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ReTail Scene: "The Goody Pet" Website Reviews Doggie Products

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Looking for the best chew toys for puppies? Or how about the best dog shampoos and conditioners for dogs? You might even want to find the best boots for your doggie to wear this winter.

Now a website reviews all sorts of doggie products so you don't have to. "The Goody Pet" is a pet product review site that buys products at full retail prices and does not accept sponsored items. Pet lovers research the products, often by speaking with veterinarians and pet owners. Then they summarize their findings for other pet lovers and post reviews on the site.

Whether it's the best hands-free dog leash, the best vacuums for pet hair, or the best pet odor eliminators, The Goody Pet covers a wide variety of pet products, compares and contrasts product features and prices, and makes objective recommendations.

Check it out: https://www.thegoodypet.com/

Adoption SOS - Columbus, NC, Dec. 9

StuartmilesfdpOn Saturday, December 9 from 11 AM to 5 PM, Foothills Humane Society will be holding an "Adoption SOS" event at 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC. The first 10 adopters that day will receive a bonus "goodie bag," a professional trainer will be onsite to answer questions, and refreshments will be provided.

Between now and December 9, Foothills Humane has put out an adoption and foster SOS because at least 40 cats and 20 dogs need to find homes. So many strayed, rescued, and surrendered animals have come into the shelter that they are now doubled up. Foothills Humane Society is a private, no-kill shelter that will not euthanize for space. Their only option is sending out an SOS for folks to adopt or foster ASAP.

For more information, visit https://www.foothillshumanesociety.org/ or the society's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FoothillsHumaneSocietyPolkCountyNc/

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

Everything You Need to Know About Pet Insurance

More pet parents today than ever before are showing interest in pet insurance due to the rising cost of pet care. The first pet to be insured in the USA was a female Rough Collie dog and TV star Lassie, back in 1982. As the number of pet owners increase, there has been a huge upsurge in the number of companies offering pet insurance, particularly in North America.
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An APPA (American Pet Products Association) study estimates that in 2017, veterinary care in the US cost $16.62 billion to pet owners, and they paid $14.93 billion for over-the-counter medicine for their cats and dogs. Today,an estimated 1.8 million pets are insured in the United States with annual premiums averaging between $163 per pet to $496 per pet, depending on the insurance plan.
Pet insurance can be very helpful in saving money on routine check-ups, medicine and vitamins, and surgical bills. But the problem many pet owners face is the abundance of choices, with different rules and regulations, and every company’s plan being slightly different. So do you pick a pet insurance plan that’s right for you and your four-legged companion? 
It all comes down to asking the right questions and comparing the most important aspects of each pet insurance policy. TopDogTips.com magazine has put together an infographic with a large list of pet insurance tips and sample questions you can ask your future insurance provider that will help you narrow down the best choices.
You'll find this helpful resource here: https://topdogtips.com/pet-health-insurance-tips/ 

Walk-in Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic - Greenville, SC

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 4.44.26 PMGreenville Humane Society operates a walk-in vaccine clinic at their new medical facility, 305 Airport Road in Greenville, SC. The clinic is open from 9 AM to 12 PM Monday through Friday and from 9 AM to 12 PM the first Saturday of each month. No appointment is needed. Call (864) 263-5611 for information. The clinic offers the following low-cost services:

Vaccine Price
1-Year Rabies Vaccine $9
3-Year Rabies Vaccine $25
1-Year Canine/Puppy Distemper/Parvo-DHPP $9
3-Year Canine Distemper/Parvo-DHPP $25
Canine Kennel Cough-Bordatella $15
Heartworm Antigen Test (dogs) $25
Feline Distemper Vaccine $9
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Vaccine $15
Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo Test $26

Nov. Special: No Adoption Fees, 6 Years and Older!

StuartmilesfdpDuring the month of November, in honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Asheville Humane Society is waiving the adoption fee for any animal 6 years and older. Lots of great pets are awaiting their forever homes -- and senior pets make the best pets!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net