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The Ins and Outs of Bringing a Puppy Into Your Home

Written by Indiana Lee

Adopting a puppy is one of the most exciting things to do, whether you want a family dog to grow with your kids, or a canine companion if you live alone. Puppies are instant serotonin, providing happiness, unconditional love, and pure energy wrapped in a fluffy, furry frame. 

There are plenty of joys that come with bringing a puppy home. Their cuteness alone is worth it! 

However, there can also be a lot of stress. Puppies are just babies, and it takes some time, effort, and energy to get them trained while keeping them safe. While about 2 million dogs are adopted each year, it’s not a choice to take lightly. 

Whether you’ve already decided to adopt a little four-legged friend or you’re still considering it, let’s cover some of the ins and outs of bringing a puppy home. You need to know what to expect, how to handle the extra stress, and how to ensure your pup’s safety as they get acclimated to their forever home. 

Preparing Your Home

Before you bring your new puppy home, one of the most important things to do is make sure your home is canine-ready. Puppies are cute, but they’re often chewers. They’re also innately curious and won’t hesitate to get into things they shouldn’t. On top of that, they’re not going to be potty trained right away. 

While cleaning up after some of these messes will be the norm for a while, there are things you can do to take some of the stress away, including puppy-proofing your space. Some of the best tips to keep in mind include:

  • Covering exposed electrical outlets and hiding cords
  • Moving valuables to higher locations
  • Putting lids on trash cans
  • Securing cleaning supplies
  • Moving any houseplants that could be toxic

A good rule of thumb is to go to each room in your home and try to look at it from a puppy’s perspective. What could they get into that could be dangerous? For example, in the bathroom, are there medications out that they could open? Can they get into the detergent in the laundry room? Is there a charger cable sitting on your bedroom floor they could chew through? 

Going through each room will keep your puppy safer and will also make it less likely for your home and/or belongings to get destroyed. It might seem like a lot of work now, but it will be a less stressful experience later!

Keeping Your Puppy Healthy

Puppies require a lot of attention. In addition to being curious about things they probably shouldn’t get into, they are also more susceptible to certain diseases, including :

  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Kennel Cough
  • Adenovirus

You can make sure your puppy stays happy and healthy through its first year by making sure they regularly see a veterinarian, exercising them every day, and monitoring their nutrition. Your pup’s vet will be able to give you more insight into their individual needs for growth. However, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to go with commercial dog food or make your own

It’s also important to make sure your little furry friend develops good sleep habits from a young age. Like human babies, puppies require a lot of sleep. However, they also have a lot of energy! If your puppy isn’t worn out by the end of the day, they might not want to sleep at night, which can throw off everyone’s sleep cycles and create more stress. 

To instill better sleep habits in your pup, make sure they’re tired by the end of the day! Give them a lot of exercise, especially at night. Limit water intake before bed, too, so they won’t have to get up and “go” so often during the night. As the old saying goes, “a tired dog is a good dog.” 

Making It Work for Everyone

If you live alone, bringing a puppy into your home is a fantastic way to keep from feeling so isolated. However, if you live with roommates, family members, or even have other pets at home, it’s essential to make sure your new puppy’s presence works for everyone. 

Start by making sure you have the right supplies on hand, so you don’t end up putting that responsibility on others. Some of the most basic supplies needed for a puppy include:

  • Food and water dishes
  • Toys
  • A collar
  • A leash
  • Outdoor “poop” bags

You might also want to consider having your puppy set up in a designated space in the home. Dogs are den animals and don’t usually mind spending time in a crate or kennel. As they get used to your home, keeping them crated or confined to one room will give everyone time to adapt to the new situation. 

Because it’s not uncommon for puppies to have accidents, you might have to deal with some unpleasant smells for a while. No amount of cuteness is going to cover that up. You can ensure you and your roommates or family members continue to breathe easily by knowing how to safely remove pet odor from your home. Take care of surface odors as quickly as possible, and wash things like blankets, bedding, and anything else your puppy comes in contact with regularly. 

Having a puppy is so much fun, but it’s also an incredible responsibility. Keep these tips in mind to create a more positive experience as you bring a puppy home, and you’ll be able to start your life together on the right foot/paw.

About the writer: Indiana Lee is a freelance writer and journalist with a wealth of experience in blogging, content marketing, and journalism.

What You Should Know Before Adopting Your Next Pet

Written by Indiana Lee

A new pet can be a great addition to your family. They bring joy into your home and parents often find them a useful tool for helping teach their children about responsibility. Not to mention that animal interactions can help reduce stress in ways that are good for mental and physical well being. 

If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, such benefits are likely to be at the forefront of your mind. Nevertheless, there are challenges and responsibilities you must consider before taking the leap. Although adoption gives animals in need homes and can enrich your family, rushing in can have negative consequences for everyone. 

Home and Surroundings

If you have space in your house, creating a dedicated room for your pet can be a practical and wise consideration. Not only does it keep their various accessories stored in a single place, it can also help address the changing needs your pet has throughout their lives. This could include setting up specific furniture, such as beds that are easy to keep clean. You can also place their toy storage in this area. This doesn’t have to be an entire room, though. Even just dedicating a corner of the living room or an entryway can be effective.  

Whether or not you have a dedicated space, remember that much of your home still needs to be safe and accessible for a pet. As such, before adopting you need to assess your home for this. Are the rooms of your house big enough to accommodate a large dog with a lot of energy? If you live in an apartment with a balcony, will you need to put up fencing to prevent falls?

Look around at your home’s fixtures and fittings, too. Dogs and cats will occasionally get rambunctious. If you have heavy and tall furniture like bookshelves and cabinets, you may need to secure them to the wall. Breakables on surfaces that get knocked may not just damage the objects but injure your pet. Even certain plants can be poisonous. Taking your time to assess here allows you to plan adjustments and make more informed choices.

Health and Wellbeing

When you adopt a pet you’re also taking responsibility for keeping them healthy and well. This isn’t just a case of keeping them fed and watered. Pets have complex wellness needs and you need to make sure your family is in a good position to provide this. You have to be committed for their entire life; the good and the bad.

Again, this should begin with some health considerations at home. There may be elements of the environment you need to adjust to make sure it’s healthy for your pet. This must include an examination of any household chemicals you use for cleaning. Consider whether you can substitute these for safe and green items. You also need to think about allergens. Dogs and cats can suffer from respiratory issues here just like humans. Examine how regularly you vacuum and dust your home and perhaps invest in pollen and pollution filters. Noises, lights, and excessive heat may also cause stress, so review the potential exposure to these, too. 

Finally, but certainly not least important, here, you should get pet insurance. Nobody likes having another bill to pay each month. But vet bills can be extremely expensive and owners often have to make decisions about treatment based on affordability. Insurance can mitigate the impact here and make sure your pet gets the care they need and deserve. If you can’t afford pet insurance yet, it may be worth reconsidering adoption at this time.

Time and Attention

Adopting a pet isn’t just a fresh experience for your family. It’s also new for the pet itself. You’re bringing them into a new environment with people they don’t know. Not to mention that they may have experienced some trauma at other times in their lives. As such you must expect a transition period. Part of your consideration here is whether you have the time and attention an adopted pet requires of you.

Sometimes this will be relatively easy, particularly with cats. But some animals can experience separation anxiety initially. Not to mention that younger animals will need a certain amount of training and guidance to get used to their surroundings. If you don’t work from home, it can be worth considering taking some vacation time to help an adopted pet settle in. It can help them to get used to the surroundings and ease into your routines.

Similarly, it’s important to think about how often you’re away from home for long periods of time. If you find you travel a lot with work, the idea of coming home to a welcoming pet can be comforting. Some technologies can help make sure your pet is fed and even allow you to monitor them remotely. But this isn’t always the most appropriate approach for your pet too often.

They need to spend time with you, play with you, and most importantly bond with you. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever go on a vacation. But they do need regular and meaningful time with you. If necessary, you should consider where you can adjust your usual schedule to give quality time and attention to your pet. You’ll also find this makes the experience most positive for you both.

Conclusion

A pet can undoubtedly be a key part of your family. However, before you commit to adoption, it’s important to look at whether you’re ready for it. Review your home and any adjustments that might need to be made. Consider how an animal’s health and wellbeing can be incorporated into your lifestyle and finances. Seriously assess how your schedule might impact transition and bonding. With some commitment and planning, you and a new pet will get the most out of your relationship.

About the writer: Indiana Lee is a freelance writer and journalist with a wealth of experience in blogging, content marketing, and journalism.

Personal Finance Tips for Pet Owners

This article was originally written by Susan Doktor

Pet lovers are a different breed in some respects. Our Facebook reels are chock full of cute kitty videos. We can’t help but stop and say hello when a beautiful Golden Retriever crosses our path. 

But successfully managing our personal finances is a goal that cuts across all kinds of people. Pet parents just have another wrinkle to consider: being prepared to give our furry dependents the happy, healthy lives they deserve. And that means managing veterinary care bills. On average, pet owners spend between $374 and $980 every year on routine vet care. Cat owners have it a little bit easier than dog owners but, either way, vet costs can take a chunk out of your budget. Does that figure surprise you? You’re not alone. Most pet parents underestimate the cost of pet ownership. Consequently, they are often ill-prepared to manage pet expenses. And that can result in pets not getting the health care they need. Sadly, affordability is a factor in pets being given up for adoption or even euthanized. If you care deeply about animals, going into pet ownership with your eyes wide open is essential.

So how can you be sure you’re able to manage the cost of healthcare for your beloved companion? It comes down to being smart about personal finance. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can guarantee that you’re financially prepared to maintain your pet’s health and even manage the emergencies we often face as pet parents.

Tip Number One: Start an Emergency Pet Fund

It’s fairly easy to estimate the cost of routine pet care. Most pets should have two well visits with their vets per year. These visits involve exam fees, which, depending on where you live, can run between $50 and $250. Many vets recommend annual fecal exams and heartworm testing, which adds to the cost of preventive care. Periodic vaccinations for such life-threatening diseases as rabies and distemper increase the cost of routine care by between $80 and $250 per year, depending on which vaccines your pet is due for.

All of those costs fall within the realm of expected and you may be able to manage them as part of your monthly budget. What often creates havoc in pet owners’ lives are the unexpected costs that come with serious illnesses and accidents. That’s why the first financial step pet owners should take is creating an emergency pet fund. We recommend setting up a separate savings account for this purpose. Ideally, you should set up monthly deposits to your pet emergency account. The easiest way to do it is to time deposits to coincide with your monthly or bi-monthly paychecks. That’s easy to do when you do your banking online. At a minimum, we recommend you maintain a $1000 balance in your emergency pet fund. Depositing just $20 per month in your account will get you to that goal quickly. It’s best to have your fund in place before you bring a new pet into your home. But to cover all your bases, don’t stop there. Some veterinary treatments are very costly: cancer care and orthopedic surgery are among them and are more common than we like to think, particularly in certain breeds. Almost half of all dogs will develop cancer after the age of ten. It’s a grim statistic, but it’s something to take into account when saving for pet expenses.

Tip Number Two: Earn Money by Investing Conservatively

Once you’ve established an emergency fund, you may want to consider putting any additional money you can save into conservative investments. A financial advisor can point you in the right direction by recommending investment vehicles that have history of reliable performance. Conservative investments won’t make you rich overnight. Higher returns on investment are associated with more risky assets. But there are plenty of investment options that balance risk and reward. 

You can start by visiting TreasuryDirect.gov. Treasury bills and treasury notes. Treasury bills are sold for less than their face value and you can buy bills that mature in a very short time: between just a few days and 52 weeks. Treasury notes have longer maturity times—they’re available for 2-, 3-, 5-, 7-, and 10-year terms. They pay interest every six months. But both T-bills and T-notes are considered exceptionally safe investments because they are backed by the US government.

Certificates of deposit and money market accounts, available through your local bank or credit union, are also considered sure bets. Assuming you follow the requirements for the type of account you open, such as maintaining a minimum balance and limiting the number of transactions you make using your account, CDs and money market accounts can’t lose money because they are insured for up to $250,000 by either the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or, in the case of credit union accounts, the National Credit Union Association (NCUA). CDs are more like bonds: they have longer maturity dates. Funds deposited in a money market account are more liquid—you can use them as you would a checking account. You can make periodic withdrawals from them without incurring any fees. Again, CDs and money market accounts don’t return a lot on your investment. And given the high inflation rates we’re experiencing now, they may not offer much return at all. Be sure to compare the interest rates offered by these accounts to the current rate of inflation and economists’ inflation predictions to find out whether investing in CDs or the money market makes sense right now.

Tip Number Three: Dip Your Toes in the Stock Market

Financial advisors recommend that clients develop a diversified portfolio of investments. That often means buying a mix or low-risk and higher-risk assets. It also means investing across a wide range of industries or commodities—just in case one of them hits hard times. 

Once upon a time, stock market investing used to present a lot of obstacles for small investors who didn’t have enough to invest to attract a stockbroker or pay the commissions associated with trading. But the market is different today, due in large part to technology. The advent of low-fee and no-fee stock trading apps has leveled the investing playing field. 

Investment apps make use of artificial intelligence and the same sophisticated data that real live stockbrokers use to make investment recommendations. Beginning investors can rely on them to build diversified portfolios for them. You can tailor your investments to suit your risk profile now and make changes as your needs and attitude change. Experienced investors can easily chart their own investment courses using these apps, as well. Most apps offer commission-free trading nowadays and are free to download.

Some investment apps integrate other personal finance features, such as automatic savings and budgeting assistance. If you’re trying to set aside funds to ensure your pets’ health and wellbeing, those features can certainly get you on the right track.

Tip Number Four: Consider Investing in Non-Traditional Assets

If you follow the news with any regularity, you’ve no doubt heard about investing in cryptocurrency. Many people—call them trailblazers—who invested in crypto when it was first invented, have seen their fortunes rise at a phenomenal rate. But crypto ownership has become more mainstream. By 2021, about 16% of Americans reported they’d purchased cryptocurrency. For those who can manage the volatility of the cryptocurrency markets, experts say there’s still money to be made. All you need is a cryptocurrency exchange—a place where you can buy crypto-assets—and a crypto wallet, which makes it possible to transact crypto business. Some exchanges are like crypto supermarkets, where you can choose among dozens of crypto brands, and others are more like boutiques, where all the crypto available is under the same label. While the number of businesses that accept cryptocurrency for payment is relatively small, it’s growing. Cryptocurrency may soon be coming to a veterinary clinic near you.

Tip Number Five: Join a Pet Expense Sharing Plan

Eusoh is a unique community-based organization that helps pet owners pay for the inevitable veterinary expenses they’ll incur. It’s based on pet owners helping pet owners. Members pay two fees: a monthly membership fee and another fee that goes toward sharing the overall veterinary costs all members incur. It’s different than pet insurance and, in most cases, is less costly. Many pet owners find Eusoh a no-brainer. The easiest way to manage large veterinary expenses is to have someone else pay for them, right? For pet parents, Eusoh membership can serve as the foundation of a smart financial strategy. Eusoh membership stands out as an investment choice because it’s no risk and puts our pets’ health first. It pays for itself when your pet falls seriously ill and you have expenses to share. But it also pays us back in peace of mind, knowing we’ll always be able to provide our pets with the care they need.

Author Bio:

Susan Doktor is a journalist, business strategist, and lifelong pet owner. Her contribution comes to us courtesy of Money.com.

Meet These Pro Golfers and Their Pets 

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Pro golfers are celebrities in their own right. We love to watch their skills on the course, but it’s a human trait to be interested in what goes on behind the scenes of their lives! And never mind the wives and girlfriends… What we really want to know is about pro golfers and their pets!

Some golfers bring their junior fluffs with them on tour, and you may have seen some little pups running around the course if you watch golf. Regardless of how serious the game is, you can’t help but find them adorable, whether they’re chewing on a golf glove or falling asleep on the fairway. 

Here are some of the most well-known golfers out there and an introduction to their lovely, personality-filled pets. Enjoy! 

Tiger Woods & Many Dogs 

Since the start of his career in the 90s, Tiger Woods always had many canine companions. His rather famous previous pooches include Yogi, a white Labradoodle, and Taz, a bouncy Border Collie. Fans of Tiger will have seen these two in various photos over the years, but sadly both beloved pups departed in 2019. 

Woods’ other well-known pooch is Bugs, an adopted Border Collie Springer Spaniel cross who’s been in the family since 2015. The most recent addition to the family is Lola, who Tiger has trained to fetch his golf balls! 

Collin Morikawa & Koa the Doodle 

Collin Morikawa may be the best iron player on the tour and the reigning Open Champion, but that steely determination is no match for the puppy dog eyes of his adorable doodle, Koa. He’s been with the family for just over a year, and he’s even got his own Instagram page so fans can follow his life! 

He’s clearly a much-loved little curly pup, decked out in custom-made knitted bandanas so he’s by far the most stylish golfer pooch out there. 

Koa is regularly seen on the course with his dad being a good boy and posing for photos next to equipment, trophies, or just by his cute self. 

Nelly Korda & Rafi the Kitty Cat 

While most golf pros are dog people, Nelly Korda is one of the few who has a much-loved cat, Rafi. While she does have a few photos of her sister Jessica’s curly little doodle, Charlie, she’s a cat gal. 

Rafi doesn’t feature a whole lot on her Instagram, it may be because cats are much less easy to travel with than dogs! She does have a cute Rafi-embroidered towel which you may have seen if you’ve watched her on tour. 

Justin Thomas & Franklin the Doodle 

JT is dad to a charming little black and white doodle named Franklin, who just happens to be besties with Tiger Woods’ pups. He’s a regular on Justin’s Instagram feed, as well as being a regular on the course with JT. 

Lexi Thompson & Leo the Havapoo 

Lexi Thompson has spent a few years away from the game. She’s been open about the stresses of being a pro golfer, which led to her stepping away from the game to recharge her batteries in 2018. 

When she’s on the road, she spends much of her time in the company of her beloved Havapoo, Leo. The little white floof has played a large role in helping Thompson recover from her mental exhaustion, and he features often on her social media! 

Max Homa & Scotty the Lab 

Max Homa is one of the funniest guys on the tour and on social media, but he’s also all about his dog, a white Lab named Scotty. You can tell the two most important characters in Homa’s life—his wife and Scotty—because they’re regular features on his social media! 

Conclusion 

It’s great to see how many golfers love their pets! We’re seeing a trend though… Golfers and dogs! We love getting a glimpse into the people behind the celebrities, and seeing golfers interact with their beloved fluffy pets is a great way of remembering that they’re just human and get taken in by those puppy dog eyes and loving purrs just like the rest of us! 

We’ll be keeping an eye on these pro golfers and their pets as we go forward. Follow them on Instagram if you want to keep up with their careers and their fluffs!

Core vs. Non-Core Vaccines for Your Dog

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As dog owners, we want to make sure that we are prioritizing the safety and health of our furry friends. When it comes to the various vaccines that dogs need, it can be tricky to ensure that you have your bases covered. However, it is important to stay updated on your dog’s vaccination schedule

Core Vaccines

Download this puppy vaccine schedule to stay up to date on your pup’s shots!

DAP/DHP

The DAP/DHP vaccine is usually given in one shot and protects against three different viruses. This vaccine protects against canine distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), and parvovirus, which are all highly contagious and dangerous for dogs’ gastrointestinal systems, nervous systems, and more. Young dogs are at the highest risk to contract these illnesses, so it is essential to inquire about this shot with your veterinarian. 

Rabies

If you are unfamiliar with rabies, it is a viral disease that harms the nervous system of animals who become inflicted. Severe symptoms can range from fever, excessive drooling, and even paralysis. As dogs can pass rabies to one another and even to humans through saliva, usually from a bite, vaccinating your dog against this disease will protect them and protect you. 

Non-Core Vaccines

Download this new puppy vaccination tracker to check off each appointment and shot!

Bordetella

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a contagious respiratory disease that is passed through bacteria. It often presents itself through kennel cough and the inflammation of the bronchi and trachea. If your dog spends time around other dogs at the dog park or a boarding kennel, it is a good idea to get your dog vaccinated.

Canine parainfluenza

Believe it not, canine parainfluenza is a very common cause of kennel cough which is highly transmissible between dogs that spend time near one another and in close quarters. If you happen to travel or take your pup on doggie play dates, you may want to vaccinate them against this disease. 

Canine influenza

Also known as dog flu, canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that dogs can get from being around other infected dogs. Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose, or lethargy. In severe cases, dogs can develop pneumonia and even die. Luckily, vaccinating your dog against canine influenza will prevent this from happening!

Leptospirosis

While it is not extremely common due to high rates of vaccination, leptospirosis is a disease that occurs from Leptospira bacterial infections. Symptoms can greatly vary based on severity but liver failure, fever, vomiting, and other side effects are likely. Dogs contract this through infected tissues, urine, or even drinking from a contaminated lake or stream. 

Lyme disease

If your dog spends time outside in tall grasses or bushes, you should be wary of ticks and diseases they carry. Lyme disease occurs from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and joints, fatigue, and lack of appetite. There are risks associated with Lyme, and therefore, it is important to protect your dog against this. 

Making these optional vaccines part of your adult dog’s routine will ensure his or her safety into their older dog years! Download this adult dog vaccine tracker. 

Protecting our dogs means giving them the best chance they have against potential risks, dangers, and diseases. There are tons of ways to keep your dog safe and prioritize their wellbeing. Looking to take the first step and learn more about vaccinating your dog? Use the printables included in this post courtesy of The Zebra for more information on each vaccine and how to best manage your dog’s immunization timeline.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

According to Pet Pro Supply, 84% of dog owners do not keep their pets properly restrained when traveling with them in a car. 

Some dog owners might think that keeping their pet restrained while riding a car could make them feel uncomfortable. However, driving with your pet unrestrained can put them in harm’s way if you have an accident.

In a car crash, an unrestrained pet could be hurled forward and hit the back of a seat or the dashboard. This collision could injure or even kill your dog.

You should, therefore, always keep your “pawsengers” restrained in a car whether you’re going to an outdoor adventure or just bringing them to the park. We will now run through some of your options for keeping your dog restrained in your car in this article.

1. Dog Harness Seatbelt

You can keep a larger dog safely restrained in your car by having them wear a dog harness and attaching the harness to your car’s seatbelt.

Dog harness seatbelts have a tether that can be attached to your car’s seatbelt to keep your dog from moving and tumbling off the seat in the event of a sudden stop. 

This form of car harness is best for well-behaved dogs who can stay in one place for extended periods of time since it restricts their movement.

It should not be used with energetic dogs because they may get restless if restrained, and this can be distracting when you are driving.

It should also only be used for dogs weighing above nine kilograms as smaller dogs are not heavy enough to make the seatbelt taut if they suddenly lurch forward. 

2. Zipline Harness

A zipline harness is suitable for active dogs who need to move about while riding in the car.

It is made up of two mechanisms: the harness that your dog wears and the “zipline” which is usually a short leash attached to any two fixed points in the car.

The harness secures your dog to the zipline, while the zipline allows them to move around in the rear of the car in a controlled manner.

It’s critical to keep the harness just long enough to allow movement while keeping it short enough to keep your dog from hurtling forward when you step on the brakes.

3. Passenger Seat Hammock

A passenger seat hammock gives a pleasant spot for your dogs to lie down in the back seat and creates a barrier between the front and rear seats.

It’s best for older dogs who need to lie down the majority of the time because it keeps them from falling off the seat and catapulting forward.

4. Plush Carry Box

A plush carry box serves as a booster seat which is fastened to the car seat with a safety harness to keep your dogs secure. 

It’s ideal for dogs who are too little to wear a normal harness and who enjoy looking out the window.

It’s also perfect for anxious dogs because it allows them to see their owners and their environment.

Make sure your plush carry box is big enough for your dog to sit and lie down in. You can also keep them entertained by placing their favorite toy in the box.

5. Crate

Hard-sided crates are one of the best ways of securing your dog in the car while traveling because of their sturdy structure.

Crates can protect your dog from flying debris and prevent them from being tossed during an accident. 

Their solid build, however, may also cause discomfort to your dog when confined inside the crate for a long time. Therefore, you should place a soft blanket inside the crate to ensure that your dog is as comfortable as possible.

You should also make sure that the crate is large enough for your dog to move around in.

If your dog is not used to being confined, you should think about alternatives to a crate for keeping them safe in the car. Keeping them in a crate may upset them, thereby creating a distraction for the driver and increasing the risk of an accident.

The Takeaway

There are many options for keeping your dogs safe when traveling in a car. Some methods may or may not be effective for your dogs. You should, therefore, explore different approaches and see which one is the best for your dog.

It is also a good idea to consider getting a health care plan for your pet so you’re always covered in case of an accident.

This article was contributed by Mike Skoropad. Mike is the CEO of automotive parts retailer United Tires.

What Types of Personalities Do Pets Have?

Cats tend to have varied personalities. Whether someone is planning on adopting a cat or they already have a cat, knowing the personality can make sure the cat is a good fit for the family and help with the care of the cat. Learn more about the various personalities cats tend to have to find out what they like and how they’ll interact with your family.

Adventurous

Adventurous cats are the ones that enjoy going places, that are always up for trying something new, and that are ready to enjoy life. These cats will benefit from cat collars and harness to keep them safe when traveling to new locations or heading out on a hike with their owner. With an adventurous cat, it’s always fun to try new things, like taking the cat to new places or seeing what they like to do.

Confident

Confident cats are the ones that rule the home. They’re in charge, and they know it. They might rule over other pets in the home, keeping the other cats or dogs in line, or rule over the family. They tend to know when it’s time to eat and will loudly express their displeasure if dinner is late. With a confident cat, it may be best to do any introductions with people or other pets slowly, as they’ll want to show they are in charge from the beginning.

Shy or Timid

Some cats don’t like being around new people or pets. These are the cats that tend to hide when someone comes over to visit. In fact, when there is someone new in the house, they might not see any sign of the cat during their visit. While the cats might be friendly and lovable with their family, they take time to warm up to anyone new. With shy or timid cats, take introductions slowly and make sure the cat is comfortable.

Independent

Independent cats are the ones that don’t really need anyone else. They aren’t the type to cuddle up and watch a movie or come looking for attention. Instead, they’ll play with toys on their own, enjoy napping in the sun, and just live their own life as if they’re the only ones in the house. With an independent cat, you might not even need to do much to make sure they’re happy.

Laidback

Some cats just love to relax. Laidback cats tend to just relax throughout the day and go with the flow in the house. If dinner’s a few minutes late, that’s okay. They’ll just relax and enjoy the day until it’s ready. They don’t tend to get upset about anything and won’t worry if you’re a few minutes late getting home or you don’t have treats ready in the morning. A laidback cat doesn’t need as much, so they’re perfect for most families.

Playful

Playful cats are full of energy and ready to get up and go. They’re the ones racing to the top of the cat climber, wrestling with toys as they run through the house, and yelling for attention. These cats definitely benefit from more playtime and may enjoy toys that require more interaction on your part. They’re going to always be moving and ready to play. With a playful cat, try out food puzzles to give them something to work toward.

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The Impact of a Cat’s Personality

Knowing the personality of a cat allows you to make sure they’re comfortable and happy. If they’re shy or timid, you may want to learn how to introduce cats to new people. If they’re adventurous and outgoing, this isn’t needed, as they’ll love everyone they meet. If they’re playful, you’ll want to have plenty of toys ready to go and will want to try out new toys that challenge them frequently.

If you already have a cat, learning their personality can make it easier to ensure they are happy, healthy, and well cared for throughout their life. If you’re planning on adopting a cat, take some time to get to know them and to see what their personality is to make sure they’re a good fit for your family. Though cats have varied personalities, they’re an excellent companion and you’ll enjoy the time you have with them in your life. 

Your 2022 Pet Health Checklist – Start the Year Right

As we’re keeping our resolutions and making plans for 2022, here’s a checklist to make sure your pet starts the year happy and healthy.

  1. Wellness Check

Is your furry friend healthy? Good, let’s keep that up. Did your furry friend have any changes in diet or exercise? OK, let’s get that checked out. A wellness check, either performed once or twice a year, can maintain your pet’s health. Checkups are also great to identify future conditions or ailments that will need attention in the future.

– Does Eusoh reimburse for wellness checks? Yes

– Does Eusoh offer free virtual wellness checks that can be done on mobile devices? Yes

Eusoh community members have complimentary 24/7 access to FirstVet. And with veterinary consultations and other services going virtual, FirstVet’s 30-minute Health Pet Checkup with licensed veterinarians will provide peace of mind and the knowledge and foresight on the health of our pets.

Log in to your Eusoh dashboard and click on the FirstVet option to get started. Click here to learn more about FirstVet’s 30-minute Pet Checkup.

2. ID Tagging

ID tagging is important for the worst case scenarios. But now with apps and QR codes, ID tagging is taking the next step. Did you know there are apps that connect with your pet’s ID tag? And did you know these apps can also be a library of your pet’s health records?

Here’s Animal-ID, a one-stop solution for pet owners to identify and register their pets within a global pet database.

Here’s what Animal-ID can do:

  • Returns lost pets to their homes
  • Organizes travel
  • Stores pet documents
  • Maintains health records
  • Schedules visits to the visitMakes pet food orders

3. Assist Your Local Shelter

We know you love your pet and that you give them the best care. We know that our community shares in that care. But did you know there are so many pets without homes? These pets full of love looking for “fur-ever homes”.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Volunteer at your local animal shelter. There are pets that need walking, exercise, and attention.

 – Foster a rescue or two. Check with your local rescue to see if you can house a pup or kitty before a home is ready for them.

– Donate. Shelters and always in need of financial support or even supplies. Some even have Amazon wishlists where you can help by purchasing supplies for them.

Here’s an Amazon wishlist from our friends at Wags & Walks – Link
Donate to Wags & Walks – Link

4. There’s More

Here’s a shortlist of more health-related things you can do for your pet.

1. Consult with a trainer for boarding or obediance.

2.Create a workout program. See your vet before doing this.

3. Make travel plans that visit pet-friendly destinations. 

4. Add supplements to your pet’s diet. Check with your vet first.

5. Go to a pet expo or convention and find new pet products.

6. Join an online pet enthusiast group on Facebook or Reddit

Now that you have our checklist, let’s start 2022 on the right foot or paw.

Now that you have our checklist,
let’s start 2022 on the right foot or paw.

Employers Can Build a Community Culture by Offering Pet Benefits

Employers, in the midst of the “Great Resignation”, are finding it difficult to wrangle and keep quality talent. While an adequate or lucrative pay scale can always attract the best candidates, a new avenue is being sought. It is relatively untouched but it is one that seeks to keep prospective employees happy and eager to show up in the office or online.

Company culture, loosely defined as the beliefs, practices, and ethics that a company’s employees abide by when interacting with one another, clients, and customers. Companies go out of their way to build a culture and have it practiced, amended, and perfected to create a happier employee, client, and customer.

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In dealing with employees, the best way to keep the talent happy and healthy is the offering of benefits. From healthcare, life insurance, show & sporting tickets, all the way to free meals, employees love benefits and employers love having their team intact and happy. But a new benefit is being offered in the form of pet coverage.

Pet coverage, whether in the form of traditional insurance or a pet insurance alternative like Eusoh, is now a much-sought benefit that employees desire. There’s been a change in how employees see their pets; they’re not just pets, they’re family. Younger employees now see that pets are family and they are willing to pay a good price to fund their veterinary costs. In a poll from MetLife and OnePoll, 58% of pet parents worry about their pet’s health more than their own.

Benefits like health, dental, and vision will always be staples of offerings for employees. And you can always have pizza parties or company outings that bond employees together. But pet coverage can extend these bonds by bringing together those who love pets together. Much like an outing at the dog park or an office with a pet at work policy, companies that are pet-friendly strengthen the comradery of employees.

Nothing brings people together more like a common love of pets. Companies must find a way to offer pet coverage as a benefit. Employees want to cover their own health and even the health of their furry friend. And with community-based platforms like Eusoh, they can cover and protect the health of their fellow employees and their pets. Now that’s company culture built on community.

Petlibro’s Feeder and Fountain are Our Favorite Things for the Holidays

We made it to the Holidays! It’s been quite a year for us and our beloved pets. Most of us are getting out of being shackled at home and getting back to the workplace while some of us are still working at home. One thing rings true, our pets are still the number one priorities in our lives.

Whether you’re at home or at the office, feeding your pet is extremely important. Of course, sustenance along with happiness, is very much needed in your pet’s life. And sometimes, much like humans, happiness is sustenance. Food makes both humans and animals happy; But we have to keep that in balance for our health.

With this all in mind, meet Petlibro who describe themselves as a company and as a group of pet lovers who are all about creating the best pet tech & lifestyle products for pet owners and their bestie furriends. The one thing you’ll notice about Petlibro products is their sleek, modern design for their feeders and fountains. It is as if Petlibro products came off the production line at Tesla…they look that good.

Petlibro products look great but the question at hand is how good do they work? How technologically advanced are they? How do they make your life and your pet’s life easier? Let’s just say “yes” to all of those questions. We’ll take a close look at the Petlibro Granary Automatic Pet Feeder.

Click to view the Petlibro Automatic Pet Feeder

Imagine a pet feeder that you can schedule when it can dispense your pet’s nom-noms. Imagine a feeder that you can record your voice and have it amplified to get your pet’s attention when you’re not home.  Imagine a feeder that can be charged via USB-C. That’s the Petlibro Automatic Pet Feeder, which is basically the iPhone, or the Tesla Model 3 of pet feeders.

This amazing feeder can hold 4 liters of dry food, suitable for cats and small to medium sized dogs. It can also be used for squirrels, guinea pigs, and even birds. As with most feeders, there is always the hazard of pets shaking it to dispense more food. That will not be an issue with the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder, the dispenser is fully intact and enclosed within the structure of the feeder, ensuring safety and any leaks or breaks. Along with that, there are infrared sensors that stop the feeder when there is an obstruction.

As mentioned, you can time and schedule meals on the feeder’s digital display. This is such a great and useful feature of the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder because you won’t be waking up in the middle of the night to wails and cries coming from your hungry pet. Also, you can balance your pet’s diet by putting it on a schedule. By scheduling and properly proportioning meals, your pet will end up being more fitter, healthier and ultimately, happier. If only we can do this for humans.

Moving on from feeders, let’s take a look at Petlibro’s Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain. The first thing to know is that fountains are very comforting to our pets. Why? Because the sound of running water is a signal to our pets that the water is safe, fresh, and can be consumed. The Capsule Automatic Water Fountain not only ensures running water but also clean, drinkable water through its advanced filtration system. 

Click to view the Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain

Hydration is essential to the lives of our pets, but having a clean water supply is just as important. The Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain has a five level filtration system that ensures clean, drinkable water for your furry friend.

The filtration system is on par with the filtration systems used in our kitchen and our hospitals. It contains an ion exchange resin and coconut shell activated carbon. At the granular level, the filter takes out all the bad molecular matter and outputs clean, nourishing H20. This is important because clean water will keep your pet safe from urinary diseases.

We at Eusoh want to make sure our pets are healthy and happy. This requires responsible pet parents who are on top of their pet’s diet and exercise habits. Petlibro’s products, the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder and the Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain, will definitely regulate and improve dietary habits. They are amazing examples of product design and engineering, but even more, their intrinsic value to improve the health of our beloved pets. We strongly endorse Petlibro’s products. To purchase the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder and the Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain, follow the links below.

Petlibro Automatic Pet Feeder

Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain

Essentials You Should Never Forget When Planning for an Outdoor Adventure in Autumn

Fall is the perfect and prettiest time to be outdoors! Here are our top essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn.

Autumn is the perfect time to be outdoors. The weather is on the cooler side, the colors are spectacular, and fall festivals and activities are in full swing. 

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, friends, your furry friend, or alone, autumn is full of possibilities. 

Here are 5 essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn! 

Layers 

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or going for an open water kayaking adventure, layering your clothing is essential in autumn. The weather can change at the drop of a hat, with temperatures varying from 35 degrees in the morning to 75 degrees by the afternoon. 

Take items of clothing that are lightweight, waterproof, windproof, and that insulate your body heat. This will allow you to adjust your layers based on the weather and the activity that you’re doing. 

But most importantly, you’ll be able to stay dry and warm!

Protection Gear 

Make sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and wear your sunglasses when you’re spending a few hours outdoors. This will help to limit your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to sunburn even in cooler weather. Depending on the activity and time of day, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours.

If you’re going to be hiking trails, take a GPS device and personal locator beacon with you. Not only can this help you find your way back to camp, but the personal locator beacon can alert emergency services if you need help while in the backcountry. 

A personal locator beacon will work even in remote areas where you may not have cell phone coverage. 

Fishing Gear 

Autumn is one of the best seasons for fishing, because the cool water temperatures lead to fish biting as they feed before winter. 

If you’re hiking or camping, this would be the perfect opportunity to either catch your own dinner or teach the kids how to fish. Pack your best freshwater spinning reels to lure in largemouth bass, walleye, pike, trout, and other popular catches. 

After a day of catching fish, you can relax around a crackling campfire surrounded by your loved ones. If you happen to be going coastal instead of inland, you can take your best fly reel and do some saltwater fishing. 

A Multi-Tool 

If you’re going to be going on a day hike or a long multi-day trek, you should take a multi-tool with you. You never know when you may need to fix something, and you’ll be happy to have it with you should a situation arise.

You may have to cut through some tangled fishing line, use the pliers to fix a jacket zipper that’s stuck, or open cans and bottles. Whatever the situation is, you’ll be prepared.

First Aid Kit 

A first-aid kit is a must-have safety item for any outdoor adventure. 

Make sure that your first aid kit contains an assortment of bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptic wipes, and antihistamines for allergic reactions. You’ll also want to include tweezers, bug spray, and an insect sting treatment. 

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Pet Supplies 

Pack a separate first aid kit if you’re taking your dog with you outdoors. Stock your pet’s first aid kit with similar items to your human kit and don’t forget your pet insurance details

Other supplies you should pack for your pooch include a comfy travel bed and blanket, dog booties (to keep their feet safe from hazards and warm in cooler weather), their food, some treats, and their harness and leash. 

Don’t get complacent and let your dog off-leash when other people are around, or if they spook easily or get overly excited in open spaces. Keep them leashed and safe! 

Also, do some research on keeping your pet safe on adventures. Consider using a platform like FirstVet to get advice on-the-go if you need. Make sure they always have enough water even in cooler weather and don’t be afraid to call the vet if you’re worried. 

Enjoy Every Autumn Moment 

Whether you’re out in the great outdoors alone, with loved ones, or with your dog, don’t forget to be grateful for the beautiful weather and amazing nature surrounding you! Autumn only comes once a year, so make the most of it while it’s around. Enjoy!

Leptospirosis Outbreak in Los Angeles – The More You Know

Los Angeles County is currently seeing an unprecedented rise of Leptospirosis – with 51 confirmed cases so far. This is the largest outbreak since 2017 and is a leading cause of death and prolonged healthcare issues in dogs at this time. 

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that spreads through skin contact into the bloodstream. Leptospirosis in dogs can cause symptoms like: 

  • Sudden fevers, 
  • Reluctance to move, 
  • Stiffness, 
  • Shivering,
  • Weakness,
  • Lack of appetite, 
  • Rapid dehydration, 
  • Vomiting, 
  • Diarrhea, and 
  • (in some cases) Death. 

Leptospirosis can spread throughout a dog’s entire body – where it can rest in the kidneys, liver, nervous system, eyes and reproductive organs. 

How is Leptospirosis diagnosed? 

It takes a urine and blood test to determine if a dog has leptospirosis, as well as a number of other testing methods. This can cost upwards of $250 to conduct in an office, and even more if it is an emergency visit. 

How can I protect my pet? 

Ask your veterinarian about getting your dog vaccinated against Leptospirosis! Dogs can receive the vaccination against Leptospirosis beginning as young as 6-8 weeks old and up. 

Additionally, research any kennels or day-boarding locations prior to boarding your dog. As leptospirosis spreads easily, any locations that potentially have rat droppings or where dogs are interacting with each other (skin, saliva or urine spread) may pose a risk for your pet – especially if they are not vaccinated! 

Can leptospirosis spread to humans? 

YES. Be sure to protect yourself and wear gloves when handling a dog that has leptospirosis! If there is urine, vomit or any other type of fluid or waste that comes from your pet, handle it with care and keep children and other pets away from the area. 

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