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    Should You Have Horse Insurance?

    Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Randi No Comments

    Horses are incredibly beautiful animals that have long inspired writers, artists, and of course, the equestrians who ride them. The relationship an owner has with her horse goes far beyond an “investment.” Horses and their owners share a deep bond that is incredibly meaningful. The reality, too, is that buying a horse is an expensive proposition, and a horse, being a living creature, is subject to illness and accidents that can be expensive.

    For all these reasons, any owner of a horse should take the time to review horse insurance policies and make sure they are protected in the event anything happens to their animal. An injury to a horse is a real danger, and the medical expenses associated with treating a horse can add up very quickly.

    A horse owner should have major medical insurance, as a horse can become seriously injured or suffer a serious illness that requires expensive treatment. There are other types of insurance though that an owner should consider for protecting their horse and themselves.

    Horse Liability Coverage

    Though horses are gentle and loving creatures, their massive size and tendency to be skittish and unpredictable at times leaves them open to causing injury to the people around them, as well as to their trainers. A person standing close to a horse can be knocked down and trampled if a horse is startled. A rider can be thrown off a horse. There are many possibilities of injuries that a horse can cause, and for all these reasons it’s imperative that an owner carry solid liability insurance for their animal. There are many insurance companies that specialize in this type of coverage, so it’s wise for an owner to look into the type of policy that’s appropriate.

    Horse Mortality Insurance

    Along with medical and liability, a horse should also have mortality coverage. Horses often die of illness or injury before their time, and this can mean the loss of a significant investment for the owner. Again, having the right protection is important, so coverage for the horse’s mortality is also strongly advised.

    A horse is a beautiful animal that can bring a lot of joy to an owner. Having the right coverage can ease any stress an owner may have, so if you have a horse, be sure to talk to an insurance broker about the right protection for your beloved animal.

    Prevention is Key in Pet Joint Issues

    Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Randi 1 Comment

    Anyone who has had a dog knows how heartbreaking it is to see them going through hip and joint issues later in life. Supplements crafted according to holistic standards will often provide animals with the relief that they need from pain. In addition to helping animals who already have joint issues, these products also help younger animals before they develop these symptoms.

    What Ingredients Make the Difference?

    There are several natural solutions known to help dogs with existing joint issues, as swell as possibly prevent these issues from developing. One of the most effective remedies for joint pain in dogs is cetyl myristoleate, which pet guardians use to provide their treasured companions with steady relief. MSM and glucosamine also help dogs with joint issues, with the combination of these ingredients bringing about a major difference in the results.

    Getting Dogs to Take It

    If you check out more on cetyl m for dogs, you will find that this type of supplement comes in handy forms that your dog will eat very willingly. It’s always easier to give your dog a supplement when it’s in a chewable form that can be used as a treat. The good thing about supplements that are formulated the right way is that they are safe for dogs with allergies.

    The Holistic Difference

    Although holistic vets have been around a long time, many people with pets are just now realizing the importance of holistic veterinary medicine and what it can do for their dog. The guidance of a holistic vet can help people determine which supplements are the safest for their dog. Vets who use a holistic approach can also provide valuable advice on vaccinations, as well as food. Many of the common health problems that dogs face are easily resolved with holistic approaches.

    Joint supplements for your dog can help him, or her enjoy their later years in comfort. When your dog can get the nutrients they need more easily, you can be well-assured that your pet will enjoy life to the fullest without as many potential pain issues.

    National Cat Day

    Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by Randi 2 Comments

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    Happy National Cat Day from Phantom, Reese, Bella, James, and Loki!

    Obligatory please spay and neuter your pets. As much as I love every single one of them, I wouldn’t have so many if there wasn’t an overabundance of homeless cats. There is so many more out there that us rescue people just can’t save. Do your part.

    Benefits of Boarding Your Dog During Your Next Vacation

    Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Randi No Comments

    As nice, polite and well behaved as your dog is while you’re in the same room together, your dog might turn into a holy terror when you leave for an overnight or weekend trip. Even the best of dogs can feel stressed and nervous when its owner is gone, which can leave you dealing with ripped furniture and accidents all over your house. If you worry about what might happen while your on vacation, now is a good time to look at some of the benefits of boarding your dog during your trip.

    Protect Your Home

    Dogs are creatures of habit, which means that they grow comfortable with familiar things that happen every day. They know when you get home, what time you leave, when it’s time for a walk and where to find food and water. When you leave for a few days, this change can cause your dog to have a panic attack. That is why you come home to food, clothing and pieces of your furniture laying on the floor. Boarding your dog for a night or several days helps your pet feel more comfortable while you’re gone.

    Set Schedule

    One great benefit of boarding your dog in a kennel is that the kennel workers will follow a set schedule to keep your dog calm. Most kennels offer regular feeding throughout the day, and your dog will quickly learn when to expect food. The kennel should also offer routine breaks for your pet to use the bathroom outside. If your dog has an accident, workers are on hand to quickly clean up the space on the spot. Some kennels even offer play time and activities that let your dog have fun with a few other pets.

    Luxury Accommodations

    When looking for dog boarding Michigan facilities or facilities in other states, pet owners often look for more luxury accommodations. This lets your pet live in the lap of luxury and lets you treat your pet as you treat yourself with a vacation. These kennels and boarding rooms offer daily cleaning and bed changes to keep your dog’s space nice and clean, but they may offer other amenities, including climate controlled spaces, luxury bedding and even room service. Treat your dog and save your house from destruction when you treat your pet to a stay in the right facility during your next trip.

    Key Questions To Ask When Looking For A Dog Kennel

    Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by Randi No Comments

    For dog owners, looking for a kennel is like searching for a daycare for a child. You are looking for the perfect place and you’ll know it when you see it. As a pet owner, you always want to ensure the safety and care of your pet.

    However, looking for a dog kennel can be complicated. Often times you are not sure what to look for or what a kennel should provide. To help you in your hunt, we’ve put together a list of common questions that you should ask the kennel and yourself during your search.

    Tour the Kennel

    Let’s start with the most important part of searching for a dog kennel. You absolutely should tour the facility first. Your first red flag should go up if the kennel does not allow tours. It doesn’t matter what their reasoning is. If a kennel does not allow you to tour its facilities, don’t choose them.

    Touring the kennel is incredibly important because you not only get to interview your tour guide, but you also get to see the kennel first hand. Seeing the kennel firsthand will give you a lot of insight into how their facilities are ran and maintained.

    The tour is the best opportunity to ask any follow-up questions on the spot. You should go in with your own list of questions such as the ones below, as well as any that you come up with as your tour the facility. You may find specific items throughout your tour that you can ask about.

    Is the kennel staffed at all times?

    One of the first questions to ask, is about the kennel’s staffing plan. Simply ask them what hours the kennel is staffed. Not all kennels are staffed 24 hours per day. However, it is an added bonus if they are.

    Even with 24 hour staffed hours, you want to find out how those staffers are going about their jobs. Does the night shift just monitor screens or are they actually making rounds and checking on the dogs? These staffing questions will ensure that you understand how the kennel operates.

    Do you have a veterinarian on call?

    Accidents and emergencies happen. It is important that the kennel you find has quick access to a veterinarian. Good kennels will provide on-call veterinary services. That means that they have a nearby veterinarian that can be reached out to at a moments notice in the event of an emergency.

    Does the kennel require immunizations?

    Kennels should require that all of their animals have the recommended immunizations. The primary vaccines that kennels should require are rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Many kennels also require a Bordetella vaccine for all of its incoming dogs.

    Having this requirement is important for your dog’s health. Even if you are a responsible dog owner that is up to date on your dog’s vaccines, it does not mean that the other canine owners are.

    What type of exercise and play programs are offered?

    This is where kennels will probably vary the most. Some kennels offer the most simplistic of boardings. Either a crate or room is provided for your dog with periodic walks and trips for the bathroom.

    Other kennels will provide extensive play programs such as organized playtime, doggy TV, and even swimming pools.

    Are dogs separated by size?

    Depending on your dog and your concern of its size, you should find out if different sized dogs are kept separate. This doesn’t have to do with breed restrictions or anything like that. The fact of the matter is that larger dogs can accidentally hurt a smaller dog accidentally while playing. There isn’t any aggression or harmful intent involved but rather the sheer size of the dog.

    What is the staff to dog ratio?

    Another important staffing ratio is regarding the staff to dog ratio. An overwhelmed staff is not a good staff. The ratio will depend on who you ask but it should be no less than one staff member per ten dogs.

    How was the staff’s attitude?

    During and after your tour of the kennel, you’ll want to ask yourself about the staff’s attitude. Their overall energy and enthusiasm is a good gauge of how well they work with the dogs in the kennel.

    Enthusiastic, caring employees are easy to spot. They treat dogs like their own, showing them love and giving them plenty of positive attention. They also do not get flustered or irritated quickly by a misbehaving dog. They provide stern but positive reinforcement.

    How was the overall cleanliness of the facility?

    Finally, during your tour, keep an eye out for the overall cleanliness of the facility. Is the doggy waste piling up or do staff members promptly clean up after the dogs? What kind of condition are the individual cages, crates, and rooms in? A good kennel will provide a clean, sanitary condition for the dogs to live in.

     

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    WOOOO! He Tested Negative!

    Posted on: January 14th, 2015 by Randi 2 Comments

    In addition to Loki getting neutered, we had him retested for FIV. If you don’t remember, when we initially rescued Loki from a hole outside, we took him in. When we took him to the vet, they ran the usual tests and Loki tested positive for FIV. Our vet wanted us to put him down and when I didn’t answer her, hell I hadn’t even spoken to my mom about it yet, she asked if I wanted to still vaccinate him. Of course I did, no matter what I decided later on, he was coming home with me right then. I broke down into tears as Jenn had just lost a cat to FIV. I couldn’t be more thankful that she talked me through what to do and what I needed to know. The vet mentioned that, although rare, it was possible that he didn’t have it and was only testing positive for his mother’s antibodies. It was clear that she didn’t think this was the case but we could retest when he was 6 months.

    When we took him in today, the woman behind the desk mentioned it and reminded me to retest him. She asked if we wanted to continue with getting him neutered if he tested positive. I mean, this woman hadn’t even seen him before asking that but despite what they were telling us he had, he was in perfect health. I wasn’t going to give up on him then and I won’t now. Positive or not, he was coming home with me. Of course, I still want him neutered.

    When I called to check on them at noon, asking about the result slipped my mind. Honestly, since the day I spoke to Jenn about it, I wasn’t worried, okay, maybe a little. FIV isn’t the death sentence I always thought it was and Loki seems perfectly healthy.

    When we picked them up, there was a lot of hustle and bustle as patients were being picked up so I hadn’t had a chance to ask yet. However, my mother leaned over to double check the names (taking two separate cats to the vet for similar reasons isn’t as easy as it sounds) and saw that Loki tested Negative. Honestly, I wanted to cry tears of joy right then and there.

    While I am very happy that Loki does not have FIV, I am angry with the vet’s office/veterinarian. She wanted me to put him down and we weren’t even sure that he had it. Not that would have but how many people have put their animals down for no reason, without symptoms? Even if he were positive, he could just be a carrier (and neutering him is the biggest way to prevent spreading it) or it not effect him for a few years. That’s time spent healthy, happy, and loved. It makes me angry but I’m thankful I went with my gut to wait until I had an informed decision and for Jenn’s help in informing me.

    Ball Choppin’ and Creeper Stompin’

    Posted on: January 14th, 2015 by Randi 4 Comments

    This week is a good week. Tomorrow Loki is going in to be neutered. It’s definitely time. Then on Thursday, assuming all the shipping dates are correct, I will have my new Razer Kraken Pro headset and an new desk! Edit: Turns out the headset might be here tomorrow! Today, I helped Whitters set up her Minecraft server and it looks kind of awesome. 🙂 We aren’t done yet but I’m excited. 

    However, there’s always some bad with the good. Rockstar delayed the release of Grand Theft Auto V PC. 🙁 I’m pretty bummed about it but everything else kept me from thinking about it too much.

    If my Animals Were People: Cat Edition

    Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Randi No Comments

    All of my animals are very different. Each one has their own personality. A lot of people act like I’m crazy when I say this but I’m close to them and I can pick up on these things. I notice the slightest change in their personalities and worry about them. I know, easily, when something is not right. Hell, I can tell you which cat is meowing and if they are playing or hurt, from 2 rooms away just like a mother can with her kids. They are beings, just as we are. Just because we don’t know what they are thinking doesn’t mean they don’t think.

    My mom and I talk about these things all the time. Phantom is another one of her kids and as she fills me on what Breya is doing in school or what Zack is playing these days, Phantom is mentioned too. More so than Lily or Jackson. She knows, just like I do, that Phantom is more than a cat. I always tell her about what my cats did that day or what trouble they got into.

    So, I want to paint a picture of what I think my animals would be like if they were people. I figure this will help people understand what I’m talking about and know that I’m not crazy and anybody who loves their animals will tell you the same thing. This is going to be sort of long but I do have 5 of them. These are based off of their mannerisms which I will explain first.

    I encourage any pet owner to do the same. I want to read about your furbabies.

    I’ll start with my oldest, although he doesn’t live with me. (more…)

    Bella & Loki

    Posted on: July 26th, 2014 by Randi 6 Comments

    As you may know, we took 3/4 cats to the vet today. We didn’t get good news.

    Bella has the feline herpes virus, which explains her chronic upper respiratory infection since birth. Loki, although he appears extremely healthy, has tested positive for FIV.  It’s possible Bella has FIV, also, since it isn’t likely an FIV- cat gets herpes. Bella has never been tested. We’ll be doing that soon.

    I left the vet a sobbing mess but thanks to my savior and bigger cat lady than I am, Jenn, I am feeling so much more optimistic about both diagnoses. I hope she knows how much it meant to me to take time out of her day to talk me down and help me understand what it is we are up against.

    I was sent home with eye drops and an immune system booster for Bella. The vet tried to get me to agree to euthanasia for Loki. Based on my conversation with Jenn and the research my mother and I have done, I won’t be pursuing that option unless he needs it, which I hope is at least years down the road.

    Since there is a chance that Loki does not have FIV and tested positive simply because he still has his mother’s antibodies, were going to play it day by day, and have him retested at 6 months. In the meantime, precautions to prevent infecting the other cats are no different than the things I would do for a healthy cat.

    Although it isn’t good news, it’s not the worst news and I’m thankful for that.

    Wordless Wednesday: Meet Loki

    Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Randi 1 Comment

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    This is Loki, our rescue kitten and newest addition.

I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 25 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my husband and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.


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