Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Is Pet Insurance Right for You?

With vet bills on the rise, this is a question that dog owners ask themselves at some point. Choosing whether or not to buy pet insurance can be challenging. There are many factors to consider, including which provider and plan is most appropriate for you and your pet.  Opinions on pet insurance may range from “pet insurance saved my 4-legged child’s life” to “pet insurance is just a scam”.

Pet Health Insurance Pros
• Provides your pet with affordable care should they become seriously ill.
• Depending on your plan, costly emergency procedures are usually covered.
• Once fatal pet diseases are now treatable, yet can be expensive. Pet insurance makes them
• Provides peace of mind for dog owners that want their pet to get the best treatment.
• Most offer discounts when insuring one of more pets, or for purchasing a six month or yearly plan.

Pet Health Insurance Cons
• Most have deductibles, co-pays and caps that may limit your pay out.
• With some plans, pre-existing conditions may not covered.
• Many breed specific conditions (hip dysplasia in retrievers for example) may not be covered.
• Money spent on premium payments is gone

Whatever is best for you and your loved ones please remember this.  When you need the best pet sitting services in Western Suburban Chicago trust Critter Sitters.  They serve the Fox Valley and beyond.  Get to know Sandy by giving her a call at (630) 844-9554.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chicago-area pet shelters participating in nationwide adoption event

Chicago-area pet shelters participating in nationwide adoption event 
Nearly 30 Chicago-area animal shelters are participating in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide push Aug. 15 to encourage a flurry of pet adoptions by cutting related costs.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The “Dog Days” of Summer.

The summer months can be uncomfortable- even dangerous- for pets and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results. 

Practice summer safety with your pets.  As we mentioned last month, DO NOT leave your pets in a parked car…even for a minute.  Keep an eye on the humidity as much as the temperature.  Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels. 

Remember to limit their exercise on hot days.  This is just common sense.  Fans do not help a pet the way they do a human so don’t expect that to cool them down.  And always provide ample shade and water while watching for any signs of heatstroke - such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, or a rapid heartbeat.

Whenever you need pet care and sitting services in the Fox Valley area contact Sandy at Critter Sitters of Montgomery at (630) 844-9554 or visit them on the web at www.alltopcrittersitters.com.