Home Sweet Home Petsitters

The Charlotte areas premier pet sitting company!


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HOME SWEET HOME PETSITTERS: PETS IN TODAY’S ECONOMY

 

Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters recognizes all to well how devastating these difficult financial times can be.  Many people are struggling just to put food on the table for their families.  You’ve always managed to give your pet the medical care she needs and deserves, but due to unexpected circumstances, you’re faced with vet expenses that are far beyond your ability to afford them.  We are seeing this all to often over the past few years.  We did some research and the good news is that financial aid is out there, and there are steps you can take to cover an emergency vet bill as well as companies in the pet industry that are willing to help.  Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters has been caring for Charlotte Area pets since 1999 and are strong supporters of many outstanding organizations dedicated to the well-being of pets.  We suggest that you check out the links below as they provide a wealth of information on this subject along with a comprehensive list of financial aid-related organizations.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html                                             http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

We will continue to update our page with the growing list of companies that are offering discounts on food and other pet-related items as we find them.

        Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters of the Charlotte – Matthews Area would like to again express our appreciation to The Humane Society for the outstanding work they do !

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FOODS YOUR DOG SHOULD NEVER EAT #12

FAT TRIMMINGS and BONES:

Table scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn’t eat and bones.  Both are dangerous for dogs.  Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs.  Although it seems normal to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it.  Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system.  It is just a way better idea to forget about the “doggie bag”.

Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters would like to thank WebMD for being such an outstanding resource for keeping our pets healthy!


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FOODS YOU DOG SHOULD NEVER EAT #11

YOUR MEDICINE:

Reaction to a drug commonly prescribed for humans is the most common cause of poisoning in dogs.  Just as you would do for your children, keep all medicines out of your dog’s reach.  Never give your dog any over-the-counter medicine unless told to do so by your vet.

*Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters would like to thank WebMD for being such an outstanding resource in helping us keep our pets healthy!


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FOODS YOUR DOG SHOULD NEVER EAT #10

SUGARY FOODS and DRINKS:

Too much sugar can do the same things to dogs that it does to humans.  It can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly the onset of diabetes.

 

*Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters would like to thank WebMD for being such an oustanding resource helping us keep our pets healthy!


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FOODS YOUR DOG SHOULD NEVER EAT #9

SALT:

It’s not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog.  Eating to much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination  and lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of to much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures.  It can also be fatal.

 

*Our thanks to WebMD for being such a valuable resource!


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FOODS YOUR DOG SHOULD NEVER EAT #8

RAW MEAT and FISH:

Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning.  In addition, certain kinds of fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can contain a parasite that causes “fish or salmon poisoning disease.”  This disease CAN be fatal within two weeks.  Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill the parasite and protect your dog.  Home Sweet Home Pet Sitters wants all pets to stay happy and  healthy!

*Our thanks to WebMD for being such a valuable resource


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IF YOUR DOG EATS WHAT IT SHOULDN’T

DOGS EXPLORE WITH THEIR MOUTH:

No matter HOW cautious you are, it’s possible your dog can find and swallow what it shouldn’t.  It is a smart idea to keep the phone number of your LOCAL VET, the closest EMERGENCY CLINIC, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 where you know it in an emergency!