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Interesting Sports That You Can Enjoy with Your Pet

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

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

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

Golf

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

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

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

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

Hiking

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

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

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

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

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

Walking

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

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

Frisbee

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

Before Going to the Park

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

While at the Park

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

After Visiting the Park

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

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

How to Set Up a Cat-Friendly Home

Before happily welcoming a new feline addition into your home, there are a few necessary tasks to address. Creating a space for them to feel comfortable and secure is essential because cats spend most of their time indoors. There are a lot of things to take into consideration beforehand, such as living space and possibly the pets already living with you.

It is exciting to bring home a fresh addition to the family, so here are a few things to take into consideration when getting ready for your fur baby:

Adequate space

  • Take into consideration the size of your home. Is it large enough for your pet? Will they have adequate territory to do what they want or not? Do you have other pets in the house, and will that create a problem? Think things through first before getting a new addition. Cats need their space to roam around, play and establish a territory, especially if they are among other cats.

Get rid of hazards

  • Cats are known for their curiosity and persistence; They tend to play with anything they could find. From cords, long drapes, tassels, and even rubber bands, they can be hazardous to felines of any size and age. Make sure to put small objects in containers and chemical substances in areas that are hidden or out of reach. Cut the cords to a shorter length or undo the knots at the end.
  • Several household plants are toxic to cats, such as aloe, irises, ivy, and lilies. If you own house plants, it is best to research which ones you need to keep away from your pet. Move them outdoors or into another room away from anything harmful.

Arrange a safe room

  • Creating a safe sanctuary for the new furry addition to your family will help them integrate better into your home. It is a fact that cats are territorial– moving into a new home will make them feel uneasy and scared. Provide a small area for them to live in for a few days or weeks, a bathroom or laundry room works very well. Keep other pets, family members, and guests out in the meantime.
  • If you do not have a separate room to use, create a private section in a secluded or vacant corner using one or two tall screens.
  • Fill it with cat amenities and ensure that there is plenty of space for you to sit as well. Place their food and water bowls in a separate area from their litter box. Spend time with them frequently, but keep them short. Your goal is for them to get used to your scent and build a bond.

Get everything your cat will need

  • A carrier to bring your pet home in. Make sure that the crate is not too small for the cat you intend to adopt.
  • A collar with an identification tag. Getting them microchipped is also an option. These are necessary in case they might get lost or escape the house.
  • Food, water, and cat litter with containers and scooper. A rule of thumb is to provide one litter box for each cat and add one to the total.
  • Cat bed or cocoon to sleep and rest in.
  • Create vertical space for them to jump onto. Getting a cat tree and shelves would give them enough space to go around.
  • Toys that will keep your cat entertained and a scratching post to lessen the chances of them destroying furniture.
  • Grooming tools such as brush and claw trimmers.
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Be ready to transition them beyond their safe room

  • Once you have established a trusting relationship with your feline companion, they are ready to start exploring the rest of the house under supervision. Close the doors to rooms for the meantime; this will begin their orientation in stages. It can get overwhelming for them if introduced to too many new spaces all at once. 

Introducing them to existing pets in your household

  • Avoid immediately introducing your new cat to your other pets upon arrival. Doing this might damage new relationships and trigger fear, anger, aggression, and additional problems between the latest feline addition to your resident cats and other pets. Successful introductions take a lot of time and patience.
  • Let them sniff out the situation first. Let your pets sniff each other under the door for the next few days to help them familiarize each other’s scents. Move onto placing your new cat in a carrier and put them outside of the safe room, do so 2 to 3 times daily– if possible. Once you’ve seen that they’re comfortable with each other, introduce them to your other pets face to face.

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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.

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 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. 

Special for Eusoh Members

• 15% off all orders. Good for one purchase. Offer valid through 12/24/2020.
• Use promocode: EUSOHVIP

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.

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.

Eusoh – Disrupting The Pet Health Care Industry

The Problem – Insurance Companies

The insurance premium model ties the insurance companies’ profits as a proportion of your monthly premiums. This means that the more expensive coverage is for you, the more money the insurers make. 

We see the effects of this in healthcare magnified to the extreme. They have allowed every possible inefficiency to creep in, as they all lead to higher monthly costs while protecting them from blame. 

We need a better system that aligns interests as a core principle.

The Solution – Eusoh Health Care

Eusoh solves this by introducing the first-of-kind, flat-fee subscription model. Eusoh’s fees are 100% not connected to its users’ monthly costs of coverage. Regardless of how high or low monthly fees are, Eusoh makes the same amount of money. Because of this, Eusoh has no incentive to drive up costs. This allows Eusoh to run a model that is simply fair. 

How is Eusoh superior to traditional pet insurance?

  • Flat-fee subscription of $17/month
  • No premiums
  • Zero incentive to increase costs
  • Pricing transparency of vet costs

Transparent Pricing – Know What You’ll Pay

Ever wonder how much you should be paying for something at the vet? Why don’t any of the insurers help with this BEFORE you pay? 

Eusoh is the only coverage platform that offers a pricing list accessible from any screen with an internet connection. Twenty-four hours a day, Eusoh members have up-to-date pricing that reports what users on average are paying for any given veterinary service. Pricing transparency at this level drives down costs, something insurance companies do not want, as it drives down their profits, but again, Eusoh operates under a better model.

Eusoh Helps You Know Your Costs Up Front.

  • Unlike insurers, you’ll know the costs before you pay
  • Pricing list accessible from any screen without internet
  • Users get up-to-date pricing on average vet costs

Eusoh takes transparency to a whole other level. Members have the choice to join small community groups that contribute to one another slightly more than others. Don’t worry, every Eusoh member enjoys the full support of the entire membership at large, but members can choose to join smaller community groups that contribute slightly more to one another. Members can see how much each other is contributing or expensing. All of this works to limit fraud and abuse, which ultimately drives down their users’ costs. 

Eusoh has partnered with some major partners – Willis Re, the 3rd largest reinsurance brokerage globally. Jacoby and Meyers is offering it as a benefit for their employees. Even Wags & Walks has their own community group on the Eusoh platform. 

How it Works – Signing Up 

For the consumer seeking a new alternative to pet insurance, signing up is simple. Users register by email or through their Facebook account. They will be required to add a pet and fill out a questionnaire regarding their pet’s overall health. 

Within Eusoh, there are groups built and populated by families, workplaces, and college alumni. There are also groups based on pet breed, religious affiliation, pet affinity, and even lifestyle. Rescues are even getting into Eusoh to provide coverage for their adoptees. Wags & Walks, one of the most prominent rescues in the Los Angeles area, has registered pets to Eusoh and its group members are currently sharing expenses together.

Signing up and getting started is easy!

  • Register with email or Facebook account
  • Add your pet and fill out a short questionnaire
  • Join a group and you’re done 

To date, members have averaged about 70% in savings against equivalent coverage with a traditional insurance plan. Yep, 70%. That’s not a typo and that number is huge! Don’t waste time. Protect your pet and your wallet and join Eusoh today.

Pet Health Checklist

Pets are the best friends to us humans. They probably understand human emotions than our fellow humans would. Also, pets, to a high degree, blindly trust their owners. Although, they cannot talk to us, they definitely know how to communicate with us. We have the privilege to watch our pets grow; We get to play with them, pamper them, and most of all, care for them. Our pets may seem completely fine and healthy to us from outside. However, the real question remains – are they really healthy from within? 

If you are wondering how to figure out what a healthy pet looks like, here are some appropriate signs to look for:

  • Ears: Start with the ears and check if they are clean. Healthy ears will not have a bad odor, and they won’t show redness, and will be devoid of excessive wax.
  • Eyes: The next thing to check out are the eyes. Much like humans, clear and bright eyes are a good sign, this means they are well maintained. Look out for redness and watery eyes; These are signs of unhealthy vision.
  • Mouth: A healthy mouth may or may not have bad breath. Consult your veterinarian regarding this. But you can check out is red and swollen gums. Discolored teeth and gums also mean possible problems surfacing in the mouth. This could lead to gum disease and loss of teeth.
  • Coat & Skin: A healthy-looking coat will always be devoid of redness. It will not be flaky. Also, the skin won’t be excessively dry and won’t have any scabs or lumps.
  • Joints & Bones: You can figure this out by keeping a close watch on how your dog or cat is moving around. Healthy bones and joints will facilitate normal activities with ease. Concerns will arise if they are limping or having trouble while standing up. If they do not hesitate to walk or use the stairs then the pets have no problems with their bones or joint movement.
  • Weight: To check on whether the pets weigh right, look out for a slight tuck in behind the ribs or a visible “waist”. Signs of pets maintaining their weight are that their ribs can be felt easily but not seen.
  • Lungs & Heart: Signs of a healthy cardiovascular system include no sneezing, wheezing, labored breath, and coughing. Check if the pets are refraining from playing and exercising and if they are getting tired too easily.
  • Digestive System: A healthy digestive system paves the way to a normal appetite. Vomiting, diarrhea, swollen abdomen, passing gas, burping more than usual, and having trouble passing stool are signs of a malfunctioning digestive system.
  • Urinary System: Pets that are home-trained won’t cause accidents in the house. Check if the urine of your pet smells and looks different than usual. See if they are having trouble urinating or are completely unable to urinate. Such a case demands immediate medical attention. They could be facing life-threatening blockage.

It is time to take a pet’s health seriously, and all of this starts with you. It is your responsibility to schedule regular welfare sessions for your pets with the vet. Also, keep the vaccinations up-to-date. This helps in staying on top to prevent parasite manifestation. Make a perfectly nutritional and complete diet for the pet. Training the pets and helping them get adequate exercise works like magic for their health. Take good care of them. Help them stay strong, happy, healthy, and lively. Start today!