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Pet Sitting Hazlet NJ Dog of the Day- Joey: Look closely…it’s there!! #TongueOutTuesday!

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Pet Sitting Matawan NJ Dog of the Day- Ranger: Our buddy Ranger has a question for you all- ears back or up??

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How To Review and Compare Pet Insurance Providers

Pet insurance has been in the U.S. since the 1980s, but in recent years, its growth has exploded.

The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) recently reported that more than 1.6 million of the country’s 179 million pets are insured by NAPHIA member insurance providers. The pet insurance market is worth an approximate $774 million in North America.

Needless to say, there’s quite a few pet owners out there who see the value in insuring their pets! As pet insurance becomes more commonplace, more pet owners start to wonder if they should purchase a policy for their furry (or scaled, or feathered, etc.) family member.

Before jumping into a policy, you should understand how much it might cost, what kind of coverage you’ll get, and what some of the policy limitations are. If you’re considering pet insurance, here are a few tips for reviewing and comparing policies.

Understanding Basics of Pet Insurance

Pet insurance works similarly to your health insurance. You pay a monthly premium. You must meet a deductible before your insurance kicks in, and you may be denied certain claims based on your coverage. Health insurance is a confusing industry; likewise, pet insurance can also be confusing. It pays to understand the basics.

You’ll find two different types of coverage – non-lifetime and lifetime. The difference between these is the length of coverage. A lifetime policy covers a pet’s entire life, whereas a non-lifetime policy covers a set term.

In addition, there are different coverage plans you can choose from, including:

  • Injuries and illness: This plan covers illnesses like infections and diabetes, as well as injuries like bites and broken bones.
  • Injury only: If your pet gets an illness, this policy won’t cover that. But covering only injuries is cheaper than tacking on an illness policy.
  • Chronic conditions: You can purchase a policy to cover chronic conditions, but be aware you could still be denied a claim even with this insurance. That’s because it has to meet certain conditions before being accepted.
  • Congenital conditions: Most insurers don’t cover congenital conditions, but if you look around, you can find some that do.
  • Wellness care: You can tack this one onto a comprehensive plan, but again, not every insurer covers it.
  • Medication coverage: Some offer this in their usual plans, while other insurers consider it an add on.

Other potential charges you may want to ask a pet insurance provider about include:

  • Alternative therapies
  • Imaging
  • Lab tests
  • Surgery

Some things, such as pre-existing conditions, higher than average vet fees, and inhumane treatment or neglect, are not covered generally by any insurance company.

The cost of pet insurance varies widely depending on what policy you choose, the deductible you select, and the annual limit you opt for. You can expect to spend approximately $20 a month at least, or it can go up to $100 a month for some breeds or older pets.

That may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it can be a huge relief for people who have pets facing a serious illness or injury. The money you could have to pay upfront in vet fees could run thousands of dollars in worst case scenarios.

Gauging Your Pet’s Needs

Every pet and owner situation is different, so you’re the one who can best decide whether to get pet insurance. Consider your motivation for getting pet insurance. Is it for peace of mind, or do you foresee issues down the road?

What does your pet need? For example, if you are getting a new puppy, then you may want to consider lifetime insurance since you will be taking care of the pup for its entire life. Conversely, you could have an older dog and may need a policy for only the next five years. So, consider a non-lifetime policy.

That is a high-level way of looking at pet insurance. Of course, there are other considerations. Do you have a pet with a predisposition to certain diseases? Do you have an active pet that’s more likely to get hurt physically?

After you’ve examined your reasons for considering it, it may help you to get quotes for a variety of plans from several providers. You should make a list of pros and cons for each coverage option to help you narrow down which may be the best fit for you and your pet.

Shop By Comparing All Providers Broadly
While it can be confusing at times to shop for a policy, you can make the task a bit easier by taking these following steps:

  • Making a list of possible insurance providers.
  • Creating an outline of basic information from each one, including coverage, policy options, and benefits.
  • List the cost for different plans with each provider. That can help you determine what you feel comfortable spending for the value you’re getting.

Don’t feel rushed into purchasing a policy. Take your time and make sure it’s exactly what you want. There are various policies out there.

Making an Educated Choice

Owning a pet is a big responsibility, and you want to do right by them. Some pet owners may conclude that pet insurance isn’t the right choice for them at this point. But it may be helpful if your pet faces a serious medical problem.

Before deciding, you should carefully weigh your options and take your time to make an informed decision. Look at what you’re being offered and how it might benefit your pet.

And, finally, look at your budget. Is it worth paying extra each month to get some peace of mind, or would the extra payment cause to much stress and strain? From there, you can decide if it is worth it to you.

 

Andrew is a Content Associate for Lendedu – a website that helps consumers and pet owners with their finances. When he’s not working, you can find Andrew hiking outside or hanging with his cat Colby. For the record, Andrew is a fan of both dogs and cats and plans on owning both soon.

 

PMA Dog Walkers

Dog Days NJ…we’ve got that PMA.  What is PMA you ask? Simple- it’s a Positive Mental Attitude.

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Back in 1937, author Napoleon Hill introduced the idea of Positive Mental Attitude in his book Think and Grow Rich which outlines the importance of positive thinking as a principal to success. Positive Mental Attitude is the philosophy that having an optimistic disposition in every situation in one’s life attracts positive changes and increases achievement. It opposes negativity, defeatism and hopelessness. Optimism and hope are vital to the development of PMA.

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Truth be told, we didn’t learn about PMA from Mr. Hill. We learned about it from the punk rock pioneers Bad Brains. In the 1980s punk rock was rooted in nihilism and negativity. Bad Brains showed up and changed punk rock, not only with their revolutionary sound but also with their Positive Mental Attitude. These days the PMA torch is carried by some amazing people doing incredible things- John Joseph the Plant Powered Iron Man, Jesse Malin the Punk Rock Poet and Toby Morse who runs One Life One Choice, just to name a few.

PMA PoodleAt Dog Days NJ, we’ve got that PMA. We get to spend our days with animals in the fresh air exercising so why wouldn’t our attitudes be positive?!? Sure there are tough days, just like in any walk of life. Sometimes Mother Nature dumps 8 inches of snow on us and that’s no fun. But what is fun is seeing how much the dogs love it and running around and playing with them in the snow. That’s our PMA. Dogs still need their walks in the inclement weather and we’ll be there with smiles on our faces. We’re like the mailman sans the funny pants- through rain, sleet and snow…you still need your dog walked or your cat fed and we’ve got your back! Why? Because we love what we do and we’ve got that PMA and we’re putting our own spin on it- we’ve got a Pawsitive Mental Attitude.

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Holmdel NJ Pet Sitting Dog of the Day- Darla: “You can post a picture of me, just don’t make me look like a floating head with no arms, legs or body.” Sorry Darla, but this pic is too darn cute not to share!!

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Dog of the Day- Lillie: This pretty lady turned her nose up at the idea that her brother, Mason, was Dog of the Day before she was this week! Don’t worry, Lillie, with a face like yours we’d never leave you out!!

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A Vet Recommendation from a Keyport NJ Dog Walker

Last Friday, my wife Gia and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Chihuahua, Taffy. It was the hardest thing either one of us has had to do but I will say that our veterinarian, Dr. Alan Dubowy and his veterinary technician, Maria, of Vet on the Go, made the experience as pleasant and as peaceful as we could have ever hoped it to be.

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When we first adopted Taffy, Gia and I were living in Ocean Grove. We had a veterinarian practice down that way that we were very happy with. But when we bought our first home and moved to Keyport to the house that we, to this day, call “Taffy’s House,” (as we wanted a yard for her) this just became too far to travel to for routine vet visits. In the five years since we’ve lived here we went to three different veterinary practices before finding our forever-vet in Vet on the Go. The funny thing is that we are the type of people who really just like to go with the flow. If we’re at a restaurant and our order comes out slightly wrong or is not to our liking, we just keep that to ourselves and eat it anyway (within reason of course). But when choosing someone to care for our fur-babies we had no problem “Shopping around,” until we found the perfect fit.

We had no previous experience with the world of mobile veterinary services other than seeing the Vet on the Go truck drive past us or parked around town. And then one day as I was filling out a Veterinary Release Form for a client he told me that he used Dr. Dubowy and he raved about him for a good five minutes. This client loved his dog, Duke, and would do anything for him so I called Vet on the Go and set up an initial appointment for our dogs Taffy and Molly. From the first time we met him we were sold and knew that this was the practice for us. This was definitely the cleanest exam room that I had ever been inside. And after about 5 minutes we didn’t even realize that we were in a mobile office anymore.

There are many things that we love about Dr. Dubowy and his practice. The convenience is the first thing that comes to mind. No longer do we have to request either the first or last visit of the day because, incase you hadn’t heard, Chihuahuas tend to have a bit of an attitude and don’t always play nice with others (just one of the many things we love about Taffy). Instead, it doesn’t matter what time our appointment is for because with Vet on the Go they pull right up to our home, we walk our pups out and there are no other dogs inside for Taffy to flex her tiny muscles at. On top of the convenience, though, is how excellent and truly loving both Dr. Dubowy and Maria are with our dogs. I have to assume that most everyone in the pet service industry- whether it be veterinarians, dog groomers, dog walkers, etc. begin their journey out of a love for animals. But then sometimes business becomes a priority and the clients become a number, which is a reason we did not feel at home with the other veterinary practices we had tried before finding Vet on the Go. I always keep this in the forefront of my mind when running my business, Dog Days NJ, and I never lose sight of why I made caring for others’ pets my career in the first place. I truly get the sense from Dr. Dubowy and Maria that animals come first and everything else comes second. In the past we would be happy if Taffy did not try to kill the veterinarian she was seeing (which goes back to the “Chihuahua attitude” I mentioned earlier) so when we noticed how comfortable and at peace she was with Dr. Dubowy, we knew that our search for our forever-vet was over.

My clients mean the world to me. They give myself and my staff of pet sitters the honor of looking after their pets when they are not home to do so. That is not something we take lightly. So when they ask me to recommend other services, such as a veterinarian, to put their trust into I have complete confidence and comfort recommending the services of Dr. Dubowy and Vet on the Go to them. If you are in need of a great veterinarian, take Taffy’s word for it and call Vet on the Go:

Vet on the Go

Dr. Alan Dubowy

(732) 739-2111

 

It Takes A Village

For the past five years my wife and I have called Keyport, New Jersey our home and we could not be more proud to do so. We bought our first home in Keyport and there are so many things we love about this little town on the Bayshore. We enjoy eating at all of its excellent restaurants and then grabbing a couple cups of coffee and taking our son, Willie, and our two pups for a stroll down by the beautiful Norman Rockwell-like waterfront. But there is one establishment in particular in Keyport that has brought back a lot of memories of when I was younger and has really made me feel a sense of community: The Keyport Public Library.

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I don’t recall what first brought us to the library, but when Gia and I did go in it was pretty eye-opening experience. If, like I did, you think that libraries are just a couple of old dusty books and a card catalog then think again. The library has an amazing selection of dvds available to rent…for free! They have brand new movies upstairs and then more movies than you will believe downstairs. Their selection is even listed online so if there’s something you’re looking for you can just hop on their website and see if they have it: http://keyportlibrary.org/new-book-releases/adult-dvd-list/

They also have all of the books that your heart could desire. If you enjoy reading on a Kindle or your iPhone, etc- the Keyport Public Library has got you covered there too. With a free library card you have access to a wealth of eBooks that you can rent from the comfort of your own home! My mom also takes full advantage of their great audio book selection which is perfect for her 3 hour drive for babysitting duty every week (thanks Mom!). And the thing that really brings me back to my childhood is the children’s section downstairs. Seeing all of the illustrations on the books and the stuffed toys hanging from the ceiling makes me remember how awesome those rooms were to me when I was a kid. Every Monday morning at 10:45am the library offers a Story & Craft Time for kids and they also offer a 6:30pm story time on the first and third Tuesday of every month. My in-laws bring my son, Willie, in every Monday morning and the highlight of both mine and Gia’s afternoon is getting the picture of the craft that Willie made (with the help of his grandparents of course, he’s still just a little guy). I had this past Monday morning free so I was able to bring Willie down to Story & Craft Time and watching Miss Chris interact with the kids by reading to them, asking them their opinions and then teaching them how to make their craft was so nice. This, more than anything, made me feel like I need to do something to give back.

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There are so many options that there really is something for everyone at the Keyport Public Library. And the best part…all of the options are free!! But in order for them to offer these wonderful things for free to all of us, they need our help. Here are some ways that we can all help and give back to a wonderful establishment that truly embodies a sense of community:

Monetary Donation: If you donate more than $20 before 12/19, you receive a very cool handcrafted ornament made out of recycled books. Ours is hanging on our tree right next to the owl ornament that Willie made in Story & Craft Time!  https://www.facebook.com/events/755201994574761/

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Donate Your Time: Join the Friends of the Keyport Library Group. Come to a meeting and brainstorm ideas, plan and help out at events sponsored by the library, etc. It’s a great chance to meet some awesome people and to get out of the house! I’ll save you a seat. https://www.facebook.com/friendsofkeyportlibrary

Tell A Friend: Social media outlets like Facebook can be a great tool for spreading the word and by sharing information about the library with your friends and it would help immensely! So share these pages, even if you don’t live in Keyport- one of your Facebook friends might! Every little bit helps so spread the word and make a difference!

https://www.facebook.com/keyportlibrary

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Hazlet NJ Dog Walking Dog of the Day

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Today’s Hazlet NJ Dog Walking Dog of the Day is Max: a very happy 2nd birthday to this classy little man! And yes, he absolutely is wearing a bow-tie for his birthday!! Stay classy Little Max!

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Hazlet NJ Dog Walking Service!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.

Scarecrow Seeks Tinman, An Aberdeen NJ Dog Walker’s Idea

A little over four years ago I decided it was time for a change career-wise. I came to the conclusion that while the money was good, I could no longer sell real estate if I wanted to lead a life in which the bulk of my day was not spent in a state of misery. So I started my own dog walking service, Dog Days NJ LLC, which was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In the beginning, however, like most new businesses I needed some money to supplement until I got up and running full-time so I got a second job at PetSmart as an Early-Morning Stocker. My job was to show up at 4am three days a week, unload the trucks and stock 40 lb. bags of dog food for six hours. It was pretty awful, but it was something I needed to do to make ends meet. As I would wake up at 3am to get ready for my shift I would just keep reminding myself that it was only temporary and soon I would be surrounded by dogs full-time, rather than surrounded by dog food.

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While unloading the pallets of dog food bags, it was not uncommon to come across a bag that had been torn somewhere along the way from the warehouse to the store. Another common occurrence was to mistakenly cut a bag with a box cutter while cutting the plastic off of the wrapped pile of bags. On a typical shipment day (of which there are three per week) I would say there are anywhere from 1-5 damaged bags of dog food. Keep in mind, we’re talking about the big 30-40lb bags. And I was specifically a dog food stocker (mainly because no one else wanted to do it) so that’s all I really saw, but I can imagine that the same goes for bags of cat food and cat litter. On my first day when I found a damaged bag I asked the manager what we do with them after we enter them into the system as being damaged and he said we throw them into the dumpster out back. I figured it was because of the potential of the food being contaminated after it was opened but when I asked why we don’t donate them to local rescues organizations, shelters, etc. he said that while he didn’t necessarily agree with it, the main reason that doesn’t happen is this: if word got out that they donate ripped bags then what would stop volunteers from the rescue organizations from coming in and damaging the bags themselves and also what would stop any of the good-hearted employees from damaging them or even just not being as careful as they should with their box cutters?

I hate to admit it but I can actually see where they are coming from because if this were not the case, then I surely would’ve made a habit of damaging at least one bag of the good organic food per shift knowing it would go to animals in need. But the head honchos at PetSmart are apparently one step ahead of my Robin Hood, vigilante fantasy. In the three months that I worked there I tried coming up with a system which would convince PetSmart to donate the bags to local rescues, shelters, etc. but one that would not create a free for all for everyone who loves animals and hates big corporations to come in and do some damage.  Sadly…I came up with nothing. I’m not ashamed to say that my heart is in the right place, but my brain has failed me. So I’d like to put the word out there, as I am confident that there are more than a few ways out there to do this, and ask for everyone who is smarter than I am for their ideas. As long as it does not affect their profit, I bet PetSmart (and Petco and any other large chain pet store, for that matter) would love to get the good publicity that would come from a program like this. So put your thinking caps on and let’s come up with some ideas they cannot refuse. I’m asking for all of your ideas to help tons of deserving animals in need. Once we get some good ideas we can start campaigning to PetSmart to do some good with their unused food that goes in the trash.

Email your ideas to: info@DogDaysNJ.com with the subject line “Scarecrow Seeks Tinman” and include your full name and contact information so you can get the credit for your idea! The more ideas the better!!

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These two both came from shelters and have changed the lives of my wife and I more than I can put into words. We will do anything we can to help animals in situations such as theirs and to show thanks to the volunteers who donate their valuable time to making the lives of animals better.

 

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Aberdeen NJ Dog Walker!

 

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following towns: Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan.

Dog Days NJ Pet Sitting Service provides dog walking, pet sitting, cat sitting and dog sitting for the following zip codes: 07747, 07730, 07733 and 07735.