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Wednesday, October 09 2019
The Rising Cost of Veterinary Care in the U.S. - How We Can Help

We all want the very best for our beloved pets. They are undoubtedly members of our families, helping us weather hard times, heartbreak, and grief in the purest and most supported way possible. That’s why we want to be able to provide them with the care and attention they deserve, which can many times, include trips to the vet’s office.

 

However, in recent years, the cost of a vet visit has increased. It has increased so much that many pet parents are faced with neglect, abandonment, or surrendering their pet to a shelter where they are at risk of euthanasia. No one should ever have to turn their backs on their furry companions, which is why our nonprofit wants to do something about it.

 

But, before we get there, let’s look at the honest state of veterinary costs today.

 

 

The Sobering State of Veterinary Costs

In 2018, a report was released that found pet parents spend anywhere from $9,000 to more than $13,000 for medical treatments over the course of a companion animals’ life. Since most of the time, cats and dogs aren’t covered by medical insurance (10% of dogs and 5% of cats qualify), pet parents are left shouldering most of the harrowing costs.

 

Why has this number gone up? For starters, the lifespans of dogs and cats have increased due to better available care, food, etc. Dogs average 11.8-years of age at death as of 2018, whereas that average was at 11-years in 2013. Happier, healthier pets also lead to longevity that can add up in costs.

 

And then there are the veterinarian clinics that have drastically increased their costs for basic pet procedures.

 

Why are veterinary costs rising so drastically? One problem is the rising vet incomes. According to the Veterinary Medical Association, the mean annual professional income of private vets rose from $60,000 in 1995 to $90,000 in 2007. Although vets argue their incomes have been increased to match the pace of inflation, different newspaper accounts claim that many vets are taking advantage of families in need.

 

Families Need Help

About 23 million pets in the United States are in homes where caretakers live at or below the poverty line, which means those pets are left without access to veterinary care. There are also disabled individuals, elderly, retired servicemen, and a slew of other people that are not able to shoulder over $10,000 in costs for their beloved pet.

 

They shouldn’t have to weather expensive veterinary care to keep their pets healthy. That’s why we founded Healthy Canines, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to supplementing families in need of veterinary assistance in the State of Georgia. You deserve to be a pet parent for the natural duration of your pet’s life.  If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to us today.

 

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Monday, August 05 2019
Hot Cars Kill

It’s a hot summer’s day. You’re with your dog, driving to a friend’s house. But on the way there, you decide to run a quick errand. Maybe you need to pick something up from the grocery store or mail a package. You tell yourself it will just be a few minutes, so it’s fine to leave your dog in the car alone.

Wrong. It’s never okay to leave your dog in the car

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Tuesday, July 02 2019
How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Stress-Free During 4th of July Fireworks

Does your dog feel anxious when they hear loud noises, like thunder or firecrackers? This can be especially problematic on Independence Day! People will be setting off fireworks late into the night, and most dogs don’t like loud noises. As a pet parent, there’s nothing worse than seeing your furry friend in distress. Here are some helpful tips for calming your dog’s anxiety and keeping them safe during the holiday.

 

1. Wear Your Dog Out with Exercise

Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise before the fireworks start. Take them for a run or play a game of catch. The goal should be to make them tired! When your dog is mentally and physically worn out, their reaction to the fireworks might not be as extreme. Best case scenario, they’ll sleep through the entire fireworks show!

 

2. Stay with Your Dog

Don’t leave your dog alone during the fireworks if at all possible. Keep your pet indoors with a person at all times. If they’re scared, you can pet them and talk to them. Remember that your dog is looking to you for reassurance. If you’re anxious, your dog will be even more anxious. Don’t scold your dog for reacting to the fireworks as that will only make them feel more afraid.

3. Create a Safe Space

Your dog needs to have a designated area where they can go if they’re anxious about the fireworks. This area should be an enclosed space, like a kennel with blankets. Turning on a white noise machine may also help because it will muffle the noise of the fireworks. Even having the television or radio on can help your dog remain a little calmer.

 

4. Give Your Dog a Distraction

Give your dog something to enjoy in the midst of this stressful time. A special treat like a Kong filled with peanut butter is a great way to keep your dog busy and content during the fireworks. You can give them any type of bone or toy that’s designed to keep them chewing and occupied for long periods of time.

 

5. Buy Your Dog a Shirt!

If your dog is especially anxious during fireworks, it may be worth investing in a product that specifically targets your dog’s stress. The Anxiety Wrap or the ThunderShirt can help soothe your pet in times of stress. Both these products apply light pressure to your dog, almost like a hug. They find this comforting and will experience less anxiety because of it.

 

6. Be Prepared in Case There’s an Emergency

It doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the worst just in case of an emergency. Before the Fourth of July, find the name of an emergency vet in your area. Save their number and leave it with a dog sitter if you’re using one. If something goes wrong and your dog runs away or gets injured, you’ll have the vet’s number handy.

 

By following these simple tips, you can keep your pet free of anxiety even during fireworks! Have a happy Fourth of July!

 

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Thursday, June 06 2019
3 Reasons You Should Take Your Dog to the Vet for Regular Checkups

If your dog is healthy and happy, you might think that routine vet checkups are a waste of time and money. But taking your pet to the vet on a regular basis is important. It comes with many benefits for you and your pet.

 

Most people get regular checkups at the doctor or dentist. Your dog’s health should be treated no differently. It’s important to take your dog to the vet on a regular basis, and not just when you think there might be something wrong.

 

The frequency of these visits will vary depending on your dog’s age:

  • While your dog is a puppy, it will need to visit the vet about once a month.
  • You should take your adult dog to the vet for routine checkups annually.
  • Once your dog has reached “senior status,” you may want to increase the visits to twice a year.

 

The bottom line is your dog should be going to the vet on a regular basis. Here are three reasons why.

 

 

1. You Can Detect Serious Illnesses or Injuries Early

If your dog gets sick, they might not start showing symptoms right away. By the time you notice something’s wrong, your dog may need an expensive procedure—or worse, the illness may not be treatable. Just like with people, early detection is key to successful treatment and long-term recovery. And the earlier your pet gets diagnosed, the more inexpensive the treatment will be. So, in the long run, taking your dog to the vet regularly will save you money.

 

2. You Establish a Good Relationship with Your Vet

When you regularly see your vet, you can develop a strong relationship with them. If you don’t have that good relationship, it may be hard for you to trust their decisions when it comes to your pet’s health. A good relationship with your vet will help you openly discuss treatment options and feel a lot more at ease if your pet ever needs to undergo a serious medical procedure.

 

By going to the vet on a regular basis, you’ll also become more familiar with your dog’s health as well as pet health in general. You’ll have more knowledge about what might be a sign of an illness and what is perfectly normal. This helps you care for your dog better on a day-to-day basis.
 

3. Your Dog Maintains Good Health All Year Long

Getting regular checkups for your dog ensures they are always up to date on their vaccinations and any other medicine they might need, like parasite prevention. Going to the vet regularly helps your dog maintain consistently good health. There are many problems your pet could have that will not be easily visible, but a vet is likely to notice these issues while examining your pet.
 

Whether you’ve been to the vet recently or not, the day might come when your pet is faced with an unexpected illness or injury. That means an unexpected expense.

 

If you need assistance to pay for an unexpected pet healthcare cost, Healthy Canines may be able to help. We provide healthcare grants for dogs of up to $500. Don’t let your dog needlessly suffer when help exists. Contact Healthy Canines today!

 

 

Posted by: Tracy Freese AT 07:36 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, April 29 2019
Introducing Healthy Canines

Helping Dogs Stay Healthy in Georgia

 

If you’re a pet parent, the worst feeling in the world is your pet coming down with a serious illness or suffering from a sudden injury. What’s even more devastating is if you cannot afford the medical care costs.

 

That’s why Healthy Canines, Inc. is excited to announce its official launch! Healthy Canines is a nonprofit organization for pets and their families who are facing large veterinary expenses. If you’re a Georgia resident with a dog who is struggling pay for your pets’ veterinary care, we’re here to help.

 

Pet surgeries and medication are expensive, but you don’t have to let your pet’s injury or illness stop them from having a good quality of life. With one of our grants, your dog can quickly get the care they need.

 

Get Help for Your Pet Through Healthy Canines

Healthy Canines never wants to see pets turned away from loving homes to a shelter where they are at risk of euthanasia or tossed on the street because their pet parent can’t afford to care for them financially. We deliver hope to pets in need all around Georgia.

 

Who We Help

Healthy Canines will never discriminate against particular breeds or types of dogs. We help dogs with a wide variety of ages, illnesses, and injuries.

 

Healthy Canines is especially interested in supporting:

  • Low-income families
  • Elderly pet owners
  • Veterans and active members of the military
  • Individuals of emotional support animals (ESAs)
  • Individuals of therapy dogs

 

When you’re less worried about your dog’s physical wellbeing, you can be the best pet parent possible.

 

Our Grants

Healthy Canines covers pet healthcare costs of up to $500. We assess each case individually. Check out our website at www.healthycanines.org for complete information about our grant program, qualifications and the application process.

 

What We Help With

We’re here to help with unexpected expenses due to illness or injury. However, we do not provide financial assistance for routine care such as checkups, spaying/neutering, and vaccinations.

 

Donate to Healthy Canines

Even if you don’t personally need financial assistance for your dog, this is a great cause for pet lovers to contribute to. Healthy Canines loves seeing pet lovers help out other pet lovers. What better gift is there than giving a fellow dog owner peace of mind when they’re in a tough situation?

 

 

Healthy Canines accepts donations of all sizes. Every bit helps!

 

85% percent of your gift goes directly to helping animals in need whose owners can’t afford necessary medicine, surgeries, and other procedures. This helps keep dogs out of shelters, off the streets, and in safe, loving homes.

 

15% of your donation goes to administrative costs so we can continue to provide these services for pets and their families all over the state of Georgia.

 

Keep in mind that these gifts are tax deductible.

 

Don’t let a devastating diagnosis or injury come between you and your love for your pet. Reach out to Healthy Canines today! We care about your dog’s welfare.

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