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5 Things to Consider When Providing for Pets

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When it comes to estate planning, there are a lot of things to take into consideration, and one of the most important things is a provision for your pets. The Humane Society of the U.S. estimates that each year, 400,000 pets need to find new homes because their owners died. With over 86.4 million cats and 78.2 million dogs owned in the U.S., there is no room for error when it comes to providing for pets. You Don’t Have to Be Rich
If you haven’t already made plans for your pets, it’s time to consider doing so. Leona Helmsley made headlines when she left millions to her dog, Trouble. But, you can provide for your pets with a lot less. By setting up a formal Trust, you can create a simple and sensible plan that will provide your pets physical and medical needs. A life insurance policy can provide a comfortable life for your pets and their guardians, and they are very inexpensive to obtain. Things to consider include establishing a caretaker will do their very best to care for your pet. Be sure to include enough funds to cover any medical costs (routine and emergency), basic needs (food, housing, etc.), training (especially if you have a relaxed parenting style), and boarding in the event something happens to your appointed trustee within your pet’s lifetime.

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Avoid a Canine Custody Battle

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Like many caring dog owners, Stanley and Linda Perkins of San Diego, Calif., dote on their pointer-greyhound mix, Gigi. But in the late ‘90s when the couple decided to split, a two-year canine custody battled ensued, racking up thousands of dollars in legal fees and taking up almost half of the three-day divorce trial. In an effort to clinch the case for her client, Sandra Morris, a family law attorney representing Mrs. Perkins, decided to use a tactic that worked in several successful child custody cases. Morris shot a day-in-the-life video of Gigi, showing the adopted pooch going for walks, sleeping under the desk and playing on the beach. It worked. A superior court judge awarded Mrs. Perkins permanent canine custody. Fighting for Fido
The fight over Gigi is just one of a growing number of pet custody cases around the country. Within the last five years, members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) report that pets are increasingly representing a new kind of battleground as couples attempt to work out divorce settlements.

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Foods From the Sea that Your Pets will Love

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There are plenty of options for sea-based pet food, no matter what your budget. Whether you're having problems affording your ownfood (let alone worrying about salmon and green-lipped musselsfor your pets), or you have a trust fund that allows you to purchase thebest quality and most exotic diet, there is a food that fits your pocketbook. 

For example, catering to the more finicky of felines is a new luxury food from British Banquet from Green Pantry in the UK. Dubbed “World's Most Expensive Cat Food", it features Arenkha caviar, line-caught Scottish Salmon, hand-caught Norfolk lobster and locally-sourced Devon crab. At a whopping $300 per 4.5 pound bag, this is a luxury not every cat owner can afford, but it does make for an interesting topic of conversation.'

There are also plenty of ways to pick up fish heads and tails at your local butcher for pennies. This can make an excellent broth filled with nutrients and fats that your pets will love. 

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Keeping a Clean House with a Canine

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If you live with a shedding, dirt-digging pooch, keeping your house clean can seem like a challenge mightier than teaching an old dog a new trick. From hair imbedded in carpets to paw prints on linoleum, it may feel as if you need to follow your dog around 24/7 to keep up. But tidying after your best friend need not be a full-time job. Before you call in a maid brigade, check out these tips for clean coexistence with your canine.

Clean Pet = Clean Home
"Keeping your house clean starts with keeping your dog clean and in good health," says Gina Spadafori, author of Dogs for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). "Keep your dog bathed and brushed. You'll minimize odors and shedding." Dogs smell better after a bath. Also, remember that hair caught in the brush or comb won't end up under the bed. Shedding occurs seasonally in dogs, typically in the fall and spring, so take extra care around April and September.

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4 Bath Salts That May Benefit Your Pets

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We're all looking for ways to improve our lives and those of our pets, and nothing says love like natural care! When it comes to curing dandruff, easing itchy paws, stopping skin irritations and helping pets overcome stress and be more comfortable in their skin, nothing gets the job done like natural salts. 

Your body absorbs the many minerals from these baths through the skin (dermal absorption). There are tons of benefits for people and pets - from relaxation to detoxification. Salts have many other curative effects. 

There are many types of salts out there - epsom, dendritic, Dead Sea, European and Himalayan. So, which bath salt should you choose for your dry-coat, itchy, dandruff-ridden pet?

We take a look at all of them and how to best use them on your dogs and cats. 

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