Some dogs – especially when they’re younger – seem to have triggers that cause them to run at full speed, with their eyes wide open and their tongue out, almost as if they’re so excited they cannot handle it, and they keep running and running and running, all at full sprint. This behavior is known … Continue reading What are Zoomies and Why Do Dogs Get Them?
It is scientifically proven that dogs reduce their owners stress levels and be good for health. When you return from a day of work or settle down in the evening after taking care of kids all day, spending time with your dog is the perfect way to relax. But one on one time with you … Continue reading Relaxation for You and Your Dog
At the beach, pool, or lake, a little water can become a playground for dogs in the summer. Water offers a chance to splash, exercise, and cool off. But in the same way that swimming has risks for people, it can also have risks for dogs. Being aware of the potential challenges when taking your … Continue reading Water Safety Tips for Your Dog This Summer
When your happy and well-behaved dog suddenly starts acting aggressively, defiantly, or displaying bad behaviors that you had already addressed in training, it can be alarming and confusing. The shift in behavior can seem unexplained, but as you start trying to train your dog to fix the problem, it often has no effect. When a … Continue reading When Sudden Bad Behavior Can Indicate a Health Problem
One training exercise that almost all dog trainers recommend is teaching your dog to wait at the door. Whatever is on the other side of the front door is usually exciting for your dog – a walk, a guest, or simply lots of new smells they do not regularly get to explore. This is why … Continue reading Why Teach Your Dog to Wait at the Door?
Effective dog training is often said to incorporate three Ds – distance, duration, and distraction. Distance and duration are more easily managed at home by leaving your dog in commands for longer periods of time and asking for commands from across the room or across the yard. Distraction can be somewhat harder, especially if your … Continue reading Why and Where to Practice Distraction Training with Your Dog?
Barking is an interesting training problem and one of the more challenging ones to deal with. Dogs bark naturally as a form of communication, especially in some breeds. But if your dog’s barking has turned excessive, it can quickly become annoying. It may also be a problem in an apartment or with nearby neighbors if … Continue reading What to Do About Your Dog’s Excessive Barking?
Summer is a great time for getting out and active with your dog where you can both enjoy seeing new sights and – for your dog – taking in new smells. It is also a chance to stretch your legs. There are already several steps you should take while hiking to keep your dog in … Continue reading Helping Your Dog Recover After a Hike
One of the reasons that we are so passionate about our work here at FurBabies Home Pet Care is that we know that our work makes a difference in the life of your pet. Though we work with many types of animals, much of our work revolves around dogs, as these are the pets that … Continue reading Just Because Your Dog CAN Hold It – Should They?
Having at least a few toys around the house is good for dogs. Toys can provide mental stimulation, a physical workout, an outlet for chewing instincts, and an activity that you and your dog can do together. But dog toys can quickly get pricey, especially if you have an extreme chewer that likes to rip … Continue reading DIY Dog Toys to Make at Home
The temperature of your cat’s paws can offer various insights into how your cat is feeling. While your cat’s body temperature will change naturally from time to time in the same way that a person’s does, knowing what is normal and what is out of the ordinary can help you identify any problems. If hot … Continue reading My Cat’s Paws are Hot – Is This a Problem?
When you have a dog at home, your dog’s schedule naturally becomes a part of your own schedule. Dog owners often rush home after a day of work to let their dogs out, plan outings and nights out to fit inside a certain time window, and excuse themselves from social events with the phrase, “We … Continue reading How Long Can Your Dog Stay at Home Alone?
Watching your dog turn a few circles before snuggling down for a nap never stops being adorable. But if you have ever wondered why dogs do this – and why some dogs do not – we have some insight into this behavior. Science Behind Pre-Nap Circles Like many dog behaviors, we do not have a … Continue reading Why Does Your Dog Spin Before Lying Down ￼
Obesity is a dangerous condition in dogs and unfortunately, a very common one. Over 25% of dogs are estimated to be obese, although it is not always easy to recognize obesity in our own dogs, especially when body weight changes happens slowly over time and smaller dogs need only a few extra pounds to be … Continue reading How to Manage Obesity in Your Dog
For many cats, jumping up onto your kitchen counters or dining room table is a favorite pastime. But it is likely one that you are not fond of. Whether your cats are getting up onto these surfaces to knock things off or you simply do not like the idea of your kitten’s paws on the … Continue reading Keeping Your Cat Off Your Kitchen Counters
For some dogs, their reaction when you or a visitor comes in the door is to jump up, put their paws against your leg or chest, and maybe even give you some kisses. While this is natural for dogs, since it gives them an outlet for their excitement and gets immediate attention from you, it … Continue reading Preventing Your Dog from Jumping Up
We depend on dogs to accomplish all kinds of tasks, from finding lost hikers in miles of wilderness to serving as guide dogs. Not to mention, many dog owners swear their dog knows what they’re thinking. But if you have ever interacted with a cat, you cannot deny that knowing gleam in their eye before … Continue reading Dogs vs Cats: Which Animal is Smarter?
Your annual physical exam at the doctor’s office is a key part of maintaining your overall health. Dogs have the same health requirements, and as a dog owner, it is your responsibility to maintain a schedule of regular visits to the vet to keep your dog happy and healthy. For most dogs, the recommended visit … Continue reading What Makes Regular Vet Appointments for Your Dog So Important
When it comes to dogs, kennel cough is like the common cold for people. The scientific name is canine infectious tracheobronchitis, and it is a relatively common illness that is usually harmless. It is, however, extremely contagious and will spread from one dog to the next quickly. The Bordetella vaccine is successful in preventing kennel … Continue reading What is Kennel Cough and What Should You Do If Your Dog Has It?
It is no secret that dogs have a great sense of smell. Many have even made a job out of it, tracking down lost people or scenting out drugs and contraband. Yet although we rely on dogs for scent work, many people do not understand exactly how much their dog is smelling. Understanding Sense of … Continue reading Just How Powerful is Your Dog’s Nose? 5 Interesting Facts About Your Dog’s Sense of Smell
When you’re out in the sun, you probably take care to apply a layer of sunscreen or stay in the shade to avoid a painful sunburn. If you take your dog out with you, you might have wondered if your furry friend can suffer from a sunburn as well. It turns out the answer is … Continue reading Can Dogs Get Sunburned?
Almost every dog owner has noticed their pup eating grass at one point or another. With the common perception that eating grass will make a dog vomit shortly after, many people assume that a dog with an upset stomach will eat grass to induce vomiting and help relieve their stomach pain. But studies have shown … Continue reading Why Is Your Dog Eating Grass?
For many people, seeing a dog’s wagging tail and lolling tongue brings a smile to their faces. So does petting a cat’s soft fur. Many pet owners count their animals as one of their greatest sources of happiness. The joy of owning a cat or dog is more than getting to laugh at their antics. … Continue reading Why Having Pets Is Good for Your Health
Halloween can be a fun and festive time for your family, but it is also a time when your four legged friends can be easily spooked by decorations and all the activity going on around the house. Candy, costumes, and frightening decorations can turn into a health emergency if your dog gets stressed or eats … Continue reading Keeping Your Dog Safe this Halloween
Cats have a reputation for being self-reliant and independent. Some people also find them more difficult to understand when compared to dogs with their wagging tails and constant love for attention. Since many cats have a more reserved nature, it can sometimes be hard to tell if your cat loves you or is just putting … Continue reading How Do Cats Show Affection?
When we see dog food or treats at the pet store, with flavors like peanut butter, beef, honey, cranberry and other interesting combinations, it can be easy to think that our dogs have a very refined palate. This is especially confusing when your dog also seems to like eating any piece of food she finds … Continue reading Can Dogs Taste Different Flavors?
Agility training is a great activity to do with your dog. It’s fun for both of you, good exercise, and great mental stimulation for your pup. It also builds the bond you share with your dog by improving your communication and giving you quality time spent together. You can get started with agility by looking … Continue reading How to Create a Dog Agility Course in Your Backyard
Traveling with your dog is one of the joys of dog ownership for many people. From driving up to the mountains for a hike or heading to sit on the patio of your favorite restaurant, you probably want to take your dog with you. More necessary trips to the vet or boarding are also easier … Continue reading Why Is Your Dog Getting Car Sick, and What Can You Do About It?
A food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance is one of the most common health issues for dogs. Unfortunately, the foods that often cause allergies are the same proteins found in dog foods, which can make it difficult to keep your dog healthy and happy. Scientists estimate that about 20% of dogs suffer from a food allergy, … Continue reading Most Common Food Allergies for Dogs and What Signs to Look For
You want your new puppy to grow up happy, confident, and ready to go with you anywhere. That means it is time to start socializing. Your dog is most open to new experiences before 3 months old, so you will want to start as soon as possible, keeping in mind any safety precautions before your … Continue reading Best Places to Socialize Your Dog
Chocolate is a well known poison for dogs, and like any good dog owner, you probably do everything you can to keep your pup from eating any. But accidents can happen and it is not impossible that your dog will gulp down a few pieces of chocolate before you realize what’s happening. The good news … Continue reading My Dog Ate Chocolate – What Do I Do Now?
Chasing squirrels is a favorite pastime for many dogs. Some have a natural prey drive that spurs them to chase anything that moves or gives off a scent. Other dogs are protecting their backyard from invaders. And some squirrels will even tease dogs as a boredom-relieving game. While you may appreciate your dog keeping squirrels … Continue reading How to Keep Your Dog from Chasing Squirrels
Cats and milk just seem to go together. Pop culture is filled with sayings like “the cat that got the cream” and cats in children’s cartoons lapping at a bowl of milk. If you have ever put a dish of milk down for your cat, she probably went right for it, indicating that your cat … Continue reading Is Milk Safe for Cats?
Keeping dog treats on hand is essential for training your four legged friend, distracting him or getting his attention, or simply rewarding him for being a good boy. While dog treats are supposed to be a reward, your dog’s health is still a priority, so you might be thinking of how healthy the treats you … Continue reading Alternative Options to Store-Bought Dog Treats
Your dog needs regular, daily exercise to stay healthy and happy. But if your usual exercise routine includes walks around the neighborhood, that can be a challenge when warm summer temperatures make the pavement uncomfortable for your dog’s paws. Ambient heat and humidity can also be unhealthy for dogs, particularly if you have a smaller … Continue reading How to Exercise Your Dog When It’s Too Hot to Walk
With vaccination numbers rising and social distancing restrictions loosening, many people are finally heading back to the office after a year of remote work. Others are going to be spending more time away from home visiting friends, dining out, attending children’s activities, and more. Your time away from home is going to be a shock … Continue reading Going Back to the Office After Covid? Prepare Your Dog for Your Return to Work
While almost everyone agrees that your tennis shoe or the couch leg is not a good chew toy for your dog, there are many other popular chew toys on the market that have potential risks as well. These toys are aimed specifically at dogs, but are not always safe for them. Not all of these … Continue reading Chew Toys You Should Be Careful Before You Give Your Dog
As a dog owner, you probably want the best for your dog, including the healthiest food. But choosing the right food isn’t always an easy choice. Your local pet store is filled with hundreds of options. There’s kibble and canned food, organic and natural options, and fresh food. If you are looking at more niche … Continue reading What Is a Raw Diet and Should I Put My Dog on It?
Regular vet visits are a key part of keeping your canine companion healthy. These visits enable your vet to check in on your dog’s overall health, check for any potential issues, and make recommendations for care. If needed, you might visit the vet in between times if your dog experiences an ongoing health issue. Then … Continue reading When Should You Go to the Emergency Vet?
Fleas are a risk for any furry animal, and your cat is no exception. When a cat gets fleas, they can hide deep within her fur, making them easy to miss. Meanwhile, fleas will be biting. The most common result of flea bites is itching, sometimes excessively, but fleas can also spread tapeworms and cause … Continue reading Getting Rid of Fleas on Your Cat
As the weather gets warmer during the spring, ticks and fleas start to become active again. Both of these bloodsucking pests are drawn to your dog’s warm coat. A pest will land on your pet and burrow into the fur while they consume blood. Ticks generally leave after their meal, but fleas will hang on … Continue reading Protecting Your Dog Against Ticks and Fleas
A dog underfoot in your kitchen or jumping up on guests when they come in the door can be frustrating. Having your dog in the kitchen or waiting under the dining table for scraps can also be dangerous if they get a hold of something they shouldn’t. One way to stop these behaviors and get … Continue reading Why Teach Your Dog to Go to Their “Place”
Insurance helps us offset unforseen big expenses with smaller monthly payments. In the same way it can cover our health, our homes, and our belongings, insurance can also cover our pets in case an emergency vet visit is needed. Since an emergency procedure or a chronic health condition developed later in your dog’s life can … Continue reading Do You Need Pet Insurance?
A kitten playing with a ball of yard is a common picture. You might have noticed your own cat going after strings like clotheslines, shoe laces, and window blind pulls. Strings will seem to twitch as a cat bats it with her paws, engaging her hunting instincts. But strings, and yarn in particular, are actually … Continue reading Risks of Strings and Yarn as Cat Toys
Cats sometimes get a reputation as a pet that requires less attention and money than dogs. While it is true that many cats enjoy spending time by themselves for much of the day and don’t require the frequent walks and training sessions that dogs do, they are still a financial commitment. Before bringing your kitten … Continue reading How Much Does It Cost to Own a Cat?
A daily training session with your dog is a great way to build his obedience skills, keep him mentally stimulated, and strengthen the bond the two of you share. No matter what age he is, there is always something new to learn. But it can be frustrating when you are trying to train and your … Continue reading Keeping Your Dog Interested During a Training Session
Bringing home a new dog is a change for everyone, including any dogs already living at your home. These family dogs recognize your home as their territory and even when they are friendly towards other dogs, an unknown dog living permanently in their territory can be a challenge. Introducing the new dog to your existing … Continue reading Introducing a New Dog to Your Current Family Dog
A dog’s life has much to be jealous of. Especially the fact that they seem to spend half their day – and the entire night – sleeping. When they’re not sleeping, they’re usually relaxing. You might wonder if these seemingly lazy habits are bad How much sleep your particular dog needs depends on a few … Continue reading How Much Sleep Does Your Dog Need?
The first 24 hours with your new dog is an exciting one. Whether she’s an adorable puppy or a rescue full of personality, there are bound to be many cute moments – and many stressful ones. The most important things to remember are to stay patient and calm. Your new pup will take some time … Continue reading Starting Off Right with a New Dog
Many a curious dog has been known to go off to investigate the smell of a skunk only to come back with a face full of skunk spray. The nauseating odor can take days to come out and makes him as bad as a skunk. Tomato juice and vinegar baths or perfume are often recommended … Continue reading How to Clean Your Dog After a Skunk Encounter
Many cats are happy to eat their food and the occasional treat, never venturing near foods that humans eat. But other cats are a bit more daring. It is possible for a curious or hungry cat to get into human food if she can reach it, even if they haven’t shown a tendency to eat … Continue reading What Foods Make a Cat Sick?
The holidays are an exciting time of year. As you put up your tree and make your holiday plans, take time to check in with your cat. You’ll want to monitor her behavior more closely to ensure she is not getting into any dangerous situations with new decorations. To you, decorations may be a holiday … Continue reading How to Keep Your Cat Safe During the Holidays
Cats have a reputation for being independent, rebuffing your attempts to spend time together and cuddle only to demand your attention as soon as you’re busy with something else. It can be easy to assume that cats don’t require our attention so long as we continue providing them food and emptying the litter box. While … Continue reading Why Your Cat Needs Your Attention
The condition of a dog’s teeth are an important part of their overall health, yet they are often overlooked during grooming. Clean teeth reduce the risk of gum disease, bad breath, and decaying teeth. Many organizations, like the American Kennel Club, recommend brushing your dog’s teeth every day, although even starting with once a week … Continue reading How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Dogs are generally considered social animals. They usually thrive in their “pack” and appreciate the attention of their owners. So it can be alarming if your dog is lashing out at other dogs and people. Aggressive behavior also puts both you and your dog at risk if your dog were to injure another person or … Continue reading Does Your Aggressive Dog Need More Exercise?
Although cats are traditionally known as solitary animals, they rely on companionship just like people and other pets. They will form bonds with their humans and with other animals in the home. If your cat is the only pet, especially when they spend time alone during the day, they might feel lonely no matter how … Continue reading Is My Cat Lonely?
You’ve found the perfect dog and you’re about to bring him home. But before you introduce your puppy or rescue dog to his new surroundings, take some time to make sure your home is safe, both for the dog and from the dog. Objects around your home can endanger your pup and an untrained dog … Continue reading How to Pet Proof Your Home for a New Dog
For dog owners, leaving the house to head to work or go out for an evening often means confronting a pair of sad, puppy-dog eyes as you close the door. Leaving your dog at home while you go out may cause you to feel guilty, but is your dog actually sad to see you go? … Continue reading What Your Dog Feels When You’re Away
Whether you wouldn’t dream of going on vacation without your four-legged friend, or you need to make a long drive for a more pressing reason, traveling with a dog can be done – and in many cases, it is a great experience. But like most things, preparation is important, especially when it comes to your … Continue reading How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy on a Road Trip
Bringing a new cat home can be exciting and a bit stressful, both for you and your new pet. If you already have a cat at home, this is especially true, as not all cats want another feline to invade their space. To make sure both pets live together harmoniously proper steps should be taken … Continue reading How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home (And Your Resident Cat)
The rain in Lake Mary doesn’t stop the heat, and that makes it more and more important to keep your dog safe – especially on walks. We prioritize the safety of your dog on every walk because dogs, even more so than people, struggle with severe heat. The problem is that sometimes, heat that feels … Continue reading Testing the Ground for Your Dog
Summers in Lake Mary, Sanford, and the surrounding cities often means heat, humidity, and afternoon rainstorms. Even for us humans, venturing outside can be unpleasant. For your dog, even more so. When temperatures begin to rise, it’s easy to remember to prioritize your own health and safety. But what about your dog? Here are a … Continue reading Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy in Summer
Working from home has many advantages. One of which is that you now have more time with your dog, cat, or other animal friends. For so many pet owners, it is simply a joy to be able to spend that much time in the presence of your furry family member. But working from home is … Continue reading Pet Taxi When Working From Home – FurBabies Home Pet Care
The current pandemic has turned life upside down for all of us, including our pets. Thankfully, the country has opened up enough to allow for summer vacations, but the way you vacation may look different this year. Your usual vacation spot may be dealing with another outbreak of the virus. Favorite places to visit might … Continue reading Tips for a Vacation with Your Dog During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Walking your dog is the best thing you can do for your pet’s health – and not just its body. Dogs are smart. Their brains get anxious and stressed if they’re not frequently using their minds. Walking stimulates your dog’s mind by giving them sights, smells, sounds, and more to think about and process. Walking … Continue reading How to Make Dog Walking More Fun For You Both!
As pets get older, they tend to need a bit more care. In particular, many dogs and cats start to require medications to help with some of the more common issues that come with aging. Many of our clientele are those that own pets that need some medications during the day, often when they’re at … Continue reading Tips to Give Cats Pill Medications
Do you have a picky pet? You’re not alone. Many pets show preferences for different types of people and different situations. It is not uncommon to have a dog that doesn’t seem to like other people – or at least doesn’t warm up quickly. At FurBabies Home Pet Care, we have certainly met a few … Continue reading What if My Dog Doesn’t Like My Pet Sitter?
It’s been a time of a lot of change – not only for us here in Florida, but also for our dogs. Whether it’s more time working from home, more overtime at your essential job, fewer walks, or just their ability to sense from you that something is wrong, dogs everywhere are experiencing change just … Continue reading Is Your Dog Upset By Your Face Mask?
FurBabies Home Pet Care is here to help with all of your pet sitting needs. Though we’re here to help with all different types of animals, most of the work we do is with dogs, which have more needs and love human attention. We work with dogs of all ages. But older dogs often need … Continue reading Things Dogs Need as They Get Older
In Lake Mary today it’s 91 degrees, humid, and raining. Your dog needs walks. But it also needs safety, and there’s no denying that taking your dog out for a long walk in this weather is not the best, especially for furry and older dogs. Yet your dog is stuck at home, and dogs that … Continue reading All You[r Dogs] Need is Love (Do Do Do Do Dooo)
So your dog had an accident in the house. Or they ruined your favorite sweater. Or you found dog hairs all over your couch and your dog has been told many times that it is not allowed on the couch. Dogs are so wonderful. But, like toddlers, they still engage in a bit of mischief. … Continue reading It’s Probably Too Late to Punish Your Dog
Lake Mary, Sanford, and the rest of Florida look like they are reopening within days. For those that are itching to get back to work, that can be good news – finally, a chance to feel productive, see coworkers, and be out of the house. But for your dog, that transition may be especially hard. … Continue reading Florida is Reopening Soon – Dog Sitting Can Help Your Dog with the Transition
If you spend any time on Facebook, you’ve probably seen jokes about how dogs and cats are handling quarantine. Dogs are living their best life – they have never been happier, and are adoring this time with you home 100% of the day. Cats (according to the jokes) want this lockdown to be over, as … Continue reading Does Your Cat Want You Gone?
For us, lockdowns can be a big change. There are a lot of stresses and a lot of uncertainty. With so much time stuck at home, it’s natural to feel restless. For your dog though, this is nirvana. Your dog is probably the happiest they’ve ever been, as you do not have to leave them … Continue reading Are You Inside TOO Much With Your Dog?
The past few weeks, as Florida has been under lockdown, we see everyone getting a little bit restless. It’s hard to stay indoors all day, and while it is possible to go for a few walks here and there, depending on where you live it may be hard to give your dogs the walks they … Continue reading Are Dog Parks Open During Coronavirus Lockdowns?
We’re supposed to stay indoors. That’s what the experts recommend. But when you have a dog, staying indoors is often impossible. Dogs need walks. They need to continue to move in order to burn off stress, stay healthy, and maintain better behavior. But if you’re on lockdown, how do you give your dog the walks … Continue reading Need Help Walking Your Dog During the Coronavirus Isolation?
You’re heading out on vacation. While you’re gone, you want to make sure your fish are cared for. Obviously you want to make sure your fish get enough food. But it’s also important to keep their tank water clean and at the right temperature. You’ll also want to have someone to monitor your fish for … Continue reading How to Care for Your Fish on Vacation
Cats are known for being independent animals. But your pet cat relies on you for more than just food and water. Cats depend on their owners for companionship, playtime, and litter box changes. Not to mention, your cat needs immediate care if she starts having a health issue. No matter how independent your cat may … Continue reading Why Do Cats Need a Pet Sitter?
Have you noticed an unpleasant smell in your home when you get back after a long day out? At first you think your dog might have had an accident. But when you look, you can’t find any puddles or stains. Besides, your dog is housetrained. She knows not to go in the house. So what … Continue reading “What’s that Smell?” – is Your Dog Having Accidents in Secret?
The idea of “aggressive” dog breeds remains a contentious topic. Breeds like pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers face restrictions in some cities or apartments, because they have been linked to attacks on humans and other pets, yet many of these exact same breeds are the most loving and caring pets that families have. Chances … Continue reading Are There Really “Aggressive” Dog Breeds?
Dog treats are a growing industry. It’s estimated that over 6 billion dollars are spent on pet treats alone. More and more Americans are spending their money buying fancy and expensive treats for their pets: We buy gourmet dog cookies.We buy dog-friendly cupcakes and biscuits.We buy chewie treats, hard treats, meat treats from many different … Continue reading Mythbusting: Your Dogs Do Not Need or Care About Fancy Expensive Treats
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that there are many official and unofficial “pet days” we love. From “dog health day” to “cat appreciate day” to “Bulldogs Are Beautiful” day, those days on the calendar help remind us that we need to love and care for our pets. But what … Continue reading February is X Pet Month
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. For some, it’s a great excuse for a romantic evening out. For others, it’s a great excuse to avoid those evenings at all costs, because the restaurants are packed to the brim. Whether you are a couple or riding solo this Valentine’s Day, your dog still has needs too. … Continue reading Romantic Nights Out With or Without Your Dog
Pet Sitter for Your Bunny Every bunny needs somebody sometimes. So much of the focus of pet sitters is on dogs and cats, because of course these are the most common pets. But we’re animal lovers here at FurBabies Home Pet Care, and we want to be there for you when you need someone to … Continue reading Rabbit Pet Sitting in Lake Mary and Sanford
Heat can be a problem for dogs. It’s why during the hottest months here in Lake Mary, we often recommend waiting for morning or evening before giving dogs a long walk (short walks are okay and recommended). Furry/hairy dogs, especially, can be at risk for problems in high heat. But avoiding extensive heat is only … Continue reading Effects of Humidity on Dogs
It’s been raining around Lake Mary, just as it rains every year. We tend to be pretty used to the rain, so for us it is becoming less and less of an inconvenience. But what about our dogs? Our dogs need walks every day. Rain can make that difficult. We still offer our Lake Mary … Continue reading How Much Should We Worry About the Rain?
Chrismas is over and a new year is around the corner. We all come up with these resolutions that we try to keep during this time, and because this is a year that ends on “0,” these resolutions feel even more important. But every year, we tend to choose resolutions that are… unexciting. Exercising, traveling … Continue reading New Year: New Love For Your Dog
FurBabies Home Pet Care is the leading pet sitting and dog walking service in Lake Mary, Sanford, and Longwood. We’re here to care for your pets, with a love of animals and the ability to provide licensed, insured, bonded care for any of the furry friends under our watch. But what about our feathered friends? … Continue reading Someone to Watch My Birds While I’m Gone – Lake Mary and Sanford
December is holiday season. Many puppy parents like to travel this time of year. It is an opportunity to get away as a family, do something fun, and take a break from the stresses of life. Unfortunately, it is rarely possible to bring your pet on these vacations. Pets aren’t typically allowed in airports, on … Continue reading Will Your Dog (or Cat) Forget About You?
The holidays are around the corner, and families everywhere either have planned or are in the process of planning their time away. Before you book your trip, it’s important to figure out what you’re going to do with your furry friends, especially if you have a cat. What to Do With Your Cat When On … Continue reading Holiday Helpers: Caring For Your Cat While You’re Away
Many people think dog walkers are only for times when a family is away. When you’re at work or on an outing, it does make sense to want someone to stop by and help your dog get some much needed exercise and bathroom time. But as the days become shorter, the weather cools, and the … Continue reading Dog Walks in the Dark with FurBabies Home Pet Care
October 4th was World Animal Day October 9th was National Pet Obesity Day October 16th was National Feral Cat Day Today, October 21st, is National Pet for Veterans Day and National Reptile Day But that’s not all… National Black Cat Day is October 27th National Pit Bull Awareness Day is also October 27th And finally … Continue reading Why We Pay Attention to the “National Day” Calendar – and So Should You
“Don’t call a shelter. Call a trainer.” There was a great image a while back that was shared across social media. It was an image of a dog getting into trouble, with the caption “don’t call a shelter, call a trainer.” We all have heard stories of people that purchased a dog, found the dog … Continue reading Walks, Play, and Love Are A Form of Dog Training
Dogs get older. And when they do, some things change. They can’t hold their bladder as long as they used to. They may need medications. They may have limited time to exercise, and need to be taken out in shorter bursts. Aging dogs are still wonderful pets, but they tend to develop issues that need … Continue reading Aging Dogs: How a Pet Sitter Can Help
Pit bulls are often some of the most loving and caring dogs a person can own. They love to have fun, they love to give big wet kisses, and they adore it when you give them care and attention. But there is no denying they have a big of a bad reputation. It’s not uncommon … Continue reading Pet Sitting for Pit Bulls: FurBabies Home Pet Care
The kids are back at school. Work is picking up. It’s becoming darker earlier. Your dog is often sitting at home, alone, waiting for some love and attention. FurBabies Home Pet Care has the perfect solution. We have mid-day dog walks available that are perfect for helping your dog beat boredom and feel less alone. … Continue reading Give Your Dog Some Mid-Day Love
There are so many different types of dogs. Although every dog has its own personality, dog breeds also have their own behaviors that are more common within the breed. Shelties like to bark. Hounds like to sniff. Pugs like to breathe really cute. There is a belief that some breeds also tend to be “more … Continue reading Pet Sitting for “Problem Breeds”
The day you take home your puppy is always a joyous one. Those little furballs are so incredibly cute, silly, and excited to be a part of your family. They are also quite a bit of work. Dogs are amazing animals. But easy is one thing they are not, and as puppies, they can be … Continue reading Pet Sitter for New Puppies
As professional pet sitters in the Lake Mary and Sanford area, our focus is often on dogs and cats. Not only are these the most common pets found in the area, but they also require the most care – especially when someone is away on vacation or for an extended period of time. But we’re … Continue reading Fish Pet Sitting – Yes We Do That
This Saturday is National Spoil Your Dog Day, and while we can all agree that every day should be Spoil Your Dog day, it is Saturday that is actually dedicated to their special treatment. Dogs are loving and friendly pets that are contributing members to our family. It is important for them to be appreciated … Continue reading August 10th is National Spoil Your Dog Day
Around the globe, cats are being celebrated for International Cat Day, also referred to as World Cat Day. This Thursday, August 8, is a day for cat appreciation. Not that cat owners don’t do this every day. Our feline friends have been celebrated for over thousands of years, even worshipped as far back as the … Continue reading Celebrate International Cat Day on August 8th
Our pet sitting company, FurBabies Home Pet Care, is one of the leading pet sitting services in Heathrow. We love pets, and we are happy to provide your pet with the attention and care they require while you’re away. We offer pet walking, pet sitting, and even overnight stay situations while you’re gone. We value … Continue reading Places to Take Your Dog in Heathrow, FL
As we are in the peak of summer and heat, it’s important to remember to be wary of our dog’s wellbeing. Many dogs become overheated easily to the point that they could potentially faint, develop health issues, or find themselves in serious danger. . Dogs get rid of heat in the form of panting since … Continue reading Signs of Heat Exhaustion for Dogs
Dogs love treats. Dogs also love peanut butter. Peanut butter is found in a variety of dog treats in pet shops and grocery stores, and dog owners often love giving their dogs peanut butter and watching them enjoy and make faces as their dog eats it. Peanut butter also takes a long time for dogs … Continue reading PEANUT BUTTER POISON: Why Giving Your Dog Peanut Butter Could Be Dangerous
It would be great if we could take our dogs everywhere. But there are too many places that do not allow dogs, from friends houses to airplanes to hotels. You’ll often find yourself in situations where you have to go somewhere for an extended period of time, and it’s simply not possible to bring your … Continue reading Sanford Dog Boarding: An Alternative
We’re in the heart of summer. Often this is a time for vacations and fun, and when you’re out of your home for an extended period of time, it helps to consider a pet sitter. FurBabies offers both in-home pet sitting and overnight stays, as well as dog boarding in one of our pet sitter’s … Continue reading Why the Hot and Rainy Weather Warrants a Dog Walker
It’s getting hot in Florida. Your dog gets even hotter. One of the ways to cool off is to let your dog spend time in the water. But not all dog owners are comfortable with that, as they tend to debate whether or not to allow their dogs to swim in their pool. The following … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Letting Your Dog Swim in Your Pool
Cats are often incredible independent. But this can be misleading. Cat owners often think that while they are away on vacation or for the weekend, they can simply leave their cat at home alone with extra food and water and their cat should be fine. But while cats may act independent, they have more needs … Continue reading Benefits of Hiring a Cat Sitter
As we are approaching the Fourth of July, many dog owners are fearing for how their dog will react to the commotion and thunder of the patriotic festivities of 4th of July celebrations. Dogs have outstanding hearing, and fireworks can trigger substantial anxiety in our canine companions. As pet sitters that are also dog lovers, … Continue reading How to Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks
We would all love it if we could take our pets with us everywhere we go. But the world is not designed for dogs, which means there are situations where it becomes important to find someone that can watch our pets for us while we’re away. Traditionally, most local dog owners leave their pets with … Continue reading Why the Best Lake Mary Dog Boarding is with FurBabies Home Pet Care
As the weather becomes more pleasant, we’re likely to see more dogs getting walks around the neighborhood. For some dogs, this walk is always pleasant. But for others, there is often a fear that their dog will bother other owners and that they will be either embarrassed or responsible for issues should things get out … Continue reading How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking at Others on Walks?
At FurBabies Home Pet Care, we focus a lot on dogs with our posts and information. That’s because dogs are the beloved friends that tend to require the most care while you’re away, with dog walking and pet sitting to make sure that these pack animals are well cared for. But we watch all types … Continue reading How Long Can Cats Be Alone?
We’re getting to the summer months, which means that you might start seeing more pests in and around your home. For your dog, now is the time for more fleas, more ticks, and more mosquitoes to worry about, and that’s why it is important to remember your pet’s flea medicine this time of year. Rats … Continue reading Avoid Rats: Clean Up After Your Dog
Pet owners are getting a little bit better about understanding the Lake Mary, FL heat. Dog lovers in this part of Florida are not leaving dogs in the car quite as often, or taking their dogs out without water. But pet owners still have a way to go before they truly understand what dogs need … Continue reading When is it Too Hot to Walk Fido?
This is a reader submission. It is a story about why a person that loved their pet needed a dog walker. “I have had my puppy since he was 6 weeks old. I trained him to do tricks, I potty trained him, I called him my son. I was a single man living alone and … Continue reading New Baby and Dog Walking – a Story
Your Cat Likely Belongs Indoors! Not all animals yearn to be outside. We all want to give our pets whatever they need. That includes freedom. Cats are animals, and as animals we often want to give them whatever it is that we believe will make them the most happy. But remember that what you think … Continue reading Your Cat Likely Belongs Indoors
Furbabies Home Pet Care has provided Lake Mary, Longwood, Sanford, and the surrounding areas with pet sitting, dog walking, and overnight stay (boarding) services for years. We have a trained staff that is dedicated to each and every pet we care for, and we are 5 star rated on Facebook, Yelp, and other review systems. … Continue reading Benefits of Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Service
Your dog loves you and you love your dog. Let FurBabies Home Pet Care fill in the gaps when you’re not available. With so little time left in the day and so much time spent at work or at gatherings, the best way you can show your dog you love them is by making sure … Continue reading Does Your Dog Need a Walk?
Furbabies is a Sanford pet sitting and dog walking company. We started in Lake Mary, but are now the leading pet sitters in Sanford, FL and many of the surrounding towns. When we care for your dog, we spend most of the time taking them around your property for their comfort. But there are situations … Continue reading Places to Take Your Dog in Sanford, FL
Saturday, March 23rd is National Puppy Day. It is a day about puppies, and not much more information is needed to explain why National Puppy Day is one of the best days of the year. Still, in honor of National Puppy Day, here are several assorted thoughts Remember there are a lot of dogs, both … Continue reading Tomorrow is National Puppy Day! Share a Photo of Yours!
March 14th is not only pi-day. It’s also National Save a Spider Day. Yes, they can be creepy. Yes, they can be crawly. Yes, they can be terrifying. Yes, they can be gross. Yes, they can be… Wait, what was our point? Oh yeah. Spiders may be all of those things to some people*, but … Continue reading Today is National Save a Spider Day – Your Dog Will Thank You
Dogs make amazing pets. They’re loving, loyal, smart, and protective – everything you want from a trusted member of the family. Dogs are also fascinating. Depending on the breed and how they were raised/trained, they have different personalities, energy levels, behaviors, and more. If you’re like many dog lovers, you think about your dogs a … Continue reading DID YOU KNOW: Dog Version
We all love the big dog breeds. From Bloodhounds, to Mastiffs, to St. Bernards, and more, these large dogs have as much love in their hearts as they do weight in their bodies, and make outstanding companion animals. Walking Your Big Dog Every dog needs walks. It doesn’t matter if they are toy poodles or … Continue reading How Much Walking Do Big Dogs Need?
Does Your Dog Misbehave? Maybe it Needs a Walk! Dogs are our family members. But they’re also animals, and animals have instincts that are not always compatible with your home. Even the “Best Behaved” dog can still behave in a way that is not ideal for your household, such as aggression, chewing behavior, urination, barking, … Continue reading Does Your Dog Misbehave? Maybe it Needs a Walk!
Tomorrow is “Change a Pet’s Life” day. It is a day that is dedicated to… well… changing a pet’s life. The day is dedicated to pet adoption, as it is a wonderful day to head to your local shelter and give love to an abandoned animal. But as pet sitters, many of our clients already … Continue reading January 24th is Change a Pet’s Life Day
If you’ve used our pet sitting services before (or you’ve read this blog), you know how important your pet’s safety is to us. It is our top priority. That’s why we occasionally like to share safety tips. July 15th, 2018 is National Pet Fire Safety Day, so of course, we’re going to share tips on … Continue reading July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day – How to Keep Your Pet Safe
4th of July is right around the corner! It is a great time to deck ourselves out in red, white, and blue, celebrate our independence, and enjoy all of the freedoms that we are able to enjoy here in the United States. But while we may all love taking the day off and celebrating … Continue reading Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Pets
Last month, for Mother’s Day, we celebrated dog moms. But we can’t let June go by without a celebration for dog dads as well. Father’s Day is meant to be a time where we appreciate all that our dads have sacrificed for us. But doggy dads sacrifice their time and energy too in caring for … Continue reading Man’s Best Friend Day: A Day for Dog Dads
As pet owners, we all love our pets. But we don’t often take the time to truly appreciate them. Life can be so busy that we often forget that these furry animals are family members that spend each and every day loving us in ways that we cannot even begin to imagine. The first full … Continue reading Pet Appreciation Week is June 3rd to the 6th
They may seem independent. They may seem like they prefer to be alone. They may seem like they do not need companionship or support. But cats need love too, and June is a great time to give it to them. June is Adopt a Cat Month. There are thousands of cats in Lake Mary and … Continue reading June is Adopt a Cat Month
Cats are known for their independence. It is one of the reasons they make such amazing roommates. But their independence can be misleading for pet owners that sometimes feel they can leave their cats for days at a time without someone to check in. We strongly recommend that you have a pet sitter, like our … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons Why Your Cat Needs Daily Visits While You Are Away
The sponge is one of the most germ ridden objects in the home. It contains more bacteria and disease that a toilet. For most homes, it wins the prize as the title holder for the grossest thing in the kitchen. But for pet owners, the sponge may have a competitor: your pet’s food bowl. One … Continue reading It’s Not Your Sponge: Why Your Pet’s Food Bowl May Be The Grossest Thing In Your Kitchen
This month is home to Mother’s Day, a day when moms are honored by their kids for… well… being moms. Being a mom is a labor of love, but it’s still labor, and while so much time is spent caring for each of our kids there is no doubt that moms all over the world … Continue reading Cat & Dog Moms: Here’s to You
May 12th is officially known as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. It is a day that pet lovers are encouraged to create an action plan for their pet in the event of a disaster. Across the country, pet owners often forget to have a plan for earthquakes, floods, and fires, and unfortunately that can put … Continue reading National Animal Preparedness Day (Hurricane Prep)
Flea Time: How to Protect Your Pets From Fleas When I was growing up, my mom had a groom and board business for cats and dogs that she operated out of our home. She loved it, and not long after, so would I. It is why I created this pet sitting business, and why pets … Continue reading Flea Time: How to Protect Your Pets From Fleas
It may be hard for you to leave your dog. But it is harder on your dog. While we at Furbabies Home Pet Care in Lake Mary do whatever we can to make sure your pet feels loved, cared for, and happy, it is still important that you consider a few helpful tips for prepping … Continue reading Tips for Preparing to Leave Your Dog with a Pet Sitter
If you’ve had a pet, chances are you’ve used a pet sitter, kennel, or some other type of pet care service to watch after your furry friend when you’ve gone on vacation. Pet sitters are frequently called to care for dogs and cats while their owners are away, as no one else is reliably there … Continue reading 5 Reasons Pet Owners Need a Pet Sitting Service BESIDES Vacations
Dogs need exercise. It’s not just about being healthy, either. Exercise stimulates your pet’s mind and uses up their stored energy. Dogs that exercise are happier, less likely to suffer from behavioral issues, and maintain better mental health. It is best to take your dog outdoors whenever you can. The combination of exercise with sights, … Continue reading How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors
In our last post, we went over some of the “people foods” that you can generally share with your dog safely. It is not advised to share people food with dogs, because dogs have sensitive stomachs, but there are certainly some “cuisines” that your pet will enjoy, and that shouldn’t cause any harmful stomach issues. … Continue reading Foods Your Pet Should Avoid
Dogs may at times seem like scavengers. But they actually have very sensitive stomachs. They can handle the occasional crumb or dropped cheerio, but in general it is not recommended that you feed your dog most people food. Veering from their normal diet can cause stomach upset, and some foods can make your dogs very … Continue reading 10 Foods You Can Share With Your Dog
Despite their reputation, many cats are loving, wonderful animals that truly enjoy your company and your affection. But there’s no denying that cats do not exactly adore being groomed. One reason for this is that cats tend to receive their first grooming later in life. For a species that already has a tendency to prefer … Continue reading Tips for Keeping Your Cat Cleaned and Groomed
To be a dog owner means taking on several important responsibilities. You have to remember to feed it. You have to make sure it gets its walks. You have to play with it and let your dog know that it is a good boy or good girl. You also have to get your dog groomed, … Continue reading At What Age Can I Start Getting My Puppy Groomed?
The holidays are a joyous time for everyone. With great food, plenty of presents, and guests that visit from all over the world, it is a season that many of us look forward to all year. Here at FurBabies, the holidays are often a busy time, as families travel out of Lake Mary in order … Continue reading Dos and Don’ts for Pets During the Holiday Season