Keep it Cool with VIP and The Dog Days of Summer

 

Like humans, pets enjoy treats as a part of their balanced diet.  Some favorite pet treats include raw hide, fruits and veggies, dog biscuits or cat treats, and even ice cream that is safe for pets. Experts warn to steer clear of potentially toxic foods for dogs such as raisins, onions, grapes, chocolate or anything with caffeine.

 

You can find store-made treats at your local pet or grocery store, or you can make some on your own. For example, check out the DIY Recipe for homemade doggy ice cream.  This easy and safe recipe includes all the ingredients that dogs love such as peanut butter, bananas and yoghurt.  Just freeze and serve for a refreshing treat on a warm summer’s day.  What a terrific way to end a long walk or a day at the dog park!

 

Here at VIP Pets, we love your pets as much as summertime, and would like to see how you stay cool this summer! We are running a fun-filled program where pet owners can allow their dedicated sitter to give their precious pets some Frosty Paws ice cream! Participating sitters will purchase and dole out the frosty delicacies, and take a photo or video to memorialize the unique summer experience. Throughout the summer we will post pics and videos of all of our pets and caring sitters.    

 

This program is a wonderful way to treat your pet and provide an enjoyable summer luxury for the ones we love.  Feel free to use Hashtag #dogdaysofsummer and send us your photos and videos showing how you and your pet are keeping it cool when the weather heats up!

 

Pet Dental Health Month Tips – Tasty Ideas to Chew On!

With the Super Bowl and Katy Perry’s crazy outfits behind us, it’s time to focus on February and Pet Dental Health Month tips. Puppy Bowl 2015 MVP Cara could not have claimed her prestigious title without having the strong, healthy teeth needed to carry the stuffed balls over the goal line. In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, VIP has scoured the web in search of great product ideas and tips on how to care for your pet’s gums and pearly whites.

For starters, we recommend you spend time on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website and review some of the basics. Daily brushing for both dogs and cats is an important part of their dental care but is easier said than done! Check out Dr. Sheldon Rubin’s easy step-by-step guide on how to get your pet used to daily brushing.

On the product front, we’ve found some interesting ones which run the gamut from tasty toothpaste to catnip dental chews. Take a look at these 5 products from PetCareRX:

Triple Pet Toothpaste

Triple Pet all natural sugar free toothpaste is sweetened with Stevia, an herb. It uses just a touch of Tea Tree Oil to promote healthy gums.

C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Kit for Dogs

The C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Kit helps to neutralize mouth odors with natural antibacterial action.

Petstages Catnip Dental Health Chews

Petstages Catnip Dental Health Chews have a unique netting cover that remove soft tartar and massage gums as your cat chews and plays,

Kong Dental

The Kong Dental is constructed of rubber that is firm enough for the patented Denta-Ridges to clean teeth and soothe gums, but pliable so it will last a long time.

Petrodex Dental Spray

This dental spray makes it easy to keep your dog’s mouth clean. Petrodex Dental Spray contains no alcohol and requires no rinsing.

For the full list of 19 pet dental care product suggestions from PetCareRX you can read more here.

And let’s face it, we’ve all had moments during snuggles with our pets where their breath almost knocks us over. Last but not least, a recommendation directly from VIP Pet Services very own Robin Perdue, whose Chihuahua mix Wishbone has the occasional, shall we say, bout of halitosis.  Give Tropiclean’s Advanced Whitening Gel a try. Wishbone is a big fan.

Good luck finding the products that work for you and don’t forget that VIP Sitters are ready, willing and able to brush kitty teeth, apply drops and play Tug-of-Kong when needed. Contact us to add any of these services to your pet’s daily routine!

 

 

 

 

Fun Valentine's Day Treats for Your Pets

Valentine’s Day is no longer just for us humans, our furry friends deserve some extra special love too! While chocolate is a definite no-no, there are plenty of fun Valentine’s Day treats for your pets. Great gifts too!

Valentine’s Treats For Your Pet

  • Make your own treats at home! There is no need to pay a lot of money for fancy treats, you can easily make some tasty snacks for your beloved pet at home. You can make Carob-Dipped Valentine’s Day Dog Treats or the adorably named, Red Velvet Pupcakes! Try some of these other great recipes!
  • If you live someplace that gets extremely cold then a great gift would be a pair of booties or a coat for your beloved pet, make sure to keep them nice and warm this time of year (but don’t forget the treats too!).
  • A new bed. Nothing makes a furry family member happier than a nice, warm bed to sleep on. Why not indulge them this Valentine’s Day with a new pet bed!
  • Dog or cat gift baskets make a great treat. Make sure to include a few special treats, some new toys and (for you) some treats good for their breath and teeth. You can either make them up at home or purchase one ready made.
  • Nothing says, “I love you” better than taking time out on Valentine’s Day to play with your pet. Take your dog for a walk and give him extra time at the dog park. Give your pets some extra love and they’ll be in dog or kitty heaven!

Pets are pretty easy to please, and they are always there when we need them the most so it’s extra important to make them feel special every once in a while. Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to give them a few extra treats, some extra love, some extra playtime and lots of snuggles.

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Homemade Pet Treat Recipes for Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is a time of family, friends and giving thanks for the great many blessings in life. One popular way to show our love and appreciation for our furry friends is by baking (or making) homemade pet treats.

Type ‘dog treat recipes’ into any search engine and you will be presented with MILLIONS of results. Plus, there are almost as many links for ‘cat treat recipes’ out there as well! So where to start? Below you’ll find links to 5 of the most popular recipes online today.

First, there are some things to consider regarding pets and preparing for your Thanksgiving feast. In addition to turkey, dogs enjoy pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy and even a little cranberry sauce. So sharing a few leftovers from your table will be gratefully received! However, do not let your dog or cat consume the following:

  • Yeast Dough – it can expand in the stomach to cause gastric upset and other issues
  • Alcohol, Coffee, and Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts and Nutmeg
  • Avocado and Onion
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Fatty Foods – too much of a good thing can lead to pancreatitis in some animals
  • Sage – is a common ingredient for thanksgiving dishes but large amounts can cause stomach upset and central nervous system depression

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