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26 May 2020

More Coronavirus Guidelines!

The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) is made up of influential organisations who advise Government on behalf of the sector on strategically important dog and cat health and welfare issues and standards.
​CFSG is a "not for profit" body which offers expert advice and recommendations with a unified and respected voice on dogs and cats from members including charities, the veterinary sectors and the pet industry.


The risk of human-to-animal infection is very small. However, the virus could be passed from person to person via surfaces such as a dog's fur, collar and lead. The following is a list of the recommended guidelines that professional dog walkers should follow.


Since the pandemic began, DoggyBizzNizz adopted these guidelines and added them to our existing excellent hygienic and infection control practices. For extra reassurance we now wipe down the dogs before returning them - we use Leucillin Antiseptic spray and disposable cloths.


'WALKING SOMEONE ELSE'S DOG'

You should only be walking someone else’s dog if, due to their individual circumstances, they are unable to do so themselves. This includes people who are key workers (NHS staff or similar), shielded (at particular risk from coronavirus) or the vulnerable and over 70s or people from a self-isolating household confirmed or suspected of having coronavirus (see below).

  • Consider each individual situation and how to safeguard the person you are assisting.
  • Agree the process in advance including time and duration of walk.
  • Walk the dog in the surrounding area of the owner’s home and ideally on a lead. You should not drive to a location to walk.
  • Find a way to collect and return the dog securely, in a way which maintains a two-metre distance between you and minimises any time spent in the owner’s home.
  • Never walk dogs from different households at the same time.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water before leaving your home.
  • Wear gloves for the duration of any contact and dispose of them after use.
  • Use a different lead to the owner’s.
  • Ask someone from the household to open and close the doors for you.
  • Don’t handle anything else, such as your phone, during any time of contact.
  • Where possible, minimise touching the dog.
  • Maintain your social distance while walking, keep to quiet areas and don’t allow other people or pets to come into contact with the dog.
  • Wash the lead with soap and water once the dog has been returned.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water as soon as you get home.


When walking a shielded person’s dog, it is especially important to protect their health:

  • Avoid any contact with the occupants of the home – maintain at least two metres distance.
  • Keep the dog on a lead to avoid them coming into contact with anyone or other pets.
  • Wipe the dog with a pet friendly disposable wipe or clean, damp cloth before returning to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to the owner.


When walking a dog from a household where people have or are suspected of having Coronavirus, it is especially important to protect yourself and others:

  • Avoid any contact with the occupants of the home – maintain at least two metres distance.
  • Wipe the dog with a pet friendly disposable wipe or clean, damp cloth before the walk.
  • Keep the dog on a lead to avoid pets and other people touching them in case the virus is on their fur.
  • Take care when cleaning up after them; use a sturdy poo bag and dispose of it as soon as possible.




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May 2020

Summer can be an exciting time for pets and their owners, but it’s important to understand the potential hazards that hot weather can bring for our beloved four-legged companions.

       Top tips for pet owners:

  • Keep your pet hydrated - always make sure that your pet has a fresh supply of water every day and if you are going out take some water and a bowl with you.
  • Cars - never leave your pet alone in a car as cars can get hot very quickly in the sun and this could risk your pet’s health. Either take your dog with you or leave them at home.
  • Water safety - if you take your dog to the beach or somewhere near a lake, be sure to supervise your dog always whilst they are in the water and don’t assume your dog can swim. Some lakes can contain algae, which is poisonous to dogs.
  • Sun protection - some dogs and cats can suffer from sunburn, particularly pets with light skin and short or thin hair. Try to limit the amount of time your pet spends in the sun. You could also use sun cream that is specially formulated for pets.
  • Exercise - during particularly hot days, walk your dog in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest time of day. The intense heat of midday can overwhelm your dog. Don’t overexert your dog.
  • Protect their paws - be sure to protect your pet’s paws from hot surfaces during the summer. Pavements and surfaces can get hot in high temperatures and could burn your pet’s paws. Try holding the back of your hand against the pavement or road – if it is too hot for you then it will be too hot for paws!
  • Offer Shade - create a shady den in your garden to help your pet escape the sun. You could use a small paddling pool in your garden to keep your dog cool in high temperatures.
  • Keep pets cool - keep checking on your pet and look out for signs of heat stress. These signs can include heavy panting and excessive drooling. Keep your pets cool indoors by using a fan but if you keep the house cool via open windows, be sure to keep an eye on your pet to prevent them from escaping or falling.

Always consult your Vet if you have any concerns about your pet!
Stay safe & healthy!


    15 March 2020

    DoggyBizzNizz & Coronavirus

     

    This message is to inform you that at the moment, it's business as usual!

    Nobody knows what the next few weeks and months will hold in store but we will continue to take advice from the World Health Organisation and for the time being honour our commitments and current bookings.

    We appreciate that travel plans, holidays and work/school arrangements might change so as a gesture of goodwill we will waive any cancellation fees.

    To further reassure you, we already undertake sensible hygiene practices of frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser between visits but have decided to increase our efforts by wearing disposable gloves and using alcohol wipes to sanitise any surfaces/door handles etc. that we may touch when we are in your home. We will also use our own leads/equipment where appropriate.

    As a small business, your support and continued use of our service is very much valued!

    Stay safe and healthy!

    Karen x



    March 2020

    Easter Pet Health Advice
    Spring is here and it’s a wonderful time to get out and about with our dogs in the beautiful Welsh countryside and enjoy the spring flowers! Whilst they’re lovely to look at, it’s important to remember that many flowers and bulbs can make our dogs poorly if eaten – snowdrops, bluebells, geraniums, daffodils, tulips, azaleas and hyacinths among others can cause nasty reactions if the flowers, leaves, stems or bulbs are eaten, and ingestion can even be fatal in some cases.
    If you have cut flowers in the house, also beware of lilies which are highly toxic to cats. Lily poisoning causes rapid, and often irreversible, kidney damage to cats and can be caused by the cat getting pollen on their fur and then getting poisoned when they groom themselves or even by drinking the water out of the vase!
    In the garden, other dangers to watch out for are fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, which are all potential poisons, including treatments which are used to control garden pests such as slugs and snails especially if they contain a substance called metaldehyde.
    Fleas, ticks and worms all start to grow in number around Easter as the weather warms up and this increases the chances of your pet coming into contact with them. A parasitic infection can be unpleasant for your pet, but for dogs infected with lungworm, or with ticks carrying Lyme disease, this infection can be fatal.
    Inside the home, Easter means plenty of chocolate! However, chocolate is toxic to all our pet dogs, cats and rabbits as it contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine, which makes it potentially deadly as our pets cannot process it. Eating even a small amount can lead to sickness & diarrhoea and in severe cases can progress to seizures and even death.
    Hot cross buns and Simnel Cakes are also popular at Eastertime, but did you know the fruit in them can be deadly to dogs? Grapes, and all their dried forms including raisins, sultanas and currants, can cause kidney failure so if you think your dog may have eaten any, always call your local vet for advice.
    Wishing you a healthy & happy Easter!




      February 2020

      Hello! My name is Karen and I own DoggyBizzNizz which is a friendly, professional, reliable & quality Pet Care Service based in Wrexham. I've been a Registered Mental Nurse for 27 years but dreamed of running my own business looking after animals! I have a passion for animals, particularly dogs and decided to turn my dreams into business reality - thus DoggyBizzNizz was created in July 2017... I have an adorable deaf French Bulldog, Onslow and I love animals of all kinds. Aside from having dogs all my life,  I have also owned cockatiels, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, tropical fish, cats and chickens! I’m originally from Chester but have lived in Wrexham for over 11 years. DoggyBizzNizz is a family business with my partner Marlon and my 2 sons helping out at busy times but this year I hope to recruit and employ more help! Whether you are out at work, have appointments, going on holiday or out for the day, we will take care of your precious pets! Our services are for all domestic pets - dogs, cats, small animals, fish, birds & reptiles and includes pet sitting in your home, daily visits, overnight stays, dog walking (solo or group), puppy & senior dog care and pet taxi/chaperone service. We can take care of your poultry and we also offer home boarding for rabbits, rats and other small animals! We are fully insured and have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (formerly known as CRB checks) We are trained in First Aid & CPR for Pets and are the only Registered Nurse led pet care service in Chester & North Wales!

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