Pet Safety: What isn’t harmful to you can be deadly to them

fb_16_march_poison_prevention_awareness2As we wrap up the month of March and get ever so closer to the Easter season, the staff at Creation’s Care want to remind you to keep your pets safe from common household items, plants, and sweet treats that are poisonous and even deadly to your family pet.  Most people know that sweet treats like chocolate are harmful, but what about that grape or tiny bit of onion that makes its way to the floor in the midst of cooking Sunday dinner.  Yep, those too can cause serious health concerns to your pet.  Here are some common foods, plants, and household items to keep out of your pup or kitty’s reach


  • Chocolate: “Because chocolate can cause illness and even death in dogs, it should be avoided completely. Chocolate contains theobromine, a potent cardiovascular and central nervous system stimulant that is eliminated very slowly in dogs.” (
  • Onions and anything in the onion family can cause anemia
  • Dairy products (including cheeses) can cause diarrhea
  • Grapes and raisins: associated with kidney failure
  • Acadamamia nuts can cause incoordination, weakness, and vomiting

Toxic Plants

  • foxgloveSago_Palm_1-4
  • primrose
  • yew
  • ivy
  • rhubarb
  • wisteria
  • lupin
  • sweet peas
  • poppy
  • chrysanthemum
  • laburuheum
  • Sago palm

List pulled from

Household Items

  • String
  • Small objects
  • cotton balls/toy stuffing
  • Erasers
  • Anything that your pup or kitty can get their mouth on, chew and potentially swallow

Safeguarding your pet can be as easy as getting on their level and picturing your home from their prospective.  If you can see and get to something crawling around on your hands and knees, they can get into it- its that simple.  Just a few minutes of surveying your home and ensuring small items are picked up can prevent a unwanted visit to the emergency vet, and ensure that your pup and kitty have a safe place to live, play, and be part of the family!




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It’s Photo Time!

Pet Sitter’s International, of which Creation’s Care is a member, is holding a month long photo shoot to benefit Pets for Patriots.  Pets for Patriots gives the gifts of fidelity, joy and love to both veterans and pets through companion animal adoptions. The organizationdog with camera helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets, including adult, special needs and large breed pets, offering them a second chance at life through adoption. Pets for Patriots partners with U.S. shelter and veterinary networks; military and veteran organizations; and the public to value and honor the lives of both the most vulnerable and heroic among us.

Each photo uploaded between March 15 and April 15 will result in $1 being contributed to this wonderful organization!  Visit our Facebook page for more details!

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in style!  In honor of St. Patty’s Day and Pet Sitter’s International’s 23rd anniversary, Creation’s Care Pet Sitting is holding it’s first annual photo contest.  Submit a photo in the comment section or on our Facebook page,, of your pooch or kitty dressed and ready for all the St. Patty’s Day festivities for a chance to win one FREE visit from Creation’s Care Pet Sitting.  Photos must be submitted by midnight Sunday March 19th and the winner will be announced Monday, March 20th.  All participants will receive $5 off one visit.

Must be in the Tallahassee, FL area and not loyal to another pet sitter to qualify.


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keeping your pooch happy and safe while out in public

As has become an annual tradition amongst the staff at Creation’s Care Pet Sitting, we took this weekend to pause and enjoy the wonderful world of equestrian sport. The Redhills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee brings equestrian competitors from around the globe for a three day Olympic level competition right to our back door.  Spectators abound, and with them, multiple furry friends who have come with their owners to partake in the festivities.  It’s the perfect place to spend a day with your four-legged friend, or is it?  Ultimately, that really depends on your dog.

When it comes to deciding when or if you should take your furry friend to public events or areas, the singlemost thing that owners need to ask them selves is this: Is my dog comfortable being out in public?  Will they stay quiet, calm and collected, or will they freeze in uncertainty and fear?  If you are anything less than 100% certain that your pooch can handle the large crowds, chaos, and noise with confidence, leave them at home.  They will be happier, and you will be able to enjoy the function you are attending without being consumed with how your dog may or may not react.  And remember, just because your dog may not be cool, calm, and collected in public areas now, doesn’t mean they will always be like that.  You can help your pooch gain the confidence they need through obedience and positive reinforcement.

In her article titled “Help Your Shy Dog Gain Confidence”, Mardi Richmond states that the first step is recognizing what your dog is timid or scared of and managing those things until your dog can be properly desensitized to them.  Here are her tips for managing stressful situations with your dog:

• Avoid crowded areas where your dog may be overwhelmed by strangers.

• Use a leash, crate, or baby gate to prevent your dog from interacting with strangers in your home.

Think about ways you can protect your dog if you are caught off guard, too:

• If a stranger approaches and asks to pet your dog, you can say, “No, I’m sorry, but my dog is uncomfortable with people she doesn’t know.”

• Put yourself between the person and your dog.

• Create distance by crossing the street or going a different direction.

Once you have management in place and your dog’s overall stress levels go down, get ready to train, desensitize, and counter-condition!

Helping your dog transition into the confident, relaxed companion that can go anywhere and do anything with you will take time and patience, but the end result will be well worth the time and effort spent.

More helpful tips on managing and counter conditioning your dog to stressful or unfamiliar situations can be found on the Whole Dog Journal, And as always, never hesitate to reach out to a local certified dog trainer who uses fear-free positive training techniques for help.


Richmond, Mardi. “Help Your Shy Dog Gain Confidence”.  The Whole Dog Journal. April 2006. Web. 12 Mar. 2017.





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Beat the Heat, part II: Know the signs of heat exhaustion.

August 15th marked the first day of school for students all across Tallahassee, Florida, with neighboring counties following suit in the coming weeks, if they haven’t already.  Yet despite this figurative end to summer and many looking forward to the upcoming football games this fall,  the hot and humid temperatures are showing no signs of backing down.  With temps still reaching well above 90 on any given day, and the heat index hitting even higher, it is important to avoid keeping your pet (and yourself) outside for extended periods of time.  When you do take them out for their mid day potty break, make the trip as brief as possible and to watch for any signs of heat exhaustion.  Symptoms to look out for include panting

  • increased respiration
  • increased panting
  • increased heart rate
  • restlessness
  • excessive salivation
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

If not recognized immediately,  these symptoms can progress to weakness,  staggering,  gasping, coma, or death*.

So what should you fo if you think your pet is exhibiting these symptoms? Bring them inside immediately, check their temperature with a thermometer designated for pet use only, and begin wrapping their body in cool damp towels if their temperature is anything over 102 degrees Fahrenheit.  It is also extremely important to call your vet, relaying all the symptoms you notice, and follow any recommendations they may have.

Keeping your pet safe in the summer heat is as simple as one, two,  three, four.   Keep them indoors as much as possible,  provide plenty of water and shade when they are outdoors, know the signs of heat exhaustion,  and act promptly if you are concerned they may be getting too hot.

Worried your pooch may get too bored avoiding the heat while your at work or school? The professional pet sitters at Creation’s Care Pet Sitting are available to play with and care for your pet when you’re not there.  Contact us for more information or to schedule your FREE meet and greet today!

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Happy National Mutt Day!!

“National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, (also founder of National Dog Day, National Cat Day, National Puppy Day & many more) and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. The biggest percentage of dogs euthanized in due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals” ( mutt day pic

“This special day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation, to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes and to celebrate the mazing breeds that make up your fur child’s lineage.”(

For more information regarding National Mutt Day and the plight of shelter animals, and to read the stories of famous mutts in world history, please visit


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Beat the Heat: Tips on Keeping Your Pets Cool when Temperatures Soar

Summer is here and the temperatures are hot.  It’s nothing new to those of us living in the South and though teachers and students are preparing for the school year to start, the temperatures, well, they’ll be sticking around for awhile.  To help you beat the heat during these remaining dog days of summer, we will be sharing tips and tricks to keeping you, your family, and your pets safe, healthy and happy for the remainder of the summer.

Tip #1: Never leave your pet unattended in a hot car

We’ve all heard it, and we know we shouldn’t, but it’ll just take a minute to run grab someheat is fatal to pets milk, so it’ll be ok, right? WRONG.  According to a 2013 article by Mike Oliver*, the interior of a car can reach over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in ten minutes and 120 degrees in twenty minutes, temperatures that can easily cause heatstroke or death to children, the elderly, and pets rather quickly, even if the windows are cracked or the A/C is running***.

So what can you do to avoid this from happening to your pet:

  1. If you are going to a pet friendly store, take your pet inside with you; if not leave them at home and schedule a pet sitter like Creation’s Care Pet Sitting to check in on your pet if you will be away from home for an extended period of time.
  2. If you see someone else’s dog in a car, Dr. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, suggests either notifying the store manager or calling the police or animal control if the owner cannot be easily located**

Bottom line, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them.  Don’t let your pet (child, or elderly family member) stay in the car if you’re not there.




***info reported by an article in Pet Sitters International online blog for pet sitters,


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