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Top 10 Smartphone Apps for Cat Owners

Photo via techeblog.com

Photo via techeblog.com

Any cat owner will tell you that a dangling string or feather can catch their cat’s attention almost instantly. Cats are very curious creatures and continue to surprise us with their intelligence. We’ve already gone over the best apps for dog owners, so here is a list of the best smartphone apps for our feline friends out there!

  1. Pocket Pond—Get your cat in the hunting spirit with this interactive pond filled with fish, rippling water, and dragonflies! Design your own pond and take care of the fish to make it fun for the both of you. Free for iPhone and Android. 

Top Hotels and Tips For Traveling with Four-Legged Friends this Holiday Season

MinzyWith the busy holiday travel season fast approaching, we want to share our picks for the top pet-friendly hotels where Fido and Fluffy will be welcomed with open arms. In addition, we want to offer tips for making travel with your furry friend a bit more bearable this time of year.

“Traveling with pets can be as stressful as traveling with kids,” said Dr. Kerri Marshall, Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion. “It’s important to do your research before you book and make sure to talk with the hotel ahead of time to understand what ‘Pet Friendly’ means to them. If including pets on your vacation is important to you then find a hotel that caters to your animals, meaning: large grassy areas for dog walks, or extra services like luxurious pet beds, treats or pet sitting services.”

Trupanion’s picks for the top pet friendly hotels include:

Stella’s Story, from the Streets to the Sky

Stella - XXX - Image 1 (small) “Stella came to us at 8 weeks old. She and six other puppies were born in the back of a car en route to a dog rescue. We fell in love with her the minute we found her online. She was full of energy. Since her mother was living on the streets and only four of the pups survived, we immediately looked into medical insurance to give Stella the best chances for whatever might come. We picked Trupanion.

Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Diagnosis and Treatment

Allergies are just as common in dogs as they are in the humans, and can cause your loyal companion quite a bit of suffering. Canine atopic dermatitis is also a type of allergy that is often caused by airborne allergens even though the symptoms show up on the pet’s skin. It is one of the top 10 conditions when you must take your dog to a vet. This article explains proper diagnosis and treatment of this allergy in an elaborative manner. Let’s begin.

What is canine atopic dermatitis?

Coonhound Pup Gets a New Start in Life

Boone Dog - XXX - Image 1 (small)“We have four dogs covered by Trupanion and last year I almost canceled our policies. Fortunately I listened to a Trupanion associate and kept the insurance. Not long after, we found our newest fur baby, Boone Dog, paralyzed in our backyard without any forewarning. We were told that night that he had myleopathy and a collapsed congenital disc. He was on a ventilator that week and was in horrible shape.

No one expects this. You don’t get a puppy thinking that you will be facing two weeks of life-saving vet care and a $21,000 vet bill…but that’s where we were. We would have not been able to afford or support Boone the way we needed to without the help of Trupanion and our veterinarian. I called Trupanion crying my eyes out, needing support, and there was not one time I didn’t get the support that I needed. Trupanion stepped in to work with our veterinarian so we did not have to worry about the overwhelming financial stress.