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.”

 

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.

3 Reasons To Avoid Rawhide

In our Pet Tech First Aid and CPR course we cover many aspects of your pets daily life to promote a safe, healthy environment for your pet. During our section on choking management, the discussion inevitably turns to chew toys and treats. As pet sitters, we encounter all types of products visiting our clients at their homes. Some are relatively safe when used with supervision, others are dangerous from the outset and should be avoided. 
 
The one item that always falls into the danger category, even under close supervision, is rawhide. 
 
What Exactly Is Rawhide? 
 

pet sitter“Rawhide treats come from the inner layer of cow or horse hides. During manufacturing, the hides are cleaned and cut or ground. Then they’re pressed into chewable dog treats of different shapes and sizes. To make them more appealing for dogs, some rawhide treats contain beef, chicken, or liver flavorings.” (Source: Pet WebMD: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/rawhide-good-or-bad-for-your-dog)

 
Why Avoid Rawhide? 
 
1. Choking: Chunks of soggy, yet firm hunks of rawhide can easily be swallowed by your dog. These flat pieces of semi-rigid, processed flesh can swell when they become wet with saliva. They can lodge in your dogs throat, blocking airways and cause choking. In most instances of choking by a dog, the cause most often is rawhide (more than handballs, small tennis balls and other chew toys).
 
2. Turn Stomachs Into Knots: Some dogs, especially puppies, cannot digest rawhide. Being a processed form of animal skin, it doesn’t remotely resemble the organic nature of prey food that a dogs body is able to digest. Moreover, some dogs are allergic to rawhide and may vomit or have loose stools after consuming it. And going back to point one, if your dog is able to swallow a piece of rawhide, but vomits, it doesn’t mean it won’t become a choking hazard on the way back up. 
 
3. There Is WHAT In Rawhide?: Rawhide is not a food, but a highly produced byproduct of the food industry. And the details can be downright gruesome: 
 
Removing the hair from hides often involves a highly toxic recipe: sodium sulphide liming. A standard practice is to procure rawhide in the “split lime state” as by-products from tanneries, facilities that top the list of U.S. Superfund sites. In the post-tannery stage, hides are washed and whitened using a solution of hydrogen peroxide. And that’s just one step.
Other poisonous residues that may show up in rawhide include arsenic and formaldehyde. Even dog skin is a possibility. [sic] Manufacturers told investigators that these chew toys are regularly exported to and sold in U.S. stores.” (Source: http://thebark.com/content/dangers-rawhide-dog-chew-toys)
 
 
A Better Chew “Toy”
 
The fact is for dog owners, you need to supply your pet with something to chew or else you’ll end up with chewed furniture and chewed shoes. Unfortunately there’s not one perfect solution for all pets and pet owners. So we recommend several items for dogs who need to satisfy the need for chewing: 
 
pet sitter1. KONG brand chew products (unstuffed) 
2. Nylabone brand chew products can be safe as long as you select the size appropriate for your dog and they are not consuming pieces bigger than a grain of rice
3. Deer/Elk Antlers or Raw Beef Bones: Depending on your comfort level with raw bones, both beef bones or antlers can be a long-lasting product for your dogs to chew. However, some dogs have been known to break teeth on these types of products, so check with your vet on your dogs dental condition before offering these to him. 
4. Bully Sticks are an all natural, safe alternative to rawhides. 
 
It’s important that you never leave your dog by themselves when chewing a chew toy or bone. Supervision is always required. Additionally, after each chew session you should wash the item with hot water, and a mild soap, as you would your pet’s food dishes, to avoid bacterial growth and contamination. 
 
For more advice on safe pet products or advice, feel free to call us anytime at 321-345-PETS (7387)

A Geeky Pet Sitters Dream Come True

“Do, or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda

Pet Sitter Orlando, Star Wars DogThis Labor Day marked not only some time for the American worker to relax and enjoy the fruits of his/her labor. It also marked the official launch of Petco’s new Star Wars line of pet products. Just in time for Halloween this exclusive line of products includes costumes, toys, pet clothing and much more.

Check out our friend Skittles showing off some super cool Yoda ears. Why not start your Christmas shopping now for that hard-to-shop-for-pet on your Christmas list?

View all the items available at www.petco.com/starwars . 

Windermere Pet Sitter: Is My Pet Sitting Service Bonded & Insured?

Many times people ask if we’re bonded and insured. My initial reply is always “Yes, all of Big Paw Pet Care’s pet care providers fall under our comprehensive insurance and bonding policies”.

Then I usually follow up by asking: “Do you know the difference between insured and bonded?”.

Most of the time people do not. To be honest, before we started Big Paw Pet Care, I didn’t know what this meant either.

IMG_3262Pet sitting insurance is typically a general liability coverage that includes previsions for the safety and care of animals. Big Paw Pet Care’s policy covers us up to $2 million dollars in the event there is accidental damage to your property, home or your pet while under our care. All Big Paw Pet Care providers fall under our comprehensive policy. If while under our care, we break a lamp or accidentally leave a faucet running, you are covered for this damage and repairs by our policies. Sames hold true in the event that your pet suffers an injury as a result of our actions.

We’ve never made a claim on our insurance. We don’t intend to either. But it’s there, as part of our peace of mind promise to you.

Bonding is a little different. Bonding coverage kicks in when something intentional, or criminal happens. For example if you hire a contractor to remodel your kitchen only to come home and find your fine china is missing, you’re going to hope that company had a bond. Because when you report this theft to the police and they determine the culprit was a member of the construction crew – insurance no longer covers because the “damage” or theft was intentional. The company’s bond will cover the cost of replacing or repairing any lost or damaged items.

We don’t intend to use our bond either. But again it’s there for your peace of mind along with pet sitter background and reference checks. Big Paw Pet Care checks this information out so you don’t have to. We want your pet care experience with us to be easy and stress free.

So, you ask, why should I trust you did the background checks on your staff? Simply stated: if we hire a pet sitter to enter your home who has any record of arrest or criminal charges – our insurance is voided.

That’s a big deal. And that’s why we always check, check  and recheck that the person we’re hiring we trust enough to care for our pets…and yours.

 

How To Find A Pet Sitter In Orlando

find a pet sitter in orlandoYou’re packing your bags to head out-of-town when suddenly your cousin, who promised to watch your dogs, is going out-of-town too. Now you’re in a bind because your pet sitter is not available. Quickly you ask yourself “how do I find a pet sitter in Orlando”?

We hear this story a lot.

Family and friends are always eager to help out when it comes to taking care of your pets. But many times when the day approaches, something always comes up. You’re left in the last-minute scramble.

How can this be avoided? The best bet is to find a profesional pet sitter before you NEED a pet sitter.

Get started: Now!

Start a pet sitter search now. Don’t wait until the last-minute. Interview pet sitters today, when you’re not packed up and applying the sunscreen already. Set aside a few hours to research and contact pet sitters who serve your area.

Where do I find a pet sitter in Orlando?

Finding a pet sitter in Orlando is fairly easy with several resources. Both the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence and Pet Sitters International offer search features to find professional pet sitters that service your zip code. There’s also Urban Pet Magazine, a local publication perfect for finding that pet sitter in Orlando. Urban Pet also offers a variety of pet retailers and services – they even have an app for your smart phone.

Narrow the search.

Think about what is important to you and what will keep your pet’s schedule as normal as possible. Then interview potential pet sitters and ask them if they provide the service you need.

Don’t be afraid to ask them questions – you have to trust the person coming into your home is going to follow your instructions. If you don’t ask, you won’t know.

View online testimonials and request copies of their insurance and bonding policies. There’s no more peace of mind than those two pieces of paper.

Give them a try!

Plan a night out with your spouse or family and give the pet sitter a chance to visit your pets on his or her own. Did they do all the things you asked of them? Do you trust they were there on time, as requested?

If something was not performed to your liking, tell the pet sitter. Give them a chance to correct the situation.  A pet sitter who’s open to comment or critique and wants to make it better is a good sign.

So there you have it, some simple tips to help find your pet sitter in Orlando. Don’t forget that Big Paw Pet Care offers pet care services throughout West Orange County, including most of Orlando. So give us a call at 321-345-7387 to set up our free consultation with our pet sitters.

What Is It Like Pet Sitting in Orlando?

pet sitting in orlandoPet sitting is very common in big cities like New York, LA or Chicago and even Miami. But pet sitting in Orlando is not very well-known. Even today it is not uncommon for us to be approached by potential clients at pet events asking: “You will really come to our house to watch our pets?”.

The answer is always: Yes, we’d love to…

Maybe you, yourself didn’t know that pet sitting in Orlando was available to you. But every day professional pet sitters like us are out there, keeping an eye on your furry loved ones while you are away. Providing peace of mind.

Don’t get me wrong, pet sitting in Orlando has its challenges. In the summer we battle rain and thunderstorms every day.

In the winter, temperatures can reach the low 20s. Walking dogs in 20° weather when you’re used to 90° weather is a real wake-me-up in the morning.

In the spring we’re very busy as local families are visited by relatives from up north or head out on their own spring break vacations.

Dog Walk, Pet Sitter, Dog Walker, Pet Sitting In Orlando

And in the fall, we have to batten down the hatches for hurricanes that seem to spring up on your busiest weekend.

But that’s not to say pet sitting in Orlando doesn’t have its rewards. In fact, pet sitting is it’s own reward.

Like, when you arrive in a downpour to a pair of wagging tails and big tongued smiles, happy to see you in your soggy galoshes – everything seem to dry up instantly .

Or when you’re sitting on the floor with a kitty with a full tummy, curled up in your lap purring – your shivering hands warm up and steady.

Finally, when that email or text arrives full of gratitude from an extremely happy pet owner, you smile and your heart fills with pride. Because you know that the peace of mind you’ve given that pet owner is invaluable.

That’s what it’s like pet sitting in Orlando.