As 2019 comes to a close, we want to extend our sincerest to all of our clients, new and old, for supporting us over the last 12 months. This year has been our best one yet and we’re so grateful for the love and support we’ve received from each and every one of you. We know how much you love your fur balls and truly appreciate the trust you’ve instilled in us.
To celebrate an amazing year, we’re sharing some of our best photos from 2019. Feel free to share your faves too!
Climate change and environmental stewardship are big buzz words these days and seem to touch every part of our lives in some way or another, so is it possible that owning a pet can have an impact on the environment too? The short answer is yes, in a roundabout way.
This week we’re showcasing some helpful tips on how to be a more responsible pet owner. If you have specific tricks you love, please share them in the comments section!
We’d love to hear your earth-friendly pet ownership habits. Share in the comments below!
As they taught us as kids, the key is to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.
We’re pretty sure we speak for most people when we say health insurance is frustrating. It’s difficult enough to navigate human plan options, networks, and coverage inclusions, so if you like us, the thought of trying to do it for your fur balls is daunting. We have good news: in our experience, pet insurance is far less complicated than human health insurance! Read on for some helpful tips and tricks for navigating the pet health insurance marketplace.
It’s important to know what your pet needs before you begin shopping. Some plans are designed to cover only accidents or poisoning, while others offer comprehensive care. Ask yourself: what has my pet’s health history been like? How do I anticipate the next few years of their life looking? The answers to these questions can help narrow your search.
There are three important pieces to every policy:
Many companies have age limits. Most companies require your pet to be 10 weeks old before they’ll start covering them, and some will not cover senior dogs. This is an important point to consider when you’re searching.
Traditional pet insurance plans are usually designed to cover dogs and cats. If you have birds, reptiles, or small mammals, you might need a special exotic pet plan.
We believe annual wellness visits are an essential part of any pet health plan, but with insurance, they’re especially important. Many companies waive waiting periods and deductibles for annual wellness check-ups.
Lots of plans exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions which means it might be good to secure coverage while they’re young and/or healthy.
Pet insurance is not for everyone. If the associated costs and fees are higher than you typically spend on pet healthcare in any given year, you might decide that pet insurance isn’t worth it, and that’s perfectly okay! We do recommend keeping a routine wellness check-up schedule, but recognize that each family has unique individual needs.
Nerd Wallet offers a comparison of many different plans but keep in mind their list is not comprehensive.
How many of you have felt the heart pangs when you see a stray dog or cat running alongside a busy highway? In case you’re like us and have a constant desire to help any pet that’s showing signs of distress, we’ve gathered a few helpful hints for managing them in a safe, effective manner.
Capture and try to contain (with caution!!) - Using a calm, gentle voice (and maybe even treats!) try to talk to the animal and see if you can get it to come to you. Ideally you’ll use a crate/leash to contain them in a safe way, but if you don’t have one on hand, try to find a way to enclose them so they cannot escape without making them feel trapped. At this point you can check for tags or contact information in case they simply watered away from home.
Call a rescue group or animal control - If the animal seems aggressive or fearful, you can always call a rescue group or animal control to help. They will be equipped with the necessary tools to manage the animal and keep you safe.
Get them scanned for a microchip - In some cases, the pet will have an updated microchip o file to help you lead them to their owners. Most vet and animal rescue groups have the scanner, so take them to the nearest location and get them checked.
If they do not have a chip, take them to an animal shelter - You can check with your local shelter to see how they handle intakes, but many are very crowded and you might have to approach more than one before they can help. Follow their protocol, and if you’re able, help them search for an owner by handing out fliers and posting on neighborhood social media pages.
Keep in mind that not all animals you find outside are strays; some people have animals, especially cats, who spend time outdoors, so it’s important to investigate ownership before you assume you should take an animal away.
Also, remember that animals who have wandered away from home might be frightened so it’s very important to try to build trust by being calm, cool, and collected. Try to make slow movements and be patient so they know you’re there to help.
We LOVE dogs and cats, but we’ve had the pleasure of caring for some more “exotic” pets recently and it has been FUN! In case you’re considering adopting something other than a dog or cat (think turtle, goat, chicken, or pot belly pig) read below for some helpful tips.
HINT #1: No matter the animal, make sure to check with your neighborhood and city regulations, as they vary quite a bit. Make sure to ask for species specific information and ask about numbers of animals, types of enclosures, etc.
HINT #2: If you’re interested in owning “urban chickens,” you should know that they like to scratch and claw at the ground quite a bit - so be prepared. Also, it might be nice to check with your neighbors because they do make noise and emit odors. Read this article from the AJC for more information specific to “city chicks.”
HINT #3: Did you know you can potty train pot bellied pigs? In many ways, they act very much like dogs. According to Atlanta ordinances, you may only keep a maximum of one pot bellied pig in your Metro Atlanta home. Also, FYI, with the exception of pot bellied pigs, it is illegal to keep any other type of pigs or hogs within city limits.
HINT #4: For hoofstock like horses and goats, there are specific requirements about enclosures, maximum numbers, and proximities to residential areas.
HINT #5: There are lots of companies that “rent” goats to families in the Metro area. If you need some quality time with these cuties but don’t have the time to care for them full-time OR if you need your lawn mowed, you can rent a herd for a specific period of time. Checkout this Guardian article for more info.
HINT #6: Interested in a smaller furry friend? Contact Oakhurst Guinea Pig Rescue if you’re in the market to provide a loving, careful home to a rescue Guinea Pig!
This website, Farmland Info, might be helpful for more information. As we always say, inquire about specific animals and their needs with your veterinarian. Please be responsible and ensure you have a lifestyle that matches the need of any pet you plan to adopt.
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