We’d like to share with you an infographic on signs if your dog is stressed. Our pets go through the same emotions as their owners do. They get upset, lonely and scared like anyone would. Unfortunately, they can’t communicate in the same manner as us. They all have their own unique and special way of letting us know what they feel. This infographic will help us be more aware of what to look for when your dog is stressed.
Things to look out for
Excess scratching. This is a sign of nervousness is some dogs.
Excess shedding. Dogs shed fur, but too much is a sign of an upset pup.
Vocalizations. Crying, whimpering. Dogs do it too and they do it when upset.
Reasons for stress
New home. Acclimating to new surroundings can be a stressful time for a pet.
Punitive training. Harsh training can break a dog’s spirit and lead to negative behavior.
Separation Anxiety. Pets can get sad, depressed and even physically sick when they are separated from their owners.
These tips will help you indicate a nervous condition in your dog. And there are more reasons than the ones we pointed out that causes stress. If your dog’s behavior worsens, please consult a veterinarian.
Spending an exorbitant amount on your pet has now become the norm. Spoiling your pet with extravagant toys, housing, and top cuisine was something seen on an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” (Apologies for the ancient 1980’s reference.) Pet spending according to a recent finding by the American Pet Products Association reported that pet spending in the United States was at $69.51 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year.
Within their report were other interesting findings. Source
Spending on veterinary care in the U.S. increased 7.0 percent between 2016 and 2017, from $15.95 billion to $17.07 billion. Estimates claim that spending will increase another 7 percent in 2018.
Spending on pet food increased 2.9 percent to $29.07 billion in 2017. For pet supplies and over-the-counter medications, spending increased 2.7 percent to $15.11 billion.
Spending on services such as grooming, boarding, walking, training, pet-sitting, and exercise increased 6.9 percent to $6.16 billion.
With all these numbers presented, it’s plain to see that the pet industry is booming. People are spending as much on their pets as they would on their own children. And in many cases, pets are taking the role of children. No other generation is this evident than with Millennials (Born between 1985-2000).
Pet Spending Among Millennials
A recent trend among Millennials is they are delaying marriage and having fewer kids. This moved the object of their attention and attachment to their pets, to the degree that they are being humanized. In regards to the pet industry, Millennials are willing to spend more money on things like premium pet care and services along with higher grade food products.
Among Millennials and others who see their pets as children, excessive spending is not considered “discretionary spending”. It is an absolute must even when other expenses are at hand. According to experts, people are willing to give up other expenses to cater to their pets. This fact leads to believe that the pet industry is one that will remain stable even during a difficult economy.
A shocking report from a TD Ameritrade survey of 1,500 Millennials stated they were willing to spend more on their pet’s health care than their own. And close 70 percent of the Millennials surveyed were willing to take time off to care for a new pet if their employer offered it as a perk.
Pet Industry Seeking New Marketing Avenues
Humanizing pets is most prevalent on social media where many pet profiles have sprung up especially on Instagram and on Youtube. Pets are front and center on many of these profiles and channels and some of them create revenue for their owners from sponsorships and product placements. What we are seeing is that the pet industry is expanding their marketing efforts beyond conventional print and television, they are placing their budgets into the lucrative medium that is social media.
Investment firms and venture capital are seeing this trend. Over the past five years, more than $500 million has been invested into pet related technology startups. Chewy, Wag, and even our own company, Eusoh, are companies that are building and thriving from the interest coming from investors. Pet insurance, medicine distribution, and veterinary technology are also getting attention from investors and adding to the lucrative pet market. Source
Even well-established firms are making a move into the pet market.
General Mills and JD Smucker, well-established and storied food manufacturers recently dove into the pet food market.
Amazon, whose rise came from books to now becoming the predominant giant in online retail, welcomed their Wag brand of pet food with much fanfare at the beginning of 2018.
Zoetis, the largest producer of pet medicine, recently acquired Abaxis, a large provider of veterinary technology.
Nationwide, one of the largest insurance companies in North America has a pet insurance branch.
Well-established firms, investment groups, and entrepreneurs are making a move into the pet industry. The consumer base is growing by the day. Independent, specialized pet food brands are now competing with giants like General Mills and Amazon and against established brands like Purina (Nestle). Protection platforms like Nationwide and Trupanion are gaining membership and startups like Eusoh, Wag, and Chewy are also on the rise. Pet spending, especially from Millennials, is increasing greatly every year and with investors and industry throwing their hat into the pet market, it’s plain to see that this sector is promising a lot of financial growth and returns.
Compared to humans, pet insurance may seem like just a drop in the bucket. From the time you receive or adopt your cat, dog, snake, or horse, it may be just an afterthought in the hierarchy of needs you will provide for your pet. You will give them shelter, sustenance, and of course, lots of love but insurance? The joys of acquiring a new pet is obviously a joyous occasion, but it will be offset by the reality of needing pet insurance.
The thought of the unthinkable happening to your pet is difficult, but the thought of not being able to do anything when something happens is even worse. For ourselves and for our loved ones, purchasing coverage such as life and health insurance are absolute no-brainers but over 40 million Americans are literally “risking it” and going through life without it.
Want to know how many pet owners are “risking it” and going through life without insurance for their pet? 99%. Which means 1% of pets in the United States are insured. This doesn’t mean 99% of pet owners are doing absolutely nothing when their pet is injured or sick; They are choosing to pay out of pocket when something happens.
But what if they are not able to pay?
What if the prices of certain procedures are extremely high?
What if the price of these procedures are equal to that if humans?
Unusual Pet Insurance Claims and their Costs
We can assume that anything can happen to you and to your pet. Now, we are going to cover the expenses that result when anything happens.
Dogs like to go through rubbish bins to look for goodies that are left behind. One dog ended up swallowing a disposable razor blade, and it needed surgery in order for the blade to be taken out. On top of that, the dog required a muzzle and after-surgery medication to calm its nerves as the wounds healed slowly. All in all, that little visit to the rubbish cost $2,000 in vet bills.
Digging holes in the dirt are inherent in the genes of dogs, but one Swiss Shepherd dug up a dead pet in the garden, which had recently been euthanized, and ate some of it. This caused pentobarbital toxicity because of the euthanasia drug that was given to the dead pet. The treatment required the vet to induce vomiting. The costs: $700.
Always be wary of household items that may be confused with food. A Ragdoll cat ate foam nail painting separators and required treatment to ensure no blockage resulted. The cost: $533
One of the biggest claims occurred to one of the smallest dogs, a miniature Poodle. While chopping a tree, an owner fell on the Poodle, which caused hip dislocation. Surgery was required to fix hip back into place. The cost: a whopping $7,071.
More Unusual Pet Claims and the Award Given to Them
Nationwide Insurance has its own award for the most unusual pet insurance claim since 2009. The “Hambone Award” received its interesting moniker from the insurance claim where a dog named Hambone, ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a refrigerator.
Here’s a shortlist for Hambone award nominees and winners. We apologize in advance for the graphic nature of these injuries.
Ruger, a Border Collie/Labrador retriever mix, was nearly killed in Northern California after being run over and pinned underneath a large golf cart. Ruger was trapped under the cart until he saved by a group of local firefighters.
Levi, a Labrador Retriever, suffered from anxiety over the loss of a fellow family dog. This caused him to start chewing items uncontrollably around the house. Despite the efforts of his family, Levi’s bad habit peaked when he swallowed a pair of adult pajama pants.
Tessa the mixed breed in Rhode Island, was trying to protect her family when she charged a running chainsaw, but the incident nearly left her with amputations after she sustained deep lacerations on her legs.
The 2016 Hambone Award winner went to Kismet, a spry Jack Russell Terrier, who bravely intervened during a violent burglary that left he and his owner in critical condition. Kismet underwent life-saving surgery for the stab wounds he incurred in the attack.
The second place award that year went to Ludmila the Tibetan Terrier, whose incredible curiosity got the best of her when she managed to get her head stuck in a solid oak coffee table so snug that not even the fire department could get her out.
Another Hambone Award winner is Winnie, a mixed-breed dog from Massachusetts, who broke open a bag of frozen onion rings and ended up eating all 2 pounds. Onions are toxic to dogs and urgent veterinary care was administered to Winnie, who survived the incident.
We just established that anything can happen to your pet. This doesn’t mean that you should put your pet in a protective bubble 24/7; That would be less cost-effective than the right option – protecting your pet through insurance and other forms of coverage. Still, even with reputable insurance companies, where you deposit monthly premiums, there may be an unusual scenario that they won’t cover at all.
The sharing economy brought us highly successful platforms like AirBnB, ZipCar and Uber. For protecting your pet, there are options aside from conventional insurance. Our product Eusoh is a new and unique concept that takes its inspiration from the modern sharing economy and ties in the communal group dynamics that have been prevalent throughout human development.
Eusoh is a place where you can build communities of pet owners with the purpose of protecting one another or each other’s pets. Weird incidents will happen to your pet. Who can you turn to when it happens and when you’re in a pinch? Pet insurance can certainly help you but the monthly premiums of your policy will increase over time. Eusoh is designed to make you pay only when something happens and studies have shown that compared to conventional insurance premiums, you’ll save at least 20%.
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.
Golden Retrievers. If there was a perfect dog that represented America it would be the Golden. This friendly breed has been the star of films such as Disney’s Homeward Bound and the highly recommended and globally loved Air Bud film series. They are an aesthetically pleasing dog with their bright golden fur and an infectious smile on their face constantly.
If you have small children, Golden Retrievers are quite possibly the best breed of dog for kids to grow up with. Now, the Golden is an overly energetic and rambunctious breed; There may be cases where a Golden may run into a child in an energetic fit or jump on a child sorely out of pure love and affection. There is no better breed of dog that could teach a kid responsibility and patience.
Golden Retrievers Are All Over The Place
Now here’s a picture of Kopi, my beloved Golden Retriever. This is a picture of her when she was 7 months old. As you can see here, the picture is very blurry. The reason why is because she couldn’t stay still in her younger years.
She’s named after the hockey player, Los Angeles Kings All-Star center, Anze Kopitar. Kopitar, the hockey player, is known for his offensive and especially his defensive prowess. He is literally all over the ice the moment whistle goes off. And like her namesake, Kopi is all over the yard the moment I take her outside.
From her younger days up until now (she’s about 8 years old), Kopi loves to run. She loves to run fast, and she loves to run all over the backyard. And then she continues to run circles, then stops and starts barking at the birds, the neighbor’s dogs or the jets flying above our house. And then she gulps down a big bowl of water only to go through her routine of running, barking, and bothering me.
This is a dog that wants to play, run, and most of all, serve you. You want to teach a child patience? Give them a Golden Retriever to chase after and make follow directions. It can be interesting, but it can be done.
Goldens are Goldens because of their appearance. But why are they retrievers? Simply, they are sporting dogs. They became popular as sporting dogs in Great Britain, where they mostly used in wildfowl and small game hunting. They literally “retrieved” wildfowl and small game in places where a hunter could not go. These places were shallow lakes, cliffs, and ravines.
The other aspect of being a retriever is its mouth. This breed was designed to able to carry many objects, game, and other delicate items in its mouth. A Golden Retriever can carry an egg in its mouth without it even breaking. As impressive as that is, the Golden Retriever has an extended and more advanced teething stage where it (in my experience) had to put its mouth on everything. It wasn’t biting; I felt no pain when my Golden wrapped its mouth around my hands, wrists, ankles, and feet. It is just a stage that Goldens go through.
This is where discipline and training are needed. And this is a great lesson for children when dealing with a Goldens at this stage. When they get mouthy or start nipping at your fingers and toes, it is best to be demonstrative and yell “No!”, or “No Biting”. It could also help to hold their mouths closed as you say “No Biting”. This is not being abusive but rather acting as an alpha or dominant figure. Sometimes, young Goldens tend to bite and nip when fearful. This is where one must be protective, caring, yet dominant with their Golden.
As Goldens Get Older
Hopefully, you have enjoyed a long time of running, playing, belly rubs, and games of tug-of-war with your Golden (I know I have.) But they do get older and they do slow down. Of course, it has to do with age but also there are common health problems that Golden suffer from such as hip-dysplasia and cataracts. According to PetMd, hip replacements could cost from $3,500 up to $7,000 per one hip, with the similar price tag on a cataract surgery. Check with your veterinary provider or your pet insurance plan to see what can be covered. Or register at Eusoh to see how crowd-sharing works in the pet care sphere. Eusoh is a new service allowing consumers to share together expenses such as treatments for your Golden Retriever. Everyone wants a few more years with their trusty, energetic, and loyal companion. Make sure you have the means to make that happen.