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

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

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

What to expect?

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

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

Event details: NKLA.org/superadoption

Special Bond Photo Contest. Brought To You By Eusoh

Photo credit goes to Pitbull Cali & her Dad @thecalichronicals

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up at Eusoh for an additional entry.

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

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

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

Mocha and me

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

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

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

Let’s crunch some numbers:

Initial Costs of Owning a Dog

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

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

Mocha as a pup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The costs of owning a rambunctious dog

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

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

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

 

Recurring Costs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mocha and her toy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Six Things Every First-Time Dog Owner Should Know

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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