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Dogs that Eat Cat Litter

August 24th, 2012 No comments

How many of you live with dogs and cats in your home? For those of you that have both, how many of you have dogs that enjoy eating cat litter? Both Charm and Daisy enjoy eating cat poop, and it’s been a constant source of frustration for me. I did switch over to a corn based litter a long time ago, because I felt it was a bit more consumption friendly than clay.

Having said that, I’m also trying various things to deter them from even getting into the litter box. Currently, the litter box resides inside a soft-sided crate and I have it wedged in the corner of the room. I didn’t think they could get to the entrance of the crate, but I was wrong!

My latest attempt was to install an extra tall baby gate with a small pet access door to the room that has the litter box. The small pet access door would let the cat come and go as he pleases, but would keep Charm out. I knew keeping Daisy out would still be an issue, because she’s small enough to fit through the pet access door.

So my next brilliant idea was to also install a regular sized baby gate at the entrance to the hallway which leads to the room with the litter box. This one would keep Daisy out, but not Charm. He can jump over this one. No worries though, because he can’t jump over the extra-tall one.

So between the 2 baby gates I thought I had my problem solved. I should know better than that! Charm’s one smart/determined dog. Check out the video below, and you’ll see why I’m back to square one. Does anyone have any dog-eating-cat-litter deterrent ideas that actually work? Please post in the comments below. I would love to hear about them.


Fun for Your Friday!

January 20th, 2012 No comments

Charm just finished up a bath (he doesn’t like them), and decided to voice his opinion on whether his sister Daisy should get a bath too. Enjoy!


Pet Insurance – Is It Worth It

January 19th, 2012 1 comment

I just wanted to give you a quick update on Charm and Daisy. They both came home from the emergency clinic last week, and are doing fine. You would never know anything happened to them if it weren’t for their shaved legs from where the IV’s were inserted. They did have some diarrhea which was probably a side effect of the medication, but other than that they’re back to normal. Thank goodness!

This whole ordeal got me thinking about pet insurance and how, in this instance, it would have been a big help. This would not be the first time I’ve thought about pet insurance. I’ve looked into it in the past, but I’ve not pursued it because I felt like it would be a waste of money. There are so many things you should consider when you’re evaluating the different pet insurances, it can be overwhelming. This video offers a few things you should pay attention to while you review the different providers.

How to Evaluate a Pet Insurance Policy

Here’s another video that provides a very basic comparison of four different pet insurance plans.

Pet Health Insurance Comparison by VNN.com

When I was doing my research I did find one company (Pet Plan Pet Insurance) that would continue to cover conditions diagnosed while on the plan. They would do that as long as you continued to renew your policy and did not lapse in your payments. Sounds great right? It is until you read some of their fine print. The deductible you have with this provider is PER CONDITION per year. That means if your pet is diagnosed with diabetes and then later on in the year is also diagnosed with arthritis, you are paying two deductibles, not one. I also had to laugh when I read their policy on covering prescriptions:

“Coverage for prescriptions is included in all Petplan policies, provided that they have been prescribed by the treating veterinarian as treatment for an illness or accident and the illness or accident is not a pre-existing condition. All prescriptions must be FDA approved for pets, subject to policy provisions. Nutritional supplements and vitamins are not covered by the policy.”

They might as well have said that they don’t cover prescriptions. Notice the “pre-existing condition”, “must be FDA approved for pets” and “nutritional supplements and vitamins are not covered” statements. Many prescription drugs used in the veterinary world are FDA approved for human use, not pet use. For example, of the eight different things my pets are on, only one is FDA approved for pet use (Derramax), 3 are not FDA approved (Tramadol, Lactulose, Piroxicam) and the remaining four are supplements (Azodyl, Epakitin, Vetri-Liver and Dasuquin).

There is one other thing to be aware of if you’re thinking about pet insurance – You’re still responsible to pay the vet bill. Your vet will want their money upfront. That means you still have to cover the full amount of the bill at the time of the service. You will be the one responsible to submit all of the paperwork to the insurance company, not your vet. The insurance provider will reimburse you based on the terms of your agreement.

If you’re interested in doing further research, I’ve compiled a listing below of some of the different pet insurance providers I’ve found. I doubt this is a comprehensive list. I’m sure there are others out there. I don’t endorse any of the companies, nor have I researched each one. I just thought I’d provide you with a one-stop shopping list for those of you interested in researching further.

So do you think pet insurance is worth it? Are any of you already using pet insurance? I would love to hear your opinions on the topic.

Pet Insurance Providers:

Featured Furball: Lacey – by Charm

February 18th, 2011 No comments

Lacey, Canine LifelineCharmCheck out Lacey! She’s a sweet one and a half year old Collie/Shepherd mix. She arrived at Canine Lifeline from an area shelter with a noticable limp in her back legs. She was taken to the vets where it was determined she had hip dysplasia. She underwent femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery on the one hip in August. She’s doing very well and has no exercise restrictions. The even better news is that the vet doesn’t feel it’s necessary for her to undergo the surgery on her other hip.

She can be a bit shy in new situations but warms up to you quickly. She’s laid back, good with other dogs and seems housebroken. Be sure to check out her video below. If you would like more information on Lacey please contact Canine Lifeline directly at info@caninelifeline.org.


Featured Furball: Jamie & Penny – by Charm

January 28th, 2011 1 comment

CharmMeet Jamie & Penny! Both dogs are Collie/Shepherd mixes and are about one year old. They have been with Canine Lifeline for a while now. They were picked up as a stray in Kentucky and it’s possible they are littermates. Both dogs are very shy, and the Kentucky shelter knew they would be better off out of the shelter environment, so a transport was arranged to get them to Canine Lifeline. They are both doing better, but will need someone with a lot of love and patience as they will both need continued work in socializing them with other people. It would be great if they could go to a home together, but that’s not required. Canine Lifeline would prefer to see them go into a home with another dog, however.
Jamie’s on the left and Penny’s pictured to the right, and a video of them is below. If you would like more information on these two, please contact Canine Lifeline directly at: http://www.caninelifeline.org/about/contact-us/.
Jaime Penny

I’m Adopted but Still Need Help – by Charm

November 24th, 2010 No comments

Hey all! Guess what? I’ve been adopted! After 11 months of living with my foster Mom, she decided to adopt me. She said it was an easy decision. As you know I’ve had a lot of medical problems. I strain a lot when I try to poop, and sometimes it gets stuck or it hurts to get it out (sorry to be so graphic).

While in the care of Canine Lifeline I went through a series of tests and was diagnosed with nerve damage likely caused by a trauma. My bladder and instestines are displaced (not sitting where they should be). They told us that this couldn’t be fixed, and would need to manage it with food and medicine.

About a month ago Mom took me back to the vets to have my “plumbing irrigated”. Not Fun! During that vet visit they told Mom that I also have a perineal hernia. The hernia can be fixed with surgery and we were referred to a specailist.

The specialist reviewed my entire medical history and told Mom that there was a procedure they could do to correct the displaced bladder and intestines, as well as a surgery for the hernia. However, both surgeries could not be done at the same time. Mom was ecstatic that I had a chance to be healthy again and agreed to the surgery to correct my bladder and intestines.

The surgery was two weeks ago and I’m recuperating nicely, but I will still need the hernia surgery. The medical bills for the surgeries cost approximately $4,500. Yikes! I’m so thankful this holiday season that I found the best Mom ever! She’s going to help me get better so I can be the best dog ever!

Check out a couple of videos of me below. This video was taken when I was at the shelter.

This one was taken shortly after my surgery. Frankie, the new cat (more about him in a future post), is attempting his healing powers on me.