Infographic:10 Common and Expensive Dog and Cat Injuries and Illnesses

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10 Expensive (and common) Illnesses/Accidents in Household Pets
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Pet Mobility Devices-A Guest Blog By Heather Kalinowski Of Trupanion Insurance

Heather Kalinowski is a pet lover and new mom who spends her days helping other pet owners protect their pets with cat and dog insurance. Trupanion offers 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, and mobility devices if a pet becomes sick or injured.

 

Pet owners are always looking for ways to provide the best quality of care and quality of life for their pets. When a crisis strikes, resulting in a disabled pet, these pet owners will be looking for options to keep their pet living a happy, healthy life. Pet mobility devices are just one option.

 

There are three different kinds of mobility devices: orthotics, prosthetics, and carts.

 

  • Orthotics are external support structures for a pet’s leg that help reduce pain and maintain comfort. They can be used long-term or for support during the healing process.

 

  • Prosthetics are used to replace a missing leg or portion of a leg that has been amputated due to a traumatic accident or illness. The device allows the pet to maintain the same level of activity as a pet with all four legs.

 

  • Carts, often called ‘pet wheelchairs’, are frames in which a pet is placed that replace back-end mobility. Carts are designed to provide support and easy maneuverability for an immobile pet. Typically, a pet must have normal front leg strength in order to power the cart.

 

These assistive devices aid in the well-being of the pet by correcting or accommodating the pet’s leg, including stabilizing a neurologically deficient limb, providing support for a weak joint, or preventing the shortening of muscles.

 

A pet can become disabled due to trauma, illness, or old age, but the most common health conditions treated with mobility devices are the following:

 

  • Neurologically deficient limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Weak joints
  • Shortening of muscles
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Arthritis

 

Mobility devices can even sometimes replace a more traumatic treatment, such as amputation, so it’s important to have all the options available to make the best decision for the pet.

 

Have you ever had to utilize a mobility device for your pet?

 

It’s Be Kind To Animals Week! A Guest Blog By Heather Kalinowski of Trupanion

Heather Kalinowski is a pet lover and new mom who spends her days helping other pet owners protect their pets with cat and dog insurance. Trupanion offers 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if a pet becomes sick or injured.

The American Humane Association dedicates a week every May as Be Kind to Animals Week. We are all encouraged this week to commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same.

Jack and LJ on Play Mat

 

Jack Meets LJ

As a new mom, that last part really jumped out at me. One of my life goals has always been to teach my children to be kind to animals. I knew that if I could bring another person into this world who would advocate for animals, I would have done a small part in changing the world for the better. My son is seven months old and I have already started to teach him these important values.

 

I have two dogs – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. From the day I came home from the hospital, they have been an important part of my son’s life. Every morning when my son and I wake up, we come downstairs followed by our loyal furry companions. He has watched them play, heard them growl and bark, and felt their soft coats almost every day since birth.

 

When he was a few months old, it really started to hit me that I had an incredible responsibility on my shoulders – I needed to make sure I raised this sweet baby in a way that he would understand the plight of these animals, always treating them with love and care, and never hurting them in any way. How could I make sure that he would be an animal advocate?

 

Ava, LJ and Heather

After a lot of thought, I had an epiphany. It was simple. He would learn through MY actions. Values like these aren’t taught in a classroom-like situation. They are taught by example. As my son grows up, he will watch his dad and me caring for our own pets, see how we approach other pets outside our home, visit animal sanctuaries and shelters with us, and hear us discuss animal issues as we tend to do. Eventually, he will be able to ask questions and take part in discussions, and he will understand that animals are amazing creatures that we treat with love and respect.

 

Once I realized this, I relaxed. As long as I lived up to my own values, I could be almost 100% assured that my son (and any future children I have) will hold those values as well.

 

For those of you with children – how did you go about teaching them about animals? And for everyone, how did you come to have the values you have about animals?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top 10 Most Expensive Pets

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Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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Trupanion® now offers coverage and/or premium discounts for therapeutic and preventative pet nutrition

The full line of Hill’s® Prescription Diet®

and Science Diet® Healthy Advantage™

pet foods are now part of the Trupanion™ Pet Insurance coverage! 

I have featured Trupanion on my other blog, Cat Chat, quite regularly and was pleased when I was contacted by Hill’s to see if I would be interested in sharing some new information!

Trupanion just announced this week that the company’s dog and cat insurance now includes benefits for veterinary therapeutic pet foods, including the full line of Hill’s® Prescription Diet® pet foods, and veterinary exclusive preventative nutrition, Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthy Advantage™ pet food. The insurance covers half the cost of therapeutic pet foods including Hill’s Prescription Diet pet foods for two months followed by a discount on the monthly insurance premium for continued feeding of the therapeutic pet food, available exclusively through veterinary hospitals. Veterinary healthcare teams can find out more about the program through their Trupanion Territory Partner or by calling 1-800-569-7913 (then pressing #1). 

“The high cost of medical care is a part of everyday life in human medicine, and insurance coverage can help offset that burden,” said Howard Rubin, COO of Trupanion. “We’re offering a similar plan to assist owners in giving their dogs and cats what they need to have a better quality of life.” 

Trupanion’s dog and cat policies offer one simple plan with 90 percent coverage and no annual, per claim, or lifetime payout limit. With a veterinary physical exam, Trupanion also offers a 30 Day “no obligation” Trial for pet owners, giving them time to decide if the plan fits their needs and budget. The 30 Day Trial waives typical waiting periods so coverage is effective immediately. 

“It makes sense for us to get the news out about Trupanion’s new coverage. This helps pet owners be in a better place to comply with a recommended veterinary therapeutic pet food and supports the healthcare team’s action plan when it comes to nutrition for every pet,” said Janet Donlin, D.V.M., chief veterinary officer at Hill’s. 

For more than a decade, Trupanion has offered affordable pet insurance coverage for cats and dogs that enroll between the ages of 8 weeks and 14 years of age. Trupanion offers pet owners one plan that covers accidents, illnesses, medications and lab work. In addition, Trupanion never penalizes pets for aging or being unlucky enough to file a claim. 

About Trupanion Pet Insurance 
Trupanion pet insurance is available for cats and dogs in the United States and Canada. Trupanion is underwritten by its’ affiliate, the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion to offer a customizable pet insurance policy with no benefit schedules. Trupanion’s mission is to protect the cherished bond between pets and their families by ensuring that pets are able to receive optimal veterinary care. For more information about Trupanion, call 800-569-7913 or visit Trupanion.com. You can also follow Trupanion on Twitter or Facebook. 

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition 
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Hill’s® Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Hill’s® Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded more than 60 years ago with a unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s is committed to its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high-quality, great-tasting pet foods owners can trust and give to their canine and feline companions as part of a veterinary health care team recommendation. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. For more information about Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition™ visit HillsVet.com, follow us on Twitter or visit us on Facebook keywords “Hill’s Pet Nutrition.” 

 

 

I was not compensated for this post. I have featured Trupanion and Hill’s in the past and was happy to do so again. I believe in sharing information that might be of value to my readers.

Let’s Talk About Shelties! A Guest Blog By Heather Kalinowski Of Trupanion Pet Insurance

Heather Kalinowski is a pet lover and internet journalist at Trupanion pet insurance. Trupanion offers 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, and other treatments if a pet becomes sick or injured.

 

I have been a fan of the Sheltie ever since I was six years old and my mom brought a Sheltie mix home as an Easter present for my brother and me. My brother named her Rebel (he was 15 and thought that would be cool… sigh) and we soon discovered she had all the wonderful traits of the Sheltie. She was incredibly smart and quickly became quite devoted to me and my family. She was so gentle and sensitive and was the perfect companion for my young, shy self.

 

Shetland Sheepdogs like Dakota and Rebel have brought joy to people since they were first developed in Scotland in the early 1900s. They are herding dogs and it always makes me smile to see them taking that job to heart today, even when not in the pasture! Rebel used to herd anything she came in contact with, especially other dogs and children. It was a site to see her circling a group of happy children, who had no idea they were being ‘contained’ by the cute dog in front of them.

This breed has so much energy as well, requiring a lot of play time and exercise during the day. As a child, this was fantastic, as my dog could always keep up with me as I was zooming around the yard. But as I got older I remember thinking of it as a chore to walk her around the block. Poor pup! It must be hard to grow up with a girl who was once so active and who slowly decided reading books and watching movies was much more fun than playing tag outside.

 

 

But Rebel and I had other activities that kept us busy. We enrolled in training programs and canine good citizen classes to help keep us bonded and our minds sharp. Shelties are so smart and really need to have mental exercise as well as physical to keep them healthy. She was a star in her classes, picking things up so easily. She definitely made me look good!

 

Of course, like all dog breeds, Shelties are prone to certain ailments that can cause heartbreak in a family, including hypothyroidism (insufficient production of the thyroid hormone), Legg-Perthes (a degenerative disease of the hip joint), patellar luxation (the displacement of the kneecap), and allergies. Luckily, advances in veterinary care make it possible – even easy – to treat these conditions and keep these dogs happy and healthy for a lifetime. Of course, it doesn’t come without a cost. Veterinary treatment can be very expensive, especially when long-term care is required.

 

One way to offset the costs of treating medical conditions in our pets is with pet insurance. Pet insurance can be beneficial, especially for purebred pets like Dakota. Purebred pets are notoriously more prone to ailments because of the hereditary nature of many conditions and the long line of breeding that occurs. Pet insurance reimburses you a large part of veterinary bills so that you can rest assured that you can afford the treatment your pet needs. We all know there is nothing worse than sitting at a vet listening to a treatment plan your dog needs but you know you can’t afford.

 

But let’s not dwell on the less fortunate traits of the breed we love. We accept those traits and prepare for them so we can enjoy the characteristics and companionship this breed shows us every day. So what is your favorite thing about the Sheltie?