Eusoh Is Sponsoring One Of The Largest Pet Adoption Events In SoCal

Eusoh team will be at Best Friends Animal Society’s No-Kill LA (NKLA) Super-Adoption event on May 19 – 20. We’ll be there with all the adorable, adoptable pets with over 50 NKLA Coalition partners, and LA Animal Services, all coming together to save lives! Gates open at 11 AM and 1000+ adorable adoptable pets will be waiting to meet their new Pawrents.

Together with our friends from @Friendshipcollar and @PrettyLitter we will be giving up prizes to the new furry families.

What to expect?

Best Friends NKLA Super Adoption is a cooperative effort in which shelters, rescue groups and local sponsors come together in a free, fun, festival-like atmosphere to find homes for hundreds of animals. Expect to have a lot of fun and to meet many adorable, adoptable pets.

Join us at the event and adopt a pet to help Protect & Save Them All!

Event details: NKLA.org/superadoption

Special Bond Photo Contest. Brought To You By Eusoh

Photo credit goes to Pitbull Cali & her Dad @thecalichronicals

When a relationship between you and your pet is steeped in love, care, and devotion, you know there is a special connection that brings you together, a special bond.  This bond can take different shapes and forms: from the excitement to see each other after a long day at work, playtime at the park or cozy snuggles on the couch, to ensuring your furry pal gets the best care necessary at times of need.

At Eusoh, we want this Bond to grow and last a lifetime.

Together with our friends from @Friendshipcollar we decided to celebrate this special connection with the photo contest.

Post a photo of you and your pet on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using hashtags #SpecialBond #PetCareWeShare and tag us @GetEusoh.

Share your own “Special Bond” story for the chance to win 6 month of FREE Eusoh membership and an adorable matching set of pet collar and a bracelet from @Friendshipcollar.

Sign up at Eusoh for an additional entry.

Ten lucky (10) winners will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday, May 22. All winners will be featured on our and our partner’s social media news feeds.

Hurry! The contest ends on May 21st at 11:00 PM PST.

Eusoh In The Press

We’re moving on up. To the sky! Here is some recent press coverage we had the honor to receive.

From SoCalTech, “How Eusoh Wants To Fix Insurance With Technology, With Allen Kamrava”

LINK: https://www.socaltech.com/how_eusoh_wants_to_fix_insurance_with_technology_with_allen_kamrava/s-0074811.html

EXCERPT: The insurance industry is an old industry, with a lot of contradictions–it’s one where the more claims insurers pay to help customers, the less money the insurers make–and it’s also one that hasn’t been disrupted much yet by technology. Is it possible to use technology to replace the age-old system currently in use in insurance? That’s what Los Angeles-based Eusoh (www.eusoh.com) is hoping to do. We caught up with Allen Kamrava, the CEO and founder the startup, to learn about how the company is building a consumer platform that allows assembled and self-selected groups to form for the purpose of sharing unexpected costs of life. The startup has so far launched in the veterinary vertical–but has plans to go much bigger. Read More

From EconomyUp (IT), “

Sharing economy, le startup più finanziate sono cinesi e puntano sulla mobilità”

Sharing economy, le startup più finanziate sono cinesi e puntano sulla mobilità

EXCERPT: Nel P2P Lending, per esempio, sono state identificate e ospitate al Workshop Eusoh (startup californiana) e YourDesk: la prima, presentata da Allen Kamrava, CEO e Founder, è una nuova piattaforma che fornisce un modo trasparente per la condivisione delle spese inaspettate utilizzando una tecnologia scalabile e il potere della comunità.

From Insuretech Australia, Eusoh listed as a Member.

LINK: https://insurtechaustralia.org/members/

From SoCalTech, “Eusoh, Backed By $2M, Targets Veterinary Expenses With Fintech Startup”

LINK: https://www.socaltech.com/eusoh_backed_by__m_targets_veterinary_expenses_with_fintech_startup/s-0074537.html

EXCERPT: Afraid of running into unexpected veterinary bills for that new puppy? A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Eusoh, is hoping to make it easier for people to handle unexpected veterinary costs, by banding people together in groups to help provide an alternative to traditional, insurance plans. The startup, led by CEO and founder Allen Kamrava, says it is backed by $2M in seed funding, which was raised back in September of 2017 through mostly friends and family. Eusoh says it is building a consumer platform that allows assembled and self-selected groups to form for the purpose of sharing unexpected costs of life. Read More

From NKLA, “The Sponsors of the 2018 NKLA Super-Adoption Event”

LINK: https://nkla.org/get-involved/events/nkla-super-adoption

EXCERPT: Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Super Adoption, presented by BOBS from SKECHERS®
with support from Petco Foundation, Instinct, Cuteness, Petplan Pet Insurance – North America, KTLA, KAMP & KNX Radio, Pet Food Express, Catit and Eusoh. Read More

Golden Retrievers | Raising an Energetic and Family Friendly Dog

Golden Retrievers. If there was a perfect dog that represented America it would be the Golden. This friendly breed has been the star of films such as Disney’s Homeward Bound and the highly recommended and globally loved Air Bud film series. They are an aesthetically pleasing dog with their bright golden fur and an infectious smile on their face constantly.

If you have small children, Golden Retrievers are quite possibly the best breed of dog for kids to grow up with. Now, the Golden is an overly energetic and rambunctious breed; There may be cases where a Golden may run into a child in an energetic fit or jump on a child sorely out of pure love and affection. There is no better breed of dog that could teach a kid responsibility and patience.

golden retrievers puppy photo

Golden Retrievers Are All Over The Place

Now here’s a picture of Kopi, my beloved Golden Retriever. This is a picture of her when she was 7 months old. As you can see here, the picture is very blurry. The reason why is because she couldn’t stay still in her younger years.

She’s named after the hockey player, Los Angeles Kings All-Star center, Anze Kopitar. Kopitar, the hockey player, is known for his offensive and especially his defensive prowess. He is literally all over the ice the moment whistle goes off. And like her namesake, Kopi is all over the yard the moment I take her outside.

From her younger days up until now (she’s about 8 years old), Kopi loves to run. She loves to run fast, and she loves to run all over the backyard. And then she continues to run circles, then stops and starts barking at the birds, the neighbor’s dogs or the jets flying above our house. And then she gulps down a big bowl of water only to go through her routine of running, barking, and bothering me.

This is a dog that wants to play, run, and most of all, serve you. You want to teach a child patience? Give them a Golden Retriever to chase after and make follow directions. It can be interesting, but it can be done.

Golden Retrievers Are Mouthy

Goldens are Goldens because of their appearance. But why are they retrievers? Simply, they are sporting dogs. They became popular as sporting dogs in Great Britain, where they mostly used in wildfowl and small game hunting. They literally “retrieved” wildfowl and small game in places where a hunter could not go. These places were shallow lakes, cliffs, and ravines.

The other aspect of being a retriever is its mouth. This breed was designed to able to carry many objects, game, and other delicate items in its mouth. A Golden Retriever can carry an egg in its mouth without it even breaking. As impressive as that is, the Golden Retriever has an extended and more advanced teething stage where it (in my experience) had to put its mouth on everything. It wasn’t biting; I felt no pain when my Golden wrapped its mouth around my hands, wrists, ankles, and feet. It is just a stage that Goldens go through.

This is where discipline and training are needed. And this is a great lesson for children when dealing with a Goldens at this stage. When they get mouthy or start nipping at your fingers and toes, it is best to be demonstrative and yell “No!”, or “No Biting”. It could also help to hold their mouths closed as you say “No Biting”. This is not being abusive but rather acting as an alpha or dominant figure. Sometimes, young Goldens tend to bite and nip when fearful. This is where one must be protective, caring, yet dominant with their Golden.

As Goldens Get Older

Hopefully, you have enjoyed a long time of running, playing, belly rubs, and games of tug-of-war with your Golden (I know I have.) But they do get older and they do slow down. Of course, it has to do with age but also there are common health problems that Golden suffer from such as hip-dysplasia and cataracts.  According to PetMd, hip replacements could cost from $3,500 up to $7,000 per one hip, with the similar price tag on a cataract surgery. Check with your veterinary provider or your pet insurance plan to see what can be covered. Or register at Eusoh to see how crowd-sharing works in the pet care sphere. Eusoh is a new service allowing consumers to share together expenses such as treatments for your Golden Retriever. Everyone wants a few more years with their trusty, energetic, and loyal companion. Make sure you have the means to make that happen.

Single Payer Healthcare | Can It Be Done?

Single payer healthcare is the popular option right now according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll that reported 51 percent of Americans support it while 43 percent oppose it. The poll was conducted between January 22-February 24 of 2018 with the results published on April 12, 2018, in the Washington Post. Despite what the results of this recent poll declared, the United States is a long way from a tried and true single payer healthcare system.

Single payer healthcare protest

Single Payer Healthcare. What Exactly Is It?

From your staunch conservative all the way to your ardent “Bernie-bro”, every politically-minded individual has an opinion on single payer healthcare. But before we continue on the subject of single-payer healthcare, let us first define what single payer is. The most popular online resource of the 21st century, Wikipedia, defines single payer as 1“a healthcare system financed by taxes that covers the costs of essential healthcare for all residents, with costs covered by a single public system (hence ‘single payer’).”

Elements of single-payer healthcare are:

  1. Single payer is a government (federal or state) takeover of universal healthcare. This is similar to the current healthcare systems in the United Kingdom (N.H.S.) and in Canada.
  2. Private health insurance would not be an option for residents.
  3. The single payer healthcare system would be funded by taxes.

Given the characteristics of single payer healthcare, the question now is whether it can be implemented in the United States. There are a handful of lucrative, successful insurance conglomerates that currently dominate the healthcare sector. Therein lies the first impediment to implementing single payer healthcare: The current system will be opposed by the likes of Kaiser, Humana, and Aetna. Obviously, large conglomerates of a specific business sector will have the resources to oppose any legislation that may dissolve their current business. They will have the time, the money, and the political influence to keep the single-payer debate going indefinitely or even squelched.

Sanders Plan

Recent Democratic Presidential candidates support a single payer healthcare system. One particular candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, proposed a bill titled, “Medicare For All”, which expands Medicare beyond residents over the age of 65. Aside from expanding Medicare, Senator Sanders’ plan also involves:

  1. Eliminating deductibles, copays, and premiums.
  2. Eliminating private insurance companies. This would be eliminating residents’ choice of private or public healthcare.
  3. Expansion of Medicare in phases. 1st year, Medicare would be available for resident 55 and older. And in subsequent years, the age minimum would be lowered by ten years, (Ex. The following year, the plan would expand to residents 45 years and older.)
  4. Vision and dental would be covered. Currently, both are not covered by Medicare.

Another impediment to Senator Sanders’ plan for single payer is how ‘Medicare for All” will be paid for. The Vermont Senator has yet to come up with a definite plan for funding but he proposed a 7.5 percent payroll tax on employers, a 4 percent individual income tax and an array of taxes on wealthier Americans, as well as corporations.

Recap

Let’s recap. Senator Sanders’ plan is not yet “rock solid” on funding, or rather the taxing of citizens for his bill. Private insurance companies would be eliminated. Citizens would lose the ability to choose private and publicly run healthcare. And billion dollar healthcare conglomerates, 2who are now merging with even bigger retail conglomerates like CVS and Walmart, would be out of business or unduly written out as an option.

Another factor: The Affordable Care Act, colloquially called “Obamacare” is still supported by Americans. This same Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll estimated 53 percent of Americans are still in favor of the public healthcare act even with the Trump Administration attempting to “chip” away at it.

More factors: Both houses of Congress are Republican controlled, which will obviously put any single payer healthcare plan on the backburner. Any still, Senator Sanders’ plan had 16 Democratic cosponsors backing it. It will take a lot more Democrats and more than likely a few Independents and Republicans to turn in order to make single payer into reality.

Do you honestly believe with all those factors, single payer can happen or even can be phased into reality? It’s a possibility but close to impossible as the insurance companies will put up a fight for their literal lives when Sanders’ bill gets debated. The “right to choose” between private and public healthcare will be an issue as it is heavily correlated with what is considered the utmost American value, “freedom”.

How Technology Can Help

Will single payer solve the issues that healthcare ails from? Well-respected economist and billionaire, 3Warren Buffett, describes healthcare as a “tapeworm” infecting the American people and its economy. It will take more than a well written and well-constructed bill and trillions of tax dollars to solve healthcare. It may take the dissolving of the health insurance industry or a concerted effort to improve the current system.

Whether healthcare is a right or a privilege is not a question that has a correct answer. Modern technology  has given us ways to connect people directly  for the purpose of sharing unexpected costs of life whether it’s a health emergency, car accident or necessary home repairs. Eusoh was created based on the concept of providing better access to care without the expensive and burdensome legacy middlemen, aka private and public insurance companies. At Eusoh,  we connect people directly together and provide them with all the protection, transparency  and guarantees they should expect.  so that groups of people, not just individuals, have a platform to share expenses. No bills have to be drawn, no debates and no filibusters on the House floor. Eusoh’s technology allows people to share and manage costs with the utmost transparency.

The Costs Of Owning A Dog, Or How Mocha Almost Ate My Wallet

Mocha and me

While you can’t really put a price tag on cozy snuggles with your furry friend and endless puppy love, the costs  owning a pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, or any other animal, can get really expensive. According to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, the annual cost of owning a dog is $1,502 and $958 for a cat (both numbers include basic expenses only).

Unfortunately, a majority of people underestimate the financial burden that comes with their pets. As a result, thousands of animals are returned to shelters by people who weren’t adequately prepared to make the adoption in the first place. Sadly, around 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are put down. Adopting a pet is a serious financial undertaking and every first-time pet owner should budget accordingly!

In this post, I will explore the costs of owning a dog through my experiences with my Labrador retriever puppy (and chocolate-colored troublemaker), Mocha.

Let’s crunch some numbers:

Initial Costs of Owning a Dog

Adoption Fee – $100-$400
Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is the cheapest (and best!) option but be aware that in many shelters, dogs have been through various levels of emotional or physical trauma, and may require additional love, training, and medical care.

Breeder Fee – $500-$3,000
Adopting a dog from a breeder is typically more expensive and can range from $500-$3,000 depending on the dog’s breed or pedigree, the breeder’s reputation, etc. Make sure to do your research beforehand and pick a responsible breeder who you are positive is not running a puppy mill in his backyard.

Mocha as a pup

Spay/Neuter Surgery & Vaccinations – $300-$600
Responsible breeders and animal shelters usually take care of vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures prior to putting a dog up for adoption. However, if your pooch is not fully vaccinated or hasn’t had a surgery yet, shop around at your local vet clinics or animal hospitals to make sure you get the best quality care for a reasonable price. The cost of these procedures may vary depending on the size and breed of your dog. Be aware that in many states, you are legally required to spay/neuter your pet or face fines and/or community service!
Lifehack: Throw in an extra $30 to microchip your pooch during the surgery for peace of mind in case they get lost.

Crate & Fencing – $50-$150
Crate prices range depending on their size, style, and brand. Invest in a high-quality crate that will last for at least a couple of years. Make sure you get an adequately sized crate for your doggie. For larger breed puppies, you may want to get a large crate right away and use divider panels to adjust the space within the crate as your puppy gets bigger. The same applies to outdoor and indoor fences.

Lifehack: You can save a lot by getting a used crate or fence. Websites and apps such as Craigslist, LetGo, and OfferUp will come in handy in your search. You can get crates and fences of any type and size that are in very good condition for less than half the price of a brand new one.Mocha and her crates adding to costs of owning a dogMocha on the day of her graduation from the small crate 

Food & Water Bowls – $20-$30
Dogs get really excited about food. Although ceramic and glass bowls may look pretty, your pooch can accidentally break them and swallow a sharp piece of the damaged bowl. Invest in some well constructed, heavy-duty, metal bowls that will last for years.

Large breed puppies tend to eat too much and too quickly, increasing their risk of gastric torsion or bloat.  One of the ways to teach your pooch to eat and swallow their food slowly is to get a slow-eater bowl.

Lifehack: Outlet stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, etc. have great pet supply sections with even better sales and deals. Food bowls of different types are always there in abundance.

Collar, Harness, Tag, Leash – $30-$50
You will need these to take long luxurious walks with your pooch. Get a leash that’s 4-6 feet long, and make sure to get tags that have your phone number and address on them in case your dog gets lost. You may want to consider getting a harness for large breed dogs. The EasyWalk correction harness is perfect for pooches that pull and have yet to learn how to properly walk by their favorite human.

Lifehack: You can find Amazon’s entire selection of leashes and collars on the AliExpress website for twice as cheap if not more! However, plan ahead of time and only purchase pet supplies that you are not in the rush to get, as shipping and delivery may take up to a month.

Mocha wearing a scarfMocha staying putWearing her Easywalk harnesses  — a true fashionista! 

Bed & Other Home Fixtures – $20-$100
Selecting a quality dog bed is really important, considering how much time your canine spends there. It’s should provide adequate support, especially for senior dogs who may need help with joint pain. Young pups may not appreciate their first bed as much and may see it as another thing to “chew on”. Don’t spend a fortune on an extravagant bed for young doggies, Mocha’s didn’t last a day!

Lifehack: Look for decent pet beds in outlet shops such TJ Maxx, Marshall’s or Ross. Costco & other wholesale stores have great options too.

The costs of owning a rambunctious dog

The most expensive chew toy we got for Mocha was an $80 dog bed

Training classes – $150 – $500
Unless you’re a great dog whisperer like Cesar Milan, it will do you some real good to invest in affordable but effective canine training classes. No one wants to be around a dog that jumps on people, can’t sit, stay, or get off the couch when necessary.

Lifehack: Don’t be afraid to use YouTube to find useful videos on how to train your pooch at home!

 

Recurring Costs

Food: $20-50 a month
Your monthly dog food expenses will vary depending on your dog’s size and breed. Do your homework and choose a dog food brand that will keep your pooch healthy and happy throughout his or her life.

Lifehack: No need to carry heavy 50+ pound bags of dog food. Let delivery services do the work! Websites like Chewy.com offer two-day free shipping on $50+ orders and they will usually throw a bunch of discount coupons towards your next order.

Treats – $20 a month
When choosing treats for your dog, try different types and flavors to determine the one your dog likes the most. When feeding your dog a treat, split it into a few smaller pieces. This will make the bag of treats last much longer and keep your pet from gaining too much weight.

Lifehack: Boiled chicken, raw carrots, apples, bananas, mango, cheese, berries … Everything goes! BUT keep your pooch away from grapes, avocado, onions/garlic and chocolate! Even in very small doses, these foods can cause serious health issues for your dog.

Toys – $100 a year
Dogs, especially young pups, are very into their toys. Stock up on balls, squeaky toys, frisbees, and bones to keep your doggie happy and active.

Lifehack: Toys can get ridiculously expensive, so make sure to check out pet supply departments at the outlet stores mentioned above. If you hate shopping or simply don’t have time to go out shopping, companies such as BarkBark, PupJoy, or Bullymake Box can deliver toys and treats straight to your home for a reasonable subscription fee!

Mocha and her toy

“Give me a kiss, you” – $2.99 alligator chew toy from TJ Maxx

Regular Vet Checkups – $250/ year
Bring your pooch to see the vet on a regular basis to make sure your dog is up to date on all their vaccines, flea, and heartworm medications.

Emergency Vet Visits – $2,000 and up
A majority of dogs, especially young pups, are very active and curious creatures, which often compromises their safety and health. Be prepared for emergencies and the large vet care bills that can follow. You can either start by creating a savings account with a few thousand dollars deposited right off the bat or purchase a pet insurance plan, which can add an additional $800 to the annual cost of caring for your pet. Veterinary industry specialists agree that if you are unable to spend at least $2,000 for your pet’s care in the case of an emergency, you shouldn’t have adopted them in the first place.

Lifehack: Become a Eusoh member – the first non-insurance service platform that guarantees of at least 20% savings on veterinary care expenses. As a Eusoh member, you don’t pay monthly premiums. Instead, you’ll be sharing your veterinary expenses with a virtual community of responsible pet owners only IF and AFTER accidents happen. Learn more about Eusoh here.

Additional expenses:
Boarding & Dog Sitting: $25-$60 a night
… Multiply by the amount of out-of-town traveling you do throughout the year.

Grooming: $100-$400
The number of times you need to take your pooch for grooming & nail clipping will vary by breed. Many pet owners choose to groom their pets at home. However, if you have a big fluffy dog, you may have to hire a professional groomer to keep your pooch’s coat clean and free of tangles.

Professional Dog Walking: $15-$25 per walk
If you’re thinking of getting a dog and you spend most of your day at work, you’re going to need to hire a dog walker to keep your apartment accident-free and your pup happy and healthy.

If you think there are other costs and expenses to pet ownership that I might’ve missed in this post, please comment below or contact us directly!

 

Healthcare | How Administrative Costs Bog Down The American System

A recent Bloomberg article1 highlights a unique and rather large issue with the current U.S. healthcare system. This issue is the literal and unending amount of administrative staffing and its subsequent paper trail. In essence, the costs of administration, billing, settling payments are three times as much as in other affluent, developed countries.

Healthcare records

How Bad Is The Red Tape?

When most people think of the healthcare system, they imagine care providers from nurses to doctors to pharmacists, etc. Little do they know, the current healthcare is exponentially more than that. According to the Bloomberg article, For every $1 billion in revenue, the healthcare system employs the equivalent of 770 full-time people to settle the bills.

Generally, administrative costs involve procedures such as pushing a claim through different levels of the system, processing bills, answering patient phone calls and emails, chasing after unpaid bills and also, paying the large salaries of the administrators of insurers, marketing and executive hospital staff.

“Duke University Hospital has 900 hospital beds and 1,300 billing clerks. The typical Canadian hospital has a handful of billing clerks. Single-payer systems have fewer administrative needs.” David Cutler, PBS Newshour (link)

Here’s a stat: Administrative costs in the United States healthcare systems account for 25 percent of total hospital spending. These same costs in other countries account for 12 percent of spending in Canada, 16 percent in England, and 20 percent in the Netherlands.

Comparison of administrative spending

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Can The Healthcare System Be Streamlined?

Experts in the field recommend standardization. This would involve standardizing billing practices along with updating and modernizing the computing systems of administration. Naturally, the transition to one unified standard in the American healthcare system would be daunting and will come with setbacks. But the end game would be a more efficient, more streamlined system that will pay off in years to come.

Standardization in healthcare has been visited before. The federal government proposed in 1996 (through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) preliminary standards for the electronic processing of claims, payments, and other bills. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as insurers needed to extract more information from patients. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 gave incentives to providers to adopt more advanced electronic records.

It may be some time until the entire system becomes standardized. There are certainly hurdles to that, starting with the insurance companies. Add to that the changing of the computing system and the importing records to this proposed standardized system could be difficult as well. Most of us will be deadlocked with this current system. This is where Eusoh can play a part in eliminating administrative costs all together. Hence, keeping expenses down for both healthcare providers and patients. By engaging and sharing costs with the crowd, the majority of people won’t have to feed the already top-heavy system.

 

 

Six Things Every First-Time Dog Owner Should Know

 

Regardless the age, marital status or income, becoming a first-time dog owner is always a momentous and exciting experience. But with all the fun and excitement come also responsibilities. One must keep in mind that pet ownership is a long-term commitment, that at times can get labor and cost intensive.

These 6 pointers will help you begin a life-changing journey as a first-time dog owner and provide the best care possible for your pet.

1. Puppies vs. adult dogs. Just because it’s your first dog, it doesn’t mean it has to be a puppy. Puppies are adorable little beings. They are funny and cute and full of promise. But puppies, like babies, require a lot of care and attention if they are to fulfill that promise. There are many adult or even senior dogs out there looking for loving homes, and who could be as loyal, lovable and fun as “brand new” pooches. Not to mention that majority of adult dogs are much easier to care for!

Take the time to consider your lifestyle, housing situation, amount of traveling, activity level and patience before getting a dog of any age. Research different breeds and choose ones that would match your personality and lifestyle best. Remember, the decision to get a dog should never be impulsive.

2. Pet-proof your house. Dogs, especially puppies, looooove to chew on things. Make sure that you pet can’t get a hold of any wires, remotes or poisonous plants. Tuck and tape loose electrical cords and wires; be sure that household cleaners and plants are stored on high shelves; remove small rugs and pack up your breakables; and put away your shoes or other objects your dog could potentially chew (or even swallow!) These household items could cause potential threats to your pet’s health (and could be costly to remove).

3. Training from Day One. You shouldn’t wait until your puppy is six-month-old to teach him or her how to sit, stay or come. The earlier you start establishing communication with your new furry friend, the easier and faster the training process will go. Use clear voice commands and visual cues and be sure to be consistent and firm with your orders. Remember, bad habits are easy to start but difficult to break. Make sure to discourage any type of misbehavior such as eating from the table, jumping on other people or biting in the early stages of growth. Likewise, invest some time in training new-to-you adult dogs, too.

4. Stay on top of your pet physical health. Make sure your pet gets the exercise he or she needs by taking regular walks or playing in the park or backyard. Keep your pooch groomed and well-nourished. Feed your dog pet food that is designed for his or her age, size and breed; And allow continual access to plenty of water. Dogs with longer hair need to be brushed more often. And all pets need to be regularly checked for pests, such as fleas and ticks. Find a veterinarian that you like and trust, and be sure to take your four-legged friend on regular vet visits as needed to ensure your pet remains healthy throughout his or her life.

5. Socializing, socializing, socializing. The mental health of our pets is as important as their physical health. Be sure to provide regular socializing for your dog whether it’s playing with another dog or taking him or her to the beach. Expose your pooch to other animals, people and environments early in their lives, so he or she is less afraid of new people and situations in the future.

6. Be ready at the time of emergency. Dogs are no different from humans when it comes to emergency medical expenses. Unforeseen illnesses and accidents can happen to dogs of any age, and that can mean unplanned expenses as well. Even silly things like swallowing grapes or a piece of chocolate can inevitably harm your pet’s health and cost you thousands of dollars in care for your four-legged kid. Don’t wait until an emergency happens and plan ahead of time to be sure your pooch gets proper care when she or he needs at a reasonable cost. Join the caring community of like-minded pet lovers on Eusoh and provide your pooch with the best veterinarian care possible without emptying your life savings. Learn how to become Eusoh member here

Walmart Reported to Buy Humana With Amazon Looming in the Industry

In one of many recent mergers of industry titans, Arkansas-based Walmart is reportedly in the early stages of purchasing Kentucky-based health insurer Humana. Following the high profile purchase of Aetna by CVS1, Walmart is quickly following suit. In a matter of months, these changes in dance partners have changed the landscape of the healthcare industry.

Walmart Storefront

2016 Healthcare Facts

  • Healthcare spending was 18% of the U.S. economy.
  • U.S. health care spending increased 4.3 percent to reach $3.3 trillion.
  • Healthcare spending is estimated at $10,348 per person in 2016.

With an aging population, rising costs of medication, and the arrivals and impediments of new middlemen, companies are now attempting to find ways to address the industry’s weaknesses. If there are weaknesses in a behemoth industry like healthcare, it will certainly affect the American economy as a whole. Financial sage Warren Buffet has described healthcare as a “tapeworm” in the economy2.

The merger of Walmart with Humana is an unconventional one as most of Walmart’s recent acquisitions have been with e-commerce and Internet retail companies. But the merger seems appropriate because Walmart is already successful with pharmacies and they had a less successful foray into operating primary care clinics. And on top of that, they already have a partnership in a prescription drug plan that serves those on Medicare.

Walmart and Humana, CVS and Aetna But Now Amazon?

There may be a common belief that the “big, bad evil” corporation is going to make healthcare even more difficult or they will become an even bigger middleman; A middleman backed by billions of dollars and government influence. But with Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway, Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon throwing their hats into the healthcare ring, not only is the market getting proven competitors but possibly the most brilliant minds dealing with the economy.

There will be questions on whether these deals are anti-competitive, the Justice Department struck down a merger between Aetna and Humana3. And a merger between Walgreens and Rite Aid was scaled back by regulators4. It is an exciting time being witness to industry giants and economic geniuses and leaders wanting to make a drastic change in healthcare and in turn, the economy.

The other factor or alternative for the consumer is the sharing economy, the crowdfunding, donation…there are many terms to describe it. Eusoh can be a platform to supplement or even usurp the current healthcare system. Time will tell how far Walmart, CVS, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway will achieve but we have to amplify to you, the consumer, is that the alternatives are out there.

 

French Bulldogs – The Difficulties Of Owning Such Cuteness

Puppy French Bulldogs

A recent in the New York Times was titled The Price of French Bulldogs Being So Cute 1. It mentioned the popular breed’s “Big eyes. Pointy ears. Snub nose”. And it also mentioned the breed being so fancied by celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Reese Witherspoon, and Dwayne Johnson.

The French Bulldog’s cult following is unmistakable in the private sector. The breed is listed as the sixth most popular dog breed in the United States according to the American Kennel Club 2. And the FBDCA, the French Bulldog Club of America is the oldest club in the world for the breed.

 

A Breed Whose Cuteness Is Its Source Of Lifetime Health Problems

Despite, its popularity with celebrities and private citizens, owners of French Bulldogs should know that the breed will suffer from constant health problems for the duration of its life. The “Scrunched up” face and “Snub nose” are what makes the French Bulldog both distinguishable and most desirable. In technical terms, they are “brachycephalic“, meaning they have flat, wide heads.

It is this aesthetic quality and uneven conformation that was bred into generations of French Bulldogs since their popularity rose throughout the 19th century. Unfortunately for generations of French Bulldogs, respiratory issues are a common issue for owners. It is these shared health issues that became common bonds amongst owners of the breed.

 

Care For French Bulldogs Shared By Owners

Those have made the commitment to owning a French Bulldog and its litany of future health issues will have a community to not only share their experiences but to share expenses. This is what Eusoh was made for. Imagine a pet owner purchasing a French Bulldog without prior knowledge of their current and future health issues. Now imagine that pet owner having a community to help and instantly fund unexpected health expenses for their French Bulldog.

The Eusoh option for paying pet health expenses is perfect for French Bulldog owners. It begins with registering not only yourself but also your four-legged friend on the site. You will be given breed-specific, pet-specific, or local groups to join. And much like chat or social media, it would be good to engage with fellow members and pet owners.

As a group member, your financial contribution will not only help your pet expenses but also the expenses of anyone needing help in your group. This is the crowd sharing aspect of Eusoh; Essentially, the crowd takes responsibility of the expenses your French Bulldog along with future expenses.

Ownership of a cute, lovable, and loyal breed like the French Bulldog comes with its own array of dilemmas. One does not need to go through them alone. There are communities and websites available for support: Dog clubs, Facebook groups, and Reddit forums. But if the time comes when you are need of funds to cover a medical expense for your French Bulldog, there is an option for communities to share in emergency expenses.