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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
March 15, 2011

Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.

You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the Dog Information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong well being.

With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.

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Dog and Pet Insurance - Do you need it?

I recently saw a survey asking dog owners how they pay for pet related health problems.

The results were as follows:

• 58% of dog owners are not at all likely to set aside money to pay for unexpected illness/surgery for their dog

• 76% of dog owners do not have an emergency pet savings account or Pet Insurance

• 46% of dog owners paid for their last vet visit with cash, check or debit card

• 26% of dog owners paid for their last vet visit with a credit card

• 34% of dog owners did not charge any money on their credit card for vet care

• 47% charged between $1-$1,000 for vet care on their credit card

• 17% charged over $1,000 for vet care on their credit card

• 57% of dog owners pay off their credit card bill for veterinary care immediately

• 22% of dog owners pay it off within 5 months

• 76% of dog owners have not given up vacation to pay for their pet's medical care

• 60% of dog owners have not sacrificed/postponed major purchases to provide pet health care

As you can see, most dog owners are not proactively saving for their pet's health care costs and most are paying with cash.

However, while the majority of responders indicate that they have not given up big purchases or vacations, there are a significant number of them who have - 24% have given up vacations and 40% have delayed big purchases.

I think this further supports the fact that pet owners are not prepared for costly vet bills.

When pet owners are hit with a costly vet bill, it can have a real impact on their life - from vacations and bigger purchases to everyday living expenses.

So please think about this before a problem happens with your dog.

So many pet owners who are unprepared for emergencies and unexpected health problems, which forces them to make difficult decisions including euthanasia.

Consider a pet savings account for the "what if" or consider pet insurance. Find out if it is right for you. Get a free quote.

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Until next time,

It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's!

Tips on how to save money with your Dog

1. Trimming your dog's nails and grooming his or her fur at home saves money spent on professional groomers.

2. Practice good dental hygiene. Daily brushing of your dog's teeth has significant returns.

3. Don't skip vaccinations or flea and tick prevention . Vaccines protect pets from painful and tragic diseases such as rabies, and fleas and ticks carry harmful diseases such as the plague that may also be spread to people in contact with pets.

4. Buy fewer toys , and trick pets into thinking those toys are new, time and time again.

5. Be creative with ways to make toys more interactive. Consider buying Buster Cubes or Kong toys for dogs to give them more stimulation while they eat or enjoy treats.

I hope these tips help your budget and most importantly the health and happiness of your dog.

One additional tip on the list is to consider Pet Insurance. It is one that I firmly believe in as well.

For those on a budget, it can really allow you to do the best for your dog when you need it most.

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