January is Pet Training Month at Embrace Pet Insurance

Just as understanding how you can maximize your pet's health is part of pet parenting, so is maximizing the quality time you spend together. Training isn't just for tricks; training also:

  • strengthens the bond between you and your dog or cat
  • integrates your pet seamlessly into your family life and the outside world
  • improves the effectiveness of your communication with your pet
  • lets you give your pet more freedom and fewer restrictions
  • and reduces stress and increases happiness of having a pet in the household

Friend of Embrace, Liz Palika, talks about why you should train your dog in her article No Training? Why Not? Rules are important for your dog's social well-being, as well as your own, plus he/she is safer if she's not dashing up the road every time you open your door. And training can be fun - it's not boot camp for either party.

We have a lot of cat and dog training articles on in The Water Bowl, the Embrace informational website on pet health and care, including:

How to Choose a Dog Trainer or Behavior Consultant

Training your Puppy: A Family Affair

Training Your Dog to Come: Make It a Good Thing

How to Carrier Train your Cat

How to Teach your Cat to Enjoy Being Held 

And so on. There are many others listed in the Training Section on our Pet Behavior and Training page.

And yes, we have quite a number of articles on trick training too:

Building a trick routine

Have fun with a hoop 

And many others.

Got any tips that have worked for you you want to share?

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Dr Marty Becker and Embrace Pet Insurance partner up

Dr Marty finalI'm so happy to announce that Embrace is partnering with Dr Marty Becker, also known as America's Veterinarian, to spread the word far and wide about Embrace's affordable and effective pet insurance to prevent economic euthanasia when cats and dogs get sick.

I first met Dr Marty in 2011 when he came through Cleveland on his cross-country tour supporting his book "Your Dog: The Owner's Manual". He was meeting and greeting dog owners who had come to meet him and I was struck by how he personally connected with his fans, sharing a special tip for each person's situation like they had been friends for years.

Since then, I can see why Dr Marty has the impact he does - his care for pets and his actions to improve their lives is truly sincere, something I always wonder about with celebs who make money off what they say. Dr Marty is making a difference in the lives of pets and I'm delighted Embrace is now part of that mission.

Our official press release is here http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/americas-veterinarian-teams-up-with-embrace-pet-insurance-to-reduce-economic-euthanasia-238428041.html

Check out the Dr Marty Becker Amazon page for his very useful books on pet ownership.

About Dr Marty Becker:

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them.

Dr. Becker was the resident veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association as well as its Chief Veterinary Correspondent, a founding member of Core Team Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel.

He has written 22 books that have sold more than 7 million copies, including three New York Times best-sellers — one of which is the fastest-selling pet book of all time, “Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lovers Soul.” He has been a contributor to Parade magazine, Reader‚Äôs Digest and AARP.org. Animal Radio hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent.

Dr. Becker is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and also at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at both Colorado State University and the University of Missouri. Additionally, he has lectured at every veterinary school in the United States.

A passionate advocate for the human-animal bond, Dr. Becker serves as an adjunct professor at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an honorary board member of Pet Partners and the Humane Society of New York, as well as a past board member and strong supporter of his local pet rescue group, Second Chance Animal Adoption of Bonner Ferry, ID, as well as a supporter of the Panhandle Animal Shelter in Sandpoint, ID, the Kootenai Humane Society in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and the Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman, WA.

Dr. Becker also serves as the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, with a strong focus on supporting their efforts to end the use of gas chambers in animal shelters, a cause for which he has successfully advocated since his earliest days as a veterinarian. His special fondness for older pets has led him to a spot on the Advisory Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which is dedicated to helping homeless senior dogs.

He practices, when his schedule allows, at Lakewood Animal Hospital and North Idaho Animal Hospital in north Idaho because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them.

Podcast: Dr Patrick Mahaney on Winter Dangers

It was rather a chilly 8 degrees here this morning in sunny Cleveland so it made me think of my podcast with Dr Mahaney on winter dangers. Here are the questions we discuss: 

Carrie: pancreatitis is common during the holidays due to dietary indiscretions; eating holiday decorations; stranger fear if a pet is anxious. Any other holiday dangers to watch out for?

Adrienne: How about the hidden dangers pets may encounter in a snow-covered landscape - whether at home or out hiking on a trail or in the woods. And how can you tell if your pet may be getting too cold when they are outside.

Jessica: what can you do to protect paws of dogs that refuse to wear boots?

Jessica: I have a "winter" emergency kit in my car for myself....what items should be standard for a canine kit?

Chrissy: can Dr Patrick reiterate the danger of antifreeze? It takes such a small amount to be fatal.

In his answer, Dr Mahaney mentions Musher's Secret,  a dense, paw barrier made of natural wax.

Click on the link below to hear the podcast.

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney winter dangers 2013

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Dr Patrick MahaneyDr. 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) forwww.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2014 through Havenhurst Books


Guest Post: Have a Safe and Happy Holidays from Dr Rex Riggs

Happy Holidays to everyone! It is a great time of the year that gives us an opportunity to spend cherished time with our family and friends. Enjoy the season.

Holidays can also be fun times for our pets, with all the new people around to spoil them with all the attention. But, as always (isn’t there always a but), there are also things we need to remind our guests. They can love our pets all they want with petting, but please don’t share the Christmas treats.

Max from the GrinchRemember Max, the Grinch’s dog, did not eat any of the “roast beast “or “the who pudding” and he had a great Christmas. In contrast, who could forget what happened to the lovable dog “Snot”, at the Griswold’s house. He drank the tree water and then enjoyed the Christmas trash. He then deposited his “present” under the dining room table. Not a jolly event.

Remember, even small amounts of our foods can cause a lot of troubles for our pets. They are a lot smaller then us. Spending the holiday hours at an emergency clinic is not a festive time.

Christmas-Vacation-Fried-CatReferencing again the classic “Christmas Vacation”, who can forget what happened to Grandma's poor cat, Fluffy, when he chewed the Christmas lights. Not a good smell. More often when animals chew cords, the shock will lead to a condition called non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. This is when fluid floods the lungs and will make the pet unable to breath. Obviously an emergency situation.

One of my youthful Christmas memories is of me and my twin brother tossing handfuls of tinsel on the Christmas tree, the final touch to the decorations. Yea, I know you were supposed to lay individual stands on the branches, but we had our own technique…just saying.

TinselcatIt was pretty, but you rarely see tinsel nowadays because cats loved to gobble it down and boy did it cause obstructions. Similarly wrapping ribbon can be a vet’s Christmas nightmare, especially the type that you can curl with your scissors. Kitties love anything linear. The bad thing with stringy things is that it catches up in the intestinal tract and when the intestines try to move it down the tract, the intestines get accordioned and requires surgery. This why I hate the old pictures with cats playing with a ball of yarn. I spent Christmas Eve night, 20 years ago, removing 56 inches of ribbon from Frosty the cat. Frosty and I were not happy spending the night together.

We all know chocolate is dangerous for are pets. The better the chocolate, the more of the toxic ingredient, theobromine. Theobromine is a stimulant like NoDoz and can lead to seizures. So keep the Godiva in a safe place.

Finally, please don’t get pets as a Christmas present. I know we all have seen all the Hallmark commercials with the kids opening the “moving box” and then a happy puppy jumps out. I know it sounds like a perfect Christmas. What could be better! Well ….we don’t live in the world of Hallmark. Believe me, puppyhood is a trying time. It is a lot of work and the holiday season and winter is the worse time to puppy train. Please don’t be tempted; if it seems like a good idea, at Christmas, it will be a much better idea at a later less chaotic time of the year.

I would like to wish everyone a great holiday season. Enjoy yourselves and enjoy the time with your loved ones. Please, try to put away your differences. Relax, enjoy and cherish the moment. Life is short.

Happy Holidays!

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Dr_RiggsDr. Rex Riggs grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio, near Akron. Dr Riggs is co-owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is also on the board of the North Central Region of Canine Companions of Independence, a board member of The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and Small Animal Practitioner Advancement Board at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Riggs lives in Lewis Center, OH with his wife Nancy, their dogs Maggie and Ossa, and cat Franklin. Outside of work, Dr. Riggs is an avid golfer and cyclist, and enjoys travel and photography.

December is Winter Danger Month at Embrace Pet Insurance

As we get more news of winter storms causing havoc across the US (even in usually wonderfully warm Phoenix of all places!), we tackle the topic of winter dangers around this time of year. Not just the colder weather but also the holiday decorations, rich food, and overall busy-ness that can cause anxiety in our pets.

I would like to highlight some handy articles we have in The Water Bowl, the Embrace informational website on pet health and care:

Holiday Fare You Should NOT Feed Your Pet

Ten Doggy Exercise Tips for Avoiding the Winter Bulge

Holiday Pet Safety Reminders

Dogs and Cold Weather: How Cold is Too Cold?

There are many more articles on these seasonal topics and more over at The Water Bowl.

And finally, it's that time of year for gifts - for your pets and for your pet loving friends and family. Here are some great pet gift guides for your holiday shopping.

Holiday Pet Gift Hot List 2013: Stocking Stuffers to Splurges

Holiday Gift Guide for Pet Loving People 2013

Trending Pet-themed Kid’s Gifts for 2013

If you can't find something in those lists, you either have it all or have friends that do! What do you recommend as a good holiday gift for your friends or pets?

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