Our dogs are like children to us, and I am especially attached as we do not have any human children – yet. And because they mean so much to us, there are a number of products and services we use and have chosen to invest in to make sure we have got them covered no matter the circumstances.
Although we have chosen to invest money into a number of products and services, not everyone does and that’s okay. It is a choice that all pet owners make depending on numerous factors, including money and their opinion.
However, I wanted to talk about the few ways we ensure that both of our boys are in tip top shape at all times and the products and services we choose to invest money in to help us along the way.
*Please note that this is not a sponsored post. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
1. Pet Microchip
There is an amazing charity called Lucky Lucy Foundation who attend a number of markets in Cape Town offering a chipping service, by a vet, for only R100.
Now, R100 is nothing compared to the absolute devastation we would feel if either of our boys went missing and were turned in to a vet without their collars, only for there to be no way of identifying us, their owners.
So many pets are turned in to vets on a daily basis only to be handed over to shelters because their owners couldn’t find them or they couldn’t be identified.
Getting your pet’s chipped ensures that, if there are stolen or get lost and are handed in, that your details can be found by simply scanning their necks.
You can keep up to date on what markets they will be attending by liking their Facebook page.
2. ONE PLAN Pet insurance
Jeanne and I had talked about getting pet insurance for a while before we actually signed up a few months ago and, because we don’t take the boys to the vet very often, we have wondered whether or not it’s actually worth having. (We actually talked about it again only the other day).
However, for me it’s extremely important to have and Jeanne knows that it puts my mind at ease knowing that if anything had to happen to either of them, god forbid, they would be covered and we wouldn’t have to worry about finding the money.
Since signed up to One Plan we have only had to take Zeke to the vet once for an eye infection (which was caused by his allergies) and right now, as I am writing this, we have popped to our vet to have their yearly vaccinations and kennel cough vaccination, both of which our insurance plan contribute towards.
To give you a rough estimation, their yearly vaccinations were approximately R1400, and we only had to pay R400 towards them. (Please note, this is only a rough estimate and that, depending on what plan you take, it will vary).
UPDATE: On Sunday morning – on Jeanne’s birthday – when I went to feed our boys, I realised that Bodhi’s whites of his eyes were swollen so badly that they were protruding out of his head.
In a panic I calls out for Jeanne to call the vet and we had to race over to Panorama Vet (which is roughly 15km away).
Looking back, on Saturday when we got home, he had started to throw up, but we thought that he was just feeling a little the weather due to his vaccinations.
However, it turns out that he is allergic to one of the vaccinations – we think it’s the Kennel Cough vaccination, which is the one they need in order to stay over at their doggy daycare in December and fights off the dog equivalent of the human cold.
He was given two injections to help the swelling and the reaction and we have to put some cortisone eye drops in his eyes every day. But he is all back to normal now, the poor boy.
3. Bravecto Tick and flea tablets
With the drought and water restrictions our grass is dead, revealing a lovely sand patch that is home to both ticks and fleas. Lovely.
To stop our boys from biting their bums and scratching their heads we buy Bravecto tick and flea tablets. They are the first and only chewable flea and tick protection, and they get to work only 2 hours after you give them to your pups.
The main reason we buy these tick and flea tables is because they last up to 12 full weeks and they work from the inside out! So much easier for both parties, we think.
However, because of Bodhi’s gorgeously thick and fluffy coat, we have decided to dip him and get him a flea collar, too. Just in case!
I would love to hear what kind of products you use for your pets, and what services you invest in, too. So please leave me a little comment down below.