Thursday, December 27, 2012

Do You Know What You Need???

I receive numerous calls and emails each week from people inquiring about training services for their puppy or dog. I offer a variety of services and quite often people are unsure about what type of training they need. It seems as though it should be fairly straight forward, unfortunately that's not always the case. There is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to training. There is basic obedience training, puppy socialization, behavior consultations, behavior modification and play/exercise. Every situation is different and knowing what service you need depends on a variety of factors. Here are some of the calls I receive, do you know what training service you would recommend?

Our new puppy keeps biting our kids when they play with him, he chases them too.

Our Golden Retriever jumps on our guests and licks everybody.

Our 9 months old dog barks when guests enter and growls at them too.

When ever we approach our 9 week old puppy while he's eating he growls at us and tries to bite us.

Our dog is really sweet but does not listen to a word we say

Our 7 year old dog is suddenly very nervous and anxious

I'm sure some of these sound familiar :) Not all unruly dogs need behavior consults and not all puppies should be in a group class, how is that for confusing *grin*. When you find yourself in need of help to train your dog the best thing you can do is contact a professional and ask for guidance.  You want to work with someone who has credentials and experience, avoid people who offer 'quick fixes' and bargain basement prices, as you will get what you pay for. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Are you prepared for a medical emergency?

It can happen in the blink of an eye........your dog can become seriously ill, suffer an injury or have an accident requiring emergency veterinary care.   Being prepared and knowing your options can make the difference between life and death for your pet. 

Knowing what emergency services your Veterinarian offers is very important.   Start by asking them  the following questions:

  • Do they have after hours emergency services? 
  • Do they have on site x-ray and laboratory services?
  • Do they have an on call surgical team?
  • Do they have an ICU should your dog need to stay for a few days?
Having the answers to these questions will help you determine where to take your pet in the event of a medical emergency.   Most general practice Vet Clinics have very limited emergency care due to limited staffing and equipment.   While they may be able to help with basic care such as treatment for vomiting or stitching up a minor cut, they may not be able to help your pet if they should have a medical emergency after hours. 

The majority of Pet Parents rely on Emergency Vet Hospitals for after hours care.  Talk with your Veterinarian and find out where they refer to in your area.  If your pet has a chronic medical condition  makes sure your Veterinarian is available by phone to provide your pets medical history as needed.

Not all Emergency Clinics provide full service care when it comes to things like ICU services,  MRI, ultrasound, orthopedic surgeries, poisoning, just to name a few.   Once you've identified an Emergency Hospital in your area, take a few minutes to contact them and ask what services they do and DO NOT provide. 

The final step in being prepared for a medical emergency is being able to pay the bill.  The cost of emergency care can be double that of your regular Veterinarian so many Pet Parents are purchasing Pet Insurance.  There are a number of plans to chose from so do your homework.   There are plans that cover only emergency care and plans that cover everything from ear infections to foreign body surgery.   Over the years I've tried a variety of Policies and I choose to insure my dogs with Healthy Paws Pet Insurance.  The customer service is exceptional and the reimbursement is better than my own health insurance for everything from ear infections to physical therapy.  To learn more about Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, follow the link below.