How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks From Your Highlands Ranch Pet Sitter

Many dogs are startled from loud noises. The lawnmower, a vacuum, and even a hair dryer can cause some dogs anxiety. With the Fourth of July just a couple of days away, many pet parents are anxious themselves about how to handle their dog when the fireworks start. Tip number one: don’t be anxious!

Keep Calm And Grill On:

The more calm you are when the fireworks start, the more likely your pet will be calm. If you are scared or annoyed with fireworks, your pet may feed off your feelings. Your body language will tell your pet how to react.

Turn On The Radio:

Turning on the radio or TV will allow your pet to hear noises that are probably familiar and comforting. Many pet owners have turned on the TV to drown out the fireworks noise and say it has helped their pet.

Distract With Treats:

Toys and treats are very comforting for fearful pets. Dogs love a Kong ™ treat as they can lick peanut butter out of a Kong ™ for a while during fireworks. Bones, rawhides, and similar treats can offer the dog a longer distraction that just a chewable treat.

Keep Your Dog In His Comfort Zone:

Don’t push your dog to be “ok” with the fireworks. This will only make the noise worse for him and at this point you might be annoyed that your dog isn’t calm. Giving your dog space and not punishing him will allow your dog to stay in his comfort zone.

Use Calming Oils Or Other Products:

Lavender is very safe for dogs and can be used on their collar to calm them during fireworks and storms. Use 2-5 drops depending on the size of the dog directly on the collar to calm him or her during the fireworks. There are also soft natural chews that can help. The Thundercoat ™ also helps and needs to be put on the dog prior to the firework show.

Keep the doors secure!

Do NOT bring your dog outside if he or she doesn’t like fireworks and has a tendency to run away when he is scared. Secure your gates and home. The Fourth of July is the NUMBER ONE day/evening that dogs run away from home.

Remember: these tips only work if they are used before fireworks start! Not all of the suggestions will work on every dog.

Please try your best NOT to pick up your dog! They will relate the fireworks to you picking them up and will expect it everytime. They need to understand that the noise is not dangerous, just loud.

Please note: many experts have said that “soothing” your dog during storms/fireworks is counter-productive. This will make your dog think there is danger, when in reality there is not.

Is your dog scared of fireworks? What do you do? Feel free to comment!

Highlands Ranch Pet Sitter Will Give You A Relaxing Summer Vacation

School is almost out for the Summer!

This means many people are planning and going on vacations. You want to relax this Summer on vacation, and have been planning it for months. You have everything ready for your trip, and are looking forward to spending time with your family and friends. But, there’s one thing that you haven’t planned yet: pet care!

Your hotel won’t take pets, plus you don’t want to put your dog in the airplane’s pet carrier. Your don’t want to ask your neighbor to watch your cat, and your family is going on the trip. You also really want your pup to stay at home, not at a kennel.

So, what are you going to do about your fur baby?

You want your pet to stay at home, stick to his normal routine, and you want to come home from vacation and not have to pick your dog up from the kennel. Luckily for you, there is an option that will suit your pet’s needs as well as your own!

Five Star Critter care offers pet sitting in Highlands Ranch for pet parents who work long hours or travel. We are more than happy to set you up with pet care services for the Summer!

What are the next steps to book pet sitting services?

  1. Call us at 720-660-3298 or contact us on our Contact Page. We will get back to you shortly to discuss your pet’s needs, your vacation dates, and our policies and procedures. Any questions you have about how our services work and our pricing will also be discussed.
  2. We have an online registration system for clients to create an account and schedule services. You will be able to sign into your account and book services for any vacations this Summer and beyond! We will then set up a consultation to meet you and your pets.
  3. Make sure you are booking in advance. We are busy during the Summer months because so many people are off work and school. Getting on the books as soon as possible ensures that your pet will all set.


Ready to sign up for services?

We would love to hear from you and care for your pets! If you have travel plans this Summer, you will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation worry-free knowing your pets are home and in good hands.


5 Ultimate Reasons To Hire A Professional Highlands Ranch Pet Sitter

At Five Star Critter Care, we understand that pet parents want the best care possible for their pets. We are licensed, bonded, and insured and have been caring for Highlands Ranch pets for 3 years. Pets deserve the best, and we are here to provide the best!

Why hire us? What sets us apart from the pack?

We Are Bonded And Insured

A professional pet sitting business is licensed, bonded, and insured. We have proof of these, and want clients to know we are professional. Any professional pet sitter will have these documents.

We Are Truly Committed To Your Pets’ Care

Besides being bonded and insured, Five Star Critter Care is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR in case of emergency. We are also members of Pet Sitters International and National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Taking time to learn about pet health and behavior is also important to us! We want your pets to receive the best care and provide consultations prior to caring for your pets. They need to be comfortable with their pet sitter, so that when you are away they are happy and content.

We Are True Animal Lovers

A pet sitter obviously has a big heart for pets, and we offer a custom pet care plan for your pets’ specific needs. Each pet and/or household is different, and we make sure your pet stays on his same routine while his Mom or Dad is away from home. Five Star Critter caregivers are detailed in following directions and providing updates to our clients. All of our staff have pets of their own, who they consider family!

We Have 5 Star Testimonials

You may have found us through a Google or online search. We have 5 star reviews online and client testimonials on our site. You can read some of our testimonials here:

5 Star Testimonials

We pride ourselves in our professionalism, and our online reviews and website testimonials reflect our stellar service.

We Are Full Time And Have Been In Business 3 Years

Five Star Critter Care isn’t going anywhere! We have built a thriving pet sitting business in Highlands Ranch, and are not hobby sitters. We have an excellent reputation in the community, and are happy to have served our clients for this long. Five Star Critter Care continually looks to improve the services provided.

This sounds great! How do I get started with services?

Please fill out our form on our New Client Page and we will get back to you soon!


Highlands Ranch Pet Sitter Discusses Heartworm Prevention

April Is National Heartworm Prevention Month!

Heartworm is found in pets in every state in the US. Heartworm typically effects dogs, but cats and even ferrets are not necessarily in the clear. Cats do have a natural immunity to heartworm, and for every 100 dogs infected, there are about 10 cats infected.
What exactly is heartworm and how do pets contract it?
Heartworm is a disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis, a parasite that is spread through the bite of a mosquito. The pet (dog, cat, or even ferrets can be infected) is the host, and the worms lives in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of the animal, therefore terming the disease “heartworm”. The parasites are not contagious, and the disease is only spread through a mosquito bite.
What are the main symptoms of heartworm?
Dogs infected with heartworm have the following symptoms:
Trouble breathing
Noise in the lungs and heart
Possible death

So, how do pet parents prevent this horrible illness from happening to their pet?
Luckily, there are ways to prevent heartworm in pets.

The Best Treatment Is Prevention:
Keeping your pet up to date on heartworm prevention meds (such as Trifexis) will kill the heartworm larvae before it can grow into worms in the pet. Heartworm is more common in warmer climates where there are more mosquitoes, but has been reported in dogs and other pets in all 50 states. Here is a great comparison chart of heartworm prevention medications: Heartworm Prevention Comparison Chart

Keep Standing Water Out of Your Yard:
Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. This could be a small pond, marshy areas in your yard, or even your dogs’ bowls if you keep some outside and don’t frequently clean or empty them. Anywhere around your home where mosquitoes can lay eggs need to be treated or removed. The more mosquitoes there are, the higher chance of heartworm spreading. This is why it’s so important to give your pet heartworm prevention treatment. Also, when traveling to areas with your dog where there a lots of mosquitoes (Florida for example), make sure your dog is up to date on heartworm/flea prevention.

Preventing Heartworm Naturally:
There are some natural ways to prevent heartworm, which include some herbal prevention. Here is a list of ingredients for Steve Marsden DVM’s natural prevention:
Peppermint is sometimes added as well
*Do not use wormwood in pets that are pregnant or have a health issue such as kidney disease.

Heartworm can be prevented and treated!
Although heartworm can be deadly, since there is prevention and treatment, your dog or other pets very unlikely to contract this disease. Keeping your pets up to date on heartworm/flea medication is key to prevention. Please consult with your vet if you see any signs of heartworm in your pets. Your vet will be able to test for heartworm and provide any necessary treatment to your pets.

Contact us today at 720-660-3298 for the 5-star treatment!