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When it comes to caring for our pets, we all want the best care possible for the lowest cost. Sifting through traditional pet insurance companies can seem like a formidable task, as there are numerous plans offering a wide range of services, all at drastically different price points. Luckily, Eusoh has taken on this challenge, sifted through the noise, and has created a cost-sharing model tailored to those looking for the best of both worlds: premium pet coverage at an affordable, shared monthly cost. 

Why Do I Need Pet Coverage? 

 Simply put, pet coverage is created so that you can rest assured that your pet will receive the best care possible, while taking into account a number of factors like age, breed, and geographic location, etc. Most traditional pet insurance providers have strict guidelines, which often limit which services are covered or reimbursed. Unlike traditional insurance, Eusoh’s cost-sharing framework provides coverage for a higher number of procedures and conditions, without the hassle, additional fees and limitations associated with traditional models. 

Our Golden Retriever, Lando, is looking for coverage

What is Eusoh? 

Eusoh isn’t about pet insurance, it’s about a new choice for pet owners. Eusoh is reinventing coverage by completely eliminating the need for costly premiums like those seen with plans from companies like the ASPCA. It allows for transparency, affordability, and happier customers, while providing full financial protection for cat and dog owners. Instead of a premium, members pay a small subscription fee and contribute to verified expenses only if and when they happen. 

Eusoh’s innovative model allows members’ monthly contributions to be limited to only what is needed. Each month, any unused contributions are rolled over entirely and credited back to the member, decreasing their next month’s payments. This ground-breaking model has successfully achieved over 50% savings for members while maintaining protections expected of conventional insurance. Building on the current success, Eusoh has been taking the market by storm by partnering with high-profile brands and making our model accessible to more customers.

How Does Eusoh Compare? 

To truly understand the benefits Eusoh’s model provides, we can compare our service with that of a more traditional insurance plan provided by the ASPCA. Like most plans, ASPCA’s baseline coverage includes accidents, dental disease, behavioral issues, illnesses and hereditary conditions. The ASPCA’s plans may include add-ons, which can cover preventative care services and other procedures that are not typically included in the baseline pricing. These costs can range from an additional ten dollars per month to nearly triple that, depending on whether or not ‘prime’ services are included. For companies like ASPCA, preventative care and prime services can include procedures like wellness exams, vaccinations, and additional diagnostic testing- all of which are included in Eusoh’s comprehensive plan!      

These extra services can vary depending on the age and medical history of the enrolled pet. Unlike other companies, Eusoh’s plan includes a wide variety of breeds and ages and we do not increase monthly costs as a result of pets aging, nor is age or breed prohibitive in joining the Eusoh community. Eusoh’s revolutionary model does not include additional or extra plans! Eusoh’s $65 (maximum) per month plan is comprehensive and includes illnesses, accidents and wellness visits. Where ASPCA has multiple levels of care depending on your pet’s health, age and out-of-pocket maximums, Eusoh has a generous $8500 maximum, so you will never need to scramble to increase your coverage. 

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Below is the cost of an ASPCA plan for a healthy Golden Retriever1 , where add-on services are not included. This shows the substantial differences between this plan and Eusoh’s care plan. 

Pet AgeASPCAEusohSavings
3 years $995.88 annually ($82.99 p/month)
up to $300 addtl. costs 
$48 one-time deposit
$17 monthly subscription fee
($65 monthly max)     
ASPCA: 995.88+

Eusoh:  828.00

Difference
$167.88 +
10 years$2390 annually ($199.17 p/month)
up to $300 addtl. costs 
$48 one-time deposit 
$17 monthly subscription fee ($65 monthly max)
ASPCA: 2390+

Eusoh:  828.00

Difference
$1562 +

Beyond the clear difference in cost versus traditional insurance plans, like ASPCA, Eusoh offers a substantial multi-pet discount. Where other companies may offer a percentage off of a user’s monthly costs, Eusoh adjusts the monthly subscription fee for users with multiple pets.

ASPCAEusoh
10% discount applied to total cost  $10 subscription fee for 3rd and 4th pet
5th pet (and on) get a free subscription!   

ASPCA’s Rate for a 3-Year-Old

ASPCA’s per month rate for a 3 year old Golden Retriever based in Los Angeles, CA

ASPCA’s Rate for a 10-Year-Old

ASPCA’s per month rate for a 10 year old Golden Retriever based in Los Angeles, CA

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So why choose Eusoh? 

Eusoh’s standard rate is lower than that of traditional pet insurance plans, covers services within that lower cost that are not included in the basic plans offered by other companies, and does not discriminate or adjust its rates based on the age or breed of your pet.  Eusoh is a transformative shift away from the insurance premium model that enables communities to seamlessly interlink and operate at scale, thus affording their members full coverage via a fully scaled community share model. With capped monthly costs, as well as its extended coverage of conditions not covered by the ASPCA plan, Eusoh’s cost-sharing plan guarantees that users will spend less per month than they will on any other plan out there! 

1The Golden Retriever was used in accordance with breed popularity rankings published by the American Kennel Club. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-of-2020/

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How to Set Up a Cat-Friendly Home

Before happily welcoming a new feline addition into your home, there are a few necessary tasks to address. Creating a space for them to feel comfortable and secure is essential because cats spend most of their time indoors. There are a lot of things to take into consideration beforehand, such as living space and possibly the pets already living with you.

It is exciting to bring home a fresh addition to the family, so here are a few things to take into consideration when getting ready for your fur baby:

Adequate space

  • Take into consideration the size of your home. Is it large enough for your pet? Will they have adequate territory to do what they want or not? Do you have other pets in the house, and will that create a problem? Think things through first before getting a new addition. Cats need their space to roam around, play and establish a territory, especially if they are among other cats.

Get rid of hazards

  • Cats are known for their curiosity and persistence; They tend to play with anything they could find. From cords, long drapes, tassels, and even rubber bands, they can be hazardous to felines of any size and age. Make sure to put small objects in containers and chemical substances in areas that are hidden or out of reach. Cut the cords to a shorter length or undo the knots at the end.
  • Several household plants are toxic to cats, such as aloe, irises, ivy, and lilies. If you own house plants, it is best to research which ones you need to keep away from your pet. Move them outdoors or into another room away from anything harmful.

Arrange a safe room

  • Creating a safe sanctuary for the new furry addition to your family will help them integrate better into your home. It is a fact that cats are territorial– moving into a new home will make them feel uneasy and scared. Provide a small area for them to live in for a few days or weeks, a bathroom or laundry room works very well. Keep other pets, family members, and guests out in the meantime.
  • If you do not have a separate room to use, create a private section in a secluded or vacant corner using one or two tall screens.
  • Fill it with cat amenities and ensure that there is plenty of space for you to sit as well. Place their food and water bowls in a separate area from their litter box. Spend time with them frequently, but keep them short. Your goal is for them to get used to your scent and build a bond.

Get everything your cat will need

  • A carrier to bring your pet home in. Make sure that the crate is not too small for the cat you intend to adopt.
  • A collar with an identification tag. Getting them microchipped is also an option. These are necessary in case they might get lost or escape the house.
  • Food, water, and cat litter with containers and scooper. A rule of thumb is to provide one litter box for each cat and add one to the total.
  • Cat bed or cocoon to sleep and rest in.
  • Create vertical space for them to jump onto. Getting a cat tree and shelves would give them enough space to go around.
  • Toys that will keep your cat entertained and a scratching post to lessen the chances of them destroying furniture.
  • Grooming tools such as brush and claw trimmers.
Comfy Cat

Be ready to transition them beyond their safe room

  • Once you have established a trusting relationship with your feline companion, they are ready to start exploring the rest of the house under supervision. Close the doors to rooms for the meantime; this will begin their orientation in stages. It can get overwhelming for them if introduced to too many new spaces all at once. 

Introducing them to existing pets in your household

  • Avoid immediately introducing your new cat to your other pets upon arrival. Doing this might damage new relationships and trigger fear, anger, aggression, and additional problems between the latest feline addition to your resident cats and other pets. Successful introductions take a lot of time and patience.
  • Let them sniff out the situation first. Let your pets sniff each other under the door for the next few days to help them familiarize each other’s scents. Move onto placing your new cat in a carrier and put them outside of the safe room, do so 2 to 3 times daily– if possible. Once you’ve seen that they’re comfortable with each other, introduce them to your other pets face to face.

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New Referral Program for the Eusoh Community

*Note: This program is for members of the Eusoh community. Members are actively sharing the care with one another every month.

*Note 5/20/2021 – This program is now for users who are registered to Eusoh. This is for users who registered their email and created a password.

We have a new referral program for the Eusoh community:

Just bring a friend to Eusoh and you’ll get a $100 Amazon gift card

On top of that, we will cover your friend’s deposit. That’s $48 we will cover so they can start sharing the care with you and the Eusoh community!

Sounds too good to be true? We want to grow our pet caring community and with so many people adopting within the past year, more and more pets will definitely need the protection and the care they so deserve.

We know you have questions about this program. We’ll answer them right here.

When can I start referring friends and family?
Now

What do I have to do?
Log into the Eusoh. From the Dashboard, you’ll see a button that says “Invite Friends and Family”. There you can add their emails. They’ll receive an invitation to join Eusoh.

From the dashboard, click the big blue button and invite your friends.

What do my friends have to do?
All they have to do is join the community. That means completing registration and joining a group.

When do I get my gift card?
Once your friend has been a member of the community for 90 days, we will deliver your gift card to your email address.

How many friends can I bring in?
As many as you can, just enter their email addresses from the dashboard. Let us know if you have more.

I have a friend with a couple of pets, do I get two gift cards?
It’s 1 gift card for every person you bring to Eusoh. We really want to grow the community and so, the more people, the more diversity, the better our community is.

Why 90 days until I get make gift card?
We want to make sure your friends are committed to sharing the care with our community. 90 days is a great amount of time to join, submit and share care expenses.

Is this for real? Are you really giving $100 Amazon gift cards?
It’s true.

How will the Amazon gift card be delivered to me?
Everyone does their Amazon shopping online. So we will send it to you online, straight to your email address (The one registered to Eusoh only)

I registered my email to Eusoh but I’m not sharing expenses nor paying the subscription fee monthly, can I refer my friends?
This referral program is exclusive to members of the Eusoh community. You can complete your registration here.

Our Favorite Pet Instagram Accounts

Where’s a great place to get your daily boost of endearing canine content? We have to say Instagram is our go-to application! This social networking service caters to those fond of taking photos of their fur babies and could not resist not sharing them. We’ve spent hours indulging and scrolling through delightful snaps and short videos of cute dogs, but we do have a few favorites.

Aside from providing us with gorgeous and enjoyable snaps, we adore them for their advocacies and for raising awareness on various dog-related topics. From educating new pet owners to saving strays from getting euthanized in overcrowded shelters– our hearts are filled with warmth and hope whenever we see a brand new post on these profiles.

Here are our loved Instagram accounts featuring some majestic canines:

Wags & Walks (https://www.instagram.com/wagsandwalks/)

  • Founded in 2011 by Lesley Brog, their mission is to reduce euthanasia in local dog shelters and advocate rescue dogs as the best kind of dogs there are. The passionate and loyal team goes on long drives to rescue as many wonderful canines as they can then finds a loving home for them. They educate people about shelter dogs, saying that they are by no means damaged goods. One can discover marvelous companions among all the different breeds and sizes within their adoption center. Since they have started operations, Wags & Walks has saved more than 5,000 canine companions– and have no plans of stopping any time soon!
  • Their profile is filled with heartwarming and inspiring stories about families who adopted their companions through their program. One can’t help but be delighted with the adorable snapshots of pups in their feed either. You might even find the new addition to your family through them, so go check out their profile!

Maggie Loves Orbit (https://www.instagram.com/maggielovesorbit/)

  • If you are a fan of Boston Terriers, then Maggie Loves Orbit will make you smile from ear to ear! The owner of the account, Hannah Zulueta, chronicles the life and adventures of being a fur parent to two Boston Terriers, Maggie and Orbit. Her goal is to educate other dog parents on what they initially need, breed traits, and how to raise this type of canine. Hannah posts reviews of products that helped and are enjoyed by her little companions, alongside their travels and training journeys.
  • Maggie Loves Orbit also has a blog (https://maggielovesorbit.com/) filled with articles about Boston Terriers: what it is like to raise them, the kinds of problems to expect, and how to keep them healthy and happy.

Berner Forum (https://www.instagram.com/bernerforum/)

  • Bernese Mountain Dogs are some of the most loyal, obedient, and friendliest breeds out there, and we appreciate how Berner Forum’s profile showcases that. Aside from the lovely photos and short videos of ‘Berners’ across the country, they also run a forum dedicated to educating, advocating, and caring for Bernese Mountain Dogs. These large dogs are high-energy, and first-time pet owners might have difficulty raising them. Berner Forum also wants to create a community for Bernese owners to come together and share their stories, tips, and experiences. 

Raider the Rescue (https://www.instagram.com/raider_the_rescue/)

  • Based in Los Angeles, raider_the_rescue is an account dedicated to Raider– a charming and delightful rescue dog. It’s filled with snaps and short videos about the daily life and adventures of this happy-go-lucky pup. Raider is a mixed breed canine who has lots of energy and gets into countless shenanigans that will surely brighten up your day. His playfulness is so infectious that you’ll be grinning in no time!

There are still plenty of dog-loving profiles to explore and appreciate! Some post about specific breeds, providing information and tips on how to raise them. While some accounts just want to make your day brighter by posting entertaining and whimsical content about the daily lives of dogs and the adventures they get up to.

Pet Insurance: Who Really Needs It And Why?

Covering the needs and value of pet insurance.

Pets, just like humans, provide unconditional love, greatest care, and valuable companionship, and often times, they greatly contribute to the unexplainable happiness of their owners. As such, the majority of pet owners are already considering their pets as real members of their family, and with the strong bond that both have shared, there is no denying the owners want to give their pets the best care possible; however, giving the highest quality of care and treatment to your pets comes with a price.

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Several trips to a veterinary clinic alone can already cost you money and worse, you may have to pay an even larger amount of bills in case your pet gets injured or gets an illness. But breaking the bank for routine pet care or for your pet’s medical bills is avoidable through the most affordable and most comprehensive pet insurance plans.

Why do I or rather, why does my pet need pet insurance? 

Unforeseen circumstances such as pet accidents, injuries, and illnesses are undeniably inevitable. Before these unfortunate situations happen, it is best to be prepared with a thorough pet insurance plan for the inevitable stack of costly medical bills.

But remember, pet insurance plans vary depending on the type of policy and coverage you choose. For instance, some pet insurance companies have separate policies and coverage for different types of illnesses and treatments your pet may incur. There are new alternatives to insurance like Eusoh, which has very comprehensive coverage. Their community covers accidents, illnesses, and even wellness at a reasonable price. Companies are now using newer technologies, like the sharing economy to drive down overall rates.

How much will pet insurance cost me per month?

By now, you are probably wondering if getting a pet insurance will be a burden to your pocketbook instead of being beneficial. Quite frankly, the cost of pet insurance varies depending on certain factors like age, breed, pre-existing conditions, and even location. For the most part, the average cost pet owners pay monthly for a healthy furry pal ranges from $40 to $70, and that does not include full coverage yet while some companies have pet insurance policies that cost more than $100. 

Here’s where Eusoh stands out from the rest. Eusoh’s unique model greatly helps the pet owner by 1. Providing the most comprehensive pet protection service. And 2. They guarantee their members will never spend more than $65 per month. Monthly rates are capped so you know costs will never get out of control. 


Looking for an honest review of pet coverage? Here’s one from Great Pet Care

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What exactly does pet insurance cover?

As mentioned in the first section, pet insurance serves as a helping hand in covering the veterinary bills of your pet. In case of emergency veterinary treatment,  you need not worry so much about the expenses because your pet insurance plan will reimburse you a high percentage of your costs. But again, you have to remember that medical costs of  veterinary procedures are either covered entirely or in part by your insurance company based on the type of plan you have for your pet.

Do I really get reimbursed for procedures and services I submit?

For most policies, when your pet needs immediate veterinary consultation or routine care, you will need to pay out of pocket first. As soon as you have the veterinary receipt, you can file a claim by submitting the receipt to your pet insurance providers, which will do the review and evaluation. When the claim is approved, you will receive reimbursement. 

However, as mentioned earlier, your plan and your insurance policy will be the basis whether the whole medical cost will be covered. Your coverage and reimbursement will be at the behest of the policy you agreed and signed up for. It is worth noting that some insurance companies only reimburse 60% to 80% of your pet’s total bills. 

New alternatives to pet insurance, like Eusoh, have the same procedures and same protocols as their traditional counterparts. There is even a submission process that can be done on desktop computers or mobile devices. But the differences end there. The funds that Eusoh members deposit when they open their account are only used to share expenses with the community. In order to use this platform is just a $17 a month subscription.

Pet insurance shouldn’t be difficult, but many companies make it that way. And this hurts pet owners’ pocketbooks. New alternatives are emerging that make true community sharing possible for an affordable price.

Apps for Physical & Mental Health, and Your Pet’s Health Too

It seems that every business has taken advantage of virtual technology. Whether it be travel, sports, or education, new-age tech has taken over the world. Some connect people while others are downright helpful and genius. For numerous reasons, telemedicine and telehealth are included in essential and brilliance.

Telehealth has a broader scope in remote healthcare and non-clinical services, which includes the delivery of health information for health professionals and consumers, alongside the education and training of health workers through the internet and other telecommunications. Meanwhile, telemedicine’s principal purpose is to provide clinical services to patients without the need to attend in-person, commonly used for follow-ups, medication management, and specialist consultation. Telehealth and telemedicine may differ from each other, but both intend to provide patient care and improve healthcare delivery systems despite distance.  

To help you choose the best telehealth or telemedicine app for your needs, we’ve narrowed down hundreds of apps to the most popular ones:

Teladoc

  • Teladoc was founded in 2002 in Dallas, Texas by G.Byron Brooks and Michael Gorton. They are known as the oldest telemedicine company in the US and recognized as the world leader in whole-person virtual care. The company addresses the full spectrum of health and well-being powered by human expertise, advanced technology, and insight to deliver improved clinical outcomes at scale. Teladoc prides itself on serving more than 175 countries, with roughly 3100 licensed physicians and nurses, with services offered in about 30 languages.
  • Teladoc specializes in categorized services:
  • Platform and program services
  • Guidance and support
  • Expert medical services
  • Mental health services
  • Telehealth 
  • Integrated virtual care
  • The company primarily uses phone and video conferences to provide on-demand remote medical care. Their software enables patients to log on to the service and get connected with a board-certified, state-licensed physician. It also creates and updates medical history, alongside letting users update personal details, log-in, contact, and billing information. 
The Teladoc app

MDLIVE

  • Founded in 2009, MDLIVE is a low-cost, convenient alternative to Urgent Care or ER visits and eliminates having to wait days to schedule a doctor appointment for non-emergency medical conditions.
  • MDLIVE is one of the leading telehealth providers of online and on-demand healthcare delivery services. Their software benefits patients, hospitals, employers, payers, physician practice groups, and accountable care organizations. This cloud-based virtual medical office platform makes it possible for patients, medical professionals, and plan administrators to collaborate seamlessly and securely online. Their network is the nation’s largest and is composed of board-certified physicians in various fields, such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and more. They also have trained licensed mental health professionals providing counseling and behavioral health services. On top of that, their providers undergo specialized telehealth training in communication, diagnosis, and treatment over the phone and online video. You can’t get a more overqualified doctor than this.
The MDLive app

MindDoc

  • If the first two apps comprise physical diagnosis, MindDoc specializes in mental health. MindDoc was developed by clinical psychologists, in close collaboration with leading researchers, for those who want to learn about emotional well-being or who suffer from mild-to-moderate illness. It has become the leading app for monitoring and management of mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety.
  • The app allows you to log your mental health and mood in real-time. At the end of the program, you will get insights and summaries on your symptoms, behavior, and general well-being to help recognize patterns and find the best resources for your needs. It gives users orientation on the need to consult a mental health care provider.
  • MindDoc can also be used for prevention or self-help, or as a part of treatment with a mental health practitioner. The app comes with courses and exercises developed by clinical psychologists which are aligned with international treatment guidelines for mental disorders.
The MindDoc App

FirstVet

  • This list is not only for people, it also includes your furry and non-furry friends. Rejoice, pet owners!
  • FirstVet is a digital veterinary clinic offering video meetings with experienced vets directly on your smartphones, tablets, or computers. Licensed, experienced vets are available 24/7 to help and give advice on non-emergency situations no matter where you are.
  • FirstVet is a part of Eusoh’s already comprehensive pet plan. Members of the Eusoh community will have absolute access to FirstVet Telehealth services.
  • No more worries and paranoia when your pets show signs of sickness, FirstVet is only an online appointment away. The app provides consultation, medicinal prescriptions, and a referral when needed.
  • The app also includes a vast knowledge database where you can read facts and pieces of advice about your pets. If you have a specific question, have it submitted and get it answered by vets, free of charge.
  • FirstVet boasts having a 98.5% satisfaction rate from more than 300,000 users to this date, your pet is guaranteed to be in safe hands!
FirstVet, available for Eusoh members

Reflectly

  • The state of mental fitness is now being taken seriously by the masses, thus Reflectly was developed to act as a best friend- journal form. It is the world’s first intelligent journal app and mood tracker that gives personalized motivation and helps in dealing with negative thoughts and increases positivity.
  • Using artificial intelligence (AI) and smart tech, Reflectly’s mood tracker shows your mood correlations and graphs. The AI asks personalized questions based on the entries to help you reflect deeper. The app uses positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, acting as your personal life coach. You receive your daily, weekly, and monthly overviews, with insights and reminders to help you build a positive cycle.

The adage “Health is wealth” is proven true around the world. Living with sickness is not living at all. With our advanced technology, it’s best to take advantage of what it can give us. Apps and software that benefit your well-being are a single click away.

The Reflectly app

What is FirstVet?

The world of virtual care is expanding. You may have even used these tools for yourself recently. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have looked for alternatives to in-person visits with a healthcare provider. But did you know that you can now access video consultations with a licensed veterinarian anytime you have questions about your pet’s health?! FirstVet is leading the charge as a digital veterinary platform, making professional pet care advice available to pet parents from their smartphone, tablet, or computer.

What is virtual care?

In the veterinary setting, the terms virtual care, telehealth, telemedicine, and teletriage are often used interchangeably.  While this isn’t necessarily wrong, there are some important differences to be aware of. Let’s clarify some of these terms before moving on…

Virtual care and telehealth are general terms used to describe the use of technology (smartphones, tablets, home computers) for communication between clients/patients and veterinary professionals. The mission of virtual care providers is to offer patients (or pet parents) reliable and trustworthy information and education tools and assist with patient care in a remote setting.

Telemedicine can only be performed by a vet if there is already an established veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) in place. For this to occur, the veterinarian has to have seen the patient and performed an in-person physical exam within the past 12 months. In other words, the vet is located in the same state as the patient and is familiar with their needs. An existing VCPR allows the vet to diagnose (when applicable), prescribe medications, and give a prognosis for the pet’s condition.

Teletriage services can be provided by veterinarians without a VCPR. Vets who offer teletriage services can provide timely assessment and management of pet patients from anywhere in the country. However, they cannot diagnose, prescribe medications, or give a prognosis for the pet’s condition. The purpose of teletriage is to help pet parents make good, safe decisions for their pet’s health. And this is especially useful if you aren’t able to schedule a timely appointment with your regular vet. A teletriage vet can help you determine if your pet needs to be seen at an emergency clinic right away or if it’s reasonable to manage your pet’s illness or injury at home.

So, what is FirstVet?

FirstVet is a teletriage service, offering pet parents the opportunity to video chat with licensed vets, 24/7. Establishing its roots in 2016 in Sweden, FirstVet has expanded its services to Norway, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the US.

FirstVet vets have at least 5 years of clinical experience and receive extensive training in teletriage and client communication. You can learn more about the FirstVet team here!

How does FirstVet work?

It’s simple, fast, and free to create a FirstVet account! Download the FirstVet app for iOS or Android. You’ll be able to log in using your email address, Facebook, or Google account. Register your pet(s) so everything is ready should you need to speak to one of the vets. Users can access these services anywhere WiFi is available, making veterinary teletriage a smart investment in your pet’s health care plan.

Have a health concern or general question? Schedule a video consult directly through your app. Most of the time, you can speak to a vet within 30 minutes! Choose a time that suits you, enter your pet’s information, describe your question or concern, and upload any relevant photos.

Open the FirstVet app at your scheduled start time. A vet will call you directly through the app and take it from there. During the 10-minute video consult, be sure to have your pet close by. Your vet will want to say ‘hello’ and make a more thorough assessment when necessary.

Your FirstVet vet can answer questions about your pet’s health or help you triage an illness or injury. If your pet needs treatment or can’t be cared for appropriately at home, the vet can help you determine if your furry friend needs to be seen urgently at an emergency facility or if they can wait to be seen by your regular vet during an in-hours appointment. No more guessing or Googling!

What types of concerns can a virtual vet help with?

To date, FirstVet vets have been able to resolve 65% of pet parent concerns from the comfort of their home. This means that approximately 2/3 of in-person veterinary visits can be avoided by using a virtual care service.

Examples of topics covered by FirstVet experts include:

  • General wellness advice. Ask the vet about your kitten’s vaccines, deworming, or upcoming spay. Have questions about nutrition, behavior, or traveling with pets? FirstVet can help with that too!
  • Injury or illness. The experienced vets at FirstVet can help you decide if your pet can be safely cared for at home or if they should be seen by a physical vet. Not sure if it’s an emergency or if it can wait? Your FirstVet vet can assist you in making that decision.
  • Post-surgical or chronic illness questions. Discuss your concerns about your pet’s recovery from surgery, how to monitor for signs of pain or infection, and how to care for wounds. Have questions about an upcoming surgery or treatment plan? FirstVet vets can talk to you about tests and procedures so you feel informed and empowered to take an active role in your pet’s healthcare needs.
  • Hospice care. Virtual care services allow you to seek expert advice without having to bring your senior pet into a clinic. Ask the experienced vets at FirstVet all your difficult questions regarding quality of life and end-of-life planning from the comfort of your home.

If your FirstVet vet recommends that your pet be seen by their regular vet or an ER vet, you’ll arrive for your appointment feeling prepared rather than overwhelmed. If your pet needs a prescription or special testing, you’ll already have a good understanding of why those recommendations are being made!

Read more:

What is Veterinary Telehealth?

Veterinary Virtual Care – FAQ

Sign up for your free FirstVet account here!

4 Noteworthy Activities to Do During the Spring with Your Pet

Spring comes as a great relief after long, unforgiving winters. Daffodils come into bloom, the smell of freshly-trimmed grass makes for a welcome scent, and your canine companion can’t quite get enough of the outdoors. 

Between keeping your dog healthy as the temperature rises and indulging in a handful of spring cleaning, here are four pet-focused activities that deserve to be on your April to-do list. 

Fish for Bass

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but just ask Fishing Fido. If your outdoor-loving pup is a natural at “sit,” “stay,” and “drop it” commands, there’s no reason they can’t learn to angle alongside you. 

Sporting breeds, in particular, have a knack for bass fishing and even duck hunting. When teaching your dog to fish, establish boundaries with your gear. Keep dangerous materials, such as hooks or lures, away from your four-legged angling assistant. Reels and tackle boxes, when sealed, are a little more pet-friendly. 

Teach them appropriate boat manners—not every dog will take to the water as naturally as others. Finally, familiarize your pup with the target species. Consider which game fish put up a bigger fight. 

Go for a Dip

If you live in a coastal area, there is no more popular activity than a beach trip. Alternatively, landlocked residents can hit hiking trails adjacent to freshwater lakes and rivers. 

Keep in mind that not every dog owner will consider the potential dangers of beachgoing—so you’ll want to review these safety tips. First, you’ll want to keep your dog hydrated. While it may seem counterintuitive to pack several water bottles when you’re hitting the beach, saline water can pose severe health issues. 

Second, keep your pet protected from the sun with dog-specific sunscreen. Keep their eyes doubly covered with a hat or umbrella. 

Finally, supervise your dog’s swimming activity. Take frequent breaks and keep an eye out for coral, jellyfish, and other hazards.   

Plan a Pet-Centered Holiday

Nowadays, pet-friendly accommodation is all the rage. If your Easter holiday calls for a trip across the state or country, destinations such as San Diego, Albuquerque, Sedona, or Key Largo are rife with pet-focused activities. 

If you and your dog are avid beachgoers, consider hitting the Dog Surfing Competition in San Diego, which draws in competition from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For the more daring duo, you can take on one of many challenging trails in the mountains of Sedona. 


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Enjoy a Staycation

Who says a well-planned staycation with your couch-surfing pup can’t be as rewarding as an extravagant trip statewide? A makeshift garden course makes for simple and fresh off-leash fun. An active dog will never object to an afternoon of frisbee or competitive tug-of-war session, no matter the occasion. 

If you live in a smaller apartment, consider a pet-safe bake-off or brand-new puzzle toys. 

Bring on the Springtime

Whatever the case, there is no springtime activity your dog won’t enjoy. If heading out of town, ensure that your pet is in shape via a veterinary tele-consult.  

Otherwise, there are dozens of other ways to enjoy the fresh breeze, a kiss of sunshine, and the tickling scent of freshly-bloomed flowers from within your area.

How To Keep Your Dog Healthy This Spring

Here comes the sun! After such a tedious and cold winter, it can be exciting to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and plot your outdoor activities. But don’t get too overwhelmed with excitement just yet! As the temperature rises and the days go longer, maintaining your dog’s health should be on your list of priorities aside from going to the beach.

Spring with your four-legged companion means more time outdoors and more flocks of birds to watch outside, but it’s also the time when parasites increase in number and dogs are at higher risk of contracting illnesses.

However, there’s no need to worry and panic! Follow these tips to maintain your dog’s health this spring.

Prevent seasonal allergies

Does your dog usually itch as soon as the sun comes up? If yes, you should consult your local veterinarian to find out if the root cause is seasonal flu. If that’s the case, then you can help your dog relieve symptoms by feeding him foods that contain high nutritional value. You can start by feeding your pet premium fresh dog food since it typically contains fewer additives and giving him dog treats for sensitive stomachs. Consequently, if you have a Maltese dog that is prone to tear stains, what you can do is provide him with premium dog food that helps boost the immune system.


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Protect your dog from long exposure to the sun

Given the beautiful weather this season, it can be tempting to spend a lot of time outdoors. However, keep in mind that not only humans, but dogs are also prone to sunburn and heatstroke this season due to stronger UV rays emitted by the sun. Therefore, don’t let your dog bask in the sun for long periods of time!

Provide proper grooming

Unfortunately, spring doesn’t only mean longer days—it also means more mosquitoes, bugs, ticks, and fleas! These insects proliferate rapidly during this season and they can breed on your pup’s skin or in his gut. Ensure your fur baby is protected by providing proper grooming—long-haired dogs should be brushed daily, whereas smooth-haired dog breeds should be brushed at least once a week. Also, use a natural insect repellant as a safer alternative to chemical spot-on treatments.

Some dog breeds like Siberian Husky, Shiba Inu, and Bichon Frise are fastidious about self-grooming but their efforts may be inadequate in keeping them clean and healthy this summer. Make sure to bathe your pooch using a dog shampoo that contains naturally-derived ingredients to keep his coat nourished and shiny.

In addition to these grooming habits, you should also remove stagnant water sources from your property because they serve as bug breeding grounds.

Give proper exercise

Summer’s the perfect time to exercise with your four-legged best friend! Go on longer morning walks with your dog and allow him to play around! Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps lower the risk of diseases like arthritis and diabetes.Aside from enjoying long strolls with your pooch, you can also enjoy a fun, interactive playtime outside. If you have a chew-happy pet, make sure to buy indestructible toys that can withstand a mischievous destroyer’s intensive chewing.

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Pet

Valentine’s Day is even happier with your pets!

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Just like everyone else, you may be thinking of doing something memorable on this special day. If you are in a relationship, an intimate dinner with your partner can be the perfect choice. For those who are single, one of these three options can be good: celebrate it by yourself, party with friends, or spend some time with your pet — if you have one. After all, Valentine’s day is not just for couples, it is for everyone who has someone they care about deeply and want to express it. 

Regardless of your relationship status, celebrating this upcoming Heart’s Day with your awesome four-legged companion will be nothing but delightful!

Here are some Valentine’s date ideas you can do with your pet:

Prepare a sumptuous dinner

Exert extra effort and prepare a lavish Valentine’s dinner for your pet to make them feel special. Set up LED lights or light a candle to make your date romantic and memorable. But make sure that the candle is safely out of your pet’s reach. Instead of their usual pet food, cook something healthy and hearty for them to chow on.

Take them outside

A stroll in the park or a walk on the beach will definitely make your pet happy on Valentine’s Day. Let him run freely in the park or relax on the beach. Find out if there is a nearby area in your community dedicated for pets to roam at their leisure. But do make sure to keep an eye on them so that they won’t swallow anything harmful or get lost. Going on a short road trip with your pets is a welcomed option too.

Go on a shopping spree

Since it is Valentine’s Day, why not take your fur baby on a shopping spree? Spoil them with new clothes, leashes, collars and delicious treats that they absolutely enjoy. You can also get your pet fabulous goodies they haven’t tried before. On a budget? Then why not whip up something homemade, such as biscuits or knitted clothes.

Shower them with new toys

Since Valentine’s Day only happens once a year, why not make your furry companion feel extra special by giving them new toys? Just like children, pets love toys to play with and sometimes chew or pull on. Make sure that the toys you’re getting are safe for your furry Valentine. Don’t buy anything that can become a choking hazard.

Have a fancy photoshoot

You may already have a thousand photos of and with your fur baby, but it won’t hurt to have more. This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day by dressing up in matching outfits and have a photoshoot in various locations. You can even bring props to make the pictures look cooler and fancier. Print your favorites out and frame them, or create a personalized calendar using the photos you took.

Give a relaxing massage

Sure, you probably pet and massage your baby on a regular basis. Although, since it’s a special day, you can take these normal massages to a new level. Give your pet relaxing strokes to calm and chill them out. Do research beforehand, look up how to rub them and where are the areas that feel best for them.

Get a new playmate

The best Valentine’s gift that you can give your pet is a new playmate. Your fur baby must already have a lot of toys to play with, but nothing compares to a real playmate. This special day, don’t hesitate to splurge on and get a new furry companion for the household. You also have the option to adopt a new addition into your little family with whom you and your pet can form a special bond with.

Pets can be difficult to take care of at first. Once you get the hang of it though, you’ll realize that they are sweet and lovable. This Valentine’s Day, show your furry companions how much you appreciate them for being a part of your life and staying by you every step of the way.

Eusoh Partners With FirstVet for Online Veterinary Service

Eusoh is excited to announce a partnership with FirstVet, the largest global veterinary teletriage company. FirstVet launched in the U.S, this past October, and the company now operates in seven countries, conducting over 25,000 monthly vet consultations.

Having conducted hundreds of thousands of consults, FirstVet has determined that 65% of inquiries from pet owners can be triaged at home. This means that nearly 7 out of 10 trips to a clinic and their associated costs can be prevented with a veterinary video consult. This also means that the savings can be passed on to Eusoh members.

Why do unnecessary trips to the ER happen? Understandably, pet owners often fear that their pet’s symptoms require a trip to the emergency room when they can actually be triaged at home or via a non-emergency trip to the clinic, which is likely to cost significantly less. Pet owners can sometimes be steered by incorrect information from Google or social media, which is why FirstVet staffs its service with licensed vets with an average of ten years of clinical experience.

FirstVet’s vet consultations with the pet owner are delivered via video over the web or on FirstVet’s mobile app. Registration takes less than 2 minutes and the service is available 24/7/365.

The partnership will be launched as a pilot on January 15, 2021 and will be completely free for all Eusoh members for the first two months. During this time, FirstVet and Eusoh will be evaluating how best to offer telehealth to Eusoh members to provide 24/7 access while also ensuring proper usage to ensure balanced protection for the membership.

The FirstVet app is available for iPhone and Android devices. We will be adding a convenient link in your member dashboard to be able to access the site. You can also visit FirstVet by clicking the link below.

Eusoh community members get free access to FirstVet’s vet telehealth service.  

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4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Feeding Your Dog Fresh Food

In the last few years, fresh dog food has become all the rage. Only a few years ago, it was rare to find fresh dog food available. However, there are now tons of fresh food companies out there now. 

However, fresh dog food is usually quite expensive – at least more expensive than most other commercial dog foods. This extra cost can be worth it in many circumstances, though, for four main reasons. 

  1. Customization

Fresh food is typically available on a subscription basis. You subscribe to the food and the company sends it to you at regular intervals. Because of this, the company typically customizes your dog’s food based on their gender, breed, size, and activity level. In many cases, you will have to answer some questions before purchasing the food so that they can do this customization. 

As you might imagine, it is impossible for a company to customize a bag of kibble like this. In these cases, you have to measure out how much food your dog needs and possibly adjust the amount yourself. This can be difficult and is often not very accurate. 

Because fresh food is often customizable, it is often better for your dog. After all, it is specifically made for their needs. Plus, it also takes some of the weight off of your shoulders. 

  1. Better Ingredients

When you look at fresh food, you can literally see all the ingredients in it. If it is low in meat, you will be able to tell without even looking on the ingredient list. If the meat is low quality, you may be able to tell as well. 

Because of this, many fresh dog foods use quality ingredients. You can tell what each piece of potato is and how many carrots the formula contains. If the recipe seems to contain only potatoes, you probably wouldn’t buy it for your pooch again. Companies know this and keep it in mind when designing their recipes. 

On the other hand, this is not true of kibble and wet food. You can’t really tell how much of what ingredients are in a piece of kibble just by looking at it. Therefore, these companies can easily get away with using lower-quality meats and packing their food full of wheat. 

  1. Fewer Additives

Fresh dog food is usually meant to stay frozen, which means that it doesn’t need to be “shelf-stable”. This lowers the number of additives the food needs, which also means that your pooch is consuming fewer additives. While not additives are bad, some of them have been linked to health problems. 

Plus, our dogs just don’t need additives, so it is best to avoid them if you can. 

Because these foods are fresh, they also don’t need to contain things like artificial colors or flavors. They look and taste just fine how they are. Once again, while not all artificial colors and flavors are harmful, they aren’t necessarily good for our dogs either. 

  1. Healthier Skin and Coat

While there have been few studies comparing types of dog food, many owners claim that fresh food directly impacts how much their dog sheds and the condition of their skin. This may be because fresh dog food is missing many of the additives that may cause rashes and other skin problems. 

Alternatively, it could be that fresh food typically contains better ingredients. Dogs are what they eat, so it only makes sense that they would react well to higher quality food. 

Which Fresh Dog Food Brand to Choose?

If you’re convinced that fresh food is a great option for your pooch, the next step is to choose a brand. There are some great options (Nom Nom Now, Farmer’s Dog, and Pet Plate to name a few), high-quality brands out there. More are being founded all the time and there are some scientific reviews too to compare. 

When you can afford it, there are many benefits to choosing fresh dog food. From healthier skin to customization options, many of these benefits can help your pooch live a longer and healthier life.

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