January Is Walk Your Pet Month!

Walk Your Pet Month

January is Walk Your Pet Month and Equipaws is here to help! No matter your pet walking needs our team has their sneakers laced up, tied tight, and ready to go! Whether you need midday visits, late night walks, or energy spending runs our staff is eager to get your pets out and about this month and future months to come.

Regularly walking your dog and/or cat has significant importance for their overall health and mental well-being. Besides the general health benefits that exercise can provide, walks help release a lot of pent up energy they may feel being cooped up in the house all day. Dogs should get at least an hour of exercise per day and some breeds require even more. Indoor cats often lack monitored outdoor time, but they require similar energetic outputs as dogs.

Walks are enriching and allow your pets to utilize most of their senses. Sniffing around in bushes, feeling the grass under their paws, listening to the birds chirping, and watching other pets passing by are just some things they can look forward to on daily walks. By seeing and experiencing the distraction other pets and people can create, walks provide a healthy dose of socialization.

So, this January get outside with your pets, get your walkers outside with your dogs, get your pets outside with other pets! Make Walk Your Pet Month the start of a healthy lifestyle and a happy fur baby!

Professional Pet Sitters Week

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Thanks to Our Wonderful Pet Sitters!

March 1, 2015 marks the beginning of Professional Pet Sitters Week, a week designated by Pet Sitters International as a time for appreciation for pet professionals. Pet sitters like us practice home service and become essential members of our clients’ families. We believe that at-home care is the best choice for Miami’s dogs and cats, and are thrilled to be a part of elevating the home services industry with our professionalism, dedication, reliability, and love of pets!

We have had a great year, with hiring four new employees and meeting many new clients, and we could not be more grateful. We began this company in 2011 with a small core of just Flavia and Frankie, and with many people in Miami unaware of what pet sitting even was.

We’ve come a long way! We now have ten employees, all trained under Flavia, all willing to go above and beyond for our clients. They have been available for last-minute pet sits when our clients take ill and need to go to the hospital. They have helped Flavia bake homemade dog treats into the late hours of the night, and they volunteer at events that Equipaws helps sponsor supporting local dog rescues.

Our clients love us because of the quality of our care, and that’s a team effort. It is our mission to be a part of Miami’s pet professional community for as long as we live, and hopefully beyond (no, not as the ghosts of pet sitters, but through our families!). Working with animals is more than a job; it’s a calling for many of us. So if you see one of our pet sitters on the street, walking a pup or just enjoying themselves off duty, please tell them you appreciate them!

And for those who don’t know what a professional pet sitter does, please take a look at our blog posts:

  1. Pet Sitting Services: What to Expect from Equipaws!
  2. What Is a Professional Pet Sitter Anyway?
  3. Our Pet Sitting Policy on Shared Responsibility, and Why We Enforce It
  4. Why Hire a Pet Sitter in Miami

What is a professional pet sitter, anyway?

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What is a professional pet sitter, anyway?

Many people in Miami don’t seem to know what a pet sitter is or what pet sitting services are. They board their dogs at the vet or have their neighbor or maid take care of their furry loved one but don’t know how much they’re missing out on when they don’t hire a pet sitter! So, what is a professional pet sitter? The short answer is, pet sitters are like professional baby sitters for pets.

The longer answer? We are reliable professionals who specialize in pet care, be it pet sitting while you’re away on vacation, daily dog walks or runs, cat sitting, or sleeping over your home to help your pets stay comfortable in your absence. In our case, we take care of dogs, cats, small animals (rabbits, sugar gliders, hamsters, to name a few), fish, reptiles, and birds.

What it means to be a professional pet sitter:

What is a pet sit? A pet sit is when one of our employees goes to your home an dcares for your baby in his or her environment. We typically visit dogs two to three times a day, and at least once for a cat and other pets. We feed, exercise, and love your babies in the comfort of their own home. This means less stress for your fur kids; cats especially benefit from staying at home- they are highly sensitive and territorial animals who definitely need someone to peek in on them once a day. Even if you have an automatic feeder and water source, they could get sick or get into trouble.. In our experience, birds and reptiles can also be highly sensitive and should be monitored by a professional who knows how to care for them. The added benefit of pet sitting is that we also provide a mini-house sit which includes bringing in the newspaper, turning lights on and off, and being your eyes and ears while you’re away.

During a pet sit, professional pet sitters will:

  • Make sure your pet is healthy and happy! They check for emotional and physical well-being and love them the way you would.
  • Check the premises, making sure your home is secure.
  • Perform light house sitting duties, including taking out trash, bringing in newspapers, watering plants, and making your home look lived in.
  • Administer medications or fluids. For example, we have several diabetic cats who get insulin twice daily.
  • Follow your pets’ feeding and care instructions to the letter. We have a great online software, Power Pet Sitter, where we keep all our pet’s information on hand in their profiles. Pet parents update it whenever something changes for their pets, be it type of food, medications needed, etc…
  • Leave detailed notes about your pets’ progress and notice if anything is amiss with your pets or home.
  • Take photos so we can post them on social media for your enjoyment!

More qualities to look for in your professional pet sitter:

  1. A professional pet sitter should be bonded and insured.
  2. A pro hould be ready for any emergency thanks to experience, being trained in pet CPR and First aid, and their networks. We pride ourselves on knowing the community; we connect with relevant professionals such as plumbers, veterinarians, pet food specialists, dog trainers, and more to help our clients with their needs
  3. A professional pet sitter will be reliable; no last-minute cancellations just as you’re leaving on your trip! Our pet sitting company has 10 employees; we always have back-up plans if something happens.
  4. A pet sitter should be reachable- Equipaws Pet Services’ owner and founder, Flavia Berti, is available via text or email, as are photos of your pets.

Professional pet sitters are responsible pet caretakers, so hiring one should help you breathe a sigh of relief and bring comfort when you have to leave your pets away We strongly believe that you should hire a pet sitting company with employees over one with Independent Contractors. Flavia, owner of Equipaws Pet Services, personally trains all of her employees in the Equipaws way. Our employees are answerable to our pet sitting policies as well as our quality control; we can and do tell them what time to be at the pet sit, how to perform at the pet sit, and more.

Would you like to speak with Flavia about your pet care needs? Please call her at 305.794.3733. She’d be happy to steer you in the right direction for you and your pet. You can always email us at info@equipawspetservices.com as well. You can also book your pet care now if you’re ready. We look forward to serving you!

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