Cheap Pet Insurance

Cheap Pet Insurance
Cheap Pet Insurance

Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Should we find Cheap Pet Insurance for our pets is it worth the money? Like any other type of insurance, we should hope that the cost of the premiums we pay over the life of our pets outweighs the potential use of those bills. I’ve had several cats over the last 25 years, and one Yellow Labrador dog that lived a pretty good life of 15 years. All of my cats, except for one that was struck down by a car, lived very long lives. I’ve never had pet insurance of any type. Perhaps, I was lucky, but I’ve never been in a situation where I felt I really needed it. I guess the questions should be, “what does pet insurance cover and if there ever was a catastrophic medical event suffered by my cat or dog, would my insurer cover it?”

I looked at a few of the pet insurance policies. My conclusion was that like any other type of insurance, there is no such thing as a cheap pet insurance policy. You will not find one that is going to save you money on the normal maintenance over the entire lifetime of your pet. If that were true, pet insurance companies could not possibly hope to stay in business by offering cheap pet insurance. They are banking on your pet’s health and premiums outliving the risk of some type of catastrophic health expense. You cannot possibly hope to pay for an insurance policy over the life of a healthy pet that will save you money long-term. The math simply does not add – up. On the other hand, our beloved pets can sometimes be stricken with emergencies that require extremely expensive medical bills. Do we want to take the chance on having to make a very painful decision on the life or death of a young pet whose medical bills we cannot afford? This is why we should consider some form of pet insurance, but only if this type of insurance will cover those types of costly risks. For this reason, you have to wonder if there is really any such thing as cheap insurance. Some quick research has revealed what your typical pet insurance plan covers:

Where to Find Pet Insurance?

Typical Pet Insurance Plan

  • Pets Best Insurance
    Covers Illnesses accidents and injuries. X-Rays, MRIs and Cat Scans. Surgeries. Cancer Treatments. Prescription Medications. After Hour Emergency Visits. Specialists. Acupuncture. Chiropractic Therapy and Hosptilization. Costs start at $22.00 per month and cover 80%, after deductible ranging from $100 to $500. After Deductible is met, the really expensive things are 80% covered: Vet and Emergency Visits, Lab and Diagnostics, Surgery, Prescriptions, Treatments, Hospitalization and outpatient care. The lifetime limit ranges from $42,500 to $100,000, depending on your deductible. Ouch, can you imagine ever having costs that exceed $42,500 for just one pet? I would guess none of us have ever come close to that (knock on wood) Aside from deductible coverage, routine care is provided: $50 for annual exams, $100 for spaying/neutering, teeth cleaning; $60 for blood tests, $25 for heartworm tests, $15.00 for stool testing, $25.00 for urinalysis. This is a plan that really could provide you some peace of mind. If a $5,000 surgery is needed, your portion of the cost would be $1,000 plus your deductible. At $22.00 per pet, though, You’re going to pay a minimum of $22.00 per month or $264.00 per year to get this coverage (and that doesn’t include your deductible) to get 80% coverage. I’ve been lucky with my pets, but I can’t see this type of medical insurance being worth the cost for me, personally.
    Trupaninon Petco Pet Insurance

  • This one truly looks like nothing more than a disaster insurance plan. I got a price quote for my 8 year old male cat online. The monthly premiums are $22.00 and the deductible is $500. What is covered: In case of sickness or injury? Surgeries, diagnostics, Lab work medications. What is not covered? routine care, exam fees and pre-existing conditions. Coverage is 90%. In other words: In summary, unless your cat or dog  has an unusual or emergency illness, you’re going to pay at least $264 per year to prepare your pet for an emergency surgery or medical condition. In addition that, you will still pay for the cost of routine care, such as regular vaccinations and check-ups.  Let’s say your pet requires an emergency surgery that costs $1,200. You’re still going to have to pay the $500 deductible, plus 10% of the surgery: $620.00. Add the cost of the $264.00 in premiums for just one year, and you’re already up to 74% of the surgery. Unless, you are the type who is obsessed over things you have no control over, I’d look for a cheaper plan.
    Pet Assure

  • Pet Assure is basically a discount membership card for pets. The discount is normally 25% for medical and up to 50% off of other things such as pet supplies and pharmaceuticals. The cost is $59.00 per year for cats and $99.00 per year for dogs. What is covered? Routine care, exams, surgeries, speying, shots, neutering, hospitalization. There are some exclusions on things you take home such as medications, boarding and lab work done outside of the vet’s care. While this is basically a cheaper form of pet insurance, Pet Assure considers their program a more cost effective alternative. Using some quick math based on the 25% savings, I estimated that I would have to spend about $472 a year per cat in medical bills to save the $59.00 per year spent on the Pet Assure membership. In a normal year, shots and occasional exams needed for my cats usually only cost me $180-$220.00.  It’s hard to say if the savings on pet supplies, medicines and other products would make this membership worthwhile. At 25%, it certainly doesn’t take the place of catastrophic pet insurance if that’s what you want.

Saving Money on Pet Insurance

It’s difficult to assess how much money you can or will save on an insurance plan you hope to never use. The value of true pet insurance is peace of mind. Don’t expect to come out ahead dollars-and-cents-wise on a Petco Trupanion plan if your pet never encounters an emergency need. Cheaper insurance plans don’t give you that same peace of mind, but if you’re thrifty, like to shop for savings, and your cat or dog seems to need frequent trips to the vet for routine care and procedures, you might look for one of the discount card plans like Pet Assure. The bottom line, though, is that there is no such thing as cheap pet insurance.

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Ssscat Cat Repellent

Does Ssscat Cat Repellent Spray Really Work?

Ssscat Cat Repellent Spray is designed to keep your cats off or away from places you don’t want them – like your plants, kitchen cabinets and other off-limit areas, for instance.  If you wish there was a way to keep your cat out of the kitchen; away from the garden, off the counter-tops or off of your furniture, you owe it to yourself to look into a Cat Repellent spray for your cat training purposes. There is another good reason for cat repellent spray: Has your cat decided to use a portion of your house as his/her litter box? There is nothing that smells worse or is more difficult to get rid of than cat urine on your carpet. Well, okay, I’d say skunk odor has a significant edge over cat urine, but that’s a different topic for another day. In fact, if you have pets it is worth discussing Skunk Repellent and I’ll explain why in an upcoming article. Meanwhile, let’s get to the issue at house: How to keep Cats away from and off of certain areas and places in and around your house. What products out there succeed as a useful, affordable and practical Cat Repellent Spray?

Several weeks ago, we brought our 8-year old male cat back from the vet. Our young, female cat immediately sensed that he smelled different and became terrified of him. Weeks later, we began noticing the odor of cat urine. One day my wife called me while I was at work to report a cat owner’s worst nightmare: Our nervous female cat was using our dining room floor as a cat box. The tedious task of solving this maddening Cat Urine problem had just begun. From our past experience, breaking a cat of this habit is not an easy thing to do. The first thing to do is to completely remove the odor. As long as an infected area of your house continues to smell like cat urine, your pet will continue to use it. We had to take action. First, we got the carpets as clean as we possibly could, then we began saturating the area with enzymes to remove the odor. We used a product called, Anti Icky Poo. There are plenty of other similar products out there such as Nature’s Miracle and Urine Destroyer, but the Anti Icky Poo seemed to have the best reviews. I was confident we could get the area cleaned and odor free, but I knew the hard part would be to deter the cat from coming back to it. This is where the Cat Deterrent and Cat Repeller part of the job come in to play. I began searching the web for the phrases, “cat repellent”, “cat deterrent” or “cat repeller”. My research led me to a couple of ideas that I could utilize immediately without spending a dime. Most of these cat repellent sprays can be purchased at pet supplies stores locally or online with small shipping costs.

    Additional Cat Boxes

  • Cat Motion Sensor Alarm

Additional Cat Boxes

When a cat stops using a cat box in favor of your carpeted floor, you have to wonder why their original bathrooms are no longer comfortable or desirable? One of our cat boxes was located in the laundry room; and the other in the basement near the furnace. Both of these areas are noisy when those appliances are used and could definitely deter cats that scare easily. Drastic problems call for drastic measures. I now have 4 cat boxes in the house and keep them pristine clean.

Rex the Barking Dog

Dog and Cat Repellent
Rex Barking Dog Alarm

Rex, the Barking Dog is designed as a burglar deterrent, not a cat deterrent.  It is simply a motion-sensor alarm that triggers the sound of a loud, mean barking dog when you get within the range of the adjustable motion sensor. See, Product Review Ratings Review on Rex, here: What is the best Watch Dog? Rex worked great for training my oldest cat to stay out of the living room. The biggest benefit of Rex that I didn’t even consider was that the sound of the dog alerts us! Whenever the cat approaches, we hear Rex bark and we calmly pick up the cat and very gently place her in the cat box. I cannot stress enough. Do not yell, get angry or hostile with your cat. This not only doesn’t work, but will actually make the problem worst. You want to be as calm, gentle and patient as possible when breaking a Cat Urine problem. While, Rex was good for alerting us, it didn’t seem to do much good for deterring the cat. In fact, cat seemed to enjoy making a game of walking into the room and causing the dog to bark. Some online research directed me to a better cat deterrent in a couple of different makes, models and form factors:

  • Sscat aerosol Cat Repeller
  • Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent

How Ssscat Cat Repellent Spray Works

SSSCat Cat Repellent

I chose Ssscat. Ssscat Cat Repellent is simple enough. It is an ozone friendly aerosol can of compressed air that attaches to a motion sensor powered by aaa batteries. When the cat gets too close to Ssscat, it emits a shrill, fast spray of air to scare the cat away. Over 168 Amazon users reported that Ssscat did a satisfactory job as a Cat Repellent and training method for deterring cats to stay out of, around, or off unwanted areas or surfaces. At one time, the Ssscat product included an Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent alarm as well as the compressed air. I think the makers of Ssscat wised up after they realized the Ultrasonic Alarm, alone, was enough to deter cats and there would be no reason for people to re purchase the aerosol cans which cost about $10 a piece. Fortunately, the $35.00 Ssscat product with the compressed air was enough to scare my cat permanently way. I was not happy with the range of Ssscat at first. It seemed that a cat or a human would have to step right in front of it in order to activate it. Fortunately, it only took one or two times for Ssscat to instill fear in my own cat. Out of curiosity, the cat followed me as I walked right up to Ssscat trying to get it to work. Suddenly,the whiff of air sprayed me in the shin; scared the dickens out of me and the cat was gone in an instant! The next the air can went off was the last time I have ever seen the cat in that area. I remain amazed that a simple can of air makes the best cat repellent. It really works. My problem is solved, though I still keep Rex the Barking Dog armed and ready in case my cat ever forgets about Ssscat Cat Repellent Spray. The one option I haven’t tried, but am curious about is the Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent product. If you’re curious read on.

Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent

Cats can hear noises at a much higher pitch than humans. An ultrasonic cat deterrent is a device which emits an alarming, high pitch sound that will startle the cat without annoying humans. The key is an ultrasonic alarm which is set off by a motion detector. I had often wondered if there was a such thing as a motion sensitive Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent and as luck would have it, there are a few of these devices made. There are various models of Ultrasonic Cat Deterrents. Some are made for the outdoors and some made for the indoors.

Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent for Sale





CatScram is a motion repellent using the same ultrasonic cat frequencies as the Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent above, but this one is small, portable and made for the indoors.CatScram is billed by it’s manufacturer as an Ultrasonic Training Device.

How to completely rid your home of Cat Urine Problems

The key is to tackle the problem in three ways: Clean-Up, Training and Prevention. Get the soiled areas clean and odor free. Meanwhile, re-train your cats to use the cat boxes. That means making cat boxes feel safe, convenient and easy to use for your cats, too. Next, get two types of alarms to protect the areas. Get an alarm that you can hear, and one that your cat can not only hear but wants to avoid. Products like Ssscat, Catscram and other Ultrasonic Cat Deterrents are excellent for the Training and Prevention part of Cat Urine catastrophes in and around your home. As for the title, “Is Ssscat a good Cat Repellent?” Yes, but you will be required to buy refills. Hopefully, the Ssscat Cat Repellent Spray will work well enough that your cat won’t have to be reminded too often.

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Worlds Best Cat Litter

worlds best cat litterIs the Worlds Best Cat Litter the  world’s best, both literally, and figuratively? I decided to put their presumptuous brand name to the task. I’ve owned cats all my life. Cat litter formulas have improved over the years and thus my expectations have increased.  There used to be a time when cat litters consisted only of sand and/or dirt. Nowadays, I think all cat owners pretty much agree on the defining criteria of a what makes a good or great cat litter:

  • How well does the cat litter stop order
  • How well does the cat litter clump up
  • How easy is the cat litter scooped
  • How long does the cat litter last
  • How safe is it safe for people to breathe
  • How safe is it for the environment? Can it be flushed?

Worlds Best Cat Litter claims it does all 6 of these things better than any other cat litter product. So, is it really this good?

Worlds Best Cat Litter Website

If their website is any indication of how the product compares to the competition, Worlds Best Cat Litter wins hands-down. is chalk full of informative videos, learn-mores and persuasive arguments as to why this particular cat litter excels at the 6 criteria above better than any of the competitor’s cat litter products. Worlds Best Cat Litter not only tells you they are the best but explains, why:


Worlds Best Cat Litter is made from … Whole Corn. Are you freaking kidding me?! Corn? No kidding, and the company says this is the secret ingredient that makes their cat litter so tasty.  Kidding aside, if you clean enough messy cat boxes full of this tasty vegetable, you’ll probably never eat another cob of corn in your entire life. While that might be a  drawback,  apparently the whole corn stops odors in its track, clumps together and cleans up and scoops better than all the others. If that’s not enough, the 100% natural corn ingredient is environmentally safe. Worlds Best Cat Litter is biodegradable, easily flushed and safe to breath. It all sounds good, but what is the impression of owners of Cats that have used Worlds Best Cat Litter?

User Ratings

Perception is reality. What looks, smells, tastes or works good in theory doesn’t always translate to the real world. I researched and skimmed over 200 users from Amazon, Petco, Petsmart and Pets Direct to get a bottom line analysis. Do the hyped up claims and brand name match the results? Probably not. Out of 200 users, Worlds Best gets an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. While that’s a respectable B grade, it certainly doesn’t come close to a brand that claims to be the very best. What’s most troublesome is what cat owners are saying about the litter. The number one complaint is odor. A great number of users reported that it does a terrible job of eliminating odor and in fact smells like sour, rancid corn. Yuck. One of the other common complaints is that the litter seems to get tracked throughout the house. On the other hand, users say that it really is a very good Clumping Litter and is completely flush-able.
A couple of complains some people have that this brand has changed it’s formula and is no longer of the same quality since the color of bag was changed from light to dark. It’s hard to know for sure, but its something to keep in mind.
Based on User experience, Worlds Best is a B-Rated Cat Litter that fails to live up to its hype.

Final Results

Is it Really the Best?

  • Best Clumping Litter: 84
  • Best Odor Control Cat Litter: 70
  • Best Scoopable Kitty Litter: 84
  • Best Flushable Kittly Litter: 95
  • Best Environmentally Safe Cat Litter: 95
  • Best Lasting Kitty Litter: 80
  • Overall Rating: 84


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Bil Jac Dog Food


“You don’t know jack about Dog Food unless you’ve tried Bil Jac Dog Food.” Or so, this is what satisfied Bil-Jac-Dog-Food-buying-dog-owners have told me. When I did my Dog Food Reviews and Comparisons over a year ago, I completely over looked this brand of dog food which a great number of dog owners seem to love. A few, rather disgruntled dog owners let me know that any Dog Food Ratings that didn’t include Bil jac was not worth the cheap LCD computer screen it was typed on. For some reason, Bil Jac dog food was not on my list of premium brand dog foods. My research brought me to brands like Evangers, Innova, By-Nature and Wellness, but by Jove, there was no Bil Jacin the mix! When I looked online for premium brands of dog food, the name didn’t come up at all. Yet, if you do a search for well-liked, appreciated brands of dog food, Bil Jac is at the very top. Perhaps, the other reason Bil Jac Dog Food does not come up too often is because it’s hard to find. I decided it would be well worth my time to provide some information on the product and where it can be bought at prices that are quite reasonable. But first of all, what is it that people (or dogs) like so much about it?

The one thing all dog owners seem to agree on is that their dogs love the taste of Bil Jac Dry Dog Food.  Dogs tend to get a little pickier about dry food as they get older, but this doesn’t seem to be the case when you are feeding them Bil-Jac dry dog food formula. So, what is in Bil Jac Dog Food that makes it so tasty? By-Products! While, the advertisers of more expensive premium brands boast how their dog food contains no by-products, Bil-Jac does just the opposite. The very first ingredient is Chicken By-Products (Organ meat only). Now, the way I see it, by-products in the form of organ meat cannot possibly be bad, especially if you’re a dog. When an animal eats in the wild, do you suppose they carefully eat around the insides and pick out only the flesh? Of course not! Dogs in the wild eat the entire animal, organs and all. Those by-products are full of natural nutrition and vitamins that your dog is likely to not get enough of from the meat of an their kill, alone. By-Products may get a bad-rap based on other unhealthy grains, scraps and harmful ingredients they be contained in the processing of the food, but this isn’t the case with Bil-Jac which contains only organ meat. In addition to by-products, Bil-Jac does contain some real chicken meat, as well as vegetables, molasses, salt and plenty of essential vitamin supplements like Niacin, B12, Folic Acid, etc., etc. What you won’t find in the ingredients of Bil-Jac Dog Food is any of the dreaded corn, wheat and grains that really don’t belong in a dog’s diet. What’s wrong with by-products if they’re in the form of natural organ meat? The answer is, absolutely nothing. In my estimation, not only is Bil-Jac an extremely healthy food, but dogs love it because it contains the natural by-products their bodies want and need. It seems to me that some of the uppity, higher-class dog food companies are spending so much time making their dog food fit for human consumption that they are forgetting it’s not for us – it’s for our dogs. Bil-Jac is a 5-Star Dog Food.

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Dogs vs Cats

Which Make Better Pets? Dogs or Cats?

A rather 'cute' kitten
A rather ‘cute’ kitten

Don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong pet. It might seem a little out of the ordinary to do a comparison pet review, but that is exactly why I decided to do a review on dogs vs cats. There really is nothing too ordinary about Product Review Ratings. I strive to keep things different and to offer, perhaps, a slightly different perspective for consumers and the products they seek. Besides, when someone tells me I can’t do something, I take that as a challenge. So, when I heard, “You can’t put a rating on people’s loving pets!”. My response is, “Oh yeah, watch me do it.” There are other reasons. Over the years, I’ve observed that there is a bias against cats in our society and it is mostly caused by ignorance or lack of experience with cats. Have you ever asked a dog owner if he/she likes cats, then been told, “No. I’m a dog person.” (As if you can’t like them both)..Very illogical reasoning isn’t it? To suggest, “I’m a dog person, therefore I can’t like cats”, is like saying, “I like hamburgers therefore I can’t like Hot Dogs.” Considering many people do have both cats and dogs and enjoy them both equally as pets, you wonder why they still use this, “I’m a Dog Person Excuse.” This argument also seems to suggest that cats and dogs don’t get along.

Dogs and Cats
Dogs and Cats

This is totally untrue. Cats and dogs that are raised together and accustomed to living around each other make very good friends.  I’ve seen my cat hanging out in the neighbor’s driveway with her two dogs quite often. My deceased, Yellow Lab and Cat, Carson (pictured left) were best friends. I think the real reason that non-cat, dog owners say they are a dog person is simply because they never owned a cat. They don’t know cats. I asked this question of my co-worker who told me he was a dog person. His only answer was that he never owned a cat except when he was a small, child and he didn’t remember much of it.  I answered, “If you never owned one or remembered owning one, how do you know you don’t like cats? ” He answered, “well, my wife doesn’t like cats”, to which I asked, “Why doesn’t your wife like Cats”, to which he answered, “Well, she’s a dog person”…..ahh, get the picture? My own wife, who has loved cats for the last 25 years, was also one of these persons who thought she didn’t like cats. She admits that she was afraid of them because she didn’t understand them. I’ve known many other dog owners who changed their mind once they got to know how wonderful these creatures are as pets. I don’t think cat owners without dogs display this same bias and ignorance of dogs. Usually, cat owners love both animals. The only reason that most non-dog-owning cat-owners don’t have a dog is that they don’t have the time or yard-space to give one the attention it needs. Cats are the more independent creature, so naturally, some people who really prefer to have a pet, make their choice a cat. Cats don’t come with many restrictions, which is not to say they aren’t lovable, worthwhile pets. Cats or Dogs? No, it’s not an either-or proposition, but let’s get onto the comparison review, anyway.

Which is Cuter? A Kitten or a Puppy?

There is nothing cuter than either a kitten or a puppy. Puppies are irresistible. They whimper to be held. They have floppy ears and clumsy little bodies and they love to cuddle and sit on your lap. They just beg for affection. Kittens, at a very early age are fully coordinated. They can fly through the house, jump on your bed, climb the drapes and wreak havoc on your household. Their orneriness is what makes them so cuter. When Kittens get tired, they jump on your lap, rub up to your face and purr. This category is just too close to call:
Kittens vs. Puppies Cuteness: Even

Which animal is smarter? A dog or a cat?

I think dogs have more of a human intelligence. They can show shame and embarrassment when they do something bad. Cats just look indifferent when you make them mad, as if to say, “yeah, what of it?”.. Dogs can learn tricks and be taught to obey. There are people who say they can train their cats, but I have yet to witness this miracle first hand, so I remain skeptical. Most cats are not nearly as trainable as dogs. Cats, though they don’t exhibit some of the same train-ability and obedience of dogs are just as intelligent, but in different ways. Cats can survive and hunt on their own. What they don’t show in emotion, they make up for in reasoning. For example, getting just close enough to a fierce looking dog, but calmly staying out of harm’s way as it goes crazy barking. I have a cat who hates shots and knows the vet when he sees her. All she has to do is walk in the house, and he’ll find an immediate place to hide. Our yellow lab, on the other, loved it when the vet came over because it meant extra attention. She would tolerate a shot for some extra human attention any day of the week. My Yellow Lab would also somehow be able to sense several minutes ahead of time when guests were about to arrive. We were amazed by this feat many times. A great deal of a dog’s intelligence is the ability to track your scent. This is another contest that’s too close to call.
Dog vs Cat Intelligence: Even

Which Animal is More Loyal? A Cat or a Dog

A Very Loyal Dog
A Very Loyal Dog

For once, I think we have a clear winner. Dogs get the sizable nod here, but not by as much as you might think. Our loyal, yellow lab once gave up her breakfast and eating all day to sit by my wife’s bed side when she was sick. On the other hand, a cat of ours once spent the entire day by my side comforting me when I laid in bed with a ruptured disc in my neck. Still, there is nothing like a dog when it comes to loyalty. Dogs will give up their life for you. The cat has it’s limits with loyalty.
Loyaly of cats or dogs: Edge to Dogs

Which Animal is More Independent? A Cat or a Dog

Nothing could be easier than taking care of a cat. Kittens, as young as 6-8 weeks old, use the litter box the instant you take them home. Some dogs learn quicker than others, but most of them take several weeks to potty train. You can leave cats at home for a few days on their own, with their litter box, water and dry food and they’ll be fine. Dogs are like your little kids. They need constant care. However, some of this advantage is offset by the fact that Cats don’t like to go places with you when you need them to. You can’t just put them on a leash and walk them around.
Independence: Dog or Cat? Edge: Cat

Comparing Cats vs. Dogs even further

Expense wise, dogs are probably a little more expensive to keep and maintain, especially if you choose a big dog.
Big dogs can protect your house and warn you of danger. Cats are better at just hiding when danger is near. The average life of a dog is 12-16 years. Cats 16-21 years. I used to think that it was much sadder saying good-bye to an old dog than it is a cat. That sentiment changed after I had a couple of cats that lived to a very old age that we had to put down. I’ve had two different cats that made it to age 21. Both cats and dogs are pets that we become equally attached to. We make them part of our lives and they love us back in return – but in different ways.

Cats Vs. Dogs: Final Results

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Dog Food Ratings

What is the Best Dog Food?

Dog Food Ratings and Comparisons

Dog Food Ratings can be rather dry. What is the best dog food? Being a product reviewer may sound like a glamorous job (and it is), but I assure you it is also a lot of hard work. To review food, you really must have a stomach for it. If the massive amounts of dripping grease on an Anthony’s Pizza stretched my limits, this last foods-review takes the cake…or kibble. I’m so sick of eating dog food, I think I’m going to burst, but I digest…err digress. Fortunately, dog food ratings are not a matter of personal, human taste.

Dog food ratings is a dog’s job. When I was first asked to look into doing a review on dog food ratings or dog food comparisons, some quick research revealed to me how little I knew about dog food. Surprisingly, there are a number of excellent websites which analyze and rate the quality of commercial dog food. I’ve compiled some information from a few of these dog food ratings websites and presented the information on a few choice brands, and appropriately came up with the dog food ratings review.

Canned or Dry Food?

Which is the best dog food? The majority of animal nutrition and dog food ratings experts are recommending dog foods which contain more than 50% protein and fat, and far less grain and carbohydrates than are found in most dry dog food brands. Dry dog foods have to be formulated to keep their freshness and nutrition at room temperature, and therefore almost always contain 50% or more carbohydrates which don’t grow rancid as quickly as moist dog food. Just as was the case with humans at one time, experts were telling us more grain in our diets and less meat and fat was the best thing for us and our dogs. Nearly all pet nutrition experts agree now that too carbohydrates are not good for dogs, especially corn-based grains, which is frequently blamed for digestion problems in large breeds. There are still a few pet nutritionists recommending grain-based dog foods, just as there are a few human nutritionists recommending the same, bland low-fat diets for human beings. I believe the protein and fat are the way to go.. Another good reason is that the dry, crunchy dog food tends to stick in my teeth. So, for the purpose of this review, I decided to stick with canned foods for these particular dog food ratings. I believe the best dog food comes in a can.

Dog Food Ratings – The Brands

Evangers Canned Dog Food

Dog Food Ratings - Evangers Ratings
You will not find any grains, by-products, additives, preservatives in Evangers 100% Meat Canned Dog Foods. In fact, you won’t find much of anything, except exactly what it says on the can. 100% Beef Classic contains beef. The cooked chicken contains chicken. Beef & Bacon contains Beef & Bacon. You get the idea. The nutrition from these highly rated dog foods comes from real ingredients, not additives. The only other ingredient listed on the can is water, which is required to keep it moist. The average nutrition value on most of the can varieties is 12-13% protein, 4-6% Fat, 1-2% fiber, and about 75-80% moisture. In addition to its 100% classic meat products, Evangers offers three other lines of canned dog foods: Game Meats, which include Rabbit, Buffalo, Pheasant, Duck and Venison. Organic Meats, which include a 100% whole chicken simmered in natural well water and organic turkey with potatoes and carrots. The Classic line is the more familiar dog food with ingredients that include rice and additional vitamins and minerals. There are no by-products in any of their products. Some dogs may have dietary needs which require more minerals and vitamins than what is normally found in the 100% meat products. The Classic line even has special formulas for older dogs and puppies. Evangers makes an impressive line of canned dog foods and is among the very best of these Dog Food Ratings.
You will pay around $28 for 24ea, 13oz Cans of Classic meat products. This is a little more than $1.00 per can which is not bad, considering the quality meat and natural nutrition you’re giving your dog.

Innova Canned Dog Food


Dog Food Ratings: Innova
Innova Canned Dog Food

Innova bills itself as the maker of the first, ‘holistic, true, health-care food’ for pets.. All of their dog food are made from 100% natural ingredients. Their website indicates that their meat products are free from hormones and antibiotics. Unlike the 100% meat products of Evangers, Innova’s Adult canned dog food includes a number of other ingredients; sunflower oil, carrots, whole eggs, apples, brown rice, potatoes, garlic, vitamin c, insulin, to name a few. There website does not indicate which of the Adult Dog canned products contain these ingredients and which do not, so I assume they all are roughly the same. The guaranteed nutrition analysis online indicates their canned foods are lower in protein, but higher than fat than Evangers meat products: 9% and 8% respectively. Fiber and moisture are the same at 1.5% and 78%. Innova does give you a very detailed breakdown of the vitamin and minerals on their website. They have a complete product line for Adult Dogs, Senior Dogs, Puppies and even ‘low-fat-diet’ dogs. A case of 12ea, 13.2 OZ cans of Innova Adult Canned Dog Food will set you back about $17 – $18.00. (As one of the best dog food brands, well worth the money)

By Nature Canned Dog Food


Dog Food Ratings: By Nature
By Nature Canned Dog Food

The By Nature Pet Food Company claims their products will keep your pets healthier through a powerful mixture of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. None of their pet food contains wheat, corn or soy which most animal nutritionists agree are not healthy ingredients for dogs. Their food is 100% organic and claims to promote a healthy immune system for your dog and has won lots of dog food ratings contests.  By Nature canned dog food products come in two varieties: 95% meat and 100% Organic. The 95% Meat Canned foods included four flavors: Beef Dinner, Beef-Liver & Chicken, Chicken-Dinner and Turkey & Bacon Dinner. The other 5% ingredients are listed on their website and include liver, broth and a good number of vitamins and minerals. By Nature, 95% Canned Meat foods consists of 10% protein, 8% fat, 1.5% fiber and 78% Moisture. The 100% Organic canned food entrees include Turkey, Chicken, Chicken-Carrots-with-peas, and Turkey-SweetPotato-with-peas. Organic Chicken and Turkey without the vegetables are 100% meat, and consist of 10% protein, 5% fat, 1.5% Carbohydrates, and .35% calcium. The organic products with vegetables include additional vitamins, 8% protein, and only 5% fat. 95% canned dog food sells for about $16 – $17.00 for a case of 12ea, 13oz cans. By Nature Organic canned food sells for about $19 – $20 for a case of 12ea, 13oz cans. ByNature is also ranked among the very best dog food in many of the popular dog food ratings.

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Wellness Canned Dog Food Ratings: 89

Dog Food Ratings: Wellness
Wellness Canned Dog Food

Wellness emphasizes that their foods are grain-free, protein focused formulas.
Wellness Canned dog food comes in more than a dozen varieties and flavors:
There are several meat and vegetable entrees, four different 95%-Meat choices, and special formulas for Puppy and senior dogs. The mixed meat and vegetables provide 8% protein, 5% fat, 1% fiber, and 78% moisture. They also list calories of which there are 445 in a 12.5oz can. The 95% meat varieties include 8% protein, 6% fat, 1% fiber, and 78% moisture. Unlike By Nature, the remaining 5% have little in the way of additional vitamin and mineral supplements. They are: Cassia Gum and Carrageenan. Wellness, 95% Meat-based Canned Dog food goes for about $22 to $24.00 for a case of 12 13.2oz cans. Wellness is one of the very best dog foods you can buy for your beloved companion.

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Dog Food Ratings Conclusion

All of these are great, natural canned dog foods which include NO by-products, grains and other harmful ingredients for your dogs. I give Evangers the edge due to its lower cost per can, and 100% meat ingredients. Stay away from Alpo, Purina, Eukanuba, and the other commercial, brands, and your dog will be eating better than the majority of the human population. Once you go above Alpo, they all taste about the same to me.

Chicken Soup Dog Food

Dog Food Ratings: Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup Dog Food

Sometimes, your dog needs that old home remedy that has worked so well for humans over the last few centuries: Chicken Soup Dog Food is a specially formulated version of this popular home remedy. Chicken Soup For the Dog Lover’s Soul is not healthy for dogs, but they love it!

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What Is The Best Watch Dog

Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm
Rex Plus

Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm

Best Watch Dog?

As my review on the Skylink SC100 Alarm system showed, there are some very effective, inexpensive solutions for securing your home and making you feel protected against break-ins and burglars. But, is there anything better than a big dog that barks and warns you ahead of time? What is the best watch dog to watch your home? When my lab passed away this spring, I quickly learned that I missed her bark which I had grown to rely on and take for granted for the last 14.5 years.

Is the Best Watch Dog the Best Home Security?

Dogs have an amazing ability to sense and know when someone is approaching your home or yard, but not everyone has the time or ability to care for a dog. Rex Plus, The Barking Dog Alarm, gives you the best of both worlds: The loud, threatening bark of a big dog, without the maintenance, time and costs to actually care for the real thing. While, most Home Security alarms are designed to trigger a siren when there is a break in, the Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm, will alert you to an intruder when he gets within 20 to 30 feet of your front door. The Rex Plus Motion-sensing Alarm, is the perfect compliment to the Skylink Security System I reviewed last month. Half the size of a toaster oven, the Rex Alarm System can be placed near any door, window or entry way of your house. When a person or animal gets near, it lets out a German-Shepard-sized bark. If the intruder continues, Rex barks louder and more ferociously until the intruder walks away. From outside doors and windows, it would be very difficult for a potential burglar to tell the difference between Rex the Alarm, and a real dog. Most intruders would rather walk away or find a new victim then take a chance.  the Rex Plus barking dog alarm also has a more soothing Rainforest Sound setting, if you prefer to be alerted, but not scare anybody. The rainforest setting can be either triggered by motion, or set for constant ambience background sound. You can also choose a setting where the barking dog will eventually turn into a very loud siren alarm. Rex, The Barking Dog Alarm plugs into any of your power outlets, and comes with two controls: one for volume and the other for setting the type of sound: Rain Forest, Barking Dog, Rain Forest Ambience and Siren.I very highly recommend this product for anyone who does not have an alarm system, as well as those who do. It is a great way to provide additional security and protection to your home, especially for those of us like me, who have grown to love and appreciate the protective instincts of a pet canine. One feature that I found lacking was an on/off switch or some other remote means of turning him off. None-the-less, Rex Plus, The barking dog alarm is an outstanding way to help protect your house.

Update on the Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm

It is nearly impossible for me to believe that we’ve owned Rex for nearly 6 years! It is now in our basement and doing a great job barking at the raccoon that try and come to the door. Rex has paid for himself. He’s been a loyal watchdog and security alarm and doesn’t cost us any money for maintenance such as in food and dog supplies. Rex is the best watch dog you’ll find at any price.

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What is the Best Pet Dog

Best Pet Dog
Best Pet Dog

Best Pet Dog

Whoever heard of doing a review on your own dog or pet, right? Well, let’s face it, we all think we have the best pet dog in the world. Though our pets are lovable affectionate creatures, they do have their strengths and weaknesses, as well as features and attributes found on any other product. So, what is the best pet dog? What do you want in a pet dog and how do you define the best pet dog? It is important to know what you are getting before you invest in a pet dog. The best pet dog for some could be a raving nuisance for others. While not all versions of the same species of pet dogs are identical, they do share many similarities, such as the way Pit Bulls tend to chew up neighborhood pets and small children. That is certainly the type of information you’d like to know ahead of time.  Even the best pet dog will do that when they are puppies.So, at the risk of looking insensitive, I would like to do a review on my recently deceased, beloved Yellow Labrador, Ginger, considered by some to be the best pet dog. You’re probably asking me why did we choose a yellow lab?  Actually, Ginger was not a real yellow lab, she was what’s known as a fox-red, yellow lab. A real, yellow lab is pictured below:

Is a Yellow Lab the Best Pet Dog?

The answer is pretty obvious: Because everyone loves big, yellow dogs.  Let us dig right in with the essentials and critical product specs of this particular pet dog.

Name: Ginger (RIP: November 1994 – April 2008)

Animal: Dog

Species: Labrador

Color: Yellow

Sex: Female

Weight: About 80lbs most of her life

Arms and Legs: Four (2 in front, 2 in back)

Other: 1ea Wagging Tail, active tongue, functioning heart, liver, 2-kidneys, lungs, very loud bark and other essential organs.

Requirements: Water, 8oz Kirkland Canned moist Canine food, and 1 Cup of Dry, twice a day. Basically, there are 6 criteria that define the quality of a pet canine. Here is the list, along with a brief description or example of each:

Setup and Installation: Adaptation to your home and training

Protection and Security: Barking at anyone who comes near the house

Sports and Recreation: Frisbee, hunting, fishing, hiking…

Love and Loyalty: Will choose you over his/her next meal

Maintenance and Costs: Will not destroy your house either through bankruptcy or the chewing up of your foundation.

Best Pet Dog Training
A Real Yellow Lab

Intelligence: If you want a rocket scientist, dogs are probably not for you, but fortunately, not many of us expect our pets to understand advanced science. Yellow Labs are much better suited for learning things like Stay, come, Sit, and lie down, over complex things like physics, which most people don’t understand, anyway.

Best Pet Dog Review

Now that we’ve established the criteria, let us begin the review. Installation of our dog, Ginger was a breeze. Like any new puppy, she messed in the house a few times, until finally learning that we preferred her to kill the grass in our lawn. I don’t mean to be harsh here, but we definitely have to knock a few points off her score for the acidity of her urine. Ginger refused to take walks as a puppy, but once she finally got the hang of it, her daily walks became a lifetime sentence.  In reality, it was only 14.5 years, but you get the idea – the dog HAD to HAVE a walk EVERY day. Is this a characteristic of a Yellow Lab, or was it just our dog, Ginger? We may never know unless we buy another yellow lab someday.

Setup and Installation: 82
As for making us feel protected and secure, this is where Ginger really shined. Though the fox-reddish, yellow color of a lovable family lab would give her away, most intruders wouldn’t get far enough to take a look. Her bark was as mean and as loud as the meanest and loudest, kid-chewing, Pit Bull anyone ever knew. Once we got over the abrupt, bone-startling bark ourselves, we really miss having her scare the hell out of friends and family at the front door.

Protection and Security: 97
Ginger was the best Frisbee Player -animal or human, that I ever knew. I often wished she could get an NFL contract as a professional receiver to help pay for her own veterinary care, and possibly help me get a really nice car.  She was that good.  Unfortunately, labs tend to have hip problems as they get older, and Ginger’s Frisbee playing days, as well as her dreams of an NFL football career were over at about age 9. While many retired athletes spend their leisure time hunting and fishing, Ginger’s tendency to get diarrhea from drinking from lakes, streams and puddles, sadly prevented her from enjoying a front page glamour shot on Field and Stream. All in all, though, Ginger was a fine, warm-blooded, canine athlete.

Sports and Recreation: 92
Some dogs (including many of the Yellow Labs that I’ve known),  will express their love by calmly sitting at your side. Ginger’s way was licking you, and pacing the floor obsessively. Though I don’t have ratings category for this, Ginger was not the calmest of dogs.  She expressed her great love for us by making herself a nervous wreck and demanding constant attention, in-turn, making me a nervous wreck, and wanting to kill her. Earlier, I defined loyalty as a dog that will sacrifice its next meal to stay by your side. Ginger, one time, left an entire bowl of food to stay by my wife’s bed side while she was not feeling well.  It’s this kind of loyalty that makes you regret wanting to kill the dog for making you so nervous all the time by loving you all the time.

Love and Loyalty: 90
Startup costs were a little excessive in the beginning, as we attempted to figure out why Ginger kept getting diarrhea. The vet finally diagnosed her as having Ghiardia. This is not to be confused with Ghiradelli Chocolates which would certainly produce similar symptoms in an 80lb dog, if she ate enough. It simply meant that she was getting diarrhea from drinking out of puddles, lakes and streams. Labs are meant to enjoy the great outdoors, but Ginger simply was not meant to ‘rough-it’. She would have to be confined to dirtying up our carpet and making spots on the backyard lawn.

Maintenance and Costs: 82
While Ginger would obviously score very high on the wunderlik test, it probably would not be on account of her intelligence. Ginger, may have not been the smartest pup in the kennel, but she had a keen stubbornness that could sometimes be confused for intelligence. Ginger was more of a senser than a thinker. She had great dog instincts, and could fetch a toy hidden in the house, simply by smelling her way to find it. Ginger was very good at thinking with her nose.  Not, exactly a way to get a masters degree in science, but if that’s what you really wanted, wouldn’t you have looked at a poodle?

Intelligence: 72
Objectively and mathematically speaking, Ginger’s overall score averages out to an 86.6. But how can we be objective and mathematical about a living, breathing companion that loves you so much she makes you want to kill her? Quite simply, we can’t. There are qualities about pets like these, which we simply cannot quantify with numbers and ratings. A few years ago, my wife met the parent of a 3 or 4 year old girl who got to know Ginger on her many walks. The little girl was frowning, despite the fact that her parents had just given her a cute, little puppy. She said she didn’t want a little dog – she wanted a ‘big, yellow dog. Insensitive parents! How can they not know and understand what their child really wants?

  • Friendliness: 100
  • Companionship: 100
  • Intelligence: 70
  • Obedience: 85
  • Loyalty: 100
  • Maintenance: 70
  • Security: 95
  • Independence: 6
  • Value: 90
  • Overall: 80
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