Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? How Does Pet Insurance Work And Should I Get It?

Dog At Vet (Caption: Is Pet Insurance Worth It?)

A big misconception about pet insurance is that it’s too expensive. We spend hundreds of dollars on ourselves and our families each month for health insurance, yet we don’t get coverage for our furry “children.” In reality, paying $50 per month* for pet insurance could end up saving your pet’s life. Instead of being hit with an $8,000 vet bill because your dog needs cancer treatment, you can have a vast majority of it covered through pet insurance. The worst scenario is learning that your dog has cancer but turning down treatment because you can’t afford the bills. No one wants to face this decision, and signing up for pet insurance can cover most of the cost. Pet insurance allows you to make the best choices when an emergency arises instead of the least expensive ones. Pet insurance can also prevent a tragedy commonly referred to as “economic euthanasia.” This is when a pet owner can’t afford treatment and asks the vet to put down the pet rather than care for him due to financial limitations. For this reason, it’s vital to consider buying pet health insurance to protect your canine (and your wallet) from some of the most unfortunate incidents in a pet’s life. The table below shows which companies are in our top picks for the best pet insurance in 2022.

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Bravecto Reviews: Is It Safe For Dogs? Learn About The Side Effects, Consider Alternatives & FAQs

Dog with pill case (caption: Is Bravecto Safe For Dogs?)

Bravecto is a controversial prescription medication in the pet world. Vets recommend it, it’s FDA-approved, and it helps eradicate ticks and fleas. However, many pet parents claim it causes seizures in their dogs and has even caused some to die. Is Bravecto safe to give your pet? Learn more so you can decide. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Bravecto from our readers.

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What Does Dog Poop Color Mean?

Poop on a pepple driveway (caption: What does your dog's poop color mean)

As the writers of Canine Journal, we feel it’s our, ahem, duty to keep you in-the-know about what’s coming out of your pup. So here’s the low-down on dog poop of every color. Most mild changes in dog stool color are related to dietary changes and aren’t cause for alarm. But poop color and consistency can be an indicator of serious health problems, which is why you need to make your dog’s business your business.

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What Can Dogs Not Eat? Lists Of Safe & Toxic Foods For Your Dog: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Human Food, Fish, Meat, Bones, Etc.

Dog and cat at open fridge (caption: Foods Not To Feed Your Dog)

Dogs aren’t picky eaters by any stretch of the imagination. However, this doesn’t mean that everything that they eat is good for them. As a dog parent, you should know how certain foods affect your dog. All too often, our dogs get into foods they shouldn’t. Some of those foods are toxic to dogs and require immediate vet treatment, which can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you have pet insurance, accidental poisoning may be covered, which can help save you money and focus on your dog’s health. But whether you have pet insurance or not, you need to be aware of which foods are unsafe for your dog, so you can keep them safe. We help you by giving you lists of foods dogs can’t eat and some they can eat safely.

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Common Dog Health Issues You Must Know

Common Dog Health Issues

No two dogs are alike. Likewise, no two dog breeds are alike, especially when it comes to their health. Dog health problems range from infections to cancers, and it’s up to you as pet parents to keep your companions happy and healthy by understanding some common dog illnesses and diseases. See below for the most common types of dog health issues, and make sure to take immediate action if you think something serious is wrong with your dog.

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Why Does My Dog Keep Licking His Butt?

Dog licking butt (caption:Why Do Dogs Lick Their Butt?)

As dog parents, we all know our pups can perform some pretty repulsive displays of behavior (especially when we have company over). And a dog licking its butts is arguably one of the worst. Although you may want to avert your eyes, this behavior could indicate a health concern that requires your attention…

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Dog Skin Allergies: Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies, Treatment & More

Dog itching ear (Caption: Dog Skin Allergies)

Is your dog scratching and licking herself excessively? Does her skin look red or irritated? You’re certainly not alone. Dog skin allergies are one of the most common reasons pet owners seek veterinary care, which can add up fast. Before your dog is diagnosed with skin allergies or other health conditions, you should sign up for pet insurance. Pet insurance can cover the expense of allergy testing as well as other illnesses and accidents. But how do you know if your dog has skin allergies or if something else is going on? If it is allergies, what’s the cause? And what should you do if you suspect your pup has skin allergies? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you give your dog some much-needed relief.

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CPR For Dogs: A Step-By-Step Guide To Saving Your Dog’s Life

CPR for Dogs

Seeing your dog in a life-threatening situation can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if the dog is unresponsive. Equipping yourself with the knowledge to effectively recognize and take action treating your dog’s condition can keep you calm and greatly increase your dog’s chance of survival.

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