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How pet insurance saved our puppy’s life

By: Jacqueline White
A Rottweiler puppy rests in his bed.
My family recently lost our wonderful Rottweiler, Maddox, to dog lymphoma. We were saddened by the sudden loss. He had been to the veterinarian’s office in March for his annual check-up and was deemed to be in good health. Just three short months later we noticed the lymph nodes in his neck were swollen.

We took him into the vet the next day and our worst fears became a reality. The cancer had already spread to his other lymph nodes. We knew that his time here with us was going to be cut short. We tried to make him as comfortable as possible. Even though we provided him prompt dog health care, in just four short weeks his health had declined to the point where euthanasia was our only option.

After Maddox passed away, we knew that we wanted to get another Rottweiler. We searched online and found a puppy that had been an “owner surrender” at the local animal control office. With our three girls in tow, we headed to meet the puppy face-to-face. Although initially the little ball of fluff was very scared– my husband and I determined that we would adopt it.

We had our new puppy, Duke, checked out by our veterinarian the day we picked him up from animal control to ensure he received the best possible dog health care. Soon, however, he became very ill.

We took little Duke back to the veterinarian’s office and he was diagnosed with parvo virus, which can be life threatening to dogs. The estimate, a whopping $600 for treatment was startling, but luckily for us the puppy came with a three-month membership of pet dog insurance.

The insurance ended up paying for most of Duke’s treatment. If it wasn’t for Duke having dog insurance I don’t know what we would have done.

Having pet health insurance kept our family from suffering another loss. After our experience with both

Maddox and Duke, I would never own another pet without getting pet insurance—you never know when you might need it.

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Vet preaches importance of pet insurance

A cute puppy raises his paw.
Dr. Andrew Ward wishes more people would buy pet insurance for their pets, The Observer website reports.

According to the source, the vet feels that insuring pets allows their owners to provide tip top treatment.

“It is a great idea that gives financial backing to us as vets that an animal’s treatment isn’t limited,” Ward told the Observer.

“Quite often people can’t afford things such as tests or surgery.”

Ward told the news provider that he makes it a point to discuss the benefits of a pet care insurance plan with each of his clients—because too often, the only other option is euthanasia.

“Sometimes we have no choice but to euthanize an animal for financial reasons because their owners can’t afford treatment which wouldn’t happen if they had pet insurance,” Ward told the source.

Ward told the provider that when his clients opt to buy insurance for dogs and cats, there are more methods of treatment available.

“I really do hope it is a trend that will catch on.”

Five tips for choosing the perfect doggie daycare

By: Chryssa Rich
Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate
Jayda smiling after her first daycare visit.
In the past few months, I’ve become one of “those people.” You know, the type of person who purchases a pet insurance policy, buys clothes for her dog and shells out money for doggie daycare.

I’ve become a doting pet owner who wants to ensure my pets’ health and happiness. But in my defense, my short-haired American Dingo (aka Carolina Dog) shivers like crazy when we camp in the summer, and sleeps much better with a hoodie or jacket.

As for the doggie daycare—she goes once a week and it’s well worth the money. She plays like crazy and I get about 36 hours of peace and quiet afterwards while she rests up. It’s also nice to know that she has a familiar place to stay if I ever need to board her overnight.

If you’re considering a doggie daycare or hotel for your best friend, here are a few things to look for:

Friendly and Professional Staff
The staff should be friendly and show sincere care for your pet. (This is not the place for apathetic teenagers saving up for spring break.) At my dog’s daycare, they remembered Jayda after just two visits. They sent us home with a cute picture after her first day, and they are genuinely concerned about dog health care, as they always give her a breath-freshening treat before we leave.

Free Trials and Perks
Most pet daycares and hotels will offer at least a half-day free to be sure your pet is friendly and is a good fit. In addition to offering a warm-up session for your pet, it ensures the buddies he’ll be staying with are also well-adjusted. Once you’ve chosen a place, you should inquire about competitive pricing, discounts or rewards when you purchase multiple days or refer a friend. The amount you should expect to pay for doggie day care will vary by region, but can range anywhere from $17 to $30 per day.

Attention to Pet Health
The doggie daycare you choose should require vaccination records for every pet, no exceptions. If they don’t ask for your pet’s records, they’re probably not getting them from anyone else. You should also sign a plan outlining what to do in the case of a pet health emergency. Because Jayda has Pets Best Insurance, I was able to pre-approve veterinary care up to a high limit without requiring the doggie day care to contact me first. I can relax knowing that if anything happens, they’ll get her to the vet pronto and I won’t be in financial distress.

Amenities and a Webcam
Remember that we’re talking dogs, here. They don’t care about marble countertops or spa-like atmospheres. Jayda’s daycare has two large rooms: one for small dogs and one for large, both with couches, plus a fenced outdoor area. And for me, a webcam is available 24/7 so I can see what she’s up to anytime.

Listen to Your Pet
If your dog seems scared or uncomfortable when you pick her up, or tries to avoid going into the daycare after a few visits, it’s time to shop around. I know Jayda loves hers because she takes me to the appropriate doors to get in, and rarely looks back once she’s off her leash inside. It makes me happy to know she’s excited about where she’ll be spending the day.

Pet health may be at risk as Iams recalls more pet food

A cat eats dry cat food.Proctor & Gamble, the company that manufactures Iams brand pet foods, is recalling even more— this time, its Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball cat food, The Greeley Tribune reports.

According to the source, the food, which is sold in blue, 6.8 pound bags is potentially contaminated with salmonella, which can be detrimental to pet health.

The news provider reports that any bags marked with a code date of 02304173 (B1-B6) and the UPC number 1901403921 should be immediately discarded.

This is one of three recalls the company has voluntarily alerted the public of in the past two months.

Although no salmonella-related illnesses have been reported for any of the three recalls, The New York Times has reported that the recalled products have the potential to be detrimental to both pet health and human health.

Proctor & Gamble has told Forbes that pet owners should wash their hands if they have direct contact with any of the recalled products, as it can be inadvertently passed to humans this way.

The news provider reports that pets who contract salmonella may display decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

If you believe your pet’s health has been affected by salmonella, visit your veterinarian immediately.

A full listing of recalled UPC codes can be found on the website.

For more information, call P&G at 877-340-8823.

Top 5 tips to prevent pets from waking you early

By: Chryssa Rich
Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate
Kitties Monica and Luisa snuggle under a red blanket.

Even before I began working for a pet insurance company I was a bonded pet owner. I’ve always let my cats sleep wherever they please—which is usually the top of my bed during the summer and under the covers when it gets chilly.

I like having my cats curled up beside me, but I’m not a fan of early morning annoyances when they decide they want to get up and eat. Over the years, I’ve gathered a few tips that might help other pet owners enjoy a little more shut-eye.

1. Ignore them
It’s easiest to establish good habits when your pet is new. Make it clear from the very beginning that the day begins when you choose to wake up. If a new pet is pestering you to wake up, try ignoring him or her and don’t get up until they stop. This will help establish a mind frame of, “Hey, my human gets up when I’m quiet.”

If a new puppy needs a potty break before you’re ready to be up for the day, quietly let him out without making eye contact, petting him or talking to him (aside from a little praise for going potty outside). After the break, it’s straight back to bed.

2. Give them a bedtime snack
My tabby Monica went through a phase where she’d wake me up by patting my face every day at 5 AM. After a few days of caving in and getting up to feed her, I realized she was going right back to sleep after eating. To ensure optimum cat health care, and also get some more shut-eye, I started giving her a few kibbles right before bed every night. I now enjoy an extra hour or two of sleep most mornings. For new cat owners, try feeding kittens right before bedtime as well for a more restful night’s sleep.

3. Keep your bedroom dark
When the sun comes up and the birds start chirping, your pet thinks it’s time to get moving. Install light-blocking curtains to help keep your house dark and quiet – they also act as a sound barrier and can even help lower your energy bills. Need proof this works? Think about the time change every spring: most pet owners enjoy a week or so of extra peaceful sleep in the mornings until their pets readjust.

4. Invest in an automatic pet feeder
If your pets don’t steal each others’ food, an automatic pet feeder might be a good idea for both cat health and racking up your Zzzzs. The device will dispense food at a certain time each day so you can sleep while they eat their kitty chow.

5. Keep a squirt bottle handy
Every once in a while, my cats will have a day where they just want to get up and play. Regardless of whether they’ve eaten, they want to jump around the bed and bite my toes and chew on my hair. In these cases, a fine mist of water from a squirt bottle is enough to send them running to another room while I keep snoozing. In fact, just hearing the water slosh in the bottle is enough to do the trick now.

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