Sunday, December 22, 2013

What to do if your dog has a seizure

If your dog is shaking or twitching, and he doesn’t respond to his name or a gentle nudge, he’s probably having a seizure, and it’s important for you to know how to handle that.  The first thing to do is to remain calm.  Seizures apparently cause no pain to the dog, and unless he’s in a dangerous place, you shouldn’t try to move him.  (If you need to move him, drag him gently by his back legs to a safe spot, and then let the seizure run its course.

Some dogs urinate or defecate during a seizure, so if he’s having a seizure in the house, you may want to put some newspaper or paper towels under him, just in case.  You can pet him to comfort him, but avoid getting too close to his mouth, as he could inadvertently bite you.


All dogs who suffer from seizures should see a vet, but emergency care shouldn’t be necessary unless a dog has a single seizure that lasts more than five minutes — or if he has more than two seizures in a row.  Duration is an important factor in caring and treating a dog with seizures, so when you find your dog having a seizure, take note of how long it lasts and report the duration and frequency to your vet. 

Be wise... Bewaggle!

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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check. Be wise... Bewaggle!

Twitching? Seizure? Know the Difference.

Like humans, dogs dream, and sometimes their bodies twitch while they are asleep.  Puppies and senior dogs do it more than younger adult dogs, but they almost all do it.  Sometimes, they even whimper or bark in their sleep, and it’s usually not a serious problem.  But sometimes, a dog whose body is twitching, is actually having a seizure, and every dog owner needs to know how to tell the  difference. 

If your dog is twitching in his sleep, he’s probably having a dream.  Our dogs often look like they’re chasing rabbits in their dreams.  But a dog having a seizure is usually very stiff, and his twitching can be more intense.  You should check on your dog by simply calling his name softly.  If he’s just dreaming, he’ll wake up and go back to a restful sleep.  But if he doesn’t respond to his name, or a gentle pat on the back, it’s probably a seizure.


In our next post, we’ll talk about how you should react if your dog has a seizure. 


About Bewaggle:

Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check. Be wise... Bewaggle!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Overweight Pets: The Gourmet Dog

One of the most common excuses we hear for not putting a dog on a diet is that the dog just won't eat anything except people food.

I want to give my dog better food.
As humans we can't imagine eating dog food, so some dog owners feel that it is not good enough for their dog. Then they feel justified in providing people food when their dog enjoys it so much more than common dog food. Of course they do. It is just like how we love junk food more than salads.  But that doesn't make it healthy. Our dogs will have happier, healthier, and have longer lives if you put them on a healthy dog diet.

My dog won't eat dog food.
If your dog is used to eating steak you may have a little problem with getting your dog to eat dog food, but he will eat it when he gets hungry enough, and if you are consistent, he will eventually come to enjoy it. The important part is not to cave in and feed him people food when he turns his nose up at dog food. Of course he wants the extra yummy people food, but that is not good for him. You may have to take up his bowl and try again at the next meal. It won't hurt your dog to skip a couple meals. Once he realizes that he can't trick you into giving him people food he will eat his dog food without any problems.

You've seen other dogs that go crazy with excitement every time they get their dog food.  Your dog will do that too, if it's the only food he is given.  It's not cruel or inhumane.  It's the appropriate and responsible way to feed a dog.  And he's counting on you to feed him properly so he's able to live a long and healthy life.

Be wise... Bewaggle!

About Bewaggle:


Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Overweight Pets: The Good Dog

Many pet owners think they are restricting their dog's diet, but forget to include those treats they give them for being a good dog!   He is so good and he deserves a treat.  However those "good dog" treats add up quickly. Treats have more calories than regular dog food. Obviously we want to reward good behavior, but food is not the only reward that you can provide. You can reward your dog with toys, play, and love in place of treats. You should save food rewards for training time.

Just like humans, dogs gain or lose weight based on the number of calories they consume versus the number they burn.  Keep in mind that if you are using food as a reward, then your pup's regular meals need to be smaller. Your good dog deserves the very best - a long happy and healthy life.

Be wise... Bewaggle!

About Bewaggle:


Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Overweight Pets: The Begger

When the vet tells a pet owner that their dog is overweight and needs to go on a diet, it can be tough to get them to comply. A lot of pet owners think that they can't put their dog on a diet because he is always begging for food. They tell the vet, "He is begging for food - he must be hungry. Besides, how can I say no when he gives me that soulful look?"

Well let's get a few things straight.  First, he is not actually hungry. If he eats on a regular schedule, his dietary needs will be met - I promise.Your dog is begging for food because he knows that you will give him a treat when he begs. It is more about the attention that your dog gets from you than the food.

You can curb the begging by replacing the treat with a toy or play time. If the begging continues, you must ignore it. Do not cave in and reward the begging with food.  That only encourages more begging.

Dogs are smart - they know what works to get what they want. If you set reasonable rules, and you are consistent with the new rules, your dog will figure it out pretty quickly.  And if your dog is overweight, his health and well being are at risk.  If he begs for food, and it's not time for a meal, distract him with a favorite toy, some personal attention, or a walk around the block.  He's not begging because he's hungry, so don't reward him with food.  Your dog's health is too important.

Be wise... Bewaggle!

About Bewaggle:


Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Overweight Dogs: How many nibbles make a meal?

Every dog is unique, of course, and they all have their own preferences when it comes to eating.  Today, I want to talk about those dogs that seem almost completely uninterested in food, and yet they somehow manage to be overweight.   I call these dogs the “nibblers” because that’s all they ever do. 

You fill his bowl in the morning, and he eats a few kibbles, but walks away before the bowl is empty.  A few hours later, he stops by the bowl for another nibble or two, but he never really seems very hungry.  He’ll eat table scraps, if you offer them to him, and he enjoys those treats with the squishy center.  But if all he’s eating throughout the day is a handful of treats and a few choice nibbles from his bowl, how can he possibly be fat?

It’s a simple case of calories, of course.  Those choice table scraps and the yummy treats are almost always loaded in fat and calories, while the food in his bowl may not be.  It’s sort of like offering a child a tossed salad in the morning, but giving him a piece of chocolate every time he walks past you.  He’s not going to eat much of that salad, now is he?  The dog’s hunger is satisfied with the treats, so he can skip the salad bar and wait for the next dessert cart. 


If your dog is overweight, you need to do a better job of controlling what he eats.  If you love him, and I know you do, you have to take responsibility for his health.  Find a good dog food, and feed him according to the package instructions.  And if he gets a treat, you need to subtract those calories from the dog food bowl.  If you are serious and diligent, but he’s still overweight, ask your vet for suggestions.  You have to do the math and be in control.  Your dog is counting on you to keep him healthy. 


About Bewaggle:

Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more. We are bonded and insured, with background checks and references. Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dog Exercise 101

Just like humans, dogs need daily exercise, and like us, they benefit best from the right kind of exercise, under the right conditions. It's not safe, for example, to go out in extremely hot or cold weather. During those periods, it’s best to stay inside, but you can still exercise your dog if you get creative.  Remember that dogs need to exercise their minds as well as their bodies, so teaching tricks to engage your dog's mind can have additional benefits.  You can also throw toys, play tug-of-war, or run up and down the stairs together to get their aerobic exercise in, even when the weather outside isn’t right for outdoor play.

Where to get exercise

Like people, most dogs enjoy both familiarity and variety in their exercise routines.  Your dog will get to know the neighborhood during his daily walks, and he may enjoy revisiting his favorite spots.  But the best exercise routines use both mental and physical muscles. Exploring a new hiking trail, for example, or learning a new trick will engage your dog's mind as well as his body.

Your local dog park can be a great place for off-leash exercise and a place to play with other dogs. But if your dog doesn't like other dogs, the dog park is definitely not the place for him.  If he’s not comfortable at the dog park, don’t push him. 

But I can't do this!

Inactive dogs are often overweight dogs, that can cause a number of serious health risks. Obesity contributes to a dog's risk of diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. It also leads to muscular-skeletal problems like hip dysplasia and arthritis. Obesity can place additional stress on joints, ligaments, and tendons. And older dogs often have a hard enough time getting up without the added problem of lifting excess pounds.

But many dog owners find they simply can’t give their dogs the exercise they need because their own health, or their lifestyle or their schedules don’t allow it.  If you can’t physically keep up with your dog’s exercise needs, or you don’t have the time in your busy schedule to do it, there are options.  These are the most common ones, but your veterinarian may be able to suggest others.
·    Enroll your dog in a doggie day care.  Day cares can provide him with the physical workout and the interactions with both people and other dogs that will leave him tired and content.
·    Hire a dog walker.  A good dog walker (or pet sitter) can provide exercise and mental stimulation that your dog needs, from the convenience of your own home.

Remember that a tired dog is a happy dog, and he’s relying on you  to keep him healthy and happy.  It’s your responsibility as a pet owner.  Take it seriously.

Be Wise... Bewaggle!

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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Overweight Dogs Need More Exercise!


If your dog is overweight, he’s either getting too much food or too little exercise… or both.  This blog series will focus on both sides of the weight equation, but today, let’s begin with this axiom:  If your dog is overweight, YOU aren't getting enough exercise!  

Dogs especially, need more exercise than most can get on their own, in the house. Like humans, they need both strength and cardio workouts every day. If your dog is overweight, he's consuming more calories than he's burning, and the very best way to correct that imbalance is to add regular, appropriate exercise to his daily routine.  

Generally speaking, a leashed walk around the block isn't going to be enough to keep him healthy, let alone to reduce his weight.  Most healthy dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day, including a hard aerobic workout.

Older dogs, overweight dogs, or dogs with other health issues will need exercise that is specifically designed for their own circumstances, so check with your veterinarian to understand exactly what your dog needs.


And if your own health, schedule or lifestyle doesn’t permit you to provide your dog with the exercise he needs, you should hire someone to exercise him every day.  Your dog relies on you to keep him healthy.  You must take that responsibility seriously.


About Bewaggle:

Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Overweight Pets Part 1

Pet obesity in America is a major problem.  It causes several serious health issues for pets including diabetes and heart problems. So many pets are overweight simply because they are eating more than they need - they are consuming more calories than they are burning off. Pet obesity is preventable - you control what and how much your pet is eating. Some pets don't make that easy for us, so we will be posting a series of blog posts about how to handle your fussy pet so that you can get them to a healthy weight and keep them there.

Over the coming days, we'll be posting tips on feeding and exercising your pets for a longer, healthier, and happier life.

We'll be covering the following topics:

  1. Exercise Guidelines
  2. Pets that nibble all day long
  3. Pets that beg from their owners
  4. Food as a reward for good behavior
  5. The Fussy Eater
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About Bewaggle:


Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Cause We Believe In!

A special blog post from co-founder, Marianne Carlson.
A few years ago, I published a book about cause marketing called Ten-Fold Marketing: Growing Your Business by Growing Your Heart.  (The book includes a foreword by Tory Johnson from Good Morning America, and is available on Amazon.)  Today, I want to tell you about the cause that we have embraced as our corporate charity, and a little bit about why this cause is so very dear to me, and to my business partner, Paula, who happens to also be my daughter.

In 2003, I was working in Germany as a civilian employee of the US Army, when the war in Iraq began.  In July of that year, I was deployed, and I spent the next six months there.  It was the most horrible, frightening, miserable, degrading, physically challenging, emotionally draining experience of my life.  And in some ways, it was the most wonderful thing I’ve ever experienced.  During those horrific months, I came to have a deep and enduring love for the men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces… men and women for whom “Duty, Honor and Country” are not just words.  If you know me, you know they are never far from my mind.

In 2004, I returned to America, and that Christmas, I saw my son for the last time.  In March of 2005, he committed suicide.  Words can’t describe the agony that surged through our family, and the pain that continues to live in the hearts of all who loved him.

In 2013, my daughter, Paula, and I began Bewaggle Pet Services – a brand new kind of Pet Sitting company, and we began the search for a cause that we could embrace as our corporate charity – the focus of our Ten-Fold Marketing campaign.  We looked at animal shelters, dog food banks, humane societies and more.  Then during our research, I learned that more of America’s military heroes have died from suicide than have died in combat, and that the most susceptible are those veterans who suffer from PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  That fact struck me in a very personal, very profound way, and we expanded our search to include veterans’ charities and suicide prevention services. 

After a lot of research and soul-searching, we decided on one charity that met our search criteria perfectly.  K9s for Warriors is a 501c3 that rescues dogs from shelters, then trains those dogs to rescue veterans with PTSD.  They are supported, in part, by some larger charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, and over 94% of their revenues go directly to helping dogs and veterans.  And most importantly, the program works, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has known the love and support of a faithful dog, or seen a good service dog at work.


I invite you to visit their website and see the photos of their graduates, to see the good they are doing for both dogs and veterans, and to join us in supporting this wonderful organization.  For the dogs, for the veterans, and for the families who love them, no one is more deserving of this “new leash on life”.  www.k9sforwarriors.org


About Bewaggle:

Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Toxins in Your Kitchen

Our dogs and cats love to hang out in the kitchen while we're cooking, hoping something yummy will land on the floor. And when it does, they are quick to gobble it up.  But there are many (yes, many) human foods that can be toxic - even deadly - to our beloved pets.

Grapes and raisins, for example contain toxins that can cause organ failure in pets.  Onions, garlic, coffee grounds, chocolate and chewing gum are also toxic.  But these are just a few of the common foods that can be harmful to dogs and cats.  Please be aware of the dangers in your kitchen and keep these toxins away from your pets.  For more information about these and other common toxins that can harm or even kill your pets,  you should visit the American Animal Hospital Association's Healthypet.com website.



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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Is it Time?

The most difficult decision that a pet owner has to make is putting a pet to sleep. We don't want our pets to suffer but we also don't want to lose our best friends.  It's a decision every pet owner dreads, but one that will ultimately have to be made.  Pet owners struggle with this because they want to do what's right, but knowing what is right is not always clear, and no one wants to put their pet to sleep.

Because this is a difficult decision, it may help to consider a few key points that can indicate the animal's quality of life is no longer worth extending.  If your pet reaches any of these thresholds, you can be assured that it is the right time to have him put to sleep.  Knowing these ahead of time can make your job easier when the time comes to put him down, because you've already agreed that these are the signs that it is time to put him out of his misery.

Here are the signs that your pet no longer has a good quality of life:

  • Chronic pain that cannot be controlled with medication
  • Frequent vomiting or diarrhea that is causing dehydration and/or significant weight loss
  • Has stopped eating or will only eat if you force feed him
  • Is incontinent to the degree that he frequently soils himself
  • Has lost interest in all or most of his favorite activities
  • Cannot stand on his own or falls down when trying to walk
  • Chronic labored breathing or coughing
The decision to put a beloved pet to sleep is never an easy one, but if a pet has reached any of these thresholds, and you know he's not going to improve, then the time is probably right.  Your veterinarian can help you understand your pet's prognosis and can assist in guiding your decision.

Be Wise... Bewaggle!

About Bewaggle:


Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check.  Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Word About Puppy Training

Puppies are constantly learning. They absorb information like a sponge and even when class is not in session your puppy is learning.

They are smart and they quickly pick up which behaviors pay. You may be inadvertently teaching your puppy bad behaviors. For example: if your puppy is constantly crying in the crate, it is because you have taught him that crying gets your attention. If you talk to him, go to him, or tell him to stop you are giving him attention. Your reactions teach your puppy that crying gets your attention and any attention is better than no attention.

Is your puppy getting rewarded for bad behavior? Rewards are attention, play, praise, and food. Are you playing tug-of-war with your socks? Petting him when he jumps up on you? Giving him treats at the table? If so, you're rewarding bad behaviors, and he's learning that those behaviors earn him rewards.

Everything you do with your puppy teaches him SOMETHING.  It's your job to make sure he's learning exactly what you want him to learn.

Be wise... Bewaggle!

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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more, in the convenience of the customer's home.  Every Bewaggle employee is bonded, insured, professionally trained and has undergone a background check. Be wise... Bewaggle!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Is it Separation Anxiety or Boredom?

Most destructive behavior is usually caused by boredom but it could also be a result of separation anxiety. Dogs and cats can both have behavioral problems due to boredom and they can both also be affected by separation anxiety. However separation anxiety is far more common in dogs than in cats. Dogs are pack animals and they love their people and think of their humans as members of the pack.

Bored dogs will get into the trash, destroy furniture, and get into cabinets or food to entertain themselves while you are gone. Dogs with separation anxiety can range from lazing around miserably while you are gone and acting like they haven't seen you in a year when you come home to chewing through wire crates, jumping through windows, eating drywall, and destroying doors in an attempt to get out and find you.

If your dog is bored that means that he needs more physical and mental stimulation. This means more walks, more time to run and play, and spending some time on basic obedience training. You should also leave some dog safe bones (Nylabone) and food game toys (Kong with some peanut butter and kibble works great). These things will also help dogs with separation anxiety but you will need to do some other things to help them get over their anxiety as well.

Start with one minute.
Give your dog a treat and then leave the room closing the door behind you. Come back in one minute and gradually increase the time until your dog can handle being left alone for an hour in another part of the house. The treat is important - the dog will associate you leaving with the yummy treat which will make your leaving seem like a good thing.

Now that your dog is comfortable being left alone in another part of the house it's time to take it up a notch. Step out of the house for a minute. Step out for just a few minutes and come back. After about a dozen or so of those your dog should be pretty comfortable with you coming and going.

Don't make a big fuss about leaving the house just give the treat, calmly say goodbye, and leave. Don't make a big deal out of coming home either you need to show your dog that it's ok when you come and go.

Make your dog more comfortable.
Leave a light on at night and turn on the TV when you are gone. This way your dog isn't constantly listening for your return and they can hear some familiar sounds.

Be Wise... Bewaggle!

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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more. We are bonded and insured, with background checks and references. Be wise... Bewaggle!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Preventing Bloat

Bloat and Torsion are potentially fatal conditions that can affect both dogs and cats. Bloat is a condition that occurs when an animal's stomach gets overfilled with food, water, or air. Bloat usually leads to torsion, which is the twisting of the stomach. The only way to correct the problem is with surgery and time is crucial. The signs of bloat include drooling, a bloated (enlarged) abdomen, non-productive vomiting (dry heaves), pacing, and shock. The signs of bloat usually occur within a few hours after eating a meal or after too much water is consumed at once. An animal with bloat and/or torsion must receive emergency treatment for shock and surgery to reposition the stomach. Nothing can kill an otherwise healthy animal as quickly as bloat.

To prevent bloat, watch and regulate your pet's food and water intake. Make sure that after exercise or after coming in from the heat, that your pet doesn't drink too fast. If your pet likes to eat too fast you can use food distributing games. These will both entertain your pet and ensure that they eat slower.

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About Bewaggle:

Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more. We are bonded and insured, with background checks and references. Be wise... Bewaggle!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Jumping Dog?

So your dog is super excited to see you and he just needs to jump up on you or your company. It's rude and sometimes those dog nails hurt! Fortunately, there are ways to correct this behavior. Here's what you can do to get him off and put him in the habit of sitting down to greet people.

First off, whenever he jumps on you turn around with your back to him. Never start petting a dog that has his feet on you. This will only encourage him to jump up. He wants to see you, so he will come around in front of you again. This is when you should put your dog into a sit, and start petting him. If he jumps up again, start over. You have to show your dog that jumping up does not get your attention. He needs to know that sitting for you as a greet is what pays, so when he is sitting, it is time to pour on the love, or even give him a tasty treat. Your timing is important, so once his butt is on the floor - reward.

You’re going to tell any company that you have the same thing. But realize that it's really hard for dog lovers to resist playing with dogs that clearly want to play with them. So the trick is to keep a clicker and a bag of treats by the front door.  When they first come in, tell them to turn their back toward the dog if he jumps up, and to use the sit command.  You can hand them the treats and the clicker, so they can reward the dog when the moment is right.  The important lesson here is to stop rewarding a misbehaving dog by petting him while he is jumping up.

Remember that training has to be fun, so keep your training sessions short - about 5 minutes long. 


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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more. We are bonded and insured, with background checks and references. Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Does Your Dog Get Rawhide Chew Toys?

If your dog has any kind of dietary issues, allergies, or diarrhea issues, then he really shouldn't be given rawhide chews. Most dogs can digest them, but if your dog has any issues, he'll be better off without them. These rawhide chew toys can also have bacteria that can make your dog sick.

The biggest problem with rawhides is that they are a choking hazard. If your dog bites off a large piece and it gets stuck, he could choke.  Even if he doesn't choke on it, the rawhide could get stuck in his intestines and then he needs surgery.

Rawhides are not a dog safe toy - pitch 'em. It's not worth the risk to your beloved dog. Give him a nice nylabone. You can scuff it up and smear a little peanut butter or some other yummy stuff on it to help get him started.  If he seems bored, or really wants to chew, you can make him work for his food with a kong or some other feeding toy.

Be Wise... Bewaggle!

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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more. We are bonded and insured, with background checks and references. Be wise... Bewaggle!



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Caturday!

Every Saturday the internet gets taken over by cats.  Saturday is the most popular day for people to post pictures of their cats to the internet. So why not us?  Bewaggle celebrates Caturday!
Abyssinian Cat By John Morton

Today we are going to start with the Abyssinian. There is a lot of controversy concerning the origin of the Abyssinian. The breed was developed in England. The first Abyssinian to come to England was from Ethiopia formerly known as Abyssinia. However, this breed most likely originated in Egypt.

These cats are energetic, playful, and love to be around people, however, they are not lap cats. They love to know what you are up to. They like to be helpers and are said to be very loyal and very intelligent.

Energetic cats need to get plenty of exercise or they can develop behavioral problems. You can use feather toys, balls, lazer pointers (avoid shining the light in their eyes), or even take your cat for a walk.

I would now like to direct you to catsinsinks.com  - my fellow cat lovers - enjoy :)

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Bewaggle is a pet services company located in DeLand, Florida. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, puppy training, basic obedience training, and more. We are bonded and insured, with background checks and references. Be wise... Bewaggle!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

What to do for Your Pets in Case of a Hurricane


Hurricane season is June 1st - November 30th!

You should stock up on gallons of water, keep your gas tank full, and have an evacuation plan. The best thing to do is to take your pets with you. So you will need to keep your pets' needs in mind. Make sure you have their food, bowls, medications, grooming tools, and some of their toys (help with the stress). You should prepare a pet travel bag (today) that should include travel bowls, a couple toys, a bag of food, grooming tools, and anything else you think you might need. Medications can be stored with your medications or in the travel bag. Keep everything you will need organized so that you don't forget anything important and so that you aren't stumbling around trying to find stuff. If you can't take your pets with you then find someone that can take care of them. If you think you have no choice but to leave them at home contact the ASPCA or a local shelter/rescue group - they might be able help you figure something out and they will give you some good advice.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit courtesy of ready.gov and FEMA

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
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