St. Pete Pet Sitting Cold Weather Tips

The Houston SPCA offers the following cold-weather tips to keep your pets safe.

• Housing: Outdoor pets should have a well-insulated house that is wind resistant, waterproof and elevated off the ground so wind and moisture can’t seep inside. Install a door flap to protect against drafts. Extra blankets and straw will increase your pet’s warmth. Room and floor heaters should be kept away from your pet since they are fire hazards and can cause injuries .

• Food and water: Provide clean water every day. Outdoor pets need to consume 25 percent to 50 percent more calories than usual because the cold weather tends to deplete their energy.

• Cats and cars: Keep your cats indoors during the winter. Not only can outdoor cats freeze, they sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars to stay warm. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by moving parts. Give an outdoor cat a chance to escape by banging loudly on the car hood before starting your car.

• Warmth: If your dog is a short-haired breed, consider getting it a sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly to keep it warm.

• Antifreeze: Dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet smell and taste of antifreeze, which contains ethylene glycol. A tiny lick can kill your pet, so check your driveway for leaks from your car. Keep containers tightly closed and clean up spills. Check your local retailer for “pet safe” antifreeze.

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Tips from Your St. Pete Pet Sitter: Harmful Foods for Your Dog

There are definitely harmful foods and beverages that you want to keep away from your dog that are not harmful to you.

This list includes:

  • Avocados – it is the persin in avocados that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Any bones from fish or meat – they can cause cuts in the digestive system.
  • Cat food – this is not made for them and is often too high in fats and proteins.
  • High caffeine items such as chocolate, coffee, tea, red bull – high caffeine, theobromine or theophylline can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Citrus oil extracts – can cause vomiting.
  • Grapes, raisins and currants – can damage the kidneys.
  • Macadamia nuts – can negatively affect the digestive system and nervous system.
  • Tobacco – can cause rapid heart beat, coma, collapse, and death.

Your St. Pete pet sitting care provider is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information about harmful foods and liquids for your dog or other pets. Your pet sitter is also a member of numerous pet sitting organizations which means you also have access to tons of valuable information just by working with Regal Pet Services LLC.

Just ask your pet sitting provider when you call to set up your FREE initial meeting if you have any other questions you would like your pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

Dog Parks in St. Petersburg Florida

Maybe you’re new to town or just looking to scope out a new place for your pup to play…here is just the information you are looking for…

The City of St. Pete current has six dog parks throughout the city. All of them are are open daily, 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset. You can read the rules posted by the city by going to St. Petersburg dog parks .

I will be giving you details and insider information on each one…starting with North Shore Dog Park located at 901 North Shore Dr in St Petersburg.

Here are Eight Reasons Why North Shore Dog Park is an Obvious Favorite:

  1. It just recently got a much needed update including new grass and straw where there used to be dusty dirty that left my dogs looking, well dusty and dirty after playing…and muddy after visiting on rainier days.
  2. I frequent the small dog area more but there are always dogs on both sides of the park especially during the peak times of 5:30-6:30 pm during the week and Saturday afternoons. It is hard to find a park where small dogs frequently play so this is a big winner for small dog owners.
  3. The bay is just a few steps away so after playing in the dog park you have a beautiful place to walk them along the water. There is also a large park nearby great for walking them as well.
  4. Free parking is available right near the entrance to the park so if you are going at dusk you don’t have to worry about a long walk back to the car or leaving your car out of sight. There is also plenty of parking so finding a spot nearby is never a problem.
  5. This is one of the larger parks for both large dogs and small dogs. If you are a small dog owner, this would be a great choice for you because it is significantly larger than the other parks and well attended.
  6. Often times when there is a concert or event going on in Vinoy Park, so you get a free ticket to the show. There has been many times where I have gotten to listen to Reggae or Jazz music while I watch my dogs having a blast playing.
  7. There are plenty of seats in the shade to avoid the unforgiving rays while you’re dogs are socializing.
  8. The neighborhood is safe and the dog owners are very friendly.

    TIP: The parks usually have a full supply of doggie poopie bags, but I would advise bringing some just in case because they do run out from time to time.

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