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How Do I Figure Out Which Pet to Adopt?

 

If you are looking for a new pet, figuring out the right one to adopt can be a hard choice. Here I walk you through the questions you need to consider in order to make the right decision for you!

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Pet

  • What is your lifestyle like?
  • Do you have allergies to fur/dander?
  • Do you travel often?
  • Are you looking for a low maintenance or high maintenance pet?
  • What is your personality like?
  • How small/big of a pet would you like?
  • What can you realistically afford in terms of animal care?

We discuss details on each aspect and what to consider in the video. Once you have had time to think about all of these questions you will have a much better idea of what type of pet is a good fit for your household!

 

More Ideas When Adding a New Pet

Why You Should Adopt 2 Kittens

Getting a Dog – Complete Checklist for New Dog Owners

Getting a Cat – Complete Checklist for New Cat Owners

Commonly Asked Questions About Pet Insurance

 

Our video on pet insurance is one of our most viewed and we get a lot of questions so in this video I go back and answer the most frequently asked questions about pet insurance. If you did not watch our first video, go watch it first.

Here are the most commonly asked questions:

Do they cover preexisting conditions?

No. If a health issue has already been diagnosed with your dog or cat, they will not cover it. Usually, after your first claim, they will request all past veterinary records and base their decision on what is covered from those records.

Is there a wait time?

Yes. There is a wait time before coverage starts, generally 30 days. Some companies offer gap coverage which covers any health problems that arise from the time you get your pet until your normal policy begins. If you are offered this, take it!

Which is the best company?

Each company has a slightly different policy that appeals to different people. Research them to find the one that is best for you.

Do they cover 100% of costs?

Generally no. Most pet insurance policies cover 90% or less of the cost of your veterinary expenses. There are policies that offer less coverage for a lower cost, which is more affordable for some people.

Do they cover preventative care?

Generally no. Normal preventative care, including dental care, is not covered under most policies.

Do costs increase over time?

Yes. Generally, the premium for a policy will increase each year as your pet ages.

How do the veterinary bills get paid?

Unlike human policies, veterinarians do not submit bills to insurance. You pay the veterinarian and then you submit the invoice to the insurance company for reimbursement. If you do not have the money upfront, some programs like Care Credit can help bridge the gap until you get reimbursed.

 

Overall I highly recommend pet insurance for any people who do not have the disposable income to be able to pay out of pocket for large veterinary expenses. It is a terrible thing to have to decide between your pet’s care and our finances. Avoid that situation if possible!

Houseplants That Are Toxic to Pets

 

Do you have houseplants, or are thinking of adding some to your home? Then check out these tips!

Many common houseplants are toxic to pets. We have them around anyway and most of the time our pets are fine with them, but there are times when we should be more concerned.

Times when you need to worry about pets and plants:

  1. When you get a new plant
  2. When you have a new pet or have a pet visiting your home
  3. When you move a plant around in your home

 

How to keep your pets safe:

  • Know which of your plants are toxic
  • Keep an eye on them for any evidence your pets are messing with them
  • Put them out of reach if possible
  • Call poison control if your pet eats one

New Years Resolutions to Bond With Your Pet Podcast

 

 

 

The New Year is here and we are all setting resolutions! So why not set some resolutions that include your pets? It will be good for you, good for your pets, and good for your relationship. Plus they can be a lot of fun!

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CLICK HERE for the top 3 benefits of walking with your dog

CLICK HERE for how to choose a healthy dog food

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Celebrate National Cookie Day With These Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

National Cookie Day is here and it is not only for humans! Allow your dog to join in the fun with this simple and easy recipe for peanut butter dog cookies. They are easy to make and much healthier for your dog than store-bought cookies. So give them a try and let us know how your dog likes them!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups whole wheat flour

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs until well mixed. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
  3. Knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely.

 

Once you make them, take a picture and share it with us on social media. We would love to see your dogs enjoying them!

Fort Collins Dog Parks

 

If your dog needs some exercise and likes to visit with other dogs, then you have to check out the dog parks in Fort Collins! Fort Collins has a lot of regular parks where people take their dogs, but dog parks are fenced, usually have water and other amenities, and you will not get in trouble for letting your dog off-leash.

To see the City of Fort Collins rules for their official dog parks, visit their website.

Soft Gold Dog Park

520 Hickory Street

Spring Canyon Dog Park (aka Horsetooth Park)

Located at the West end of Horsetooth Road, it has a small/shy dog area, water fountains and a swimming area

Fossil Creek Dog Park

5821 S Lemay Ave, also has a small/shy dog area and drinking fountains

Twin Silo Dog Park

5480 Ziegler Road, has a small/shy dog area and drinking fountains

CSU Track Dog Park

On the corner of East Lake Street and Peterson Street. It is not an official city dog park, but the south part of the track was fenced and relegated to the dogs.

 

Have you gone to any of these parks? Which one is your favorite

How to Catch a Loose Dog

 

Hopefully you are looking at this post because you are curious about what to do if your dogs gets loose. In the best case scenario, your dog is safe and sound by your side and you are going to take some time to practice the techniques in this podcast so you are prepared if your dog ever does get loose. I hope that is the case. We have some great ideas that will not work for all dogs, but something in here will work, so it is best to try them out and see what is successful. If your dog is missing (not where you can see him), take a look at the links below and our previous podcast on how to find a missing pet.
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How to Find a Missing Pet

 

Next week is Take Your Dog to Work Week so it is time to get prepared! Taking your dog to work can be fun and extremely rewarding, but you need to prepare in advance to make sure the day goes smoothly and you are still able to get some work done. Today we discuss how to decide if it is a good idea to take your dog to work, how to prepare beforehand and what to do on the special day to make sure it goes smoothly!
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How to Identify a Puppy Mill

 

We all love puppies but if you are thinking of adding a new pup to your household, you want to be sure it is from a rescue or from a good dog breeder, not a puppy mill. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a puppy is from a puppy mill, so today we talk about the signs and what to look for in a good dog breeder.
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How to Safely Take Your Dog to Work

 

Next week is Take Your Dog to Work Week so it is time to get prepared! Taking your dog to work can be fun and extremely rewarding, but you need to prepare in advance to make sure the day goes smoothly and you are still able to get some work done. Today we discuss how to decide if it is a good idea to take your dog to work, how to prepare beforehand and what to do on the special day to make sure it goes smoothly!
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