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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

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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 getyourpet.com. 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

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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.

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 trupanion.com.

Trupanion is a registered trademark owned by Trupanion, Inc. Underwritten in Canada by Omega General Insurance Company and in the United States by American Pet Insurance Company, 6100-4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Please visit AmericanPetInsurance.com to review all available pet health insurance products.

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 trupanion.com.

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.

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 trupanion.com.

Rehoming a Dog: A “How To” Guide

Rehoming a dog is on no one’s bucket list of things they want or expect to do. But if circumstances make it unavoidable, look to Get Your Pet for help. Start with this “How To” guide to rehoming a dog we created to help you make the process as smooth and successful as possible.

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Preparation is Key — Things to Do Before Rehoming a Dog

Before rehoming a dog, make sure they are set up for success. See that your dog has been to the vet recently and is healthy. Have their vet records on hand, as they will make the transition easier. Spay or neuter your dog before rehoming them. This will eliminate the possibility of them creating unwanted litters, reduce undesirable behaviors such as mounting, and even possibly prevent cancer later in life. Be sure to give them a bath or have them groomed so they look their best for potential adopters!

When Rehoming a Dog, Put Your Dog’s Best Paw Forward

Rehoming a dog quickly starts with having high-quality photos in the dog’s published profile. You don’t need a professional camera for this; just make sure your pictures have good lighting, aren’t blurry, and that they showcase your pet well. Try a variety of “poses” – one facing the camera, one of them engaged in their favorite activity, one that shows off their personality. DO NOT show your dog in a cage, behind a fence or wearing a heavy chain.  If possible, add a video to your dog’s profile. A video allows adopters to see your pet in action and get an idea for how they behave around people. We have even more photo-taking tips and tricks and even more tips for making your pet into a video star!

Make Your Pet Stand Out

Get specific about your pet in the “Story” section of the profile. Tell adopters something that goes beyond the hard facts of their weight or age. For example, the profile might say that Sparky gets along with cats. But, does Sparky secretly seek out feline snuggles? Information about your dog’s personality and funny traits will pique potential adopters’ interest much more than a rehash of their vital statistics. What qualities does your dog have that would make you want to bring them into your family, if you could?

Spread the Word that You’re Rehoming a Dog

When rehoming a dog, you will need to make sure the dog is seen by as many people as possible.

  • Create a digital adoption advertisement to expose your pet to as many interested adopters as possible. Post on a website like ours, getyourpet.com, and others, like Rehome. Post on social media sites like Facebook.
  • Talk to your family and friends. Tell everyone who will listen that your dog needs to be rehomed – you never know who may be interested!
  • Post flyers in your community. At petbond.com, you can combine your pet’s photo and profile into a flyer by following the simple instructions. Be sure to add your contact information. Post the flyers at your veterinarian’s office, grocery stores, libraries, churches, and gyms.
  • Contact local no-kill shelters and rescues. Surrendering your pet to a shelter should be your last resort but calling/emailing a local shelter to see their intake availability well before you need to find your pet a home will allow you to plan ahead. Ask if they schedule intake appointments and book one on the very last day you must rehome your dog, just in case. Here is a list of local rescues/shelters.

Lastly, respond quickly to interested adopters. This sounds obvious, but if a potential adopter doesn’t hear back from you promptly, there’s a good chance they will move on to the next pet in need.

Already found an adopter? Here are more tips and all the questions to ask them!

Need specifics on what to do next? Learn how to rehome a dog or cat step by step.

Pet Poison Prevention: Five Safety Tips for New Pet Owners

Cats and dogs are curious creatures, always exploring, and sometimes getting into things they shouldn’t. Certainly, there is no need to fuss over a little mess. However, you do need to pay attention: some common, seemingly harmless items can pose a grave risk for your furry friends. In honor of National Poison Prevention Month, follow our tips for pet poison prevention.

Pet poison prevention: know the dangers

Certainly, half the battle is knowing what a pet poison is. Common foods such as chocolate, mushrooms, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic are dangerous for your furry friend to ingest. So is Xylitol, a chemical commonly found in chewing gum. Additionally, household items like antifreeze and rat poison can cause severe issues. Even household plants can be a dangerous pet poison, especially lilies. And, needless to say, keep your prescription drugs (as well as recreational marijuana and alcohol) away from your pet, too.

Some toxins are more dangerous than others, but better to be safe than sorry. Find a full list of poisonous household items here.

 

Pet poison prevention: keep it out of reach

Now that you know what household pet poison risks are, take a good look around your home with fresh eyes. In particular, what potential toxins do you have lying around? Really think about it from your pet’s perspective and puppy proof away.

Certainly, identify safe ways to secure dangerous foods and medicines. Likewise, find alternatives to dangerous household plants, noxious cleaners or pest deterrents. Also, don’t forget about purses or bags. We keep lots of goodies in them that could cause problems. Think of it as a small-scale tidying project.

 

Pet poison prevention: know the signs of toxicity

Of course, mistakes happen. Pets get into garbage, get ahold of a child’s snack or find some way to get into trouble. If you are worried your furry family member has ingested a pet poison, identify the poison. Also, know what signs to look for, so that you can clearly communicate with medical professionals. Take your pet to the veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately if you see any of the following signs:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excess drool
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood in vomit or cough
  • Pale gums
  • Heart racing
  • Lethargy or inability to move
  • Excess thirst or urination
  • Decreased urination
  • Black or tar-like stool
  • Yellowing of the gums
  • Abnormal behavior

 

Pet poison prevention: keep emergency contact information readily available

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, take them to your local clinic immediately. Unfortunately, emergencies happen when we are least prepared. So do yourself and anyone who is watching your pet a favor and create an emergency list. Keep it on clear display. Some items to include:

 

Pet poison prevention: talk to your veterinary professionals

The saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Certainly, when it comes to pets and toxicity nothing could be truer. Talk to your trusted veterinarian. Make sure you are aware of breed-specific concerns and your veterinarian’s recommendations for preventing toxicity. Additionally, make sure you are up to date on your pet’s medical insurance. Treating emergency pet toxicity can get costly, and you don’t want to make an emotional decision based on finances.

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 trupanion.com.

Corgi Breed Info: Personality, Appearance, And More

The Corgi breed is quickly becoming highly popular, thanks to the internet. But, simply being adorable doesn’t mean they are the right match for everyone. Keep reading to learn if the Corgi breed would be a good dog for you.

corgi breed

Corgi Personality

Corgis are very well known for their happy and loving nature, making them perfect for families. They thrive on attention and want to be involved in everything you do. Originally bred for herding cattle, Corgis still have the working dog spirit of their ancestors. Due to their high spirits, Corgis are often independent and strong-willed. Some corgis can even seem bossy unless they have proper training.

Types of Corgi

There are two types of corgis: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. According to Cuteness.com, Cardigan Welsh Corgis date back as far as 1200 B.C. In Cardiganshire, Wales, farmers used Corgis to herd and drive cattle. Pembroke Welsh Corgis originated in France in 1107. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed has a heavier build and smaller ears than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Both breeds of Corgi have similar good natures and lovable personalities!

Training the Corgi Breed

Corgis need training. They are intelligent dogs and very capable of learning. But they have fiercely independent personalities, which can make training frustrating. Like most dogs, the Corgi breed responds positively to treats and praise. It’s most important to be consistent so that your Corgi won’t think bad behaviors are acceptable. Corgis love to learn, so don’t stop at basic obedience commands. Constructive energy outlets, such as training, will keep them from from becoming bored and turning to destructive behaviors.

 

Common Health Issues with Corgis

Like Queen Elizabeth’s beloved pets, most Corgis will live long and healthy lives. However, the Corgi breed does have their own set of health issues. Corgis are prone to developing hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and degenerative myelopathy. Responsible corgi owners can prevent these problems by managing diet and promoting exercise. As your Corgi ages, limit activities like jumping from furniture and stairs.

Grooming Corgis

Grooming your Corgi is an extremely easy process. Corgis have a naturally short, fluffy coat. Frequent washings aren’t necessary unless they get dirty outdoors. However, the Corgi breed is known for its excessive shedding. They typically shed their undercoat once a year, usually in the spring. Grooming with a pin brush will help cut down on the amount of hair floating around your home.

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