Posts Tagged ‘Cats’

Stinky Problems

From time to time your pet may experience problems with relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t. Sometimes it can be a medical problem, sometimes a behavioral problem.  So how do you know?

Our friends at Fetch Magazine shared some content with us and we are passing it along.

Litter issues for Cats

Medical causes could be…

Walk this way:  A cat with arthritis could be in too much pain to step over the wall of the litter box, while a cat with a neurologic condition may be too weak or wobbly to walk to it.

Eye See:  Illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension or3infection can cause blindness, making it difficult for the cat to find the box.

Bladder Matters:  Urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation or a blockage (which is a veterinary emergency!) can also lead to accidents in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Clean House:  Cats generally like to be clean, so if the litter box isn’t, they’ll find another location to relieve themselves – perhaps the laundry basket, tub or even your bed.

Lousy Litter:  Some cats may not use the box if they dislike the scent, texture or amount of litter being used.

Location, Location, Location:  Litter boxes placed next to a noisy washing machine, crammed under a bathroom vanity or found only on the third floor of the house likely don’t offer the peace, privacy and accessibility that cats need to do their business.

Afraid So:  In multi-cat households, an inadequate number of boxes or previous litter box squabbles with other housemates could make a feline friend fearful of using the box.

cat litter box

Cat’s are purrsnickety, so be sure to try some of these suggestions so you both are happy.

 

 

Potty Problems for the Pooch

Medical causes could be…

Hold It:  A wide range of conditions – including diabetes, Cushing’s disease and illnesses of the kidneys, liver or brain – can all cause dogs to make more urine than normal (polyuria), or make them incapable of holding urine.

Gotta Go:  Urinary tract infections cause a sense of urgency to run to the bathroom, while urinary incontinence causes bed wetting or dribbling urine while standing.

Senior Moment:  Aging or senile dogs may not be able to make it outside in time or may be unaware that they’re urinating in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Pup-Pee:  Puppies who are having urine accidents may need some additional house-training reinforcement, or they could be intentionally having “accidents” to seek attention. (Hey, it works!  Even if it is negative attention.)

Nature Calls:  Naturally submissive or excitable dogs can have frequent accidents, while separation anxiety or territoriality could also lead to unwanted puddles in the house and can happen to dogs of any age.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues look for the signs and consult your veterinary professional for assistance.  Don’t lose hope.  Remember, there may be reasons for your pet’s behavior and finding the right answer will keep you both happy.

Consider Pet Insurance to help offset the cost of veterinary care when your pet is sick.
Obtain your no obligation quote today. http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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13

04 2017

New Year – Here’s to Your Health

Top Health Benefits of Pets

Not only are pets good companions, but they’re good for our health! Here are a few ways that dogs and cats help our minds and bodies.

 

  1. Stress Relievers

There’s nothing like a warm, cozy cuddle session to melt away stress after a long day. Calming cuddles with your pet can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety levels.

 

  1. Heart Helpers

Pets can have a positive effect on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

 

  1. Mental Boosters

Our furry friends can help combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients. Pets also reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.

 

 

Return the favor by taking great care of your pet’s health for a long and happy life.  www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure
ASPCA Pet Insurance plan can help you manage the costs of your pet’s health care.  Click the link above for your no obligation quote.

Information provided by our friends at ASPCA Pet Insurance.

 

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27

01 2017

It’s the Great Pumpkin Time

Yes, we all remember “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”.  That fall fun for Snoopy and the gang. Doesn’t seem we ever grow out of the classics.

kitty-on-a-pumpkinDid you know that Pumpkin is good for your pets?

It’s full of fiber that can soothe upset bellies and keep their digestion regular.  Pumpkin can be used to treat both diarrhea and constipation because of this fiber content.
It can make tummies feel full which assists in weight management.
It contains vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that support the immune system which keeps their skin and fur glowing all while assisting in cancer prevention.

While you set out to enjoy your Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Muffins, how about finding some time to make this pet friendly Pumpkin Meatball recipe for a tasty treat so your pet isn’t jealous of your pumpkin indulgence.

Pumpkin Meatballs
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 c. pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin unseasoned)
1/4 c. parsley, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then roll into 1-inch meatballs and place each 1/2-inch apart.  Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on top.  Let cool and serve.  Freeze unused portions for use within the next few days.

Your furry friend will be delighted that you made something special for them and they will surely be pumpkin’ up to give you a kiss and say thank you.

Enjoy!!

Info and recipe provided by Fetch Magazine!

Lookin’ to have insurance for your pumpkin’ lovin’, paw prancin’ buddy?
Check out www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurandinsure for your no obligation quote.

 

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21

10 2016

Foods To Avoid Sharing With Your Pets

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We love our pets. We love to see how happy they are when we share our food with them. Though sharing with your pet may be enjoyable, it also causes animals to beg. There are also many foods you should avoid sharing with your pets.

Remember, sharing human food with your pet is not the healthiest for them. A balanced diet of “pet friendly food” as outlined by your vet is the best option. You could, unknowingly, be increasing your pet’s weight to an unhealthy level. For every pound your pet is overweight, you may be shortening their life by as much as a year.

Our friends at the ASPCA have compiled a list of people-food to avoid feeding to our pet children.

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

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and take care of your furry friend today.

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22

06 2016

Holidays

holiday-petsAs the Holidays approach, remember to keep your animals safe. Young dogs and cats are fascinated by the bright lights and shining ornaments on trees.

Remember Poinsettias and Holly are toxic to animals.

Also remember to keep burning candles where animals can’t knock them over. Never leave a candle unattended.

Oh, and remind your pets to be nice to Santa when he visits, something special may just be left for them too.

Happy Holidays!!

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and take care of your furry friend today.

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04

12 2015

Pet Insurance – A Growing Trend

Pet Insurance is a growing trend.  People love their animals as if they were their own children and for many folks, they are just like children.  Therefore, when they become ill, it is devastating.

As medical costs increase around the country for humans, the same is true for animals.  Consequently a few companies have instituted pet insurance products to help offset the rising costs of medical care for your dogs and cats.
The costs of good veterinary care are high, especially as more treatments become available for animals. Most pet insurance carries a deductible, you pay the initial charges up front, file a claim with the company and the carrier reimburses you for the allowable limit for treatment.
Imagine coming home from work to find that your dog had consumed the entire bag of chocolate that your son left sitting on the counter.  Your pet will need immediate emergency attention and probably monitoring overnight to be sure he is out of the woods.  Or you allow your cat outside to explore the countryside and she is attacked by a feral cat.  Events like this and others such as a diagnosis of a tumor, kidney disease, heart disease, all treatable from emergency care to long term treatment; but they come attached with a price tag.
If you are as in love with your pets as I am, please consider looking into a pet health insurance policy to be assured your pet is with you for a long time with proper medical treatment.

 

The ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program is a fantastic policy which gives you the option of 4 levels of coverage at very affordable rates.  It offers a $100 deductible and the ability to use your own vet and not be tied down to using someone you don’t know and trust.
Visit their website today and find out just how affordable this valuable coverage is.  Protect your pets as you would yourself and your family – after all, your pets are an extension of your family.

 

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and take care of your furry friend today.

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04 2013


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