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The Best Eco-Friendly Poop Bags: Earth Rated Poop Bags (PRODUCT REVIEW)

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Poop bags

When my husband and I first got Zoey I went through a number of poop bags in search of the perfect one! During my first few months of looking for the right bag I was highly influenced and swayed by all of the cute and colorful poop bags and dispensers found at local pet stores. The ones with intricate designs and patterns (little bones, paw prints, flowers, etc) or bright and fun colors were the ones I was attracted to the most but as time progressed, more specifically after I opened up my dog walking business and started picking up tons of poop, I realized I needed something a little more eco-friendly!

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Overnight Pet Sitter – When Do I Need One?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

If you’re like most people you enjoy going on extended vacations (2-3 weeks) every now and then but probably worry about

200562379-001leaving your pet for such a long period of time. Sure you’ll have a pet sitter stop by a few times during the day to feed, walk and essentially check up on them but you’re not sure if this is enough to keep your pet happy and healthy while you’re away. No worries, overnight stays may be just the thing for you (and your pet)!

 

How do you know if you need one?

If you worry about 3 out of the 4 choices listed below when leaving your pet then you should definitely consider hiring a pet sitter for an overnight stay next time you’re out of town!

Separation Anxiety

For furry friends who get anxious when their pet parents aren’t around having an overnight pet sitter is a god88804863 send. Many of these pets are usually never absent from the presence of another person. They are typically by their parents side while they go about their daily routines: grabbing a bite to eat, grocery shopping, checking the mail, going to dinner and hanging with friends! When they are left alone they tend to freak out hardcore. Whining, barking, pacing and worst of all destroying things! Having an overnight pet sitter keep your pet from freaking out about where you are and why you’re not around is an added bonus to ensuring that your pet is happy, healthy and stress free while you are away. It also helps to make sure that your home isn’t redecorated by your pet when you get back!

Medical Attention

If your pet is one that requires frequent monitoring due to their health: seizures, heart condition, incontinence then you definitely need an overnight pet sitter to keep a close eye on them not only during the day but also during the night. One of my clients’ dogs’ suffers from a heart condition and is adamant about scheduling an overnight pet sitter to make sure his dogs’ heart doesn’t have any complications throughout the night. He’s an elderly dog whose had a few scares in the past so we make sure to pay extra special attention to him when we spend the night.

Lonely / Bored

Pets get bored and lonely too believe it or not! I once left my cat for 2 weeks with a pet sitter who would stop by twice a day to feed, clean out his litter box and keep him company but this just wasn’t enough as I soon found out when I got back. He was MEOWLING  (my word for meowing and crying really loudly) and following me around for days! He must have missed me and been very lonely because he was so happy to see me and also angry at me for what I assume is leaving him behind. Pets, especially dogs, are very social creatures which is probably why they tend to get a little nutty when you leave them alone for hours at a time. They get bored and start getting into the trash or chewing on your furniture or destroying their toys (does this sound like someone you know???)

Peace of Mind

Knowing that there is someone there keeping an eye on your furry friend while you’re on the other side of the country, in 148163236another state or out for the night is an indescribable feeling. Not having to worry if your pet is bored, lonely or anxious are just a few of the benefits when you hire an overnight pet sitter!

 

 

 

– 2 week vacation to Cancun, Mexico [CHECK!]

– Bags packed [CHECK!]

– Passport and Boarding passes [CHECK!]

– Extra dog and cat food [CHECK!]

– Overnight Pet Sitter [CHECK!]

 

 

Cat Body Language: Angry or Scared

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Do you speak cat?

Although cats can’t communicate using words like we humans do they are in constant communication with us by means of their body language and vocalization. Their facial expressions and body postures can tell us exactly how they are feeling internally or towards us, other people or situations.

Knowing how to read a cat is extremely important especially when said cat is angry or scared. The last thing you want to do is handle a cat that is angry or scared and end up in a situation where you can potentially get yourself hurt.

Here are 5 red flags to look for in an angry or scared cat:

 

FLAT EARS 

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Ears back or flat against the skull are a sure sign that this kitty is terrified or very angry. Cats will typically flatten their ears to their skulls in order to provide protection for their ears in a fight because no one wants a chewed up or missing ear in a brawl, right?

DILATED EYES

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Large pupils are another facial expression of anger or fear in cats although enlarged pupils can also be interpreted as a playful expression depending on the situation. If you have a kitty that has enlarged pupils because he sees a toy that’s being tossed around than that would indicate a playful expression but if a stranger or a dog were to approach and you had the enlarged eyes in combination with the flat ears than this kitty is scared or upset.

GROWLING/HISSING/SPITTING 

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If the fact that your cat is growling very low, deep and for prolonged periods isn’t any indication that they are angry or scared then when they start hissing and spitting at you that is definitely a red flag! You should not be messing with a cat that is this upset because chances are they will attack you and you will probably need a trip to the ER for some serious antibiotics.

BRISTLING HAIR AND/OR TAIL 

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Cats that are angry or scared tend to bristle their hair and tails (in either the up or down position) in an attempt to appear larger to their opponent. The thought behind that is the bigger they are the more intimidating they seem. I see this particular body language a lot in young kittens. But do keep in mind that this behavior can also be used in play between other kittens/cats. So again it all depends on the situation they are in.

ARCHED BACK 

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This behavior goes hand in hand with the bristling of the hair and tail and has the same concept applied to it: the bigger you appear the more intimidating you seem to the opponent and the less likely you are of getting beat up… sort of.

(First rule of a cat fight: always be sure to size up the competition before getting into the cat fight!!!)

Understanding cats body language in general can be pretty tricky and it takes time to get to know your cat and fully comprehend what it is that they are communicating to you. You have to be sure to take into consideration the entire scenario: their facial expressions, body postures and their surroundings to get a good grasp as to what it is that may be setting your kitty off, but the more you study them, the more you’ll understand and the better your bond will be with them!

The Truth About Anesthesia Free Dentals!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

 

Anesthesia

Nonprofessional dental scaling (NPDS), also known as anesthesia free dentistry (AFD), has been increasing in popularity in the last few years  because of client’s concerns of the perceived risks of anesthesia as well as it’s cost. The issue here, as with many things, is the lack of information/knowledge that pet parents have. I don’t think they truly understand what goes on when your pet has a NPDS.

The #1 thing we need to understand about NPDS is that it is simply a cosmetic procedure, meaning that it only deals with the appearance of the pet’s teeth. 

Now that that’s out of the way let’s go over a few things that you don’t get with a NPDS.

You don’t get:

1. Thorough View of The Pet’s Mouth

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried brushing your pet’s teeth but they’re not the most tolerant fur balls when it comes to having someone stick a foreign object in their mouth and then proceed to rub it back and forth against their teeth, not to mention the fact that the toothpaste doesn’t even taste good! And with cats this task is even worse if not impossible. Now imagine trying to open their mouths to inspect their teeth and do a little poking around more specifically below the gum line with a really sharp metal object with no local anesthetic or anesthesia… painful right? Extremely. This kind of probing should not be done on an animal that is wide awake. It’s stressful and very, very painful. Don’t believe me? Next time you go visit your dentist make sure to opt for an anesthesia-free procedure and then tell me all about it.

It is virtually impossible to get a clear view of every single tooth within a pet’s mouth when they are wide awake. They’re moving, fidgeting and nervous.  It’s very challenging to say the least and also dangerous especially when you’re handling sharp, high-powered tools like the ones used during these procedures and if your pet just so happens to need a few teeth extracted then this is definitely out of the question!

2. Radiographs 

Radiographs also tie into the getting-a-thorough-view-of-your-pets-mouth in that they give you an overall view of what is really going on not only underneath the surface of the gum line but also above it as well. With radiographs you can see any and everything and get a more in-depth look at issues that may be occurring for example: fractured teeth, tumors, gingival hyperplasia, discolored teeth, areas of tooth resorption, periodontal disease, bone loss, abscesses, etc; because although your pet may have pretty decent looking teeth that doesn’t necessarily mean that your pet may be in the clear. Issues like gingivitis, tartar and plaque aren’t things that are readily addressed by a NPDS being that their job is simply cosmetic and they’re only concerned about scraping and polishing the teeth.

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The above image shows significant bone loss due to periodontal disease

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The black spaces shown above indicate severe bone loss due to periodontal disease (these areas should be white)

3. Pain management

This is the single most important aspect of this whole procedure! Yes you want your pet to have healthy and clean teeth but do you really want to accomplish that at your pets expense? I’m sure you’ve been to the dentist before and know how painful it can be to have someone probe your gums and do any kind of work to your mouth but you usually have some sort of local anesthetic on board working in your favor. In the majority of these pets’ cases they don’t have that luxury. Most places use some sort of “calming agent” (Rescue Remedy/5 Flower Essence) to keep their patients calm and immobile, if that’s even possible, but that does nothing to manage their pain. So chances are they’re in pain during the procedure and they’re in pain after it.

Now you tell me which sounds like a better outcome, NPDS or traditional dental procedure?

 

For Our Concerned Pet Parents 

There are always risks involved when pets are put under and pet parents have every right to be concerned but it is important to note that veterinarians who practice routine dentals practice at an advanced level of care and are usually well equipped to safely monitor patients and handle any situations that may arise. They also provide premedications and nerve blocks thus allowing patients to be under a light general anesthesia which allows maximized cardiac output, tissue perfusion and maintained blood pressure.

As a side note, quoted from AVDC (American Veterinary Dental College):

“In the United States and Canada, only licensed veterinarians can practice veterinary medicine. Veterinary medicine includes veterinary surgery, medicine and dentistry. Anyone providing dental services other than a licensed veterinarian, or a supervised and trained veterinary technician, is practicing veterinary medicine without a license and is subject to criminal charges.” 

What are your thoughts on NPDS? Have you ever taken your pet to get a NPDS?

Top 3 Vaccine Myths

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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1. Pets must be vaccinated every single year.

FALSE! Contrary to popular belief this is not true!

Once you’ve gone through the process of getting your pet their puppy/kitty vaccines or their initial vaccines then there’s no need for them to be re-vaccinated every year afterwards. There is a wealth of research that supports this and even goes as far as stating that just a single vaccination  can provide years if not lifelong immunity. There are some who believe that continuously vaccinating your pet will provide a stronger and/or longer immunity and that is also not the case. Constant vaccination instead tacks on the immune system essentially making it weaker and more susceptible to a host of problems such as allergies, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, tumors, seizures and more. You can go as far as saying that pet vaccines are virtually the same as human vaccines in the sense that humans don’t need to be re-vaccinated every year either so then why would your pet?

Also, it isn’t recommended to vaccinate for Boredetella, Corona, Lepto and Lyme disease unless these diseases are endemic locally or at a specific kennel.

 

2. Vaccines are extremely safe.

FALSE!

Vaccines are not extremely safe and there is always a risk when it comes to vaccinating your pet. You never know if your pet may have some sort of allergic reaction to the vaccine or worse if he/she may die because of them. As stated above your pet may become more susceptible to a plethora of problems if their immune system is constantly being bombarded.

This is especially important to note if you booster your pet regularly whether it be every 6 months or 1-3 years.

 

3. My veterinarian knows best.

FALSE! 

Your veterinarian may not always knows what’s best for your pet. One of two things may come into play in regards to your pets vaccines: 1) your vet may not be up to date on the literature and may not know the many risks of vaccinating so frequently or 2) your vet may be up to date with the literature but may still choose to vaccinate frequently.

Some veterinarians out there are very much “old school” so they don’t always follow up with changing trends and schedules when it pertains to certain aspects of their practice one of those being vaccines. Whereas other veterinarians do their research and know what is up to date but yet choose not to change their practices. (These are the ones you should be most concerned about.)

One important thing to note about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry is that veterinarians (and in turn the pharmaceutical companies) make a significant amount of revenue from vaccinating pets every single year. Quoted from an article from Dr.Karen Becker over at Mercola Healthy Pets:

“Estimates are that removing the one-year rabies vaccination/office visit for dogs alone could reduce a veterinarian’s income from $87,000 to $25,000. And this example involves just one variety of one vaccine, and only dogs.”

With that in mind now you can see how this can very lucrative to a practice that chooses to do it.

How often do you vaccinate your pet? Or do you not vaccinate them at all?

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