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Dog Insurance – Only the Best for Your Best Friend

Dog Insurance – Only the Best for Your Best Friend

Insuring Fido is not something that immediately springs to mind. When our dog falls ill or suffers an accident, the vet bills can be exhorbitant. It is not unusual for even basic, minor veterinary procedures to cost hundreds of pounds. If our family pet becomes seriously ill or hurt, the bill can run into thousands and place a very great strain on our finances.

If we are unable to afford vet bills for our pet, at the very least this can mean distress and discomfort for them. In the case of serious illness it can mean that we have to make a very unhappy decision to have Fido put to sleep because the treatment that will save him simply cannot be paid for. Insuring our dog ensures that we are never placed in such an unhappy predicament where we have to choose between our loved pet and our financial security.

Today, we have a legal duty to ensure that we provide all the necessary care for our dog or face severe penalties and even run the risk of getting a criminal record for not providing care as required. There is no NHS for pets so we must make sure that as responsible dog owners we can pay for the often, very expensive medical services that our dog may need. Not only can we satisfy our legal responsibility that we now have to care for our pet, but ensure that they continue to enjoy a good quality life and continue to play their part in our lives.

There is also the liability that we carry for the behaviour of our dog. If our dog runs into the road and causes a traffic accident, we as the dog owner can be held liable for causing the accident. If our dog bit someone, we are liable for the damage and distress that is caused. The cost of dealing with such an instance can be ruinous unless we have a means to pay for the bills that are incurred or be able to pay to defend ourselves legally. Dog insurance policies can be used to cover for any such eventuality.

We have all seen posters for missing pets from time to time. Insuring our dog will allow us to be able to cover the cost of a reward for finding Fido should he decide to wander off, as well as help cover the cost of advertising in the local press. Make sure that any policy will cover these basic things as they are frequently the cause of an insurance claim on these policies.

Carrying dog insurance makes a great deal of financial sense. It is cheap and easy to arrange, with cover costing pennies a day which when you set that against the thousands of pounds that a vet bill may result in, is all too easy to see the financial arguement for having the policy. Unlike insuring our lives, medical underwriting is kept to an absolute minimum so filling forms should be quick and very easy to do.

Probably the greatest benefit to be gained from holding dog insurance is the peace of mind that comes with it. You cannot always be certain how your dog will behave or what fate has in store and no matter how much you love your four legged friend, your bank balance may simply be unable to withstand the financial cost of looking after them. Peace of mind can cost you pennies, but there is no price you can place on the value of knowing that if the worst happens you have one less thing to worry about.

If you insure your car, you should insure your dog. It is cheaper and simpler to set up and you are more likely to claim on the policy than claim on your car insurance. Take the opportunity to consider how much it may cost you if you do not cover Fido not just from the financial aspect of him falling ill, but from him taking a bite out the postman or chasing a cyclist across the street. Legally you have to insure your car, but common sense requires you do the same for Fido.

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Pet Gear Booster Dog Car Seat Demonstration & Installation

For more info: The Pet Gear Booster Car Seats are designed to elevate your dog to allow them to view out the windows but also to increase their safety and yours while traveling. The medium and large booster seats install easily in your rear seats with a standard seat belt while the console booster seat allows your little one to stay right next to you without impairing your driving. The seats are made from a thick foam with a machine washable and removable micro suede cover. Included is a 2″ thick dog pillow that will keep your pet in ultra comfort while the adjustable tether or dual tethers (Large Size) secures your pet.

For more info: The Pet Gear All-in-one Booster Seat is a versatile way to secure your pet while traveling in the car. This booster seat can be used flat on the car seat or can be boosted up to give your pet a view out the window by strapping the shoulder harness around the head rest.
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Buying a Dog Collar

Buying a Dog Collar

A dog is certainly man’s best friend. This is why you need to take extra care while choosing a dog collar. Today, the market is filled with various varieties of collars for different dogs. It is no longer regarded as a ‘just a strap around the neck’ but an accessory that gives a dog a personality. As a fashion statement dog collars are gaining popularity because owners like their dogs to look as fashionable as they are. Before you go ahead and buy a collar for your dog, spend a little time to find out all you can about the product. This way you can make an intelligent choice, which not only suits your pocket but one, which will be comfortable to your dog.

The most important factor in buying a dog collar is your dog. The kind of collar you buy largely depends on the breed of dog and its quality and color of its fur. Ideally you would want a collar that makes your dog look good. For smaller breeds you have the option of using brighter colors like pink or purple. For large and fiercer dogs, these colors would not compliment the dog’s nature. Therefore, blacks, browns and reds are more popular for larger breeds.

The next important factor to keep in mind is your dog’s temperament. Some dogs are more docile than others. Thus they do not require a high intensity collar. However, dogs in training would probably need pinch or choke collars. You need to be very careful about selecting these collars because extensive pressure can harm the overall health of the dog. The safest dog collars are the ones with buckles and those with a quick release mechanism. They do not cause your dog any discomfort. Owners with more obedient and trained dogs can afford to use these collars.

If you are a beach lover or if you have a pool at home then it is wise to get a nylon collar. It is best suited for dogs that are around water a lot. The most important factor to remember is how well the collar fits on your dog. Ensure that it is not too tight to choke or discomfort the dog. Experts say that there should be atleast two-finger space between the collar and the neck. If the collar is too loose the dog might be able to get it over its head in no time. This defeats the purpose of a dog collar. Today there is a wide choice of products to choose from. Electronic dog collars range from 0 and 00. You can get a collar and leash set which match in color.

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A dog house-training method?

Question by woobegone: A dog house-training method?
Our puppy, although she is getting a bit better, still does her business inside, especially in our bedrooms, mostly when we are away at school and forget to shut our doors. One of my mother’s students who is a dog trainer has told her that the most effective way to “potty-train” the dog is,when you find their poop or pee, instead of yelling at the dog/rubbing her face in it, it is best (this is gonna sound crazy)to yell at the poop or pee. She has said to stand above it, making sure your dog can see you, and yell something like “BAD POOP” or “BAD PEE!” and “NO!”. We have tried this and it doesn’t seem to bother our dog a bit. She looks at us like were crazy and gets all excited and runs away. Is our dog just an idiot..or was this dog trainer the idiot? Have you ever heard of using this as a training mechanism?

Best answer:

Answer by animal_artwork
The trainer is an idiot.

You may want to consider crate training your dog.

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What is a good apartment dog?

Question by DoggyCrazy: What is a good apartment dog?
I need a very friendly dog preferably under 15 lbs full grown, no larger than 25 lbs! That is good with children and other dogs! I have an 8 lb Papillon, i want a friend for him! But also a dog that would be compatible with our lifestyle! We live in an apartment have a 2 year old daughter and an 8lb male dog! Please don’t say “Check out your local animal shelter.” I would just like specific dogs breeds that are good with young children and other small dogs! Either by knowledge or experience! Thanks in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by O
A hotdog.

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Are there any smells that dogs hate?

Question by Kittie: Are there any smells that dogs hate?
My brother is a delivery driver, and he says he’s fed up with dogs always coming up and sniffing at him. Are there any smells that can act as a “dog repellent”?

Best answer:

Answer by Sher
Bitter apple spray
Rubbing Alcohol

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