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What you need for your new puppy or dog

Getting a new puppy / new dog is extremely exciting. It’s your new fluffy family member that will love you forever. Check out our tips, articles and curated selection of great products:

Great New Puppy and Dog Products
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Puppy Shampoo

Puppy Crate & Pen

Dog Bed

Dog Clean Up & Training

 

Dog Treat Dispenser Toys

Keep your new puppy or dog busy with some dog treat dispenser toys:

Dog Grooming

Dog Bowls

Dog Toys

Dog Harness, Collars and Leashes

Pet Insurance – we definitely recommend it

pet-insurancePet Insurance – do you get it or not? We contemplated this for quite a while. We came across quite a few dogs that needed to have surgery (variety of reasons) and it made me think we should really pull the trigger. At a minimum, we figured we could get a policy that covered emergencies.

Looking for pet insurance does take some time. In the end, we went with Trupanion. It was recommended by our vet and it seemed to be the best value for us at the time. We’ve had it for a few years now and prices have definitely increased year over year (it increased more than we anticipated). Regardless, we’re happy to have had pet insurance coverage and it has been very helpful at times.

It’s important for you to look at the various plans and see what works for you and your dog.

We looked at these pet insurance companies. Over the years, it appears that some of these companies have merged. We would recommend looking at these as well as to do a Google search in case there are some newer pet insurance programs in your area (e.g. Healthy Paws):

AKC
ASPCA
Healthy Paws
Pet Plan
Pethealth /Pet Care/ 24PetWatch
Pets Best
VPI
Trupanion 

You will notice that many of the pet insurance companies have plan comparisons and generally their own plan “wins” the comparison. It’s actually possible for this to happen because there are so many plan variables. What is best for my dog might not be best for your dog. For example, if you have a Bulldog, they generally have more health issues and a shorter lifespan than a Coton de Tular. So a Bulldog owner might want more coverage, but care less about cost increases based on age.

Here are the various factors we reviewed:

Annual Deductible
Deductible per incident
Per Incident Limit
Annual Limit
Lifetime Limit
Premium increase due to age
Increase due to filing claims
Coverage
Reimbursement
Accident
Illness
Hereditary conditions
Hospitalization
Surgeries
Cancer treatment
Diagnostic testing
Prescription Medications
Pre-existing conditions
Veterinarian exam fee
Wellness/routine care
Reviews/Customer Comments

We have a Havanese, which is a relatively healthy dog with a long life span. So it was important not to have “premium increase due to age”. [Our experience is that pet insurance still increases year over year and they state it’s due to inflation].

We live in NYC where prices are higher, so we also wanted “reimbursement” to be based on what the vet charges than based on an average national cost. There were a number of other factors (e.g. premium flexibility) that led us to select Trupanion. Please note that while we selected Trupanion – this might not be the right insurance for your dog / your life situation, however, overall we believe pet insurance is definitely a good thing to have.

Top 10 Indoor Dog Gates

Sometimes you need your dog to stay in a specific area of your home. Maybe you’ve got a puppy on your hands or you don’t want your dog in the kitchen.

We’ve found some of the best designs that we think you will love:

dog gate 1. Supergate Deluxe Decor Gate
This Supergate Deluxe Decor metal gate offers both security for your family and style for your home. It is very durable and constructed with a strong powder-coated metal. The arched gate offers a one swinging walk-thru panel built with a double-locking system, as well as, a stay-open feature.
dog gate 2. Convertible Elite Dog Gate
This 6-panel elite dog gate configures into a free standing dog gate, a room divider, or a pet pen. It’s designed to confine your dog safely in areas with larger openings, yet fit beautifully in any home decor. The gate includes a lockable door that allows you to move freely from room to room. Each panel locks in place at 90- and 180-degree angles using a specially designed cap, which also provides extra stability.
dog gate 3. Elegant Dog Gate
There’s no reason to sacrifice style for function with this beautiful dog gate. This is a freestanding dog gate made of chew-resistant, rich, solid wood. It also has a walk-thru door which allows easy movement between spaces. This dog gate by Primetime Petz is easy to use and folds down to store in seconds.
dog gate 4. Hardwood Dog Gate
A handsome, versatile gate you’ll enjoy having in your home. Customizable, panels can be configured to work in any open space or doorway. Place into a C-shape into the corner of a room to use as a crate or play pen. The collapsible feature and integrated carrying handles make it easy to store. Made of solid hardwood with walnut color finish.
Munchkin Loft Aluminum Gate 5. Munchkin Loft Aluminum Gate
Looking for something more modern? This Munchkin Loft Gate is made from aluminum for durability and strength. It features a slim profile and contemporary, silver-toned finish that will fit into your home decor. To ensure a custom fit, this gate can be “tuned” to accommodate any uneven surfaces in your home via the Integrated Tuning System.
dog gate 6. Free Standing Wood Dog Gate
We love the look of the arch on this solid wood dog gate. The Free Standing Dog Gate by Majestic Pet Products is ideal for keeping your dogs confined while still keeping your home elegant. Built with solid-wood and triple hinge construction, it is both durable and versatile. It comes in a cherry stain wood or white.
dog gate 7. Wood One-Touch Dog Gate
This dog gate is beautifully crafted and has a “tension-mount” design that allows you to easily attach it to a doorway/hallway opening to keep your dog confined to their own “special” area. The gate door allows you to move freely from room to room. The “one-touch” handle design provides the option of opening/closing the gate with one hand. Lockable gate door provides additional pet security. It’s made of polished wood and metal and comes in 3 colors.
Ritchell Freestanding Pet Gate 8. Richell Freestanding Dog Gate
Perfect containment for both puppies and dogs. The Richell Freestanding Dog Gate is self-supporting and requires no installation. Supports fold back for easy storage or transport, and rubber feet protect floor surfaces. Beautiful hardwood finish, lightweight and durable, adjustable width and easy to assemble.
bindaboo gate 9. Indoor or Outdoor Retractable Gate
This award winning retractable gate may be used both inside and outdoors as it’s made from a UV treated durable mesh to keep it from fading in the sun. It fits narrow to wider openings up to 55in (140cm). Very space efficient and the gate retracts out of the way when not in use.
Extra Wide Free Standing Pet Gate 10. Extra Wide Free Standing Pet Gate
This Design Studio 2-in-1 Free Standing Dog Gate is designed with premium hard wood and black accents. It expands to fit a variety of openings from 40-70 inches wide. The patented slide and wide latch system is simplistic and allows you to easily move this gate to different openings around your home. Easy to install and quick take down.

 

Canine Flu – Be Aware and Protect Your Dog

canine fluRecently, there’s been a “bug” circulating around the neighborhood dogs and it was believed to be kennel cough (i.e. bordetella). However, with the number of dogs it affected in such a short amount of time, tests were made and the “bug” is kennel cough caused by canine flu (aka canine influenza), which is highly infectious. According to Dr. Kristin Lester, DVM, kennel cough can be caused by numerous organisms and frequently occur concurrently (e.g. bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza virus, advenovirus type 2 and canine influenza, distemper, reovirus).

canine fluIf your dog has not been vaccinated against canine flu, then your dog will have zero immunity towards this virus. Of course, no flu vaccine is a 100% guarantee you won’t get the flu (just like the human flu vaccine), but it’s better than zero defense. While this might not be going on in your neighborhood (yet), we thought it would be good to update everyone to help keep your dogs safe and healthy.

If your dog frequents doggie daycares, dog parks, or any other locations where dogs play and hang out, you might want to have a discussion with your vet and consider getting your dog vaccinated. I just made an appointment today to get my dog, Kobi, vaccinated and apparently it’s a two shot treatment. Kobi will get a flu shot today and then we’ll go back in 3 weeks for the next round.

sick dogUnfortunately, a friend’s dog caught the canine flu. We thought it would be helpful to let you know how it ran its course. They first had their dog (we’ll call her Bella) on antibiotics, which was possibly more preventative than reactive, but was suggested by their vet. Bella’s parents kept her away from other dogs to prevent spreading the virus. To be safe, if your dog catches the flu, they should not be in contact with other dogs for at least 7 days after symptoms have resolved. The flu virus can also take up to 10 days to gestate and your dog may not show symptoms for over a week.

sick dogBella had a nasty cough (sounded like choking), which lasted about a week. The cough got worse before it got better and it was horrible sounding. Bella’s parents gave her honey, to try and coat the throat a bit (mixed reviews on this, but regardless she loved it) and gave her a couple of spoons of coconut oil with her food (a natural anti-viral). They also gave her lots of water, including luke-warm chamomile tea as it apparently reduces stomach spasms from the cough and made her drink lots. They also cut back on the length of Bella’s walks, much to Bella’s annoyance.

After 7-8 days from presenting signs, Bella was no longer coughing and had a lot more energy. She is back to playing, chasing and chewing her toy duck and was bouncing around on their walks. We’re so happy Bella’s feeling better!!!

Thanks to Dr. Kristin Lester, DVM, Fetch Club and Downtown Dog NYC for keeping us up-to-date on canine health issues in the NYC area!