Guest Post: Three Holistic New Year's Resolutions for your Dog and Cat

With 2012 fast approaching, we will all spend a lot of time making (and breaking) new year's resolutions for ourselves but have you ever thought about new year's resolutions for your dog or cat?

Dr Patrick Mahaney and I chat about his top three holistic resolutions you might consider for your cats and dogs.

Three New Year's Resolutions For Your Dog or Cat

What are your new year's resolutions for your dogs and cats?

Dr Patrick Mahaney Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books.

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Small Dog Claim Example: Pug has breathing issues

IMG_2460It's not just big dogs that have problems due to their size, smaller dogs can too. From luxating patellas to collapsing tracheas, health issues can become serious fast.

Consider the case of Weasley the Pug living in Valhalla, NY who has Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome or breathing problems due to the shape of his nose. Brachycephalic dogs (those with the smooshed-in noses) often have issues and in Weasley's case, it added up to over $5,000 earlier this year.

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Guest Post: very big dog versus very small dog

Today, Dr. Rex Riggs talks about aspects to think about when considering very big dogs versus very small dogs. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.

Kingsley-JulieEllington-2What kind of dog should I get?  Should I get a purebred or one from the pound?  Should I get a large or small dog?  What do you think doc?? These are questions I hear everyday, and I like people asking them.  You should put a lot of thought of just what type and size of dog you will get because... that decision will be with you for many, many years.

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Life with a Maine Coon, or three

Continuing December's theme of dog and cat extremes, Maine Coon Embracer, Joan W. of La Crescenta, CA, tells us about life with her big cats, Main Coons.

To cool for schoolOur Maine Coon experience began early one Friday morning, when a big kitten, probably 4 months old, forcibly shouldered his way through our kitchen door while my husband was trying to go out.   Arms full, and trying to keep the door closed with one foot, Russell was yelling “Wait!  Stop!  Aargh!” when I ran in. I grabbed the filthy kitten, “unfolded” him and discovered he was white with round black polka dots.   Since we did not want to add another cat to our household, I made arrangements at work to bring him in on Monday so we could find him a home. Later, we washed him and got his shots.  My husband and I spent the rest of the weekend gardening.

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Embrace University: will you still love me when I'm 65?

Occasionally I am asked the following:

My pet is getting older.  Will Embrace drop her or reduce her coverage to accident-only from accident and illness?

Nope.  Nada. No way, Jose.  Your Embrace coverage will stay the same as what you started with, regardless of your pet's age, as your policy renews.  Even when your pet enters her golden years (let's say 65 years old is really 9 dog years), she will still be covered for the same accidents and illness coverage that she was signed on with a youngster.

How can Embrace do that?  To account for the increasing risk associated with age, your pet’s premium may go up about 8-10% yearly (this increase is separate from increases due to inflation); however, the age increases don’t currently kick in until age 5 or so. It you want to offset some of your premium increase, you can certainly decrease your coverage over time to help reduce your policy cost.

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