
  • Watch out for Easy Access Electric Cords
  • Keep Batteries Out of Sight because the ingredients are toxic to pets and children.
  • No Pumpkin of the Jack O’ Latern variety. These sit out and grow all kinds of bacteria that can sicken your cat. Fresh or canned unsweetened pumpkin is fine.
  • Store the Chocolate Away from where you cat can get to it. It contains Theobromine which can be toxic. Visit your veterinarian if your cat or dog ingests chocolate.
  • Keep your cats indoors and confined on Halloween so they can’t escape out the open front door.
  • No costumes please. Dogs like it (our weimaraners especially love dressing up), but cats not so much.
  • Do not light candles when cats are in the room.

We hope these tips help you keep your cats safe and happy during Halloween.

Sarasota Pet Sitting on Traveling with your Dogs

Traveling with your DogsAll of us here at Sarasota Pet Sitting love our dogs. We talk to our dogs and some of us even talk for them, as in “Momma, are you going to eat that?” So for us, if it’s possible to bring them on a trip with us, then that’s what we do. So in the spirit of sharing what we’ve learned along the way and hopefully not harming the family business, here are some pet traveling tips from your Sarasota Pet Sitters:

  • Make sure all your animals have ID on them and, if you can do it, they are microchipped. Never let them off lead in an area that is not enclosed.
  • Go through your dogs’ daily routine in your head and compile of list of things they need and use every day — their leads and harnesses, food, plenty of water (not all water is the same, so it’s best to carry some from home and gradually get them used to the local water where you are going), their own bowls, grooming gear, their favorite toys and treats.
  • Plan ahead and find dog friendly parks, restaurants and hotels along your way. That’s not to say you have to make reservations, but it’s GREAT to have along a map that highlights these areas for convenience.With the prevalence of iPhones and other PDAs, you can wing it a little bit, but we recommend having a good idea, so you don’t spend any nights in the car/van with your dogs.
  • We know you pet lovers are with us on this one, but it bears repeating: Never ever leave your dog alone in the car in any kind of warm weather. We just don’t leave ours in the car at alll. If you do, in warm weather, even an open window is not enough to save your dog from heat stroke. Our Veterinary Technician pet sitters have seen the effects of this and it is truly tragic.
  • For older dogs and longer trips, stop in at the veterinarian before you leave just to have him or her do a once over on your pets. It’s just a good practice. While you are there get a copy of their medical records.
  • Use some kind of restraint system, such as a dog seatbelt harness or a carrier that is comfortably lined with their own blankets. It’s safer for you and for them. Along the same lines, we never let our animals ride in the back of a truck. They might love it, but we love them too much to take the chance.
  • Don’t forget the poop bags. It’s important for the environment and for your integrity as a responsible pet owner.
  • Whatever you do, never let them drive.

Holiday Tips from Sarasota Pet Sitting

At Sarasota Pet Sitting, we care about your pets even when they are not  taking care of them. That’s why we are offering tips for your pets for the holidays. One of the most dangerous for many pets is Halloween.

Here are some Halloween pet tips from the ASPCA that will help you keep your pets safe during Trick or Treat time:

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.

* Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination and heart rate—and even seizures.

* Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.

* Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you

Sarasota Pet Sitting: Advice for Hiring a Pet Sitter

At Sarasota Pet Sitting, we are confident that we can do the best job for you when it comes to caring for your pets while you are away. That said, we think you should be extra careful when you decide whom to hire for the job, so here are some general tips to keep in mind when you are shopping for a pet sitter:

  • Begin interviewing early so you’ll be confident with your decision. Pet sitters usually get booked up well ahead of the summer and holiday season.
  • Interview the sitter in person. Ask questions such as “how long have you been in business?” And, “why did you decide to be a pet sitter?”
  • Is your pet comfortable around the sitter?
  • Can he/she provide written proof that he/she has commerical liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and is bonded (to protect against theft?
  • Look for a pet sitter who is trained in pet first aid and CPR and one who does background checks on all employees.
  • Ask prospective sitters if they are members of professional organizations like the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

Before you leave home:

  • Leave a clear, written list of contacts including how to reach you, your veterinarian and possibly a neighbor who has a spare key.
  • Let plenty of pet food and prescriptions with clear instructions.

Sarasota Pet Sitting Now Offering Concierge Service

In an effort to meet the needs of all of our clients at Sarasota Pet Sitting,whether they are pet owners or not, whether they need pet sitting or not, is the introduction of our concierge service. This service can piggy back on your needs for pet sitting or be independent of them. In other words, you can call us even if you have no pets.

Please visit our Concierge Services page for details.

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