Jackie O's Professional Pet Care

Jackie O's Professional Pet Care I want to help educate people about proper pet care, pet food, dog walking equipment, etc., and have a little fun in the process.
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I am a professional pet sitter who cares for dogs, cats, fish, birds, and turtles. I also walk dogs, provide pets with a taxi service and do house sitting as well. For complete information about my services, please visit my website.

03/18/2020
I know Jill personally and, as usual, she's spot on.
01/21/2020
I am not a Dog Park advocate.

I know Jill personally and, as usual, she's spot on.

AND HERE'S WHY: I don’t recommend dog parks. Not ever. The list of things that can go wrong is so long that it completely outweighs the possible a

01/08/2020
This was written, anonymously, by a vet. I've been in this situation more times than I like to think about and it never ...
01/07/2020

This was written, anonymously, by a vet. I've been in this situation more times than I like to think about and it never gets easier, but I'll never leave any pet at the end. They deserve better.

12/21/2019
German Shepherd Dog Club of San Diego County
12/20/2019

German Shepherd Dog Club of San Diego County

As statistics show, in the next 4-8 weeks, you'll all be seeing the "We need to re-home our pet..." posts. These are the people who went ahead and purchased puppies & kittens as Christmas gifts who are suddenly allergic, moving, having a baby, don't have time, their kids won't take care of it, didn't think they'd get so big, blah, blah, blah. Problem is, almost 90% of unwanted pets, sadly end up in kill shelters.
Allow me to break it down for you.
You didn't know you had an allergy? Oops. Don't let the pet suffer, buy some allergy medicine, if you love your pet, it's absolutely worth a shot.
You're moving? What city are you moving to that doesn't allow dogs? Bullsh*tville? You have a responsibility to your living, breathing family member to plan ahead to find a house, apartment or condo that will ALLOW your family member. Period.

Oh, you had no idea you were due to have a baby in 2 months? Interesting.
Don't have time for a couple of 15 minute walks, or to have a dog just sit next to you while you're home? Really? So they're better off in a shelter than waiting in your house for you to get home? Ok, perhaps get another pet to keep them company or look for a local dog-sitter.
Oh, you mean your 5 year old didn't step up to the plate to feed, walk and scoop poop? And this surprised you? I guess it's time for YOU to step up and model responsibility for your child.

Wrong size? Not cute as an adult? Not quite the personality you expected? Look in a mirror, how did you turn out? Should we send you back.
Please do not dump your older senior dog or cat off at the shelter just to make room for a cute puppy or kitten for a Christmas present or for any given day of the year for that matter. It is such an awful betrayal of trust and they'll never understand why. It is a terrifying experience to be left at a shelter, it is loud, noisy and confusing. In all reality that cute puppy or kitten will be a lot more work than your senior pet. Better yet, keep that senior pet to teach the youngin" the ropes.
You'll be glad you did.
A pet is a lifetime choice.

12/13/2019
Wishing everyone a wonderful day with those you love - 2-footers and 4-footers.
11/28/2019

Wishing everyone a wonderful day with those you love - 2-footers and 4-footers.

11/21/2019
Get Rid of Your Retractable Dog Leash, Stat!
11/21/2019
Get Rid of Your Retractable Dog Leash, Stat!

Get Rid of Your Retractable Dog Leash, Stat!

If you walk your dog on a retractable dog leash, you need to read this article before you or your four-legged friend wind up hurt.

Just a little warning regarding the Christmas treats many stores are now starting to stock for dogs.       Many of these...
11/10/2019

Just a little warning regarding the Christmas treats many stores are now starting to stock for dogs.

Many of these so called treats end up with the dog "enjoying" some time in a veterinary surgery over Christmas.

The vast majority of these rawhide products and treats come from China and while no rawhide is good for a dog, products from China are even worse.

The chews are made from cattle or horse hides and their journey starts with the hides being soaked in a toxic sodium sulphide to remove the hair and fat. More chemicals are used in order to split the hide into layers which is then washed with hydrogen peroxide to give the white "pure" look and remove the rancid smell. Now comes the pretty festive colours and the glue to form cute shapes. On testing, these chews have shown traces of arsenic, mercury, chromium and formaldehyde.

If that wasn't bad enough, they regularly cause intestinal blockages, poisoning from chemical residue and choking. The chews go slippery when wet and are near impossible to get hold of to save a choking dog.

Leave them in the shop where they belong or if some well meaning person buys them for your dog put them safely away for later, then dispatch in the bin!

Please be safe with your dogs!

SPOT On Dog Training and Behavior
10/08/2019

SPOT On Dog Training and Behavior

Every year dogs die because people needlessly bring them outside in heat they cannot handle.

Remember that dogs cannot sweat anywhere other than the bottom of their paws, and their nose. If the bottom of their paws are on hot pavement, it doesn't really accomplish anything.

All dogs, but particularly giant breed dogs, and squish-faced dogs (Bulldogs, Bostons, Fenchies, Boxers) have a really hard time dissipating their body heat because of their anatomy.

If you are bringing your dog with you in the heat because they have separation anxiety, hire a qualified trainer to help you work on that, and leave them with a pet sitter in meantime. If it's because they are hyper/have behavior problems and you are trying to "wear them out", hire a trainer. Learn how to do fast paced/ energetic training sessions inside. Enroll in an indoor agility class that will wear the dog out just as well as a hike without putting their life or health in danger.

If you are bringing your dog in the heat because you do not realize (even though its covered EVERY YEAR on news and social media) that is dangerous, or because you just want to have them with you on your hike in the 90゚sun, you are too irresponsible or selfish to have a dog.

Signs of overheating in dogs:

- Very rapid panting while standing or walking, normal shaped tongue/pink gums *uncomfortable*
- Restlessness outside/getting up and changing locations often while panting/seeking stone, tile, digging into ground *uncomfortable*
- Picking up feet, pacing around or whining while standing (if dog doesn't normally do this) *paws are burning*
- Wanting to stop moving/lie down on walk and heavy fast panting *danger*
- A spoon shaped tongue *danger*
- Brick red gums *urgent*
- Vomiting/diarrhea/tremors in legs *urgent*
- Gray, white or blue gums & tongue *this dog could die*
- Siezure/collapsing/unconcious *this dog will likely die*

Do not be selfish or uninformed. If you "need" to take your dog on a run or hike with you during the summer, do it early in the morning or late in the evening when it is under 85 degrees and try to go places where there is shade.

Do's:
- stop all movement and get dog into shade/ air conditioning ASAP.
- Carry rubbing alcohol on you in case you need to use it for your dog or someone else's. Pour it on the bottom of their paws and on the underside of their groin/belly area. This will cool them off better than water due to faster evaporation
- Pour *room temperature* water on them or dunk them in it if small enough ASAP.
- Educate yourself in canine CPR. Even if you don't have a dog, you could save someone else's
- Encourage yourself, neighbors, friends, family and any dog walkers you know to recognize symptoms of overheating, and substitute walks and hikes with indoor training and brain games.
- Say something to strangers if their dogs are exhibiting any of the symptoms above. They're probably unaware.
- Carry a thermometer on you so can see what a dog's temperature is. Yes, it goes in the butt. You can do it. Normal is 101.5. Dangerous is 103. 106 is organ and brain damage.
- Transport to vet if symptoms get worse, if gums were white, grey or blue at any point, if the dog had a siezure or if symptoms don't get better within a few minutes of doing all the above things.

Don'ts:
- Make your dog stand/lie in direct sun or do physical exercise of any type in heat above 85 degrees. (brief potty breaks ok)
- Dp not use ice water or ice packs to cool a hot dog off. Use cool/room temperature water only.
- Don't Ignore stranger's dogs that seem overheated, especially if you notice brick red or pale gums. Getting told to f*ck off is worth attempting to save a dog.

Pictures of normal and abnormal color for reference.

10/04/2019
09/26/2019
Don’t touch any pig ear treats or feed them to your dog, the FDA and CDC say
09/09/2019
Don’t touch any pig ear treats or feed them to your dog, the FDA and CDC say

Don’t touch any pig ear treats or feed them to your dog, the FDA and CDC say

Dog owners, if you've been waiting to give up your pet's pig ears, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that now is the time. A warning about a multistate salmonella outbreak tied to the treats has been updated to include all pig ear products. "A total of 127 people infected wit...

09/05/2019
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control

BITE PREVENTION WEEK | As we wrap up #DogBitePreventionWeek we wanted to leave you with this video. We hope it makes you laugh, but also makes you think about how we sometimes forget that dogs deserve the same respect we give to each other.

Please, adopt, don't shop. Love a specific breed? There are breed specific rescues.
08/31/2019
Amish Puppy Mills Exposed

Please, adopt, don't shop. Love a specific breed? There are breed specific rescues.

Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending commercial breeding "puppy mills" and protecting families from puppy peddlers, pet stores and bad breeders by lobbying for stronger laws, setting up information booths, completing research studies and launching pet....

08/31/2019
08/28/2019
08/08/2019
Animal Planet

There is NO REASON for a pet or child to be left in a car. Ever!

It only takes minutes for heatstroke to take the life of a dog. To prove how dangerous it is to leave a pet in a car, Amanda Giese from #AmandatotheRescue sat in one for 30 minutes...

07/27/2019
07/27/2019
No cat should be allowed outside where we live. Coyotes, owls, hawks, just to name a few dangers. Please keep them indoo...
07/24/2019

No cat should be allowed outside where we live. Coyotes, owls, hawks, just to name a few dangers. Please keep them indoors.

07/19/2019
Good info to have
07/11/2019

Good info to have

An update on grain-free diets and DCM.
07/09/2019
Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs - Whole Dog Journal

An update on grain-free diets and DCM.

On June 27, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to two previous advisories regarding dog food and dogs who had developed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The release made a splash in the mainstream news – but this is all that most people seemed to get out of ...

An update on grain-free diets and DCM.
07/09/2019
Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs - Whole Dog Journal

An update on grain-free diets and DCM.

On June 27, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to two previous advisories regarding dog food and dogs who had developed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The release made a splash in the mainstream news – but this is all that most people seemed to get out of ...

An update on grain-free diets and DCM.
07/09/2019
Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs - Whole Dog Journal

An update on grain-free diets and DCM.

On June 27, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to two previous advisories regarding dog food and dogs who had developed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The release made a splash in the mainstream news – but this is all that most people seemed to get out of ...

And this is why you hire a PROFESSIONAL pet care provider.
07/06/2019
Dot-com Dog Walking

And this is why you hire a PROFESSIONAL pet care provider.

It’s a dot-com world. Wielding our smartphones like light sabers, we order up a ride, a meal, a grocery delivery, someone to fix our leaky kitchen faucet. Many of life’s mundane details can now be managed by deploying an app.

And this is why you hire a PROFESSIONAL pet care provider. https://thebark.com/content/dot-com-dog-walking
07/06/2019
Dot-com Dog Walking

And this is why you hire a PROFESSIONAL pet care provider. https://thebark.com/content/dot-com-dog-walking

It’s a dot-com world. Wielding our smartphones like light sabers, we order up a ride, a meal, a grocery delivery, someone to fix our leaky kitchen faucet. Many of life’s mundane details can now be managed by deploying an app.

07/03/2019

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Jackie is thoroughly professional. She has gone above and beyond to make sure that my very large great Dane puppy was taken care of. She has been a wonder for me and my family in terms of caring for our pups. I’m always grateful when she comes.
I highly recommend Jackie for pet sitting. She watches our 2 cats when we are out of town, plus brings in the mail, takes out trash, waters plants and generally keeps an eye on the house. As an added comfort and peace of mind, Jackie sends us a daily text after each visit. I look forward to having Jackie pet sit for us wherever we go out of town.
Jackie is always professional. I feel confident having her take care of my pups every time. She has gone above and beyond to make sure she is comfortable with my large Great Dane puppy as she can be a handful. Jackie is the best!!
Jackie was referred from a friend who used her service several time in the past. Home pet care is a tricky service... you need to not only trust a stranger with access to your home whilst you are away, but also the care and health of your family member. Upon meeting Jackie, her professionalism and attention to detail are immediately evident. Her passion for the service she provides and the love for the animals under her care shows each time she has taken care of our babies. (Two adult cats) I would HIGHLY recommend Jackie’s services. The ultimate affirmation of this is the two appointments booked for holidays in June and August.
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Home after a wonderful trip to visit family in Reno and our three Dalmatians greet us with wagging tails and lots of slobbery kisses. It's nice to be able to leave home knowing our furry family members receive such loving care. Thank you Jackie
Hi Jackie! My name is Lindsay Beg. I was referred to you by a woman named Lisa Hurdiss. I have been dog sitting for the past few years and recently accepted a full-time position somewhere else. I am looking for someone to refer my my clients to and you came highly recommended. All of my clients are in Saugus and Valencia. One is in Castaic. Let me know if that would something that would interest you.