Pet Costumes

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Halloween is just a few days away… Have you picked out your costume yet? How about for your kids? And don’t forget the pets! Whether you’re planning on bringing your pooch along for Trick-or-Treating, entering him in a costume contest, or just want to celebrate at home on Halloween night, it’s easy and fun to include your pet in the festivities.

If you need a costume for your four-legged pal, but are having a hard time coming up with ideas, check out these tips to help you decide on the perfect one!

Stick with a theme

If your kids are being superheroes, let the dog be one, too! Everyone knows a superhero needs a super-dog sidekick! Just about every theme you could imagine can include a canine member or two.

Play up a unique trait

Maybe your dog has a ton of brown, shaggy fur. He’d make an awesome Ewok. Or, maybe she has only one eye. A perfect pirate. Maybe he’s white and a little pudgy. Turn him into a marshmallow! Play up what’s already there.

Give DIY a try

If the thought of making a costume for your dog makes you shudder, don’t let it. It’s not as hard as you may think. Check out some DIY tutorials for an inexpensive option. DIYing is the way to go for last-minute costumes.

Throw in some wit

Think outside the box a little for a humorous twist. Poop factory, anyone? Or, maybe you can dress up your dog’s back end, instead. Heck, he doesn’t even need a costume at all! Tap into that creative side for a one-of-a-kind costume.

Keep it simple

If you’re stuck for ideas, stop thinking so hard. Raid the kids’ dress-up box or even your own closet for inspiration. Put a cowboy hat on your pooch and tie a bandana around his neck or wrap a feather boa around her and throw on a strand of faux pearls. Voila —  instant cowboy or glam girl!

Hit the internet

If all else fails, hit the internet for inspiration! Type  “dog costume ideas” into a search engine and get lost in the results. You’re bound to find something that catches your eye! Here are some of the coolest ideas we found:

Play it safe

Whatever costume you decide on for your dog, please remember to keep their safety your number one priority! Costumes should not obstruct their sight or ability to walk, eat and drink normally. Be sure to keep small parts or anything they could chew off away from their mouths and remember, no candy for Fido!!!

Happy Halloween, everyone!!

 

 

Autumn Pet Safety

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Ah, autumn! This time of the year brings beautiful, changing leaves, cool, crisp weather, ghouls and goblins, pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns… and a whole host of safety concerns for your pets. As you enjoy this beautiful and festive season, keep your pets happy and safe with these important tips and reminders.

Antifreeze: During these cooler months, many car owners fill up on antifreeze, which is highly toxic to pets. The sweet aroma of this poison is irresistibly attractive to pets and it only takes a very small amount to have fatal consequences. Be sure that antifreeze containers are tightly sealed are stored far from your pet’s reach. If you spill any antifreeze, clean it up immediately and completely and always have an animal poison control number stored in your phone and displayed somewhere in your home at all times, as well, just in case.

Mushrooms: Fall and spring are the heights of mushroom season and while most species of fungi are harmless to curious pets who may try to sneak a bite, some are highly toxic and even fatal. Remove mushrooms from your yard and be sure to closely monitor Fido on walks to make sure he doesn’t ingest any mushrooms. Call animal poison control immediately if you think your pet may have eaten a mushroom.

Rodenticides: Rodenticides present another highly toxic threat to pets, especially during this time of year. As rodents move into homes to find warmth during cold months, skip the rodenticides for a pet-friendly alternative or consider adopting a cat or two — they make great companions and serve as excellent rodent-control!

Decorations: While you’re busy turning your home into a fantastic fall wonderland or a spooky haunted house, always keep your pets and their safety in mind. Keep objects that they could chew on or that could pose a choking hazard far from their reach. Jack-o-Lanterns should be kept away from curious pets who may be inclined to investigate further. If your decorating plans include bringing plants into your home, remember that many varieties of plants are toxic to pets.

Parties & Gatherings: During parties and get-togethers this season (and in every season!), it’s perfectly okay to let your pets join in the fun, just make sure to take a few extra measures to keep them safe. Ensure that they’re wearing ID at all times and keep doors, gates, and any other means of escape closed at all times. Keep food and decorations out of their way and be sure to relay your safety concerns to all of your guests, as well.

Halloween night: If you’re hosting a party, make sure to follow the guidelines above, but with the addition of Trick-or-Treating thrown into the mix, be sure to keep your pets on a leash, crated or confined to a separate room while you are loading up the kids’ treat bags to keep Fido from getting too spooked or excited and making a run for it out the door. Also, be sure to keep any candy that you receive out of his reach, especially chocolate and gum!

Halloween costumes: If you’re planning on dressing up your pet, make sure to keep their safety just as important as the wow factor. Be sure that costumes fit properly and aren’t too tight on them or inhibit their ability to walk or move properly. Keep costume components away from their mouths and eyes and make sure they’re supervised at all times while wearing their costume. Immediately remove the costume if they begin to chew at its parts or if they seem overly stressed or bothered because of it.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year, everyone, and keep those pets safe!

7 Cool, Dog-Friendly Hangout Spots in the City

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Fall is here which means lots of beautiful, sunny days and cool, crisp nights are in store. It’s the perfect time of year to spend some time outdoors with your pups and the city has a ton of cool, dog-friendly hangout spots where you can meet up with friends (two and four-legged!) or just relax with your pooch to take in all the beauty that this season has to offer. Here are seven spots worth checking out:

El Camino Real, located in Northern Liberties’ (very dog-friendly!) Piazza at Schmidts is a hot gathering spot for cool, refreshing margaritas and delicious Tex-Mex fare. Their outside patio is dog-friendly and is a great spot for people- and pooch-watching! Olé!

The Abbaye is the spot for great, seasonal beer selections and tasty, made-from-scratch (and definitely not your average!) bar food. Dogs are welcomed with open arms and an endless supply of refreshing H20. Read about one dog’s trip to The Abbaye (along with a few other cool Philly spots), here.

White Dog Cafe in University City (there’s a second location in Wayne) boasts fresh, environmentally-sustainable ingredients to offer a one-of-a-kind “farm to table” dining experience. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor dining area, so bring your canine pal and enjoy a delicious brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour!

Old City’s FARMiCiA offers diners a fun, eclectic and delicious dining experience. Creative dishes, designed to please everyone, including a great vegetarian and vegan selection, are created with local, seasonal ingredients. Fido won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to check out this awesome place, either!

Rouge is a popular dining and meetup destination in Rittenhouse Square — and for good reasons. The bistro fare has earned a reputation as some of the best in the city and the views from the eatery’s outside dining area can’t be beat. Your canine companion will be greeted with enthusiasm as you and he sit down for a delicious meal.

At Doobies in Rittenhouse, you won’t get glitz and glamour, but you will get friendly faces, great drink specials and best of all, a super dog-friendly atmosphere. This dive bar offers a fun and cozy setting and well-behaved pooches are welcome to join their humans in the fun! Doobies is a big supporter of pet-related causes and is host to fundraisers and special events, throughout the year, which benefit animal organizations.

Pizzeria Stella, a Stephen Starr establishment located in Society Hill, places a creative twist on a classic favorite. In addition to pizza, this eatery offers delicious pasta dishes and homemade gelato. Bring your dog along for some great Italian eating and lots of people-watching at one of their outdoor tables.

There’s still some beautiful weather to be had before the cold winter weather makes its arrival. Grab some friends, pack up your pooch and order up a refreshing cocktail and some delicious grub and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite dog-friendly hangouts in the city?

** To err on the side of caution, if you plan on bringing Fido along to any of the places we listed above, it’s a good idea to give a quick call ahead of time to make sure the establishment’s pet policies have not changed! **

Using Essential Oils to Treat Pet Ailments

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Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants and they have been used for thousands of years for various purposes — from skincare to perfumes — and more recently, people have begun using them on their pets, as well.

Essential oils can be used to treat a host of pet ailments, including flea and tick control, anxiety relief and treatment for irritated skin.

Philly Pet Care’s own Kristie is a big proponent of essential oil use for pets (she’s also a doTerra distributor) and she has seen some really terrific results, first-hand.

She says that she’s had a ton of success with lavender essential oil in helping to calm anxious and stressed dogs. “It’s amazing during thunderstorms and was a lifesaver on July 4th,” she says.

Hot spots can also be relieved through essential oil therapy. One of PPC’s daily walks had two terrible hot spots from biting at his own skin. After getting permission from his owner, Kristie treated the dog’s spots with a lavender spray mixed with fractionated coconut oil. It began working right away! He stopped biting at his skin after the first application and the spots completely cleared up within two weeks. 

After Kristie and Dave’s dog, Janey, had surgery a few weeks ago, they applied a spray of lavender, frankincense, hellchrysm and fractionated coconut oil once a day to the surgical site and it was very effective in promoting healing and relieving itch. 

Kristie says that when introducing oils to pets, it’s important to go slow. Allow the pet to smell the oil before applying it to them to judge their reaction. Owners know their pets best and will be able to tell if their pet is enjoying the aromatherapy or not. Essential oils can be diluted with coconut oil and you should always note the quality of oils when using them on skin or pets. Therapeutic-grade oils are the safest for this purpose. Other grades of oils may be harmful to use in such a manner, so make sure to thoroughly research your oils before you begin to use them on yourself of your pets.

There are a few ways to use essential oils. The two most common and easiest methods for use on pets are topical and aromatic applications. For a topical application, you can apply oils directly to the desired area or spray the oil on using a squirt bottle. For larger areas, it’s helpful to mix the essential oil with coconut oil, which acts as a carrier. If you’d like to take the aromatic approach, you can place a few drops of oil on a cotton ball or use a diffuser which atomizes and disperses the oil’s therapeutic aroma into the air.

As with any medical treatments, you should talk to your veterinarian before using any essential oils on your pets. They are generally safe, when used correctly and in moderation, but there are some things you need to be cautious of, especially when it comes to using essential oils on or around cats, since cats cannot effectively metabolize essential oil components.

Contact Kristie for any questions you may have regarding adding essential oils into your pet’s healthcare routine.

Has anyone used essential oils on a pet before? What have your results been?

The Five Best Places To Walk Your Dog in Philly

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Looking for an exciting, new place to walk your dog in the Philadelphia area? Check out these fantastic local spots for some of the best dog-walking opportunities the City of Brotherly Love has to offer!

At approximately 10 miles in length, this trail provides an amazing view of the city. An added bonus is that the Schuylkill River Dog Park is just around the corner from the trail.

 

This is one of the best places to people watch in the city! You never know what you will see — live bands, dancers, clowns — there’s always something happening here.  There is no shortage of plush, green grass in the park and there are always tons of other pooches for your fur kids to mingle with. A fun side note about this park: parts of the movie In Her Shoes was filmed here, which proves just how good of a dog- walking spot it is.

 

Known to the locals as “The Lakes” this historic park has it all! Tons of fields, lots of spots to relax and of course, lakes. If your pooch loves to swim then this is the place to be.

 

This place is a hidden gem just outside of the city limits. With over 50 miles of rugged forest trails, you and your dog will be rejuvenated by the fresh air and sights and sounds of nature in this quiet, scenic hideaway. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world as you traverse the trails with your favorite four-legged pal.

 

If your dog is a bird chaser, then you may want to hold on tight for this one! This refuge was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving this natural area, know as Tinicum Marsh. This spot will get your dog’s tail wagging while you observe an abundance of wildlife in its natural setting.

 

Have have you ever been to any of these places with your fur kid? Where is your favorite place to walk your dogs? Let us know in the comments!   philly-infographic-v2

Interview With Seger Dog Park’s President

Giving back to the community whenever possible is something that Philly Pet Care strongly believes in. So when we heard about the opportunity to become a sponsor for one of Philadelphia’s own dog parks, it was a no-brainer for us to get involved.

Seger Dog Park, located at 11th & Lombard in South Philadelphia, was just recently awarded the honor of Philly’s Best Dog Park! It’s a completely member-run organization that serves as a community hub for dog owners in the area and as a sponsor, we are thrilled to know that our support goes directly toward keeping the park in pristine order.

As a member of the local community, you, too, can play an integral role in keeping Seger Dog Park in tip-top shape for park members and their four-legged friends. When you become a member of Seger Dog Park, you are supporting a wonderful organization that strives to provide a safe, fun space for dogs and their owners to mingle while fostering an important sense of community. As an added bonus, members are eligible for special perks from local business sponsors. It truly is a win-win situation for all parties!

Philly Pet Care’s own Kristie recently had the opportunity to talk one-on-one, with Seger Dog Park’s Board President, Andrew Freedman, to find out a little more about the park’s history, its membership and its future. You can check out the interview, below.

Oh, and be sure to connect with Seger Dog Park on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Have you ever been to Seger Dog Park? What did you think?

What Sets Us Apart?

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Still unsure why you should use Philly Pet Care for all your dog-walking and pet-sitting needs? Give a listen to this Top of the Internet interview and find out how we became a family-run business and what advantages we offer to you and your pets.

Learn how our small business creates lasting relationships with our clients and their fur kids and why we can proudly call them family.

Find out about our many services to learn which one is right for you and your pets. From private, customized cat sits to dog-walking to overnight care, we’ll have your pets covered when you can’t be there.

Discover our scheduling software and why we have the coolest canceling and booking polices in town. Coming on board with Philly Pet Care means that all your pet care needs will be meant with ease. You are even given the owner ‘s cell phone number, although you won’t need it — that’s how smoothly the business operates!

One of the most popular and stand-out services we offer are our group dog-walks. In these controlled pack walks, dogs get a chance to relieve energy through the power of the pack. These amazing, social dog-walks will have you coming home to a more balanced, relaxed and happier pooch.

Still not sold? Did you know that we are the only legally zoned and licensed in-home dog daycare in Philadelphia? Our daycare offers a unique, home setting where your dog becomes part of our family. We follow an exercise plan put into place by a local veterinarian and we’re state and city spot-checked three times per year.

Be sure to give a listen and leave a comment below!

 

Keeping Your Pets Safe on the 4th

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The 4th of July means barbecues, picnics, parades, fireworks and celebration. But it’s not always so fun for Fido. From July 4-6, animal shelters nationwide, see a 30% increase in pet intake rates — a large number of those pets having been spooked by fireworks and escaped from their owners. Don’t let your pet become a statistic this holiday weekend. Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • If you are hosting a party at your home, be sure all possible escape routes from your house and yard are secured. This means windows, too.
  • Don’t walk your dog during fireworks or parades. They could become frightened and get away from you.
  • If you’re planning on going out, leave your pets at home, if you can. This is not the safest holiday for them to celebrate with you.
  • Keep a tv or radio on while fireworks are going off to help drown out the noise.
  • Try a Thundershirt to help calm your pet or talk to your veterinarian about other aides to help ease your pet’s anxieties.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing ID and if they’re microchipped, make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Be sure to have recent, clear photos of your pet stored on your computer or phone.

Although the forecast for this Independence Day is still looking a bit iffy and we may be getting an unwelcomed visit from Tropical Storm Arthur, it’s still a good idea to take precautions with your pets on this holiday. Even a loud clap of thunder is enough to startle some dogs and send them running for cover.

Fireworks and thunderstorms aren’t the only dangers for pets during this time of the year, though.While enjoying your holiday festivities this weekend, keep these precautions in mind, as well:

  • Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets.
  • Don’t apply sunscreens or bug repellents to your pets unless they are specifically labeled for use on pets.
  • Always keep lighter fluid, matches, citronella candles and oils out of your pet’s reach.
  • Don’t feed your dogs table scraps, especially meat bones or these harmful foods, and keep trash stored in a place they can’t reach it.
  • Don’t let your pets play with glow sticks or glow jewelry.
  • Don’t use firecrackers or sparklers around pets.
  • Make sure your pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times and learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

We wish you and your furry friends a very happy and safe 4th of July!!

 

Philly Pet Care FAQs

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Some of you have been with us since the very start of our pet care business, but some of you are fairly new to the Philly Pet Care family and, naturally, there are probably some things that you are wondering. Here’s a chance to learn a bit more about us; we’ve compiled some FAQs about our company and our services to give you a better idea of who we are and what we do.

Q: How long has Philly Pet Care been in business?

Philly Pet Care has been going strong since 2006!

Q: What does it mean that you’re “family-owned?”

We are Kristie and Dave Glazer and we’re the husband-and-wife team behind Philly Pet Care. This is not only our job, but our passion and what we believe we were called to do in life. We oversee all operations of Philly Pet Care and our employees are hand-selected and trained by us to ensure the continuance of the “family feel” of the business.

Q: What services do you offer?

Philly Pet Care offers cat care, in-your-home pet sitting, dog-walking and in-our-home pet care, including doggie sleepovers! Visit the “services” tab for more information.

Q: What is overnight care and how does it work?

For dogs who would rather not be left home alone at night, they can stay with us! After we’ve determined that your dog is a good fit for our home, your dog is welcome to spend the night with us. This service includes a full day of doggie daycare and walks, as well.

Q: Are there fees for last-minute additions or cancellations?

Our services are all-inclusive and there are no hidden fees. You can request visits up until midnight the day before we are needed without an additional charge and as long as you give us ample notice, we won’t charge if you have to cancel. 

Q: What is your service area?

We generally service the South Philly, Center City, Bella Vista, Passyunk Square, Pennsport, Queen Village, and Italian Market areas. If you are outside those areas, contact us anyway and we’ll do our best to accommodate you and your pets! 

Q: What are the advantages of your service?

Our flexible scheduling, great communication and top-notch customer service, all-inclusive pricing structure and “big happy family” feel are among the factors that set us apart from our competitors. 

Q: How can I get in touch with you?

Our lines of communication with our clients are always open. Call us, email us, text us or use our scheduling software… whichever method you prefer, you’ll get a prompt reply from us. 

Q: Are you licensed and insured?

We are! This involves regular inspection from both the city and the state. As part of our kennel license, we follow a vet-recommended walk and exercise plan for all pets in our care.

Q: What are the benefits of group dog walking?

Group dog walks help to meet dogs’ basic physical and mental needs. Safe interactions with other dogs offer a stimulating and rewarding experience and the exercise that walks provide can also help release excess energy. Group walks work well for almost all dogs, but we can develop a plan that best meets your pet’s needs.

Q: How long are group walks?

20-45 minutes

Q: Who will be coming into my home?

Either Kristie, Dave, or one of PPC’s hand-chosen, specially-trained employees. We don’t subcontract work out, so you always know the people who are entering your home and caring for your pets. 

Q: What are people saying about you?

Our clients always rave about our stellar customer service and level of love and care that we provide for their pets. Check out some of our customer testimonials to read about their experiences using Philly Pet Care. 

For more information about Philly Pet Care, check us out here, or contact us today!

Dog Walking Dos and Don’ts

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Walking a dog is easy peasy, right? Not always, and it’s not as simple of a task as people seem to think.

While dog-walking is our specialty and we love to help clients out with their dog-walking needs, we certainly encourage you to walk your own dog as much as possible, if you are able. There are so many benefits to both you and your dog, plus, a little exercise and fresh air is always a good thing! But, to keep both you and your furry companion safe and happy while out on your walks, there are a few definite “dos” and “don’ts” that we’ve learned over the past few years and we’d like to share them with you:

DO walk your dog as often as you can. It’s so beneficial to his/her health and serves as wonderful bonding time between the two of you.

DO always keep an ID tag on your pet at all times while outside.

DO let your dog be a dog on walks. This doesn’t mean they should have full control of their walk, but they should be given the chance to sniff, stretch, roll in the grass and say hello to other dogs (with the permission of the other dogs’ owners, first) if they’d like.

DO change up your walking route often. Like us, dogs can get bored seeing the same sights each day. Change up their surroundings once in a while to keep things fresh and exciting for them.

DO check your pet over before and after their walk. Before heading out, be sure that your dog is looking and acting normally. After walking, check them over again and also check the paws and fur for foreign debris that could cause pain or injury. Don’t forget to check for ticks, as well.

DO pay attention to the weather. If it’s excessively hot or cold or if there are thunderstorms in the forecast, maybe it’s best to forego Fido’s walk for the day. Try a different time of day or hold off until another day. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry in extreme weather.

DO pick up after your dog. Always!

DO use proper equipment. This means a sturdy leash and a properly-fitted collar or harness.

DO pay attention to your surroundings. Always be on the lookout for potential hazards to you and/or your dogs.

DO have emergency numbers saved in your phone and always have a first-aid kit in an accessible location. You never know when an emergency may happen.

DON’T walk your dog on hot pavement or cement. Their foot pads are sensitive to temperature and can burn on hot surfaces. Wait until a cooler time of day to head out for your walk or invest in some booties to protect your pal’s feet. Remember, icy surfaces can be just as harmful to your dog’s feet.

DON’T approach strange dogs without permission of the other dog’s owner. Not all dogs are mannerly or friendly with unfamiliar dogs and skirmishes can be easily avoided by allowing pets to have their space when they need it.

DON’T let your dog off his/her leash. While outside, dogs should be leashed at all times to avoid potential problems or injuries to themselves, other dogs or humans. The only exception to this rule should be in an enclosed dog park where off-leash play is welcomed. Even then, pets should be supervised at all times.

DON’T forget to hydrate — both yourself and your pet!

So there you have ’em — some tricks of the trade, if you will, to make your dog-walking experiences a success!

Do you regularly walk your dog? What points would you add to this list?