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Don’t Bake Your Dog (Dogs In Hot Cars)

Yes, you heard me! As the days begin to warm, the temperatures in your car become hot. Hot enough to kill your dogs in hot cars. It only takes 10 minutes for the inside don't cook your dog, dogs in hot carsof your car to reach a temperature that can cause heatstroke in your dog. According to Jules Benson DVM “Heat stroke can permanently damage a pet’s health very rapidly. The change of only a few degrees to a dog’s normal body temperature can quickly result in coma, organ dysfunction, permanent brain damage, even death”.

Your dog’s body temperature of 101°- 102.5° is already naturally higher than a human’s. Coupled with the fact that in minutes the temperature inside your car can soar to deadly levels even on a relatively cool spring or summer day. [Read more…]

Is Your Dog at Risk for Deadly Bloat?

Bloat, otherwise known as Gastric Dilation and Volvulus can happen Bloat in dogswhen a dog’s stomach swells up and/or twists because it is filled with food, fluid or gas. The swelling creates pressure on the surrounding internal area. This can result in difficulty breathing, tears in the stomach wall and loss of blood flow to the heart and stomach. The twisting or “torsion” also cuts off critical blood flow to the heart and body by trapping it in the stomach both of which can send your dog into shock.
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Pet Insurance, Life Saver or Scam?

Pet Insurance, Life Saver or Scam?

What is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is health pet insurance lawrenceville, gainsurance for pets. There are plans that cover everything from routine vet visits to catastrophic illnesses. There are plans that only cover major medical events and accidents as well. There are varying levels of deductibles and most if not all are reimbursement plans. The good news is you can use any vet you like.

If you own a mischievous puppy, an active dog or a dog that seems to get pet insuranceinto everything pet insurance can save a life not to mention your wallet!

Here is a true story of my own dog and how pet insurance has helped my family tremendously…

Our dog Cole was 3 months old when we adopted her from a local shelter. As part of their program she came with a 30 day insurance plan (extended warranty as my husband called it) that you could extend to 45 days just by making a phone call within the first 10 days of adopting which I did.

When we brought our new puppy home she looked pristine but within a few days her whole underbelly was bright red! We took her to the vet and she had some sort of skin condition. Cha ching! Then at about 6 months old I noticed a bump on her leg that developed into an eraser sized tumor. Back to the vet, cha ching! At 14 months she was running and playing with a neighbor dog and she tore her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (think ACL in a human) in her left rear knee, Cha ching, Cha ching, Cha ching! (that’s a $3000 surgery), but wait, it’s not over yet!! At 5 years old she tore the same ligament in her right rear knee (can you say CHA CHING!?) and went on to massacre the meniscus in the same knee while healing from the previous surgery so she had to go to an Orthopedist (yes they have those for dogs) who had to reopen her knee (which hadn’t even fully healed) and do another complete surgery to repair her meniscus (to many Cha chings to count). Glad I have insurance? You betcha!

Of course there have been various other small events that have warranted going to the vet for but I’m just sharing the major ones. So for us pet insurance has been a life (and wallet) saver. After the first couple of issues I decided that this pet insurance is a good thing and have renewed her policy every year since. I never want to have to decide if I can do what is needed for our beloved Cole based on whether or not we can afford it. Pet insurance has made it possible for us to take care of our dog whatever comes our way. I would never have imagined that one dog (now affectionately called the six million dollar dog) could have been such a financial whirlwind just as many people don’t when they adopt a pet.

So do your homework, check out all your options to see what pet insurance plan is right for you and your pet. You’ll be glad you did.