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Removing Head Lice and Eggs

A quick guide to removing head lice and eggs with the innovative Licetec Opticomb. The Opticomb is a chemical free head lice treatment that eliminates both h…

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Pet Insurance 101: What to Look for in a Provider

An article from Petplan:

Pet insurance is designed to safeguard you against a major financial loss if your pet ever has an accident or becomes ill. It’s a sound investment for your furry family, but it is important to fully understand the product before you buy.

To get the best value from a pet insurance policy, pick a comprehensive plan that includes both accident and illness coverage. The point of pet insurance is to protect you against the unexpected; having to guess whether your pet is more likely to suffer an accident or an illness is a recipe for disaster.

Make sure all hereditary diseases are covered as standard in the policy; you should not have to purchase additional coverage for things like hip dysplasia or congenital heart disease. If there are options for add-ons and riders, buyer beware. While picking coverage a la carte can sometimes mean a nominally lower premium, the risk that you could be left vulnerable to big bills just isn’t worth it.

Avoid insurance providers who reimburse based on a benefit schedule; you could find yourself maxing out per-illness and per-incident caps pretty quickly – especially if your pet’s condition becomes chronic. These caps also do not take into account the complications that can (and often do) arise during treatment, and they don’t take into consideration the many complementary therapies that can be used in tandem with traditional modalities to treat a pet’s condition holistically (like acupuncture or hydrotherapy). Pick a provider that offers flat-rate reimbursement of your actual vet fees, and you’ll be free to follow whatever treatment plan your vet recommends without worrying about cost.

One of the biggest issues pet parents need to understand when buying insurance is pre-existing conditions. Though they feel like part of the family, pets are legally considered property, and pet health insurance is really property and casualty insurance. This means that much like your homeowner’s or car insurance can’t pay for losses that happened before you took out a policy, pet insurance – no matter who your provider – cannot pay claims related to illnesses or injuries that occurred before you bought the policy (or during the policy waiting periods).

Pets with pre-existing conditions are still insurable, it simply means that the insurance cannot pay claims related to those conditions. So if you have a dog who already suffers from allergies when you sign up, your insurance cannot reimburse you for allergy treatments. But when he needs emergency surgery after snacking on socks, or tears his CCL chasing the neighbor’s cat, or develops cancer – that’s when your policy will pay.

When it comes to pre-existing conditions, a good insurance provider will make a distinction between curable and incurable conditions when making exclusions. A chronic pre-existing condition like diabetes cannot be covered, but things like respiratory infections, urinary tract infections or vomiting can usually be covered after an exclusionary period. In other words, provided your pet’s medical history shows no further incidences after the initial episode, coverage for the condition may be restored after a period of time with no relapse.

If you’ve been back and forth to the vet with your pet in the past, find out which conditions are considered curable by a particular company, and when in doubt, request an underwriting review. Be sure to read and understand the Terms and Conditions of any policy you are considering purchasing. This document clearly lays out what is and is not covered, explains any waiting or exclusionary periods, and defines your responsibilities as a pet parent to keep the policy in good standing.

Finally, consider each prospective pet insurance company as a whole. Does the provider earn high marks on independent review sites like Do they go beyond just collecting premiums and actually give you practical information for keeping your pet healthy? Visit a provider’s website, Facebook page, twitter feed, Pinterest account and anything else you can find to get a sense of the company culture. Chances are if they are a company of pet people, and they share useful pet health information to help you take the best care of your pet, they’re going to be a good partner in your pet’s health when you need them most.

When purchasing pet insurance, seek out a provider that offers comprehensive standard plans, flat-rate reimbursement and whose reputation inspires confidence in their customer service, and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your pet happy and healthy for life.

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Skiier Gus Kenworthy Finds Real Puppy Love with Sochi’s Strays

It’s too early to tell what kind of awards Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy will take home for his slopestyle skiing, but it is clear that he’s already scored triple gold in the hearts of dog lovers.

When the news hit that part of Russia’s preparations for the Winter Olympics included hiring an exterminator to kill more than 2,000 stray dogs on the streets of Sochi, it was one more embarrassment in a long string of embarrassments. Between anti-LGBT laws, incomplete and poorly constructed facilities, terrorist threats, and killing dogs, the Olympic Games have not made Russia look good.


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Collage from Gus Kenworthy’s Facebook Page.

And yet, in the wake of the story about the exterminations of dogs, there have been some genuinely heartwarming stories. Russian citizens have put their own butts on the line to rescue stray dogs. And now, we have Kenworthy, a skiier from Colorado who's come across several strays and fallen in love with them. Yesterday, Kenworthy wrote about the pups on his Facebook page:

Spent all afternoon playing with a gang of stray puppies here in Sochi! Looking into finding a way to bring them home with me but also don't want to take them away from their mama because she was being super cute and protective over them. I bought them some food and I'll go visit them again tomorrow.

Since then, Kenworthy has said via Twitter that he has made vaccination appointments for the pups and found kennels for them. "Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!" he Tweeted today.

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We hope the dogs are more than eight weeks old; that's the minimum age for an adoption, and even then, the process is complex, as Michael Leaverton wrote here on Dogster a couple of days ago. If nothing else, it helps a potential adopter to be in Sochi, which is a big deal-killer for most of us. However, for Americans such as Kenworthy who do happen to be in the area, and want to rescue stray dogs in Sochi, the Humane Society International has published a guide on how to do it.

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Good luck to Gus Kenworthy from us at Dogster -- with the skiiing as well as the pups.

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Their Last Day Together

Yesterday Bernie and Leslie went off to their forever homes.  Amy is still waiting for that perfect match.  I couldn’t resist the one last opportunity to take pictures of them all together.  They’ve really started to play more with toys together instead of just wrestling.

Leonard and Penny came for a quick visit before they all got picked up.  It was pretty cute to see how quickly they got into the groove and started playing together although most of my play pictures of them didn’t look that great so instead you mainly get “dogs standing still”.  LOL  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Penny was a tiny little thing and Leonard had such a nice wide head.

Leonard and Penny could do stairs up AND down.  Ours were still struggling with the down part.  Poor Bernie ran upstairs to “protect” a toy she’d been playing with and then got stuck up there.  LOL

I’m really going to miss them but I know they’ll be happy and loved.

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Dogs In The 80′s


Dogs in the 80′s….. from small towns :)

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Aren’t Beagle puppies just too adorable!  This is i’lemon -  he’s 4 months old and lives in Monaco. I met him walking around Port Hercule.


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Dogs Max and Kaycee are still best of friends and inseparable since 2009 when they were adorable little puppies


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