8 Thanksgiving Day Foods That Can Harm Your Pet

November 27, 2014 by  
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Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a helpful chart on what to NOT feed your pet on the holiday! Some of these I was not aware were a danger.. Let’s keep our pets safe!

8 Thanksgiving Day Foods That Can Harm Your Pet

Choosing a Pet Sitter

July 30, 2014 by  
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I found this amazing article from The Humane Society and wanted to share it.. with my own insights! Sometimes it can be scary to leave your loved ones at home! How do you know you are making the right choice when you choose Berks Pet Care? Well, we don’t just take “selfies” with your pets (left, hehe), we also give them lots of love and affection!

“Pet sitters do much more than provide a pet with food and water while their family is away from home.

A good pet sitter also spends quality time with the animal, gives him exercise and knows how to tell if he needs veterinary attention. What’s more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as taking in mail and newspapers and watering plants.

But just because someone calls herself a pet sitter doesn’t mean she’s qualified to do the job.

Why hire a pet sitter?

A pet sitter—a professional, qualified individual paid to care for your pet—offers both you and your pet many benefits.

Your pet gets:

  • The environment he knows best.
  • His regular diet and routine.
  • Relief from traveling to and staying in an unfamiliar place with other animals (such as a boarding kennel).
  • Attention while you’re away.

You get:

Happier friends and neighbors, who aren’t burdened with caring for your pet.

  • The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your pet is being cared for by a professional.
  • Someone to bring in your newspaper and mail so potential burglars don’t know you’re away.
  • Someone who will come to your home so you don’t have to drive your pet to a boarding kennel.
  • Other services provided by most pet sitters, such as plant watering and pet grooming.

Where do I find a pet sitter?

Start with a recommendation from a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, humane society or dog trainer. Check online or in the Yellow Pages under “Pet Sitting Services.” You can also contact the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (856-439-0324) or Pet Sitters International (336-983-9222). (or you can just go to BerksPetCare.com for the BEST pet sitter in Berks County!)

What should I look for?

It’s important to learn all you can about a prospective pet sitters’ qualifications and services. Before selecting a pet sitter, interview the candidates over the phone or at your home. Find out the following:

  • Can the pet sitter provide written proof that she has commercial liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and is bonded (to protect against theft by a pet sitter or her employees)? Yes, Berks Pet Care has all of the above.
  • What training has the pet sitter completed? Berks Pet Care has Pet Sitter Certification, CPR Certification, Pet First Aid Certification
  • Will the pet sitter record notes about your pet—such as his likes, dislikes, fears, habits, medical conditions, medications, and routines? A full 9-page contract is to be filled out by client that includes ALL pertinent information about the household and pets
  • Is the pet sitter associated with a veterinarian who can provide emergency services? Yes, Berks Animal Emergency
  • What will happen if the pet sitter experiences car trouble or becomes ill? Does she have a backup? Yes, 2 backups are always available for emergencies
  • Will the pet sitter provide related services such as in-home grooming, dog walking, dog training and play time? Dog walking, play time, and snuggle time is always included!
  • Will the pet sitter provide a written service contract spelling out services and fees? Yes, there is a contract that must be filled out by client and is given at FREE meet and greet consultation before visits
  • How does your pet sitter make sure that you have returned home? Photos and texts are sent through out the visits, confirmation is always made on last day to be sure client has returned home and pet is taken care of
  • Will the pet sitter provide you with the phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references? Google reviews are always available as are references

Even if you like what you hear from the pet sitter and from her references, it’s important to have the prospective pet sitter come to your home to meet your pet before actually hiring her for a pet-sitting job. Watch how she interacts with your pet—does your pet seem comfortable with the person? If this visit goes well, start by hiring the pet sitter to care for your pet during a short trip, such as a weekend excursion. That way, you can work out any problems before leaving your beloved pet in the pet sitter’s care for longer periods. A FREE meet and greet consultation is always offered before visits with Berks Pet Care!

Helping the pet sitter and your pet

Of course, even the most trustworthy, experienced pet sitter will have trouble if you haven’t also kept your end of the bargain. Here are your responsibilities:

  • Make reservations with your pet sitter early, especially during holidays. Berks Pet Care prides itself on it’s last minute availability! We know things can come up last minute and we are always here! 
  • Ensure your pet is well socialized and allows strangers to handle him.
  • Affix current identification tags to your pet’s collar.
  • Maintain current vaccinations for your pet.
  • Leave clear instructions detailing specific pet-care responsibilities and emergency contact information, including how to reach you and your veterinarian.
  • Leave pet food and supplies in one place.
  • Buy extra pet supplies in case you’re away longer than planned.
  • Leave a key with a trustworthy neighbor as a backup, and give him and your pet sitter each other’s phone numbers. Be sure those extra keys work before giving them out.
  • Show the pet sitter your home’s important safety features such as the circuit breaker and security system.

Finally, have a safe and fun trip. And remember to bring your pet sitter’s phone number in case your plans change—or you just want to find out how Fluffy and Fido are doing.” – courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States with notes added by Berks Pet Care.

 Contact us today! 610-906-2281 or BerksPetCare@gmail.com