Coddle Creek Pet Sitters Offer Safety Tips

We love our three dogs, a disparate mix of two male English Springer Spaniels and a female Brittany. Nothing is more important than keeping them happy, healthy and safe. As professional pet sitters we visit with multiple pets on a daily basis. Their welfare is of great importance to us also.  In that spirit we offer these safety tips.

  • If your dogs eat kibble (ours eat Taste of the Wild) be sure to store the food in a safe manner.  It is important to retain the bag in case of recalls. If you dog becomes ill you will also want to check the lot number in the unlikely event there was a problem with that batch of dog food.  If you dump the dog food into a plastic container without cleaning it between new bags the food can become contaminated and rancid. That is why we store the entire bag of dog food inside an airtight plastic container. We close the bag to help keep it fresh and store it in the plastic container in our “dog palace.”  Our  “dog palace” is an over sized laundry/storage/dog shower/dog crate room that is heated and air conditioned. Luke, Daisy Mae and Trooper enter and exit our house here, eat in this room, get their paws wiped down and chill out when they are dirty.
  • Although the temps are going down, it is still too hot to leave your dog in the car. Even if the top temp is only 78 hot-car-hot-oven2degrees the temps in a closed car will rise to 90 degrees in five minutes and 110 degrees in 25 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I have never been able to get in and out of any store in five minutes.  Even in the shade and with windows cracked it will get waaayyy too hot.  It only takes 15 minutes for an animal to get heat stroke and die in a hot car!  Please leave Fido at home to chill out in the AC. If you see a dog (or child) left alone in a car please check with the store manager and if the parent does not return soon, call law enforcement.

 

 

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Summer Fun With Dogs …..and What To Do When You Must Leave Them Home

Billy & Beth Harwell, OwnersBilly and Beth parasailing at the Outer Banks  

We love adventure as you can tell from the photo gracing the top of this post.  When we can take the dogs with us we do so, but sometimes they have to stay home. Something tells us they would not fare well in a parasailing adventure.  We have never taken them white water rafting with us either.  Beau however, might have liked the cold water…..he never could seem to get enough of it. And we have never taken them anywhere they might have to fly.  So that means no trips to Key West, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon or Sedona with us.

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There are lots of activities to do locally with our pets. Our favorite local spot is Lake Norman State Park.

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/lano/main.php

Trooper shows us he knows how to swim.

Trooper shows us he knows how to swim.

lake.norman@ncparks.gov 

159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman, NC 28166
GPS: 35.6652, -80.9421

704.528.6350

Any time of the month take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dogs are welcome if on leash so you are sure to find multiple spots to take in the view or go for a hike. Check it out.

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

Another way cool place is Stone Mtn State Park in Roaring Gap, NC. We love to hike there with the dogs and are so grateful that our dogs can PULL when necessary. There are some steep trails there.  3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap, NC 28668.

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/main.php

(336) 957-8185

stone.mountain@ncparks.gov 
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/main.php

To tell us about your favorite places comment below.  We would love to know where you find local adventure.

But if  you like adventure as much as we do, you probably need to leave your fur babies behind sometimes too.  The next time you need to leave your furbabies behind contact a local pet sitter to give your furkids a vacation too. A great way to find a stellar pet sitter is to visit Pet Sitters International for listings.

http://www.petsit.com

If you live in our service area (Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Concord, Kannapolis, Landis, China Grove, Mount Ulla or Troutman, NC) contact Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, LLC.

http://www.coddlecreekpetservices.com

704.662.0973

We are here to look after your kitty cats, canines, feathered friends, guinea pigs, hamsters or fish. Summer is a busy travel time so be sure to book early with us to assure your pets have the best professional pet sitters around.  Most pets prefer their own familiar environment and we are experts at helping you find ways to leave them happy at home while assuring their safety and well-being.

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The Harsh Reality of Vet Med…What the World Needs to Understand

Sharing a blog post written by a veterinarian.

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I remember being a young child and dreaming one day of becoming a veterinarian.  The thought of working with animals brought me great joy, and I longed to save every furry creature that came across my path.   Most everyone knows that I achieved that dream and proudly serve my community as a small animal veterinarian.  It makes me happy to help animals in need and to educate pet parents simultaneously.  I love my job.

I love my job…at least I keep telling myself that.

To be upfront, I really do have a passion for animal welfare and I honestly cannot see myself doing anything else as a career.  Yet I believe there are a lot of misconceptions about my field of expertise by the masses…and even by those who aspire to stand where I stand now.

There is a reason why burnout is so high in my profession…and there is…

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5 reasons the retractable dog leash is the worst invention, EVER

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The hidden dangers of a retractable leash

How often have you been out for a walk and seen someone walking their dog on a retractable leash? Probably a lot, they’re everywhere. Well let’s take a look at the hidden dangers that are associated with those “convenient” retractable leashes.

5 reasons the retractable dog leash is the worst invention, ever

  1. Severe burns: That’s right, you can get a severe friction burns from the thin line of a retractable leash. I can tell you from experience they are painful and take forever to heal. The backs of both of my knees have deep scars left from my friend’s retractable leash line. The dog went after a squirrel and the leash wrapped around my legs, burning the backs of my knees wide open. It took 2 months for this to heal because of where the burn was.leg-400x297
  2. They cut through skin like butter:…

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5 things NOT to do when you first adopt your dog

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Low Section View of a Man with His BulldogI often try to remember back to when I adopted my first shelter dog. I was so uninformed and inexperienced back then. I had never adopted a dog before. I had absolutely no idea what to expect with an adult dog, especially not one who had a whole history behind her that I didn’t even know about. I probably made a lot of mistakes and bad decisions in those early days (I am sure of it).

What I didn’t know then, but know now is that for a rescue or shelter dog, the first few days and weeks in their new home are risky ones. They are at the mercy of their new human to make the right decisions for them. One mistake, and the dog could end up back at the shelter, or worse, euthanized for a serious mistake that could have been prevented if the human had made a…

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Mooresville pet sitter wants Presents 4

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