How to Ensure the Best Care for Your Pet

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Hotelaire and real estate magnate Leona Helmsley made headlines when her will left 12 million dollars to her dog. While most Americans can’t leave millions to their pets, people should plan for their pets’ long-term care.

Among moves, military deployments and hospital stays, Americans might find themselves unable to mind their animal companions. But responsible pet owners can take steps to ensure that their animals receive adequate care in their absence. Here are some tips for Americans with pets:

– Keep records. Losing an animal can be devastating, but keeping files on pets can help speed recovery. Records can also help veterinarians and new homes provide better care.

Files should include recent photographs showing the animal from each side, which can help animal shelters identify your pet. Owners should also keep their pets’ vaccinations, health certificates, rabies certificates, medical histories, breeders’ information, pedigrees and weights on record.

Some services help track pets’ information. For example, The Estate Vault, an online estate-planning software program that helps users consolidate everything from marriage licenses to medical histories, contains a section for pets. Users can keep their pets’ information in an easy-to-access, safe digital form. The Estate Vault also helps users plan for pet care in their wills. Digital files can prove more secure than paper documents, which can be lost or destroyed by fire or water damage.

– Prepare for the unexpected. Speak to at least two people who can care for your pet in an emergency. Give your emergency caretakers your pets’ feeding and care instructions, the name and number of your veterinarian and any information concerning permanent care plans for your pets.

– Make formal arrangements. Work with an attorney to create a will covering your pets’ long-term care. Find someone willing to care for your animal permanently, then formalize the agreement and the amount of money that you plan to provide.

For more information about The Estate Vault system, visit www.estatevault.com. Estate Vault trades on the NASDAQ OTC under the symbol TEVI.

Meeting Pets’ Needs on a Budget

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It is possible to care for, even pamper, your pet on a budget or fixed income. By planning carefully and making smart shopping decisions, you can save money on food, toys and treats.

– Save money on everyday essentials, such as pet food, by shopping at deep discount stores. Forty percent of the money Americans spend on pets is for food. You will find savings on name-brand pet food at a deep discount store such as Dollar General. Remember that you can save even more by buying private label food. Many private label products are equivalent to the national brands.

– Find lower-cost medical care. Local humane societies often sponsor free or reduced-price clinics for routine vaccinations or spaying or neutering. Learn about clinics offered in your area, which can save you from expensive vet visits. And, you don’t always have to visit the vet for some medical treatments. Dewormer, ear mite treatment and other medications are available over-the-counter.

– Enjoy the great outdoors with your favorite animal -; which doesn’t cost anything. For outdoor or indoor fun, your pet will need a few basic accessories like a leash, collar and water bowl. All of these inexpensive items are available at deep discount stores.

– Skip the pet day spa and groom your animal at home. You can save a lot of money by bathing and grooming your animal yourself. All you need to set up your own pet spa are shampoo, conditioner, a brush or comb, a hair dryer and nail clippers.

– Potty training and maintenance for pets can also be affordable. Deep discount stores such as Dollar General offer cat litter, litter pans, scoops and liners. Puppy pads are available for puppies that are being trained.

While buying the basics for your favorite animal, don’t forget to pick up a toy or treat. Dogs love toys, snacks or rawhide bones. Cats enjoy exercising on a scratching post or munching on catnip.

Keep Your Pets Safe From Parasites and Protect Your Children From Disease

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Sometimes pets can give a child more than just a wet, sloppy kiss and endless affection. When pets aren’t protected, they could spread diseases called zoonoses, to which children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people are especially vulnerable.

Purdue University research estimates that 5 percent to 20 percent of children are infected by dog roundworm larvae at some time, and that an estimated 10,000 human cases of Toxocara (roundworms) infections occur each year in the United States. Some zoonotic diseases can be transmitted by fleas and intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, which is why the Companion Animal Parasite Council (www.petsandparasites.com) recommends year-round protection for pets.

It is unknown whether transmission can occur from casual contact with your pet. Even if a pet does not have intestinal parasites, a parasitic zoonotic disease could still be contracted. Backyards, sandboxes, public parks and beaches accessible to dogs, cats and wildlife often are contaminated with parasite eggs from an infected animal’s feces. To help reduce the risk of your child contracting a parasitic zoonotic disease, the Companion Animal Parasite Council offers these tips:

* Minimize your child’s exposure to potentially contaminated environments, such as uncovered sandboxes.

* Clean up your pets’ feces.

* Decontaminate soiled concrete surfaces with bleach or ammonia.

* Practice good personal hygiene and have children wash their hands after playing with pets or after playing in potentially infected environments.

* Treat your pet year-round for intestinal and external parasites. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a monthly heartworm preventative, the broadest spectrum and most pet-friendly dewormer, and a monthly flea-control product.

* Ask your veterinarian to perform fecal examinations each year (two to four times for puppies or kittens) to assist with diagnosis of potential zoonotic infections.

* If your pet is diagnosed with a zoonotic parasite, inform your physician and pediatrician immediately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, treatment for parasitic zoonosis is not necessary in most cases, but some serious health problems, such as blindness or swelling of the body’s organs or central nervous system, can occur.

Prevention is key, to ensure that children do not become infected. Discuss zoonotic risks and symptoms with your veterinarian and pediatrician. To assess your family’s zoonosis risk, visit www.noworms.com, and for more information about zoonoses, pets, and children, log on to www.petparents.com.

Holiday Travel: Tips for Pet Owners

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Whether traveling by car or plane this holiday season, pet owners need to consider all their options when it comes to deciding whether or not to travel with their pets.

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Americans spend more than $38 billion a year on their pets – and the travel industry has taken notice. Hotels and kennels are rolling out the red carpet to four-legged clientele. Plush beds, gourmet biscuits, aromatherapy and massage therapy are becoming more common.

For pet owners considering a kennel, Dr. Jeff Werber, an Emmy award-winning animal health reporter and nationally respected veterinarian, suggests asking what veterinary services are available and whether the kennel requires pets to be current on their vaccinations. Also, make sure your pet is flea-free. Protection from a potential flea infestation can save your pet a lot of discomfort and you a lot of headaches.

“I recommend using a product monthly such as Advantage or K9 Advantix for dogs only, to control these pesky critters, especially before boarding your pet,” Werber says.

Winter doesn’t mean fleas go into hibernation. Temperate climates, or warm homes, allow fleas to continue producing eggs throughout winter. And don’t forget, there may be parasites at your vacation destination. These are just two reasons why year-round flea control is recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

For some, a trip is no fun without their four-legged companion. If traveling with your pet, don’t forget to pack vaccination records, food, bowl, leash, waste scoop, grooming supplies and medication, as well as a favorite toy to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

To familiarize yourself with pet travel requirements, Werber suggests asking the airline a few questions, such as:

* Can your small pet board with you?

* Do they have restrictions on transporting pets as cargo?

* Are there special health and immunization requirements?

Affix a label to your pet’s carrier with your permanent and final destination contact information. Do not feed your pet for four to six hours prior to travel. Put ice cubes in the carrier’s water tray – a full water bowl can spill and cause discomfort during the flight.

Visit www.petparents.com for more tips.