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Celebrating And Appreciating Our Clients: Georgia’s Birthday Party

This month in honor of the 20th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week, we invested in our pet sitting education and business development by joining elite professional group Pet Sitters International. For the occasion, we also wanted to do something in honor of our clients…for without our awesome clients, we could not be Professional Pet Sitters and do the work we LOVE!

 

Little did we know this occasion would coincide with the 11th birthday of one of our best four-legged clients, Georgia. So this time last week, to celebrate and appreciate Georgia and her owners for being great and loyal clients of ours, we arranged a playdate/birthday party for Georgia in our backyard! She invited her sister Madison, her Mommies of course, Daniel, me, and her new friends Kourry, Ruca, Sango, and Matilda Squeeks, all of whom she just met that day at her party! Hahaha 😀

 

Here’s the wonderfully chaotic, happy hubbub of the doggies first meeting each other.  🙂

 

 

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They were very friendly with each other and all seemed happy to make each others’ acquaintance.

 

It was a gorgeous day for celebrating new friends, running amuck in the backyard, and enjoying the fresh air! The skies were clear as far as the eyes could see, and the sunshine soaked our skin like butter melting into bread!

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

The dogs would take breaks between playing and wrestling with each other to come jump in our laps, give kisses, and wag (read: brag) about how much fun they were having with their new friends.

 

 

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

As we humans enjoyed sitting in the sun on the patio, the pooches enjoyed lying with the cool grass under their bellies, either with the sun warming their backs or in the shade.

 

We had a really good time chatting it up, mostly about the dogs — their health, their behaviors, their individual personalities, how they like to play, how they get along, etc. — and we were thoroughly entertained watching the animals play and interact.

 

Madison was not nearly as interested in the other dogs as she was in our cat Matilda Squeeks, who attended the backyard birthday party from up in her tree. The two had a serious staring contest for quite a while!

 

 

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

Although we had no doggy piñata, we definitely had doggy cake. Literally. Had it. Some of us tasted it to see if it was truly doggy cake. And doggy cake it definitely was. Personally, I was hoping it was good for dogs and their owners so that we could have some. But no. Trust me. It’s for dogs.

 

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

It was some type of peanut butter cake, and the pooches LOVED it!!! They inhaled it in a matter of seconds! And they were all very well behaved while having their cake, I might add. Good job, doggies! And kudos to Three Dog Bakery here in Albuquerque for crafting an apparently delicious doggy birthday cake!

professional pet sitters albuquerque

 

Our birthday gift to birthday girl Georgia was a plush toy in the shape of a blue Peeps™ bunny and some yummy banana/yogurt dog biscuits. Happy 11th, Georgia! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you, and thank you to you and your brothers/sisters for allowing us to be your caregivers when your mommies are away! 🙂

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To our clients and non-clients, our friends, family, and online community, THANK YOU all for keeping up with us (psst…subscribe to our blog over to the right →) and thank you for helping us celebrate, foremost, our clients, as well as the 20th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week!

 

For more information and to set up a meet-n-greet, give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or drop us an email at info@duckandturtle.com

 

Have a WINNING week!

 

~ Duck & Turtle

 

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professional pet sitters albuquerque

The Heartbreak Of Heartworm

Spring is officially upon us (hooray!), and with spring comes heartworm season. The weather is warming up, mosquitoes are multiplying, and the chances of your canine or feline (ferrets, too) contracting the disease become greater. So, it is time to be aware and to take the appropriate preventative steps to keep your beloved pet healthy and heartworm-free!

 

heartbreak of heartworm

 

Heartworm is a serious and deadly disease that is carried by mosquitoes. It is brought on by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and sometimes in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, wolves, foxes, ferrets, and in rare cases, humans. Heartworms are one of many species of roundworms, and dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to being infected by them.

 

heartbreak of heartworm

 

This is an issue that hits very close to home for us, as one of our dogs — Sango — came to us heartworm positive. Knowing the condition could be potentially fatal, we were very worried for Sango and his health. But we remained vigilant with him, took the proper steps to care for him, and through veterinary-prescribed treatment he eventually tested negative for heartworm! Yay Sango!! 🙂

 

Animals carrying adult worms are recognized as the reservoir of heartworm infection since the disease is spread by mosquitoes that become infected with microfilariae while taking a blood meal from an infected animal. The microfilariae then mature into the infective larval stage within the mosquito, and when the mosquito bites another susceptible animal, the larvae are deposited on the skin and actively migrate into their new host.

 

heartbreak of heartworm

 

Many pet owners make the mistake of thinking they can ignore the threat of heartworm because their geographical region does not see large populations of mosquitoes. But heartworm has been reported in all 50 states! Here is a helpful map, courtesy of the American Heartworm Society, that shows particularly endemic areas for heartworm infection based on the number of cases reported by clinics.

 

heartbreak of heartworm

 

Dogs can suffer severe heart and lung damage from heartworm disease. Cats typically have fewer worms that survive to adulthood. Therefore, cats exhibit minimal changes in the heart. A cat’s primary response to heartworm disease occurs in the lungs.

 

Be aware that in both dogs and cats, clinical signs of heartworm infection may not be recognized in the early stages. Recently infected dogs often exhibit no sign of the disease. Heavily infected dogs may eventually shows signs such as a mild, persistent cough, a reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after moderate exercise, diminished appetite, and weight loss. Cats may show signs that are very non-specific or that mimic other feline diseases. Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy, and weight loss.

 

To detect heartworm infection in an apparently healthy animal, you will need to have your veterinarian perform a blood test. Be advised, however, that the test is not consistently positive until approximately seven months after infection has occurred.

 

Again with spring here, NOW is the time to talk to your veterinarian about how to best prevent your pets from contracting the disease. This is especially imperative for cats, as no effective treatment exists for heartworm disease in cats.

 

heartbreak of heartworm

 

Heartworm prevention is safe, easy, and inexpensive. Most heartworm prevention medications are administered by an easy once-per-month chewable tablet that is yummy for dogs and cats just like a treat! These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease. They usually cost about $5 – $10 per month, depending on the size/weight of the animal. This method is extremely effective, and when administered properly and on a timely schedule, heartworm disease can be completely prevented! Just remember: It is your responsibility to faithfully maintain the prevention program you have selected in consultation with your veterinarian.

 

Thank you all for reading this very important post! And for much more in-depth information regarding heartworm disease and prevention please visit the American Heartworm Society at http://www.heartwormsociety.org/

 

HAPPY SPRING!!! 🙂

And remember you can always reach us by phone at (505) 410-7954 or email at info@duckandturtle.com for ALL your pet sitting and house sitting needs!

 

~Duck & Turtle

 

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