February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) suggests simple steps: Visit vet at least once a year and follow your Vet's suggestions on dental care for your pet. And, regular at-home brushing. According to the AVDS, more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age four. The trouble begins when food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth to form plaque and tartar, which leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis, if ignored, will progress to periodontal disease which leads to tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums and, in severe cases, tooth loss. When bacteria from periodontal disease travels into a pet's bloodstream, the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and nervous system can be affected. These infections usually are treatable when caught at an early stage. However, if they are not caught in time, they can cause serious organ damage and even death.
What is an "Certified Professional Pet Sitter?"
Pet Sitters International's Certification Program is an in-depth educational coursework that has been tailored exclusively for pet sitters. The curriculum includes topics on Pet Care, Health & Nutrition, Additional Services and Business & Office Procedures. The coursework was developed with input from the most knowledgeable professionals in the pet-care industry to provide the best in pet education to our members.
What You Get with a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter:
When you engage the services of a Certified Professional Pet Sitter, you are also gaining the in-depth knowledge and skills for in-home pet care she or he has mastered about caring for companion animals of all kinds.
This program was developed by PSI exclusively for its members. The coursework was designed to promote high industry standards and provide a continuing education curriculum to keep accredited pet sitters at the forefront of modern pet-care practices.
The Certification Program is designed to provide a complete and well-rounded educational experience for a professional pet sitter. To become accredited, the pet sitter must master and exhibit a working knowledge of caring for pets of all species - from cat care to dog sitting, from exotic bird care and pet fish care to overnight pet care services and more.
A PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter also knows how to run an efficient, effective business model.
You can rest assured your pet sitter has been rigorously tested on companion animal care-and passed all tests-when you see the mark of a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter.