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5 Easy New Year’s Resolutions for Dogs and Cats The New Year is here and it’s time to not only improve ourselves, but also the lives of our furry family members. We have five easy, simple ways you can improve your pets’ quality of life. Enjoy these simple New Year’s Resolutions for your pets! 1. Work out more! It’s the New Year, so we have to start with the most classic of New Year’s resolutions: […]
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Dishes for Dogs: Canine Kitchen Spotlight Blog While attending a local Dog Event held in Coconut Grove, The Equipaws team stumbled upon an up-and-coming company named Dishes For Dogs: Canine Kitchen. The business is based in the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood and is committed to creating pet-friendly meals with local and fresh ingredients while providing a balanced diet for your pup. We know that nutrition is just as important as exercise and companionship are in keeping […]
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Miami’s Best Holiday Gift Guide for Pets: Include your dogs and cats in the holiday fun this year! We’ve asked our dog walkers and cat sitters to contribute their ideas of a perfect holiday present for your dogs and cats this holiday. There are many options online, of course, but we’re partial to supporting fellow local, small businesses making it happen in Miami. Miami has plenty of great companies ready to supply the perfect gift […]
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Frosty DIY Delicacies for Your Doggie Companions!  It always feels like summer in MIami and you know what that means, it’s gotten hot, hot, and hotter outside for our furry friends! We have to make sure we can keep them cool and comfortable during these next few months. Walking and playing with your dogs in Miami’s heat will make a pup thirsty. Keep them cool, hydrated, and safe from heat stroke following our tips, and […]
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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we know many of you are scrambling for a last-minute pet Valentine’s Day gift for your loved ones, or worse… completely forgot that your dogs and cats love getting gifts, too! No worry- we have five wonderful, LOCAL gift options for the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for the furry kids and humans in your life. We love all of these local, small businesses dearly and regularly refer our beloved clients […]
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Attention, dear pet sitting & dog walking clients & friends! There has been another dog food recall, this time from Loving Pets Corp. PetSmart recently announced that Loving Pets Corp was voluntarily recalling Simply Nourish Biscuits with Beef and Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to potential mold growth. The treats’ information: SKU number is: 5203800, and its UPC is 737257470 with a February 2016 expiration date. Ingesting moldy food (tremorgenic mycotoxins) is dangerous for humans and animals alike; […]
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Stop Giving Your Dogs and Cats Jerky Treats It’s all over the news constantly: jerky treats are not good for your dogs. In fact, as of May 1, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received 4,800 complaints of illness in pets who ate chicken, duck, or sweet potato treats, almost all of which were imported from China. The reports include more than 1,000 canine deaths- a horrific number. And now they’ve been linked […]
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Solutions for Dog Anxiety and Pet Mental Health Did you know that March is Polite Pets Month in Australia?  This March, Polite Pets Month is focusing on pet mental health, including anxiety issues.  As the mommy of Ty, a 13 year old mix breed rescue who suffers from a severe combination of fear of thunder as well as separation anxiety, Pet Sitter Beccie and her mother have quite a bit of experience with dog anxiety. Ty’s […]
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Not exactly! In this dog walker’s view, dog walks and pet toothpaste and tooth brushing are an even tie in the hierarchy of fun, yet healthy, “treats.” After all, it’s well-established that exercise will keep your pooch healthy physically and mentally, but do you know why you should brush your pets’ teeth daily? Since February is  “National Pet Dental Health Month,” we thought we’d talk about that instead of our obsession with dog exercise for a […]
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We shared this voluntary recall with our pet sitting and dog walking clients earlier last week when we first heard about it. There is yet another Salmonella contamination scare for dry cat and dog foods, this time from Pro-Pet LLC. These foods were distributed in Florida, so there may be a chance that you or one of your friends have come across them. Please read the FDA’s press release, and spread the word with your […]
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The holidays are a particularly hazardous time for pets. While most pet parents know to keep their dogs and cats away from the usual suspects like raisins, grapes, and dark chocolate, some may not be aware of the dangers of coffee grounds and coffee beans.
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Are there any dog-friendly restaurants in Miami? Why, yes! Miami is full of dog-friendly restaurants, parks, and venues! Just this week, pet sitters and dog walkers Flavia and Frankie Berti were enjoying lunch at Lokal Burgers and Beer in Coconut Grove in between pet sits and dog runs and discovered that Lokal not only puts out fresh doggy biscuits and water for passersby, but they have a dedicated Doggy Menu, complete with non-alcoholic beer for […]
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It so happens that one of the most common questions we get from our pet sitting clients is about which food they should be serving their dogs. We turned to J.J. Diaz, the enthusiastic and knowledgeable purveyor of our own dogs’ special pet food, Miami native, and owner of Animal Crackers, for advice. He’s been a huge help in alleviating our Shar-Pei’s chronic skin allergies, reducing costly vet visits, and eased us into the process […]
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Foods your dogs love. Pet Sitter’s Diary: Unusual Dog Food and Treats We pet sit and board some very lucky and beloved dogs around South Miami. Why are they so lucky? Our clients are investing in and serving really interesting dog food choices lately. They’re taking their pets’ health as seriously as their own, either going raw or supplementing their dogs’ diets with fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, and other goodies. First up, raw diets: The […]
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We talked about the potential causes for unsavory behavior like stool eating in our last post. We have oodles of experience with curbing poop- consumption at this point in our doggy-filled pet sitting lives. Of course, we favor natural, home remedies and prevention for most of our dogs’ worries and needs, and so we’re sharing what we’ve done for our pet sitting clients below. How to prevent your dog from eating stool 1. Feed Your […]
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