NorthWest Families: Depressed doggies, adopting shelter animals, pet insurance



Posted on September 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:51 AM

Depressed Doggie?

This week, we want to talk about the other member of your family - your pet!? Now that the kids are back in school, is your dog feeling a little depressed? Maybe he's showing it by chewing, scratching or barking for attention.? Well, the has some suggestions to help your pet adjust to a house without kids.?

* Get your dog some interactive toys.

* Check out doggie daycares in your area. They may be worth the expense for a day or two of supervised play and exercise.

* Take your dog for long morning walks.

* Spend quality time with your dog.

* Include him in family activities so he knows he's still part of the family.

The Oregon Humane Society has plenty of information to help you .?

Adopt a Shelter Pet

And if you're considering bringing a furry friend into your family, the is urging you to rescue a shelter animal. The group says 80% of people who get dogs and cats get them from friends, relatives, pet stores or the internet. ?If just 15% of them went to shelters instead, that could save three million animals a year.? They're launching a new advertising campaign that has people talking and animals too.? Take a look at showing a dog who's owner ditched him on the side of the road.?

Pet Tax Break

The recession has forced many people out of their homes, along with the pets they can no longer afford to care for.? A bill introduced in Congress would give pet owners a tax break of up to $3,500for the cost of caring for their animal.? It's called the , which stands for "Humanity and Pets Partnered through the Years." The bill is now in committee while Congress looks for a way to pay for it.?

Pet Insurance

If you're trying to figure out how to pay those vet bills, then pet insurance may be right for you.? More and more animal owners are forking out a monthly fee in case their pet gets sick or injured. But is it really worth it? Or are pet insurance deductibles, co-pays and pay caps too much to consider.? We'd like to get your opinion. Be sure to leave us a comment below with some of your thoughts.?

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