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April 13, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 15 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Notes
 Pet Alert!
4/6/2012 – Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice (Diamond Pet Foods)
3/9/2012 – FDA continues to caution consumers about feeding dogs chicken jerky products.

**For a list of current pet food recalls, click HERE.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

This saying is definitely true for me. My little dog Chewy is turning 9 years old in a couple of months and it seems like only yesterday we were getting ready to adopt him into our family.

I’m actually planning him a doggy birthday party so he can enjoy his special day with his canine and human friends; complete with BARF “burgers” for the dogs and turkey burgers for the people. I usually let Chewy indulge for his birthday with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert (it’s his favorite).

Since Chewy is getting on in years, I’ve been much more cautious when it comes to his health – despite his annual ice cream treat that is! I make sure to add immune-boosting supplements to his BARF Diet meals (mainly E-BARF Plus and Wild Alaskan Salmon). Of course he still gets his daily exercise and plenty of backrubs. I also make sure to take him in for his annual checkup with our holistic veterinarian.

Speaking of vet visits, have you heard about pet insurance? I’ve recently been contemplating whether to get this for Chewy and his feline sister, Chiquita. After all, those vet visits do add up and God forbid either one of my “kids” get in an accident or fall ill.

Since I’m sure many of you also have questions about this, I decided to do some research to better understand the pros and cons of pet insurance. I’ve shared my findings here in this week’s issue of the Intelligent Pet newsletter.

I hope it helps to clear us some of the questions you have about pet insurance. Feel free to share your thoughts as well on our blog: barfworld.com/blog.

To perfect pet health now and always,

Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World team

Important Dates to Remember

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

  • April 1st – April Fools Day: Beware of pranksters afoot! (Check out our April Fools edition of The Intelligent Pet here.)

  • April 8th – Easter Sunday

  • April 13th – Friday the 13th: If you happen to be superstitious, you may want to be extra careful today as Friday the 13th is often deemed an “unlucky day”.

  • April 19, 1968 – Ashley Judd’s birthday: Actress, animal activist, and charity worker, Ashley Judd overcame depression with the help of her “psychological support” dog, Shug.

    Credit: ABC News

  • April 18th – Pet Owners Independence Day. Why should our dogs have all the fun? Today you are allowed to send your dog to work while you sit at home basking in the sun and get into the trash. (At least that what my dog, Chewy does!)

 If Dogs Could Talk

Are You Insured? Pros and Cons of Pet Insurance

By Amber Keiper

More and more people are disassociating themselves from the “dog owner” label and are instead embracing the role of pet parent.  We are realizing that dogs are not mere objects to own but members of our family and therefore should be treated with as much care and respect as you would your own kids. Birthdays, holidays, family vacations and even the occasional spa day or restaurant outing are some of the events in which including the family dog isn’t so unheard of anymore.

As a cherished member of the family, it’s important to keep your dog happy, healthy, and well adjusted.  Proper obedience training, biologically appropriate nutrition, and regular visits to your veterinarian are all important ways we can help ensure our dogs get the best opportunity to live a long and happy life.

When it comes to your dog’s health, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything; because you never know when an accident will happen or you or your pet will run into a medical emergency.

Make sure to keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand with all the items necessary to keep both you and your family safe… including your dog!

You should keep a first aid kit on hand in your home, in the car, at work and even when you’re traveling with your pets.

Get the K-911 Pet First Aid kit perfect for the whole family – people and pets included - Get it HERE

Health Insurance Not Just for People Anymore

Another way to be prepared in case your dog is injured in an accident or contracts an illness is to have a pet insurance policy. Health insurance is not just for people anymore. Pet parents now have the opportunity to purchase insurance for their dogs to help offset healthcare costs down the road.

Similar to health insurance for people, pet insurance can cover everything from routine checkups, emergency procedures, alternative therapies and even genetic conditions (depending on the plan).

Pros and Cons of Pet Insurance

So why would you want to get health insurance for your dog? Well the benefits of pet insurance are many:

  • Pet insurance can help cover costs associated with routine care, accidents, illness, medications, and immunizations (depending on the plan).
  • Some policies will cover prescription foods or alternative therapy such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathic, or hydrotherapy.
  • Many plans are customizable so you can add or remove coverage as needed.
  • Most companies offer a 30 money-back guarantee if you decided to cancel and don’t use the insurance within the 30 day window.

While there are many people that swear by having insurance for their pets, there are some critics out there that aren’t as convinced. The main arguments against pet insurance are:

  • Some policies don’t cover pre-existing conditions and have strict guidelines on what is considered a “pre-existing condition”.
  • Some companies have age-limits set within their plans. This means that older pets may have reduced coverage or worse, they may not even qualify to be covered.
  • Some plans require that you seek care from an in-network veterinarian in order to qualify for insurance reimbursement.
  • Some plans charge a penalty if you cancel your plan early so be aware of this.

Questions to Ask When Shopping Around

There are many different companies out there that now offer pet insurance. Before you make a decision, it’s a good idea to do some homework to make sure the plan is right for you and your dog.

Here are some questions you should ask:

  1. “Can I choose my own vet or do they have to be part of your in-plan network?”
  2. “Do you cover:”
    • Genetic conditions (hereditary/congenital)?
    • Alternative therapies (chiropractic, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, etc.)?
    • Pre-existing conditions?
    • Breeding, whelping, pregnancy?
    • Prescription drugs or food?
  3. “How is reimbursement calculated?” (Actual vet bill vs. average rate for service)
  4. “Can I customize my plan such as choosing my own deductible or adding/removing benefits?”
  5. “Are there policy payout limits? If so, what are they and are they based on per incident, annual, or lifetime basis?”
  6. “Do you exclude dogs that are fed raw food diets from your coverage?”
  7. “Are there any multi-pet rates, military discounts or any other offers available?”

    Looking for a great health insurance for your pet?

    Get a FREE QUOTE: Embrace Pet Insurace

    Why Embrace is best for your pet:

    • No networks – you can use your own vet.
    • Their plans cover genetic conditions.
    • Customer service rated 9 out of 10!
    • They use your actual vet bill to calculate your claim refund.
    • You can customize your plan to fit your pet’s needs.
    • Lifelong protection for your pet – they cover chronic conditions.
    • PLUS your premium doesn’t go up because of your claims.

So what do you think? Is pet insurance right for you and your pooch? Share your comments or experiences with pet insurance on our blog (barfworld.com/blog) and join the conversation.

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
 Hot Dog Products

Stay Prepared For Any Emergency with the K-911 Pet First Aid Kit

Our dogs seem to have a tendency to investigate and sniff out the oddest things. While this personality trait can be endearing, it can also get your pooch into trouble fast.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control hotline (1-888- 426-4435) reports that they normally handle over 150,000 calls a year from pet owners whose pets have been poisoned.

Don’t let this happen to your dog! Be prepared for any emergency with the K-911 Pet First Aid Kit.

“Why is this kit different than any other pet first aid kit out there?”

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  • The K-911 kit is GUARANTEED to contain the least invasive remedies available so they are as safe to use but just as effective.

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 Bark Out Loud

Mass. court rules against veterinarian on lecture

“The highest court in Massachusetts on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a veterinarian who claimed Tufts University violated her constitutional rights and caused her emotional distress when she was banned from attending a campus lecture after she had a dispute with the school's veterinary clinic over treatment of her horse.

Margo Roman said in her lawsuit that a Tufts veterinarian accused her of malpractice for using holistic methods and refusing to euthanize her horse, Champ, who was suffering from cancer. Roman said the school later threatened to have her arrested when she arrived on campus for a lecture on the alleged dangers of feeding a raw diet to pets.”
(Read full article here)

Wags of Wisdom:

“God made the earth, the sky and the water, the moon and the sun. He made man and bird and beast. But He didn’t make the dog. He already had one.”
-Native American saying

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