Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
With the holiday season upon us, more pet owners will be traveling with their pets in tow. Aside from knowing the safety basics and ensuring your have pet insurance “just in case,” the following are some tips that can help when traveling with pets by air.
When traveling by car is not an option, you may choose to fly with your pet. Check with the the airline that you plan to fly with and get the rules and regulations they have concerning pets traveling. Pet travel by air can be a pleasant experience for you and your pet if you take the proper precautions when planning your trip.
Before your flight you will want to have your pet checked out by your veterinarian to make sure he is healthy enough to fly. Your veterinarian will also check to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on any vaccines that are needed to fly. Airlines require a health certificate from your vet stating that your pet is up-to-date on his vaccines and is healthy enough to fly.
When traveling by air, your pet will have to stay in a pet crate for the duration of the flight. Small dog carriers are available in an array of styles to keep your dog safe. If your dog is too large to ride in the plane with you, he will have to ride in the cargo area. When choosing large dog crates for flying, be sure that they are certified for air travel.
Make sure that your dog has a collar and identification tags prior to travel. It is also a good idea to put identification information on the crates themselves.
Always keep a leash with you so that you are able to safely walk your dog before and after the flight. In addition to keeping a leash with you, it is a good idea to have a picture of your dog with you in case he gets lost during your travels.
Any good pet owner probably knows the basics when it comes to pet health and care– whether it’s selecting the most nutritious food, insuring a pet with the best pet insurance policy they can find, or ensuring a pet gets his proper daily exercise.
But when the hefty task of finding the perfect professional pet sitter is narrowed down to the top dogs, the real work begins. Hiring a professional sitter may offer some assurance that those with a set of house keys are trustworthy, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
Ask Dog Lady is a nationwide newspaper column written by Monica Collins. A September column featured a question from a reader named Helena, who had had a bad experience with her pet sitter.
“I thought it was working well until I discovered some gold jewelry missing,” wrote Helena. The company she hired had sent a student to her home to perform the dog walking service. The student sold some of her jewelry to a gold broker, who melted down the gold before it could be recovered. In the end, the pet sitting company only compensated her with a new door lock. Chances are the company had no bond and did not carry pet insurance for sitting services, or the total value of the jewelry would have been repaid.
Who Will the Pet Sitter Be?
Those interviewing potential pet sitters should ask to meet the actual sitter who will be visiting the home. It’s important that household pets meet the sitter in the presence of their owner, so that the pet understands the sitter is not an intruder when the first visit occurs. Also, a respectable pet sitter will not bring friends or family along on a visit without prior approval.
What Time Will the Pet Sitter Visit?
If pets are fed, walked, or medicated at strict times, this should be brought to light in the initial consultation. Some pet care providers don’t go into homes after dark, and others charge additional pet sitting fees for visits after a certain time. Sitters should provide detailed notes to let the owner know what time they will arrive and depart.
Talk to References
References are of no use unless they are actually contacted. Prepare questions for the client to answer to avoid a canned, on-the-spot answer. Did the sitter leave detailed notes? Did the sitter call if there was a problem? Did the sitter pick up after dogs and leave the home in a clean condition?
Different clients expect different things from their animal care providers, so make sure a sitter can provide you with what YOU look for in a service provider.
Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manger
Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, who are generally more sensitive to toxins than dogs.
In fact, some products that are used on dogs, like certain types of flea preventative, can be toxic and even fatal to cats– just another reason why it’s so important to look into pet insurance plans for your cat. Just coming into contact with toxic substances can poison them.
There are symptoms to look for if you suspect that your cat has been exposed to a toxin. A change in cat behavior is often the fist sign that something is wrong.
Once a cat ingests or comes in contact with a toxin, symptoms may not show up right away. Some toxins may take 3 to 4 days to show any effects. The types of symptoms a cat will exhibit will depend on the toxin she has been exposed to. If your cat begins to display any odd symptoms, she should be taken to the vet immediately. Having pet insurance for your cat can help to reduce some of the costs associated with emergency vet visits.
A cat that has been poisoned may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms: lethargy or an overall sluggishness, vomiting, lack of appetite, difficulty walking or a staggering walk, seizure or difficulty breathing. If a cat has any of these symptoms, she should be seen by a veterinarian right away. Cat owners can sometimes overlook these symptoms and associate them with pet stress.
If you have witnessed or have evidence that your cat has gotten into a toxic substance, like pet medication, take action immediately. Even if she is exhibiting no symptoms of being poisoned, take her in.
Your veterinarian can take precautionary measures to lessen the effects of the poison on your cat.
Not long after moving into my first apartment, I decided that I wanted to adopt a cat. I had never had a cat before, but I believed the hype. “Cats are easy,” I heard.
They’re independent and make great companion pets. So I scoured Chicago cat rescue shelters until someone stole my heart: a brown tabby that bonked his head against the glass every time I looked at him.
Charlie was the sweetest little 11 month old cat when I brought him home. He cuddled with me all night long, and quietly sat beside me or followed me around the apartment all day. Aside from wishing I’d purchased pet insurace when I took him to his first vet appointment, I learned that he had an infection from his neuter surgery and he was put on antibiotics. After he began feeling better, I saw the real Charlie: he was a devil cat.
I was not ready for the surprise ankle ambushes or the attacks on my head from behind the couch. Any attempt to correct him or remove him from a situation resulted in hisses and bloody scratches. Nobody liked Charlie, not even me. But he was my cat, and I loved him.
At the age of three, he calmed down a lot. Not completely, but a lot. Over the years, we learned to live with each other. He is now the love of my life.
Still, looking back, had I been more prepared with knowledge of cat personality, I would have asked more questions about the cats I was looking at at the shelters. Now I know that some cats are independent and some stick to you like glue. Some are inquisitive and some are laid back. Some are cuddly and some are aloof. But all are worthy of a wonderful home and have the potential to fit perfectly with the right family.
Shelter employees and volunteers get to know the resident cats so well; they are a wealth of knowledge. Ask them questions about the cat’s personalities, what kinds of supplies you will need, and what’s the best pet insurance when you go to adopt. And remember, not all cats are on their best behavior while in a cage, so don’t believe all you see. Tell the shelter what you’re looking for, and let them guide you to possible matches.
If you’re deciding between adopting from dog rescue shelters or a breeder, you may have heard some misinformation from well-meaning friends. I’d like to shed some light on the life of a shelter dog.
Myth #1: Shelter Dogs Have Behavior Problems
These helpless, innocent dogs—often some of the best dog breeds out there, like Labs, Boxers and good old mutts—are at the mercy of everyone around them. The reasons why they ended up at the shelter are as varied as the dogs themselves.
“Ironically, many of the dogs are there because of their owners’ behavior problems, not their own,” wrote Marion S. Lane in the book, The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Dog Care: Everything You Need to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy.
Some of them were off-leash, got lost, and their owners never came to get them. Some were abandoned in foreclosed homes or left in a public place to be found. Some even had wonderful lives until their owner died or lost their source of income. They don’t deserve what they’ve been through, and they want to prove it to you. And remember, many shelters do not make a dog available for adoption until it has been temperament tested first.
Myth #2: You Can’t Bond With an Older Shelter Dog. Start Off Right With a Puppy
Many pet owners who have had both rescue dogs and purchased from a breeder feel that their rescue dogs appreciate them more. A shelter dog has been through more life experiences. As nice as it is to know exactly where your dog came from, and that it was raised underfoot by an attentive family, that doesn’t always mean the dog will be loving and well behaved. In fact, such dogs might be a little aloof simply because they never experienced going without anything.
Shelter dogs have seen a lot in life. Sometimes this can make for a very well-rounded pet who is comfortable in many different situations. Every day, abandoned rescue dogs are adopted and trained to become companion pets for special needs centers, the elderly, and hospitals.
Myth #3: All the Good Dogs at the Shelter Were Probably Adopted Already
New dogs find themselves in shelters daily. If you didn’t fall in love with any yesterday, visit again.
Once you find the perfect match, it’s a good idea to begin looking into pet insurance for your new friend. Not only can dog insurance help to ensure you won’t be in financial distress if something unexpected happens, but some plans also help pay for a portion of wellness and routine care.