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Trusted Saskatoon Pet Experts at Furbaby Pet Care Share Their Opinion On Pet Leashes, Collar and Harnesses

Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK, is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! They have the expertise and experience that you need. In their first Trusted tip they share their opinion on what they think is the best for your Furbaby and explore the options  - a leash vs a collar vs a harness. Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  


Leash versus Collar vs Harness…What is Best For Your Furbaby?

Let’s talk leashes, collars, harnesses and canine comfort. Everybody has their preference, and some leashing systems work for some dogs but not others. If we had things the Furbaby Pet Care way, about 75% of dogs on a walk today would be in a harness as opposed to a collar.

Here’s why: most dogs will pull on a walk. They see something they’d like to chase and they stretch things out as far as they can (usually six feet), straining against their lead, often at the cost of the owner/handler’s balance. This puts things under strain, and, if the dog’s in a collar/leash set-up, he or she is choking against the collar. The immediate answer for this type of dog is to get them into a harness system. A couple of the new ones, like Leashi or Halti, have been designed to pull to the side, pulling the dog sideways, under strain. Most dogs dislike walking sideways, so they learn quickly that if they don’t want to walk sideways, they simply have to walk along at the handler’s pace, leaving flowers, trees and a myriad of other points of interest, but off their own pathways, alone.

Another space the collar vs harness debate rages (you’d be surprised, people get passionate about this topic) is in the training arena. Traditionally, collar response is a very good way to train a dog to heel, to come when called and to pay attention to the handler during training and after, on every day walks, etc. Many Obedience Schools strongly advocate collar training and have for years. While collar training has many pros going for it, such as quick response to handler correction and very quick handler correction times, the downside is, again, you’re choking your dog, even a little, in order to get them to listen to you and improve their behaviour.

The other danger with collars, and this is especially true of small, toy and miniature breeds, as well as puppies of all breeds, is that collars risk exposing your small canine to esophageal and soft tissue damages to the neck and throat. These damages can become permanent and quite debilitating, leading to issues both immediate and ongoing, as well as chronic breathing, swallowing and eating issues.

Newly designed harnesses takes collar training head-on. In fact, new training harnesses offer the same type of quick response times by moving the discomfort from the dog’s throat to between their legs and chests, which, to many handlers and owners, is a much more pet-friendly way to train. Whichever way you lean (we clearly lean toward the harness), Furbaby is of the mindset that one of the best ways to ensure your dog is alert and attentive on walks and out in the world is to take them through some level(s) of Obedience training at your local Dog Training facility. 

Furbaby Pet Care offer Pet Training at Furbaby Campus, but wherever you go and whomever you trust to help you and your dog train for a better future, that is always a wise decision. 

Thanks for reading our article on Leash versus Collar vs Harness – until next time, Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay!

Furbaby Pet Care – Less stress for you and your pets!



Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.

The Trusted Saskatoon team and community are thrilled to welcome Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK to the Saskatoon Directory of excellence in our Saskatoon Pets and Vets Category. Their team is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  


Furbaby Pet Care Guarantees Less Stress For  Your Pet. 


When you leave your pet with Jocelyn and the Furbaby Pet Care Team,  you can be sure that they are in good hands and a safe environment. 

Fido Benefits from Massage Just Like You 

Want to offer your animal the ultimate care? Just as with humans, a pet massage can improve your-four-legged friends' circulation, reduce muscle fatigue, remove toxins and maintain flexibility. It also helps condition his coat, as massage moves the skin’s natural oils through his fur. The founder of Furbaby's,  Jocelyn is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and she will come to your home, where your pet is most comfortable. Jocelyn is not only a dog lover but a professional dedicated to her career. Growing up with dogs, spending time on a farm and having years of experience with animals who have a range of needs gave her the drive and the know-how to create a business that incorporates holistic pet care practices. She is also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) and has numerous other pet education courses, but her real talent is her connection with your furbabies!


Don't take it from us - read what Furbaby's Clients had to say when we surveyed many of them as part of the Trusted Saskatoon verification process - EVERY single person we spoke to gave them 10/10 on all counts! 


Furbaby Pet Care is a wonderful pet sitting service and I can't possibly say enough wonderful things about this business Jocelyn is an amazing person, she is easy to talk to, beyond accommodating and obviously loves and adores the pets she looks after. I have used her services on more than one occasion and she has always been there to help me with anything that my pets require or need. She updated me with lots of pictures always making sure I felt my pet was in great hands. I could not have asked for a better experience/ 10/10   - Amanda Marie Isnor, Saskatoon


I believe Furbaby spend quality time with my dog and that they have gotten to know her and appreciate her for her own unique personality. They treat her like an extension of their own family and have gone out of their way offering to help get her to our vet for us while we were at work. They come to our home to help us save time, or to just take her out during the day. I love that they send pictures of her at the dog park playing with other pets they are caring for and even just getting some cuddles. It gives us peace of mind knowing she feels at home and is well taken care of when we are away. I would recommend Furbaby without hesitation.  Lindsay Fuchs, Saskatoon



Furbaby Pet Care Services Include: 

'Less Stress For You AND Your Pets!'

Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  

Trusted Saskatoon Vets Give Traveling Tips for Your Pet



Traveling Tips for You and Your Pet



Planning a trip with your pet soon? 


Traveling Tips


  1. Keep your Pet safe, secure in a well-ventilated crate/carrier.
  2. Warm up with short trips before the long trip to get them used to travel.
  3. Feed your pet a few hours before you leave, and not during travel.
  4. Never leave your animal alone/unattended in a vehicle especially in warm weather.
  5. Have your pets traveling kit ready, including water, bowls, medication (if needed) as well as an emergency kit with bandages.
  6. Make sure your pet has a microchip or some form of identification.
  7. Keep their head inside the vehicle while driving and be sure windows are closed enough so the pet cannot escape.
  8. Bring your pets vaccination and medical records.
  9. Bring your own water!
  10. Consider getting easy to clean seat and floor covers for your convenience. 

These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.

Giardia




Are you or your pet at risk of Giardia infection? Giardia is a protozoan parasitic infection. Although there are various sources of contamination, one of the most common for our pets is drinking from untreated contaminated creeks, lakes or rivers. Once infected the most common symptom is acute, (or intermittent and can potentially be chronic if left untreated) smelly, frothy, mucousy diarrhea. This parasite can be transferred to humans. So, if you and your pet have recently been in areas at risk and symptoms occur, it is best to be seen by your veterinarian and/or physician. 


Do You Know Where You're Going?



 



When traveling with our furry family members we often forget to check to see if the environment is safe for them to travel with us. Some things like heartworm are much more prevalent in hotter climates. This is a parasite that you can prevent your pet from getting as long as they are treated prior to exposure. How high is the risk for Lyme disease from ticks where you’re going? Possibly having them vaccinated beforehand would help but know ahead of time is the key. If traveling abroad, will your pet be allowed into the country? If not properly vaccinated and dewormed with specific regulations your pet could be quarantined or not permitted to enter.


Every country has its own rules and restrictions in regards to what a pet needs to be able to accompany you. You can start to sniff out all the answers by clicking here. The government site will also direct you to the correct people you need to contact if you cannot find all the answers you are looking for.



These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.



Trusted Saskatoon Discusses Gravol for Pets

Keeping your pet healthy is your #1 priority 


Gravol - Is It Safe for Your Pet?




Just like some people, your pets can get motion sickness. That is never a good thing when you’re trying to get somewhere and "Fluffy" upchucks in the vehicle. A common medication that people use for themselves is Gravol (main ingredient dimenhydrinate) and vets often get phone calls asking if they can give it to their pet.

Like most medications, there are contradictions in some pets. It should be avoided in pets with glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, seizure disorders, cardiovascular disease or hypertension. With some pets, it can have some adverse effects and they can become hyperactive, cause vomiting, diarrhea, or central nervous system depression (heart rate and respiration rate can decrease.)


Lethargy is seen quite often (which in some pets may be a good thing while traveling). It is more effective in dogs than in cats. VCA Frontier suggests giving them the medication 20 to 30 minutes before traveling. The dose recommended is between 4 to 8 mg for every kg by mouth and it can be given up to every 8 hours if needed. 


Example: 6.4 kg dog can be given a 25mg tablet. Always try at the very lowest dose to make sure they have no adverse reactions first.  




 


 Make sure to never ever give a human medication to an animal unless you double check to make sure it is safe to give with a veterinary medical professional. 


Why It's Important To Spay Or Neuter Your Pets

Keeping your pet healthy is your #1 priority 

Spaying and Neutering your pet has numerous positive effects! 



Here are just a few:

1) By spaying your female pets, especially before their first heat cycle, it decreases the risk of uterine infections and mammary tumors.

2) For males, it significantly reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate issues.

3) Reduces the urge to roam to find a mate when the sexual hormones are reduced. Which reduced the chance of pets becoming lost or injured while outdoors because they tend to stay closer to home.

4) Females will not go into heat; which can leave a mess around your home, or your female cats to be extremely vocal.  

5) Males will be better behaved by not "marking their territory" and become more human family orientated. It reduces the testosterone which can help with dominance and territory aggression issues as well. 

6) It is highly cost-effective compared to the cost of having and caring for a litter of babies. 

7) Spaying and Neutering help the pet overpopulation problem. Which in turn reduced the number of unwanted and stray pets. Strays can have an effect on the community by destroying local fauna, pray on wildlife and cause traffic accidents. 

A common myth you hear about spaying and neutering is that your pet will become overweight. It is true that by altering them they do have a slower metabolism and are less likely to roam, but by watching their food intake and exercising regularly you can control their weight gain quite easily.



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