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5 Tips For Caring For You Pet When They Are Sick

5 Tips For Caring For You Pet When They Are SickPets suffer illnesses just as humans do. Serious ones require help from a veterinarian and sometimes hospitalization. However, many times you may find yourself in the position of caring for less serious illnesses or recovery periods at home. Here are important things to do.

1. Keep the Pet Hydrated
Whether the illness is respiratory or gastrointestinal, it is important your pet receive sufficient fluids. Offering canned wet food instead of dry kibble with help increase fluid intake. Keep fresh water in a bowl nearby. In some cases, you may need to administer fluids orally via an oral syringe or even subcutaneously. If this is the case, have a vet show you the proper way to perform these methods.

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Searching for Fido: Tips for Getting a Lost Dog Home

Image courtesy of Evgeni Dinev / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Evgeni Dinev / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When you adopt a dog, they’re more than just an animal, they become part of your family. Unfortunately, family dogs get lost every day in the United States, but following the right steps helps ensure that you get your lost dog finds home quickly and safely.

Initial Search
Before getting too alarmed, search every part of your home, garage, outbuilding, sheds, and the surrounding property for your dog. Look under decks and any other hiding spaces where your dog may seek shelter. If you live in a residential neighborhood walk around the immediate area calling for your dog. You don’t want to instigate a major search only to find the dog hiding out at home.

Animal Shelters
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19 Pets Enjoying Spring

Spring is finally here (for many of us) and it’s nice to finally see a little sun, feel a little warmth, and spot the colorful flowers as they begin to bloom. We’ve enjoyed viewing your springtime pet photos over the past week and we’re sure that the pets are happy to be getting outside more!

Beau, shared by Joan C.

Beau, shared by Joan C.

Betty, shared by Laura

Betty, shared by Laura

Chloe, shared by Parker S.

Chloe, shared by Parker S.

Cindy Lou Who, shared by Danielle D.

Cindy Lou Who, shared by Danielle D.

Cyndi Kay, shared by Jonathan

Cyndi Kay, shared by Jonathan

Daisy, shared by Kelly L.

Daisy, shared by Kelly L.

Dyno and Piper, shared by Stacey H.

Dyno and Piper, shared by Stacey H.

Maximus enjoying ice cream, shared by Dallas L.

Maximus enjoying ice cream, shared by Dallas L.

Photo shared by Faye W.

Photo shared by Faye W.

Felix, shared by Randi

Felix, shared by Randi

Heidi, shared by Enrique C.

Heidi, shared by Enrique C.

Jet, shared by Deb A.

Jet, shared by Deb A.

Shared by Lisa K.

Shared by Lisa K.

Macallan and Guinness, shared by Lindsay A.

Macallan and Guinness, shared by Lindsay A.

Maggie, shared by Tracy-Keri S.

Maggie, shared by Tracy-Keri S.

Piper, shared by Janet F.

Piper, shared by Janet F.

Sookie, shared by Rayna P.

Sookie, shared by Rayna P.

Lily, shared by Stephanie W.

Lily, shared by Stephanie W.

Photo of Nora shared by Kat M.

Photo of Nora shared by Kat M.

Has spring made its way to your hometown? If not, what is the first thing you are going to do when it finally arrives?

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Trupanion Reviews – Week of April 18

I just finished filing my first claim for my puppy. Even though there were some questions about his previous vet records before signing up with Trupanion, everything was handled quickly and I was informed of the claim status regularly. Thank you for the great customer service! -Carol M.

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My little Maltese has to see the ophthalmologist every 4 months for her eye issues. Trupanion is the best! -Cindy B.

Love watching my pup sleep! Knowing he’s happy, safe and has @Trupanion! Nothing better than that❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/GsmCdvJzmK -@HurleyRegina

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@Trupanion Love the peace of mind that comes with having my fur babies insured! pic.twitter.com/dYcT0mNKJs -@UnicornGlam

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I’ve been dealing with Trupanion for many years now, and today I got an e-mail that my monthly premium was decreasing, wow, this is unheard of, thank you Trupanion! I tell everyone that asks me about insurance to try you! -Penny M.

thank you for your quick service and e mails ,i am so glad i took trupanion as my insurance for my dog,you guys are great and you care!I WILL definately pass your name onto others -Sheri R.

I love @Trupanion! Just one of the invoices from my latest dog crisis. If you have a pet you love, sign up now! pic.twitter.com/UTaWorrcZu -@vwestphoto_nb

my dogs officially have insurance. thanks, @IndianapolisVet for suggesting @Trupanion. 1 plan, 90% coverage. easy peasy. -@meganbelle

2 x-rays, 3 “foreign objects”,and 24 hrs later Bear is on the mend! #trupanion @trupanion #sfdogs #australianshepherd -@beartheaussie

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I just want to say thank you. Without your amazing evening customer service and pre-authorization / direct billing I would not be picking up my Thug .. otherwise know as Artemus the Nerf Dart eating cat tonight. -Carolin S.

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Thank you sooo much for helping us getting Penny back on her paws :) -Bettina H.

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Hi ! I’m Connor, and I can’t say enough about the folks at Trupanion ! I am just 5 weeks out of a TTA surgery for my torn ACL and my Dad and Trupanion have been with me all the way !
Dad said that if it wasn’t for Trupanion that we would of had to go to one of those less desirable place to have my surgery But since he was smart enough to get me Pet Health Insurance from Trupanion ! I got to go to a very reputable Vet Hospital and have it done right ! I have a lot of healing yet to do and my Doctors say that it will still be weeks till I actually get to run, but I know that I am on the right track !!! To get back to what I do best !
I would like to thank the great crew at Trupanion starting with the ones that I have heard about from my Dad. So a Great Big Barking Thank You to:
Jennifer, Megan, Amanda, Denise, Emma, Jenn, Heather, Alicia, just to name a few !
Thanks to the Trupanion Team !
Love,
Connor

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How to Get Your Dog to Stop Drooling

dog pet insurance Trupanion cavalier spanielDogs and drooling often seem to go together like cats and purring. But that nasty drool can get everywhere, making it a real mess to clean up. Not only that, but sometimes a dog’s drooling can be so excessive that it hampers the relationship between owner and dog. While you might assume that a dog’s drooling is simply par for the course, you might be surprised to know that there are many reasons for a dog to drool, some of which might be medical in nature. Also, there are ways in which you can help your dog stop drooling as often.

How Much Drooling is Too Much?
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5 Tips to Keep Your Furry Friend in Good Health

ID-10018659You want your furry friends to be healthy, but sometimes it is hard to know what they need and even how they are feeling. Knowing  how to properly care for your companion can be a full-time effort so don’t take it lightly. An animal’s instinct is to hide injury or illness, so always be on the lookout for changes in behavior and follow these five tips for keeping your pet healthy and avoiding injury.

Do Your Homework
Thoroughly research the needs of a new pet before bringing him home. Some animals have special needs that inexperienced caregivers simply may not be aware of. Know the breed and proclivities that each breed brings to the table. Some breeds are extremely difficult to train and should not be adopted by the uneducated or unwilling to learn owner. If you are prepared for the challenge it will not seem as difficult.

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Cat Swallowed Rubber Bands

Leo the 5-year-old cat recently made an unexpected veterinary visit because something was up with his tummy. He would vomit occasionally and was losing weight. His veterinarian took some X-rays and an ultrasound of his belly to reveal a mass. Leo would need surgery to remove whatever it was that was causing blockage.

During surgery, Leo’s veterinarian found that his belly was full of rubber bands! They were removed and Leo was able to go home and recover that same day.

Leo is a great example that, even if your cat is an indoor cat, it can still experience illnesses or emergencies. We are very glad that Leo’s surgery went well and were happy to have been able to help. We hope that there are no more rubber bands in his future!

Total claim amount: $1,741.64
Deductible applied: -$500
Ineligible costs (Food): -$36.32
10% co-insurance: -$120.53
Eligible for coverage: $1,084.79

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Trupanion Reviews – Week of April 11

@trupanion Thanks Trupanion Pet Insurance! Sarge’s cardiac check up went well today! Thanks for making it so easy for us to get the best care possible for him! -@keldal

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Thank you Trupanion. My baby would not be here without the insurance policy! -Alexis R.

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Ways to Keep your Furry Friend Healthy on a Budget

Ways to Keep your Furry Friend Healthy on a BudgetAnimals are wonderful companions and often become part of the family. While they are wonderful, they can also be a costly family addition. Handling money wisely in all areas of life is a learned skill, and there are many ways to keep your loveable furry friend healthy, while also keeping your budget in check. Read on for some helpful tips.

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13 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments

smiling pug dog blackDog lovers know what life is like without a dog: quiet, boring, and no wiggle butt to greet you when you get home. Living in an apartment may limit our options for pets, whether they restrict pets altogether or only allow small dog breeds. We’ve put together a list of 13 small dog breeds (in no particular order) that make wonderful pets and are suitable for apartment living.

  1. Pug – These adaptable dogs generally get along with people and pets of all sizes. Their flat faces mean that they can’t easily cool down which means they aren’t well-suited for hot climates. Continue reading “13 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments” »
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