Why Hire A Pet Sitter When You Are Away

Hiring a pet sitter is the best course of action you can take if you own one or more pets and are leaving for any extended period of time.  This option is much more logical then bringing your pet to a boarding kennel or bugging your friends or neighbors to keep your pet while you are away.

Pets get stressed when they are in unfamiliar surroundings.  Their stress level is heightened when they are around a lot of other animals. This makes boarding kennels not the worst place for you to send you pet but also not the optimal choice.

Your friend, family and friends might take your pets but you run the risk of inconveniencing them and if they are not pet owners themselves they might not have any idea how to care for a pet.

What A Professional Pet Sitter Does

Pet sitters have several important duties to fulfill on your behalf when you are away.  These include feeding your pet, cleaning up after your pet, making sure they are safe, exercising your pets (only usually applicable with dogs) and giving your pet needed attention on a daily basis.  You can also arrange for your pet sitter to do several other tasks unrelated to your pets like bringing in your mail, picking up the newspaper and any other advertisements, watering your garden (if applicable) and taking out the trash.  Though their title implies that their main duties are pet oriented, a pet sitter’s main job is to put your mind at ease and take care of your house while you are away.

Many times it’s a good idea for the person you hire to spend the night at your house a couple nights. It’s good for people to see someone going in and out of the house.  Statistics show that hiring a sitter drastically reduces the chances of your house being burglarized while you are away.

How to Find A Good & Trustworthy Sitter

No matter where you find a pet sitter you should meet with this person first. You and the person should have a sit down and discuss various things you would like done. Typically you can get a good feel as to whether you like a person within the first 10 minutes of meeting them. Ask them many questions and see if you and he/she seem to gel.

I would also strongly recommend that your hire an animal lover. If a person does pet sitting or dog walking for a living then that person should be an avid animal lover.  Optimally, that person should own some pets themselves.

There are other websites that recommend you do ten different things but the biggest thing I would suggest is that you ask for just a few references and recommendations.  You are looking for someone to just vouch for this person to verify they are trustworthy and dependable. Three is more than enough.

Before You Leave…

Make sure that before you leave you go over everything with the pet sitter you choose to go with.  Have your own checklist of things you want them to do.  Most professional pet sitters have their own forms and checklists so that they can easily keep track of their duties and responsibilities. The more detailed your instructions are the less confusion there would be. Tell the sitter about any medical conditions or special needs your pet might have.  It’s also a good idea to write them down.

All of the emergency contact information should be on the refrigerator including the number to the veterinary clinic you use. You should also have his or her cell phone number in case you need to quickly make contact with your sitter. Leave some pocket money for the sitter as well. He or she might need to purchase some food, toys, wipes or other supplies relating to your pet or home.

Author:

This article was written by Lindsay Mayer. She is the owner of Mutt Strutters, a Merced pet sitting business that he started become of her passion for animals. She is a pet blogger that write on multiple dog related websites and forums.



Which Exotic Pet Is Right For You?

Dogs, cats, and birds may be the most popular pets around the world today. However, gaining more and more popularity today are unusual pets. Gone are the days when people were afraid to give home to unique home pets. These days, more and more people choose the challenge offered by exotic pets as well as the different kind of satisfaction they bring to the pet owner.

However, you must take note that not all exotic pets will work for you. You don’t choose a pet just because you feel like having one. Exotic pets have special needs and they will find comfort only to people who are fit to be their owner. Take a look at the most common exotic pets today and see whether or not you can successfully bring any of them home:

Guinea Pigs

They are very adorable, smart, and friendly pets that are usually ideal for almost everyone, including children. They are low-maintenance pets and most importantly, they do not bite.

Guinea pigs live five to six years, usually longer than a hamster. As an owner, you must make sure you don’t forget to scratch and pet the guinea pig and submit it to various exercises for it to remain healthy.

Turtles

Bring your home aquarium to the next level by considering turtles instead of colorful fishes. Turtles are very adorable and most of all, they do not require too much maintenance. Even if you are a busy pet owner, turtles won’t be upset even if you leave them alone in the house. Some turtles today appear to be very classy especially with those colorful shells.

Tarantulas

If you don’t want noisy pets, tarantulas are indeed your best bets. They appear really exotic and they do not need too much space. Don’t worry, though. Most tarantulas these days, especially those up for adoption, are not venomous.

Scorpions

Same with tarantulas, scorpions appear very exotic without trying too hard. Plus, they really are calm and quiet and do not need too much fuss and mush.

Snakes

If you have a lot of patience, snakes will be good pet options. Snakes take time to get used to people so your patience really counts when keeping them as pets. Unlike other pets, snakes also require a lot of care. There are a lot of snake varieties today that are practically harmless for those who are interested to get such kind of exotic pet.

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are really attractive pets, not to mention yet that they are easy to care for. Hence, they can be good pets to almost everyone even to children. However, you must prepare for the price tag of sugar gliders today. According to CostFacts.com, common sugar gliders range from $100 to $300 while more exotic ones can cost up to $3,000 a piece.

Raccoons

If you are ready to run after your pet most of the time, getting a raccoon is almost ideal. They are funny animals that can be up for mischief from time to time. However, take note that a raccoon is a very high maintenance pet. With proper care, a raccoon can live up to 15 years.

Monkeys

These are very naughty animals but can really be adorable and fun when trained. A monkey at home is just like having a baby in the house.

Besides the above-mentioned exotic pets, there are a lot of other options for you including hamsters, iguanas, rabbits, geckos, and so much more. However, always keep in mind that when choosing an exotic pet, it is best to pick one that you can be certain to take care of properly. If you don’t think you can attend to the needs of a specific animal, give yourself and the animal a favor by not choosing it in the first place.



The Real Benefits of Pet Adoption

Adopting a pet can be a life changing experience. If you want to improve the life of an animal desperately in need of your support; then adopt a pet instead of buying one at your local pet store. There are numerous pounds struggling to take care and manage the overwhelming amount of abandoned animals that need your help. By adopting a pet you will gain the satisfaction of knowing that you not only changed the life of one animal, but also helped support your local community in a big way. There are many advantages to adopting a pet that go beyond the obvious contribution to society and saving an animal’s life. I remember arriving at the Edmond vet in my area and being pleasantly surprised by the calming effect the trip had on me.

First, adopting a pet rather than purchasing one at your local pet store often means you get a pet that is well mannered. A brand new puppy can be a struggle to train and can require costly classes. Alternatively, a young adult dog or cat can be well mannered and more mature than a rambunctious puppy. Moreover, a puppy is often a terror when they first arrive in your home. If you choose not to adopt; then prepare your house for knowing, biting, scratching, and digging. You will have to potty train your puppy as well and keep them inside a kennel for at least a year every time you leave. However, should you decide to adopt a pet, you can rest assured that your adult pet already understands some rules and is mature enough to live peacefully in your home.

Secondly, the cost of a puppy versus an adult dog shows up in the daily diet and possibly the cost of repairs and carpet stains. For example, a puppy is likely to have numerous accidents in your home during the potty-training stages while an older experienced dog is likely to be potty trained and much less likely to have random acts of messes around your home. The cost of specialized puppy food is much higher than that of average department store bought food for regular adult dogs.

Lastly, adopted pets seem to be mixed breeds and mixed breeds tend to have less genetic disorders and seem to be smarter overall pets than pure breeds. Often times, a mix breed is easier to train if they are a mixture of two or more intelligent breeds because they have a natural and healthy gene pool comprising their genetics. Mixed breeds are known to have longer life spans with a less likelihood of chronic or genetic diseases such as the hip problems of German Shepherds or the back problems of Welsh Corgis.

For these reasons as well as the sense of well-being achieved by rescuing an at-risk pet, you should adopt a pet from your local human society and be the saving grace in an animal’s life. Take the time to research your local pound or animal shelter. Your next best friend will be happy to see you and thank you every day for saving his or her life.



The Cheapest Pet Insurance- Is it worth it?

The cheapest pet insurance on the market is almost never the best option, or even a good option for your pet. Ever heard of the expression,” Too good to be true?” A cheap insurance policy may sound like a fantastic bargain. It will give you peace of mind that your pet is covered, and your wallet will exhale with relief. At first. But you can be certain, that when you actually find yourself and your pet in a position to desperately need the pet insurance you have been paying for, you are going to be disappointed.

Sure, you may be ecstatic at how cheap your monthly premiums are, but cheap insurance premiums mean sky-high deductibles. Not only that, but you will be amazed at the sheer number of co-pays and caps on the payouts you will be allowed in the event your pet is sick or injured. Most of these cheap pet insurance policies have very limited scenarios that they cover in their clauses. Most will not cover ongoing illnesses. Even worse, under a cheap pet insurance policy, you will not be able to claim on something the second time if the insurance has covered it once.

Here is another familiar expression; “You get what you pay for.” With cheap pet insurance, you may find yourself constantly paying for something out of your own pocket more often than not. The insurance may possibly cover whatever you are being forced to pay for, but when you consider how high the cost of the deductible is, you may decide to just cover it yourself instead of claiming  your ‘one-time only’ pet insurance. Of what possible benefit is a pet insurance policy when you cannot use it? Why pay premiums, however cheap, if in any case your pet is not benefitting from the insurance policy?

Quality services do not come cheap. Do you need pet insurance? Absolutely, especially if you have a pet that likes to lead a mostly outdoor sort of life.  Pets that spend any considerable portion of their lives outdoors are twice as likely as indoor pets, to pick up infections and illnesses or get injured. If your pet is a dog, it is even more imperative that he is insured. Dogs are twice as likely to end up at the vet’s than cats. You should keep in mind that older pets are more prone to illnesses as well. Unfortunately, insuring an older pet is more expensive, as most pet insurance policies will include added surcharges.

Shopping around for pet insurance cover that is tailor-made for your pet can be a tall order, since nowadays there are so many on the market, with prices ranging from the unbelievably low to the ridiculously high. However, the first thing you should do is make up a list of insurance companies that offer pet insurance from the internet. Read reviews, ask questions in forums. Once you have a rough list, ensure all the companies on your list are registered. Find out which of them your vet accepts. Once you have eliminated the ones  that do not satisfy these requirements, you have a working list. Now you need to ask a lot of questions. For example, how much are the deductibles? Do they offer discounts for insuring multiple pets? Do they cover hereditary and chronic conditions? What about ongoing ailments?

Good pet insurance does not necessarily mean expensive insurance. All the same, going for the cheapest pet insurance on the market could potentially turn out to be a huge mistake.

 



Heartworm Symptoms in Your Pet: How to Recognize Them

It can be very heart wrenching to see your pet suffer unnecessarily from Heartworm disease. Heartworms are preventable and can be successfully treated if detected early. Unfortunately, many dogs will show little or no symptoms of infection even after the worms have morphed into their adult stages. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, which breed adult worms in the pulmonary artery, the lungs and sometimes the right side of the heart.  Pet owners and even vets sometimes assume that heartworm symptoms are just run-of-the-mill coughs or gastric problems, and this can lead to fatality. The longer your dog has heartworm the greater the risk of heart, lung, pulmonary artery, liver, and/or kidney damage is. When heartworms are in their advanced stages, they have to be killed using one of the treatments available today, the most effective of which is melarsomine dihydrochloride, marketed under the brand name Immiticide.

However, killing heartworms can prove to be fatal to your pet.  Dead worms can cause a blockage of blood vessels causing organs to fail. Older, sick, or pregnant animals may not be able to bear the treatment and some pets are generally sent home to die without care or put down, as treatment would have killed them anyway. Many heartworms are hosts to a bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis, which is released when the heartworm is killed. This can bring about further complications in your pet. The accepted way to deal with the potential threat of the bacterium is preventative measures, by the use of an antibiotic like Doxycycline.

There are several tell tale signs of heartworms that pet owners should look out for.

  • Weight Loss is one of the main symptoms of heartworms in pets. Be observant of the amount of food that your dog consumes daily and take note of any decrease in the pet’s appetite or weight. While weight loss can be a symptom of many other pet ailments, it is also one of the primary symptoms of heartworms, and when detected, immediate action should be taken.
  • Take note of your pet’s general outward appearance. Observe if his breathing is labored and any possible protrusion or bulging of ribs, these can also be symptoms of heartworms, as the ribs try to adjust to the enlarged heart and internal organs.
  • Coughing and early exhaustion when exercising are also early indications of heartworms.
  • Lethargy is another all important sign to watch out for, especially if your pet is usually a ball of energy. If it becomes lethargic, starts sleeping more, slouches a lot, and is disinterested in activities then it would be wise to take the animal for a check-up.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea occur in the last stages when the disease has become chronic. If this too is ignored, the pet will eventually begin to experience bloody stool, jaundice, and poor coat condition, in which case, you must rush him to the vet’s as fast as possible.
  • Collapse – the final symptom is collapse and this usually means the animal has succumbed to his or her illness. When this happens it may just be too late to save your pet.

While any of these symptoms could be a sign of a different ailment, they should not be ignored and once observed, action should be taken as soon as possible.

While heartworms are most common in dogs, other animals such as cats and ferrets are also at risk. Even humans can be infected by heartworms. It is critical to identify heartworm symptoms in their early stages and seek treatment immediately. Cats in particular suffer much more than dogs when infected by heartworms, although statistically the chances of their being infected are 1 to 5 when compared with dogs. However, there are very few approved treatments in the US for heartworm in cats, and the prognosis is not definitive.

The wisest thing to do is to take preventative measures. There are ivermectin-based and moxidectin injections available for use as prophylactics. If you take your pet for this treatments once or twice a year, and deal with the mosquito problem as well, you should be fairly confident that your pet will stay free of heartworm disease symptoms.

 

 

 



Homemade Ideal Pet Products

(Katelyn Lee)

As pet owners, we are responsible for providing our animals with everything they need to keep them healthy and happy. But sometimes the things sold at pet stores are extremely expensive or inappropriate and unsafe for certain pets. An easy solution is to use items around your home or at the dollar store to make your own pet supplies.

**All of these items are 100% pet safe, but some will say “please supervise pet during use”. These are items that require human effort to use or are items that aren’t toys.

Dogs

          Sock-Tie Toy Lots of knotted, braided fun!

                        What you will need: Old socks, treats or kibble (optional)

                        How to make: tie old socks together or braid three of them together. You can stuff them with some tasty snacks to entice your dog to play with it, too!

            Chilly Bones Brrrr! The perfect treat for a hot day!

                        What you will need: Water, freezer, cookie cutters, weighted objects, metal pan

Step 1) Take out a metal cake pan/cookie sheet.

Step 2) Select a cookie cutter with the shape you’d like. Ideally, try to find one that won’t leave very sharp edges just in case.

Step 3) Hold the cookie cutter down firmly and pour water into the shape. Repeat if you choose.

Step 4) Place the weighted object on the cookie cutters.

Step 5) Freeze. When they are frozen take one out and rinse it quickly in warm water so your dog’s tongue won’t stick on the ice. Let your dog chew on it and play with it!

*Alternatively you can fill a cupcake pan with water and freeze for simple round shapes.

Cats

Fishing for Kitties Toy Reel in the elusive Cat-fish! *Please supervise pet during use*

            What you will need: Wooden dowel or long stick from non-poisonous tree, cotton yarn, small cat toy, scissors, pocket knife, tape (optional)

Step 1) Take a pocket knife and make a divot all the way around the dowel about an inch from the top.

Step 2) Tie the string in the divot.

Step 3) Tie the other end of the string to the cat toy.

Step 4 (optional) Tape the bottom of the dowel/stick as a handle so you don’t get splinters (especially helpful if you’re using a branch)

            Mouse-in-a-Hole Where did it go?

                        What you will need: 1-4 inch tall box, scissors, catnip toy

Step 1) Cut multiple round holes from the top of the box. Make them just wide enough for your cat to stick her paws in, but not big enough to put her face in.

Step 2) Stick a  catnip toy inside the box.

Small Pets

Paper Tunnels (Any small pets) To run through, sleep in, or hide treats from thieving cage mates!

                        What you will need: Construction paper or heavy cardstock paper, non-toxic glue or paper tape, scissors (optional)

Step 1) Cut the paper down to whatever size tunnel you want.

Step 2) Fold the paper into a tunnel shape and glue or tape it down.

Chopstick Nibblers (Any small pets) A great excuse to go out for Chinese food!

                        What you will need: Wooden chopstick or dowel, small paper clip, wooden chews toys or wooden shapes (not dyed), thumbtack, superglue, cheerios or other round cereal (optional), your pet’s favorite veggie or fruit (optional)

Step 1) Twist half of the paperclip until it breaks in half.

Step 2) Take a thumbtack and stick it into the wider end of the chopstick. The wood of the chopstick should be soft enough to do this.

Step 3) Put a very small drop of glue in the hole you just made. Stick the straight end of the paperclip in the hole and hold it until the glue dries.

Step 4) Lay out your objects and decide what order you want them in. Then, string them onto the chopstick on the opposite side the paperclip is on. One of the wooden shapes should have a hole just wide enough to hold everything on, if not you can use a very small drop of superglue.

Step 5) Hang up using the paperclip.

Hay Stuffers (Guinea pigs and rabbits) Stuffed with the things they love most!

                        What you will need: Hay, small pieces of your pet’s favorite treat, toilet paper roll or paper towel roll

How to make: stuff the hay and treats inside of the cardboard roll.

Birds

            Fiesta Piñatas All your bird needs is a poncho and sombrero for a real fiesta!

                        What you will need: newspaper (with ink made from soybeans), flour, water, balloon, cotton string, thumbtack, pot, stove, seeds

Step 1) Blow up the balloon about the size of your fist for the average sized parrot and tie it up. You can make it smaller or larger depending on your bird’s size.

Step 2) In a large pot on the stove mix up one part flour to five parts water and boil for three minutes. Let cool.

Step 3) Cut strips of newspaper. Dip the newspaper in the mixture and run it through your fingers to get off the excess. Place it over the balloon and smooth it out. Repeat until you have two layers all around the balloon, but leave the top uncovered!

Step 4) When it is dry, pop the balloon. Make sure all of the balloon parts are removed from it.

Step 5) Push the thumbtack through the top on both sides in multiple places. Fill with seeds. Then take the cotton string and weave it through the holes. Pull and tie tightly closed.

Step 6) Hang it up in the birds cage.

*Tip: You may want to tear a little hole or two so your bird is aware of the yummy treats inside!

Watch your pet’s behaviors and try to determine their favorite activities. With a little creativity, you can create your own pet products!



Electronic Pet Doors:Why You Should Invest in One

Many times, we expect our pets to conform to our schedules and keep them waiting until we are ready to let them out, or let them back inside the house. In the past, this dilemma was solved by cutting a flap into the main door, to let the pet or pets in and out when they wanted. However, this solution was far from ideal, as it let in other animals and in bad weather, let in wind and rain from outside, not to mention leaves and things from the street.

Electronic pet doors are today’s solution to these problems. There are two major types of electronic pet doors. The first type uses motion-detector sensors ,while the second type uses sensors that detect electromagnetic fields. While the first type is operated based on the use of an innovative motion-detector sensor that recognizes the movements of the pet and differentiates them from those of humans, the second type is based on the recognition of an electromagnetic signal that is sent from the collar unit worn by the pet.

The electronic pet doors are plugged into a power supply, via a nearby outlet, and your pets are fitted with electronic ‘keys’, commonly attached to their collars. In the event your pets want to go outside, or come back in from outside, with absolutely no fuss, the door automatically opens to allow them access and closes securely behind them. Since the door is keyed only to your pet, no other animal will be able to sneak into your house while not wearing an electronic key to that particular electronic pet door.

This is also an ideal solution in case you want to grant access to say, your dogs, but not your cat. Or in the event that you have a baby in the house that could possibly try to crawl out through the flap in the door, the electronic pet door will not open. As well, it is perfect for those that do not fancy getting up at 3 am to open the door to let out their pet. Before getting an electronic pet door fixed, you need to take into account the size of your pet, or pets. The door needs to be large enough for your largest pet to be able to move comfortably through it. Typically, it needs to be about 2 inches wider than your largest pet, on either side. Also, if your pet is still in the process of growing and is likely to get bigger in the future, you need to consider that as well. Your pets will, needless to say, probably require some training in order to be able to comfortably use the electronic pet door on their own, especially if they are used to crying or barking for you to let them out.

Another consideration to think about is the consistency of your power supply, since electronic pet doors rely on power to work.  Electronic pet doors are obviously more expensive than regular pet doors, ranging from $60 for a pet door for a small pet to $250 and above. You would also be paying for installation. However, when you balance the dependability and ease of use of an electronic pet door against its cost, it is, doubtless, an option worth considering.

 



Pet Food Storage Ideas

One of the most important factors that every pet needs in order to grow and stay healthy is a well-balanced, healthy diet.  If you are planning to adopt a pet, you need to be well-informed about the essential dietary properties that your pet needs to have in their food.  Moreover, a proper diet does not just include the right sorts and amounts of nutrients.  Sanitized food containers are absolutely essential to avoid having the food contaminated by harmful microorganisms.  Almost 80% of the intestinal diseases acquired by animals are from the food they eat.  One way to keep your pet’s food clean is to get high quality pet food storage.  Pet food storage comes in varying sizes and materials.  Let us examine the most common types:

Dry Food Bags- This kind of pet food storage is very convenient to use.  Dry food bags are usually airtight, so you can be sure that your pet food will not easily spoil, dry out or crumble.  They conserve moisture and smell and can be a very good storage option, because no pests such as ants and other small insects can get inside.  Some dry food bags are made from nylon and synthetic materials that are very durable.  This pet food storage option is ideal for outdoor use.  In the case you would like to bring your pet with you on a picnic; you can conveniently carry the food bag. Some bags have built-in handles for convenience. As well, they take up much less space than containers.

Pet food containers- This is a type of pet food storage that can accommodate varying kinds of pet food.  They are more durable that bags. Opt for containers that have secure and multiple latches to avoid spilling of contents.  With sealed polyurethane containers or steel canisters, you need not worry about the freshness of your pet food.  Because of seal locks, the moisture and freshness of the food is guaranteed.   There are small and big pet storage containers available in the market.  Most of them have classy and colorful designs.

 

Pet food dispensers- These are essentially plastic containers you mount on the wall and fill up with your pet food from the top. They have a dispensing mechanism at the bottom, so whenever you want to get some food for your pet all you have to do is push a button.

Pet food scoops- Scoops are used to measure the rations of pet food.  Some pet storage manufacturers provide clips together with the food scoops.  These are perfect for sealing pet food bags, so you can secure your pet food.

 

No matter what kind of pet food storage you choose, you need to maintain its cleanliness.  You may want to select pet food storage that is washable and non-degradable from the effects of detergents. Though pet storage is designed to keep your pet food safe from contaminations, spoilage, and pests, any container may become a haven of proliferating bacteria.  You may need to disinfect your pet food storage every now and then.  You can clean the containers by using either dish-washing or laundry detergents or if you want, you can buy specialized pet storage solutions.

 



The Best Pet Odor Remover Options

A pet odor remover is essential when it comes to maintaining an odor-free home for houses that are home to pets. When it comes to having pets, one of the biggest concerns that a pet owner will face is maintaining their pets’ hygiene, and the collective cleanliness and freshness of the home. Although some pets are fairly easy to clean and maintain, there are those that require a firm hand, as they tend to get wild and hard to control when given a simple bath, the most common culprits being cats.

 

To address this problem, there are, fortunately, a lot of products that a pet owner  can use to easily remove pet odors. Picking a pet odor removal product  will depend on several different factors: your pet’s reaction to certain products, your budget, ease of use and the convenience it offers to both pet and owner.

 

Regular shampoos

The most common way to get rid of pet odor would be, of course, to give your pet  a bath with water and soap or shampoo. However, a daily bath for your pet is too much of  a chore to do everyday. Besides, if you have pets who love to play outdoors and roll around in mud and dirt,  it would mean having to give them baths twice a day or even more. Too much bathing with soap or shampoo can cause dryness in your pet’s skin and could also damage their fur’s natural properties.

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Biocides and disinfectants

Certain types of products, although highly effective in getting rid of pet odors, can actually do more harm than good. These products contain  a very high percentage of chemicals that not only kill those germs that cause a foul stench but  may also be toxic to the health of your pet. Since these cleaners contain harmful chemicals, they must be used with care and caution and stored in a safe place – where pets would not have access to them. They must also be kept out of reach to the other members of the family, especially the kids, lest they play with or ingest them accidentally.

 

Ozone generators

A revolutionary method in removing pet odor, without having to use soap and water, is the use of the ionic pet brush. Because it is a waterless method, it has become a very popular method in keeping pets, especially those that are not exactly huge fans of soaking in water, clean and smelling fresh. Brushing your pet’s coat will already help untangle it and make it softer and smoother even without using pet shampoo. These new types of brushes  not only remove dirt and debris from the coat as well as neutralize odor, but some may also include a massaging function that could help stimulate circulation in your pet’s body.

 

Absorbents

These are neutralizing pet odor removers. They absorb the smell. A good example is baking soda. The advantage is in their convenience. Once you sprinkle some on the offending site, you can forget about it for a while as it keeps working for you and absorbing the pet odor.

 

Green pet odor removers

These are non-toxic pet odor removers that are made with organic biodegradable ingredients, and packaged in recyclable containers. They are ideal for the environment-friendly pet owner and any pet-owner who would like to limit his pets’ exposure to toxic chemical products.

Ultimately, prevention is better than cure. This can be accomplished by changing the litter frequently, toilet training your pet effectively, and regular baths and brushing. However, having a pet remover on standby is a good idea.

 



Why Pet Life Insurance is Gaining Popularity

Barely some years back, pet insurance was not a huge priority for a lot of pet owners, let alone pet life insurance. The super-expensive annual payments pet owners were required to make for insuring their pets when weighed against the low likelihood of those same pets actually ever using the insurance made them very unlikely to invest in it. Nowadays, things are changing. New and innovative veterinary treatments available today encourage the investment in your pet’s insurance. If you are the type of pet owner that will move heaven and earth to save a suffering pet before ever entertaining the thought of having your dog or cat put down, pet insurance is definitely for you.

If you already have pet insurance, you may not need pet life insurance. Check your existing policy clause to see if end-of-life costs are covered. Pet life insurance is not similar to human life insurance. You do not get a payout when your pet dies, although there are special policies for expensive, highly valued show animals. What pet life insurance actually does, is help cover the costs associated with the end of your pet’s life, for instance if you choose to cremate your pet. Many policies offer additional services for pet owners, like counseling.

Before picking the first insurance company that appears on your Google search, you need to create a list. You must make sure that all the insurance companies on your list are registered. Then, you should call your vet’s office and ask about the insurance they accept. You should cross out any insurance companies on your lists that are not accepted by your vet. Now, you must review the policies offered by each company for your dog or cat. It is of utmost importance to make note of the deductibles, co-pays and caps that limit annual payouts in the event of your pet having an accident or falling sick. Some insurance companies only cover accidents, others will levy high surcharges if your pet is older than a certain age. Next you should shop around. Read reviews. Ask as many questions as it takes to find a good fit.

Find out about your employer’s policy on pet insurance, because in some cases pet cover may be included as an employment benefit. Ask if the insurance company offers a discount for insuring multiple pets. Ensure that your insurance policy is tailor-made for your pet. Purrfect Pet insurance was the first company to introduce pet life insurance. The company offers several plans to choose from. The plans offered include a death benefit from injury and death from illness, on the condition that pets covered are not older than 8 years. Pet life insurance will give you financial peace of mind if your pet passes away. Similar to regular insurance, pet owners choose an insurance plan and pay a monthly premium. Higher deductibles end up costing less. It is good thinking to combine your pet life insurance with other pet insurance plans, for instance medical insurance. This will allow for cheaper premiums. Choosing pet life insurance is however, a personal decision and depends entirely on you and your pet.