As pet owners, we’ve all seen or felt that nasty slime that forms in our pets’ food and water dishes (and on shower curtains, in toilets, and many other areas of your home). This slime is called bacterial biofilm and can contain deadly bacteria, such as: staph, E. coli, listeria, candida, salmonella, H. pylori, and many more. Your pets and family members are at risk–learn what to do about biofilm in your home!
Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they aren’t as confining as regular leashes, allowing dogs more freedom to sniff and poke around on walks. Unfortunately, there are many downsides to using this type of leash, with sometimes fatal results.
By helping your sitter prepare for your absence, we can work together to ensure that everyone’s pets get ample time for cuddles and brushing, meals, potty breaks and playtime, and that your experience with your sitter’s services is a positive one!
Our world is more vulnerable to disasters, evacuations, public health events, crime and terrorism every day. While setting aside stores of water, food, first aid, and supplies is essential to being prepared for everything from a two day loss of power to a longer, emergency evacuation or grid failure situation, have you prepared and protected essential documents and financial resources?
Explore this list of the mobile apps we review in our Austin Pet First Aid & Disaster Preparedness certification course. They are useful to pet owners, pet care providers, and emergency personnel, or anyone who wishes to have resources for emergencies and disasters right at their fingertips!
A parasite is any animal that lives on or within a second animal, and for the most part, parasites live in harmony with their hosts in the wild. They derive sustenance or protection from them, and although they may not offer any benefit in return, this delicate balance between parasite and host in the wild takes on new meaning in captive reptiles. In some cases, a parasite that would not normally harm its reptile host in the wild can cause deadly disease in captivity.
Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people. But, all of the festivities can be frightening and dangerous for pets. Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after the July 4th festivities.
With legalized medicinal and recreational use of marijuana on the rise around the country, veterinarians are reporting more incidents of marijuana poisoning in pets. Leaving cannabis or cannabis-laced foods in easy reach of your pets is asking for easily-avoidable trouble!
This is the story of our cat Bigguns, his struggles with treatment-resistant irritable bowel disease, and the natural remedies we discovered that finally cured his feline IBD once and for all.
The Pet Professional Guild (PPG), a professional pet industry member-association that advocates for force-free dog training and pet care, proudly announced that Bat Country Pet Sitting has met their required exacting standards and has therefore qualified for membership in the PPG.
The more you can do to keep your pets healthy, fit, socialized, and engaged with you and other pets, the more your pets will benefit from improved health and mental and physical agility, which are especially crucial as pets age. Be creative finding ways to make your pet happy in cold or inclement weather, have fun and enjoy your time with your pet!
We all want what’s best for our pets – the most healthy pet food, the best toys for fun and enrichment, plenty of exercise, a cozy and safe place to sleep, and much more. We do all we can to give them the healthiest and happiest life possible. But in doing all you can to ensure your pets are healthy and happy, have you learned what to do in case of an emergency? Would you know what to do if your pet came in with an open wound, suffered a snake bite or wasp sting, got a toy stuck in their throat, or simply stopped breathing?
Finding an insured and bonded pet sitter is the best thing you can do for your pets and property. And as you Google search for a new sitter, you (hopefully) will see the words “Insured and Bonded” on pet sitter websites and profiles. Sure, it has a safe and secure ring to it, but do you know what having this kind of insurance coverage means for you and your pets?
Do your beloved cat the favor of having a cat sitter provide him with daily care while you’re gone, and don’t skimp on his meds, food supply, or waste clean-up. A truly professional pet sitter will not let you cut corners on your pet’s care–ever.
Pet Fire Safety & Fire Prevention Tips The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets. By following the tips below, you can prevent a pet-related fire in your home: Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, […]
Hazards are all around your home. Your pet’s safety depends on you! Companion animals don’t realize that anti-freeze, chocolate or moth balls are poisonous — they just think these toxic items taste great. And the kitchen and garage are full of delicious “treats” to get into. Use these tips to help spot dangers to pets […]
Keep Your Pet Safe & Secure While On the Road According to the AAA/Kurgo Pet Passenger Safety Study, nearly 56% of people transport their dogs in their cars at least once per month. From trips to the veterinarian’s office to day trips to a dog park or pet-friendly beach, more and more pet owners are […]
How to Build a Solid First Aid Kit for Your Reptiles Since illness, injury or accidents can happen at any time to your reptilian pets, keeping an emergency first aid kit stocked and ready is crucial to being prepared for small injuries to life and death situations. You can put a first aid kit together […]
Did you know that 18% of dog owners are more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle? Can you guess which Beatle cat people prefer?
Learn more about how the preferences between dog and cat people differ, from movies to websites to books, with the fascinating infographic below!
How to Keep Your Dog Safe & Cool in Texas Heat As we move from spring into summer, temperatures around Austin are going to soar. Soon, we’ll be in the 90-100s, which is especially dangerous to pets. These kinds of high temperatures can cause heatstroke and death in dogs and other animals. Learn what to […]
While it might make sense to board your pets in an offsite boarding facility or at your local vet, your animals would benefit much more from having an experienced, insured and bonded pet sitter care for them in the comfort of their home environment.