Welcome to our Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Site

The Couch Divas is a family owned and operated dog walking and pet sitting service serving Oak Park, River Forest, (north) Berwyn, Forest Park, (north) Maywood and its surrounding areas. Please inquire if our dog walkers service your area.

We offer many traditional pet care services but can also customize your dog walking and pet care needs, including, but not limited to, night worker and server needs and special events sitting and walking.

New dog clients receive their first walk for free. New cat clients receive a free first visit upon sign up for regular daily cat care. Please note the free cat or dog visit does not apply to vacation care.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Rates

All dog walks and feline visits are 25 minutes
Full hour walks available
20 minute jog/run*
Poultry and Exotics

Weekday Rates
10am - 2pm

$14.00 for a walk for the first dog
$5.00 for each additional dog
$25 for full hour walk
$20 for 20 minute jog/run*
$1.00 for each additional minute requested

$14.00 for a litter box change and cat visit
$2.00 for each additional cat

Before and After Hour Weekday Rates
8am - 10am and 2pm -9pm:
$19.00 per walk/visit for the first dog or cat.
$5.00 for each additional dog, $2.00 for each additional cat

Weekend Rates
All day Saturday and Sunday
$19.00 per walk/visit for the first dog or cat
$5.00 for each additional dog, $2.00 for each additional cat

We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

*the jogger is a seasoned marathon runner with experience in training dogs to jog alongside her

January 1, 2015 COLD WEATHER POLICY IN EFFECT

The weather outside is frightful! When the weather poses a risk to both pup and walker, our cold weather walks policy goes into effect. At our discretion, the walk will be cut short to prevent injury. Of course, a weather sturdy dog, such as the husky or malamute, welcomes such weather and the walk will remain at 25 minutes. Please note that in anticipation of such weather, walks are at times longer in pleasant weather. At no time will a walk be cut short without make up time at some point throughout the year. This is done to protect the health of all those involved in the outdoors; both animal and human. If your pup is shivering, like us humans, it means it's time to go home. Please understand, that under no circumstance, will we force a dog to be outside in subzero temperature when the pup is struggling with the weather. Thank you and stay warm!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Please "Like" Our Facebook Page

Why? Our facebook page (www.Facebook.com/TheCouchDivas) is not just about The Couch Divas. Here we post events, lost pets, found pets, funny things, tragic things, things that make you go hmmm, articles and so much more. It's a great way to keep updated about what's going on with us and the pet world around us. Thanks!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cold Weather Tips from the ASPCA

Cold Weather Tips

Brrrr…it’s cold outside!  The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.
  1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
  2. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
  3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
  4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
  8. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.
  9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.
  10. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bloat - Know the Facts.

Bloat


What Is Bloat?

Black puppy looking up
When bloat occurs, the dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, can cause difficulty breathing, and eventually may decrease blood supply to a dog’s vital organs.
People often use the word "bloat" to refer to a life-threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary care known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), gastric torsion and twisted stomach. This condition can cause rapid clinical signs and death in several hours. Even with immediate treatment, approximately 25% to 40% of dogs die from this medical emergency.

What Are the General Symptoms of Bloat/GDV in Dogs?

  • Distended abdomen
  • Unsuccessful attempts to belch or vomit
  • Retching without producing anything
  • Weakness
  • Excessive salivation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold body temperature
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Collapse

What Causes Bloat in Dogs?

The exact cause is currently unknown. Certain risk factors include: rapid eating, eating one large meal daily, dry food-only diet, overeating, overdrinking, heavy exercise after eating, fearful temperament, stress, trauma and abnormal gastric motility or hormone secretion.

What Causes GDV in Dogs?

The exact cause is currently unknown.

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Bloat?

Bring your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Timeliness of treatment is paramount, since a dog exhibiting signs of bloat may actually have GDV, which is fatal if not promptly treated.

How Is Bloat Treated?

Depending on your dog’s condition, a veterinarian may take an X-ray of the abdomen to assess the stomach’s position. The vet may try to decompress the stomach and relieve gas and fluid pressure by inserting a tube down the esophagus.

How Is GDV Treated?

If the stomach has rotated, emergency surgery is necessary to correct torsion. There are many complications that can occur both during and after surgery, including heart damage, infection and shock; intensive post-operative monitoring for several days is routine. Most vets will recommend that during this surgery, the dog's stomach be permanently attached to the side of the abdominal cavity in order to prevent future episodes.

Are Certain Breeds Prone to Bloat/GDV?

Most dogs love to overeat if given the opportunity, so any dog, from a Greyhound to a Chihuahua, can get bloat.
However, it is very rare for dogs that are not large, deep-chested breeds to be struck with GDV. This condition most often afflicts those dogs whose chests present a higher depth-to-width ratio. In other words, their chests are long (from backbone to sternum) rather than wide. Such breeds include Saint Bernards, Akitas, Irish Setters, Boxers, Basset Hounds, Great Danes, Weimaraners and German Shepherds.

How Can I Prevent Bloat/GDV?

  • Feed your dog several small meals, rather than one or two larger ones, throughout the day to avoid eating too much or too fast.
  • If appropriate (check with your vet), include canned food in your dog’s diet.
  • Maintain your dog’s appropriate weight.
  • Avoid feeding your dog from a raised bowl unless advised to do so by your vet.
  • Encourage normal water consumption.
  • Limit rigorous exercise before and after meals.
  • Consider a prophylactic gastropexy surgery (which fixes the stomach in place, as described above) if you have a high-risk breed.