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What Are Some Natural Flea Products For Dogs And Cats?

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

Flea season is here and it’s back with a vengeance! In our home it’s a constant battle when it comes to fleas especially when the summer time rolls around. Zoey is usually the one who starts itching and scratching and then the cats follow not long afterwards, creating this vicious cycle between all three pets in which fleas are just jumping from one to another!

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Are Rawhide Chews Good or Bad For My Pet?

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!
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Not too long ago I had a client schedule pet sitting services and during our consultation, when I asked if there was anything about her dog I should know about, she mentioned that he wasn’t allowed to have rawhides, whatsoever. This caught me off guard because usually when pet parents mention their pet isn’t allowed to do or have so and so they don’t feel so strongly about it so naturally I was curious and went ahead and asked why.

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Pet Food Review: Orijen Adult Dog

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

Pet Food Review: Orijen Adult Dog If I had to choose one thing that my dog absolutely had to have it would definitely be a great quality food. Our Zoey has extremely sensitive skin and for the first 2 years of her life she was constantly itching, scratching, biting and licking every single part of her body that she could reach. It was terrible! My husband and I couldn’t stand it and we were constantly getting on to her about it especially when she would decide to start going at it in the middle of the night! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve both lost sleep because she just would not stop scratching at herself. At one point it got to be so bad that she was balding in certain spots and had red and raw skin. Unfortunately this seems to be very common with german shepherds, they’re apparently very prone to allergies, so I knew that it was very important that we find a good quality food. One that wouldn’t add to her already out of control skin issues, specifically one that was free of grains since I knew that this was a source for many skin allergies in dogs. I was so happy when I finally found Orijen’s Adult Dog Food and even more impressed after a few months of Zoey being on it that now I pretty recommend it to everyone I know. Family, friends, clients, random people on the street you name it and they’ve probably already heard about it from me! (You are welcome) Continue reading

Collar Types – Which One Is Best For My Dog!

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

COLLARSCollars! They come in all different shapes, sizes, styles, colors and then some! Every pet, especially dogs, needs a collar mainly because it holds our furry friends’ ID tag as well as their Rabies tag which is usually required in most if not all states. Your dog also needs a collar so you can attach their leash and keep them under control but with so many different types of collars out on the market these days it’s hard to know which one is the best fit for your pup!

So here’s my list of the different types collars out on the market today:

 

Flat Collars

Flat collars are your day-to-day collars. These are the collars you can get in different colors, patterns and designs and can either be the buckle type or quick release. The difference between these two types of collars is the way they are secured onto your dog, whether it’s buckled on snapped into place around their neck. Some people prefer to have  quick release collars in case their pet gets tangled or caught in something that way they can easily break away whereas others prefer the buckle ones. It really just depends on the pet parents preference and what’s most comfortable for your pet. If you have a dog that pulls a lot this may not be the best collar for them.

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Martingale Collars

Also known as greyhound collars these are specifically for those pets that are escape artists and like to back out of their collars. The way it works is that it tightens at the tug of the leash but doesn’t completely close and/or choke the pet, hence the reason why there is another loop of material.web_stellabmartingale

Choke Chain Collars (Chain Slip)

As the name would suggest these collars are designed to CHOKE your dog. Most people who use these types of collars use them for dogs who pull when walking. The theory behind these collars is when your dog pulls the collar tightens essentially “choking” the pet which in turn should make your dog stop pulling. This isn’t always the case, some dogs may not respond to this type of collar and may choke/strangle themselves to death or unconsciousness or if used for long periods of time may cause damage to the dogs trachea or esophagus (throat). This type of collar can be very dangerous and should only be used by someone who knows what they are doing i.e hiring a professional and experienced dog trainer.

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Prong/Pinch Collars

Prong or pinch collars are similar to choke collars with the addition of steel/metal prongs. The theory behind this collar is also similar to the choke collar in that when your dog pulls the collar tightens creating an uncomfortable sensation around the neck thus causing the dog to stop pulling. Again this doesn’t always work, some dogs may not respond to this type of collar and can instead be severely injured. This is another type of collar that should be used with caution and under the supervision of a trained professional.

I personally wouldn’t recommend choke or prong collars as they can be very dangerous if not used correctly. There are so many other types of collars out there that can get the job done that I just feel that these types are just unnecessary and inhumane.

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Electric Collar

These shock collars use an electrical current passing from the two contact points on the device to deliver a signal to your dog. This signal can range in intensity from mild, moderate to severe. A very controversial tool in the industry as many people consider this tool to be inhumane and can easily be manipulated as a form of abuse. Another collar that should also be used under the supervision of a trained professional. These types of collars are typically used in training and/or with dogs who are unruly and uncontrollable.

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Head Collar

Similar to horse halters, these collars are secured at the back of the skull and over the dogs muzzle. A great tool to use if your dog is the type that likes to pull during walks. I personally have used a head collar for my german shepherd and it worked great in the beginning but she didn’t tolerate it very well after the first few walks. So this would be great if your dog is ok with having things over their muzzle otherwise you may need to find something else that fits them more comfortably.

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 Harness

There are a variety of harnesses on the market these days, some of which attach at the front of the chest and others with the attachment on the back. Depending on your dog and how much pulling they do you can choose which one will work best for them. I find that for dogs that love to jump and lunge while walking using a harness with an attachment on the front works best, you can use their momentum to gain better control of them whereas with the harnesses  attached on the back it just encourages pulling even more and gives them better leverage to pull.

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A few things to think about before choosing a collar are:

– Is my dog a puller/lunger?

– Will my dog respond well to this type of collar?

– Will it be comfortable for my dog?

– Will this tool physically injure/harm my dog?

– Is my dog reactive on walks?

– Does my dog like to wander and sniff things?

 

Once you decide what kind of “walker” your dog is you can get a better sense of what collar would be best for them. You obviously wouldn’t want to put a choke collar on a dog that is a good walker as it would be unnecessary but then you wouldn’t want to put a flat collar on a dog who loves backing out of collars whenever he sees a squirrel or another dog during walks. The goal is to find a collar that works best not only for your pup but for you as well so that both of you can have an enjoyable walk every time!

Happy Walking!

 

 

Avocado: Toxic or not?

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!
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I can’t remember who I spoke to but someone once told me that avocados were toxic to pets and I never thought to double check the information so whenever I came across someone who asked me about it or when I saw someone trying to feed their pets avocados I’d always tell them they were toxic! But lo and behold that isn’t necessarily the case… sort of!

Persin a natural, oil-soluble fungicide and also the toxic component of avocados is contained within the  leaves, bark, seeds, skin and pits of avocados. It’s virtually harmless to humans unless they suffer from some sort of allergy but can be deadly in certain species of animals. For the record, it is not toxic to both dogs or cats, the only thing pet parents should be concerned about is the rather large pit of the avocado which if swallowed can cause a blockage or obstruction in the pet’s esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract. Other than that if your pet is a fan of avocados they can definitely eat it so long as it is in moderation as it can cause vomiting and diarrhea if given in excess.

As for our other furry friends and large animals caution is to be exercised.

 

For our birds, signs to look for for persin toxicity include:

– Difficulty breathing

– Weakness

– Unable to perch

– Liver/kidney failure

– Death

 

For rabbits (and mice) look for signs of:

– Difficulty breathing

– Inflammation of the mammary glands

– Decreased milk production (if your pet is lactating)

– Cardial arrhythmia

 

For large animals (cows/horses):

– Mastitis

– Decreased milk production (if lactating)

– Gastritis

– Colic

– Sudden death

 

Now that we’re all in the know let’s spread the good news about avocados!

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