Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pet Care Financial Aid

What does a pet owner do when their precious fur baby needs veterinary care that is way beyond their budget?

The cost for an annual trip to the vet is already staggering for some and becomes a real hardship if the pet needs any type of care beyond a routine yearly exam.

Good news . . . help is out there!! I've come up with the following list after doing some research.

Organizations who offer financial aid 

Banfield Charitable Trust HOPE Fund – The pet must be a patient at a Banfield Pet Hospital and funds are determined by each clinic.

The Big Hearts Fund – Financial aid for dogs and cats with heart disease.

Brown Dog Foundation – This agency assists with the cost of prescription medications.

The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund – The group helps with the treatment of dogs and cats with cancer.

Dylan’s Hearts – A nonprofit agency that aids families struggling financially to pay for veterinary care.

Friends & Vets – This organization assists when your pet needs financial help for “extraordinary” veterinary expenses to save their life.

Harley’s Hope Foundation – A group that gives financial aid for major illnesses and emergency veterinary care.

Hope Mending Heart – A grant program started by a veterinarian to help pet parents afford surgery and post-operative care.

Magic Bullet Fund – The group provides assistance for dogs fighting cancer.

Paws 4 A Cure – A nonprofit group that aids families whose dogs and cats are in need of non-routine veterinary care.

Pet Assistance, Inc. – This organization helps financially for dogs and cats with urgent veterinary needs.

The Pet Fund – A nonprofit group that provides assistance to pets in need of veterinary care for cancer treatment, heart disease and other non-basic or emergency care.

RedRover Relief – This nonprofit organization offers grant money so pet caregivers can afford urgent and emergency veterinary treatment for their pets.

Shakespeare Animal Fund – An agency that helps pets and their people in need.

Red Rover Financial Assistance Directory

Humane Society - Help is Out There

Best Friend Organization - Resource Directory

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Catnip Cat Treats

Catnip is one of my favorite things!  It has been a while since Mom and Dad have treated me . . . maybe I get a little wild and they don't like it.  

Well, I thought I would post this and maybe they will get the hint that I love my catnip treats!  These look delicious :)

Mom and dad . . . click here to get the recipe.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Vinegar Uses for Pet Owners

Poor Kiki with those floppy ears is always having problems with ear infections.  You can tell your pet has an infection if they shake their head and scratches their ears often.  Best preventative is to clean their ears at least once a week.

The first time Kiki went to the vet for an infection, we got sticker shock over the visit and the medication!  Little did we know how a little prevention can make a difference.

I've found an article on the PetMd website that lists uses for vinegar.  One of them is to ear infections and cleaning pet ears.  Here is what it says:

"Ear infections are a common problem for dogs, especially those with floppy ears. You can clean your pet’s ears with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar, Morgan says. Put the solution on a cotton ball and wipe the inside of your dog’s ears with the mixture, only applying it to the areas you can reach. 
 “If you have ear canals filled with bacteria and yeast, the pH is too high,” Morgan says. “If your dog has chronic problems, wiping out the ears will change the pH in there.”

Try diluting the vinegar with more water if your pet’s ears are extremely sore and raw, or she shies away from the treatment."

Click here for the rest of the article from PetMd.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Practice Poison Prevention For Your Pets

Did you miss me?

It has been good times for me!  Mom and Dad have decided to get their office straightened out so they can work on their new business and I now have my own room :)  They won't allow Kiki in the room and even put up a gate to keep her out.  I know they love me!

You know us cats are very nosey and must check out anything new.  It sure has been fun checking out that office with all the boxes of fabric underneath Mom's sewing table.  Lots of places to explore and hide!  I love having my own room.

This brings me to an article I found about Pet Poison Prevention.  We cats really don't have a logical mind and want to sniff and chew on anything we find . . . dogs too.  Kiki is the queen of chewing everything she finds, like she thinks it is food.

With that in mind, I would like furbaby Moms and Dads out there to read this article to be aware of stuff you have no idea is poisonous.  It also includes tips on what to do if your furbaby gets a hold of something poisonous.  I don't want any of my cat friends to get a hold of something that will harm them in some way . . . OK, dogs too.

Click here for the article.