Trupanion Pet Insurance Advice
We understand that your pet’s health is important to you, and here at Trupanion, we’re dedicated to providing tips and tricks to help you give your pet a healthy, happy life. Whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition information, safety tips, or dog and cat health issues, this is your one-stop destination for information. Hot topics Common pet allergies and how to treat them. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to alleviate your pets’ allergy symptoms. Make sure your pet is safe in emergency situations, such floods, fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, by preparing a pet emergency kit. Know which symptoms indicate a potential infestation and use these prevention tips to keep parasites away. Become an expert in dog care, whether you’re looking for answers to dog health questions or you simply want to learn some fun facts. Read about dog training, common health issues, DIY, and more in our dog care guide. Read about cat nutrition, bringing home a new cat, and DIY fun. New kitten owners and seasoned cat lovers alike can find helpful tips and interesting reads in our cat care guide. Developing a good relationship with your veterinarian is the first step toward a healthy pet. Check out this section to find vet appointment tips, common medical conditions for pets, parasite prevention tips, and how complementary therapies are a good addition to traditional veterinary medicine. Learn about pet nutrition, bake your own treats, and spice up your pet’s daily diet with healthy fruits and veggies. Some pets have a knack for finding trouble, but safety and preparation helps prevent injuries. From emergency preparedness to holiday shenanigans, we provide tips to help keep your pet safe.
What are the health benefits of pet ownership?
We’ve long loved dogs for being man’s best friend, but not so well known is that our pets can actually make us physically and mentally healthier. Just the presence of our pets can lift our spirits and help us relax. Research has shown that owning a pet can have a number of physical health benefits. Increased cardiovascular health Increased physical activity. Fewer visits to the doctor Growing up with a dog during infancy may help to strengthen the immune system and may reduce the risk of allergies Children who have pets are less likely to miss days of school due to illness. The joy of having a pet isn’t new to most Australians; we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. In fact our pets are such positive influences on our lives that one study found that Australian ownership of cats and dogs saved approximately $3.86 billion in health expenditure over one year. Research has shown that owning a pet can have a number of psychological benefits. A study of school children showed that pet owners were more popular but also seemed more empathetic. Those who have pets including children or adolescents have been shown to have higher self-esteem. Teenagers who own pets have a more positive outlook on life and report less loneliness, restlessness, despair and boredom. Pet owners report less depression and appear to cope with grief, stress and loss better than non-pet owners. Pets enhance social connectedness and social skills. Are great conversation starters! Pets are also great caregivers. If you are considering owning a pet be sure you contact your local RSPCA. You can view some of the animals available for adoption at the RSPCA on the Adoptapet website.
It is our intention that the information in this guide be for learning purposes only. Please take any rat that is ill to your veterinarian for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options. Articles This guide contains in-depth articles on illnesses seen in pet rats, along with signs, symptoms, case histories, and treatment modalities that your veterinarian may follow. These articles are designed to help rat lovers become more knowledgeable in their physical assessment of their pet rats and aid them in seeking care from their veterinarians sooner. It is important to learn what your rat’s normal behavior and appearance is like so that you can spot the signs of illness should they appear. Rats have a high metabolism and illnesses can overtake them quickly. Please don’t delay in taking an ill or injured rat to the vet. Case histories and photos There are graphic photos that have been included, at times, to assist the reader’s better understanding. Please read the description before opening the link to these photos. The case histories and photos have been graciously submitted by pet rat owners and can be a very useful tool for identifying and understanding the medical concerns of our rats. Links Included are links to other useful medical resources including the Rat Medication Guide. Also there are links to the list of Rat Health Guide contributors as well as to the references used in the making of this guide. Submissions We welcome submissions of case histories. Case histories and/or photos will be credited on the Health Guide contributor page. Any case histories or photos submitted will become the property of the Rat Guide and Karen Grant, RN-BC..