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Can domestic pets spread coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The new coronavirus intervenes deeply in our daily lives. What does the virus actually mean for our pets? And what does this exceptional situation mean for bookings made on Pawshake?

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How much does a dog sitter cost?

If you book a dog sitter that offers home boarding, you pay for each night your dog stays with the sitter and, at Pawshake, these rates can vary between individual dog sitters. But what do people spend on the average dog sitter? And what service can you expect for that price?

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Pets and our love life

How far does the love for an animal go? When it comes to choosing a partner, it seems that dog and cat owners let their animal love play an important role. Various studies indicate this.

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Why do cats vomit?

Many cats regularly throw up after eating. This is normal in most cases, but sometimes vomiting can also indicate underlying health problems. To keep your cat healthy it is important to keep a close eye on your cat's upset stomach and its contents.

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Why is my dog afraid of strangers?

Some dogs may be nervous, skittish or shy around strangers because of poor socialisation, genetics or a bad past experience. Fortunately, you can help your dog manage their fear with patience and consistent training.

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How to find a cat sitter

Cats are attached to their environment, and, as such, prefer to stay at home than a cattery. A good option for holidaying cat owners is to hire a pet sitter that provides in-home visits. The pet sitter can make sure that your cat is fed, safe and happy, without being moved at all.

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How to find a dog sitter over Christmas

If you are looking for a place for your dog to stay over Christmas and New Years, it's important to make an arrangement that suits your dog best so that both of you have a stress-free holiday period. Here are 7 tips for finding a great pet sitter for your dog.

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Why a cat scratches (and how to stop it)

On the furniture, on your hand during playtime, on the scratching post, on the floor... Cats scratch their claws on just about anything, which can be annoying if it causes damage. Why does a cat scratch and what can you do about unwanted scratching?

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How long can a dog stay home alone?

How long can a dog stay home alone? If you want to adopt a new dog, it is important to know in advance how much time you will need to take care of it. Also, if you want to become a dog sitter it's super important to ask yourself: how much time should I provide to a dog to make sure they are happy and healthy?

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How do you stop your cat peeing in the house?

Despite the pristine litter box that you set up for your cat, there might be the odd mishap around the house. Why would a cat pee outside their litter box, and how can you get your cat back to a good toilet routine? Here are 7 tips.

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Why do dogs smell each other's butts?

Dogs often sniff each other's butts when they greet each other. This might seem a bit weird to us, but it is completely normal for a dog! Read here about this doggy habit and why it is important to let your dog sniff freely.

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Is it a good idea to bring your pet to work?

Many employers are beginning to understand the importance of pets in the workplace. But is it always a good idea? Find out how you can introduce pets to work in a safe and responsible way.

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Getting rid of fleas from your pet and home

Fleas can hit at any time of year, making your pet super itchy and uncomfortable. How do you eliminate and prevent fleas so that they keep away from your pets and house, all year round?

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Encouraging your cat to drink more water

Cats don't drink a lot of water by nature. Yet it is hugely important for them to get enough fluid every day. Is your cat not drinking enough water? With a few simple tricks, you can ensure that your cat stays healthy and hydrated!

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Why do dogs wipe their paws?

Wiping or kicking the grass after going to the toilet is a common behaviour in all dogs. But why do dogs do this? And is it a problem you should stop, or is it perfectly normal?

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Can dogs feel guilty?

Dogs do seem to have a guilty expression, especially when they've done the wrong thing. But do dogs really feel guilt like we humans do? And what should and shouldn't you do when your dog looks guilty?

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Protect your pets: 6 tips to prevent overheating

Most pets can't sweat as well as we do. Overheating, illness and outbreak of summer ailments are a severe risk during a heat wave. How do you keep your pet cool these days? 6 cooling tips for all kinds of pets.

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What you need to know about cat whiskers

Whiskers are not only beautiful but are also incredibly useful for your cat. To make sure we don't accidentally harm our cat's '6th sense', it is important to know and understand how the whiskers work and how we can protect them.

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My pet’s nose is dry….is it sick?

There has been a long-standing tale amongst dog and cat owners that your pet should have a wet nose if they are healthy, and that a dry nose means they are sick. Does this theory hold any water, or is it a bit 'on the nose'?

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7 ways to improve your cat's life

Cats tend to be regarded as 'low-maintenance' pets that require little time and attention. As a result, their basic needs and natural desires are often overlooked, and they forget how to be 'cats'. Our 7 simple tips below will improve life for your little furry pal, and soon have them purring away with happiness!

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Why do dogs eat poo?

At some stage, a dog might eat excrement either from themselves or another animal. Not so pleasant of course, but is it actually a problem? And can you stop your dog from eating poop?

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How to stop dogs from fighting

It's a scary scenario for any dog owner: the thought of your dog in a fight. What can you do in case of a dog fight? And how can you prevent dogs from fighting in the first place? Here's what every dog owner and dog sitter should know.

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First aid for cats: how to take care of a sick cat

You do everything you can to keep your cat happy and healthy - but at some point, just like us humans, your cat might get sick. Or adventurous cats can sometimes get themselves into trouble and suffer an injury. It's therefore really important that all cat owners and cat sitters can spot symptoms of illness or injury in a cat. What should you as a cat owner or cat sitter do in case of an emergency? How do you perform first aid on a cat? These are our emergency cat care tips:

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Tips to prevent your pet from going missing

It is a risk that is always at in the back of your mind: what if your dog or cat goes missing? This is especially so if you plan to bring your pet to a sitter for home boarding or doggy daycare...you may worry about your furry friend suddenly going on the run. Fortunately, most pets are found and returned to their owner very quickly. And the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent your pet from getting lost in the first place. And if your pet does go missing? We have an action plan ready for you to bring your pet home quickly. Here are our tips for pet owners and pet sitters how to find a lost pet quickly.


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When should I take my pet to the vet?

If you own a pet or are a busy pet sitter, this question will eventually rear it's head....'am I being over-reactive, or is the pet in my care actually sick or injured?'

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Which house plants are poisonous for pets?

Many cats and dogs like to nibble on your house plants, particularly indoor cats in search of some fresh greenery. However, some plants are poisonous and can make your pet seriously ill. So, which plants are toxic for your cat or dog, and what are the safe alternatives?

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Protect your cat from dangers around the house

Cats are wonderfully adventurous critters. This means that they aren't afraid of risks and the accidents that can follow. Fortunately, with this checklist, you can make your cat's life a lot healthier and safer.

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Should I crate train a puppy?

A crate is a commonly used puppy training tool. But is a crate really necessary? And what risks does your dog run if you use a crate? Read all about when and how to use a crate for your puppy or adult dog.

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Pet-proofing your house: preventing accidents and damage

If a new pet comes into your life or if a dog comes to visit you, it's important that your home is a pet-safe place and that you know your boundaries. We've created 2 convenient checklists to prepare your home for the arrival of a new pet - this will prevent damage to your property and keep the pet safe and sound.

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Can you leave a young puppy with a dog sitter?

It's the ideal solution for busy puppy-parents, and the best job in the world for dog sitters: puppy boarding! But providing a puppy sitting service is not without its challenges. Discover all you need to know about puppy boarding and puppy daycare below.

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