Category: September 2012 Newsletter B

Pet Sitter Essentials

Special time with friends, Christmas shopping, ten extra pounds, travel… the holiday season brings all this and more to many American families. For pet owners who must fly across the country or drive out of town to attend celebratory gatherings, it may also bring a pet sitter. Consider the following essentials yours will need to know in order to take the best possible care of your furry family members while you are away.

West Nile Virus in Dogs and Cats

Mosquitoes are more than an itchy, scratchy pain in the neck–they’re also dangerous to your health, and that of your pet. The blood-sucking pests can carry West Nile Virus (WNV), a potentially serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WNV is generally a seasonal epidemic. Common in the summer, it continues into the fall. Though it reaches its peak around Labor Day, higher temperatures this year may allow mosquitoes to linger–which means WNV could continue to be a danger through September and even October.