Sunday, December 2, 2012

Do You Need A Pet Sitter This Holiday Season?

23 days until Christmas! 

Have you booked us yet for your pet sitting needs? If not, please do so as soon as possible since we book up very quickly this time of year. If you are an existing client, and do not have a login yet for our scheduling system, please email us at: info@foryourprivilegedpets.com so we can send that to you. Of course, you can always call us. If you have not used our services before and are interested, please visit our website at: www.foryourprivilegedpets.com and fill out the scheduling request for new clients. We will contact you as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation.

Thanks so much!
Regards!

I Love Christmas in Florida!!!!

 Hello All!

I must say that after spending so many years living up north during the Christmas holiday season, I LOVE living in Florida this time of year..I mean seriously, we are putting up the ole' Christmas tree today with shorts on.. It doesn't get much better than that IMHO!
I remember as a kid growing up in Florida and hating it! All of my northern relatives were envious of us living in the sunshine state and we in turn were jealous of them for living where it snowed. This envy did not last long though. When I was about 8 years old my parents decided that it would be good for us to experience a "White Christmas". So, we drove to upstate New York that Christmas and got to see snow for the first time. I remember enjoying the time with my family: snowmobiling, etc but honestly, really missing my home in Florida. I know this isn't for everyone. But for this Florida gal, it is truly home:)
Feel free to share your stories here. Do you like living in Florida during the Christmas season? If so, why? If not, why? 
Regardless of where you spend your Christmas this year, We wish you and yours the happiest season ever!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Safety Tips for your Pets!

With the Holiday season right around the corner, thought we would share this article from the ASPCA website that gives safety tips for our pets during the holidays!


Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

O Christmas Tree Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

Tinsel-less Town
Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
  
No feasting for the furries
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

Toy Joy
Looking to stuff your pet's stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.

  • Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.
  • Long, stringy things are a feline's dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.
Forget the Mistletoe & Holly
Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Leave the Leftovers
Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.

That Holiday Glow
 Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!

Wired Up
Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth.

House Rules
If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you're busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.

Put the Meds Away
Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.

Careful with Cocktails
If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

A Room of Their Own
Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

New Year's Noise
As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat's intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears.

The article can be viewed here: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/holiday-safety-tips.aspx

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thanksgiving & Christmas 2012

Hello All!
We felt the need to post a reminder to all of you that Thanksgiving & Christmas are right around the corner and we are booking up fast! once we are booked, that's it.. no more bookings, period. So, if you are needing us for Thanksgiving or Christmas, please contact us as soon as possible!!!
As always, thanks so much- we do appreciate your business!

Monday, August 13, 2012