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A Shout Out to Pet Sitters – We Think You Are Wonderful!

23 September; Author: The Paw Print
Young woman with her dog 

Just like childcare providers, pet sitters and dog walkers are crucial for some of us to provide the best care possible for our furry loved ones. There are many reasons to appreciate and show our respect to these individuals, so we thought we’d write a blog post about it! If you are a pet sitter or pet walking companion, thank you for all that you do. We really appreciate it.

We know you are wonderful and understand the amount of pet-love that is required for this type of career, but have others ever wondered why people go into these types of jobs? Are you looking for an occupation with many loving rewards? Perhaps you should consider something in the pet business.

People around the web are talking about why they enjoy working with pets. Here are a few great reasons we found:

  • You’re always greeted with a wag or a purr! People in this profession are usually passionate about helping pets. Working in a field that feeds that passion can be highly rewarding. Who wouldn’t want to be welcomed each day by these lovely creatures?
  • Sometimes being a dog walker, pet sitter and even a pet groomer can mean that you own your own business. There are many benefits associated with having your own small business. Look into it! It might not be as complicated as you think.
  • Helping a pet is more about passion than dollar bills. Many people who work with pets are helping them live a happier, healthier life. For someone who loves pets, this is more fulfilling than any amount of money coming into his or her bank account.
  • Pets are exciting creatures! Human co-workers are great in their own ways, but pets are magnificent on different levels. Pets can be kind, loving and unpredictable. Working with pets can sometimes prove to be an unpredictable and fun profession.
  • Are you having a bad day? Sometimes all you need is a furry friend to make you feel better. Pets have an amazing way of understanding humans and being there for us when we need them. If you work with pets and offer them affection and love, they might just return the favor once in a while.
  • Pets can be challenging. Remember it’s not always going to be wagging tails and purrs. Sometimes separation from the owner can be stressful on the pets and that’s where the real skill comes as a pet sitter in managing to create an environment and support the pet while it is away from its owner or home space.

Whether you are thinking about working with pets or you do already, thank you for loving these beautiful creatures. We are in the pet industry as well and find it simply unexplainable how rewarding and amazing it is. We understand the time and commitment it takes to helping pets. Thank you for doing the hard work of being a pet sitter, pet companion or something similar. Here at 21st Century Animal HealthCare, we think you are doing a great job. Thanks again!

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Pets a Work – Things to Consider

21 September; Author: The Paw Print

Kitten plays on a computer keyboard

Do you work a traditional job and wish there was the opportunity to bring your pet to work? Some people believe that having a pet at work is a prefect way to de-stress throughout the day – almost a therapeutic tool. Others say they couldn’t have their pet in the work place simply because it would be a distraction and perhaps have a negative effect on their work production level. What do you think? Do you wish you had a “bring your pet to work day”?

It’s hard not to love and miss our furry friends through the day, but there are a few things to consider before going full “pet friendly” at the office.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering bringing a pet to work or going to management with the idea:

  • Not all pets want to be around other pets (or people). You might think about this fact if there are other pets that will attend on the pet friendly day or days. Could your office limit the number of animals allowed at one time? This is a good idea if your offices have wide open spaces and less enclosed work areas. If everyone had an office with a door they can close, this might not be an issue.
  • Should there be a rule about what type of animals are allowed? Many people have rats, rabbits or guinea pigs as pets. Will your office allow those types of animals? Some people are scared of certain breeds of dog. Take all of this into consideration when thinking about having pets at work.
  • Pets have accidents. It’s going to happen. How can you prepare your work place for when it does? Consider having doggie poop bags easily accessible and urine eliminating spray handy. Even the best trained pets can have accidents when they are in unfamiliar or stressful situations.
  • Certain Pets (dogs in particular) will need to be taken for walks and let out to do their business. Does your work environment have open spaces or a park that the dogs can go to in order to take care of business?
  • Does your pet make a lot of noise? Will he or she disturb meetings or co-workers throughout the day? Prepare everyone for when the pets will be in the office so they can adequately prepare for the day.
  • Allergies are never fun! The sad truth is that many people are allergic to pets. It might be a good idea to have a list of those that are allergic, indicating what type of pet they have reactions to. When that type of pet is brought into the office, perhaps that particular person can be placed strategically in another area of the building.
  • How many visitors do you have throughout the week? If there are a lot of people that come in and out of your office regularly, it might be a good idea to let them know about the pet policy in advance. You could also consider having one specific day where the schedule limits outside meetings and implements a pet day instead! The pets will be your guests.

There are many things to consider when considering a new plan about pets at the office. It may sound like we are pointing out a lot of the negatives, but there are so many wonderful benefits to having a pet at work as well. For one, it makes people feel more like a “family”. it gives people something to smile about and commonalities to discuss. Sometimes having a pet at the office will build moral and make people feel motivated and inspired. Don’t let the above bullet points discourage you. Take this list and build upon it with many positive ideas as well. Make sure you have a balance of positive and negative to show your boss before presenting a plan. But remember that a pets at work policy is not for everyone.


Does your office allow pets? Share a picture (or more) will us on our Essential Pet Facebook page. We’d love to see your furry friends working hard throughout the day!

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5 Fall Tips for Pets and Pet Owners

14 September; Author: The Paw Print

Fall is in the air. Do you feel it? Can you smell it? With all the fall flavors and scents floating around, it makes us think about the changing weather and the excitement that comes with this wonderful season.

cavalier king charles spaniel dog relaxing outdoor on autumn walk

What does fall mean to you?

For many of our Facebook friends, fall means being outside, walking the dogs more frequently, eating and drinking pumpkin spiced flavored delights. What a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the sights around your neck of the woods!

Fall officially begins on September 22. Is there anything you should know about the changing weather and season that pertains to your pets? Sure there is, and we are here to help you start the season off right. Take these few tips and feel free to share a few of your own. Does the changing of seasons affect your pet? Tell us more on our Facebook page.

5 Fall tips for pets and pet owners:

  1. Watch out for debris and falling branches. If you have trees that drop things that could prove to be harmful to your pets, be sure to clean up your yard on a regular basis. Being outside might be a bit more tolerable this time of the year, so enjoy it while you can.
  1. Keep the school supplies away from your pets. If you have a dog or cat that likes to chew up anything that is hanging out on the floor like markers, colored pencils or crayons – be on the look out. The last thing you need is a late night emergency hospital visit.
  1. Make sure there are no mushrooms in your yard. The fall season might bring mushrooms to your area. Mushrooms can be poisonous to your pet. Give your yard a hard look before spending long periods of time outside with your pet.
  1. Get out and about! It’s time to start moving and enjoy the beautiful weather. Write down a list of 5 things you want to do with your pet this fall and follow through. Tell us how you stay active with your pet this autumn.
  1. If you are opening the windows to enjoy the fresh air, be sure to keep the screen in place. Many cats have been known to jump out of the window in hopes to find themselves enjoying the great outdoors.

We could go on an on with fall tips for dog and cat owners. There are many articles written about this important topic and many tips to keep in mind. Remember that the changing weather and routine can be stressful for any pet. Try to put yourself in their shoes. If you think like your pet, you might be able to get ahead of any issues you might run into this fall.

Enjoy this wonderful season!

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Is Your Pet a Senior?

7 September; Author: The Paw Print

senior-careIs your cat or dog showing signs of ageing? Has he begun to slow down or act differently from when he was a little one? This might be completely normal, but sometimes hard to accept for pet parents. Our pets are precious members of our families and the last things we want to think about is losing them or something going wrong. But being a senior pet doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog or cat is on the brink of death. It simply means that they are maturing and changing. This can be a good thing!

According to a recent PetMD article, “giant breed dogs like Great Danes are generally considered to be a senior by roughly 5-6 years old, whereas a smaller breed dog like a Chihuahua would probably only enter the senior stage between 10-11 years. Cats can be considered senior when they are between seven and ten years old. According to the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the term “senior” can describe an aging pet, but the number of years considered to be “senior” varies.” 

Do you have a “senior” pet? Share a picture of him or her on our Facebook page! We’d love to meet them!

There are a few things to keep an eye on no matter what age your pet is. Always remember that anything you are concerned about should be discussed with your pet’s veterinarian. Just asking the question can sometimes make you feel a million times better.

14 things to watch out for or question with ageing pets

  1. Loss of vision or “cloudy eyes”
  2. Hearing loss
  3. Decreased appetite
  4. Lack of energy
  5. A serious change in behavior
  6. Limping or excessive scratching
  7. Weight gain or weight loss in excess
  8. Abnormal voluntary isolation
  9. Excessive drooling and/or bad breath
  10. Increased urination around the home
  11. Lack of interest in things they used to enjoy
  12. Pet hip and joint pain
  13. Amplified aggression or acting more territorial
  14. Abnormal sensitivity to changes in weather

There are several signs that your pet is headed into his or her senior years, but there are also many signs that there is a bigger problem. It’s important not to chalk it up to “my pet is just getting older”.  Sometimes it’s just part of the ageing process and other times it is not. A veterinarian that knows your pet will most likely be able to give you insight into what is happening with your furry companion.

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Bad Poetry – Is There Such a Thing?

1 September; Author: The Paw Print


Last month there was actually a holiday called “Bad Poetry Day” (August 13). Is there such a thing as bad poetry? What do think?

There are many types of poetry out there, some you might understand and some you don’t. There is poetry that you might dislike, but your best friend loves more than anything. Perhaps it’s just a matter of taste. And does that make it “bad” poetry?

To help us answer this question we had Simon and Sparky, our pet celebrity team, write a poem each to see if there was really such thing as “bad” poetry. Enjoy!


I Like Being Outside

by Sparky, the dog

When the weather is nice and my tail is wagging, I like being outside.

When the grass smells good and my owner lets me sniff it, I like being outside.

When the wind blows my hair and the trees make swishing sounds, I like being outside.

When the neighbor dogs come to play and my owner throws the ball all day, I like being outside.

Can we go outside and play now?

She Has a Beautiful Smile

by Simon, the cat

That little girl with the blond hair and blue eyes that open so wide,

I want her by my side.


She looks at me with longing eyes,

It’s as if she would tell no lies.


So many people pass me by as I sit and wait,

Will they adopt me or find another mate?


No girl have I ever wanted before,

And we get visitors at this shelter galore.


Will she bring me to my new home?

Or will I sit here all alone?


Now they’re leading me into another room – the room with the welcome rug,

she picks me up and gives me the warmest, most loving hug.


I rub up against her legs and give her a big affectionate lick,

Will I be good enough for her to pick?


Poems are so much fun! We hope you enjoyed these poems by Simon and Sparky. Do you have any favorite pet-related poems? Share them with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

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9 Reasons to Visit the Veterinarian’s Office

30 August; Author: The Paw Print

Meet SimonBy Simon the Cat

Now I’m on a roll. Two blog posts in one month! Did you read my last post about ‘International Cat Day’? It’s not too late to tell us how you feel about making this important holiday every day of the year!

But let’s not get too distracted. I’m here to talk with pet parents and cats about the sometimes dreaded veterinarian office visits. There are many reasons to take you furry feline to the vet, but some people still skip this important duty. I’m sure there are many reasons why they skip, but I don’t want to focus on the negative today. My goal is to give you a few great reasons to take your cat to the vet and perhaps we can help convince people that an annual stop at the vet’s office is a good thing for many reasons. So, here we go… five reasons for owners to take their cats to the vet and five reasons for cats to not hate the vet’s office so much!

5 reasons for owners to take their cat to the vet:

  1. A vet might be able to spot any upcoming problems with your cat.
  2. The veterinarian will give you friendly reminders about the changing needs of your feline. Cats need different things as they age!
  3. You can voice your concerns and get answers from a professional.
  4. Your vet will check for pesky parasites and other unwanted issues with your cat. Who wants fleas and ticks? Not me!
  5. Get important tips that you most likely will not be able to find anywhere else.


4 reasons for cats to not get so worried about a visit to the vet’s office:

  1. You’re in good hands! Even if the vet pokes and prods, you should know that they have your best interests in mind. They are here to help you.
  2. If you go there with pain, you could quite possibly leave their office without it.
  3. Remember that saying about nine lives that you’ve heard about your entire life? A veterinarian can actually help you appreciate and utilize those lives more efficiently. Trust me. I’ve had my run in with bad luck myself.
  4. You might get a treat or extra play time because your owner feels sorry for you! Take advantage of it while you can.


Cats are incredibly popular in the United States, and yet, they are taken to the veterinarian less than our canine furrrends. Why is that? It’s likely because we are seen as more self sufficient and overall healthier. Who can blame them? As a feline myself, I must admit that I’m not always excited to got the veterinarian’s office. But I know it’s important to help me live my best life! I hope my tips help.

Talk soon,



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