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About Cambridge Canines Pet Sitting Service

I'm a Cambridge resident who has written about feline behavior and body language for WebMD and Catnip, the Tufts Veterinary School newsletter. In a parallel universe, I also write about healthcare and have won awards for news reporting. A passion for animals led me to start my own pet sitting business in 2004. While the information in my posts has been researched, it is not intended to replace professional consultation, diagnosis, or treatment by a licensed veterinarian. If you require any veterinary-related advice, contact your veterinarian promptly.

How can I stop my dog from jumping on people?

Jumping on people is your dog’s way of showing affection and getting attention.  But what may have been cute when your dog was a puppy can be downright annoying when he’s full grown. I’ve had 65-pound Golden Retrievers jump on me and there’s nothing endearing about it. … Continue reading

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How protein can impact behavior

I noticed that two of my clients — belonging to the Italian Greyhound family — had become more aggressive with other dogs.  These normally affectionate pups even started barking at people on the street … which which something new. For … Continue reading

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Accidental dog bites

Caesar Milan just had a great post: 5 reasons why our dogs might bite us. 1) Maternal instincts. Always respect a mother dog with her young puppies. 2) Physical pain or discomfort.  Dogs tend to be very stoic and adept at … Continue reading

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Keeping your dog safe in a disaster

When disaster strikes, it may be days before you can return home. I found that out from personal experience during a major blizzard.  Thinking I’d return in a day or two,  I went to a friend’s house, after leaving kitty … Continue reading

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ABCs to handling pet food properly

Although many pet owners feel strongly about feeding their dogs and cats raw food, it is always advisable to check with your veterinarian first.  In addition to lacking many essential nutrients, raw food may carry harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. … Continue reading

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Feline tapeworm… one dose of prevention goes a long way

A client of mine remarked that her cat may have tapeworm as a result of a summer infestation of fleas.  That piqued my interest so I did some research. While fleas do not produce tapeworm per se, they can host … Continue reading

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Silence is golden

One of my clients is a Tibetan terrier.  He is totally adorable and just as demanding. When we’re in his mom’s kitchen after our walk, he barks relentlessly for treats with a shrill ear-piercing woof.  In the past, when I’ve … Continue reading

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Old cats learn new tricks

Yes, even cats can learn new tricks and clicker training can help.  Historically clickers have been used to train a wide variety of animals such as porpoises, zoo animals, dogs, children, so why not cats.  And they can be purchased … Continue reading

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How to find a missing cat

If you have reason to suspect that your cat is lost (and not just hiding),  here are a few important tips.  According to an feline expert, who used to do search and rescue work with the California police, most cats … Continue reading

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Where’s Kitty?

I was enjoying the view from my garden, when a young woman approached me.  I noticed that she had kitty treats in hand.  “Did you see a suspicious person walk by?” she inquired.  When prodded, she said that her cat … Continue reading

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