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The Necessity of Pet Travel Insurance

Friday, November 26th, 2010

If pet insurance seems frivolous then initially the thought of pet travel insurance can seem ridiculous. But you’d be careless to think that way, traveling is an invitation for chaotic and unforeseen scenarios, and animals tend not to respond very well with these things! If you think you can simply take your pet on vacation every time and not worry about it then perhaps you should read on.

Traveling with your pet is expanding the boundaries of your relationship, often in a way that will be new and confusing to your pet. From the safety of your home your pet Chihuahua might know not to chew up your shoes or pee on the floor, but this is hardly the same thing while traveling abroad. There are 3 reasons why you need pet travel insurance

First of all you have no idea how your pet will react to a different humidity, different weather, different insects and animals and perhaps even different food. There is a myriad of respiratory and stomach problems these different conditions could cause. The point is that it is quite easy for your pet to be ill, and what happens if you have to seek out a vet while traveling? What if you have to take your pet to the vet once you get back for a vaccination or some sort of treatment? You’re already strapped for cash after all of the ordinary vacation expenses.

Secondly, the overwhelming stress your pet is going through can cause it to misbehave. Even if your pet doesn’t misbehave, imagine it vomiting or having diarrhea in your hotel room and having to pay damages. This can add up quickly in any number of ways.

The final point I’ll make is that there may be occasions where you can’t take your pet with you where you’re going. Maybe you’re taking a specific tour that doesn’t allow animals, or planning on eating out at a fancy restaurant. If you need someone to watch over your pet this can be costly to find someone you trust. If you had pet travel insurance you probably could have covered each of these individual problems!

I hope you can see now why it’s important to take another see something you may have originally written off. Pet insurance and pet travel insurance have both been taking off in popularity throughout the last thirty years, and it’s because they are both valuable and necessary.

Childs How to Approach Dogs

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

We know that dogs express themselves through body language and some tones of barking. They do not speak to you in your native tongue: “Leave me alone, I’m having a bad day” or “Leave me alone, I am old and hurting.” Instead, they might give a low growl and show of the top canines (only) as a warning. That is frequently misinterpreted as an aggressive threat, when all it really means is “Leave me alone, I mean it!” Frequently, they will just move away. Respect that. That is a sign of avoidance. If your dog’s warning is not respected, the dog may snap at whomever who pushes too far.

Some people try to make their children comfortable around dogs by saying excitedly: “Oh look, there’s a doggy! Look at the doggy!” (That drives me nuts.) The well-intentioned, misguided adult shows excitement, which creates two negative things here. It is negative for both a calm dog and an excited or nervous dog. The calm dog will usually look at you like your are crazy, he may move away and want nothing to do with you, and certainly he will not welcome interaction with you, even if he tolerates it.

An excited dog and an excited person are a bad mix. It creates a “pushy” mentality in the dog. He could jump and knock the child or an elderly person down. It is very dangerous even for the young and fit, as many know who have been tripped up and injured this way.

First, no one should EVER come up to a dog excitedly. To the dog, that is a rude behavior. In a dog pack, they discipline one another for that, and a mother dog would have her pup on the ground instantly! Show the dog some respect, and let him smell you before you advance. Dogs always smell one another before even thinking about getting to know a new guy. We carry scents which tell dogs a lot about us, where we have been, whether we have had experience with dogs, our level of excitement or nervousness, and so forth. You cannot fool them. Without the opportunity to “read” this information, however, dogs become insecure, and that can be risky.

Second, never pet a dog without asking the owner first. The dog may be nervous around strangers or children, or may have had some recent surgery, injury, or something else that would make him fearful or protective. The dog could also be in training, and you could disrupt that.

When greeting a new dog or one who does not really know you, always hold your palm out straight for the dog to sniff your hand – just like you would do in feeding treats to a horse. Let’s debunk the myth about extending the back of your hand. That is much easier for the dog to bite, and prevents you from other motions you might need to make. Instead, extend the PALM of your hand.

Always explain to your child the do’s and don’ts with each animal. For very little ones, take the child’s hand and show him how a dog likes to be petted. Monitor and control the situation. Young children and dogs should not be alone together unsupervised unless they know each other extremely well.

There are right and wrong ways to do things with animals. The faster the truth gets out, the more successes there will be with happy children and dogs, and the more dog bites and dog attacks will be avoided!