Dog Health, Pet Insurance

Pet Assure Review – The Pet Insurance Alternative!

April 21, 2016

Pet Assure Review – The Pet Insurance Alternative!

Hey guys! Hope you had a great week! We are back to give you a review on Pet Assure!

Aspen had to go to the vet today, because he has a skin tag on his eyelid. He’s fine, but I figured I should just do this video on Pet Assure, since I’ll be using it.

We love Pet Assure and it has saved us SO much money in the year that we’ve had it.

What is Pet Assure?

Pet Assure is a nationally recognized veterinary discount plan. Once you become a member, you save 25 percent on veterinary care from a participating vet.

There are thousands of vets in the network, but you should search on their site http://www.petassure.com to see if there’s a participating vet near you before you purchase the plan.

Unlike insurance, there are no deductibles, no exclusions and no discrimination based on age, breed, pre-existing medical conditions, hereditary conditions, current illnesses…etc.

It can also be combined with pet insurance.

What’s Included?

You will receive a 25% savings on all medical care. That Includes office visit fees, exam fees, shots, surgery, X-rays, and other procedures the vet performs. The vet doesn’t have to provide the discount on products you go home with –  ie: medications, food, flea or heart worm preventives, grooming..etc. Outside services such as lab work or specialists not located at the facility or any services that are already discounted are also not included.

Also included in the plan are discounts on some pet related online retailers and services. There’s a list on their website of participating merchants, but I do know that you can get a 15% discount from petcarerx.com!

Additionally, there’s a lost pet recovery service included. They send you an ID tag with a unique number and the Pet Assure phone number to put on your pet’s collar. If your pet is lost people can call the number on the tag. Pet Assure then calls you. If you are unavilable, they will call the emergency numbers that you listed with them.

How Much Is It?

None of these plans are only for dogs. You can purchase Pet Assure for pretty much any pet/animal.

They have different plans/options for purchasing.

The Single Dog Plan is $99/year or $9.95/month, plus a $9.95 processing fee.

The Family Plan – which is what we have – covers 2-4 animals. That plan is $149/year or $14.95/month, plus a $9.95 processing fee.

The Unlimited Plan covers every pet in your household. That plan is $199/year or $19.95/month, plus a $9.95 processing fee.

BUT BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ON THEIR SITE!! THERE ARE DEALS OUT THERE!

I heard of Pet Assure by some random email that I received from Amazon Local.

I paid $69 for the 1 year Family Plan, as opposed to $149. A few months into my membership, I saw the same membership on Groupon for like $30! So definitely look out for online deals first.

You can use your membership card immediately after purchase. They send you a temporary one immediately via email. I never received a permanent one, maybe cause I used the bootleg Amazon deal, but haven’t had any issues using the temp one at my vet. Lol.

Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend Pet Assure, and no they are not giving me any kickbacks or anything. I just honestly think it’s a no brainer if you’re a pet owner. I saved a ton at the vet already. Way more than the money I spent to become a member.

There’s also a 45 day, no questions, money back guarantee if you don’t like it or feel you’ll need it.

That’s all folks! It’s been real. See you next week!

 

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Thanks guys! See you next week! 

Love, 

Thee Crazy Dog Lady, Aspen & Jagger

 

 

Dog Health

Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Medications & Dosages!

April 15, 2016

Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Medications & Dosages!

We’re back from a 10 month long hiatus!! We promise that will never happen again! Lots have been going, and we have finally settled down a bit. So good to be back!

Did you know that you can use some human medicine to treat your dogs?! Well Aspen, Jagger and I are going to show you our top 10 must-have human medications that we keep in our first aid kit at all times, along with their dosages!

Read below to learn which medications we recommend…Who knows, maybe even save yourself a trip to the vet!

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So without further ado, here’s the list!


 

#10 – Treatment For Hot Spots

Why To Use: If your dog is suffering from hot spots.

Medicine Name: Tinactin

Active Ingredient: Tolnaftate

Dosage: Spray liberally on hot spot up to 4 times per day.

Notes: If hot spot is near the face or eyes, spray onto a cotton ball and use that to apply it to the area.


 

#9 – Treatment For Inducing Vomiting

Why To Use: If you need to induce vomiting due to your dog ingesting something toxic.

Medicine Name: Hydrogen Peroxide

Active Ingredient: Hydrogen Peroxide

Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 5-10 lbs of body weight, every 10 minutes.

Notes: Maximum 3 doses. If dog has vomited before the maximum dose amount is reached, stop administering. If you’ve given 3 doses, and your dog hasn’t vomited, bring to a veterinarian.


 

#8 – Treatment For Dehydration

Why To Use: If your dog hasn’t been drinking water, has been vomiting and/or experiencing diarrhea for an extended period of time, or if you suspect dehydration. Medicine Name: Pedialyte

Active Ingredient: Dextrose, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate

Dosage: No more than a ¼ cup for up to a medium sized dog, diluted 50/50 with water

Notes: Purchase the unflavored ‘clear’ one.


 

#7 – Treatment For Pain

DO NOT USE TYLENOL, ALEVE, IBUPROFEN (ADVIL, MOTRIN, MIDOL), OR ANY OTHER HUMAN  PAIN KILLERS WITH ACETAMINOPHEN, NAPROXEN, IBUPROFEN..ETC FOR PAIN TREATMENT. THEY ARE ALL VERY TOXIC TO DOGS! THESE PAIN KILLERS CAUSE NON-REPAIRABLE LIVER DAMAGE AND ALMOST CERTAINLY EQUAL DEATH OF YOUR BELOVED DOG. IF ACCIDENTALLY ADMINISTERED, BRING YOUR DOG TO THE VET ASAP!


 

#6 – Proper Treatment For Pain

Why To Use: If your dog has pain, inflammation, arthritis..etc

Medicine Name: Aspirin

Active Ingredient: Acetylsalicylic Acid

Dosage: 325mg (Regular Strength) 1 tablet for up to 30lbs of body weight, every 12 hours. 81mg (Baby Aspririn) 1 tablet for up to 7.5lbs of bodyweight, every 12 hours.

Notes: Always use the ‘buffered form’ to help prevent damage to the stomach. Remember, DO NOT USE ANY OF THE MEDICATIONS LISTED IN #7 FOR PAIN!


 

#5 Treatment For Diarrhea

Why To Use: If your dog is experiencing diarrhea

Medicine Name: Imodium AD

Active Ingredient: Loperamide hcl

Dosage: 1 tablet for up to 25-50 lbs of body weight, 2-3 times per day.  

Notes: We usually use Imodium if I’m only seeing diarrhea. If you notice vomiting or signs of an upset stomach, see #4. IMPORTANT! DO NOT GIVE THIS MEDICATION OR ANYTHING WITH LOPERAMIDE TO COLLIES, BORDER COLLIES, COLLIE MIXES OR HERDING BREEDS! IT WILL CAUSE NEUROLOGICAL TOXICITY BECAUSE OF THE MDR1 MUTATION. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN!


 

#4 Treatment For Upset Stomach

Why To Use: If your dog is experiencing diarrhea and/or vomiting

Medicine Name: Pepto Bismol

Active Ingredient: Bismuth Subsalicylate

Dosage: 1/4 tablet for up to 20 lbs of body weight, every 6 hours.

For the liquid form – 0.5 – 1ml per pound of body weight, every 6 hours.   

Notes: Tablet form is much easier to administer.


 

#3 Treatment For Allergies

Why To Use: If your dog is experiencing allergies

Medicine Name: Zyrtec

Active Ingredient: Cetirizine

Dosage: 5mg for 0-15 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. 10 mg for 16-39 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. 10 mg for over 40 lbs of body weight, every 12 hours.

Notes: Less side effects than other antihistamine options out there. Won’t make dog as tired, as with other allergy meds. DO NOT PURCHASE THE DECONGESTANT FORMULA. USE ONLY THE REGULAR ALLERGY FORMULA


 

#2 Treatment For Motion Sickeness

Why To Use: If your dog gets motion sick in the car, boat…etc.

Medicine Name: Bonine

Active Ingredient: Meclizine

Dosage: ¼ – ½ tablet for under 10 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. ½ – 1 tablet for up to 20 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours. 1 tablet for over 20 lbs of body weight, every 24 hours.

Notes: Administer 1 hour before your excursion.  Can also use Dramamine.  


 

#1 Treatment For Allergies

Why To Use: If your dog experiences allergies, an allergic reaction, hives, bee stings or insect bites.

Medicine Name: Benadryl

Active Ingredient: Diphenhydramine HCl

Dosage: 1mg per pound of body weight, every 24 hours. ½ a tablet for dogs under 25 lbs.

Notes: There are 25mgs per pill. DO NOT EXCEED 80 MGS PER DAY, NO MATTER THE SIZE OF YOUR DOG.


 

DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian. You should always consult your veterinarian before administering any over-the-counter (OTC) human medications to dogs. If your dog has any liver damage or other serious ailments, again, please call your vet before administering any medications.

Also worth noting – The store brand is the EXACT same medicine as the brand name, with the same active ingredient. The only difference is that the store brand is less money. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that you should go with the store brand!

That’s all folks! Those are our top 10 must-have, dog friendly human medications!

 

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Welcome To Thee Crazy Dog Lady!

March 22, 2016

Hey guys! Welcome to TheeCrazyDogLady.com! My name’s Miliani DeAira aka Thee Crazy Dog Lady! I’m the ultimate dog lover and self proclaimed dog expert!

I’m a first generation American of Trinidadian descent! I grew up in Minnesota with my WAY older brothers. I was an ‘accident’ as some like to call it, but I prefer to refer to myself as my mom’s greatest blessing. Ha! I grew up in Minnesota and when I was old enough, I hightailed it out of there! I don’t give Minnesota enough credit though – the people are absolutely amazing! I’ve spent the majority of my time living in Scottsdale, Arizona and Los Angeles, CA.

After living in Downtown Chicago, IL for 2 full winters, I am now spending my warmer months here in Chicago and winters back in Los Angeles! My blood has thinned out. What can I say?!

Besides my obvious obsession with dogs, I model and own a couple dog related companies.

I love all things fashion, makeup, hair and interior design and country music (I love all music, but country is my favorite)! Outside of hanging with my pups, I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, a nice glass of pinot noir or a well-crafted margarita in the summer, playing tennis, walking a beautiful trail, eating (I’m a fatty inside) volunteering with animals or the elderly, raising money for animal shelters/organizations, tennis, going to Blackhawks games, shopping, a relaxing spa day, checking out a nice restaurant or lounge with the perfect ambiance…ok I’ll just end the list here. I could go on for days. Lol. I love life!

As you probably know by now, I am the proud dog mama to Aspen (5 year old Malamute) and Jagger (3 year old Husky/Malamute Mix). They are my angels and motivation….Heaven sent! Boy, do they love their mama! I can’t even get up to go to the bathroom alone, but I wouldn’t change any of it. I love them so!

Jagger is the independent, obnoxious and stubborn, but extremely hilarious one ! I swear, he does the funniest crap, cause he knows I’ll laugh. He has a super high prey drive – as most Huskies do – so I’ve gotta keep a close eye on him when there’s any small wildlife around. He’s fine with small dogs, and cats even. But squirrels and rabbits are his worst enemy!

Aspen is my soul dog. He was born to be with me. He knows me so well, and plays off of it – every emotion. He is SO smart too. I mean sometimes I believe he’s a human trapped in a dog’s body. He does not act like a dog, at all. Although Aspen is the more mellow one, he certainly rules the roost. Jagger tries to test him, but quickly gets put in his place. Ha. They couldn’t be any more opposite. However, they both are SO loving. You can’t put a price on their unconditional love.

With that being said, join me and my sexy boys Aspen and Jagger through our crazy weekly adventures where we’ll chat about tips and tricks of dog ownership, recommendations, product reviews, recipes, doggy lifestyle, culture, entertainment, news…and so much more!

Even if you don’t own a dog, you should still subscribe! In addition to the weekly video (Every Wednesday), we’ll also have a corresponding blog post that you can find here on this site, and a YouTube vlog showcasing the shenanigans that we got into that day!

We looking forward to connecting with you! Lots of kisses and puppy licks!

– Miliani, Aspen & Jagger