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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*Photo courtesy of dogtime.com

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.

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.

Bring a Bunny into Your Life

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Benefits of Becoming a Bunny Parent

bunnyMaking the decision to bring a bunny into your life, or any other pet for that matter, is a big one. There are many things to consider like space, especially in New York City, and maintenance. After you convince yourself you’re ready to take the plunge into parenthood, you can start thinking about all the love that little ball of fluff is going to bring to your life. We can’t list all the benefits of becoming a bunny parent, but we can definitely name a few.

5 Benefits of Being a Bunny Parent

Less Space Required

Space in New York City is hard to come by. And when you’re considering adding a fur baby to your family, that needs to be one of the first things you think about. The great thing about owning a bunny is that bunnies don’t take up as much space as other pets. Bunnies are cute and cuddly and they don’t even require you to walk them. They just need some space that has been bunny-proofed to run around in for an hour or two a day. A small cage or playpen with water, hay and a litter-box is all it takes to create the perfect environment for adding a hoppy family member.

Quiet

As much as we love dogs, sometimes dogs can get a bit rambunctious. They tend to wake up to noises in the middle of the night and have been known to bark at house guests and even random strangers. Bunnies are the exact opposite. If you’re looking for a relatively low maintenance but high reward pet, a bunny could be a great option for you. What they lack in bark they make up for in cuddles.

Distinct Personalities

Many people are under the impression that bunnies don’t have much of a personality, but really the exact opposite is true. Bunnies have distinct personalities, just like humans. That’s why it’s really important to spend some time with the bunny you’re thinking about adding to your family before doing so. Some bunnies are playful and others are more shy and reserved. Pick a bunny that’s going to suit your personality type.

Bunnies Love to Bond

Bunnies just like other pets love to bond with their owners. As a bunny owner, interacting with your bunny on a daily basis is going to cause you guys to become close. Bunnies have the capacity to recognize their parent’s voice, come on command and will even follow you from room to room and jump on your lap if you let them. They are loving creatures that are much cuddlier than you think. Forming a bond with a little ball of fluff is one of the best parts of bringing a bunny into your life.

Easily Trained

Bunnies are easily trained. They can be taught to use a litter-box and through positive reinforcement training, they can be taught to learn certain behaviors by rewarding them for completing the task. Many of the same methods used to train dogs can be used on bunnies. If that’s not another reason to bring a bunny into your life, we don’t know what is.

Find a Bunny Sitter in New York City

Next time you’re hopping off to another business trip or vacation, our New York City pet sitters can help take care of your rabbit. From bunnies and birds to cats and dogs, our Bingo pet sitters make your pet our priority. Schedule a meet and greet with one of our New York City pet sitters today and find out why our NYC pet sitters are the most reliable in the city.

Kenneling vs. Pet Sitting – Which is Better for Your Pet?

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How to Decide if Pet Sitting or Kenneling is Better for Your Pet

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Leaving your pet is never easy. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or pocket pet, figuring out care for your pet while you’re on vacation can be a struggle. Finding the balance between making sure they’re taken care of and comfortable at the same time isn’t always easy. That’s why we wrote this blog. When you’re heading out of town and deciding what’s best for your pet, there are tons of factors to consider. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re finding the best solution for your pet whether that happens to be kenneling them or hiring a pet sitter.

Pet Sitting vs. Kenneling Your Pet

Pet Sitting

Requires Trust

When you hire a pet sitter, you’re not only allowing them to take care of one of the most important members of your family, you’re letting them into your home. This requires trust. You have to trust they aren’t going to take advantage of the fact you won’t be home for an extended time. Our Bingo pet sitters are the most reliable and trustworthy pet sitting team in Manhattan. We make your pet our priority and treat them as if they were our own. Rest assured that when our Bingo pet sitters are taking care of your dog, cat, bird or pocket pet, we’re going to provide the best care possible.

Temperament of Your Pet

The temperament of your dog should play a big part in your decision between pet sitting and kenneling your animal. If your dog or cat gets anxiety or has a tough time when they go to places like the groomer, kenneling your pet probably isn’t the way to go. A pet sitter that comes over to your home makes it easier on your pet. It eases their mood and helps them to cope with you being gone for a prolonged period of time, even though they don’t necessarily know that. At Bingo, our Manhattan pet sitters update our pet parents about their pets so they can enjoy their trip knowing that their animal is being well taken care of.

More Expensive

There are some things in this life that people are willing to pay more for, pet sitting being one of them. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind? In our eyes, the answer is no. With pet sitting, you have a direct contact to the person taking care of your beloved animal. Most pet sitters update owners throughout their time away so they don’t worry excessively. And when it comes to attention, there’s no better option than a pet sitter. They make sure your pet’s routine stays intact while you’re away, which is important. We think it’s worth the extra $5-15 a day to hire a reliable pet sitter in Manhattan instead of kenneling your pet.

Kenneling

Luxurious Experience

Kenneling your pet is like sending them to a luxury hotel with other pets as guests. Your pet will never be alone at a kennel because kennels typically have multiple pets under their roof at one time. Kennels have changed quite a bit from the cold hard floor and cage to more of a pet hotel vibe. Your pet gets to socialize with other animals while they’re waiting for you to come pick them up. They get treated like royalty for the duration of their stay and get to experience luxury amenities they may not have access to at home.

Unfamiliar Environment

Subjecting your pet to a new environment isn’t a bad thing, but it is something you need to keep in mind when you’re deciding to kennel your dog. If your animal is social and doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety of any sort, kenneling them is a great option. Take a tour of the facility yourself in order to know exactly where your pet will be while you’re gone.

Exposure to Other Pets

If you decide that kenneling your pet is right for your situation, you’ve accepted they’re going to come in contact with other animals. Everyone takes care of their pets differently. Some pet parents may not give their dog or cat flea meds or may not disclose an illness their animal has. Those are all risks you take when you decide on kenneling. If you’re good with the fact your pet will be exposed to other pets, kenneling is the way to go.

Professional Dog Sitters in New York City

Kenneling is an option for your pet, but if we’re being honest we don’t think it’s the best option. In our opinion, an in-home pet sitter is the way to go. Your animal stays comfortable, you get peace of mind and you get to enjoy your trip. Our team of trustworthy Manhattan pet sitters is ready to help you next time you need to get of town for a few days. Contact us next time you’re heading out of town and let us make your pet, our priority.

Choosing the Right Pet Bird for You

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How to Choose the Right Pet Bird for You

pet birdDogs and cats may be the most popular pets, but birds are awesome too. There are all kinds of different bird breeds that you can choose from. Some are high maintenance, some aren’t. Smaller breeds tend to be easier to take care of and larger breeds tend to require more work. When you’re trying to decide which pet bird is the right bird for you, here are some things you should consider.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Pet Bird

Behavior and General Temperament

When choosing the right pet bird for you, you need to think about how much you want it to socialize. Do you want it to come out of its cage and socialize with you or are you ok with your bird being more reserved? Breeds like Parakeets and Cockatiels tend to be very social and loveable creatures. But bigger bird breeds are not as easily cuddled and can be a little more standoffish. If you’re looking for a cuddly companion, try one of these bird breeds.

Size

As a general rule, the bigger the bird, the bigger the commitments involved with caring for the bird. As a novice bird owner, you need to be realistic about how much bird you can take on. If you’ve never owned a bird before, just keep in mind that the bigger the bird, the more you’re going to have to take care of it. Bigger birds like Macaws tend to be louder, messier and much more demanding than smaller bird species like Parakeets and Lovebirds.

Maintenance and Nutrition

Certain bird breeds require different diets. Lories, which are known for their bright colors, have highly specialized digestive systems. They require a diet full of fruit, pollen and nectar which causes them to produce liquid droppings. Because of this, the cage needs to be cleaned much more frequently than other bird breeds. Before you bring home a pet bird, research their diet and how often you’re going to need to clean their cage.

Financial Commitment

Birds can come with expensive price tags. Large birds can cost thousands of dollars in addition to needing a large cage, lots of food and housetraining. Birds like Macaws can live for more than 100 years, so think about all of the veterinary care that would be required for a bird like a Macaw to live a healthy life. If you’re thinking about getting a pet bird, you need to think about the big picture and how much financial responsibility comes with it. We’re not saying it’s not worth it! We’re just saying you need to consider this very important part of owning a pet bird.

Reliable Bird Sitters in New York City

We don’t care if your pet has feathers or fur, we’re here to take care of your pet when you need us the most. Our reliable New York City bird sitters can help take care of your feathered family member when you’re unable to. Our New York City pet sitters are available seven days a week for a variety of pet sitting services. Next time you’re in need of a bird sitter in New York City, we can help. Schedule your pet sitting services today.

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.

 

 

 

Best Cat Toys

Cat Toys for your Fav-fur-ite Feline

cat toysCats are a bit of an anomaly in the pet world. One second they need you the next second they don’t even want to be in your vicinity. But cat lovers understand cats and what they need to live happy lives. One of the things that we believe is essential for a cat to live a long, happy life is toys. Lots and lots of toys. The great thing about cats is that even the most basic of things can turn into cat toys like string and boxes. There are tons of different cat toys out there but these are some of our professional cat sitter’s personal favorites.

4 of the Best Cat Toys

Laser Pointer

One of the most entertaining toys in general, for both humans and cats, is a laser pointer. You, as the pawrent, get to play with your cat for a prolonged period of time, sending them all over the room or wall chasing the laser pointer. This may seem like it’s boring. Trust us, it’s not. Especially for your cat. Your cat will love the interaction and the stimulation while engaging their hunting senses. This is one of the cheapest, yet best cat toys around. The only hang up is it requires you to administer the fun.

Catit Design Senses Massager Center

Have you ever noticed your cat rubbing up on things like table legs, chairs, sofas and even the floor? That’s because they like the different textures and how they feel against their fur and skin. As humans, we can relate because we love massages too! So what better toy to get your cat than a kitty massager? The Catit Design Senses Massager Center has a gum stimulator, an Acupressure mat for stimulating the paws and a ripple massager that allows them to scratch whatever itch they may have. Cats have an increased sense of touch and this cat toy allows them to get stimulation on a variety of levels.

Wall-Mounted Play Set

If there’s one thing we know about cat’s it’s that they love to climb things. They’ll climb just about anything they can get a grip on. So when it comes to cat toys, getting them a wall-mounted play set will give them the ability to pounce all over your living space. Situate the different pieces wherever you see fit and watch your cats go crazy with glee.

Boxes

Remember how we said the most basic of things can turn into a cat toy? Well, it’s true. In fact, you’ve probably already gotten several cat toys in the mail if you’ve ever ordered anything off of Amazon or received a package from Aunt Gertrude. Cats are bizarre creatures. And most cats like boxes or things they can fit snugly inside of. Some cats just like to claw at the boxes, but regardless, boxes are an inexpensive way to keep your cat entertained.

Safe and Reliable Cat Sitters in Manhattan

Cats are much more skeptical of people than dogs are. That’s why when you’re looking for someone to take care of your precious feline, you need to find a cat sitter in Manhattan that not only has experience, but loves cats. At Bingo Pet Care all of our pet sitters love animals. We work hard to make your pet our priority. Let us help take care of your nonhuman family member and schedule your pet sitting needs here.

 

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.