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.

Holiday Pet Safety

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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The holidays are approaching and soon it will be all-out chaos in Manhattan. The city is lit up and holiday cheer is spreading like wildfire. As you prepare to have guests over to your home, it’s important that your pet stays safe this holiday. Here are some of our holiday pet safety tips. Keep these in mind when you’re decorating your home and making your holiday plans.

4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday

No People Food

We get it. Your pet sits at your feet begging you to give them table scraps from your delicious holiday meal. Those big ole eyes stare up at you, begging for you to make their holiday dreams come true. But the reality is, it’s just not safe for your pet to ingest human food, as harmless as it might seem. If your pet gets the wrong thing in their mouth or accidentally gets a piece of bone in their digestive tract, it could be very dangerous for them. Find another way to spoil your pet, like give them treats so they’re distracted.

Keep Holiday Plants Out of Reach

Depending on what types of animals you have around your home, is going to dictate whether you can even have holiday plants at your home. With dogs or caged animals, it’s a bit easier to keep the holiday plants out of the way because you just have to put them out of reach. But if you have a cat, you really need to be mindful of where your plants end up. Holly, mistletoe and lilies are especially harmful to pets, mainly cats. Tinsel is also dangerous, as cats like to play with it and could potentially eat it, creating a digestive issue for your pet. When it comes to holiday pet safety, be very careful with the plants you bring in your home.

Secure the Tree

Christmas trees are big and they have a lot of objects on them. If you collect ornaments, the things hanging on the tree can have sentimental value. The last thing you want to happen on Christmas is that your pet knocks over your Christmas tree. Secure your tree so that your dog, cat or other pet doesn’t knock the tree over, causing harm to themselves or others. It will save you a lot of heartache and cleanup.

Safe Space

The holidays can be overwhelming for pets. If you’re having company over for a prolonged amount of time, your pet needs a safe place to escape to if they need a break. If you have an extra bedroom or a quiet corner of the apartment, these are ideal places for your pet to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Book a Pet Sitter this Holiday Season

The holidays are a crazy time of year, especially for pets. Most of the time, their parents go out of town or leave them for longer than usual. If you’re busy this upcoming holiday, make sure you book your all-inclusive pet sitting services with us today. Your pet deserves to feel safe during the holidays, and having a pet sitter come to your home is much easier than traveling with your pet anyway. Schedule your 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.

General Pet Safety Tips

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General Tips for your Pet’s Safety

pet safetyBeing a pet parent is a full-time job. There’s always something that needs to be done from feedings and walks to veterinarian visits and cuddle time. And then there’s always that constant thing called worry that most pet parents go through when they’re not with their pet. Sometimes you realize that there are things you could be doing to enhance your pet’s safety. Here are some things to keep in mind in regards to pet safety.

8 Pet Safety Tips

Dog Specific Safety Tips

Walk at Optimal Times

We’re getting into the hottest time of year in NYC, summer. The temperatures are rising, the humidity is relentless and your dog is going to need you to be mindful of both of those things. Temperatures greatly affect your dog. Consider taking your dog on walks earlier or much later in the day. If you use a dog walker in NYC like Bingo, try and move your dog walks to earlier in the day or evening, especially if you have a small dog.

Paw Protection

When the sun beats down on the NYC asphalt all day, the temperature of the ground rises. At some points during summer, the asphalt and sidewalks can exceed 100 degrees. Your dog’s feet need to be protected. Put paw protectors on your dogs feet when you walk them and make sure your dog walker knows where they are. The same thing goes for the winter months. When it’s super cold and there’s ice and or snow on the ground, your dog’s paws need to have protection. This pet safety tip is really critical, so don’t forget to protect your doggos paws this summer and year-round.

Safe Leash

Not all leashes are created equal. When you’re walking your dog, you don’t want to leave anything up to chance. Dogs are squirmy little creatures. They find ways to weasel out of their collars, off their leashes and even out of their own homes. That’s why when you walk your dog, having a secure leash is important. Secure leashes look like this. Unsecure leashes look like this. Get a secure leash ASAP, and increase your dog’s safety while walking exponentially.

Crate Safely

If it’s hot and you crate your animal, make sure that you move the crate out of the sun and into a shady area. Conversely, if it’s cold, insulate your dog’s crate more. A general rule of thumb when it comes to dog and pet safety, is when you’re hot or cold, your dog probably is too. Another thing you need to do if you’re crating your dog, is to make sure the crate is securely closed. The last thing you want is for your furry friend to get out and destroy all the pillows or eat something they shouldn’t while you’re away.

General Pet Safety Tips

Temperature Control

As we mentioned before, if you’re hot or cold, your pet is probably in the same boat. For cats, birds and pocket pets or reptiles that are left at home for long periods of time it’s important to be mindful of the temperature of your home. During those days where it’s really hot, close the blinds and have some fans blowing so your home gets air circulation throughout the day. This pet safety tip can also be applied to cool weather, in that you should insulate your pet’s favorite spots and make sure your home isn’t freezing while you’re out.

Microchip and GPS Tracker

Having a pet means that you need to be ready for the unexpected. One way you can plan for the unexpected is getting your animal microchipped and or installing a GPS tracker somewhere on their collar or body. Most dogs are microchipped and cats can have that done as well, but it’s only useful if someone turns your animal into a veterinarian or shelter. A GPS tracker can easily be placed on a collar for dogs and cats and will actually communicate your pet’s actual location. This could be handy if you have a dog that is known for getting out or a cat that likes to think they belong outdoors.

Reliable Pet Sitter

When it comes to pet safety, having reliable and safe pet sitters in NYC is crucial. Leaving your pet with someone can be scary. And you would assume that all NYC pet sitters know what they’re doing. But the reality is, they don’t. Work with a reliable and safe pet sitting company in NYC like Bingo Pet Care and skip the anxiety over your pet while you’re away.

Hydration

In the summer months, hydration for your pets is critical as far as pet safety is concerned. Leave a bigger water bowl for your dog, cat or reptile and add another water spigot for your bird or pocket pet. Having too much water available for your pet is much better than leaving not enough water and having them overheat while you’re not home. Hydration might be the most important part of pet safety during the summer months.

Safest Pet Sitters in New York City

When it comes to your pet’s safety, there’s no shame in taking extra precautions. Hiring safe and reliable pet sitters in New York City is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your pet remains safe while you’re away. At Bingo, we make your pet our priority and give them a co-parenting experience while you’re gone. Gone are the days of worrying about your pet, because when you put them in our hands, you’re putting them in the hands of the most reliable pet sitters in NYC. Join our Bingo family today.

Prepare your Pet for Summer in NYC

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How to Prepare your Pet for Summer

prepare your pet for summerSummer is making its way to NYC and with that comes lots of heat and humidity. As humans, we’re able to adapt to these conditions, albeit uncomfortably at times. We’re able to drink a cool beverage whenever we want, blast the fan in our general direction in order to cool down or even change our clothes several times a day if we need to. But pets have it a little harder. They have to depend on their owners to take care of them. Pet care changes during the summer, especially in NYC. In order to prepare your pet for summer in in NYC, read some of our tips.

Easy Ways to Prepare your Pet for Summer

Dogs

As the pet that goes outside the most, dogs need extra preparation for the summer months. In order to make sure your dog doesn’t have any issues with the heat or humidity of summers in NYC, keep these things at the top of your mind.

  • Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention – If you haven’t already, you need to get your dog on flea and tick meds ASAP. In fact, you shouldn’t be spending prolonged amounts of time outside if you haven’t started a flea, tick and heartworm prevention regimen. Want more information? Read this blog to learn more about the importance of flea, tick and heartworm meds.
  • Grooming – Fur equates to heat. The more fur your dog has, the hotter they are going to get during the summer months. To combat this, you can make sure that you have your dog groomed before you start to take them out this summer. It will help them shed their winter coat and it’s a relatively painless way to prepare your pet for summer.
  • Watch Out for Overheating – Some dog breeds, like Frenchie’s, Pugs and Shih Tzu’s, are known for overheating. Even if your dog’s breed isn’t prone to overheating, it’s still a real possibility in the NYC heat. Make sure you provide your dog with plenty of water when you’re outside. If the sun is beating down overhead, find some shade to rest with your dog intermittently. Also, make sure to provide plenty of water for your pooch at home. Hydration is key.
  • Vaccinate – Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Summers in NYC bring a lot of dogs out. For your dog’s protection and the protection of others, it’s important to have your dog vaccinated.
Cats

There are quite a few things you can do as a cat pawrent, to help your cat stay cool during the NYC summer.

  • Grooming – Get all the excess hair off of your cat. This is an easy way to prepare your pet for summer, and it can provide a lot of relief.
  • Small Fan – Does your cat have a favorite place in your home? Maybe it’s their bed or the floor under the couch. Wherever that is place a small box fan in that area to cool your cat ad ventilate the area.
  • Fresh Water – Providing fresh water for your cat is a simple way to prepare your pet for summer. You can even add an extra water bowl to another area of your home, just so they have options.
  • Close Curtains or Blinds – If you work during the day, keep your apartment cool for your cat by closing the curtains or blinds. This will help keep the heat out of your home, and create a cooler environment for your cat to chill in.
  • Elevate the Bed – Ventilation is key. Propping your cats bed up so that air passes underneath it will create a cooler place for your cat to lay down. There are even pet beds you can purchase that are elevated for this purpose.
  • Keep Cool Flooring Uncovered – Cats like to lay down on cool surfaces in order to cool down. Remove the bath rugs and kitchen mats, leaving cool floors uncovered so they have their choice of where to lay in your home.
Birds

These caged creatures need some TLC in order to prepare them for summer. Don’t worry, it’s very straightforward.

  • Lots of Fresh Water – Water evaporates more quickly in the summer months. Ensure that your bird has all the water they need by replenishing their water supply frequently. If you have drinkers, consider adding a second drinker in case the first one runs out while you’re at work.
  • Add a Bird Bath – If you want to pamper your bird, you can add a small bird bath in their cage. This gives them the option to cool themselves off. Just remember that you need to change the water frequently, as it gets dirty quickly.
  • More Aqueous Foods – If you feed your bird with bird seed that is high in fat, you can consider swapping out their diet for foods like fruits and veggies. The higher water content can help hydrate your bird. Do your due diligence and find out what fruits and vegetables are acceptable for your bird, and consider giving them those foods during the warm summer months.

Summer Pet Sitters in NYC

Whether you have a dog, cat, bird or a pocket pet, we have pet sitters who are readily available to help take care of your pets when you can’t. Summer brings lots of travel, parties and socialization for most NYC residents. Don’t skip out on that awesome party or weekend trip because you don’t have anyone to care for your precious pet. Our reliable and professional NYC pet sitters are more than capable of taking care of your pet while you’re away. Schedule your Bingo pet sitter today.

Choosing the Right Dog Diet

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How to Choose the Right Dog Diet

dog diet Humans travel all over the country and world for culinary adventures. They get to eat amazing food and nourish their bodies in whatever way they see fit. Dogs don’t get the luxury of being able to choose what they eat. They get whatever their pawrents deem is appropriate. When you’re choosing the right dog diet for your furry family member, there are several factors to consider. Here are some of our suggestions on what you should look for when choosing the right diet for your dog.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Diet for your Dog

Your Dog’s Age, Breed and Activity Level

When it comes down to choosing the right diet for your dog, age, breed and activity levels are huge factors. Younger dogs are very active which means that they’re going to require more calories per day than an older dog. Highly active breeds like Dalmatians, Terriers, Huskies and Retrievers are also going to require more caloric intake than a couch-potato breeds like Great Danes, Pugs and Chow Chows. When it comes to dog diet and picking the right food, these things are very important.

Buzz Words on Packaging and Ingredient List

Packaging on dog food has a code of sorts. Basically, the verbiage on the packaging dictates how much of the ingredient is in the actual food. Simple names like “Chicken Dog Food” or “Beef for Dogs” means that the protein is 95 percent of the total product, not including the water. When you add water, the food then comes to the FDA required 70 percent. Foods that contain the word “dinner” indicates that the food only has 25 percent of the protein and the same goes for when several ingredients are mentioned in the food name. Picking the right types of protein is a crucial aspect when it comes to choosing a dog diet.

Grain-Free

Most of the time, dogs switch to a grain-free diet when they’re having food allergies or dietary issues. But you can also choose the dog diet if you want to feed your pooch a diet that is rich in protein. Stay away from dog food that lists grains like corn first on their label. Corn actually has little to no nutritional value and the only reason manufacturers put it in the food is because it’s cheap. Don’t fall for the gimmick that it has added nutritional value for your dog because it doesn’t. It’s also not a bad idea to consult your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet.

Pick a Brand You Trust

At the end of the day, dog food companies don’t typically list where they get their ingredients from. It takes a little bit more digging if you want to find food that enhances the dog diet you’re choosing. Finding the right food for your dog’s diet is a choice that requires attention to detail. You don’t want to feed your dog any dog food. You want to feed them dog food that is going to be nutritious and good for them in the long term. Pick a brand that you trust. One of our favorites is from PS9 Pet Supply in Brooklyn. They have an extensive selection of raw and frozen food. And if you feel like making the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, their knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the right food for your pet’s new dog diet.

Manhattan Dog Sitters and Dog Walkers

No matter what kind of diet you choose for your dog, there is going to come a time when you aren’t going to be able to feed them. Maybe that impromptu work meeting comes up or your Grandma Nan from Jersey needs you to run over there and spend some time with her for the weekend. Now you’re in need of someone to fill in for you. That’s where our professional and reliable Manhattan dog sitters and dog walkers come in. Whether you’re in need of an overnight stay or an emergency dog walk, our pet sitters are available seven days a week for walks or dog sitting. Join all the other happy dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets all over Manhattan that use our services, and find out why we’re the most reliable pet sitters in all of NYC.

Do I Really Need a Dog Walker in NYC?

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Why you Need a Dog Walker in NYC

dog walker new york cityNew York City is full of working professionals. The subway and streets are full of people that are making their way to work. Many of those people commuting diligently in rain, snow or sun are dog or pet owners that are leaving their pets for the day. But dogs, much more than cats, birds or reptiles, actually require more attention, and they aren’t as easy to leave for a whole day. If you’re one of the many people who has a dog in NYC, then you should consider hiring a dog walker. Here are some reasons why you need to hire a dog walker in NYC.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Dog Walker in NYC

Your Pooch is Home All Day

Leaving your dog in the morning when you go to work is probably one of the hardest parts of your day. Knowing that they’re going to sit there, all day with no one and nothing to entertain them is a hard pill to swallow. After all, 8 hours is a long time to be home alone, even for a human. This is just one of the many reasons why you need a dog walker in NYC. A dog walker will walk your dog and make sure that they don’t just sit at home and sleep all day.

No Yard

If you live in NYC, it’s safe to assume you don’t have a yard.  And if you don’t have a yard and you’re leaving your pooch at home all day, they’re just going to be sitting inside…all…day. Even if you did have a yard, dogs don’t usually exercise themselves, so they would need some kind of guided exercise. This is where a dog walker can help. They’ll take your dog out and get them the fresh air and exercise they need.

You Love Your Dog

Being a dog parent means that you love your pooch like they are your own. It means that you want to give them the best love and care possible when you’re not there to give it to them. By bringing on a dog walker, you’re showing your dog how much you love them by not only getting them the exercise they need for the day, but the love and care they deserve as well. Dog walkers don’t just walk your dog. They give them attention and everything they’ll need to feel loved and cared for during your time away.

Minimizes Damage to Apartment

Depending on the age of your dog, leaving them at home all day may cause more damage than you think. If you have a puppy, leaving them at home all day unattended can lead to all kinds of different disasters. From shredded pillows to trash being strewn everywhere, young dogs can misbehave if they’re left unattended for long periods of time. A dog walker will help to get them the stimulation they need so that they aren’t left to their own devices all day.

Happier Dog When You Come Home

A pet that has been walked throughout the day is a much more cooperative pet when you get home than one who hasn’t been walked. If your dog has been sitting inside all day, chances are when you get home they’re going to want to spend every second possible with you. They’re going to want to play and show you how much they’ve missed you. But you just worked an 8-hour day and you’re exhausted. If you had a dog walker in this situation, you could just take your dog for night time potty and snuggle up pooch knowing they got the exercise they needed that day.

Socialization

A dog walker is able to get your dog out of the house at least once while you’re away at work. But even more than that they’re giving your dog the socialization that they need on a daily basis as well. Dogs need human interaction as well as socialization with other dogs. As expert New York City dog walkers, we know all the best places to take your pooch so that they get some socialization.

Dog Walking Service in NYC

When it comes to your dog, we know that you aren’t going to let just anyone walk them. If you’re looking for a dependable dog walking service in NYC, Bingo Pet Care is ready to step up to the plate. Our professional dog walkers and pet sitters are available seven days a week to provide love and care when you’re away. Next time you need a dog walker in NYC, let the dog walkers at Bingo take care of you. Schedule your free meet and greet today and see why Bingo dog walkers and pet sitters are the best in NYC.