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Caring for Your Companion Animals

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  Why Reptiles, Fish, Birds, and Other Animals Need Pet Sitters Too   Welcome back to our blog sharing pet advice from our team of animal care professionals. We often give tips about caring for dogs and cats, but we’ve also seen our fair share of pigs, lizards, hedgehogs, chickens, and a variety of other companion animals. At Texas Ruff House , our talented and caring team has over 100 years of combined animal care experience in Pflugerville, TX and the surrounding areas of Round Rock, Georgetown, Hutto, and North Austin, so we’ve seen it all!   Your feathered, scaly, and finned friends need just as much care and attention as your furry ones, if not more in some cases. If you have guinea pigs, bearded dragons, lovebirds, puffer fish, or any other pet besides a dog or cat, read on!   Why Pet Care is Important   Our animal companions are our best friends, and we owe it to them to make sure that their lives are as happy and comfortable as they can possib

Our Guide to Preparing Your Pet for Pet Sitting

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How to Plan Your Pet’s Stay-cation It’s that time of year again! While you’re making plans for holiday travel, you may also be thinking about whether or not your pet is coming with you and how you will prepare for either scenario. During the summer, we shared our best tips for traveling with your pet and making it a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for everyone. This time, our team of pet care professionals at Texas Ruff House is sharing their advice for getting your dog or cat ready for their “stay-cation”, or in-your-home pet care , while you’re away. There are certain situations where leaving your dog or cat at home with professional care is a better option for both you and your pet. Pets can find travelling to be very stressful, whether it’s from being in a new environment, having anxiety in in different modes of transportation, there not being enough pet-friendly activities available… the list goes on! We’ve already had situations where we’ve gotten calls from clients a

Celebrating Halloween with Your Pet

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Tricks and Treats for a Safe Halloween   Halloween is almost here and while it’s a fun and festive time for us, humans, we want to be mindful of our pets and make sure they’re enjoying it too! Our pet sitters and dog walkers at Texas Ruff House are sharing their best tips for a happy and safe Halloween celebration with your dog or cat.   Beware of Noisy Knocks and Strangers Halloween can be spooky for pets not used to seeing humans dress up in costumes, and just the busy night full of new people, smells, and sounds could make them nervous. This is especially the case with pets that have stranger danger or are wary of new people in general. Because you can expect to have a lot of strangers knocking on your door come Halloween, you want to establish a space where your pet will feel safe during trick-or-treating. This can be in a room further away from the front door with a work-to-eat toy or treat dispenser to keep your pet busy! As a precaution, you want to make sure your dog or cat is

Challenges All New Pet Owners Face

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  Pro Tips For New Pet Parents   Whether you are a first-time pet owner or haven’t had a dog or cat for a while, bringing home a new furry friend can be exciting yet challenging! While this is especially the case with puppies, kittens, seniors, and special needs animals, all pets and pet owners go through an adjustment period in the beginning. At Texas Ruff House, we get lots of questions from our clients in Pflugerville, TX and the surrounding areas of Round Rock, Georgetown, Hutto, and North Austin about health, behavior, and everything under the sun! Once you get into a routine that works for you and your dog or cat, you will find that the challenges you go through will actually help you become a better pet owner! When is the right time to call the vet? As new pet parents, we may constantly find ourselves questioning whether something is normal all the time. It’s very common for pet owners to overreact and run to the vet for an issue that can be managed at home.

Easy Ways You Can Help Your Local Animal Rescue

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How You Can Get Involved with Animal Rescues Besides Adopting or Fostering   As pet parents and pet care providers, it’s only natural that we have compassion for animals in need. There are thousands of animal welfare organizations in the United States alone, and millions of dogs and cats that need help each year. The numbers may be overwhelming, but every minute volunteered, dollar donated, and effort contributed makes a difference. Because it’s not always obvious how to get started, our team of pet sitters and dog walkers at Texas Ruff House made a list of easy ways you can get involved with local shelters and nonprofits.   1. Fundraiser Events Rescues operate based on the generosity of donors. To raise funds, rescues organize events for paid admission. Your ticket fee helps cover animal care costs such as critical medical bills, food, essential supplies, and shelter; as well as programs like spay/neuter clinics, vaccinations, and training. The next time you see an upcoming animal ch