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Have health insurance for your pet in case the worst happens

Have health insurance for your pet in case the worst happens

How strongly have you bonded with your pet? What about your personal finances? Have you set aside some finances for your pet's insurance? I know it well that sometimes balancing your personal finances depends on how bonded you are with your pet. When you have a pet at home, always be prepared to incur costs of sudden illness. Your pet can also be involved in a car accident. Therefore, you have to be prepared in any way to go into your wallet and give your pet the best care. Even though most vets have questions about pet insurance policies, having a health insurance for your pet will not be the worst.


Understanding Pet Insurance


With different surveys being carried out in most veterinary hospitals, you may be required to pay a premium that ranges between $20- $80 a month. The deductions may vary from $50 per incident to $ 500 per year. The insurance plans will also indicate the amount that the insurance company will be willing to pay for treatment. Sometimes you have to pay your vet for the services he has offered after which you can claim from the insurance company. However, veterinary clinics will not file insurance claims for you.

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Preventing Pet Accidents in the House

Preventing Pet Accidents in the House

When you own a pet at home, you will be very happy because it will give you companionship at all times. However, the same pet comes with responsibilities. The most important one is giving your pet house training to avoid accidents. The process of training your dog to know how to maneuver in the house requires patience at the early stages. With that, you will be able to make your dog obedient and with house training tips.


You can always begin by tethering the puppy to you with a six foot leash while indoors without it being in a gated area. At this point, you need to be keen on the signs that the puppy will give when it wants to go outside. Some of the signs include:


    •    A beseeching look
    •    Pacing or circling
    •    Being suddenly distracted from the play
    •    Tugging on the leash suddenly
    •    Trying to get away from the leash

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When you realize your pet is in pain, what do you do?

When you realize your pet is in pain, what do you do?

One day, when I was out hunting with my dog, I suddenly realized that my dog could not move. I was not able to know that some thorn had pricked the inner part of its foot. All the dog could do was lie down and groan in pain as it looked at me. I was however relieved when a friend of mine passed by with his dog. He was a vet and was able to help my dog get well.
The above story shows that it is not easy to know when your pet is in pain. Most animals are stoic. Inability to recognize these pains makes sit also difficult to treat the pets. Pets can't open their mouths and tell when they are in pain; that is the biggest challenge.

However, how do we ensure that we recognize when they are in pain and give the right treatment? In order to bring a solution to such cases, pain management is already an issue in the field of veterinary medicine. Different universities and societies that deal with research on animal pain are currently committed to studying pain and pain management in animals.

This could bring good news to those who have pets at home and have never known how to recognize pain in their pets and treat it. From the researches being done, it is advisable to speed the process of making your dog recover. Even if it is surgery, it should be speeded up so that the animal is relieved of pain. If it is relieved of stress, it is likely to live longer.

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What is in the Food labels for Pets?

What is in the Food labels for Pets?

Pets must eat just like human beings. In the food stores, pets have their foods well labeled. Understanding the labels is a very vital exercise in rearing of pets. For example, you may meet labels like ‘Brand X All-Natural Happy Paws Dog Food." I know you have seen such labels before on TV. They are normally shown in a manner so appealing to the eye. However, getting to know what packed indie is this label is good. How are the nutrient values? Are they accurate? What does that entire catchy label mean?

It is always good to establish the amount in the labels. There are three recommended rules; the 95%, 25% 0r 3% rule. In the 95% rule, the product that appears on the label should have a larger share of the ingredients. F it says ‘beef for dogs,' then it should be beef and not water added for processing. The rule is used with ingredients of animal origin; thus a can of beef for dogs should have 95% beef.


If there is a word in the label like ‘Shrimp Dinner', the ingredient named should be at least 25%. This is a 25% rule. It is assumed that much of the ingredients not mentioned may be another food altogether. The 3 percent rule has to do with simple, innocent words like ‘with'. If a pet food label has such a word in its product name, then there is only 3 percent of that product.

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How To Make Bathing Your Cat An Easier Process

How To Make Bathing Your Cat An Easier Process

Cat owners know that bath time is the last thing you want to get involved in. The process of bathing your cat can be very harrowing for you and your pet. It is a well known fact that cats do not like water. While cats are generally clean animals, you should still give them regular baths to keep them in top shape. You may not be able to get rid of the issues altogether, but you can take steps to lessen the stress.

Prepping Your Cat For Bath Time

1) Clipping your cat's nails is a vital step to perform beforehand. Their claws are sharp and can cause painful wounds if you do not clip them. Clip all of your cat's claws, not just the ones on his/her front paws. Try to calm your pet by talking in a soothing voice. Give your cat time to adjust before you place him/her into the bathtub.

2) Think ahead before bath time. You should not bathe your cat directly after a heavy session of play. You don't want all of that energy in your cat when you are trying to achieve calmness. Pick a time when your cat tends to be more relaxed and at ease.

3) Brush your cat in a calm manner. Not only will this help reduce the amount of hair in your tub, but you can take this time to put your cat into a relaxed frame of mind. Do this process in a loving manner so your cat feels at ease. When they are calm, the idea of getting into a bathtub may not be so overwhelming.

Keeping Your Cat In The Tub

1) Make sure the floor of the tub has a mat so your cat can stand easier. When you place your cat into a wet tub, the floor will be slippery, leaving your cat to feel unsteady and anxious. It is important to make your cat feel as secure as possible.

2) Be delicate with your cat and how you administer the water onto his/her body. Don't just start spraying water on them or dumping a cup of water all over. A cat's head is especially a more sensitive area. Remember that your cat does not have hands to wipe any excess water and soap out of the eyes. Also, you do not want to get water into your cat's ears. Take a gentle approach when you introduce the water.

3) Make sure to use shampoo that is specifically made for cats. Human or dog shampoo may have chemicals that may irritate a cat's skin. Wash your cat according to the directions on the bottle.

4) Clean your cat's face with lukewarm water. Do not dump a cup of water over your cat, which will definitely cause stress and clawing. Employ a calmer method by using a washcloth in a soft and calming manner. Make sure you rinse your cat well so no soap residue is left on his/her skin.

After The Bath

1) Once you are finished bathing your cat, take a dry towel and wrap him/her in it. Try to sop up any excess water from your cat so they will be able to dry faster. You don't want your cat to run off wet and be cold for a long time.

2) Praise your cat with a treat after you are all done. This can let your cat know that you are happy with his/her bath time and is deserving of a treat. After going through this process and getting a special treat, your cat may find bath time easier and easier as time goes on.

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