Wags and Purrs: Top 5 Ways to Spoil our Pets

Does your dog or cat enjoy the luxury of a king sized bed at the expense of your own good night’s sleep? What about those rain-or-shine 5 A.M. walks? Do your fur-children eat only the finest high-quality protein, while you have the occasional ice cream for dinner? If all of these ring true, your pet might be a little spoiled — but we prefer the term well-loved! Go ahead and indulge with these top 5 ways to spoil our pets.

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1.) Spa Day

What better way to pamper your pup than with a spa day? The Dog Salon in Charlotte is the perfect stop for a day of luxury. The grooming options for small and large breeds range from “just a trim” to a DIY bath to a full-service star beauty treatment. Time for a nail appointment? Add on a manicure for your little prince or princess. Extra services include therapeutic shampoo options, flea treatments, teeth brushing, nail polish, and funky fun fashion colors!

2.) Kitty Camp

Warmer days are fantastic for a kitty-and-me play date! Cats love games as much as dogs. Keep your feline friendly busy with a variety of mentally stimulating activities. Build an indoor obstacle course for your cat out of old boxes and watch the fun begin. Try some catnip bubbles to draw kitty’s attention. Turn your cat’s water bowl into a fun fountain or let the faucet drip while kitty enjoys splashing around. When it’s time to sunbathe, a hanging window ledge is a great way to ensure maximum relaxation.

3.) Summer Lovin’

Take your dog for a swim! Many of Charlotte’s local lakes, creeks, and streams are dog-friendly and perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve is a go-to for many Charlotte dog owners as temperatures begin to heat up. The expansive park is home to several small lakes that offer a cozy picnic spot for you and your best furry friend. Feeling adventurous? Take your dog on a stand-up paddle board ride — but don’t forget the life jacket!

When it’s time to head home, treat your pet to some extra love with a refreshing pupsicle.

4.) Choose Your Own Adventure

Take your pet to the store and let them pick out their own toys and treats! Whatever your furbaby picks is what your activity for the day will be. If your furchild goes for a frisby, take them to the park. If they’re more of a snuggly cuddle toy type, an indoor movie day is your destination. Save the treats to enjoy on your adventure!

Trying to keep your pet’s health in mind as well as spoil them? Opt for nutritious snacks over junk food. High protein, grain-free and all natural varieties will please your pet just as much. Pawtique in Charlotte is a delightful holistic pet shop that offers an array of options for your pet lead shopping spree.

5.) Playtime, Cuddle Time, and More

One thing is certain — we love our pets! But spoiling our furchildren can be difficult when work, school, kids, and life get in the way. If your busy lifestyle has got your pet feeling like less of a prince or princess, scheduling a weekly play date is the perfect pick-me-up.

At Little Friends, our caring, knowledgeable sitters are flexible and work around your schedule. Set up a short 20-minute play date, half an hour, or a full hour. Dogs, cats, and even exotics will benefit from individualized play, cuddles, and pampering. We provide companionship, walks, and treats (at the owner’s discretion) along with regular meal times and care.

Schedule a recurring visit every month, week, or day and keep your pet feeling like the royalty they are!

Fleas, Ticks and Allergies: Your Spring Health Guide for Your Charlotte Pets

With spring comes warm, breezy weather. Prepare for trips with your furry friends to the beach, dog park, hiking trails, and other fun destinations! Unfortunately, spring also means fleas, ticks, and allergens. When you begin to sneeze, you may also find your dog and cat licking their paws. Thankfully, there are also ways to fight against these pests and uncomfortable allergies, keeping your Charlotte pet happy and healthy.

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Fleas and Ticks in North Carolina

No one wants to deal with fleas and ticks. They’re uncomfortable for your pet and can spread throughout your home. Here are some things that you should know about these pests if you live in Charlotte:

Symptoms of Fleas and Ticks in Dogs and Cats

Here are some of the signs that you should look out for when inspecting for fleas:

  • Flea droppings, which look like very small, dark grains (will be in your dog’s or cat’s fur)
  • Flea eggs, which are small, white grains (also found in the fur)
  • Licking and scratching the skin excessively
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots and redness

And for ticks:

  • These can be spotted by sight and will look like a dark, raised bump
  • They can cause skin irritation
  • Your pet should be checked regularly for ticks if they spend a lot of time outdoors, especially near the head and feet

How to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks

  • There are several preventative treatments available that will keep your pet free of ticks and fleas. These include oral medications, spot-on treatments, shampoos, dips, collars, sprays, and powders.
  • If one pet has fleas or ticks, then you should treat all of your pets with preventative treatments. This will keep your other pets from getting them, which is known as cross-infestation.
  • Keep in mind that when dealing with a flea or tick infestation that you should also clean your home. This includes your bedding (including pet bedding), carpets and upholstery. These surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned.
  • Learn how to remove ticks properly with a pair of tweezers. If you struggle to do this, then contact your vet.

Signs of Spring Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Just like yourself, your pet can also get allergies in the spring. This can be due to common allergens such as pollen, mold spores, and dust. Itching is a common sign among dogs and cats. Cats will lick to the extent that their skin is reddened and dogs will lick similarly, developing swollen, irritated skin.

How to Avoid Spring Allergens

If you’re looking to avoid the effects of spring allergens, then consider these tips:

  • Levels of pollen are highest early in the morning and in the late afternoon. Consider walking your dog at different times.
  • Clean your dog’s paws, legs, and body directly after their walks or your cat’s paws if they spend time outdoors. You can also put booties on your dog when walking them.
  • Change your air filters regularly. This will cut down on the allergens that come in through the windows or the door when it’s opened throughout the day.
  • If your cat isn’t already indoors-only, then consider making the change.
  • Keep up with your cleaning. Many surfaces – such as your rugs, carpet, and curtains – can pick up pollen and dust.

Overall, the spring is a beautiful time in Charlotte but it’s important to take preventative measures against fleas, ticks, and allergens. If you’re looking for a pet sitter or dog walker this spring, contact Little Friends Pet Sitting & Dog Walking. To schedule a service or register as a new client, you can look for your location here.