Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | August 29, 2014

Dog Food Recall

Mars Petcare US has announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material.

The affected bags were sold in Dollar General stores in four states.
Although the small metal fragments are not embedded in the food itself, they may present a risk of injury if consumed.

The company is working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled product is no longer sold and is removed from inventory.

What’s Recalled?
Only 15 pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food with the production code detailed below were sold at 12 Dollar General stores in the following four states:
Arkansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Tennessee
Each product will have the lot code 432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15.

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | May 17, 2014

Another Pet Food RECALL

 

Another pet food recall…

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Bravo is issuing a recall on some selections of Bravo Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
However, healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria. Animals sick with Listeria will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian.

 

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | April 23, 2014

What is in a Dog’s Name? It may surprise you

 

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Have you ever heard the old saying ” the name makes the man?”

 

Well, the same can be said about dogs.

 

I have had the pleasure of working with more than 1,000 dogs.  Out of all of those dogs, not one of them had the name Fido, Spot, or Sparky.  All names which were extremely popular back 50 or 60 years ago when dogs were seen merely as pets.  They were typically left to live outside in a pen, a doghouse, or much worse, tethered with a chain around their necks.  Each being no way for a dog to live.

Today, dogs commonly have more friendly names like Charley, Jake, Molly, Maggie, Emma, Barry, Sammy, Lucy, Spencer, Hank, and Shelby.  I think this is a result of us evolving as an animal-loving society.

We have come to recognize that dogs are not just pets, they are true friends and family members.  People aren’t naming something that will be living inhumanely in the back yard.  People are naming their best friends, or their pet-kids.  You may not think of your dog as your best friend, but you certainly are its best friend.  You are what your dog thinks about when it wakes up in the morning until it falls asleep at night, and probably what it dreams about as well.

You will have plenty of other things in your daily life: Work, friends, family, errands, school, television, music, hobbies, etc…  But your dog only has you.

It’s nice to know that we have finally evolved into a society who recognizes the important role dogs play in our lives, and sees them for the magical little beings they truly are.

So give those little ones the great, big hug they deserve, and tell them just how much you love them each and every day…  Because they deserve it!

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | April 9, 2014

5 Dog-Friendly Restaurants Here in Scottsdale

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Looking for dog-friendly restaurants here in the Scottsdale area?

Here is a list of some of the best restaurants to share a meal with your pup:

1:  Duke’s Sports Bar -7607 E. McDowell Rd, Scottsdale. 480-675-9724, dukessportsbar.com

Duke’s has two spacious patios to dine with your dog.  They also have water bowls for your dog to drink from, so your dog won’t get thirsty while you watch the game.  I recommend the French Dip.  It’s delicious!

2:  D’Lish – 2613 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-247-8537

A mix of Café style/delicious diner/quick food, this is a great place to stop in with your pup.  They also have a drive thru if you just need to get it quickly.

3:  Stax Burger Bistro – 4400 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-946-4222, staxburgerbistro.com.

A must visit for dog-loving foodies.  Sit outside on the patio with your pup while you enjoy a delicious variety of beef, boar, venison, ostrich, duck, kangaroo, etc.  The sliders are incredible.  I also recommend the sweet tots.

4.  Veneta Trattoria – 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-948-9928, venetotrattoria.com.

A nice, shaded patio for you and your dog to share.  This restaurant is a favorite of many locals, who enjoy authentic Italian cuisine.  Unfortunately, only small-to-medium dogs are ‘preferred.’

5.  Morning Squeeze – 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-945-4669, morningsqueeze.com.

Out for an early morning walk with your dog?  Stop in here to fuel up with your morning java or juice. They even have a dog menu.

If you visit any of these great places, please feel free to let us know what your dog thought of them.

Leave a comment below, or post it on our Facebook page or tweet us at @AbsolutePetCare.

 

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | February 7, 2014

Another Pet Food Recall – 2/7/14

 

ATTENTION Dog & Cat Parents:  

There has been ANOTHER food recall.

Here is the info:

Pro-Pet LLC of St. Mary’s, Ohio has issued a voluntary recall of specific dry dog and cat foods for a possible Salmonella contamination. 

Foods recalled include:

  • Hubbard Life
  • Joy Combo
  • QC Plus

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Please share this post.  I recently conducted a poll, and learned that most pet parents aren’t informed when a pet food recall is issued.  I would hate to see a pet suffer simply because their parents weren’t informed of the recall.  

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Tim Heise

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | December 12, 2013

How “Special” is your pet?

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Having grown up in a rural part of the Midwest, I spent my entire life taking care of animals.  Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, goats, chickens…  I can even remember having a gerbil, a hamster, a few squirrels, a raccoon, an iguana, and several fish.  Anyway…  I never thought of them as a challenge.  I never had a “How to” manual either.  I just loved all of them dearly.  I did my best to learn as much as I could about each animal, so I could help care for them to the best of my ability.  Many years later, I completed a thorough, Four month training course, becoming certified to care for everything from horses to hermit crabs.

Even after I started our pet care company, Absolute Pet Care, I didn’t realize how many ‘special’ pets we actually cared for.  We just do the best we can to make sure all pets are happy and healthy.  After a client brought to my attention how we are ‘lifesavers’ for hand feeding her sick dog each meal while she was out of town, I realized just how many ‘special’ pets we care for on a regular basis.

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Out of the hundreds of our pet sitting clients, many require special attention.  Many of them need to be hand-fed, spoon-fed, medicated, carried outside because they can’t walk, carried up and down stairs, slept and cuddled with at night because of anxiety, etc.  We have many pets who are blind, deaf, missing limbs, recovering from surgery, etc.  We have a couple of dogs who need to be pulled in a cart on their walks, because they do not have legs.

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Not once have I ever thought of them as being “Special Needs.”  I just thought they needed to be cared for as any other pet.  They all need food, water, and love.  I’m very thankful we get to do that for them.  We definitely don’t discriminate.  Whatever they need, we happily provide.

Do you have a “Special” pet?

What are some of the struggles you’ve experienced?

How has your pet sitter helped you?

Please provide any and all feedback.

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Tim Heise

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 25, 2013

Dog Treat Recall – Scottsdale Dog Walker

Your True Companion Pet Products is recalling its True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats due to a Salmonella contamination possibility.

The recalled treats include:

Duck Feet

Duck Wings

Chicken Feet

Lamb Trachea

Chicken Breast

280 cases of the affected treats have been sold in bulk to various pet food stores.

Consumers should contact Your True Companion Pet Products at 855-260-5024 for more information.

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Tim Heise

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 15, 2013

How Would You Feel if Your Pet Became “Lost?”

 

How would you feel if your pet became ‘lost?’

We see ‘Lost Pet‘ flyers almost everywhere we look.  On telephone poles, mailboxes, taped to signs at the park, posted to bulletin boards at grocery stores, on the walls of our vet offices, etc…  It’s gotten to the point where some people have grown immune to them, as if they don’t even bother to look at and read them any longer.

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Personally, I am a member of several local ‘Lost Pet’ groups.  I receive a message each time someone posts a lost pet picture and information, so that I can head over to that location and help look for it.  Some of these stories are absolutely heartbreaking.  It’s so sad to know that a diabetic cat ran out the door, and won’t be able to receive its insulin shot.

To think of these pets being frightened, panicked and alone, can just be too much to bear.

Pets can become lost in many different ways, but most cases have the same thing in common.  In each case, they were preventable.

I write this blog post today particularly because it is the holiday season.  Most people become preoccupied with the additional activities the holidays bring us.  Many of us get busier with work, or busier trying to finish more work in order to take time off during the holidays.  We have parties to attend or throw, shopping to do, cooking or catering to prepare for.  It can be easy to neglect our furry loved ones.

I recommend including your pets in your pre-holiday preparation.  The keys to help you do this:

1).  Start Early.  You know the holidays are coming.  We all know what happens after Halloween.  It’s never too early to be prepared.

2).  Make a To-Do List.  It’s always helpful to write down, and see the tasks you need to finish in order to be prepared.  Plus, it feels good to check those tasks off the list once you complete them.  A nice sense of accomplishment.

3). Think about your pets, and their needs.  Purchase everything they will need until January.  The holiday season starts November 1st, and runs through January 1st.  Go ahead and purchase everything they will need to get them through.  Extra food, litter, toys, medication, treats, etc.  You don’t want them running out of anything.

4).  Check and schedule all appointments they may need.  Is their annual vet checkup due soon?  Consider calling your vet, and getting the appointment taken care of early.  Will you be traveling at all during this time?  Call your professional pet sitting company to make sure your pet sitting appointments are booked.  I know that here at Absolute Pet Care, we usually start receiving holiday reservations right around Labor Day.  It’s never too early to book.

5).  Take the proper steps for prevention.  Think what you would do if your pet became lost.  You would probably wish your pet were microchipped, to help someone identify him/her.  So make an appointment to have them chipped.  You would want to make up flyers to post around your neighborhood.  So make sure you have current, up to date pictures of your pets.  You will need them.  Also, check to make sure their I.D. tags on their collars are updated and legible.  Some tags can become so worn out, they are difficult to read.  You want to make certain people can read your phone number.  Also, consider adding ‘REWARD IF FOUND’ to your pet’s tag.  Always, and I mean ALWAYS, keep your pet’s collar on.  I know you may think it is uncomfortable for them to wear it at all times.  Lost pet situations just happen, they are never planned.  It’s best for them to have their collars on if they become lost.  You’ll regret it if they don’t.

6).  Don’t be afraid to enforce the rules.  The holidays are a common time for more pets to become lost simply because so many people may be coming or going.  If you have guests, make sure to explain how careful they need to be when coming or going through your doorway.  Some people don’t have pets, and they don’t know how to be protective to make sure they don’t escape.  Don’t be afraid to speak up and teach these people.  Your pets are worth it.

Don’t let this happen to your pets:

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Tim Heise

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 13, 2013

FDA Warns Pet Owners to Avoid Raw Food Diets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found through a new study that compared to other diets, raw pet food was most likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.

Pet owners who feed their pets a raw-based food diet are now being warned by the FDA that their pets may be at a greater risk for infections.

After a two-year study conducted by the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), more than 1,000 samples of pet food were screened.  Of those, 15 tested positive for Salmonella, and 32 tested positive for Listeria.  196 commercial dog and cat foods were sampled for the study, purchased from a variety of manufactures.

The FDA says the best way to prevent infection is to avoid feeding pets a raw diet.  The raw diet puts not only the pets at risk, but also the owners, and pet sitters who handle the food as well.

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Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Tim Heise

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 6, 2013

Celebrating our 5th Holiday Season by Helping Homeless Pets

With a huge THANK YOU to all of our hundreds of wonderful Absolute Pet Care clients here in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and the Tempe areas… We are spending our 5th holiday season collecting donations for homeless pets.

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We want to make this as easy as possible for you.

While our pet sitters and dog walkers are out and about each day, we can simply stop by your home to pick up your donations.  You don’t have to load them up and drop them off.  We will do it for you.  You don’t even have to be home.

Simply contact us here http://www.absolutepetcareaz.com/Contact

Fill out the information (Name, address, email, phone number, date your items will be ready for pick up, etc.), and we will drop by.  We will be picking up items starting today through Thursday, 11/21.

Unfortunately, we do need to stay within our service area which is shown here http://goo.gl/wHl6Or – If you are outside of our area, we may still be able to help.  Let us know approximately where you are located.

Here is a note from a rescue about items in need:

‘We are in need of food (preferably without corn, but not picky. These kiddos just need to eat.) Warm blankets, chew bones, toys, etc. Hoping to get some heavy duty throw rugs for them to lie on in their kennels (it can get pretty cold for them). Cat items include litter, food, toys, etc.  We take all donations you care to give. We can always use treats too!’

For those who choose to participate, I simply cannot thank you enough.

Helping these homeless pets means the world to me.  I wish I could adopt all of them, and give them the loving home they deserve, but obviously that’s impossible.

Anything we can do to help improve their lives it worth it.

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Thanks for caring!

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Blog:  https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/

Tim Heise

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