Ringing in the New Year with your Pooch

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Fun Things to Do with Your Doggo on NYE

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New Year’s Eve in Manhattan is quite a spectacle. Crowds of people swarm Time Square to witness the ball drop signifying the start of a new year, and in this case, a new decade. Some people like to go out for NYE, but when you have a pooch, going out with your doggo on a night like NYE can be too much craziness. If you’re looking for some fun things to do from the safety of your home, we’ve got you covered. Here are some fun things you and your pooch can do to ring in the New Year.

4 Ways to Ring in the New Year with your Pooch

Get Dressed Up!

When you’re ringing in the New Year, you want to make sure you’re doing it in style. Plus, one of the best parts of New Year’s is having an excuse to dress up with your pooch, right? The opportunities are endless from dressing up in formal attire to dressing up in onesies. No matter what you decide to do, the important part is that you’re spending it with your pooch, making goofy memories for you guys to look back on fondly.

Invite Yo Frienz Over

New Year’s is more fun with friends. Or at least we think so. Send out cute, doggie themed party invites for your NYE gathering. Have your guests bring human and dog-friendly treats so everyone feels included and you don’t have to resist puppy dog eyes begging you for food all night. Whether you want to plan a theme party to ring in the New Year or you just want to spend it with the humans and pooches you love the most in this world, invite your friends over to your home for a NYE celebration.

Watch the NYE Celebrations Together

Taking your dog out to Time Square for the ball drop would be chaotic and next to impossible. But who’s to say watching the festivities from your home can’t be just as fun? Avoid the crowds and pick up your favorite Chinese take-out or go-to dinner items. Make sure you plan something awesome for you doggo like adding some bone broth to their food or putting a couple bits of meat on top of their dinner so they can have an elevated meal for heading into the New Year. Then cozy up on the couch and watch the ball drop. It’s all the NYE fun without the hassle.

Movie Marathon

Here’s another suggestion for the pawrents and pooches that want to take it easy on NYE. A movie marathon is just about the most comfortable thing you can do to ring in the New Year. Put on those footie pajamas and get your doggo into their cozy sleeping attire and have a movie marathon. Choose all your favorite romantic comedies, animated films or just watch whatever you want while cuddling with your pooch. Grab some dog-friendly snacks and your favorite movie candy and ring in the New Year with your pooch from the safety of your home.

Holiday Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters in NYC

The holidays are in full swing here in NYC and people are starting to leave the city to go spend time with their families and friends in other areas. Traveling with a pet can be a really difficult process during the holidays. But finding someone reliable to take care of your pet can be just as hard. But it just got a whole lot easier. We have dog walkers and pet sitters available this holiday throughout Manhattan. Schedule your holiday dog walking and pet sitting services today.

Essential Winter Dog Gear

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The Best Winter Dog Gear for New York City

winter dog gearNew York City gets cold in the winter. Duh. But when it’s cold, if you’re a pawrent to a doggo, you can’t just expect your dog to be able to go outside with nothing protecting them. Cold weather can be dangerous for dogs. When winter rolls around, having proper winter dog gear will ensure that your pet is protected and comfortable when they have to go outside to exercise or go to the bathroom. Here are some of our favorite pieces of winter dog gear to prepare your dog for winter in New York City.

4 Essential Pieces of Winter Dog Gear

Coat

Unless you have a dog that was born for the cold weather like a Siberian Husky or a similar breed. When the cold weather rolls in, most dogs need an extra layer (or two) of protection. A coat or good jacket is a piece of winter dog gear that’s essential in New York City. A jacket or coat should be water-resistant or waterproof if you really want to splurge and have a warm lining like fleece or cotton. If your dog likes to chew things, you may want to avoid zippers or buttons or hooks that could end up in your dog’s stomach.

Older or smaller dogs may need a sweater underneath their jacket for another layer of protection. Make sure the coat you get for your doggo isn’t too snug or your dog will be uncomfortable when they’re out doing their business. And that ain’t right.

Booties/Paw Protectors

Your dog’s paws are some of the most important pieces of their anatomy. Protect their paws and your doggo will have a whole lot more fun this winter. The paws of your dog’s feet are extremely sensitive, not only to cold or hot weather, but to things like the salt and other chemicals that are on the streets of NYC. Salt is used throughout NYC to minimize slipping and falling for humans, but it’s actually really harmful to doggos. If they get it on their paws and lick their paws, it can be extremely toxic for them. Avoid this scenario altogether by simply protecting your dog’s paws with booties or paw protectors and help them get the exercise they need throughout the winter months in NYC.

Snood

This is probably one of the funniest pieces of winter dog gear out there, but for dogs with long floppy ears or that are extremely sensitive to cold weather, a snood can be a lifesaver. This hat and scarf combo is the perfect addition to your dog’s wardrobe to protect against wind and cold weather. Most snoods have drawstrings so you can tighten or loosen them as needed to fit your doggo.

Sweater

Dogs that are older or smaller tend to need a little extra help during winter in NYC. An extra layer of insulation in the form of a sweater can help to get them through the winter months. When you’re choosing a sweater for your dog, the sweater should be tight but not snug so that their neck and legs can move about freely. But don’t leave the sweater on for too long, especially inside. It can cause your dog to overheat or even provoke a rash. The easier the sweater is to put on, the easier you’re able to remove it.

Find a Dog Walker or Pet Sitter in New York City

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you can decide to eliminate your dog’s exercise routine. You’re still going to have to take them for walks and make sure they’re able to do their doggie business. But if you’re are unable to brave the NYC cold or you have a busy holiday schedule, let our Bingo dog walkers and pet sitters help you out. We don’t care if it’s cold outside. We know your dog still needs to get their exercise and fresh air. Schedule your dog walking or pet sitting services today, and learn why our Bingo dog walkers and pet sitters are the best in New York City.

Protect Your Pet While You’re Away

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Ways to Increase the Security of Your Pet

protect your petOwning a pet is one of the most joyous and fulfilling experiences of your life. It comes with cuddles, laughs and a whole lot of love. But it can also come with other emotions like worry. After all, your pet is essentially your child. If you’re constantly thinking about ways you can protect your pet while you’re away, this blog is for you. Here are some things you can do to increase the security of your pet and give yourself some additional peace of mind.

3 Ways to Increase Your Pet’s Security

Get a Pet Camera

Pets can be a handful, especially puppies, kitties and other pets in the early stages of their lives. Getting a pet camera, allows you to monitor your pet and increase your pet’s security. Some of these high-tech devices even allow you to talk to your pet. If you catch them in the act of shredding cushions or other household items, you can chime in. If you want to just say hi, you’re more than welcome to do so. You can also see if your pet is having a health emergency or acting strange and you can even dispense treats. A pet camera is a great way to protect your pet and add extra peace of mind to your life.

Security System or Service

These days, security systems are extremely accessible to the everyday consumer. For just over $100, you can get a digital doorbell and memberships for security services like ADT are also very affordable, as many more Americans are prioritizing home security in the midst of the rise of package thieves.

The great thing about a security service is that you can hook it into your security control panel and it can let you know about environmental threats like fire, flooding or carbon monoxide. You can alert the company that you have a pet in the home so if the alarm is ever set off, the authorities know that there’s a pet in the residence. It’s just another way you can protect your pet while you’re away.

Pet Insurance

As an added layer of protection for your pet, you may want to consider pet insurance. Pets get sick and have chronic illnesses just like humans. As you know, going to the doctor can cost a pretty penny. Pet insurance doesn’t only protect your pet, by allowing you to choose your own veterinarian and seek medical attention at your choice of facilities, but it gives you the peace of mind you deserve as a pet owner. While certain things aren’t covered, pet insurance is still a great way to protect your pet and your pocketbook.

Safest Pet Sitters in Manhattan

Entrusting your pet with a pet sitting service isn’t as easy as it sounds. Especially because there are so many options right here in Manhattan. But at Bingo Pet Care, we do things differently. We strive to provide a safe and loving environment for your pet, making them our priority. Schedule a meet and greet today, and find out why we’re the safest pet sitters in Manhattan.

Fall Pet Preparation

Prepare Your Pet for Fall in Manhattan

fall pet preparationAs it starts to get colder here in Manhattan, the number of coats, boots and scarves that you start to see on the streets increases. People are starting to bundle up, make adjustments to their lives in order to accommodate the coming of fall. If you’re a pawrent, you need to make the same adjustments for your pet. When it comes to fall pet preparation, there are few things you can do to make your pet more comfortable. Keep reading for our fall pet preparation tips.

3 Fall Pet Preparation Tips

Additional Warmth

Throughout the year, your pet’s needs change. Depending on the weather and temperatures, you make adjustments so that your pet is more comfortable. In the warmer months, you remove things from their environment that cause additional heat like blankets in the dog bed or covering for the birdcage. But as it starts to get cooler here in Manhattan, you’re going to need to step up for your fall pet preparation.

Provide your pet with extra warmth wherever their favorite spots are. If you know your cat likes the windowsill where the sun shines through in the morning, fold up a blanket and put it there so they have additional heat. Add an extra blanket to your dog’s bed or make sure you cuddle up extra close at night. Your pet will appreciate it as it gets colder.

Make Dietary Adjustments as Needed

When it’s cold, your pet requires more energy to stay warm throughout the day. Just because it’s starting to get colder, doesn’t mean that you get to ditch your pet’s exercise or play routine. They need that for their health. But what you probably need to do is increase the amount of food that you give your pet in the cooler months of the year. Food generates body heat. Make sure you check with your vet to see how you should modify your pet’s diet to best suit their needs.

Watch the Decorations

Fall is the start of the holiday season. Before you know it, you’re going to be decorating your place for Halloween and Thanksgiving. When you’re decorating your Manhattan apartment for the holidays, keep in mind that your pet lives there too. Cats love shiny things. They love playing with strings and scratching things and have also been known to destroy holiday decorations. Dogs too. Animals are curious, so when you’re decorating, try to stay away from things that if swallowed or dismantled could harm your pet.

Safe and Reliable Pet Sitters in Manhattan

Our professional and reliable Manhattan pet sitters understand that pet care changes throughout the year. Some pets need more than others to stay comfortable during cooler months of the year like additional blankets in their beds or more cuddles with their pawrents. Every pet is different. And at Bingo Pet Care, we make your pet our priority. We provide a co-parenting pet sitting experience unlike any other service in Manhattan. Schedule a meet and greet today and find out for yourself why we’re the most reliable pet sitters in Manhattan.

Manhattan Summer Dog Events

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Dog Friendly Summer Events in Manhattan

summer dog eventsNew York City is buzzing with action this summer. From concerts to baseball games, Manhattan residents are out and about taking full advantage of this time of year. Your doggo wants to experience some fun this summer too. And the best part is, there’s plenty of options to choose from. We’ve narrowed it down to a list of our favorite summer dog events in New York City here.

3 Fun Dog Friendly Events in Manhattan this Summer

Yappy Hour – August 10, 2019

Benebone is sponsoring Yappy Hour at Boris & Horton this upcoming weekend. Every guest gets a free swag bag along with a free bacon wishbone for their pooch. There’s going to be plenty of entertainment from local artists that will be drawing dog caricatures and fun dog games for you and your dog to the extra special opportunity to adopt doggos. Bring your dog for a day of socialization and fun that will surely make them happy.

Clear the Shelters! – August 17, 2019

Becoming a pawrent is one of the best things you’ll ever do. 68 percent of America agrees because that’s the percentage of households that have pets. Dogs are one of the most popular types of pets, and the lovely people at Rescue City are making it possible for you to adopt your next furry family member. Whether you already have a dog or pet and you’re looking to expand your family this is one of the summer dog events you don’t want to miss. It’s being hosted at one of our favorite pooch friendly hangouts, Boris & Horton’s. Come join other potential pawrents as you help a pooch find a forever home, full of love and snuggles.

Central Park Dog Photo Walk – August 25, 2019

Have you ever tried to take photos of your doggo and they’ve come out blurry? If so, then you’re like thousands of other New York City pawrents that struggle to take cute pics of their bestie. We think this is one of the best summer dog events happening in New York City. For this BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) event, you’ll join photographer Natalie Siebers as you walk through Central Park. She will give you some tips and tricks to get those print worthy photos of your dog. What pawrent doesn’t want cute photos of their dog? Enjoy one of the best summer dog events in New York City on your stroll through Central Park.

Find Summer Dog Walking Services in Manhattan

It may be hot here in New York City but life goes on. Pawrents throughout the city are carrying on with their lives, taking their dogs out earlier and making sure their apartments are as cool as possible for their cats and birds. If you need to get out of the city or take a day off, we’re here to carry on with your pet. From dog walking to cat and bird sitting, our professional and reliable pet sitters are ready to take care of your pet. Schedule your pet sitting services today and let us take a little responsibility off your plate this summer.

Does Owning a Pet Enrich Your Life?

Reasons Why Owning a Pet Enriches Your Life

owning a petMaking the decision to own a pet is one that will add joy to your life. It will give you a reason to wake up in the morning. Mostly because they’ll probably need food, water or to be walked. But also because you’ll want to get up and spend time with your best furry, scaled or feathered friend. Owning a pet is quite the responsibility, but it’s one that is totally worth it. If you think you want to be a pawrent but you’re still hesitant, here are some reasons why owning a pet will enrich your life. And maybe this blog will persuade you to take the plunge.

3 Reasons Why Owning a Pet Enriches Your Life

Teaches You Responsibility

When you decide to get a pet, you’re putting another being’s life in your hands. That animal becomes dependent on you for everything from providing a place to live to feeding it to making sure it gets exercise. You have to make more responsible choices. For instance, if you like to go out of town every weekend, you’re either going to have to take your pet with you, or find reliable pet sitters in Manhattan to take care of it for you. (Easier said than done, unless you use Bingo Pet Care.) A dog can’t be left alone for days on end. Neither can a cat, reptile, bird or pocket pet. You have to make choices that account for the well-being of your pet. Owning a pet is a huge responsibility, but it’s also one of the best responsibilities you’ll ever have.

Prepares You for Kids

Similar to teaching you responsibility, pets are a great way to prepare for children. Some couples get a pet first to see if they’re able to raise an animal together before they try for a human family member. Pets teach you so much about parenthood. Your dog, cat, fish or bird depends on you for everything. Feeding, grooming, exercise, shelter, warmth, comfortability, socialization, love, you name it, your pet will probably depend on you for it at one point or another. Children depend on their parents for everything as well. Your pet will follow you to the bathroom, jump on your lap, eat your food unexpectedly, just like a child will. It’s the perfect preparation for parenthood. But owning a pet is a little bit easier, just saying.

Pets are Just Plain Awesome

Owning a pet is one of the easiest ways to enrich your life. Pets are amazing. They have so much personality. Take cats for instance. You never know what you’re going to get. Some days they’re snuggly other days they want to stay in their favorite spot and only come down for food. Dogs will just constantly love on you. They will follow you around and they will constantly want to interact with you because they’re so loyal and loving. Even pocket pets have personality and like to play with toys and interact with their owners. Pets spark joy in the lives of their owners. Owning a pet may be a responsibility, but it’s awesome. The bond you form with your pet is one that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The Best Pet Sitters in Manhattan

Finding a reliable and professional pet sitter in Manhattan is one of the first things you need to do if you own a pet. You aren’t always going to be able to provide care for your pet. Life gets in the way, whether it’s that unexpected business trip or a week-long vacation to the Bermuda, you’re going to want someone reliable and trustworthy taking care of your pet. That’s where we come in. At Bingo, we make your pet our priority. We provide a co-parenting experience so your pet can keep their daily routine and you can take care of whatever it is you need to take care of. Schedule your pet sitting services today.

 

 

 

Summer Dog Walking Tips

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How to Walk Your Dog Safely This Summer

summer dog walkingSummers in NYC are hot. There’s no way around it. They’re hot and humid and lots of people actually try and flee the city during this time of year. But life must go on for millions of NYC residents who don’t have the luxury of escaping during the summer months. If you’re a pawrent living in NYC, you still have to take care of summer dog walking, heat and all. When you’re walking your dog this summer, you’re going to want to ensure that you’re safely walking them and not putting them in harm’s way. Here are some of our summer dog walking tips in order to keep your doggo as healthy and safe as possible this summer in NYC.

4 Summer Dog Walking Tips

Sun Protection

Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to sunburns. Crazy, right? As a pawrent, it’s your job to make sure when you take your dog out, they’re protected properly from the sun. Just because it’s hot during the summer doesn’t mean you stop walking your dog. They still need exercise. But you need to be mindful of the sun and the affects that it has on your dog so you don’t spend too much time outside. Avoiding peak sun hours in the middle of the day will help with summer dog walking as well as applying sunscreen to places like the snout and nose area, earflaps and belly, which are especially prone to sunburn. Use doggie safe sunscreen to keep your dog safe while you’re out on your next summer walk. And if you have one of these dog breeds with thin hair, be extra careful while you’re walking your dog during the summer here in NYC:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bull Dog
  • Beagle
  • Chinese Crested
  • Dalmatian
  • Greyhound
  • Weimaraner
  • Whippet
  • White German Shepard
Don’t Forget the Snout

Your dog’s snout is one of their most important features. It’s like their unique fingerprint and no two snouts are the same. It’s also something that pawrents can forget about, especially when they’re trying to handle summer dog walking responsibilities. It’s hot outside. And that heat can make you lose your mind. But your dog is depending on you to remember to take care of them. Their snout is very vulnerable to sun, just like a human face. If your dog’s snout gets burned, it’s going to be very uncomfortable for them. In fact, if your dog’s snout isn’t properly taken care of, the snout can actually start to fade in color in certain areas. Apply doggie sunscreen while you’re out, but then add a snout moisturizer to help hydrate the snout after it’s been out in the sun when you get home.

Paw Protection

If it’s hot outside for you as a human, then it’s going to be hot outside for your dog. You however, get to wear shoes while you’re walking your dog in the summer, your dog doesn’t. But they really should be wearing protective gear on their paws. If the concrete and sidewalks are hot to the touch, they are going to be dangerous for your pets paws. Summer dog walking can be really dangerous if you don’t protect your dog’s paws. Dogs can burn their paws easier than you think and walking your dog in the summer without paw protection can lead to second and third degree burns on their paws and a trip to the doggie ER. Every time you go outside, you need to make sure your dogs paws are protected.

Cooling Bandana

Want an easy way to keep your dog cool while you’re out walking? Get them one of these. A doggie cooling bandana is a great way to keep your dog cool and prevent them from overheating while you’re out getting your daily exercise. All you do is put it around your dogs neck and voila! You’ve got a cool dog, literally. There are tons of variations of the cooling bandana, but the concept remains the same: summer dog walking is a whole lot cooler when you are actually keeping cool.

Safe and Reliable Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters in NYC

Not all dog walkers and pet sitters in NYC are created equal. At Bingo, your pet is our priority. That means that we’ll make sure to provide the best co-parenting experience possible while you’re away. Our professional dog walkers understand that safety is important when it comes to your pet. We can provide dog walks or overnight stays with your pet while you’re on summer vacation or that unexpected business trip so you don’t have to worry when you’re not around. Join our Bingo family today.

Most Dog Friendly Neighborhoods in NYC

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Dog Friendly Neighborhoods to Explore in NYC

dog friendlyWhen you’re a pawrent, the possibilities for fun and adventure are endless. Every day is an opportunity to explore somewhere new with your doggo, and NYC has plenty of places to see from dog runs to river walks. We’re heading into the warmer time of the year here in NYC, ripe for exploring some new places with your dog.  Next time you’re in the mood to get out and discover somewhere new with your dog, check out any of these dog friendly neighborhoods in NYC.

3 of the Most Dog Friendly Neighborhoods in Manhattan

Upper East Side

Finding dog friendly areas on the Upper East Side is a breeze. First of all, its flanked by Central Park and the East River. Both of these places are not only dog friendly, but they’re beautiful. There are all kinds of different areas you can take your dog to like Carl Schurz Park or Haswell Green Park. Carl Schurz Park is a great little park that overlooks the East River. There’s a dog run as well, so when it comes to being dog friendly, you’re covered. And if you’re a renter in the area, nothing screams dog friendly like 18 percent of the buildings in Carnegie Hill being billed as pet-friendly residences. All of these things combined make the Upper East Side one of the most dog friendly areas in Manhattan.

Battery Park City

If you’re looking for a dog-friendly area, Battery Park City might be your best option. You might not believe us when we tell you this, but 63 percent of buildings in this area are dog-friendly rental buildings. Numbers aren’t really our thing, but that is a lot of buildings that are welcoming to dogs. Because of the concentration of doggos in the area, there are a number of dog runs and dog friendly areas throughout Battery Park City to accommodate them. Whether you want to spend the day walking along the Hudson River, at Sirius Dog Run or Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City is the most dog friendly neighborhood in all of the city.

Tribeca

Another welcoming area to dogs and pets in general is Tribeca. With over a quarter of the rentals in the area, 26 percent, being dog friendly, Tribeca is easily one of the best areas to live in if you have a four legged family member. Situated on the Hudson River, Tribeca has several fun places to take your dog to. Tribeca Dog Run, Hudson River Park or Tribeca Park are just a few. Not to mention, like all of these areas, there are pet stores and dog friendly restaurants everywhere.

Reliable Dog Walking Services in NYC

If you didn’t know, our NYC dog walkers are some of the most well-versed dog walkers in the city. They have extensive knowledge of the areas that they walk dogs in, and they know all the hot spots to take your pooch. When you’re looking for dog walkers in NYC, our Bingo dog walkers and pet sitters are ready to step up to the challenge. We love each and every dog and pet that we get the opportunity and privilege to spend time with, and we would love to get the opportunity to explore NYC with your doggo. Schedule your free meet and greet today, and find out we’re the best dog walking company in NYC.

Why Being a Pet Sitter is Pawesome

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Reasons Why Being a Pet Sitter is Awesome

being a pet sitterPets are awesome. They light up rooms with their cuteness and give us humans a best friend for life. So if you had the opportunity to hang out with pets all the time and get paid for it, wouldn’t that feel like a pretty awesome thing? There are people all over Manhattan that need reliable pet sitters for their animals when they’re out of town or need an emergency fill ins. If you’re the type of person who likes to work hard but also likes to hang out with cute fur and feathered friends, consider being a pet sitter. It’s one of the most fulfilling jobs you’ll ever have.

3 Reasons Being a Pet Sitter is the Best Job

Hang Out with Cute Animals Frequently

Let’s start out with the most obvious perk of being a pet sitter which is that you get to hang out with cute animals pretty much all the time. A pet sitter doesn’t just take care of one kind of pet. Being a pet sitter is about taking care of different types of pets from dogs and cats to birds and hamsters. What other job do you know of where you get to snuggle cute animals or walk through NYC on a daily basis? A pet sitter gets to hang out with cute animals every day that they go to work, and if that isn’t an awesome reason to be a pet sitter, we don’t know what is.

Provide Peace of Mind

Pet sitters are often times very caring and compassionate people. Pet sitters care about the pets they take care of and they people that they are providing peace of mind for. If you’re a pawrent, finding someone to fill in for you when you have to go out of town can be stressful. Do you ask a friend? Do you hire a service? And what happens if they don’t show up? There are all kinds of questions that surround finding care for your pet. Being a pet sitter means that you get to provide pawrents with relief, especially if you’re a part of the Bingo team. Our pet sitters are the most reliable pet sitters in all of Manhattan, and they love to give pawrents all over NYC peace of mind while they’re away from their fur or feathered child.

Pets Need You

As a pet sitter, pets need you. They aren’t able to provide care for themselves when their pawrents are away. They aren’t self-sufficient for days on end and they need someone to provide them with essentials like food, water, exercise and socialization. One of the most fulfilling parts of the job is knowing that the pets are fully reliant on you, and that is a big burden to carry. But it’s also one that our Bingo pet sitters are well aware of. Pets need reliable pet sitters just as much as their pawrents do.

Join Our Team of Reliable Manhattan Pet Sitters

Are you someone that loves animals and is looking for a fulfilling job that has flexible hours and a whole lot of animal snuggles? We are always looking for reliable pet sitters to join our team at Bingo. We make pets our priority, and we take that very seriously. Our team of reliable Manhattan pet sitters prides themselves on providing the best pet care to each and every pet they get the privilege of taking care of. If you think you have what it takes to join our team, apply here.

The Importance of Flea and Tick Meds

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Why Does my Pet Need to Take Flea and Tick Meds?

flea and tick medsApril showers bring May flowers and all that jazz. But do you know what else they bring with them? Fleas, ticks and all kinds of other bugs and critters that are looking for a place to call home. The last thing you want is for some of those annoying little guys to jump into your pet’s coat, whether it’s your dog, cat or pocket pet. All it takes is one bite from a flea to cause an allergic reaction in your pet. That one little bite not only leads to discomfort for your pet, but it can also lead to an infestation of your furniture, carpets and bedding. Preventing a flea or tick infestation is much easier than cleaning up after one, so when it comes to flea and tick meds, you don’t want to wait until it’s too late.

Fleas and ticks are most active in New York City from May until about October, when temperatures start to drop. During the upcoming months as the weather gets warmer, fleas and ticks start coming out in droves. Any animal that isn’t taking flea and tick meds to prevent bites is susceptible to these little pests. If you have more than one pet, and especially one that goes outside regularly, you need to start their flea and tick meds yesterday. The worst case scenario is that your pet goes outside, brings in fleas and gives them to your pets that don’t go outside, causing a complete infestation of your home. Not to mention your pet will be extremely miserable until you can rid them of their insect problem.

Picking the Right Flea and Tick Meds for your Pet

Recommended by your Veterinarian

There are many different options out there for preventing fleas and ticks. Some are healthier options for your pet than others, but at the end of the day you have to decide what’s best for your pet. The most common types of flea and tick meds that are prescribed by veterinarians are medications like Bravecto, Nexgard, Comfortis and Advantix to name a few. However, just because they are the most common medications, doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best for your pet. Take a few minutes to read the ingredient list. Some of these medications contain ingredients like Spinosad, which actually happens to be a pesticide you can buy at Home Depot. We’re all about preventing fleas and ticks, but do your due diligence to make sure that what your vet recommends is actually the most suitable option for your pet.

Alternative Flea and Tick Meds

Thankfully, there companies out there creating healthy alternatives to prescription strength medications. From flea collars to herbal sprays, there are natural alternatives that are safe for your pet. Keep in mind there are different formulations depending on your pet, so don’t feed your dog cat flea and tick meds or vice versa.

  • Flea and Tick Collar – Key ingredients in a collar include natural elements like peppermint oil, which is repulsive to insects that like to bite. The collars are non-toxic and typically last up to 3 months, although you may want to replace sooner just in case.
  • Herbal Flea and Tick Spray – This topical alternative is full of natural herbs and oils that repel fleas, ticks and other insects. It can be used to prevent flea and tick bites, but it can also be used to kill fleas and ticks on contact if they have already gotten to your pet.
  • Herbal Flea and Tick Shampoo – This can be used as a preventative measure but is also something you’ll want on hand if one of your pets gets fleas or ticks. It contains ingredients like lemongrass and peppermint oil, but it also contains vitamin E and other ingredients to help soothe your pets skin if they have bites from fleas or ticks.

Reliable New York Pet Care

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