Have you ever wondered why paralyzed dogs get pressure sores and hygromas? The simple answer is they sit too much. Sitting or lying in one position for too long on a hard surface causes trauma to the skin. It seems like an easy problem to solve, but for many paraplegic pets, pressure sores and hygromas are frustrating and sometime life-threatening conditions. [Read more…]
If you are planning to hit the road with your handicapped pup this summer, you won’t be alone. Many of our readers are pros when it comes to taking a successful road trip with a paralyzed dog. I discovered their wealth of information after a pet mom wrote about her concerns of driving 1200 miles with her dog when they relocated to a new city. Experienced pet parents flooded our website to reassure her and offer their favorite tips.
I have written several stories about the best places to find a pet sitter for a paralyzed dog, but until now I have never written about taking your pet with you. Traveling by car takes preparation and there are physical and emotional health issues to consider. But with advice from pet parent pros, road trips can be a breeze. [Read more…]
Do you know the best places to find a pet sitter for your special needs dog or cat? With vacation season starting, anxious pet parents have been emailing me this question nearly every day. They know they need respite time away from the 24/7 demands of caring for a paralyzed pet, but they don’t know where to find a qualified caretaker.
Well, I want to reassure you that there are people in your community who can help. There are angels out there who want to care for a dog that can’t walk or potty on their own. You just need to know where to look.
After 18 months of caring for Sophie, I needed a break. I put out the word and a wonderful pet sitter (now friend) named Claire came into our life. That was 2010. I’ve written about Claire, who I call my “Practically Perfect Pet Sitter,” many times. Today Claire continues to take care of my dogs and cats like they were her own. Let me help you find the perfect caretaker for your pet. [Read more…]
One of the most important lectures at the BlogPaws Conference was the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network. They talked about the significance of planning for your pet’s safety in case of an emergency. The presentation had such a strong impact on me that I turned their pet preparedness Infographic into a page you can print and keep. The free printable Hill’s Pet Emergency GO-Kit is ready for you to download or print on our website.
Hill’s pointed out that as pet parents, we provide our pets with good nutrition and health care to keep them fit and happy. However, we often forget to plan for their safety in the event of an emergency. Wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding can occur at any time.
Many families plan for these disasters for themselves, but do not think how they will keep their dog or cat safe. [Read more…]
Tomorrow I will be traveling to Phoenix to attend the annual BlogPaws Conference. It’s a wonderful opportunity for pet bloggers because we get to network with each other, meet professionals from the leading pet brands, check out the latest pet industry trends and attend educational sessions from top professionals in the blogging field. I’ve been planning the trip for months and I am excited to attend, but there is a part of me that feels guilty about traveling without my pets.
I don’t know if this feeling is a universal emotion that all pet parents have, but it is definitely an unsettling sensation I get whenever I plan to be away from my furry family members. [Read more…]