Adopter’s Guide to using Get Your Pet – Top 5 “Do’s” and “Don’ts”


We understand that navigating the terrain of a peer-to-peer pet adoption can be challenging. To make it easier, we compiled an adopter’s guide of the Top 5 “Do’s and Don’ts” for using Get Your Pet.

DO be ready to adopt.

When you begin your search for an adoptable pet, be sure that you are ready if it comes to fruition. It’s okay to browse, but if you show intent, don’t be surprised when the guardian, or pet owner, expects you to be ready to adopt. Review our Tips for Adopters so you are prepared for the conversation.

DO create an awesome adopter profile.

This is your opportunity to showcase yourself, your family and your lifestyle. Highlight what makes you the ideal adopter. Do you really need to add a profile picture? The adopter’s guide says: yes!

DO be compassionate and thoughtful.

Keep in mind that rehoming a pet is not ever easy for a guardian, or pet owner. It’s likely that they are looking to rehome their pet because something happened in their life that was unexpected. Saying things like, “I understand how hard this must be for you” or “This must be a tough decision” will make the guardian see that you sympathize with their situation, and they will be more likely to respond to you.

DO stay within the platform to stay safe and on track for a successful adoption.

It’s critical to keep messaging within the site until both you and the guardian are confident that there could be a successful match. Our staff and algorithms closely monitors correspondence to be able to help if and when necessary. (We’re here to keep you safe from scammers!) We prevent the exchange of personal contact info until a meet-up has been accepted by both parties. While we understand the desire to get on the phone immediately or exchange emails, our adopter’s guide wants you to understand that this rule is in place for your safety, the safety of others, and to keep both parties — and the system — on track for a successful adoption. Writing out or “coding” your phone number is a red flag for guardians, as many of them do not want to communicate offline without the security of our monitoring.

DO keep us informed and reach out if you have questions.

If you have questions or are unsure about something, reach out to us. That’s what we are here for. Email us at [email protected]

Ok, got it? Now, let’s talk about what NOT to do.

DON’T start out by proposing a meet-up.

Just like in real life, it is expected that you start with a conversation. Rushing to send a meet-up request is off-putting to most adopters. Our adopter’s guide suggests you start by asking questions about the pet (we know you have them!) and then, when the time is right, discuss a meet-up.

DON’T be judgmental.

No one is going to consider you as an adopter if you make them feel bad about having to rehome their pet. It’s that simple. Saying things like, “I can’t believe you could give him up after having him since he was a puppy!” or “why don’t you spend more time training her?” is only going to get you eliminated from the guardian’s consideration.

DON’T get frustrated.

If you don’t receive a prompt reply, or even an acknowledgment of your interest, it can be extremely frustrating. We understand. But, you need to realize that this is a difficult decision for most guardians. Our adopter’s guide strongly recommends patience. Don’t lash out with harsh words – it will not get you the pet you want.

DON’T write out or “code” your contact information.

In today’s world, we demand immediacy. We understand that desire, but our goal is to create a community where people can communicate about adopting a pet in a safe and responsible way. When you try to go around our guidelines, our system will recognize your behavior and disable your account. We monitor communications until you and the guardian of the pet decide you’ve reached the point where you are ready to communicate outside of the site, which you can do after you have both accepted a meet-up. Keep messaging on the site until you have proposed and accepted a meet-up, and you will stay on track for a successful adoption.

DON’T agree to communicate outside, until a meet-up is scheduled.

When you start sending offline messages, you are opening yourself up to scammers. Without the safety of our monitoring, there is no way for us to know if a guardian is up to no good. They might ask you to send money for a “deposit” to “hold” or “ship” a pet to you. We can catch these types of people when they are on our site and can prevent you from falling victim to their schemes. Follow the advice laid out in this adopter’s guide. After you’ve exchanged messages on the site to establish that you are dealing with a legitimate person, you can schedule a meet-up at a real location. You can even establish a virtual meet-up initially, via Zoom or a similar service. Then, if you choose, you can exchange contact information for a physical meet-up.

We hope you find these tips useful. If you are ready to start looking for a pet to call your own, browse for pets in need of a home now!

Pet Food Trends for 2021

Written by pet expert Melissa Kauffman. Melissa has spent 25 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. Prior to starting her career in publishing,  Melissa spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub.

Becoming a pet parent during a global pandemic could be the best thing you could do for yourself. Pet owners have reported experiencing stronger bonds with their furry BFFs. They have kept them safe, sane, and productive. Pet care, especially what pets eat, is a crucial discussion. Experienced parents worry about their pet’s well-being. New parents demand sustainability. They want manufacturers to show concern for animal welfare. Both new and experienced parents are switching to more economical ways of meeting their pet’s feeding needs. 

Here’s a look at the pet food trends shaping conversations in 2021 and beyond. 

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Low Cost, High-Quality

Without a doubt, the pandemic-induced economic crisis has hit pet owners hard. Research shows that many pet owners felt that their furry friends experienced a significant deterioration of lifestyle. The lifestyle change led to new behavioral problems for both the animal and the owner. 

Many pet parents have sought creative ways to feed their pets without bursting their pockets. They are turning to lower-cost, less known store brands and private-label brands. 

Pet owners are not only finding the quality of the lesser-known brands to be similar to national brands, but they are also buying more of the former. 

A survey by Packaged Facts in 2020 revealed that 47% of pet owners were buying lower-cost store brands more frequently. We could see new brands disrupting some of the old guards in the market. But price is not the only thing that is causing this shift. Here’s what else is trending in the pet food arena. 

Environmental Sustainability

The impact pets have on the environment also influences how pet owners buy pet food. 

The book “Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living,” by Robert and Brenda Vale, describes a gross picture of the environmental impact of feeding a pet. The authors suggest that sustaining a medium-sized dog could leave the same ecological footprint as driving a large SUV. 

Pet owners, like most American consumers, want to be eco-friendly in everything. They demand and are willing to pay more for sustainably-produced products. 

Pet owners are asking the following questions more frequently before they buy:

  • What is the manufacturer’s reputation regarding environmental sustainability?
  • Do the manufacturers hold their suppliers and contractors to environmentally safe standards?
  • Do the manufacturers make public claims about their environmental stance?

As pet owners demand stricter environmental accountability, they are scrutinizing the social standards of pet food suppliers.

Concern for Animals Beyond Feeding

Besides having a strong stance on environmental safety, pet parents also want to know whether the manufacturers care for animals beyond profits. 

  • Do they care for animals beyond the ones they feed?
  • Have they adopted an animal shelter or contribute to animal welfare in the community?
  • Do the manufacturers ensure that ingredient suppliers treat other animals humanely?

According to the study by Packaged Facts, 69% of pet owners were concerned about how animals bred for use as ingredients in pet foods were treated and handled. 

A Bias for Felines

Over the years, the pet food industry has been a canine field. Perhaps it was because dogs were considered man’s best friend. Or they are not as particular or independent as cats. 

However, despite a rising dog ownership rate, there has been more focus on feline food needs and variety. 

The survey by Packaged Facts revealed that cat owners felt sidelined by pet food manufacturers. They voiced these feelings, and the manufacturers responded. Today, you are likely to encounter:

  • More cat feeds processed from natural ingredients. 
  • Foods for cats with specific conditions like aging.
  • Better chewy hard foods
  • Better canned foods and food topper products.
  • A wider variety of cat treats

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Diet and Health

For a long time, diet-induced health issues were not a big deal for pet owners. However, recent publications such as the recent announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a potential connection between pet diet and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) have transformed the industry. 

Consumers are shunning traditional chemical-filled pet foods, and manufacturers are paying more attention to the pet-food ingredients. 

The modern pet parent is turning away from grain-free pet foods. They are also shunning feeds filled with grains such as corn and wheat. But they are embracing feeds rich in traditional grains such as sorghum, amaranth, and millet.  

Pet parents are also demanding better quality and veterinarian-recommended feeds that suit the specific needs of their pets. 

Final thoughts

To conclude, pet food trends affect the well-being of our furry friends and our relationships. If you are a recent pet parent, learn how to make your new-found furry friend feel loved. Also, devour as much as possible about how to keep your pet fit and healthy. You will know which trends are worth riding.

8 Essential Steps To Bringing A New Dog Into The Home

Written by pet expert Melissa Kauffman. Melissa has spent 25 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. Prior to starting her career in publishing,  Melissa spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub.

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Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. With the lockdown in hand, many families are considering adopting a furry friend. However, adoption of a new dog may involve a lot of research and actions, especially if you are adding to an already present herd back at home. 

As we bring home dogs, we must be committed to keeping them with us forever. The average life of a dog is around 13 years, and a dog parent should be with them for a lifetime. While you commit to being a loving and caring parent for your new pooch, you would require to do a little planning in advance to make the process stress-free for you as well as your pet.

Here are the 8 essential steps to consider while bringing a new dog into your home

Be it a first-time dog owner, or adding a new one to your loved furry friends at home, the excitement of owning a new dog remains the same. But your judgment before you make the final call will make a difference in your lives. 

  1. Ask yourself why you want a dog. Owning a dog should be a collective decision of your family. Many dog lovers could never own a dog due to a lack of family support. So, before you consider owning a pet, ask your family and yourself why you want a dog. 
  2. Consider the cost of owning a dog for a lifetime. While you adopt a pet, you are committed to take care of them and provide them good food and shelter. Often, the cost increases due to unforeseen vet visits. Special dog food, medicine, vaccines, and accessories make up most of the cost. However, there are other costly affairs of owning pet dogs such as hiring a dog trainer, arranging for a dog home while you are not around, etc. In the below graph you can see the average cost of owning a pet in the USA.
  3. Decide upon the breed. You may know just a few dog breeds while there are hundreds of others to consider. Look at your reason to buy a dog and decide upon a breed which suits your lifestyle, space, surrounding, and of course the budget. You may consider adopting cute munchkins to cuddle them or buy a Saint Bernard if you fancy the size. Therefore, you need to do your dog breed research. 
  4. Child-friendliness and other family requirements. Dogs of different breeds show various temperaments and adaptability towards a family. While you decide on the dog breed you want to own, make sure to consider whether you have children at home and match the dog’s tolerance to children before you bring them home. On the other hand, some dog owners consider owning a dog due to certain disabilities, therefore, taking note of such points will help you choose the best match for you.
  5. Consider the health of the already present dog at your home. While you decide to own a particular dog, it is essential to look for diseases, if any, present in the dog. Your new pet can carry health issues such as STDs, rabies, and other transferable diseases. This will impact other pets at your home and may also transfer among humans. Consult your vet to know more about such diseases and cures.
  6. Find a dog trainer. Training your dog is essential to lead a peaceful and disciplined life. Search for a dog trainer near you if you are a first-time dog owner or stick to your old trainer. Consider positive reinforcement training methods such as the use of reward to recognize appropriate behavior in dogs and teaching alternative behaviors to replace inappropriate behavior. You can consider training your puppy at a dog school or training them at home.
  7. Prepare your home for the new puppy. Your home will be transformed forever once you bring home a puppy. Starting from buying accessories, foods, and other essentials for your pet, you have to pet-proof your home by removing all toxic materials from the ground level, securing furniture, taking care of your important belongings, etc. 
  8. Find a good veterinarian around you. While you own life, emergencies are ought to happen. There will be days when your dog will return hurt or injured. You may have to visit a vet for sudden illness or prescribed vaccination of your pet. Therefore, having an experienced veterinarian nearby is a boon for dog owners. However, to cover up an emergency medical bill for your dog, consider buying health insurance.

Things you should consider buying while bringing a new dog into your home are:

  • Buying age-appropriate dog food and treats
  • Arranging for dog bed and toiletries
  • Buying dog collars and clothing
  • Installing puppy crates, playpen, and safety gates 
  • Buying an identity tag for your dog
  • Arranging car harness and travel create for the new puppy
  • Dog grooming equipment
  • Toys for your little furry friend

While you adopt a dog it becomes your family member. Treat your dog as such and give them the love and care they deserve and they will return the same in ten folds. 


How To Know If Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety + What You Can Do To Help

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Every pet parent has been there. You are ready to walk out the door, but your dog has the puppy eyes on full display and his head hanging low, laying it on thick. It’s enough to make you feel guilty for having a job! This can be a sign of separation anxiety, so read on to learn how to tell for sure.

As a dog owner, there’s nothing worse than leaving the house in the morning not knowing what kind of mess you will have to deal with when you get home. In addition, angry landlords or neighbors who may get sick of the noise are no fun either.

But here’s what you need to know. Dogs are social animals. They need interaction with their pack — you and the rest of the family — and spending time at home alone goes against their nature.

Boredom and separation anxiety are common issues for dogs. Understanding what to do can be a real challenge for pet parents. Here’s how to know if your dog has separation anxiety or is simply bored, plus what you can do to help.

Boredom vs Separation Anxiety: How to Tell the Difference

Signs of Boredom

Dogs are similar to people in many ways. Without adequate mental and physical stimulation, they become bored. When a dog doesn’t get enough exercise or his routine stays the same every day, it’s no surprise that he will get bored!

A bored dog is asking for trouble! He will look for ways to keep busy, like barking at everyone who walks by or chewing up your stuff. Many owners assume their dogs are simply acting out for being left alone, but that may not be the case. Dogs are not capable of spite. This situation can be corrected by offering more exercise, socialization, and interactive dog toys for mental stimulation.

How to Know it’s Separation Anxiety

When a dog has separation anxiety, his behavior will be much more extreme. He’s not just bored, he’s truly distressed about being left alone. Remember, your dog has always had company. During puppyhood, it was his mom and littermates. Eventually, his pack became you and your family.

Separation anxiety is common for dogs that have experienced trauma in the past, even if his new home is loving and secure.

These extreme behaviors can be signs of separation anxiety:

  • Potty accidents, even though if your dog is housetrained.
  • Frantic attempts to escape the home, a crate, or a room that result in injury.
  • Chewing or digging that becomes extremely destructive.
  • Continuous howling, barking, or whining from the moment you leave.
  • Extreme clinginess when you attempt to leave the house.
  • Frantic jumping, whining, and barking when you get back home.
  • Pacing and other signs of distress or anxiety when you’re getting ready to leave, including drooling or panting.

If these scenarios sound familiar, your dog may have separation anxiety.

According to the veterinarians at Bond Vet, they have seen dogs who “learn these behaviors over time to get more attention. It’s also common in shelter dogs who’ve had a tough past.” A newly adopted dog might just be having a hard time adjusting to a new home. Changes in the family dynamics, moving to a new house, or adding a new pet to the family can also trigger separation anxiety.

How to Help a Dog with Separation Anxiety

Before you attempt to resolve your dog’s separation anxiety through training, talk to your veterinarian. A quick conversation or visit will ensure that there is not a medical issue that’s causing his behavior. 

Here are several techniques that can be helpful:

  • Crate training: If you’re lucky enough to come into your dog’s life when he’s still a puppy, consider crate training. He’ll learn to think of his crate as a safe place, and it will teach him that it’s ok to be on his own for a little while. Older dogs can be crate trained, but it will take more patience and time.
  • Wear him out before you leave: If you know you’re going to be heading out, take your dog out for some exercise to burn up that nervous energy. You could go for a long, brisk walk or head to the back yard to play fetch. Even if you have to get up early, it will be worth it. You will be establishing a new routine that your dog loves and wearing him out so he naps while you’re gone.
  • Get some extra help: If you can go home and walk your dog at lunchtime, that’s great. If not, consider hiring a dog walker to do it for you. It will give your anxious dog something to look forward to, and the exercise and interaction should help him remain calm for the rest of the day.
  • Consider doggie daycare: Doggie daycare doesn’t work for every dog, but it’s worth finding out if your dog likes it. If he’s the social type, it might be perfect. 
  • Invest in some interactive toys: Treat puzzles and other interactive toys can give an anxious dog something to do when you’re not home. Stuff a few different ones with your pup’s favorite treats before you leave, and he might not even realize you’re gone.
  • Don’t make a fuss when you leave or come home. If you make it a “big deal” when you come and go, you are teaching your dog that it’s something to get anxious about. Do what you need to do without any fanfare. Stay calm and patient and wait to give your dog attention until he’s calm as well.

Some Final Advice

There are a lot of safe and effective anti-anxiety medications for dogs. If your dog is so anxious that he’s causing damage or injuring himself, talk to your veterinarian. Your vet may recommend medication to keep your dog calm and safe while you continue to work on behavior modification.

Nicole McCray

Nicole is a die-hard animal lover who has worked in pet care for years. She is a former vet technician and a dog mom to her two rescue pups. She grew up living and working at her family’s pet boarding facility. Nicole loves using her writing talents to share the insight she’s learned throughout her career in the hopes that her knowledge can help other pet parents out there!

5 Reasons to be Patient when Adopting a Pet


First dates don’t always turn into lifelong love, so why expect you’ll find your furry soulmate on your first meet-up? It makes sense to take your time when adopting a pet. Here are five reasons why being patient will help you find the right pet to adopt.

1. When adopting a pet, you’ll learn more about Fluffy, Fido, or Kitty.

Just as you ask questions of a potential love interest on your first date — “Where did you grow up?” or “What do you like to do in your spare time?” – you’ll want to ask a guardian (pet owner) questions about your potential pet. Take the time to really learn about the pet’s likes/dislikes and ask yourself if they would be a good fit for your home. Start with our comprehensive set of questions to ask a guardian. If you are adopting a pet from a shelter and can’t speak to the guardian, speak with volunteers and staff to see who knows the pet and has spent one-on-one time them. Come prepared with a list of questions so that you won’t be too distracted by cuteness and forget what to ask!

2. You’ll meet more wonderful pets and have more options.

Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters. And that’s only the pets that are ending up in shelters! There are thousands of another pets looking for homes outside of the shelter system, like all the wonderful pets available for adoption on Talk about options! We encourage you to meet at least 3 animals in your journey of adopting a pet; get out there and see what’s available in your area. And if you’re still not sure about the Get Your Pet adoption messaging process, click here for some expert guidance.

3. You’ll gear up for what’s coming when adopting a pet.

Use the time period searching for a pet to get your home prepared. Before adopting a pet, you’ll want to have food, dishes, toys, leashes, collars, and more. That way, when your new pet comes home, all you’ll need to do is spend time with them!

4. You’ll strengthen your commitment.

Successful relationships happen when both sides give 100%. It’s a given that your newly-adopted pet will offer you 100% of their love. Your taking the extra time to identify the right match for you is just the first step in demonstrating your 100% commitment to a lifetime of love of the pet you adopt.

5. Practice makes perfect!

The first few weeks after adopting a pet may be challenging, so practicing patience now will come in handy. Click here to learn all about what to expect in the first month after adoption, and be understanding while your new best friend settles in to their new environment and schedule.

Sometimes the process of adopting a pet can feel lengthy and time-consuming. Just remember that there’s light at the end of tunnel and your patience will pay off in a big way – you will find the right pet to share your home and your life with, one who will love you unconditionally in return.

Let’s Talk About No Kill Shelters

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No one ever gets a pet thinking they’ll have to find them a new home in the future. But the simple truth is that it happens. Often, people who care about their pet can’t imagine surrendering them to a shelter. For good reason, many people who find themselves in this unfortunate situation search for no-kill shelters in hopes that they’ll find a safe place for their pet. So, let’s talk about no kill shelters, rescues and other types of shelters so you’ll be educated on what it all means – for you and your pet.

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What does it mean to surrender a pet to a shelter?

Surrendering your pet to a shelter means that you are voluntarily giving up all rights to your pet. This means that the shelter decides if your pet lives, dies, gets adopted, goes into foster care or gets transferred to a rescue. Life in a shelter, even a no kill shelter, is not agreeable for a dog or cat. Not only do they experience the stress of being separated from the people they know and love, they must quickly adapt to living in an unfamiliar environment that looks nothing like home. It is chaotic, loud, and intimidating. They’re handled by strange people, confined to a cage or kennel, and then left alone to make sense of new sights, sounds, and smells.

Shelters are a necessary resource, and we support their efforts.

Shelters have a respected and essential place in our communities. About 2/3 of the animals that end up in shelters (roughly 4 million each year) are strays. Whether because of neglect, abandonment, or an accidental litter, stray animals have nowhere else to go. Found on the streets or rescued from poor living conditions, they are brought to the nearest shelter malnourished, scared, confused, and in need of medical attention. These animals need the care and rehabilitation that shelters can provide. But, ask any shelter employee if they would willingly surrender their pet to a shelter and they will emphatically tell you: a shelter is not a happy place for pets.

The difference between open-admission shelters and no-kill shelters (limited-admission shelters)

When people bring their pets to shelters due to financial reasons, death, divorce, housing restrictions, health issues, or other factors beyond their control, they may not realize that there are two distinct types of shelters: no kill shelters (also known as limited-admission shelters) and open-admission shelters.

The simple way to define the difference is that limited admission shelters, also called no kill shelters, decide which animals to take into their care. They choose pets to accept into their shelter based on a variety of factors, including a pet’s suitability as a candidate for adoption. If a pet has an illness or behavioral issue that they can’t afford, they could be deemed ineligible for adoption and turned away. Often, even healthy, adoptable pets are turned away from no kill shelters. They may just not have enough space to take them in. 

Open admission shelters do not have the luxury of deciding which pets to accept. They must accept every pet that comes to their door, stray or owner surrender, as a part of a contract they have with their municipality or city. While it’s true that they often receive funds from taxpayers to provide this service, don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s enough money to cover their expenses. In addition, when the cages and kennels are full, hard decisions must be made because pets are still coming through the front door.

There is no guarantee, even for the “winners”

Even when a pet has been found eligible for adoption and is accepted into the shelter, is in good health, and is well-behaved, they may not be adopted anytime soon. Many pets sit in cages or kennels for months, experiencing limited human interaction.

The bottom line: the current shelter-based system has flaws. We believe there’s a better way to rehome dogs and cats.

Supporting Guardians as they choose their pet’s new home

At Get Your Pet, we believe no one cares more about or better knows a pet’s needs than their Guardian. With our system, the Guardians screens potential adopters. They exchange of messages on the site and meet up at a neutral location, where the pet is most likely to act naturally. Get Your Pet gives Guardians guidance throughout the process, providing resources and tips on how to arrange a successful adoption. 

There’s no such thing as perfect. But there is such a thing as better.

Before surrendering your pet to a shelter, even to one of the many no-kill shelters, consider Get Your Pet. It truly is the simpler, smarter more humane way to rehome your pet. With Get Your Pet, you can keep your pet out of the shelter, and help them go from one good home to another.

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Medical Insurance for Dogs: What You Need to Know


When you first bring your new dog or curious puppy home, there are so many new things to accomplish with your furry friend. Between socialization, puppy training, and first wellness exam visits it can be hard to prioritize what absolutely must be done first. As you plan for becoming a new pet owner, it is important to consider what to do if your dog becomes sick or injured. Read on to learn more about how medical insurance for dogs can help prepare your family for the unexpected.

The importance of medical insurance for dogs

Here for the unexpected

With a new dog in your home, you never know when the unexpected might occur. Medical insurance for dogs is here for the surprise injuries and illnesses in your dog’s life. Also, as a dog ages, there is a chance they are more likely to develop conditions that might need lifetime care. Further, whether your dog needs medication, specialty, hospitalization, or emergency care insurance is here to help throughout your pet’s lifetime.

Medical insurance for dogs: valuable coverage when you need it most

Your pets aren’t on a schedule when it comes to needing medical care. In fact, you might be traveling or on a family vacation, when you need to seek emergency care for your dog. Fortunately, you can receive medical care for your dog from any licensed veterinarian across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In addition, if you need support, pet-loving experts are here to provide 24/7/365 support for you and your furry friends.

Dogs are family

Your dogs are family. You want your new furry friends to be able to seek medical care and you don’t want to stress about your finances. In addition, with no max payout limits, you can rest easy knowing that your dog can seek the medical care they need and not break the savings account.

Medical insurance for dogs: high-quality coverage for your dog’s lifetime

Your dog is a cherished member of your family. Naturally, you want the very best for them, and want to be able to give them quality medical care when they need it. With medical insurance for dogs, you can have the peace of mind that insurance is here to help your pet throughout their lifetime.

To learn more about Trupanion, call and speak to one of our pet specialist at 888.733.2631.

We love informed decisions. See our policy for full coverage details.

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Trupanion is a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs throughout the United States and Canada. For almost two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners peace of mind so they can focus on their pet’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is committed to providing pet owners with the highest value in pet medical insurance with unlimited payouts for the life of their pets. For more information, please visit

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Five Essential Summer Dog Safety Tips to Know

Summer is here! It’s definitely time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun with your furry friends. Pet safety is a top priority no matter what season, and we have some summer dog safety tips that can benefit any pet owner. Read on to learn how to keep your best friend safe this summer season.

Keep your pup’s paws protected

As the temperatures rise, the pavement, sidewalks, and terrain can become incredibly hot. Consider keeping your pup’s paws protected with booties or dog shoes. In addition, dog shoes can help prevent a paw pad injury or help provide extra support on the hiking trails. Indeed, these beneficial summer dog safety tips can help improve health and happiness of our furry friends!

Pack the pet first aid kit

When you are traveling with pets, the unexpected can occur at any time. To keep your pet protected, if you plan to do any hiking or camping this season, consider packing the pet first aid. Likewise, a pet first aid kit has a number of pet care items that can come in handy when you are on the trails. It certainly is just one of the summer dog safety tips that is beneficial for all pet owners.

Stay hydrated

Heatstroke and dehydration is a common condition among pets throughout the summer months. For example, “we see four times as many claims related to heat stroke in the summer (June, July, and August) compared to the rest of the year,” states Trupanion data analyst Malia Prescott.  It is incredibly important to make sure your pup is getting enough water. Consider keeping a portable water bottle with you while you outside with your pets. Further, make sure to take breaks and rest in a cool environment. And if you have any concerns, please reach out to your veterinarian with any questions.

Consider inside interactive play

If the temperature is too warm out, consider interacting with your pet indoors. For instance, an afternoon of interactive play and pet enrichment with your furry friends can provide mental, physical, and emotional stimulation. That way you’ll have peace of mind knowing they can play freely without worry of over-heating.

Summer dog safety tips: essential for the entire family

Whether you are a new pet owner or a seasoned pro, summer dog safety tips can be beneficial to incorporate into life with your pets. While you are out enjoying everything summer has to offer, consider proper pet hydration, pet care items, and inside interactive play for your dog’s health and happiness.

About Trupanion
Trupanion is a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs throughout the United States and Canada. For almost two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners peace of mind so they can focus on their pet’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is committed to providing pet owners with the highest value in pet medical insurance with unlimited payouts for the life of their pets. For more information, please visit

Should You Be Sleeping with Your Dog?

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People sleep with their pets at night for many reasons – they can provide comfort, ease anxiety and give extra warmth throughout the night. Previous advice has warned of the risks of sleeping with your dog, stating poor behavior in your dog and possible illness for you and your pet, as the two main reasons to ban this practice in your home. However, recent research by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found there were particular benefits to allowing your dog on the bed for nighttime snuggles. So, should you be sleeping with your dog at night?

Below we take a look at the pros and cons of letting your dog sleep with you.

Definite benefits of co-sleeping with your dog

People have been sleeping with their dogs for millennia. One example is the Aboriginal Australians who slept with their dogs or dingoes (an Australian canine) for warmth and protection from evil spirits. While we may be less concerned with evil spirits these days, dogs still provide night time comfort for their humans.

Sleeping with your dog at night increases the amount of time you get to spend with them each day. If you’re away from your dog throughout the day working, maximizing the time you spend with them at night can strengthen the bond you share.

Dogs are lighter sleepers than their human friends and remain alert to sounds even in slumber. Knowing that you have their ears to alert you to night time disturbances can provide additional comfort and help you to relax and enjoy a deeper sleep.

The companionship and unconditional love dogs give to their owners is one of the many benefits of pet ownership. Positive human-animal interaction (such as co-sleeping) has been proven to reduce stress, fear and anxiety for people and increase the brain’s oxytocin levels. Dogs are perfect bed warmers making them ideal companions for colder nights. As long as you and your canine friend are healthy and don’t disturb each other’s sleep, allowing them on your bed, or at least in your room, is a perfectly healthy and beneficial thing to do.

It’s not just about you either; dogs generally enjoy sharing their owner’s beds. As they use their sense of smell to interpret the world around them, being close to objects that smell like their human – or their actual human – is comforting and pleasing.

The drawbacks of having your dog sleep with you.

While there are definite benefits of sleeping with your dog, there can also be a downside. Pet hair, night time accidents, disrupted sleep and difficulty reaching the bed for smaller or older animals are all legitimate concerns when deciding if you should allow your canine pal to sleep with you.

If you are prone to allergies, allowing your dog to sleep with you may trigger health problems. If this is the case, consider having them sleep in their own bed, away from your sleeping space. Just like us, dogs dream, snore and move in their sleep. Light sleepers may find that having their dog on the bed at night disturbs their sleep. If their movement at night affects your sleep quality, try moving them onto their own bed in your room so they can still be close.

Even the cleanest and best-trained dogs can have accidents. Dog pee on your bed smells and while not toxic, can stick around a long time if not cleaned properly. Older dogs can be more prone to night time incontinence and younger dogs may still be in ‘potty-training’. If your dog is likely to pee in their sleep and you’d rather not have to regularly clean it from your mattress, letting them sleep with you should be out.

Finally, smaller and older dogs may find it difficult to reach your bed. You’ll need to consider their safety at night if sleeping with them as they could damage joints, bones, or muscles if they fall.

There are many benefits to sleeping with your dog and most pet owners would agree that these far outweigh any drawbacks that may be experienced. If you enjoy sleeping with your dog, or would like to give it a try, the chances are your dog will love it too and there is no real reason not to.

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Five Cat Care Tips to Consider

Whether you have a kitten or a senior cat, becoming a new cat owner comes with a lot of responsibility. Certainly, a guide of cat care tips can be beneficial despite breed, gender, or the age of your feline friend. Naturally, we all want our cats to be happy and healthy. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, consider these essential cat care tips for the health of your cat for years to come.

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Five cat care tips essential for every pet owner

As your new cat transitions into your home, consider the following five cat care tips for the health of your feline friend:

1. Hydration

With temperatures starting to rise, it is important that your cat gets plenty of water throughout the day. Naturally, keeping your cat hydrated is critical for their health and well-being. Consider keeping a journal and note your cat’s daily water intake, so you can keep your veterinarian informed. Without a doubt, this is a cat care tip that is beneficial to all furry friends alike!

2. Grooming

Keeping your feline friend on a proper grooming regimen can help with bigger issues down the road. For instance, your cat will self-groom, which could result in hairballs if they aren’t being groomed regularly. Further, these hairballs could get stuck and potentially result in an obstruction or the need for surgery. Consider keeping your cat’s coat and nails groomed to avoid unnecessary medical treatment.

3. Enrichment toys

Interactive play and enrichment can provide your cat with hours of fun and stimulation. In addition, enrichment toys provide mental, physical, and emotional stimulation which can benefit your feline friend. Consider providing a versatile selection of cat toys, like cat trees, puzzles, and toy mice – around your home. Certainly, any way to spend more quality time with your furry friend is a plus!

4. Exercise

Exercise is an important factor in pet wellness, for all pets. Obviously, cats are no exception! Consider keeping your cat active, and allowing them space to roam and play freely. For example, place toys throughout your home at various heights and levels, so your feline friend has the opportunity to stay active. Also, by keeping your cat at a proper weight, they may have fewer medical issues in the future.

Protect from unexpected injuries and illnesses

Cats of all shapes, ages, and sizes are playful and unpredictable. Undoubtedly, you want to keep your pet happy and healthy as they grow. Essentially, there is no way to fully prepare for life’s unexpected moments. If you are exploring your options, consider checking out Trupanion‘s medical insurance for pets and see if it is a right fit for your cat’s lifetime journey.

Cat care tips: for a happy and healthy feline friend

These cat care tips can provide the path to an enriched, healthy, and happy best friend. By taking the chance to stay active, check in with your veterinarian, and protect your cat for their lifetime, you can experience adventures with your feline friend for the future.

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