Is Your Pet Eating Better Than You Are?

by admin on March 13, 2012

 

 

A while back, a good friend of mine sent me this article from the Huffington Post. I thought this article was so intriguing. I thought I was the only 1 out there that saw for myself, that most dogs eat better than me.  I’m not joking either.

Here is a snippet of the article written by Tara Parker-Poke, June 4, 2012 for the Huffington Post. You can also read my article on Food Glorious Food to see if your dog food has been rated as premium or not.

She writes: “Despite a sluggish economy, the market for gourmet pet foods and other luxury pet products is booming, explains Business Day reporter Andrew Martin.  As he writes:

Pan-seared duck with brown rice and blueberry compote.  Roasted turkey with

butternut squash and russet potatoes.  Salmon with black-and-white-quinoa.

Delish. Just keep in mind that all of this, right down to those banana yogurt health bars, is dog food.  Not mer Alpo, mind you–not by a

long shot….

Pet owners, or “parents” in industry parlance, are being sold on human-style luxuries and medical care.  There are stylish rain slickers,

organic foods and even antidepressants for today’s pampered cat and dogs.

Read the full report “For the Dogs’ Has a Whole New Meaning.”

I see this here. We no longer serve your every day, run of the mill foods.  We saute, brown up, stir fry several kinds of holistic, raw, organic foods for our guests. Yes, there are still lots of kibble eaters, mine included. But the days of eating kibble are shrinking. We stop at setting the dining room table with silverware, however.  However, that day could come.

Really, “Who Let The Dogs Out?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFVi-j-yIr0.   This is my new theme song!

 

 

 

 

I always like to step my A game here.  I do like these Nike walking shoes. I’m not endorsing Nike or their shoes. This is 1 pair that I like and I’m passing this along to my fellow dog walkers.

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Bill Long March 14, 2012 at 5:22 am

I’ve noticed some of these products but unfortunately Tank’s system isn’t compatible with poultry. As for kibble,I leave a dish out for him and he occasionally will eat a bit. As for canned foods…….. LOL He primarily eats red meats and pork. Before you ask, NOOOO, Tank isn’t the least bit spoiled.

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admin March 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Bill, pet food industry is growing and growing fast. If tank likes his kibble, you just keep on going with that. As long as it’s healthy, I’m A-ok with kibble. Cheers!

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Kelton May 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

Honestly, the best thing you can do for them is to get a credit card just for pet eemigencres, start a savings account for pet eemigencres or get care credit. Pet Insurance unfortunately usually costs people more than it saves. The problem with most pet insurance companies is that they are not going to cover anything they consider a pre-existing condition’ or anything they consider hereditary’. While your dog maybe healthy now, the things they consider pre-existing conditions are any illness or disease that is common in your breed of dogs, even if it’s a mutt. Every dog has certain conditions that are common to that bread. Like Cocker Spaniels are prone to Hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, skin problems and urinary tract problems. If you had a Cocker Spaniel and got him insurance, even if he’s perfectly healthy now your insurance wouldn’t cover any of those things because they consider them pre-existing’ due to breed type. The unfortunately fact is, every breed has these conditions that are common to that breed. The reason it’s so important that insurance covers these is because your dog is much more likely to come down with one of these illnesses if it’s in his breed history than anything else. That is also why insurance companies wont cover them because it would cost them too much money.Even if you have a mutt from a shelter you can’t escape this because the vet has to put down a breed type on their paper work. Even if it’s a mutt, they’ll look at the dog and try to guess. The pet insurance companies will also insist on you giving them a breed on their paper work as well, you can’t just put down mutt’ or mix’. So when you are looking at the paper work for insurance companies, really REALLY read the fine print hard and inquire what that company considers pre-existing conditions’ and what sort of things they don’t cover. Look up the sort of illnesses your breed (or what you think it might be if you have a mix) so you can tell/ask if they cover those things or not. A lot of insurance companies wont cover accidents either. If they feel it was due to owner negligence you will be out of luck. Like if you were at the park with your dog playing fetch and it got hit by a car they’ll consider it your fault due to not having the dog on a leash. Or if they find your fence was damaged and not fixed well enough and your dog got out they’ll consider it your fault. So again, read the fine print REALLY well. It’s hard to recommend a company to you because the companies vary so much on what they cover. You need to look at what sort of dog you have, it’s age and what you want that insurance to cover then really really do your homework on them as far as what they will and wont cover and how much you want to pay deductible wise, co-pay wise etc. There is nothing worse than having an accident or illness with your pet and thinking you are covered when you aren’t. That’s why I say it’s much better to get a credit card, care credit, or start a savings account. There will be no surprises during a time of need with those. Good luck and I wish the best to you and your pets! Was this answer helpful?

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admin May 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more regarding insurance. I mentioned the fine print, which is always dicey. There are things that will not be covered as you and I both mentioned, pre-existing conditions for 1. If you change from 1 carrier to another and have a pre-existing condition, that wil never be covered. There is always the great debate here on should you get insurance or shouldn’t you get insurance. This is why I wrote my blog. That debate will go on forever. I like your passion about this subject. No doubt about that. Insurance for our dogs has been both helpful and then again, not as helpful as I wanted with costs. Payouts are not as high as I would have liked to have seen. I tested out 4 companies, joing them all to do my research. I have to say that getting insurance gave me a bit of peace of mind. On the other hand, as I went through the process of getting reimbursements, that was an entirely different event and not as positive as I would have liked to see regarding deductibles. I did have to have major surgery (cancer) for 1 of my dogs and 1 company did pay out, however, makig the change to another carrier to do my research, put me in a bind. The other surgeries he needed, were not cover. Pre-exisitng conditions. OUCH.
Thank you for your thoughts, they were great! Glad this blog post moved you to write to me. I look forward to seeing you back here with more comments and thoughts.

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Cleide May 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

Hi. I have pet insurance for my dog. She is a three year old Parson Jack Russell. I pay a39.50 a month and apart from the obiuovs health things it would cover, it also covers public liability insurance so that if my dog goes and bites somebody (I dont think she would but you never know) and they want compensation then the pet insurance covers it. There are some pretty good covers out there but you do need to shop around. If you are in the UK try the insurance that supermarkets offer. You can get quotes on line so you dont even have to leave your house to get the information. Some people will tell you that having pet insurance isnt worth it and Im sure you might have some answers telling you this but just remember if you dont have insurance and your dog breaks its leg or its life is hanging in the balance and you cant afford to have it treated then you will have to make the decision whether or not you have to have it put to sleep or not. Do you think you could live with that?

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admin May 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Cleide you are spot on! Insurance, for me and maybe not for others is peace of mind. Yes you have to read to the fine print, especially in the US as there are things that are not covered, like pre-existing conditions! I do have pet insurance for my 3 dogs. I did a ton of research on this subject. I tried out several companies before I wrote my blog. Testing them out for what is covered and what wasn’t, their costs monthly and so on. The big ticket items are what makes it worth it. I like your thoughts on this subject as this has always been the great debate. Should I or shouldn’t I pay for pet insurance.
I had no idea that in the UK you could buy pet insurance at the supermarket. You guys are ahead of the curve here.
I do believe in pet insurance and that’s just me. The great debate will continue. Love your thoughts here and I hope to see you often. Thanks for your comments on that blog topic too.

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