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Book review– It’s Me Or The Dog

Posted by: H.R.
For Pets Best Insurance

A family sits with their trained dog.

It’s Me Or The Dog: How To Have The Perfect Pet is written by dog trainer and host of the television show It’s Me Or The Dog, Victoria Stillwell. The focus of the dog training book is teaching dog owners how to give their dogs tools they need to live in the human world.

The beginning of the book focuses on teaching the reader how to understand their dog. This must occur in order for the dog training to become effective. An important concept of the book is teaching dogs that their owners are the pack leader.

The book is broken down into eight chapters:

1. Thinking Dog: Understanding your dog
2. Talk Dog: Communicating with your dog
3. Dog School: basic dog obedience training
4. Dog’s Dinner: Feeding your dog the right diet
5. Accidents Will Happen: How to house-train your dog
6. You’ll Never Walk Alone: How to exercise your dog
7. Ain’t Misbehaving: Teaching your dog how to live in your world
8. Worker’s Playtime: How to have fun with your dog

While this book is ideal for new dog owners, seasoned dog owners will appreciate the dog training advice relating to dog behavior problems.

Top four winter habits pet owners should develop

A dog runs through the snow.
Posted by: H.R.
For Pets Best Insurance

Use “Pet-Friendly” Antifreeze
Thankfully, it’s well publicized that antifreeze is tempting to pets, as well as a detriment to pet health. Accidental ingestion is a big reason why pet owners are so thankful for the services of their pet insurance company every year.

Some antifreeze brands have an added bitterant to keep pets and children from ingesting it, and others, like Prestone LowTox Antifreeze Coolant, are less toxic blends. You should still be careful to keep your pet away from it, but if accidental ingestion should occur, results may not be fatal.

Bang on Your Car Hood Before Starting the Car
Feral and loose cats know how to find warm sleeping spots, often including wheel wells and warm car engines. Too often, these cats are run over or maimed by rotating fan belts or engine components. Get in the habit of always banging on the hood as you approach your car, and then honking the horn before you start it, to scare away potential heat seekers.

Screen Your Fireplace
Cats love to use fireplace soot as cat litter, but should never be allowed to get in the habit of entering an open fireplace. Secure screens or glass doors to fireplaces. Here’s a helpful video showing how. Another option is laying something undesirable in front of the fireplace, like double sided tape or a “scat mat.”

Microchip or Invest in a GPS Collar
Microchipping is a great way to ensure your pet always has identification, but the chips only work if your pet is found and scanned correctly. A GPS pet tracking collar is a great backup, especially in the winter. Of course, leash safety should be of prime concern year-long, but microchips and GPS collars can really pay off if your dog becomes lost.

Dog houses—for cats

A cat cuddles with his owner.

Although cat health care is best protected if kept indoors during the winter, some cats still want to spend some time in the great outdoors during cold months.

For cats that demand chilly outdoor adventures, protection from the cold is still a necessity. Should a cat owner need to leave home earlier than expected, a warm shelter designed for cats will provide safety and possibly keep cats away from dangerous sources of heat such as under car hoods. Providing safety for cats can ensure that cat insurance policies won’t have to be used due to an accidental emergency.

An outdoor cat shelter can be inexpensive and is actually a simple do-it-yourself project. Plastic storage bins, straw, and some waterproof tape can easily be fashioned together to create a warm and cozy shelter from wind, rain, and snow.

The Urban Cat League, a non-profit corporation of volunteer cat lovers who provide care and protection to street cats in New York City, published easy instructions on their website to build a secure and cozy cat shelter.

In addition to shelter, heated water bowls should be left outside—hydration is key to pet health. According to Rachel Kristiansen of the Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue in Wyoming, “Cats will not eat snow; they do not recognize it as frozen water. A cat can easily die of thirst even though they are surrounded by snow and ice.”

Pet health: Keeping paws thawed

Posted by: H.R.
For Pets Best Insurance
A puppy keeps his paws warm by wearing boots.

With the amount of protection we wear on our feet when out and about in the winter—the thick, wool socks and the furry, lined, waterproof snow boots—it should be no surprise to hear that our dog’s paws get cold too. For optimal pet health, keep winter paw care in mind.

Dog boots are gaining popularity and improving in style and fit. While walking in the snow, some dogs will limp or shake their paws, letting you know something is wrong. But if their paws get so cold that a loss of feeling occurs, dogs are in danger of tripping and you may be unaware of potential cuts until blood appears.

Paw wax is also a great tool for added protection and traction in the winter, and even protects against hot summer pavement.

For an easy alternative, “a small amount of petroleum jelly may help soften and soothe paw pads,” says Jessica Rice of the American Kennel Club.

While we can take precautions to only use pet-friendly ice melters, there is no way to know what the neighbors are using. Walking on these salts can not only be painful and irritating, but hazardous if licked off by the dog or tailed inside the home and ingested by other pets. This could cause poisoning or gastrointestinal issues that will put your dog insurance plan to immediate use.

Always keep a towel by the door and wipe off a dog’s paws after walks. Don’t forget in between the toes, and better yet, keep the long fur tufts between the pads trimmed so they can’t accumulate more ice and snow.

Avoid holiday hazards: Keep your pet safe this holiday season

A dogs sits next to a white Christmas tree.
Christmas trees are generally the main attraction when it comes to decorating for Christmas. With its glowing lights and beautiful ornaments, trees are attractive not only to humans but to pets as well.

But Christmas trees can pose a number of hazards to your pet. Keep your pets safe from Christmas tree dangers this holiday season so you won’t have the need to use your cat or dog insurance.

A common danger when putting up a Christmas tree is the tree falling down and hurting you or your pets. Trees should be placed securely into tree stands and secured to a wall or window in order to prevent them from falling.

Another Christmas tree danger for pets is the needles of the tree. Whether you have a real or artificial tree, pets should not be allowed to chew on the needles. They can cause irritations in their mouth and intestines.

Ornaments offer another potential danger to pets. Tinsel should be avoided as it can cause intestinal blockages if ingested. Other types of ornaments to avoid are food ornaments like candy canes and popcorn. Glass ornaments or breakable ornaments should be placed at the top of the tree and out of your pet’s reach.

Electrical cords and light cords are also a danger to pets. Keep pets away from electrical cords to keep them from chewing them, which can lead to electrical shock or even death.

Before the holidays, it is a good idea to brush up on your pet first aid skills and to ensure you have a pet insurance policy for your dog or cat. Pets are more prone to accidents this time of year so being prepared with a dog or cat insurance plan is a good idea. Pet insurance policies also make great gifts for the dog or cat in your life.

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