Valentine’s Day Pet Gift Ideas

We all know someone who loves their dog more than humans. This Valentine’s Day, show how much you understand that connection with these fabulous gifts for pups and people.
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1. Take your dog on a hike.
Some dogs love adventures more than anything, right? Our pup Roxy loves to go hiking or just anywhere she can run free and smell new things. And its great exercise for you and your pet to keep you both healthy and in shape.

2. Make your dog a special treat.
Food is definitely the way to my pets’ hearts. We love making homemade dried steak bites.
Wow, my pets would be jealous!
If you’re interested in baking for your dog, I’d recommend checking out Facebook or Reddit for recipes.

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It has been cold outside. Freezing. We can bundle up and stay indoors, but your dog has to go outside to do his business, day or night. Why not get him a warm coat to keep the wind away? Maybe some boots to keep his paws off the ice & snow? And while you’re at it, what about a nice new cozy bed? Be honest now, how long has he had that bed? And when’s the last time you washed the cover? Some refreshing will keep him warm and cozy until spring!

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4.Brush their teeth

We all know you let your furry date kiss your face. Don’t you want him to have fresh breath and healthy teeth? A new toothbrush and toothpaste is really a gift for you both.

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5. Take your dog on a date!
That’s right. Go to an dog park, restaurant, coffee shop with outdoor seating, or even just your own back yard for some play time and togetherness. After all, that’s really what they want most.
And, if you’re really feeling adventurous, you could take Fido on a weekend getaway. BringFido list various hotels and other tourist attractions that allow pets to accompany you.

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Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe During The Christmas Holidays

1. Lace up those walking boots
Walks are good for a dog’s mental and physical health – he wants to explore his local environment and see who lives where as much as he wants to explore, chase and have fun with you. Plan some longer walks with other friends with dogs, because getting out in the countryside or park can be much more enjoyable than Christmas shopping.

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2. A pet’s Christmas dinner only has to happen once a year
If you like to give your dog a special meal for Christmas dinner, then remember to cut back on his breakfast and treats that day. Too large a meal can cause digestive problems, so if your dog really can’t miss Christmas dinner try adding small amounts of the special food to his normal dinner instead.

3. Keep your vet’s number close
Christmas provides dogs with lots of temptation: foods they shouldn’t eat, presents they shouldn’t destroy and changes in their routine and environment which may cause extra stress. Find out what hours your vet is planning over the Christmas period to ensure there’s emergency cover if you need it.

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4. The larger the present the better
Christmas is definitely for dogs, but they don’t need huge extravagant presents, the more time and attention they get with you the happier they’ll be. Try different games, walks and trips out with your dog – you’ll both enjoy it.

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5. Christmas trees are just trees with extras to dogs
Don’t be surprised if your dog leaves you a “biological” gift under the Christmas tree. To your dog, this is the ultimate convenience, the outdoors brought inside. Try marking sprays and firm commands if this becomes a frequent problem. If you’ve got a climber, then hang tempting treats and baubles on harder to reach branches. This will surely make things interesting around the tree.


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Yard Maintenance and Keeping Your Yard Clean, Columbia,SC -Palmetto Scoopers Inc. -Dog Waste Removal Service

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As an homeowner in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina and dog owner you do your best to maintain a clean and beautiful  but yard at the same time you know how difficult it is to do. Between your work and your children you have a lot of responsibility and sometimes things get overlooked. At Palmetto Scoopers we’re here to tell you that with our help, your lawn will be free of landmines all year round, but there’s a catch…we’ll need your help to find those landmines, each and every time we pay a visit to your home. Today we’re going to share some helpful tips that will allow us to do the best job possible when it comes to helping you maintain your yard.

Access to Your Yard
When we arrive at your home we need to be able to access your yard. On your scheduled day of service please make sure that your gate is unlocked, even more so if you plan to be away from home on the day we come to clean. If you need help with a lock, please let us know and we’ll be happy to provide one to you as a part of our service. If we aren’t able to access your yard, we won’t be able to clean it. You’ll be asked to reschedule and unfortunately will still need to charge you for that day of service.

Cut Your Grass
When we send a technician to clean up the poo from your yard, it’s important that they’re able to find everything your dog has left behind. You can help our technicians find all the poop by making sure that your grass is cut and not overgrown. Yards are also breeding grounds for biting insects like mosquitoes, so you should trim your yard to about three inches. After that, it’s best to maintain the shape of your lawn.

Trash and Debris
For the safety of our technicians please make sure that all trash and debris is contained before we send someone to your home. When water is allowed to collect in debris, insects such as the above mentioned mosquito will lay their eggs and breed. If we arrive and find that conditions are unsuitable for our employees to work, your yard will not be cleaned and you’ll still be charged for our service.

We’re more than happy to clean your yard while your dog is out. However we can only do this if your dog is not aggressive. If your dog is aggressive we ask that he be kept inside while we do our job. Once again this is simply for the safety of your employees and pets as well.

Once we finish cleaning up your yard of pet waste we’ll leave it just the way we found it. We’ll even leave treats for your dog(s) before we go!


This post today has been brought to you today by Palmetto Scoopers Inc. Palmetto Scoopers is the leading pet waste removal service in the Columbia area including Lexington, Irmo, Forest Acres and Chapin areas. Give us a call today at (803) 201-5012 to receive your free quote. Rates start at just $11.35 per week. Visit our website at to view customer testimonials and more! Have an Pawsomeme Day!




10 Reasons You Should Not Feed Your Dog Thanksgiving Food


Thanksgiving is a time for family, and for a lot of dog owners, their pup is a part of their family. It only makes sense that you’d want your dog to enjoy a special meal along with their human family members. Back in the old days, people would just feed their dogs scraps from the table (or from around the campfire). During the Middle Ages, royalty would feed the dogs in their kennels large stews containing grains, vegetables, and discarded animal parts. Only in the 1800s did the idea of specialized food specifically made for pets pop up. In the last century, the pet food industry has grown exponentially, and along with it, misinformation about what dogs can and cannot eat.

Holiday food your dog should avoid
Dogs can eat a lot of human foods – especially the food we eat at the Thanksgiving table. But there are ten foods you should never give your dog. According to Pet Plan, humans spend, on average, $185.80 more to take care of a pet’s upset stomach over the Thanksgiving weekend than other days.

1. Turkey Skin
Turkey is good for your dog – it’s just meat, after all. But turkey skin is another story. You pile a lot of delicious stuff onto that skin: butter, spices, marinades, oils. And guess what? Those things are really hard for your dog to digest! Plus, turkey skin is super fatty, and fatty foods can give your dog pancreatitis, which is about as miserable as it sounds.
2. Cooked bones
Dogs and bones – they go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Wrong! Small bones, like those from a chicken or turkey, can splinter inside of your dog’s digestive tract. Don’t give your dog any turkey bones and make sure you dispose of all bones properly and in a place where your dog can’t get at them.
3. Sage
Besides being one quarter of a Simon & Garfunkel album, sage is a popular seasoning at the Thanksgiving table, frequently used on both turkey and in stuffing. Unfortunately, it also contains oils that can cause indigestion and an upset stomach in your dog.
4. Onions & Garlic
Both onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are okay for humans to eat but extremely toxic to dogs. Ingesting sulfide will eventually lead to anemia in dogs. Onions are more toxic than garlic, but both need to be completely avoided.
5. Sausage
Which leads us to sausage! You may think sausage is just meat, but it frequently features other ingredients, including onion and garlic, inside of the casing, making it incredibly toxic to dogs.
6. Macadamia Nuts & Walnuts
In general, nuts are bad for dogs, but macadamia nuts and walnuts are the two worst offenders. If dogs eat either of them, within twelve hours they’ll have a toxic reaction that leaves them unable to stand, vomiting, fever, and an elevated heart rate. Though symptoms usually resolve on their own, it can be deadly. Macadamia nuts and walnuts are frequently used as ingredients in stuffing or cranberry sauce.
7. Nutmeg
After the main meal is over and done with, there’s a good chance you’ll settle down with a thick slice of pumpkin pie. Usually used to spice both pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes, nutmeg is extremely toxic to dogs. If ingested, nutmeg can cause seizures and central nervous system problems, and in extreme cases, it may lead to death. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are okay to feed your dog (in moderation, of course), but make sure it hasn’t been spiced with nutmeg before you treat your pup.
8. Alcohol
While you’re probably unlikely to pour a can of beer into your dog’s water bowl, you should know that dogs love the taste of beer and if they can reach their snout into a glass of beer, they’re likely to drink it all up. Alcohol is toxic to dogs, and the hops in beer is particularly dangerous.
9. Chocolate
A lot of people already know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but it bears repeating. If you’re baking, keep your eye on the chocolate and make sure any unused chocolate is safely thrown away or stored.
10. Dough & Batter
Another baking tip – dough and batter are really, really not good for dogs. Dough sees your dog’s stomach as an organic oven and can actually rise inside of your dog, causing bloating and severe pain. On top of that, dough and batter contain raw eggs, which could contain Salmonella and are generally a bad idea to eat.

Your best bet? Keep your dog out of the kitchen completely, and make sure all spills are cleaned up as quickly as possible. And throw out the garbage before you get too full and just want to sit on the couch for the rest of your life.
How to keep your dog occupied during the meal
We suggests keeping your dog occupied in another room during the meal. Before the meal, “provide your dog with appropriate exercise.” That way, they’ll have burned off energy and will be ready to chill during your meal. Right before you sit down to eat, grab a hollow toy and fill it with “some of their normal meal or some special, healthy bits of meat or vegetables.” Then, take this hollow toy and put it on their dog bed. Afraid your dog will get bored during your long Thanksgiving dinner or during the post-dinner football game? “Have a couple of extra food-stuffed toys ready to rotate out so your dog remains happily occupied while you and your family enjoy your holiday dinner


Pet Waste Stations: Keeping your neighborhood clean and safe!

All pet owners love to walk and be surrounded by a clean environment. Pet waste stations are the indispensable tool for keeping parks, streets, apartments, residences, and common areas neat from our friends’ waste. This simple plastic bag dispenser helps pet owners to walk hand-free from awkward dog waste scoops, letting them enjoy the stroll together with their dogs while respecting and maintaining a clean neighborhood.

Now days, dogs are part of our family and we would really do anything to see them happy. More than any other domestic animal they need to go out from the house at least three times a day in order to play, stretch their legs, and eliminate their wastes. This is when the pet waste stations become a useful help in dog owner’s lives, saving many others from distractedly stepping on these unconventional (and definitely not appreciated) “presents”. Indeed, dog wastes are not only an unnecessary decor of the sidewalks but also a potential harmful refuge for many bacteria that is dangerous both for human beings and other animals.

Given these premises, choosing to adapt a pet waste station in the neighborhood would generate a series of positive benefits for the community. Firstly, having one of these dispensers strategically installed along the sidewalk will motivate the laziest of the pet owners who are discouraged from cleaning their pets’ wastes when they forget to bring a plastic bag with them while walking out the dog. Secondly, there is a positive effect also at an environmental level. Collecting our dog’s wastes with plastic bags will save toxins to be absorbed by the ground which would eventually end up through storms, into streams, and lakes. As a matter of fact many people don’t know dogs diet is not adequate to allow their wastes to be used as fertilizers making them even harmful for lawns and gardens.

Lastly, for those who look at the financial impact, it is worth it to highlight that pet waste stations dispensers are not expensive. They are made of different materials and comes in different shapes for all possible tastes always extremely discrete in order not to be too invasive on the aesthetic of the neighborhood.

In conclusion, the proper usage of pet waste stations will help people save some good money in manpower for cleaning streets and yards while helping to increase the quality of life for everyone.

How is your community doing on its pet wet stations?

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