What Is Pet Insurance
Jan 27
What Is Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is the human health insurance equivalent, but for your pet. Having your dog or cat protected by a good health insurance plan can put your mind at ease knowing that large, unexpected medical bills will be covered.

There are3 types of pet insurance coverage: accident, illness and wellness.Depending on your preference, you may sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 of these coverages.

1) Accident Coverage

There is no way to plan for an accident, but you can prevent it from costing you a fortune. Accident coverage is the most common type of pet insurance and every pet health insurance company offers it. Accident coverage can include things like a torn ligament, broken bones, bite wounds and more.

2) Illness Coverage

Illness coverage is often limited and becomes more expensive as your pet ages. That’s why it’s important to get pet insurance while your pet is at the youngest age possible to reduce pre-existing condition exemptions and your monthly cost. Illness coverage can cover things like cancer, arthritis, UTI's,  allergies and more.

3) Wellness Coverage

Wellness coverage is always optional. Depending on your preferences, you may choose to save up and pay for wellness expenses on your own, or you may wish to spend a little every month for this coverage to avoid paying out of pocket all at once during your routine vet visit.

A Pet wellness plan may include:

  • Annual exams
  • Spay/neuter
  • Routine blood panels
  • Heartworm testing
  • Fecal testing
  • Urinalyses
  • Routine vaccinations (rabies, DHLP, Bordetella, parvo, Lyme, giardia)
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Flea, tick and heartworm treatments

Keep in mind; a single routine annual vet exam can cost upwards of $300 depending on your vet, where you live and the types of procedures, vaccinations and tests your pet requires during an annual exam. Wellness plans are becoming increasingly popular to manage these expenses, which is why more companies are offering them, including as an add-on to a pet insurance health plan.

Article by: Kimberly Alt


Why Do Felines Love Cat Trees
Jan 13
Why Do Felines Love Cat Trees

Perching isn’t just for the birds. Have you ever noticed how your kitty loves to climb up cat trees? Let’s look at why cats love an indoor tree with a view!

Indoor kitties who don’t have access to real trees have man-made “cat trees” that they love to climb up and spend time on. Perched high atop their cat tree, they can nap, play, and relax as they watch everything that’s going on.

But why do so many cats enjoy being in high places around your home, looking down upon their domain and surveying everything beneath them? Is it so they can feel more powerful, or is there more to it?

Cats Use Height for Safety

Cats who live outside may choose to climb up trees in order to be able to observe what’s going on around them from a safe place. They may also use a tree to target prey or get away from predators. And your indoor kitty has these same instincts.

By climbing high up onto hercat tree, your kitty can perch and check out her surroundings, and she can also get away from other cats in the house. In fact, acat treemight be a good way to reduce feline conflicts in your home because it gives them a place to escape to.

Shy Felines Feel More Confident

Kitties who are timid could benefit from a cat tree, as they can climb high to check out their environment and easily see what’s going on around them without fear.

If your cat often hides and avoids coming out into the open, setting up acat treewith a high perch or hideaway could give her the ideal place to feel secure. You might even find that your cat has no problem spending time with the family when she’s in hercat tree, so she may be less likely to hide under your bed.

More Territory for Your Kitty

Horizontal territory is important to your cat, but a verticalcat treewill provide convenient and desirable vertical territory. This will serve to increase her living area and give her more space.

If you have more than one cat but they don’t necessarily like to spend time together in close spaces, acat treecould be a great solution. A large tree with multiple levels, hideaways, and perches can easily be shared while giving each cat the space she prefers.

Enrichment for a Happy Feline

Put simply, felines love cat trees because they’re a lot of fun to climb. Kittens and adults like using their bodies to balance and reach high places, and it’s a great form of exercise.

If you purchase a cat tree with scratching posts built in, your cat can scratch away and may not feel the need to go after your furniture. And if it has hideaways, your pet will gladly take advantage of the additional privacy whenever she wants some quiet time.

Article by: Lisa Selvaggio


Cold Weather Tips
Dec 01
Cold Weather Tips

The days are shorter  with the official start of winter just weeks away. As people cozy up inside or plan festive winter outings, it's tempting to think your pet's fur will keep them warm while they're outside. But remember - if it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet! 

Thankgiving Day Food Tips
Nov 10
Thankgiving Day Food Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too:

  • Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don't offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass–the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.
  • No Bread Dough: Don't spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
  • Don't Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • A Feast Fit for a King:While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own. Offer them made-for-pets chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a food puzzle toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don't allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays. 

Article by ASPCA


Why You Should Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks
Oct 13
Why You Should Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

It’s important that your dog gets his daily walk for exercise purposes. But it’s just as vital to let your dog sniff his surroundings. For many dogs, a walk is the highlight of their day and they are content to go anywhere as long as they get to be outside and with you. While on a walk, some dogs have a tendency to stop and sniff what seems like every couple of seconds – this can make your walk longer than you intended and it is frustrating for some dog owners. But should you let your dog sniff during his walk? Though dogs have the same five senses that people do, their sense of smell is infinitely stronger. In fact, a dog’s sense of smell is the primary way he takes in information about the world around him. For a dog, sniffing things is an automatic behavior – this is how he experiences the world, the same way you experience the world through vision. That’s why it’s so important that you let your dog sniff things while he is out on a walk. You don’t necessarily have to indulge him every time, but you should remember that the walk is for his benefit. If your dog wants to sniff something for a few seconds, let him!  

Train Your Cat To Kiss
Sep 29
Train Your Cat To Kiss

How to Train Your Cat to Give Kisses
  1. Place some cream cheese or baby food on your finger or cheek.
  2. Call your cat. Point you your face or finger and say "kiss."
  3. Praise your cat by petting him and giving him a cat treat. Eventually, your cat will discover that he actually enjoys kisses.