Choosing/Working With a Vet

Choosing/Working With a Vet

How Does Dog Insurance Work?

Why Dog Insurance No matter how careful you are with your dog, accidents happen — and sometimes they’re costly ones. Just ask Les Kaciban of Ashburn, Virginia, whose Komondor puppy Charlie swallowed a corn cob and required emergency surgery to remove it. The bill came to a whopping $3,600. It was a good thing that Kaciban had pet health insurance. His out-of-pocket expenses came to an easier-to-swallow $1,000, while his insurance policy covered the difference. Pet owners today face higher veterinary costs than ever. The American Pet Product Association, a trade organization based in Greenwich, Connecticut, reports that because technological

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All About Dogs

How to Save Money at the Vet

An important part of responsible dog care is providing them with medical care — unfortunately, doing so can also be costly. The annual costs of routine vet care are estimated to fall between $700 – $1,500, depending on the breed of dog you have and where you live. But before you balk at the high price of a procedure or treatment, take a look at these cost-saving tips. Consider Pet Insurance Pet insurance helps pet parents pay for emergency vet visits using a model similar to human health insurance with deductible and reimbursement rates. So, for example, if your dog

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All About Dogs

How To Choose The Right Veterinarian For Your Pet

Choosing the right veterinarian for your dog is something that you should carefully consider. This is the person that could potentially save your pet’s life and keep them healthy. Both and your pet should come to a consensus about this person before you make a long-term commitment to work with them. Here are some things to consider when choosing a veterinarian. Ask for personal recommendations One of the best ways to find the right veterinarian is to ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Other families with pets in your area may know some good veterinarians to check out,

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Ask The Vet: Itchy Terrier

I have a border terrier cross, who is virtually bald under his belly and back legs. His skin is black and leathery, and he itches a lot, and chews on top of his paws. His ears tend to swell and we have been given ‘canaural’ to use. We have been told he has an allergy to house dust, and we control his environment as much as possible, but his skin is no better. Is there anything else we could try? Corinna Waters Standish, Wigan UK Read Dr. Kristy Conn’s Advice Canine atopy is a common disease of dogs where they

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Choosing/Working With a Vet

8 Secrets To Stress Free Vet Visits

Vet visits are an essential part of every dog’s life, if only for routine check-ups and yearly vaccinations. With a little careful preparation they needn’t be traumatic — for your dog or you! If you can make your puppy’s first vet visit relaxed, she won’t develop anxiety about future appointments. Your puppy should be comfortable with being touched. Dogs aren’t naturally comfortable with having their tail lifted or their belly, feet, and nails touched. Find a time when your puppy is relaxed and calm and get him used to these actions. If it’s something that he becomes accustomed to with

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Choosing/Working With a Vet

How To Care For Your Dog On A Budget

Owning or adopting a dog can be expensive under any circumstances. Between the price of food, medical expenses, pet paraphernalia, training, and boarding, monthly budgets can shoot skyward with the addition of a four-legged friend to the household. But even in times of economic uncertainty, you can find ways to care for your loyal companion without breaking the bank! Let these 11 tips serve as a checklist for ways to save. Medical Expenses If money becomes scarce, unexpected medical issues can present quite a problem. But just as you might take out an insurance plan for yourself or other family

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All About Dogs

10 Tips For Choosing The Right Vet

When you bring a dog into your life, you are responsible from that day forward for his dog nutrition, dog safety, dog health and dog care. But finding a stellar veterinarian doesn’t just happen by accident. Here are some helpful tips for choosing the right vet for you and your dog: Communication Get the family together for a conference. Share your thoughts about what qualities in a veterinarian are important to all of you. Make a list of questions and concerns to ask every vet you interview. Also get references from breeders, shelter and dog rescues or other dog owners.

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Slight Heart Murmur Cause For Worry?

Dear Dr. Weaver, My name is Mark Baldwin, I live in the beautifully scenic province of Newfoundland, Canada, home to the beloved Newfoundland breed! I have owned several Rottweilers over the last ten years and have a delightful young male who is a year old. Last week we visited our vet on a gastrointestinal problem, and she mentioned hearing a slight murmur. It was barely audible on several attempts with the dog panting, etc. She said it was a ‘one’ on a scale of six and not much to worry about at this time…however, we are worried! I’m wondering about

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Responding to Questions About Annual Shots

I am excited that our last article elicited such response. Vaccination is a very controversial subject, and I appreciate all of the opinions expressed. With all of the opinions in our community, I knew that there would be a heated response no matter what I said. I would like to take this chance to respond to some of the readers who sent emails. “I was wondering why you did not mention the Bordetella vaccine. If she brings her dogs to a groomer, dog day care, dog park or boarding facility, they should have this vaccine, especially if they are older

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