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Discover all the benefits of dog walking, pet sitting, and kennel alternatives.

How to Care for Orphaned Kittens

Mother cats try to take care of their babies, but things in nature happen. They can become ill, get stressed, or accidents can occur. A pet sitter or a pet sitting service can help care of these little kittens. Here are some tips to help a person care for orphaned...

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Dogs, Obesity, and Dog Walks

When a dog is obese, they can be at risk for some health problems. If a person is not able to walk their dog during the day they can hire a dog walker or a dog walking service to help keep their pet in shape. There are some others tips for dealing with obesity in pets...

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6 Things To Keep Away From Your Cat

There are lots of common hazards that cats are going to encounter in and around the house. Any experienced pet sitter is going to need to make sure that these are kept away from the cats. A skilled pet sitter is will make sure animals get fed on time and will also...

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Common Dog Skin Troubles

Dogs just, like their human parents, can get some different skin conditions. A dog parent has to be aware of these common skin conditions in dogs, so they know how to treat them. As a professional pet sitter and dog walker, we have experience with these conditions. We...

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Make A Cat-Friendly Xmas Tree

Anyone that has cats will know that as soon as the Christmas tree is up, the cats will be trying to climb it. While this may not cause any problems for the majority of the time, there is a chance that the tree could topple over and the cat could get injured. As...

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Holiday Pet Sitting Tips

When a person goes out of town to visit their family over the holiday season, not everyone may be willing to open their home to pets. The holidays can be a dangerous time for pets. When a person is not at home, they should have a pet sitter visit to ensure the holiday...

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Why a Pet Sitter is Your Best Bet

When a person has a long work schedule, or they are going out of town someone needs to be around to care for their pets. Dogs need to be walked, and all pets need food and water every day. There are several reasons why a person should hire a professional pet sitter to...

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7 Tips for Dog Walking in the Snow

Walking in the winter months alone can be difficult. As professional pet sitters, we have a great deal of experience on the topic. Here are seven ways to make it that much more enjoyable as a dog walker. Be aware of your surroundings Always make sure you are keeping...

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Understanding Cat Scratching

If you are a cat lover, then you probably have a love/hate relationship with cat scratching. Your favorite chair and your wits may be in shreds. You may try to discuss this unwanted behavior with your cat to no avail. But on the inside, you know that your cat is one...

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Separation Anxiety and Your Dog

Separation anxiety has proven to be a debilitating issue for our fur babies. It is your dog's panicked response to being left alone. As pet sitters, we have helped many families that are plagued by this unique type of anxiety. It's important to know that separation...

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Helping A Dog Up Into A Car

Let's face it, if you are a dog parent, you will eventually need to help your dog get up into a car at some point in their life. Furthermore, since there so many different sizes, shapes, and physical conditions when it comes to dogs, this simple act can be challenging...

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Simple Litter Box Tips

We'll get straight to the point here; as professional pet sitters, we have changed many cat litter boxes over the years. You could say that we're experts on changing and maintaining litter. So, here are some simple tips if you are looking to improve your cat litter...

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How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

As most of you have already noticed, the weather is starting to change. Fall has officially arrived, and the frigid cold of winter might be right around the corner. At Best Friends Dog Walkers, we still provide dog walking and pet sitter services to the area, even...

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Pet Sitting or Boarding?

We provide an alternative to kennels and boarding. Though kennels have an important place in the world of pets, the experience can often be stressful for your pet and your household. Simply stated, not all pets are right for kennels. That's why Best Friends Dog...

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Nutrition and Exercise for Dogs

At Best Friends Dog Walkers, one of our mottos is 'healthier dogs, one walk at a time!' We're a pet services business which provides dog walking, pet sitting, and kennel alternatives to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. In this installment of our blog, we decided to...

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5 Fall Pet Safety Tips

Fall is finally here. Crisp air, cool weather, and the beautiful colors of fall foliage are all very much welcomed after months of hot weather. It's the perfect time of the year to get back outside and enjoy nature. We aren't the only ones that love this break from...

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Dog Boarding Or Pet Sitting?

When you have pets, you will probably find that the most stressful part of booking a vacation is wondering where to leave your pet and if they are going to be ok. The two main options that are available to you are dog boarding and pet sitting, and there are advantages...

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6 Common Dog Health Problems

Being a dog parent can be very rewarding. We have always heard the saying a dog is a mans best friend. When you have a best friend, you want to make sure that they are well. Dogs are good at letting you know when they want a treat or when then want to go outside....

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