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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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Animal-ID: The All-in-One Tag, Pet ID and Record Keeping That You Need

There are a lot of digital apps and products out there for pet parents. You can take care of your pet from the comfort of your own smartphone. There are apps like FirstVet that does online vet visits. There’s Pet Plate, an online food subscription service for your dog. And then there’s Eusoh, where you can get a comprehensive pet health plan.

With GPS and location tracking, finding a lost pet has become much easier compared to handing out leaflets in the neighborhood. We’re going to introduce you to a digital pet product that is a pet id, as well as a tag, and much, much more.

Our friends at Animal ID created a one-stop solution for pet owners to identify and register their pets within a global pet database. The app and ID can also help return lost pets to their homes, organize travel, save pet documents, maintain health records, schedule vet visits, communicate, order favorite pet munchies, and more!

The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Download the app and get the QR pet ID for your pet — Because if by chance your pet goes missing, someone can scan the code and be sent to your pet’s online profile where they can notify you immediately.

Use Promo Code: eusoh30  and get 30% off your order.

Links
Learn more about Animal ID
Learn more about the QR pet ID tag
Download the app on Google Play
Download the app on the Apple App Store

Animal ID, like Eusoh, is so comprehensive. It’s a digital passport for your furry friend. It holds your pet’s medical records in one place as well as keeps a diary and reminders. It’s more than a microchip to keep track of your pet, it’s a community of responsible pet owners. Try out Animal ID today.

How To Pick Best Pet-Friendly Plants for Your Home + Top Choices

Choosing the right types of plants for your home can be tricky with furry friends living in the house. With pets in the house, going for low maintenance, pet-friendly plants is the way to go. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are choosing the perfect plants for your home. 

Firstly, you want to make sure that your home is set up for your pet. Whether you need tips on how to set up a cat-friendly space, or making sure that there are doggy doors to block off certain areas, it’s important to take note of the specific needs of your pet and how they apply to your space.

Next, you’ll want to determine what other factors are important to think about when choosing the right house plants. Some of these key traits include whether or not you want plants that need sunlight if they are toxic for animals, and how much water is required for maintenance. 

Below is a plant care key with a list of factors that can help:


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Best Pet-Friendly Houseplants: 

  1. Mini Money Tree

Known for its good luck and bringing in prosperity, the money tree can grow quite large over time. With little maintenance required, the money tree doesn’t need frequent watering, except when its soil is about 75% dried out. It’s a good idea to keep this plant in spots with indirect sunlight to avoid any leaves burning over time. 

  1. Spider Plant

Typically containing a combination of green and white stripes, the spider plant is known for its air-purifying properties. These plants do best with moderate amounts of indirect exposure to the sun and heat. They grow relatively well, so expect to re-pot them around one to two times a year. Lastly, you will want to keep the soil moist and add a dash of plant fertilizer into the soil about one to two times a month for optimal growth. 

These white and green striped plants are perfect for hanging baskets. They prefer moderate indirect sunlight and temperature. They grow fairly quickly so you will need to re-pot them about once a year. For spider plants, keep the soil moist and sprinkle plant fertilizer into the soil about twice a month to support its growth. 

Interesting Sports That You Can Enjoy with Your Pet

Who said that you couldn’t stay active with your pet?

Today, more and more sports are becoming inclusive. Doing sports with your dog not only boosts overall wellness but strengthens your bond as well. Whether you have a hyperactive canine or a playful feline, there are plenty of activities that both of you can enjoy keeping their tails wagging.

To help you create lasting memories outside, here are some fun sports that you can enjoy with your four-legged companion:

Golf

Who would have thought that you can hit some golf balls with your dog cheering on you?

Just in case you missed it, there are a lot of dog-friendly golf courses today. In fact, our canine companions have been joining humans on the greens for decades already. So, if you’re a dog parent who loves playing golf, then what’s stopping you from bringing along your canine caddie?

While you’re busy practicing your swings, let your dog watch you or toss a tennis ball before you hit a golf shot. If you’ve finally decided to bring your dog with you, your driver or club would no longer be the most essential item in your golf bag—now, it’s your dog leash, dog treats, and tennis ball. These items will surely save you a lot of headaches on the golf course.

So, put your golf shoes on and seek a beautiful adventure with your pooch in a dog-friendly golf course near you!

Hiking

We all know that dogs make excellent trail companions. However, not a lot of us appreciate that hiking is for cats too.

With more and more cat parents training their feline friends on leashes, it’s becoming common to see a courageous cat braving the trails in the woods.

If you have an outdoorsy dog, hiking is a great way to appreciate nature, be active, and have fun together.

If you have an active feline companion, this is the purr-fect moment for you to indulge in a new outdoor activity. Hiking can also reduce boredom-related behavior problems and fight obesity.

Remember: Hiking isn’t for all dogs and cats. Your pet needs to be comfortable in the outdoors, on a leash, and with strangers. Your pet should be in good physical condition as well.

Walking

Nothing beats the classic leash walking. If the two aforementioned sports require too much effort on you and your pet’s end, then regular walking sessions would suffice. Leash walking gives you control of where and when your pet is going, which will help hone their obedience.

For cat parents, it may be challenging to train your cat to walk on a leash at first. Stop forcing your pet the moment you observe that they don’t like being on a leash.

Frisbee

Accommodate your pet’s flair for fetch through a frisbee game. There are many great things to love about frisbee. For instance, you don’t have to go to a secluded area as you can easily play it in your backyard or local park. It’s also fun to throw a frisbee, plus your pet will love—and stay active and healthy—fetching it for you.

All the running and catching will keep you and your pet physically and mentally stimulated. Not only that, you can have fun watching your dog run, jump, bite the disc in mid-air, and return it to you!

Conclusion

If ever you’re feeling lazy to stay active, may this article remind you there are ways you can make it fun and fulfilling with your pet. So whether you’ve decided to hit some golf balls or hike with your pet, now’s the perfect time to do it.

Dog Park Tips to Help You and Your Best Friend Have Fun

Taking your canine companions to the dog park has plenty of benefits. The physical benefits of visiting such places and exercising will definitely keep their weight down and muscle tone up. While socializing with other dogs is considerably beneficial to their mental health, it can become a disaster if precautions are not taken beforehand.

So, how can you make your trip enjoyable for both you and your pet? Here are a few things to help you along:

Before Going to the Park

  • Avoid taking puppies to the dog park right away. Yes, it is tempting to do so, but not recommended because they need to learn how to properly socialize with other canines in a more controlled environment. Aside from that, they are hyper, which can become a problem as older dogs may look at them as a nuance. Lastly, they are not fully vaccinated thus have a high chance of contacting a disease.
  • Take into consideration if your dog knows how to behave even when they’re off-leash. Most dog parks require pets to have their leash taken off to minimize injuries, interfere with their natural body language, and avoid getting tangled up with each other. Proper training to ensure that they will follow your command despite having the leash taken off is necessary beforehand.
  • Know the rules of your local dog park, and find out if there are fees that need to get paid. Every place has regulations that must be followed, and they vary from one another. Some might not allow you to bring treats or toys while some permit it.

While at the Park

  • Take time to pause and survey the situation in the park before fully entering. Keep your dog within their leash on while entering so they can get used to the environment. If there is a scuffle or too many canines in the park, it is best not to barge in.
  • Keep your full attention on your pet once the leash is removed. Always make sure to know where your furry companion is and what they are up to. Keep an eye out for any sign of trouble; if there is a brawl brewing nearby or how your dog is behaving around others. Play fights are different from real ones.
  • Clean up after your canine– and yourself as well. Dog parks, just like regular ones, are public places thus you must pick up after both you and your pet. Pick up any pet waste immediately and dispose them in the designated trash cans. Do not leave food wrappers, plastic bottles, or any type of litter lying around the vicinity.
  • Be knowledgeable about how to break off fights. Even with the best efforts to avoid such problems, there is still the off-chance for it to happen. Once a fight starts, do not step in with your hands or body; try to use a long stick to push them apart. If the fighting continues, you and the other owner need to intervene by approaching them from behind and lifting them by their back legs.
  • Your canine’s safety comes first. If you notice that they are scared, feel threatened, being a disturbance, acting differently, a brawl is starting, or got involved in a fight, the best course of action is to remove them from the dog park. It is not only a polite thing to do for other patrons but also a way to protect your furry friend.

After Visiting the Park

  • Give your dog a treat after a fun and successful day in the park. Praise them for their good behavior and provide them with comfort through head pats or neck scratching. Hydrate them, but be mindful about how much water you give them so they won’t overdrink.
  • Do not make going to the dog park their only form of exercise. Find other opportunities for them to be outside without the high-energy environment. Take them out for a walk or play with them in an area that is not near the dog park.

Going to a dog park with your favorite furball is a fun way to bond with them.  Each trip will not always be a success, but all you need is practice. Take your time in getting used to the environment and let your pet enjoy park visits as much as they can.

Let’s Compare ASPCA Pet Insurance to Eusoh

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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. 

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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. 


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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

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