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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!          

Top 8 Things To Do When You Adopt a Dog

Do you have a new puppy or adult dog? Congratulations! Dogs are known for their undying love and loyalty, and you’re sure to have years of joy together.

However, you want to make sure you’re ready to give your furry friend the best life possible. With that in mind, there are several things you should do when you adopt a dog. Here is a checklist of eight tips to get you off to an excellent start!

Get the Supplies You Need

The first step is to make sure you have all the supplies you need before your new friend comes home. You’ll need a leash, collar, name tag, food, and bowls. You may also want a crate if you plan to crate train, along with toys and training supplies. Don’t forget puppy pads if the dog isn’t house-trained yet!

Give Your Dog a Space For Itself

When a new pet comes home, they need some time to adjust. The best way to do this is create a safe area where your dog can spend time and get comfortable. You can use a crate for this, with lots of soft blankets, or you can use a pet gate to block off a room. Either way, having space to adjust to a new home will help your dog start off on the right foot – I mean, paw!

Walk Your Dog Around the House on a Leash

As you furry family member is getting used to the new home, walk them around the house on a leash. Not only will this help with leash training if they’re not used to it, it will also help them sniff and adjust to your home. The leash will help in case they get spooked. Show the dog his or her bed, food, and toys, and help them understand what’s off-limits.

Explore the Yard on a Leash

Once the inside of the home has been fully explored, it’s time to venture out. If you have a fenced yard, you can let them off the leash to look around. Otherwise, walk them around outside your home and let them sniff trees, bushes, and other features. 

Introduce the Family and Other Pets

You can introduce your family and other pets to your dog slowly by bringing them one by one into the dog’s safe area. Allow human family to pet and play with the dog to build a good relationship. Other animals may want to sniff or play as well. It’s possible some pets may not adjust to a new dog right away, but given the right strategies things can get better.

Get Your Dog to the Vet

The next step is to take care of your dog’s health. By taking your pet to a veterinarian within the first week, you can have them checked for any illnesses and make sure their vaccinations are current. 

Another important step is to get pet health insurance. You never want to be in a position of not being able to afford the care your new family member needs. A company like Eusoh can offer affordable, community-based health coverage for your pet. 

Adjust Pet Food Slowly

Your dog is probably used to the food they were fed at the shelter, their previous home, or the store. If you want to feed them something different, you certainly can, but you need to make the transition slowly. Start by mixing 1/3 new food with 2/3 of the original food. Increase the ratio until your dog is eating only the new food. This will help minimize behavioral issues or digestive issues that can come from changing food too fast.

Start Training & Enjoying Your Dog!

The final tip is to start training your dog and enjoying time together. Depending on how well-trained the dog is when you get them, you can start with behavioral training or even agility or trick training. Regardless, the idea is to have a great time with your new pet.

A new dog is a lot of responsibility, but it is an investment that will more than pay of in love, loyalty, and support from your new friend. When you have the supplies you need and give the dog a safe space when they come home, they’ll feel comfortable. As you show them around the house and yard and introduce them to new people, you’ll start to see their real personality. 

A dog is an incredible companion, and it’s vital to take care of their health. Let Eusoh help you afford the medical care your dog may need, today and in the future.

Guide to Keeping Your Pets Safe at Home

According to the National Pet Owners Survey (2017-18), 68% of American households own a pet, which represents a continued annual increase since the survey began in 1988. This represents 85 million families in the United States that have pets.

Original article: https://www.basementguides.com/keeping-your-pets-safe-at-home/

The most commonly owned pet is a dog, in over 60 million households, followed by a cat, which is the pet of choice for 47.1 million families. Some distance behind is freshwater fish at 12.5 million, then birds at 7.9 million.

Knowing how to keep your pet safe is a crucial part of being a pet owner. With a few small adjustments to your home, you can make sure your pet is safe. After all, it’s your pet’s home too – and home is where you should feel loved, welcome, and secure.

GENERAL SAFETY PREPARATIONS

Making your home safe for your pet is dependent on what type of pet you have; the advice for dogs is different than the advice for cats, and so on. As a general rule, you should make sure that pets are able to exercise freely and have adequate food and water.

If your pet is confined (such as in a bowl or a cage) make sure that the space is large enough for them. If you take your pet out of its space to exercise, you should ensure that the space you exercise them in is safe and free from hazards.

In general, if you are unsure about the best ways to keep your pet safe, you should consult a veterinarian or other specialist. It is your duty to ensure the safety of your pets and failing to do so may have legal consequences, let alone for the health of your pet.

You should also factor your pet into your family’s safety planning. For example, if you live in an earthquake zone, you should develop a plan to keep your pet safe during an earthquake. Think about how you would evacuate your pet in the case of a fire (if the pet lives in the home).

Part of this involves adding supplies for your pet in your natural disaster preparedness kit. Taking advanced steps like this can significantly improve the chances of your pet’s safety in almost every situation.

BEDROOM

According to a study by PetMD, 80% of pet owners reported allowing a pet to share their bed. This in itself is absolutely safe, although you will need to take additional steps in order to make sure that the night passes without a hitch.

Because pets won’t always be asleep for the full eight hours, you need to make sure that the room itself is safe. The most common bedroom hazards for a pet are:

1 ELECTRICAL CORDS

People often have their phone plugged in to charge at night, as well as items like lamps, clocks, and other electronic devices.

This means that there are usually a lot of electrical cords in the bedroom that can be intriguing to pets. This can be extremely dangerous as it presents a risk of electrocution or having the pet pull a heavy object (such as a lamp) onto themselves.

  • Wherever possible, all cords should be out of the reach of pets.
  • If this isn’t possible, you should use a deterrent spray on your cords to make them less appetizing for a pet to chew on.
  • Another options is to use a cord protector or organizer to keep your cords together and provide an extra layer of protection from your pet.

2 LARGE FURNITURE

Large furniture can be a hazard in multiple different ways for pets. The bed itself can be a problem for smaller pets, who may decide to jump off in the night and injure themselves.

To address this, think about placing a smaller piece of furniture at the end of your bed, to help a pet climb up and down.

In general, you should assume that a pet will try and climb every piece of furniture, so make sure that large, heavy objects are secured as a pet may knock those off.

3 CHOKING

If your pet is loose in your room at night, there is a danger that they will choke on items because you are not there to supervise what they put in their mouth.

If you have jewelry, batteries, or other small objects, you should be careful to place them in a secure location so that they don’t look like a tempting late-night snack for a pet.

If any of the above is too difficult, you should rethink your decision to have your pet in your room at night. Most pets can live without sharing a bed with their owner and while it can be nice to have a dog or a cat curled up at the end of your bed, if it compromises their safety you should put them to bed in another part of your home where you know they are safe.

KITCHEN

Kitchens can be confusing places for pets. The room is full of interesting smells, yet not everything in there is edible and some of it can be very dangerous. If you feed your pet leftovers or scraps from the table, then they can begin to associate items in the kitchen with food, causing further problems.

1 TRASH CAN

Pets are often attracted by the garbage, which often contains food scraps. You should get a pet safe garbage can to ensure that the lid remains closed.

You can also look to keep your garbage can under the sink or in a cabinet that your pet cannot access.

Furthermore, make an effort to change your garbage bag regularly to prevent your pet from being too tempted by the smells.

2 CLEANING PRODUCTS

If you keep cleaning products (such as bleach) in the kitchen, these should remain well out of reach of pets.

If you think your pet may be able to open a cabinet door, place a safety lock on the cabinet (the type used to keep children out work well).

3 SAFE FOODS

In addition, there is always the temptation to throw your pet some of the food you are cooking for your family, particularly if they have been patiently watching you cook.

However, humans and pets have different tolerances for food, and so you shouldn’t assume that what’s safe for humans is safe for pets.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an exhaustive list of human food that is not safe for animal consumption.

SOME OF THE MOST COMMON FOODS ARE:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Onions
  • Uncooked meat or eggs

Remember, your pet won’t know what’s safe or not, so you should always err on the side of caution. If in doubt, look it up online or speak to a professional. If you still aren’t sure, don’t feed it to your pet; they may whine in the short-term, but it’s for their long-term safety.

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BATHROOM

Pets often don’t use the bathroom, so it’s not always the first place you’d think of securing to make it safe for a pet.

However, because this is where you keep your medicines and other potentially harmful chemicals, you should give as much attempt to keep a pet safe here as you would any other part of your home.

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1 TOILET

Some pets enjoy drinking from the toilet, yet this can be harmful because of the cleaning products you use, which may leave a residue even after multiple flushes. Instead, keep the lid down and secure to remove this temptation.

2 MEDICATIONS

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, medications are in the top 10 of pet poisoning cases. The most dangerous medications for pets are the following (although all are dangerous to some degree):

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs like AdvilThese cause major health problems to pets because they damage the kidneys and stomach.
  • AntidepressantsThese cause major neurological damage to pets as a result of the relative size and dosage.
  • Acetaminophen drugs like Tylenoleven one tablet can be fatal to a pet, causing liver failure.
  • ADHD drugsThese often contain amphetamines, which cause heart and neurological problems in pets.

All medication should, therefore, be kept out of reach of pets, ideally behind a locked cabinet (again, a child-proof lock will work well). If your pet does ingest any medication designed for humans, you should take them to a vet immediately.

THE REST OF THE HOUSE

The following additional areas around the house can be dangerous to pets:

1 APPLIANCES

A dryer may present a tempting space for an animal to curl up in. This can be dangerous if you then run the dryer.

You should keep your dryer door closed when not in use. In addition, you should make sure that all larger appliances are secured so that they are not likely to fall on a pet.

2 PLANTS

Although house plants look nice and bring an extra outdoor element into a home, they can be poisonous to pets. Even common items like Poinsettias can be poisonous to dogs (and most pets will, to some degree, be tempted to chew on a house plant).

Some plants such as Ivy are only moderately toxic to humans but are extremely toxic to both dogs and cats. If you buy a houseplant, check online to see its level of toxicity to your specific pets.

In general, you should also try and keep plants out of the reach of pets, who may also knock over heavy plant pots and cause additional problems.

3 YARD

Even pets that don’t roam freely outdoors may get to spend some time in the yard, so you shouldn’t exclude this area from your safety plans.

The first step to take is to make sure that your pet can’t go any further than you want them to.

This means reinforcing your fence or using a leash to keep the pet within a predefined area. Some pets (including cats) can easily climb fences, so don’t assume that a high fence will stop them.

You should also not take your pet outside if the temperature is extreme. Some creatures are highly susceptible to heat and cold, and this may be dangerous.

If you are grilling or cooking on a fire pit, make sure your pet can’t get into the fire, particularly because the smell of the food may attract them in the first place.

As with bringing plants indoors, some plants in your yard may be poisonous to your pet. Check the Humane Society’s website for a list of plants that you should be wary of. As a general rule, it’s best to supervise your pet when in the garden, particularly if they seldom venture out.

4 BASEMENT

If you keep chemicals in your basement, make sure that these are secured away from your pet. As with medications and cleaning fluids, all pesticides and other chemicals should be well out of reach of your pet.

Basements are also where the HVAC system and water heater are located. If a pet starts chewing on or scratching up parts of these systems, it could be dangerous to them as well as problematic for the whole household.

Basement stairs tend to be narrow and steep, which can be difficult for a puppy or kitten that are just finding their footing to safely navigate.

This also applies to small pets that simply cannot scale the steps without slipping and falling down the stairs. Make sure you are there to monitor or carry your pet up and down the stairs, if necessary.

If this is the case, it also could be a good idea to put a lock or barrier in front of the basement door so your pet can’t get down there without you and get themselves into dangerous situations.

Ultimately, it is not complex to make your home safer for your pet. Doing a quick tour of your home and removing the most common hazards will get rid of the major dangers.

Furthermore, most of the safety tips outlined above are relatively common sense. Taking a few minutes to clear away dangerous items, secure cabinets, will make your pet safer and give you peace of mind.

Although pets are experts at finding their way into tricky (and often hilarious) scenarios, it’s your job as an owner to make sure that your pets are free to explore without putting themselves in danger.

Making sure your pet is safe is not hard work and will ensure that you and your pet spend the best possible chances of enjoying many happy years together.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

https://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp

https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/is-it-safe-to-sleep-with-pets

https://www.homecity.com/keeping-spot-safe-a-complete-resource-for-pet-safety-in-the-home/

Four Basic Dog Etiquette Rules Every Owner Should Know

Etiquette is the way in which we conduct ourselves around others. There are rules for how to act at a dinner table, at a party, at school, and even when conversing with strangers. There are also rules for how to be a good dog owner. These focus not only on how we tend to our dog’s needs, but how we present our dog to the rest of the world. Being a dog owner means taking responsibility for our pet’s actions and making sure that these actions do not disrespect or inconvenience others. Here are four basic dog etiquette rules that you should be familiar with.

Clean Up After Your Dog

As you well know, dogs cannot always be held accountable for when and where they relieve themselves. As a dog owner, you can train your pup to wait or to go outside, but eventually nature’s call will come around, and your dog will answer it. Essentially the rule goes: your dog’s mess is your own mess. When messes occur on your own property, not much harm has been done. However, when you and your dog are out and about, any messes that occur in public should be handled by you and you alone, especially when they occur on another’s property.

Imagine the fury of your neighbors as they accidentally step in a mess your dog made. Imagine how you would feel in a similar situation. This is why, as an owner, you should always have doggie bags on hand to clean up after your dog. Solid waste should always be handled and disposed of immediately.

Keep Your Dog Contained

The next rule to keep in mind is to respect that others you encounter on the street may not wish to interact with your dog. Not everyone can be expected to be a dog person, and having a dog jump up on you unexpectedly as you walk along the street can be very startling. To avoid encroaching on the space of your neighbors, keep your dog nearby on a leash and only let him interact with others if they express an explicit desire to do so.

Maintain the Peace

There comes a time in the evening when families arrive back at home and begin settling down. During this time, it expected that there be a relative peace and quiet in the neighborhood. As a dog owner, your responsibility in part is to maintain this peace by keeping your own pet quiet during the evening hours. Some breeds are more inclined to bark than others, but whether your dog is a Yorkie or a retriever, you should keep him as quiet as possible.

Respect Your Neighbors’ Property

Finally, it is always important to respect what isn’t yours. While it may be obvious to you where your property line ends and your neighbor’s begins, your own dog will not be so astute. Therefore, you should find other means to ensure that your dog will respect the boundaries of his territory. Typically, a fence works fine, but it’s usually best to hire a pro to take care of installing one. Go online to find the best wood fence installers near you.

Dog owners should keep in mind that their dog is a reflection of themselves. If a dog leaves a mess on the sidewalk, barks wildly into the night, or chases after the neighbor’s cat, then the owner should bear just as much of the blame. As an owner, you must take the appropriate steps to ensure that you, your dog, and your neighborhood coexist in harmony.

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