As October’s “Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month” comes to an end, shelters are urging the public to consider adoption. According to a recent study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year is approximately 6 to 8 million. Of those animals, only 3 to 4 million are adopted, leaving 3 to 4 million animals euthanized each year.
The most common reason for surrendering a dog to a shelter is that the owner is moving. Other reasons include too many animals in the house, cost of pet health, and not having time for a pet. Surprisingly, behavior problems ranked last on the list.
There are several things to consider before adopting a dog from one of your local shelters. You should first consider the ages of the people in your household. This will help you determine the size of dog you should choose. For example, families with small children would generally do better with a smaller dog.
Before adopting, it’s also important to make sure that you have the time necessary to dedicate to caring for a dog. Do you have time to walk and train your dog every day?
Finally, consider how much money you can spend on the dog. Take into consideration adoption costs, routine yearly dog health care and the dog’s food and supplies. There are also unforeseen costs, such as taking an emergency trip to the vet after an accident or illness. It’s also a good idea to consider purchasing pet health insurance.
Make sure when you are making the decision to adopt a puppy or an adult dog, that you are committed to providing the dog with a loving home for the remainder of his life.
Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
Quirkiness is one of the reasons we love our cats. It’s also the very reason why cat health insurance is a good idea: cats love to eat strange things.
Many cat owners lament about having to baby-proof their home for their cat. Often, this is following cat health issues that develop after objects start disappearing from the home.
Recently, I asked cat lovers what delicious oddity their cats can’t resist. The list of responses included rubber bands, photos, Q-tips, ointment, mylar, and lots of plastic, string and ribbon. Plastic was the number one culprit; two cats even ate shower curtains to get their plastic fix.
As funny as some of these stories are, this behavior can be a sign of illness that causes many cat health symptoms. Pica, a disorder that drives one to eat non-nutritive or non-food items, has been said to be caused by a nutrient imbalance, boredom, and recently, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Author Jacquie Lewis-Kemp’s cat will do anything for dried flowers and artificial foliage.
“I know this is a problem because my girlfriend had to take her cat for emergency surgery where they found Easter grass and a Barbie shoe in his stomach,” said Lewis-Kemp.
Any owner of a cat with pica will want to look into cat insurance. String is a common cat toy, but also one of the most dangerous.
PR Consultant Sekita Ekrek learned this the hard way during the holidays, when she found her cat Rohmer coughing up blood with a piece of gold band from a Christmas present on the floor in front of him. Ekrek rushed Rohmer to the vet.
“He apparently had swallowed the band, which could have proved deadly if it had tangled around his intestines,” said Ekrek. “They were able to remove it safely. Thank god he was ok and I learned my lesson!”
While there are no surefire ways to ensure that your dog will not have an accident this Halloween, there are things you can do to lessen the chance that they will occur. With all of the hustle and bustle of people coming to your house for Halloween parties and the endless ringing of the doorbell by trick-or-treaters, there are ample opportunities for an accident to happen to your pet.
Having dog health insurance can help cover you if an accident does occur on Halloween, but there are also steps you can take to help keep your dog safe this year.
During Halloween it is important to protect your dog from the dangers of eating Halloween candy. The candy itself as well as the wrappers pose serious health risks to your dog. Keep candy in places where your dog can’t gain access.
Another Halloween danger for dogs are flames from burning candles. Candles can peak the curiosity of your dog and lead to a burned nose or worse. Your dog may also accidentally knock the pumpkin over, which could burn his fur or start a fire.
Costumes can be a risk for dogs during Halloween. If you decide to dress up your dog, be sure that his costume doesn’t hinder his abilities to see, breath or walk. Make sure that your dog only wears the costume when he is being supervised. Dogs that are left unsupervised in costumes may chew the costume, thereby ingesting it, or may injure themselves trying to get the costume off.
Even if you have taken steps to reduce the chances of your dog having an accident, it can still occur. Lessen your chance of having financial strain from a dog accident or emergency by having pet care insurance.
Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
Trick-or-treating and dressing up are the hallmarks of Halloween. Kids of all ages enjoy this fun holiday. Some pet owners like to get into the holiday spirit by dressing up their pets, too.
While Halloween is a fun holiday, it can also present an array of potential pet health dangers. If accidents still occur despite your best efforts, you can still protect yourself by having dog health insurance.
It is a well known fact that dogs shouldn’t be fed chocolate as it is toxic to them. Pet owners often feel bad for their dogs because they are unable to enjoy the chocolate candy that is so dearly loved by humans. Dog owners may decide to give their dogs other types of candy thinking that they are making a wiser choice.
The truth is, candy in any form should not be given to dogs. Dogs that eat candy can develop pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. This condition is not only very painful for the dog, but it is potentially fatal. The symptoms of pancreatitis may not show up for two to four days after consuming candy.
This is important as you might not even know your dog has gotten into your candy stash. If you suspect your dog has been sickened by Halloween candy, he should be seen by a vet. Having pet insurance can help defray the costs of the treatments associated with pancreatitis. Avoid the risk of your pet getting pancreatitis altogether by not feeding him any candy. Be sure to store candy in places that pets do not have access to to prevent this accident from occurring.
By: Chryssa Rich
Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate
A former professor once used this analogy to describe solving societal problems: Imagine you’re standing at a river bend, and one by one, people are being swept down the river while calling to you and others for help. You can spend all your energy pulling them from the river, or, you can go upstream and stop them from falling in the first place.
A similar choice faced two volunteers at Poochville Animal Rescue in Los Angeles nearly a decade ago. They’d started an effort to save adoptable animals from euthanasia, but over time, realized it was impossible to keep up with the demand of such a metropolitan area. Only one thing could make a long-term difference: education.
The Rescue Train was born from this new focus on education. The group’s mission is “to reduce the number of animals entering shelters by promoting education through creating unique programs and solutions.” From The Rescue Train website:
…including awareness, community involvement and events, responsible pet ownership, support for the Good Samaritan who rescues an animal, dog training, spaying and neutering and supported adoptions, and support for other rescue groups.
The group operates a no-kill shelter with an educational twist. Many of their dogs are taken through six-week obedience classes, and adopters are encouraged to continue classes post-adoption. They also provide details on each animal’s needs and behaviors so new pet owners will know exactly what to expect. Each animal is backed by a team of experts ready to solve problems and smooth transitions to forever homes.
In addition, every animal receives the best pet health care available. All are micro chipped, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Readers familiar with Jack’s story understand why affordable pet health care and preventing euthanasia are so important to the Pets Best Insurance family.
Every week, the team at Pets Best Insurance is given the opportunity to help a number of worthy animal charities from coast to coast. Because we’re pet owners and pet lovers, it can be difficult to decide who to help first. With its dedication to long-term solutions, The Rescue Train certainly stood out as a worthy cause, and we are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Race for the Rescues. The event happens to be star-studded, with Glee’s Jane Lynch, Carrie Ann Inaba from Dancing with the Stars and Seamus Denver from Castle, among others.
Visitors will find a wealth of information at www.TheRescueTrain.org, including training tips, pet health and safety information, plus opportunities to sponsor animals, make donations and donate volunteer hours. There are even comprehensive pages explaining what to do if you’ve found a stray animal and how to take great pictures of an animal you’re looking to adopt out.
If you’re passionate about education and would like to make a long-term difference in the homeless pet population, consider working with The Rescue Train. Dogs, cats and loving families across the United States will thank you for it.