Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | May 17, 2015

ANOTHER Dog Food RECALL

Attention, all of our fellow dog lovers:

On May 15th,  the FDA announced there has been a dog food recall.

OC Raw Dog Food of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA has recalled its OC Raw Turkey and Produce Raw Frozen Canine formula because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The formulas being recalled are the 6.5lb. Doggie Dozen patties, and 5lb. bulk bags with the lot number 1511 with a ‘USE BY’ date of 10/8/15.

Please share this to as many as possible to help spread the word.

Thank you for caring!

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | April 27, 2015

Dog Chew Recall

Nylabone is recalling one of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because they could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella.

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The lot being recalled was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and was even available through online ordering.

The recalled product comes in a 1.69 ounce package marked with Lot #21935 and UPC 0-18214-81291-3 and with an expiration date of 3/22/18.

As of the press release date of 4/22/15, no illnesses had been reported.  However through random testing of the products, the presence of salmonella had been detected.

Please help spread the word!  Share on every social media platform possible.  We don’t want any puppies to get sick.

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
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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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 24, 2014

Professional Pet Sitter Q&A blog series – Got Questions? We Have Answers

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Over the years, I have been bombarded with questions regarding the wonderful world of pet sitting.  Which is a great thing!  People want to know all kinds of things about what we do, how we handle certain situations, etc.  So I have decided to a Q&A blog series about all of it.

To start, I will share a question that recently showed up on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ).

‘Dear APC, any advice for a pet owner with a 10 month old chocolate lab who’s about to have a baby in a couple of months?’

My response:

‘This is a pretty important situation.

A ten month old lab is still very young (3 years of puppyhood). They are still learning how to live in a human’s world. The dog will still need a daily amount of exercise (to burn off their naturally anxious energy), but most importantly, a tremendous amount of attention. Dogs (puppies especially) are very sensitive and mentally fragile. Also, dogs are creatures of habit, they HATE change of any kind. If they feel the slightest amount of neglect, they may develop separation anxiety, which can result in everything from destructive behavior to resorting back to relieving themselves in the house, and needing to be potty trained all over again. Most likely the owner(s) will require help to get the dog out for daily walks (yes, even if they are home during this time). Labs have a tremendous amount of natural energy. If they do not work off that energy through walking, running or playtime, that energy will transition into anxiety, which is where the real behavior problems start to develop. Keep them walked, tired, and their days as consistent as possible. If the dog doesn’t get what it needs, the entire household will suffer because of it. It is tremendously beneficial for dogs to bond with someone outside of the immediate household as well. If they have a dogwalker who comes over to visit only them, they will create a bond with someone they know they can depend on and love on outside of the home. It’s great for their mental health (think of a kid having a best friend who comes over to play with them. It’s the same thing. Very important for their confidence and emotional well being).

Also important to note, because I see and hear plenty of this with new mothers…  DO NOT take walks with both the dog, and the baby in the stroller! That is very dangerous (and unfortunately common). When a dog (large labs especially) sees any trigger like a rabbit, cat, other dog, etc. its instinct is likely to chase it immediately. This is when strollers get pulled over, mothers dragged to the ground, dogs get loose and run away, etc. These incidents are extremely common and all preventable. Just some important advice.’

I’m curious to know, what are some ideas you would share on this topic?  Do you disagree with any of my advice?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
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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.

 

Spread the word!

 

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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!

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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/

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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.

 

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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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.  

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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog:  https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/

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.

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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog:  https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/

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.

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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog:  https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/

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