Easy Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats

Every fall, the entire universe turns to thoughts of Pumpkin-Spiced this or that. We’re fairly certain your pup wants in on that pumpkin action. So we created an amazingly easy recipe for homemade pumpkin dog treats that your pooch will devour.

Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats Directions

This recipe uses only three main ingredients: Real pumpkin puree, a rich source of fiber, helping with digestion. Peanut butter, a healthy source of all natural fats and proteins. And Brown Rice Flour. The optional cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs and gives the treats a tantalizing aroma.
image2Here’s what you’ll need:
* 1/2 can 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, not pumpkin pie filling, plain pumpkin.
* 1 3/4  Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour
* 1 cup Peanut Butter
* 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (Optional)
* 1 or 2 Cookie Sheets
* Parchment Paper

Directions:
image11. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper while preheating the over to 350° Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, first stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Next, fold in in the flour 1/4 cup at a time
3. Once the dough is no longer sticky, roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4? thick.
4. Use a festive holiday cookie cutter to cut out the dough, like bat or pumpkin shapes, then place them on the prepared a pan.
5. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool completely before sharing with your pup. You can easily store and freeze these treats for 3 – 4 months  or until your next holiday celebration – or whenever that adorable fuzzy face comes looking for them.

Holiday and Peak Date Fees

Holidays are a busy time for your family and ours. As clients pack up to head out of town, our team of pet care providers get ready for non-stop pet visits and dog walks. While you’re with your extended family, we’re celebrating the holidays with your furry family.

As with any product or service during a peak season, it is necessary to ensure our pet care providers are compensated for the time away from their family to take care of your family. Therefore we add a $5 per visit service fee to each visit during select peak periods throughout the year.

This fee is not a gratuity. However, 100% does go to your pet care provider. The fee is in recognition of our team who delays gift-giving on Christmas morning with their family, or eats Thanksgiving Dinner at 11am so they can ensure your pets get the time and attention they deserve.

While the dates may change each year, our holiday or peak season fee will generally apply:

  • Orange County Florida’s Spring Break dates
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Fourth of July Weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving Week and Weekend
  • The Weeks of the Christmas and New Year holidays

For a list of the exact dates through 2016, please click here: Holiday and Peak Dates.

 

*Dates may change without notice.

5 Quick Halloween Pet Safety Tips

halloween cat safety

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. With the excitement Halloween generates, it can be easy to forget the real dangers for your pets. Here’s a quick list of Halloween Pet Safety Tips you might want to keep handy this Halloween:

  1. Chocolate–  The darker the chocolate the more poisonous to you pet.  It contains caffeine and theobromine, can lead to various medical complications and even be fatal.
  2. Candy–  Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis, which may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy. Also, be cautious of candy covered in Xylitol, that powder substance you find on wrapped gum. It can be instantly deadly to pets
  3. Candy Wrappers–  Can get stuck in your pet’s airway causing them too choke. Wrappers can also damage or block the digestive system.
  4. Raisins–  Although a healthier treat for humans, it can cause kidney failure in cats and dogs.
  5. Costumes–  We all love to see a pet in a costume and some of us dress up our own.  However, be sure not to restrict movement, vision and more importantly airway movement.

These are just a very few of many safety tips and actions for survival that are covered in our PetTech First Aid and PetSaver classes.  If you want to know more about pet safety, wellness and pet first aid/ CPR, come sign up for a class by clicking here.

 

Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets

Here in Central Florida, hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30, with the peak periods in August through October. While many of us prepare with kits of canned food and water, we may overlook the needs of our furry family members during a crisis.

Even if you’re reading this in the midst of the season, it’s never too late to consider your plans during a natural disaster. 

Dark-grey cat is looking at the rain through the windowThe key to preparing for a natural disaster is to develop a Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets. Like your families Preparedness Kit, you’ll want to consider every possibility in the event a hurricane strikes. For your pets, you’ll want to include:
  • Medicine and Medical Records: In the event you must flee your home, or a pet is injured and your vet is not available, you’ll want to keep a copy of your pets medical records for any available vet to review. Additionally, you’ll want to keep a supply of any medications your pet is required to take for up to 5 days.Place the records and medications in a water proof container.
  • Current Photos of Your Pets: In the event your home is damaged and your pet escapes or otherwise runs away, you’ll want to have a printed photo of your pet. Better yet, include a photo of you and your pet.Remember, all those Facebook photos of Fluffy and Fido are useless if there is no power to charge a device or long into your computer. Print the photos and keep them with your medical records.
  • Food and Water: Measure and package food into servings and collect gallons of water. Consider the amount you need sustain your pets for 5 days. Label the food bags if your pets eat different amounts or foods in the AM and PM.
  • Litter boxes, Litter and Scoop: Pack a container that can be transported to a hotel containing your cat’s litter box needs. Consider using a disposable container for the litter box.In 2004, I used an aluminum cooking pan (the type you would use to bake a turkey, purchased at a grocery store) in place of a large, bulky plastic box. This saves space and works in a pinch.
  • Leashes, Collars, Harnesses and Carriers: Have your pets daily travel supplies standing by and easily accessible. Make sure the leashes and harnesses are not torn or worn.In the event of a natural disaster, your dog will be anxious and scared. The last thing you want to deal with is a leash, harness or collar breaking as you’re trying to leave.Additionally, make sure your cats carrier closes securely and theres no hangups for the zipper to close tightly.
  • Update Tags and Chips: Have you moved? Changed phone numbers? Your pet’s collar tags and microchip information doesn’t update it’s self. Take a moment to ensure both items list your current information.List of Pet Care Contacts: Our Pet First Aid and CPR students receive a contact card as homework to be completed when they get home that day. It is a resource to list vet, pet sitter, poison control and shelter phone numbers, which can be carried in a wallet or pocket.If you haven’t taken our class, make sure to carry a physical list of this information to easily access your pet’s important numbers.
Once you’ve created this basic Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets, take a moment to consider you pet’s specific needs. Are there toys, blankets or a kennel that would make them feel more safe or calm?
Supplements? Poop bags? Make your kit reflect the actual needs of your pets. Now that you’ve created your kit, keep it in an obvious place like a closet near your front door or by your vehicle in the garage.
For more ideas about keeping pets safe and sound during accidents or disasters, consider taking our Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR class or our Pet Tech PetSaver class. Information can be found by clicking here.

Big Paw Pet Care Earns Professional Pet Sitting Certification

Mike Meibuhr, Co-Owner of Big Paw Pet Care, Earns the Pet Sitters International Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting

[Windermere, FLORIDA] (August 11, 2015)—Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters, has announced that Mike Meibuhr, owner of Big Paw Pet Care in Windermere, Florida, has completed the PSI Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting and earned the designation of PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter.

PSI-CPPS-logoTo earn this prestigious designation, a professional pet sitter must successfully earn the PSI Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, agree to adhere to PSI’s Recommended Quality Standards for Excellence and agree to abide by PSI’s Member Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Successfully completing the Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting Program indicates that an individual has acquired the knowledge necessary to make vital assessments on pet health and nutrition, canine and feline behavior, separation anxiety, pet loss and more. A certificate holder is also equipped, as a business owner, to make decisions on customer service, employee hiring and safety.

According to Ellen Price, PSI’s academic manager, the certificate is earned after completing extensive coursework and successfully passing a comprehensive final exam on 39 sections of instructional material.

“A PSI certificate holder brings valuable knowledge to the care of companion animals,” Price said. “A pet owner who relies on a program graduate will receive top-quality pet care. The curriculum’s in-depth material also assures that a pet sitter is highly capable of making accurate judgments and quick decisions in an emergency.”

Mike’s commitment to his business and clients led him to pursue this certificate.

“As a pet sitter, I value continuing education that allows me to offer reliable service to the pets entrusted to my care,” Meibuhr said. “Earning the designation of PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter demonstrates that I am an animal steward committed to delivering excellent service.”

 

5 Fun Facts about Dachshunds

Sausage DogBeneath the squatty, streamlined body of the Dachshund, is a strong and nimble hunter. Although they resemble the frankfurter, these pups were originally bread for their stubborn tenacity to hunt a very ornery critter.

Learn more about the beloved Dachshund with these 5 fun facts:

  1. The name “dachshund” is German and literally translates to “badger dog” but they were also referred to as “hole dogs” as far back as the 18th century. Originally larger than their modern counterparts with longer legs, these fearless warriors were used to exterminate badgers throughout Europe.
  2. dachshund Waldi

    Waldi, the mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games

    Because of their strong association with Germany, the dachshund was the symbol of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. His name was Waldi.

  3. As of 2012 the dachshund was the 10th most popular dog breed in the USA, according to the American Kennel Club.
  4. Prone to back injuries, a specialized laser surgery developed at the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Hospital was used in clinical trials to correct defects in injured Dachshunds, with a goal of expanding the treatment to all dachshunds as a preventative measure against spinal injuries.
  5. wiener dog races

    Wiener dogs race to finish line

    Known for their speed, thousands of dachshunds and their owners compete dachshund races around the country. One of the longest running is the annual Wiener Nationals which has been held in Orange County California for over 20 years. Locally, the annual Weinerfest held in Orlando, includes entertainment, food and a dachshund race.

3 Simple 4th Of July Pet Tips

4th of July

It’s the biggest party of summer! July 4th brings about family and friends, cookouts, fireworks and fun. But your pets may not find the holiday as much fun as you. So we’ve compiled three simple 4th of July pet tips to help you out.

Fireworks make the Fourth of July holiday the number one day each year when pets are reported lost. The crackle and booms of fireworks draw oohs and aahs from humans, but they can be downright terrifying for dogs and cats.

Don’t let your pet add to the statistic this Forth of July. Take a few steps to ensure they are ready for the big celebration. Here’s a few 4th Of July oet tips to keep your happy safe this July 4th:

dog id tags1. Update your pet’s microchip information and secure their ID tags today: Start with the worst case scenario: your pet escapes during the fireworks display. Give them the best chance of being returned to you by updating their microchip information and add tags to their collar with their name, your address and phone number.

 

dog walking2. Walk your dogs and feed your pets late afternoon: Don’t wait until dark to take your dog for a walk. Take them out before sunset to do their business. Feed them early to help move along the process.

 

cat sleeping3. Create a safe zone in your home: Pick a room with few or no windows. Create a comfortable place for them with their favorite blanks, bedding or toys. Turn on the TV, radio, or use a white noise machine to muffle sounds. If possible, don’t leave your pet home alone. (If you are taking your pet along to a celebration, make sure they are not left alone. Keep them by your side and for dogs, bring lots of treats to reassure them during any big fireworks displays.)

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with family. By taking these simple steps, you’ll create a holiday that’s enjoyable for you and your furry family members.

Windermere Pet Sitter Says: Don’t Forget Your Pet’s Care

Summer here is here and it’s time to finalize those plans for summer vacation. You’ve made packing lists and have your passports, birth certificates and boarding passes all set to go. New toothbrushes, travel size everything has been purchased. But…

Did You Call Your Windermere Pet Sitter?

2013-11-25_1385392018Big Paw Pet Care has been serving Central Florida since 2011, bringing it’s loving brand of care to your pets, in your home. If you’re worried about the effects of boarding your pet, you’re not alone. Cats find new environments to be stressful. Dogs can be taught to potty inside with most indoor-play yards at local boarding facilities. And we haven’t even discussed diseases and fleas picked up at local boarding facilities.

Hiring your Windermere Pet Sitter means your dog or cat enjoys all the comforts of home…at home! We try to keep their routine as normal as possible with dog walks throughout the day, playtime and more.

Keeping Your Home Safe Too

Pet Sitting In OrlandoDays of no movement at your home makes it enticing to burglars. With Big Paw Pet Care’s services we always include free concierge services like plant watering, bringing in the mail or newspaper or packages. We also rotate lights, and open/close blinds to give your home that lived in look.

But My Friends and Family Watch My Pets

pet sitterYou love your pets and treat them like family. But don’t be fooled into thinking your friends and family love your pets as much as you. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients and many of them use us because they no longer can trust their friends or family to be there when they need them.

Some clients even tell us they’re surprised that the neighbor’s child didn’t perform as well as expected. Big Paw Pet Care’s pet care providers are experienced pet care professionals trained in pet health, safety and CPR/first aid. Do you believe your pet’s are getting the best care from the neighbor kid?

Big Paw Pet Care makes it easy with online reservations, predictable care and daily updates from your pet care provider. Never worry about your pet’s getting the love and care they deserve with Big Paw Pet Care.

Create your profile today by clicking here and schedule a FREE Meet & Greet with a pet care provider. Big Paw Pet Care services pets and their families in Dr. Phillips, MetroWest, Gotha, Ocoee, Windermere and Winter Garden.

Give yourself some peace of mind this summer vacation and call Big Paw Pet Care for your pet care needs.

“Ruff” Week? Time For Yappy Hour in Dr Phillips

Yappy Hour in Dr PhillipsThe week has barely started and you’re already looking forward to a weekend of wine and spending time with your dog. Well, Big Paw Pet Care and Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips have a TREAT for you! Join us Wednesday May 20, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm for a Yappy Hour at:

Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 8
Orlando, FL 32819
(located in the Dr Phillips Marketplace next to Publix)

Bring Your Dog to Yappy Hour in Dr Phillips

This isn’t your normal happy hour. Our Yappy Hour in Dr Phillips will be a great time for you AND your furry best friend. Explore the shop and it’s delightful fresh baked treats. Mingle with other pet lovers like yourself. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Free wine and snacks for people and dog treat samples for your pup (while supplies last).
  • Bring your dog training questions and learn a new technique from Big Paw Pet Care’s Dog Trainer, John Standefer
  • Learn how a simple weekly wellness assessment can keep help keep you better informed about your dog or cat’s health with Mike Meibuhr, Certified Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor.
Please RSVP For You and Your Dog Too

We can’t wait to meet you and your dog this Wednesday!  For more information please call Big Paw Pet Care at (321) 345-7387 or Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips at (407) 363-5550. RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

About Woof Gang Bakery Dr. PhillipsYappy Hour Dr Phillips

Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips is your neighborhood pet store! Your dogs will love their full service dog spa for a simple bath or full groom. Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips offers a full line of natural dog and cat food, fresh baked treats, chews, bones, cool collars, leashes, toys and more. Don’t forget: All four legged friends welcome.

About Big Paw Pet Care

Big Paw Pet CareBig Paw Pet Care® is Central Florida’s Total Pet Care providing pet sitting and daily dog walking services 365 days of the year. Big Paw Pet Care® provides pet sitting services for cats, dogs and small mammals like hamsters or guinea pigs. Big Paw Pet Care also offers a “PAWsitive” approach to dog training with both private and class room style dog training. And as Orlando’s best resource for Pet First Aid and CPR training, you can learn skills that may save your pet’s life taught by our PetTech Certified Instructors.

5 Fun Facts About The Chihuahua

ChihuahuaOne of the most popular breeds of dog in the world is the Chihuahua. They actually hover around the 20th most popular breed in the US for each year surveyed.

Small and spunkiness are the key features of this breed. They are also known to be loyal to a fault – it’s said a Chihuahua can die of a broken heart if separated from it’s owner.

Here are 5 Fun Facts you may not know about the much loved Chihuahua:

  1. Chihuahuas were originally known as the Arizona Dog, for the predominance along the present day Arizona and Mexico boarder.
  2. Archeologists have found remains of the Chihuahua in dog effigy pots buried deep in ancient Mexican tombs. Scientists have a consensus that the breed may be a descendent of the Techichi breed, who’s remains have been found dating back as far as 300 BCE.
  3. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog with a average weight around 10lbs. For show dogs, the suggested weight is 6-7lbs. Chihuahua puppies can weigh just a few grams at birth!
  4. The “Taco Bell Dog” served as Taco Bell’s mascot from 1994 to 2002 and is credited with the breed’s popularity explosion over the last two decades. (Bonus Fact: The Taco Bell dog was a female named Gidget.)
  5. Small breed dogs outlive their larger counterparts, but the Chihuahua can live 10-18 years with many living a long and full life of 20 years.

5 Fun Facts About The Chihuahua If you’re considering adding a Chihuahua to your family, here’s a couple things to know about owning the breed:

  • These small dogs are susceptible to serious dental conditions. A program of brushing their teeth early on his a good way to prevent illness or sickness caused by gum and tooth infections
  • Known to be nippy and protective, a good dog training program is required from puppy to adolescent ages.
  • The Chihuahua is highly susceptible to separation anxiety and boredom. Lots of exercise and walking is key to the foundation of managing these conditions. A bored or anxious Chihuahua can also be very “barky” and aggressive towards strangers or other dogs.