Tips and Tricks for Beating the Summer Heat with your furry friends!

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The warm weather has officially arrived! Temperatures are in the 90’s and it’s easy for us humans to park ourselves in front of the AC or take a cold shower, but cooling off isn’t as easy for our pets!

Here are some tips for helping your four legged friends stay cool this summer!

 

  1. Seize the shade!

Your pets can become easily dehydrated. Whether you’re in the backyard or at the park, make sure your pet has plenty of areas where they can get out of the sun and cool down in the shade. Bringing along a portable water dish and a bottle of water are a great and easy way to keep your pup hydrated. If you decide to enjoy one of the outdoor dining experiences that Philadelphia has to offer, opt for a table in the shade so your pup can stay cool and ask for a dish of water.

 

  1. Know the signs

Our dogs can’t sweat like we can. So when the temperature begins to climb, our pups start to pant. Panting is normal in warm weather or when your dog is exercising, but it is important to know the signs to determine if your pup is just cooling off, or in danger. An overheated pet can show different symptoms including excessive panting, rapid heart rate and drooling. In some cases animals can also have diarrhea and vomit. Dogs with flat faces and short snouts are more at risk for heatstroke because they cannot pant as well as other dogs. Let your dog be the judge of the heat. If you take your dog out, they will let you know if their long walk needs to be a bit shorter and is ready to head home. Humidity is also a factor. Even if the temperature may not be at its peak, strong humidity can also make it harder for your pup to cool down.

  1. Stop the parking!

A parked car, even with a window down, can quickly become a hot box of danger for your dog (and humans!) So when you can, take your pup along with you, or if you have someone else in the car, let them stay with the dog outside while you run errands

  1. Avoid the big bang

Animals can get spooked by loud noises just like us. When you head out for 4th of July activities, it’s best to leave your pets at home. Never use fireworks around your animal, they can look a lot like toys or sticks and many contain things that can be harmful for your pet.

  1. Sizzling cement

Just like dog’s feet are sensitive to extreme cold in the winter snow, their paws are also sensitive to the hot pavement. If you can’t leave your hand on the pavement without pulling it away from the heat, chances are your pups paws can’t either. Opt for walking in the shade and on grass or dirt that will be cooler. For dogs with especially sensitive paws, the boots they wear in winter are also made for the summer. They help protect from the cold snow, but can also prevent burns and blisters on your dogs paws.

  1. Get creative

Don’t rely on just the AC on those hot summer days. Try out a DIY peanut butter popsicle, or add chicken or beef brother to water to make some tasty ice cubes. There are also products such as vests and mats to help your dog keep cool.

Trust your pet’s instincts. Just like us humans, they know when they’re just too hot and ill let you know! Enjoy the summer sun with your pet. Whether it’s at the park or pool, or the ocean and a campground.

Be safe and have fun!

 

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

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!

 

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?

The Benefits of Daily Dog Walks

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If you don’t think you need to take your dog for walks, think again! Walks are an essential part of his/her well-being and offer them many benefits, which we’ll highlight very shortly.

We know that schedules can get crazy sometimes and that work, family and other obligations can get in the way of time spent with your pet. If you can’t seem to find the time in your busy days to fit in a walk with your four-legged pal, don’t worry — that’s what we’re here for!! Our dog-walking services offer you and your pet the following benefits:

1. Exercise: Dogs, like humans, need exercise to maintain good health and a daily, brisk walk grants them this valuable component of a healthy, happy life. Even older pets and pets with special needs should receive walks for exercise too, and we will gladly tailor your pet’s walk based on his/her physical condition and abilities.

2. Energy release: Dogs’ energy levels can vary greatly from one individual to the next and for those who seem to have as much as the Energizer Bunny, daily walks can be a great way to help them burn off some of that extra energy. Walks may also help lessen destructive behaviors like chewing or digging. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a much calmer pet? Yes? We thought so!

3. Socialization: Dogs are pack animals by nature and proper socialization is essential to their happiness and well-being. Walks give them a chance to interact with other dogs and introduces them to a variety of people, surroundings and situations, as well, all of which help to make them more well-adjusted and tolerant individuals.

4. Routine: It’s important to keep your pet on some sort of routine, especially as far as potty breaks go. Daily walks allow them to keep a routine, even when you can’t be there to do so. We can visit your dog for a walk as many times a day as you deem necessary.

5. Peace of mind: Knowing that your pets are being loved and well-cared for while you’re at work or traveling may very well be the best benefit of all. While under our supervision, you can rest assured that your pets are receiving the best care possible and that we’re keeping an eye out on your home, too!

We have seen these benefits in action and many happy dogs and their owners are testament to this. We urge you to try out our dog-walking services if you’re finding it difficult to fit Fido’s walks into your schedule. We’d be delighted to work with you to establish the walking schedule that is right for you and your pet. Contact us today to get started!