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Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

Is pet insurance right for you? Is it right for your pet? How much will it cost and what does it cover? If you are thinking about purchasing a pet insurance policy but are not sure what you should buy or what type of coverage your pet should have – read the below to find out. Everyone’s situation is unique and there are many options available for you to choose from.

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Three Types of Pet Insurance

In general, there are three types of pet insurance; accident, wellness and comprehensive. Many factors will determine what type of coverage you choose such as breed (some are more prone to certain types of illness), age (older dogs have more health problems and are more susceptible to accidents) and cost (what you can afford). Learn what is available then decide what would be best for you and your pet.

1. Accident Coverage – What if your pet was hit by a car and had to be rushed to the nearest veterinary hospital? Could you afford a potential $15,000 bill for care? Accidents covered in this type of policy also include: broken bones, toxic exposures, swallowed objects and burns

2.Wellness Coverage – Routine care such as vaccinations, worming, dental cleanings and checkups. According to ConsumerAdvocate.org 82% of companies do not include this coverage. It increases the overall policy rate when it is more cost-effective to pay these expenses yourself.

3.Comprehensive Coverage – Pays for accidents and illnesses plus routine care. There may be a cap on the total amount you can claim in a year. You may have to pay the vet or hospital bill yourself, then get reimbursed by the carrier.

It is important to point out that each policy will be different – you need to know what the carrier will cover and what it will not. As the saying goes, ‘read the fine print’.

Some things to think about are: Is an exam by a veterinarian needed? What is the co-pay? How much of the bill will the carrier pay after the deductible? Are pre-existing conditions covered? What about a chronic illness? Is your pet covered while traveling? Does your veterinarian or vet hospital need to be pre-approved by the company?  Are medications covered in the policy?

Some companies will not cover congenital (present at birth) or hereditary (genetic, passed to offspring from parents) conditions. If you are curious what these may entail, read this article to learn about genetic disorders in dogs: The 6 Most Common Genetic Disorders in Dogs. Examples are: hip dysplasia, bladder stones, epilepsy, heart disease and degenerative myelopathy.

Does your short-snouted dog snore or have trouble breathing? He or she may have Brachycephalic Syndrome. This refers to problems with the upper airways and can require extensive care during their lifespan.

This article describes common genetic disorders in cats and the cat breeds (or mixed breeds) that may have them: 7 Common Genetic Disorders in Cats. Examples are: urinary tract disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and blindness.

What Does a Pet Insurance Policy Cost?

If the thought of purchasing yet more insurance and having a monthly premium to pay makes your skin crawl or break out in hives… you are not alone. Many Americans feel nickeled and dimed to death and lowering their living expenses is a main priority. Can I afford it, may be the primary concern when considering pet insurance.

For those who are not independently wealthy and would not be able to afford a $5000-$10,000 vet hospital bill out-of-pocket, having an insurance policy at an approximate cost of $30-$70 per month may be worth the cost. Others may want to roll the dice and bet on the possibility their dog or cat will never be seriously ill or injured during their lifetime. The choice is yours.

To get an idea of how much it would cost to insure your pet for the type of coverage you want use this online tool: PetInsurer.com – America’s Pet Insurance Comparison Site. Quoted from the Pet Insurer website: “Every six minutes a pet parent pays over $4,200 on vet bills.” Something to think about when deciding whether to buy a policy or not.

Pet Insurance Companies in the U.S.

According to ConsumerAdvocate.org the top three U.S. insurance companies in 2017 that provide coverage for pets are: HealthyPaws, PetPlan and Embrace. Trupanion is another pet insurance company and they do provide some coverage for genetic and hereditary conditions. Each company is different as to what they offer and what they will and will not cover.

You Want the Best For Your Pet

Most pet owners are as devoted to their four-legged family member as parents are to a beloved child. “He or she is part of the family” is how these owners think and feel. Their pet isn’t just an animal, it is a cherished member of the family.

These owners choose to invest in an insurance policy for their dog or cat as they don’t want to ever have to face the heart-wrenching decision of whether to pay for quality medical care or have to euthanize the animal because they can’t afford the treatment. Purchasing a policy is not only responsibly preparing for any situation that may occur during the animal’s lifetime  – it gives peace of mind.

If that sounds like you, research your options, find a policy for your pet that you can afford and then leave your worries behind. Enjoy your time with Fido or Garfield as long as he or she is a part of your life.

Jayson is a writer from Phoenix, Arizona who loves pets!  He is a proud owner of a beautiful puppy and wants to share the joy of pet ownership with others.  He hopes to encourage people to keep their pets happy and healthy year-round.

 

If you’re a dog lover, why not branch out and make more out of your love of dogs? There are plenty of things out there that you can do if you want to take things further and maybe even earn an income from this.  Here are some of the options that you might want to think about if you want to make more out of your love of dogs.

Walk Dogs in Your Spare Time

One thing that pretty much anyone can do is walk other people’s dogs in your spare time. You probably walk your own dog anyway, so why not make a little extra money on the side by walking other people’s dogs as well. Advertise your services and see if there is anyone in your local area who want to use your dog walking services. It’s a simple way to make some more money that can supplement your income a little. It’s definitely something worth considering if you want to earn money by working with dogs in an informal way.

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Volunteer for Local Animal Charities

Volunteering is a fun way to get involved with helping animals, while also gaining experience that could help you to find work later on. Of course, you won’t get paid for charity volunteer work, but that doesn’t mean that it has no value. It could be what you need to kickstart a new career for you, and it will be related to something you love. That has to be a good thing, so don’t rule this option out if you want to take your love of dogs further. You will do something genuinely positive and helpful.

Offer Your Grooming Services Out

Maybe you love to groom your dog and have a real talent for it. If so, you could offer out your grooming services to dog owners in your local area. If you’re good at what you do and offer a nice service with a good price, you won’t have any trouble finding clients. You can use 123petsoftware to help with managing clients and running a home business. It’s important to take a careful approach to this because you will be running a company, and if you’ve never done that before, it can be tricky. So, don’t underestimate the challenge.

Pursue a Veterinary Course

If you want to make the most out of your love of animals, what better way than to help them when they’re most in need? You can’t just become a vet overnight, of course. It takes a qualification, and that means enrolling on a course and spending time learning everything you need to know. But if you’re looking for a big career change and you love dogs and other animals, this could be the ideal solution for you. There is always a demand for vets, and it’s certainly a very rewarding career path to take.

Earning a living by doing something you love is always a wonderful thing. It’s something that can really make a big difference to your life, so consider these options.

 

How to Help Your Dog Enjoy Grooming

When you become a dog owner, you take on the responsibility of keeping your pup healthy, happy and clean — part of that includes grooming them and clipping their nails. Failing to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and coat cleaned could result in pain, illness and, in some cases, injury.

However, if your pup is like most canines, grooming time isn’t their favorite part of the day. To teach your dog to tolerate, or even enjoy, getting groomed and having their nails trimmed, try out some of these tips.

  1. Make Sure You’re Doing It Right

Before you can expect your dog to behave while they’re being groomed or having their nails clipped, you need to verify you’re doing everything right. This mostly applies to clipping your pup’s nails. If you do this wrong, it could be extremely painful. Follow these steps:

  1. Hold your dog’s paw steady, but lightly. If you grip too tight, it could scare or hurt your furry baby.
  2. Clip off a small portion of the end of the nail. If it feels squishy or spongey while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately. You’re cutting the quick, which is the blood vessel that runs through the nail. If you puncture this part of your dog’s nail, it will bleed, be extremely painful and they’ll probably remember it for a long time.
  3. If you do cut the quick, make sure to stop the bleeding as fast as you can. We recommend purchasing a nail cauterizer, which is a tool that stops the bleeding by applying heat. You could also buy styptic powder that you apply with a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  4. Consider Using a Muzzle

While this might not seem like it’ll be your dog’s favorite thing to wear, you can turn it around to make them truly enjoy wearing their muzzle. Two words: peanut butter. Smear a little bit on the inside of the muzzle, and they’ll love putting on their restrictive gear. You can even find one that has an opening at the end so you can feed them treats as you groom them and clip their nails without having to take it off.

  1. Take Them to a Fun Pet-Washing Facility

We all know how much dogs love car rides, so why not incorporate one into your pet’s grooming experience? Try finding a pet-washing facility near you and take your pup there to groom them. Make the groomer’s an exciting and happy place for your dog to visit. Take lots of treats with you and be ready to praise your four-legged friend for behaving in the shop.

If your dog is more motivated by playtime or exercise than food, you could also make it a routine to take them on a walk or to the dog park after they’ve been groomed. They’ll eventually associate going to the pet-washing facility with the super awesome walk they get to go on afterward. You didn’t think your pup would stay squeaky clean forever, did you?

  1. Offer Rewards for Good Behavior

Just like with training your dog to do anything else — go to the bathroom outside, not jump all over your visitors and actually drop the ball when you’re playing fetch, to name a few — dog treats are going to be your new best friend — right after your pup, of course.

Use cookies to reward your pet for good behavior while you’re grooming them or clipping their nails. After a while, they’ll relate grooming time with getting treats and will come running when they see the brush and nail clippers.

Dogs have an incredible ability to learn commands and activity patterns — that’s part of what makes them man’s best friend. Tap into that, and you’ll have no problem training your dog to enjoy grooming time. Remember to take the time to learn the proper way to clip your dog’s nails as well. Clipping the quick of your dog’s nail is a great way to make them dread watching you break out the grooming tools.

Shower your four-legged friend with treats, kisses and maybe even a walk or trip to the dog park if they’re well-behaved. Or, make grooming a fun trip to a pet-washing facility near you that your dog will love. You have the tools to make your dog love being groomed — and they’ll come out of the experience looking as beautiful as ever.

 

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Emily is an avid dog lover and conservation writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, check out her blog Conservation Folks and go follow her on Twitter!

Choosing to get a dog is a decision that should be taken as seriously as the choice to have children. They are a living being that rely on you to take care of them, and if you’re not willing to do the task properly then that’s not fair on the dog. If you’re unsure on what having a dog entails and you’re thinking about getting one, take a read through this guide on what you will need to do to ensure that you have a happy and healthy dog.

Walkies!

No matter what size or breed, dogs need plenty of walking to keep their joints moving and strengthen their muscles. Very much alike humans, dogs need to keep their fitness levels up. The recommended amount is at least fifteen minutes, twice a day. Although, much larger dogs require more exercise, so it’s always best to do some research to see how much exercise your breed of dog should be having. Doing this allows them to run off their energy and take some much needed toilet breaks!

 

This also allows your dog to explore the world and find new smells. It’s also a great opportunity for them to meet other dogs. Again like humans, dogs need friends sometimes too.

 

If you’re unable to commit to taking your dog out for the minimum recommended time for their breed, consider hiring a dog walker otherwise your beloved pet will not only become lonely, but will likely gain weight and become unhealthy.

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Toilet time

Very much like babies, dogs require you to clean up their toilet break messes. Unfortunately, dogs will need this treatment for the entirety of their lives. If cleaning up after your dog isn’t something you can see yourself doing, then they’re not the pet for you.

 

If you’re caught leaving your dogs mess in public, you risk the chance of being fined along with the unpleasantness for someone else stepping in it.

 

In short, if you want a dog, be prepared to pick up it’s mess.

Veterinary care

Dogs become ill sometimes, just like we do. The downside of this is the costs that these illnesses sometimes entail. It’s likely that at some point in their lives you will have to take them to an animal health center to check out why your dog doesn’t seem like himself.

 

Another reason to be visiting the vets with your dog is for treatments like neutering. Although this may seem unfair for your dog, if you know that if your dog ended up getting pregnant that you couldn’t keep their puppies, then this is a wise decision for your dog’s benefit too. You may even choose to do this because even if you wanted to keep her pups, you couldn’t commit to them all.

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Behaviour

Dogs need rules and structures to ensure that they become a friendly dog. Too many dogs in the world aren’t given restrictions and end up becoming a mischievous dog. Be careful not to ‘over discipline’ your dog, because it may turn your dog into an unfriendly pet to be around. Hitting your dog is always a big no, to train your dog you must do this with treats and praise for when they do something good, and a stern voice for if not.

 

Dogs are not naturally a nasty creature, but sometimes we forget that they have descended from the wolf, so discipline is important. If you don’t have time to do this, consider taking your dog to puppy training.

Love

All dogs crave love and attention. They are among the most loyal creatures on earth, and all they want to do is spend time with you.

 

Even though we all have work to be doing and other errands in our daily lives, ensuring that you’re showing your dog as much love as possible is important. We wouldn’t have a child to leave them at home all day alone now, would we? Everything we would do for our children should be considered when thinking about getting a dog.

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Ultimately, having a dog is something that many people in this world take for granted. You should treat your dog (not just dogs, all pets too) as a member of the family. They deserve to eat healthily, stay clean and warm, and receive the attention and love that they deserve. If you can give all of this to a dog, then they’re a perfect choice of pet for you.

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Seeing your dog give birth to puppies is one of the most magical experiences that any owner can enjoy. Amidst the excitement, though, there is a huge responsibility to give each member of the litter a wonderful start in life.

Here are the five main focus areas that will ensure you do.

Birth

First and foremost, you need the dogs to be born in the safest possible manner. Making the mom comfortable is vital while you should also know that it’s not uncommon for a rest of up to two hours between births. If you think complications have surfaced, don’t be afraid to call a vet.

Once the pups have been born, you need to keep them warm. They will spend the majority of their first few days sleeping, and cannot open their eyes or ears. Once again, paying close attention to the mother is crucial during this period. Their dependence on mom is huge.

Good Nutrition

As with humans, nutrition plays an integral role in a puppy’s growth and development. When there is a big litter, one of the biggest challenges is making sure that each dog gets their fair share of mom’s milk. Failure to do this during that crucial first month can lead to several health problems.

 

All dog owners should know how to spot when a change of diet is required too. This is a responsibility that should follow you throughout the pup’s life, but is especially key in those early stages. Make sure you get it right.

Regular Exercise

Generally speaking, puppies are very inactive for the first three weeks. Once they are walking, though, their physical development will be rapid. Meanwhile, brains develop to an adult like state by around seven weeks.

Therefore, it’s important that you embrace thinking games in this period. You can learn more about these at MNN. After all, puppies will learn what is expected of them during this phase. When you eventually get to the point of taking them for walks, try to mix up their favorite routes with new ones.

Precautions For Life

When raising a puppy, it’s not just about guiding the dog through infancy. It’s equally important that you provide them with the foundations for a fantastic life ahead. Even if you don’t intend to keep the pup forever, getting this step right is vital.

Dogs need various injections to prevent illnesses and health conditions. Meanwhile, some pups will need additional medication to stay fit and healthy. Finding out about these elements at this earliest stage possible will set the pup up for a far more comfortable future.

A Happy Home

Above all else, the puppies need to feel loved. The harsh reality is that many families don’t have the funds or space to keep the entire litter. Using adoption services like Puppy System ensures that each bundle of joy ends up with a loving family. Just remember that the dogs should reach a stage of independence before separating from the mother.

As for any puppies that may be kept, it’s vital that you get them used to their surroundings. This could mean getting used to the home or interacting with other pets. Either way, a comfortable and healthy dog is a happy dog. As a pet lover, that’s all you could ever want.