Kimberly Alt

Kimberly leads copy and research strategy for Canine Journal. She has more than a decade of professional writing and editing experience under her belt, including working for multiple newspapers, magazines, and websites. Some popular companies she has helped with include Better Homes & Gardens, Parents.com, and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. She is a member of Dog Writers Association of America, and her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post. In 2017, Kimberly and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Sally is a great family dog and is gentle around Kimberly's two children, who are completely infatuated with her. When Kimberly isn't writing about all things dog, you can find her taking walks with her family, playing in her yard with her kids, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, exploring the national parks, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Best Dog Toys For 2022: 13 Top Picks For Puppies, Chewers & More

As a dog owner, it’s important to understand the physical benefits of exercise for your pets and the intellectual benefits of your interaction with them. Toys are a great way to provide this mental stimulation while also spending time with your dog and strengthening the bond you have.

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Embrace vs Healthy Paws: Who’s Top Dog?

Veterinarian bills can get pretty expensive, especially if your new pup makes frequent visits. Just the normal costs of aging can get pricey. Maybe Embrace or Healthy Paws can help you out. Find out which company is the better choice to help reduce your vet bills, especially in times of an emergency.

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Figo vs Embrace: Which Has Better Coverage?

You’ve narrowed your choices down between Figo and Embrace to decide which pet insurance provider is better for your dog. Both companies offer extensive coverage and various plan customization options. However, there’s a noticeable difference in their pricing, which may be your deciding factor. We pit Figo and Embrace against one another and explain why we rank one better than the other. We point out their similarities and differences to help you feel empowered to make an informed decision.

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Figo vs Healthy Paws: Which Has Better Coverage?

Figo and Healthy Paws are two of the most commonly discussed pet insurance providers, and we put them head to head and choose a clear winner. While both companies offer thorough coverage, there’s a difference in their reputation, plan customization options, and often price. We explain why we rank one better than the other below.

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Fetch by The Dodo vs Figo: Choose The Best Pet Insurance For Your Dog

Fetch by The Dodo and Figo offer some of the most extensive coverage in the pet insurance industry. Fetch offers unique coverage for things like advertising and paying a reward for a stolen or lost pet and virtual vet visits up to $1,000. Meanwhile, Figo’s prices are often hard to beat. So which one will cover what you need and fit into your budget the best?  We compare coverage, customer service and reputation, claim processing, customizations, and prices and explain which company we think is better. But keep in mind that every pet and budget are different, so we recommend getting quotes from multiple companies to ensure you get the best value for your unique situation.

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Trupanion vs Fetch: Compare Price, Coverage And More

You should always take your dog to the vet if you think he’s ill or injured. However, you shouldn’t have to choose between your wallet and your pet’s health. That’s why they offer pet insurance. Trupanion and Fetch by The Dodo are two of the leading pet insurance providers. But does one company offer more thorough coverage at a more affordable price? Find out which one we think is better and why.

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Embrace vs Fetch: Which Offers A Better Policy?

Embrace and Fetch by The Dodo are both big players in the pet insurance industry. You may have heard about Embrace through your insurance carrier if you have Allstate, Geico, or USAA because they sell policies administered by Embrace. Meanwhile, you may have heard of Fetch through Walmart because Fetch services pet insurance policies purchased via Walmart. No matter where you’ve heard of them, you’re probably wondering if they’re reputable companies. Do they offer thorough coverage at a reasonable price? Find out which one we rank better and why.

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Healthy Paws vs Fetch: Who Comes Out On Top?

Pet insurance is essential for all responsible pet owners. It prepares you financially to deal with any unexpected (and expensive) accident or illness. This is why we regularly review the top pet insurance companies to find out who comes out on top. This time, we’re putting two big name insurers in the ring, Healthy Paws vs Fetch by The Dodo, to see which plan is a better value and the best fit for you and your pup.

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Trupanion vs Figo Pet Insurance: Which One Will Fit Into Your Budget?

Trupanion is one of the most popular pet insurance providers and is commonly recommended by veterinarians. Figo is frequently looked at as a more affordable alternative. Both Trupanion and Figo offer excellent pet insurance coverage. But does one cover more than the other? And how do they compare regarding price? We explain why we rank one better than the other.

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Does Pet Insurance Cover Blood Work?

Analyzing blood work is recommended at annual exams, and it’s also used to help diagnose health conditions. So if your dog is experiencing symptoms or displaying abnormal behaviors, your vet may request blood work for some insight. Pet insurance can cover blood work depending on the reason it is conducted. Find out when blood work is covered by pet insurance and why it may be needed for your dog.

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Lemonade Pet Insurance Review: A Promising New Provider?

Lemonade hit the pet insurance market in July 2020 with a unique Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven claims process and four solid years of providing reputable homeowners and renters insurance. For pet insurance, they offer affordable premiums, customizable policies, a wellness plan add-on, and a fast claims process they handle through their smartphone app. But does Lemonade provide all the coverage you’ll need for your pet? And how do they stack up against their competitors?

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