May 07, 2015
Nothing makes an Embracer happier than seeing pictures of Embraced pets. Nothing. We’re always cooking up schemes to have you post photos of your pets to our Facebook timeline or tag us in your pet pics on Twitter and Instagram so that we can oooh and awww over the fluffy, fuzzy sweetness that is a happy, loved pet.
But, the cherry on top of these photos in our feed is when you’re posting photos and spreading the word about Embrace. We trust that you’ve had a good experience and enjoyed the peace of mind that comes with having an Embraced pet, and you’d probably rest even easier if your loved ones’ pets were Embraced too. There’s nothing worse than seeing financial heartbreak when a pet gets sick, so do your friends a favor and tell them how it’s helped you. They might even be eligible for two months of free pet insurance!
May 06, 2015
My retriever mix, Lyger, was prone to lipomas, harmless fatty lumps that pop up under the skin. I only had the first one removed, quickly realizing that they were just more of him to love. One day, a new bump popped up on his neck and I watched it for a few weeks, assuming that it was yet another benign bump. After all, he was 12 and had dozens of them over the years, just more character in my senior boy. Almost as an afterthought, I mentioned it to the vet at his routine checkup. And that is when I heard the big “c” word no pet parent wants to hear: cancer.
Lyger had a mast cell tumor, a type of cancer I’d heard of but knew nothing about. I’d never been keen on the idea of treating pet cancers, thinking it seemed cruel, especially in a senior dog that couldn’t understand. But, after talking with the vet and a few vet tech friends, they assured me it was quite treatable, and he might not even need chemo after the surgery. Turns out they were right. The vet did a lumpectomy and the margins were good (post-surgery pic right). Lyger remained cancer free the remainder of his years.
April 28, 2015
Laura's cat, Barnes, at our
Happy 10th Anniversary to the Embrace Pet Insurance blog!
Time sure does fly when you’re busy and having fun...it’s just staggering to think that today marks the 10th anniversary of this blog. (What should we get ourselves for the aluminum anniversary?) There have been over 500k visits, where people discussed concerns about pet health, joined with us on our entrepreneurship journey, and of course, got the straight scoop on pet insurance. We’ve shared fantastic guest posts and podcasts, had a few laughs, and said some very hard goodbyes.
April 23, 2015
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month involves a lot of very tough topics, so we wanted to finish it off with a story that shows even pets who start off in rough situations can go on to do amazing things...
Ask most rescue pet parents “who rescued who” and it’s a hard question to answer. That mutual appreciation couldn’t be more real than in the case of Kate and Camo (pictured right), a 25 pound Shih Tzu and Poodle mix, two friends that have spent the last four years helping each other through some tough past traumas.
Camo was already a year old when he was rescued from a hoarding situation, likely a puppy mill, where he was kept in small quarters. But that wouldn’t be his last stint in lock down, as he was about to do some serious time. His second detention would be for a good cause, however, as Camo’s rescue group partnered him with a service dog training program based in a nearby women’s prison. There he would hone his skills to help a human in need.
April 14, 2015
Animal cruelty certainly isn’t a topic we looked forward to discussing, but as responsible pet parents, it’s up to all of us to help the animals in our community. After all, we are their voice. So, it’s up to us to advocate for animals that are being neglected or abused.
But sometimes it’s hard to even know where to begin. What are the signs of neglect? When does neglect cross over to cruelty? How can we help? This month, our friend and fellow animal advocate Dr. Patrick Mahaney helps us help those that cannot help themselves.
In our podcast we’ll answer:
What should I do if I witness someone being cruel to their animals? Who do I report that to?
- How do I recognize if a "breeder" is actually a puppy mill?
- How do you talk to someone who crosses the line from what you think is helping, to actually hurting animals?
- What signs might indicate a pet is being abused?
- Do veterinarians have “mandatory reporter” requirements if they think a pet is being abused?
- If you adopt a pet that you suspect or you know has been abused in the past, what do you recommend you do to combat the long-lasting effects of that abuse, particularly behavioral issues?