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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

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.

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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N-Gage – The Pet Toy and Accessories Brand You Need to Know

As we’re getting into the Holiday season, you know there’s going to be a lot of new and interesting products for pets everywhere. Here’s a new brand you need to know: N-Gage  brings top-of-the-line and uniquely designed pet supplies to the market, catering to the ultimate pet enthusiasts.

Fun and interactive playtime with pets won’t be complete without strong, high-quality toys and accessories. Responding to pet owner demands, N-Gage introduces its innovative, durable products that can withstand the most wear and tear your pet can give them. 

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What are the long-lasting products of N-Gage

Balls & Flyers

The best pet accessories brand offers its indestructible collection of easy to grip balls and flyers that are available in different shapes, sizes, and vibrant colors. 

Its made of rubber Squeaker Balls, Squeaker Footballs, Bungee Handlers, and Flyers are perfect for indoor and outdoor play, maximizing an active and entertaining time with your pet. 

Whether you’re in your home, in the park, or at the pool or beach, N-GAGE balls with a lightweight and buoyant design never fail to give endless fun all throughout the day.

With the balls’ internal squeaker and high-bounces, watch as your furry pal wags its tail, ready to show off its jumping and catching skills.

Tug & Toss

Select from a wide range of toys specially designed for a specific purpose. 

N-Gage Bumper and Propeller are made for pets and pet owners who are looking for interactive ways to fetch and catch. The bumper has a leash-type handle, while the propeller has a triple-spoke design. The toys are floatable, providing versatility, which is great for tugging and tossing — be it in water or on land. In addition, both toys are made of rubber with the right texture, making it easy for pets to grip.

Its Jack and Dumbbell, on the other hand, are strong and sturdy that can satisfy even the toughest and the most aggressive tuggers. Jack toys have six access points, while the dumbbells have a hexagonal design. They have softened angles to avoid damaging the inside of your pet’s mouth or splinter.

In addition to the wide selection of the brand’s Tug & Toss category is the Knots and Tuggers designed for solo interactive play. Cure your dog’s boredom with N-Gage’s weaved version of colorful bumpers and ropes.

Collars & Leashes

Keep your pet safe with N-Gage’s ultra-durable Collars, Harnesses, and Leashes, whether you’re out for a quick run or you’re off for a hike. 

The pet product brand prides itself on having one of the most popular leashes among its product line: the Running Leash. When you’re on the go in bustling city streets, you can

wear the leash around your waist, promoting hands-free running. It also has built-in handles, letting you have tighter control of your pet when crossing busy roads.

Together with quality leashes are dog collars offered by the same brand. Its easily adjustable feature brings comfort to your dog when you go for a swim or a run. The collar’s inner side is made from neoprene material, while its outer side is ballistic nylon. What more is that it has a concealed ID strip where you can add your dog’s info.

To achieve the maximum comfort and safety of your pet, the pet supplies company also offers padded chest plate harnesses. Only premium quality materials are used, making the product strong but breathable.

Essentials Pack

Make travel easier with Essentials Pack from N-Gage. 

Inside the compressible pack is a Zip Bowl made with ballistic nylon and a Water Bottle that’s BPA-free; you can fill it with water to keep your pet hydrated while on the road.

The pack, likewise, has a large and foldable Travel Mat. Its top is made with a soft brush polyester, while its bottom consists of mesh material.

To promote fun and memorable moments between you and your pet while outside your home, the pet product company makes it a point to include its versatile Bungee Handler in its essentials pack.

Where to buy N-Gage pet supplies

N-GAGE is an independent brand that can be found in smaller, independent stores. They are not sold at huge corporate retailers, nor are they sold on third party consumer websites. For more information, visit: ngagebrand.com.

Can a Pet Owner’s Addiction Create Stress for His Pet?

Original article written by Patrick Bailey.

No man is an island. Your words and actions have an influence on others, in either a positive or negative way. When you have an addiction, your actions will affect your family, friends, colleagues, and even your pets. Unfortunately, your furry friends aren’t immune to the negative effects of addiction on your life.

Addictions can change your emotions, personality, and behavior. These changes will not go unnoticed by your pet. Dogs, in particular, are quite susceptible to mood swings and personality disorders in their owners. A substance abuse problem can cause anxiety, stress, anger, confusion, or depression. Dogs have a way of picking up on these feelings and reacting to them in like fashion. If you’re stressed, your pet may show signs of stress. If you’re fearful, your pet may become fearful as well. In addition to being affected by your emotions, pets can feel the negative repercussions of your addiction through abuse and neglect.

How Addictions Affect Your Pet

When you’re addicted to alcohol or drugs, it’s easy to overlook your responsibilities to your pet. This leaves your pet in a precarious state as he obviously needs your attention and care. Addiction can affect pets in many ways:

The mental effects of addiction are often more profound on dogs than other types of pets due to the closer relationship people have with their canine companions.

In a non-addictive state, bonding with your pup can be extremely rewarding as you both benefit from mutual love and friendship. Your pup takes his cues from you when it comes to the way he perceives his surroundings. If you are happy, calm, and confident, he will feel safe and secure in his environment. If you’re nervous or fearful, your pup may feel threatened by his environment, which could lead to anxiety and aggression. According to a study by the Center for Canine Behavior, a dog’s “behavior problems,” i.e. fear, anxiety, aggression, can sometimes be triggered by their owner’s mental state. Here’s how your addiction can lead to mental distress in your pet.

Addiction and Mental Distress

Studies show that dogs can detect how you’re feeling and your feelings can affect their mental state of health. If you’re angry or upset, your pup can tell by your body language, tone of voice, and even facial expression. Your pup can also detect chemical changes in your body such as sweating when you’re anxious or afraid. He may not know what’s ailing you, but he can certainly tell that something’s wrong and you are not your “normal” self. By correlating the tone of your voice and body language to your actions, your pup could become wary or fearful of how you are going to react.

Alcohol and drug use causes changes in your personality and demeanor. If your pup has been around long enough, he can sense these changes. Over time, he may start to mirror the stress, tension, and fear you’re feeling in your addictive mental state. If you suffer from high stress levels, your pup will tend to have high stress levels as well. Your pup may bark or whine incessantly when you get drunk or high due to sensing the changes in your physical and psychological state. He may begin to associate the smell of drugs or alcohol with erratic feelings or behavior, causing him to become fearful or agitated when you drink or take drugs.

Addiction Can Lead to Pet Neglect

Substance abuse problems can lead to neglect of your pet. It’s difficult to keep up with your pet’s care if you’re constantly drunk or high on drugs. You may forget to feed your pet for days or fill his water bowl or even take him out for walks.

When you have an addiction, your only concern is yourself and getting the substances you need to avoid withdrawal symptoms. You may abandon your pet for days in pursuit of drugs, leaving him to suffer from hunger and thirst, and loneliness due to neglect. Your house will suffer from the messes your pet will make due to being stuck inside. You may even decide it’s not worth having a pet and turn him out to fend for himself. Imagine the stress and anxiety your pet will go through by being abandoned by the person he loves.


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Addiction Can Lead to Pet Abuse

Addiction can lead to abuse of your pet as you’re not 100% in control of your faculties. You may strike your pet while in a drunken stupor or after taking drugs. You may not even remember being mean or abusive to your pet. The good news is that you don’t have to stay in your addictive state. You can overcome substance abuse problems through addiction treatment. Your pet will be forever thankful that you took steps toward recovery.

Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Pet during Recovery

Addiction changes everything in your life – your personality, emotions, behaviors, and routines. These changes can derail your pet. Your pet won’t understand what you’re going through or what he can do to get his old master back. The following steps can help your pet feel more secure as you undergo treatment to regain control of your life:

  • Take care of your health. Prioritize your health during treatment to help expedite your recovery. Good health will make it easier to care for your pet.
  • Maintain a routine with your pet. Pets feel more secure with a routine. Set regular times for meals, exercise, and play. If necessary, ask family or friends to help you keep this schedule while you’re undergoing treatment.
  • Continue training sessions for your pup. Your pup can benefit from the mental and physical stimulation that training sessions provide. Make sure your pup gets the positive reinforcement he needs during this time.
  • Don’t hold back on love and attention. Spend personal time with your pet, re-establishing your bond. Love and attention can help your pet overcome feelings of stress and anxiety and make him feel part of the family once again.

Your pet is worth fighting for. By doing your part to overcome addiction, you can win back his love and trust.

Author Bio: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them. 

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What to Buy Before Adopting a Dog

To have a successful dog-human relationship, adopting a dog needs plenty of planning and preparation.

The thought of having a new, lovable pooch, whether that’s an exercise buddy or just a cuddlebug is something to definitely be excited about, but it is important to remember that dogs are living beings similar to us humans. It goes without saying that they have basic needs that owners must be able to fulfill. 

Dogs suffer from stress and anxiety when they are in a new environment and when they are separated from their previous owners. To avoid such from happening, make your new dog comfortable being with you in its new home by providing the best comfort possible. Making specific decisions involves its supplies, safe and comfortable space, and health needs. 

Considering what to prepare for the arrival of your furry friend could be overwhelming as there is tons of information online, so here are the top 5 lists of dog necessities to make your new life together as fun as possible.

  1. The Basics
  • Collars – Choose different types of collars for different occasions: A rolled collar can keep your dog’s license, identification, and rabies tags; a breakaway collar is suitable during unsupervised times as they are designed to unsnap when pulled with force; a buckle collar is appropriate when taking your new best friend for a walk since it doesn’t unclasp easily allowing your pet to run-off.
  • Food Bowls and Water Bowls – Opt for stainless steel or ceramic dog dishes that have easy-wipe interior to make cleaning less of a hassle. The dishes should have the right size to ensure that the dog’s snout would fit in, and its tongue could reach the kibble.
  • Food – Buy dry and wet dog food as both provide the necessary nutrition your new pal needs; however, don’t mix them when feeding. Each has to be served at different times. 
  1. For Outside
  • Leash – There are different kinds of leashes to choose from. Standard leashes are for everyday use and are either made from nylon, leather, rope, or hemp. Retractable leashes allow you to adjust the length of the leash if you want your dog to wander while having the control. Adjustable leashes have rings along the leash and clasps at the opposite ends. Dog leashes with special features have flashlights and built-in water bottles and waste bag dispensers.
  • Poop bags – You may decide to buy biodegradable waste bags that are easy to decompose as plastic poop bags have a detrimental effect on the environment.
  • Travel carrier – Before making up your mind which among the three styles: standard hard-sided carriers, soft-sided carriers, wearable carriers should you purchase; It’s best to know your dog’s measurements to choose the carrier that would best fit your new pet.
  • Toys – To keep your pooch entertained while playing outside, here are some of the best outdoor dog toys: tether tug, kibble nibble, animal x-tire ball, dog sprinkler, skipping stones, throwing rings among others.
  1. For Health
  • Vet visit – Taking your dog to a veterinarian is necessary within a week of bringing the furry pal home. This ensures that it is in good health or if it needs any immediate health services. Some of the tests to be taken are the initial physical exam, deworming, stool sample, and shots. Don’t forget to ask your dog’s vet to educate you on how to properly take care of your new adopted friend.
  • Vaccinations – Dogs are prone to acquiring diseases while they’re playing outside with their pals, and it is worth mentioning that some diseases are highly transmittable from other animals. Since we would want our dog to live a happy life while ensuring its health as well as your loved ones, vaccines should be made a priority.
  • Pet insurance – Purchasing insurance for your pet is a great move as it acts as a financial security net that helps ease your burden and will allow you to have peace of mind while looking after your pet’s health and wellness. In case of emergency veterinary treatment, dog medical insurance would reimburse the veterinary cost when you file a claim to your pet insurance provider by the time the vet receipt is released. 

There are many vet insurance policies you can choose from; however, if you’re looking for an affordable option that’s innovative for being a community-based, crowdsharing product, Eusoh is an excellent option. Aside from the fact that Eusoh offers a price that’s not more than $65 for full coverage, it also covers wellness expenses and routine veterinary visits, unlike most traditional pet insurance companies who fail to include the cost into their policy plans.

  1. For Inside
  • Bed – Choose comfy beds that have cushioning and insulation features to keep your furry friend warm or you can buy heating pads. Here are some of the dog beds available in the market: standard dog beds, orthopedic dog beds, and covered dog beds.
  • Crate – Your dog’s height and length determine the right dog crate whether that’s a wire crate, plastic crate, soft-sided crate, or wooden crate. Consider the crate where your dog can stand up and stretch out without being cramped. 
  • Pee pads – Best pee pads are those that are thicker as they sure have multiple layers of absorbent material and doesn’t easily tear.
  • Gates – Depending on the type of your dog, you may opt to have a low freestanding gate or a tall freestanding gate. 
  • Toys – For your four-legged family member to be accustomed to its new environment, it needs a friend, and toys including balls, stuffed toys, puzzle toys, and treat-dispensing toys are a great help, especially during crate training. 
  1. Others
  • Training – Start training your newly adopted dog right away by focusing on the five basic commands to build rapport, but bear in mind that dog training requires patience, particularly if it’s still adjusting with its new home and family. Also, an adopted dog may lack socialization skills and may cause it to act aggressively when it’s around strangers. As you build the bond between you and the dog, focus on guiding your dog to get accustomed to strangers and other animals then plan on crate training and obedience class.
  • Microchipping – Protect your dogs from being lost or stolen through a computer chip that could be implanted under your pet’s skin through injection. This can be done in your vet’s clinic. The microchip that is used to track down a lost pet will last a lifetime. Make sure that your vet scans it every year making sure that it’s functioning well. 

Wrapping It Up

Adopting a dog involves greater responsibility similar to that of having a child. Failure to prepare all the necessary supplies before the arrival of your furry friend could leave you frazzled as well as your four-legged family member. It is vital to take into account that dogs are just like us, they can sense our emotions and well-being. So if an owner is stressed out, it may stress out the dog as well.

In an effort to give your newly adopted dog a warm welcome to your home, consider following our 5 top pieces of advice. As time goes by, you’ll get pleasure from seeing your dog grateful for receiving the affection from its newfound family.

Pawlicy’s Unique Statistics of Pet Parents Interested in Pet Insurance

From July 2019 through May 2020, Pawlicy Advisor generated personalized pet insurance recommendations for tens of thousands of dogs and cats. Each recommendation is personalized to the pet based on the pet’s unique attributes, and only after analyzing hundreds of policies across top pet insurance provider companies.

The algorithm scans and prioritizes recommendations based on breed-specific risk factors, age, location, and the fine print in each provider’s policy. This enables us to rank insurance policies across top providers by lifetime cost and coverage value for each unique pet.

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The recommendation algorithm also asks pet parents about how they’d handle an unexpected $5,000 veterinary bill to better understand the best “coverage versus cost” fit.

In data analysis, sampling is the practice of analyzing a subset of all data in order to uncover the meaningful information in the larger data set. To help maintain business confidentiality as a startup, this report dives into a sample of 20,000 pet parents from the unique data we’ve seen across the United States.

NOTE: In this report, “parents” refers to pet parents or pet owners. Rather than a thing to be owned, instead, we believe pets are unique, conscious individuals and family members.

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How 20,000+ Pet Parents Would Handle A $5K Vet Bill Without Pet Insurance

The rising cost of veterinary care is one of the key reasons pet parents search for pet insurance in the first place.

Although a regular checkup isn’t usually that expensive, there’s always the possibility that the veterinarian will find something wrong with the pet. The pet could then require additional diagnostics and potential treatment, leading to unexpected costs.

When a pet parent compares top pet insurance companies on Pawlicy Advisor they are first asked, “How would you handle a vet bill of $5,000?”

This high unexpected cost represents a common worst-case scenario in which the pet needs lifesaving care or expensive diagnostics and treatment. According to Joshua Louis Lachowicz, a veterinary oncologist at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City, treatments for some illnesses could cost between $4,000 to $14,000.

  • Only 19.44% of pet parents surveyed would be able to cover a $5,000 expense out-of-pocket.
  • 30.86% would seek financing options such as a loan, a credit card, or a payment plan offered by the veterinarian.
  • 49.7% of this dataset of pet parents surveyed say they would not be able to cover a $5,000 expense out-of-pocket.

49.7% of pet parents surveyed who are interested in pet insurance say they would not be able to cover a $5,000 expense out-of-pocket.

This is a critical factor in what makes pet insurance worth it for both pet parents and veterinarians. Furthermore, with the recent onset of COVID-19 across the US, this statistic is likely to grow as households struggle with financial insecurity.

Millennials may be especially vulnerable to financial insecurities caused by the coronavirus pandemic as median earnings are 20% lower for those aged 18 to 34 than they were in the 1980s. That wage gap, paired with many millennials’ shift in viewing their pets as family, should highlight the importance of pet insurance for millennial pet parents.

With veterinary costs on the rise, pet lifespans increasing, and the US economy shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic – pet parents must be educated about pet insurance options and the overall costs associated with owning a pet.

Pet Type and Gender

Pet type (species) and gender also factor into pet insurance rates, and they’re an important input in Pawlicy Advisor’s pet insurance recommendation algorithm.

From the tens of thousands of pet parents we surveyed, we analyzed pet insurance options from top providers for an even greater number of pets (as many parents are looking to insure multiple pets.

Dogs account for 81.62% of pets whose parents are interested in pet insurance.

  • Dogs account for 81.62% of pets whose parents are interested in pet insurance.
  • Cats account for 18.38% of the pets we analyzed insurance options for.

Not surprisingly, most pet parents who shopped for pet health insurance on Pawlicy Advisor in the last 9 months were looking for insurance for their dog. Dogs tend to be more expensive to treat than cats due to their size, but also because of the history of dog breeding.

Some dog breeds are more prone to illnesses and injuries than others. For example, large and giant dog breeds are more susceptible to bloat and hip dysplasia. Dog breeds with short snouts are more prone to breathing problems.

Cats, meanwhile, don’t suffer from as many breed-specific illnesses because their breeding history has allowed for more genetic diversity. According to the ASPCA, cat veterinary costs are lower than those of dogs on average. Some studies even indicate that cats get sick less often than dogs.

As a result, it usually costs less to buy insurance for a cat than it does for a dog. This is another important input in the Pawlicy Advisor algorithm for finding affordable pet insurance policies that suit the pet’s attributes.

Pet gender is a near even split, 47.4% female and 52.6% male.

  • A slight majority, 52.57%, are male, while 47.43% are female.

Pet gender does affect spaying and neutering costs. Spaying a female pet requires a more complicated surgery, so it generally costs a bit more. Un-spayed and un-neutered pets have increased risk for additional medical complications later in life, such as infections and cancer, which could be costly to treat. Furthermore, breeders who wish to insure their animals may need to buy specific insurance plans that cover breeding risks.

Dog and Cat Breeds

Pawlicy Advisor users submitted queries for over 225 different dog breeds over the past year.

Certain breeds are prone to specific health conditions, and certain variations of mixed-breeds reveal different premiums. This info is often tucked away in the fine print of any given policy, Pawlicy Advisor was built to scan hundreds of policy variations to help determine which insurance plan (and provider) is best for each unique pet.

The Most Popular Dog Breeds of Parents Interested in Pet Insurance

  • 7.95% of the dogs were of an unknown breed, and 6.20% were of an unknown mix of breeds.
  • However, Poodles (5.45%) and Labrador Retrievers (4.74%) were also popular.
  • Meanwhile, 3.78% of users had Chihuahuas (and another 3.34% had a Chihuahua mix).
  • 3.49% had a German Shepherd.
  • 3.34% had a Terrier Mix.
  • And 34.8% was made up of 215 other breeds, each with less than 1% each

Other popular breeds were French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and American Pit Bull Terriers. According to the American Kennel Club Registry List, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for the past 29 years.

What’s interesting is that so many pet parents with Chihuahuas are interested in pet insurance. Poodles make up a large segment, and this is to be expected as it’s a breed with common health issues and the 6th most popular dog among US households. Similar story with Labrador Retrievers. Chihuahuas are a generally more affordable breed to adopt, but perhaps the driving factor is that the tiny breed often struggles with luxating patellas (slipped kneecaps), dental issues, and hypoglycemia (burning more energy than they consume).

Top 50 Dog Breeds Whose Parents Are Interested In Pet Insurance

BreedRank
Poodle Mix1
Chihuahua2
German Shepherd3
Chihuahua Mix4
Terrier Mix5
Mixed (Breed Unknown)6
Yorkshire Terrier7
Golden Retriever8
Shih Tzu9
French Bulldog10
American Pit Bull Terrier11
Labrador Retriever – Black12
Shih Tzu Mix13
Boxer14
Labrador Retriever – Yellow15
Pit Bull16
Hound Mix17
Yorkie Mix18
Border Collie Mix19
Beagle Mix20
Pomeranian21
Maltese22
Boxer Mix23
Siberian Husky24
English Bulldog25
Jack Russell Terrier26
Australian Shepherd27
Labrador Retriever28
Rottweiler29
Labrador Retriever – Chocolate30
Dachshund Mix31
Pug32
Bichon Mix33
Miniature Schnauzer34
Beagle35
Great Dane36
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel37
Boston Terrier38
American Bulldog39
American Staffordshire Terrier40
Pomeranian Mix41
Dachshund miniature – smooth coat42
Poodle – Toy43
Poodle – Standard44
Bichon Frise45
Border Collie46
Australian Shepherd – miniature47
Havanese48
Doberman Pinscher49
Dachshund50

The Most Popular Cat Breeds of Parents Interested In Pet Insurance

Pawlicy Advisor users were less specific in how they designated their cat breeds, although the breed is often less of a consideration when insuring domestic cats. Most cats are considered Shorthair, Mediumhair, or Longhair.

  • 33.89% of the cats we analyzed for pet insurance quotes were identified as Domestic Shorthair.
  • 10.58% were Domestic Mediumhair.
  • 6.47% were Domestic Longhair.
  • And 35.42% were an Unknown Mixed-Breed.

According to our data, a plurality of pet parents interested in pet insurance had Domestic Shorthair cats, at 33.89%. Meanwhile, 10.58% had Domestic Mediumhair cats and 6.47% had Domestic Longhair cats. Among specific cat breeds, Maine Coons, Siamese, Ragdolls, and Bengals are among the most popular.

NOTE: Domestic Shorthair, Mediumhair, and Longhair are all technically generalized categories of “mutts” (mixed-breed cats).

Top 50 Cat Breeds Whose Parents Are Interested In Pet Insurance

BreedRank
Unknown Mixed-Breed1
Domestic Shorthair2
Domestic Mediumhair3
Domestic Longhair4
Maine Coon5
Siamese6
Ragdoll7
Bengal8
Russian Blue9
Persian10
American Shorthair (purebred)11
Siberian12
British Shorthair13
Sphynx14
Bombay15
Snowshoe16
Himalayan17
Tonkinese18
Egyptian Mau19
Scotish Fold20
Himalayan Seal Point21
Turkish Van22
Balinese23
RagaMuffin24
Norwegian Forest Cat25
Cornish Rex26
Burmese27
Munchkin28
Manx29
Feral30
Abyssinian31
Oriental Shorthair32
Exotic Shorthair33
American Wirehair34
American Bobtail35
Turkish Angora36
Himalayan Flame Point37
Himalayan Blue Point38
Chartreux39
Somali40
Scottish Fold Longhair41
Savannah42
Ocicat43
Nebelung44
Manx Longhair45
Havana Brown46
Exotic47
European Shorthair48
Cameo Longhair49
Birman50

Pre-Existing Conditions

There are no pet insurance providers that cover pre-existing conditions (though some plans do cover curable conditions after a certain waiting period with no recurring symptoms), which is why it’s so important to enroll in pet insurance while your pet is still young and healthy. If you enroll before any conditions arise, those conditions will be covered by your plan. Wait too long, and you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket to treat your pet.

Percent Of Dogs with Pre-Existing Conditions Whose Parents Are Interested In Pet Insurance

A clear majority of dog parents understand the importance of signing up for insurance early – before their pup is diagnosed with any health conditions. But, thousands of pet parents are looking for pet insurance for a pet with a pre-existing condition.

9.8% of dog owners are shopping for pet insurance for a dog with a pre-existing condition.

  • After surveying tens of thousands of dog owners, 9.8% of the dogs who needed insurance already had an existing condition.
  • 90.2% of the dogs we generated a pet insurance comparison for did so before their dog developed a condition that could be considered “pre-existing.”

The importance of comparing pet insurance sooner than later becomes even more evident when looking at the age breakdown of those with pre-existing conditions below.

Puppies vs Adult Dogs with Pre-Existing Conditions Whose Parents Are Interested in Pet Insurance

Puppies are far less likely to develop health conditions than their older counterparts. It’s best not to wait until a condition arises. Most pet insurance plans include a waiting period, and if your vet discovers an illness before your insurance kicks in, it is usually considered “pre-existing” by the insurance company.

87.97% of the dogs that did have pre-existing conditions were adults.

  • 87.97% of the dogs that did have pre-existing conditions were adults.
  • Only 12.03% were puppies less than one year old.

That data should encourage new puppy parents to look into pet insurance, ASAP. Out-of-pocket costs can be greatly reduced for both vet bills and pet insurance premiums by finding the right coverage sooner rather than later (and the same is true for insuring rescue puppies).

Percent Of Cats with Pre-Existing Conditions Whose Parents Are Interested In Pet Insurance

Similarly, while most of the cat parents that searched for insurance did so before their pets developed any pre-existing conditions – more than 1 in 10 were shopping for a cat with a pre-existing health condition.

12.27% of cat owners are shopping for pet insurance for a cat with a pre-existing condition.

  • 12.27% of the cats we analyzed had a pre-existing condition.
  • 87.73% of cats had a clean bill of health.

Although vet care is generally less expensive for cats, treating major illnesses can still leave a serious dent in your wallet without insurance.

NOTE: If your pet has a pre-existing condition, pet insurance is still worth the investment. For one, if the condition is curable it can be covered by some plans. You can find out which plans fit your best best by generating a new search on Pawlicy Advisor. If the condition is not curable, other conditions may arise and having to pay fully out-of-pocket for multiple medical expenses is a nightmare. If the cost of pet insurance is an issue for you, use Pawlicy Advisor’s recommendation engine to find the best plan at the best price.

Kittens vs Adult Cats with Pre-Existing Conditions Whose Parents Are Interested In Pet Insurance

Kittens, like puppies, are less likely to develop health conditions than adult cats. Again, do not wait until a condition arises to research pet insurance.

91.9% of the cats that did have pre-existing conditions were adults.

  • 8.1% of the cats with pre-existing conditions were less and one year old.
  • Meanwhile, 91.9% of cats with an existing condition were adults.

Just like puppies, kittens are less likely to be diagnosed with a pre-existing condition than their adult counterparts. Insuring your kitten can save you thousands of dollars in veterinary costs as they grow older.

According to one analysis, the costs of treating cancer in a cat can cost over $2,800+ without pet insuranceWith pet insurance, it costs less than $600 on average.

More importantly, pet insurance also ensures that the cat gets the care they need. The same analysis indicated that the cost of care for cancer in cats based on insurance claims can reach almost $15,000. Pet parents who must pay expenses out of pocket may not be able to afford important treatment options.

The Most Common Breeds of Dogs with Pre-Existing Conditions Whose Parents Are Interested in Pet Insurance

Humans have been breeding dogs for almost 4,000 years. Due to limits in genetic diversity, some purebred dog breeds are more prone to pre-existing conditions than others.

Based on the analysis of our data, many pet parents with smaller dog breeds and purebred dogs reported pre-existing conditions in their pets.

  • Chihuahuas (4.4%), and Chihuahua Mixes (3.95%) represented many of the dogs with pre-existing conditions.
  • As well as Terrier Mixes (3.45%), and Yorkshire Terriers (3.12%).
  • Additionally, 3.95% of dogs with pre-existing conditions were Poodles
  • 3.78% were Labrador Retrievers
  • 3.01% were Shih Tzus.

Now, this shouldn’t deter anyone from adopting/rescuing a purebred dog. If you adopt a purebred puppy, you can enroll in pet insurance early to ensure any conditions that might emerge are covered by your policy.

Top 10 Dog Breeds That Developed Health Conditions Before Enrolling In Pet Insurance

BreedRank
Unknown Breed1
Chihuahua & Chihuahua Mix2
Poodle Mix3
Terrier Mix4
Yorkshire Terrier5
Shih Tzu6
Mixed (Breed Unknown)7
German Shepherd8
Golden Retriever9
American Pit Bull Terrier10

The Most Common Breeds of Cats with Pre-Existing Conditions Whose Parents Are Interested in Pet Insurance

The most common cat breeds with pre-existing conditions mirror the results of the most popular cat breeds from the previous question.

  • 27.73% the cats with existing health conditions that we analyzed were Domestic Shorthairs.
  • 8.50% were Domestic Mediumhair cats.
  • And 6.88% of cats represented with pre-existing conditions were Domestic Longhairs.

Among the top pure-bred cats that had existing conditions were Siamese cats (1.42%), Russian Blues (1.21%), Maine Coons (1.21%), Persians (1.01%), and 18 other breeds each making up less than 1% of the total.

Top 10 Cat Breeds That Developed Health Conditions Before Enrolling In Pet Insurance

BreedRank
Mixed Breed1
Domestic Shorthair2
Domestic Mediumhair3
Domestic Longhair4
Siamese5
Russian Blue6
Maine Coon7
Persian8
Ragdoll9
American Shorthair (purebred)10

The Most Popular Pet Names

Overall, there were a ton of great pet names that went through the Pawlicy Advisor search algorithm. Bella, Max, Luna, Lucy, Charlie, Buddy, Daisy, Molly, and Lola are just a few that stand out as most popular. But the real gems are in the more obscure names like Cthulhu, Jiggles, Sir Pounce A Lot, and Zig Zag.

For example…

The Most Popular Dog Names

The most popular dog names were Bella, Max, Charlie, Luna, Coco, and Lucy. There were also a few Bobs and Peanuts thrown in for good measure. And who couldn’t love a dog named Bruno, Bear, or Bandit?

Top 20 Most Popular Dog Names

BreedRank
Bella1
Max2
Charlie3
Luna4
Coco5
Lucy6
Buddy7
Daisy8
Bailey9
Molly10
Cooper11
Sadie12
Lola13
Rocky14
Sophie15
Chloe16
Maggie17
Milo18
Zoey19
Bentley20

The Most Popular Cat Names

Naturally, there’s some overlap between dog and cat names.

popular names of cats whose parents are interested in pet insurance Many cat parents also named their cats Luna. Among the most popular cat names were Zoey, Stella, Tucker, Teddy Bear, Zeus, Toby, and Thor.

Top 20 Most Popular Cat Names

BreedRank
Zoey1
Stella2
Tucker3
Teddy Bear4
Toby5
Zeus6
Thor7
Willow8
Zoe9
Luna10
Winston11
Ziggy12
Bella13
Tank14
Theo15
Tyson16
Charlie17
Tiger18
Xena19
Sunny20

105 Unique Pet Names That Caught Our Eye

We also compiled a list of the many pet names that stood out as particularly unique. If you’re looking to adopt or have recently adopted, we hope you consider a few name options like “Mr. Muffin-Stuff” and “Albus Dumbledog.”

  • Albus Dumbledog
  • Azreal
  • Angel Panda
  • Angelfish
  • Basilious Haro
  • Beaumont
  • Beef
  • Bernie
  • Bertrum
  • Bighead
  • Binx
  • Bones
  • Bonkers
  • Catsby
  • Cher
  • Chowder
  • Chu-Chu
  • Cthulhu
  • Ginger Shoopman
  • Glory
  • Gmork
  • Gnash
  • Gnat
  • Gnocchi
  • Gramps
  • Habanero
  • Hanzo
  • Hektor
  • Hootie
  • Igloo
  • Itsy Bitsy
  • Jack Mayo
  • Jada Doo Powell
  • Jeeves
  • Jiggles
  • Jillaroo
  • Jilly Sue
  • Kit Kat
  • Lightening
  • Low Ryder
  • Luci(fer) Anais Garcia
  • Lucy Wigglebottom
  • Lyric
  • Madame Monkey
  • Meatball McBeath
  • Minion
  • Miss Sunday
  • Mister Moose
  • Mr. Bubba Linx
  • Mr. Chips
  • Mr. Muffin-Stuff
  • Mr. Pickles
  • Muchacha
  • Neptune
  • Oatmeal
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Ohno
  • Oogie Boogie
  • PantsDeLeon
  • Pennywise
  • Pesto
  • Pinball
  • Pixel
  • Plop
  • Poopoo
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Preacher
  • Princess Potato
  • Prometheus
  • Quasar
  • Quiggly
  • Rhino
  • Rhubarb
  • Rick the stick
  • Ruff Daddy
  • Sabath
  • Samwise Gamgee
  • Schnaps
  • Shrek
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Sir Pounce a Lot
  • Skunkers
  • Slinky
  • Sprocket
  • Tabby Rascal Towler
  • Thanos
  • Thorn
  • Toby The Taco
  • Trump
  • Typhoon
  • Umbra Greyjoy
  • Vader
  • Wasabi
  • Weston Greenwade
  • Whoopie
  • Wibbles
  • Wilma Baggins
  • Wombat
  • Xochi
  • Yankee
  • Zephyr
  • Zeus Mobley
  • Zig Zag
  • Zippy Jade
  • Zsa Zsa

What Is Pawlicy Advisor?

Pawlicy Advisor is the first pet insurance marketplace actively endorsed by veterinarians, and we’re transforming the pet insurance industry.

Unlike the other marketplaces or review sites, we provide objective education and comparison tools to help pet parents find the right plan at the best price – no matter the provider.

Pet parents use Pawlicy Advisor to instantly scan hundreds of policies across top providers, easily finding their own best-fit quotes based on their pet’s unique breed attributes, location, age, and more. These personalized recommendations can save pet parents up to 83% on costs over the lifespan of their cat or dog.