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Can You Sue Someone Who Injures or Kills Your Pet?

As they say in America, “Darling, you can sue anyone for anything!” In the land of the big white lawyer, where many attorneys are actually African American, there are no statutes of limitation on civil actions. In Australia, where we don’t walk as tall, and have a century or more less ‘white man’ history, and of stuffing ourselves with large helpings of high protein meats, civil actions are far more restrained. In fact, in the Great Southern Land we are more concerned with the legal ramifications of our dogs biting other human beings. The trouble with suing someone over killing your pet, is that a successful outcome rarely gets beyond a small claims tribunal.

Can You Sue Someone Who Injures or Kills Your Pet?

Animals do not have a great track record with human beings. We do not value the majority of our four-legged furry, or feathered, friends. You will get the replacement value of your pet, generally, in a successful suit against someone who kills your pet on purpose. Accidental pet deaths or injuries may result in damages being paid to the owner of the pet, if negligence can be proven. If your pet is a valuable racehorse or greyhound, you can claim the value of that entity, which includes prior and potential race winnings.  If, however, your Moggy or Fido is just another lovable friend, the pickings are thin on the ground.

Proving psychological damage to yourself through this heinous act, may be your best line of attack in a civil suit. Somehow, making the court understand that Fido is irreplaceable may offer some reward. The emotional damage done to you by someone killing your best friend, could possibly result in more compensation being paid, so that you can seek medical help in overcoming the trauma caused by the loss. You will need a lawyer who has genuine empathy toward your pain, not just the usual greed for their own slice of the damage’s pie.

Killing a pet is a form of domestic violence, if committed by a disgruntled partner. There can be gold at the end of that particular compensation rainbow, with the right lawyer on your side. Animals are noble beasts and they are, most often, the innocents in any disputes of this nature. One would hope that bitter ex-lovers would leave these poor pets alone. It is a sad and sorry world we live in, if it comes down to such appalling behaviour by human beings.


Osteopathic Pet Care: What They Can Do for Your Animal

We love our pets and we treat them as our best friends in life but even though how much care, time and effort we provide to protect them, injuries and health issues may arise and are not preventable. With the help of veterinarians, those issues will be solved either by medications or therapies. Vets usually prescribe medications after surgery for pain suppressant. Although it is very effective and affordable to use, most of the pet owners choose to rely on physical therapies as it won’t develop side-effects like a medicine can do.

Nowadays, osteopaths and chiropractors have been common practitioners most people visits when their pets suffer pain and discomfort. Osteopaths help animals for the treatment of their medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles. The chiropractors focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine. In other words osteopaths uses a wider range of techniques overall unlike chiropractors that is only focused on manipulating the spine.

When you need an osteopath, you may have to consult to a veterinary first and get his approval to receive an advice on putting a necessary procedure or action especially when treating your pet.

Here are some of the conditions commonly treated:

  • Posture related issues
  • Pregnancy / Post-natal care
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Joint strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-surgery
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck and back problems
  • Lameness

Osteopaths use a range of hands on techniques. It includes some of the following:

  • Soft Tissue Therapy – Soft tissue techniques such massage targets your pet’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue. Massage is the best known example of a soft tissue technique. A soft tissue massage includes a whole range of massage depths, pressures and durations
  • Stretching – is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. Different types of stretching may apply to your pet depends on what is for, whether exercise or therapeutic purposes.
  • Spinal Manipulation – The goal of therapy is to promote optimal motion in the individual joints of the spine and extremities, and to balance the biomechanics of the entire body. Spinal manipulation is a gentle means of preventing problems in active animals, and improving mobility and comfort in those with compromised health.
  • Myofascial Release – is a specific type of physical therapy, especially effective in treating acute and chronic pain conditions. This gentle treatment produces profound results in many animals with injuries or degenerative diseases.

Osteopathic care becomes an integral part not only for people but also for animals especially to our pets at home. We have to be aware that animals do not usually show signs of pain so it’s hard to visualise if there’s something wrong about them so regular check-up and monitoring is a must. Like humans, they also need a proper care to maintain its wellbeing balance and health. Many patients find osteopathic care may heal the body naturally and faster than drugs or surgery. It’s stimulates the body’s natural healing capability by improving circulation.

Once Bitten Twice Shy: When Pets Bite You

Dog bitesWe all love our pets. We consider them an integral part of the family. They can be the most loving creature to provide us some company, happiness and unconditional love. But what happens when they do harm to others?  When your dog bites someone, are you liable?

According to a dog bite statistics in the US, more than four and a half million people are bitten by dogs every year and one fifth of those incidents are serious enough to require medical attention. Most of the victims are children under the age of 12. Young children do not understand dog behaviour which is why they are the most common victims of dog attacks. In fact, a dog bite is the fifth most frequent cause of visits to emergency rooms that is common among children.

As a dog owner, what are the legal consequences that you’ll be facing when your dog bites? Is it time to get in the insurance lawyers when Fido bites Jane?

When a dog bites a person, the dog’s owner can potentially face a number of legal consequences. He may be required to pay the victims for all associated damages and losses incurred as a result. When a dog causes serious personal injury or the death of another person, the dog can be quarantined and may be euthanised or put to sleep upon an order of a judge.

A dog owner who is legally accountable for an injury to a person or property may be liable to indemnify the injured person for:

  • Medical Bills – include bills for doctors (counting specialists such as plastic surgeons), hospital services, medication and physical therapy.
  • Pain and Suffering -mainly for the emotional stress and suffering the injured person undergoes because of the dog bite attack.
  • Lost Income – The dog owner is obliged to compensate the injured person for any lost income, including a loss in earning capacity if the injury impaired the person’s ability to work due to the attack.

A dog owner may not be legally responsible if the person bitten was:

  • Intentionally or unintentionally provoking the dog (hit or teased the dog, accidentally stepped on the dog’s tail, approached the dog while it’s eating or sleeping, or screamed or run from the dog)
  • Knowingly and voluntarily taking the risk of being injured by the dog
  • Trespassing
  • Breaking the law

Any dog has the capacity to bite and they bite for a number of reasons.  As long as the owner knows and understands the common reasons why they do, the owner may be able to prevent attacks and save himself from the legal ramifications of a dog bite.


A Truly Noble Relationship: Pets and Humans

It is said that humans and their pets have created a bond that can be likened to an interpersonal relationship of humans with other humans. Studies show that a human-pet relationship, especially between humans and cats or dogs, has its advantages in terms of the psychological, social and physical aspects of a person. In fact, an article from the Journal of European Psychology Students discussed that we choose to have a pet in order to meet our social needs. Our pets can be our friends who can tolerate us and love us unconditionally. Moreover, some pets make better escorts than humans

Man’s Social Partner

According to The Daily Mail, there are pet owners who treat their dogs as their own kids. According to Austrian scientists, the human-dog relationship is akin to the deep connection that exists between parents and their children. The same study illustrates that canines are so used to inhabiting with humans that we take up the role of being our dog’s primary social partner and vice-versa.

Man’s Relationship with Others

A research claims that our relationship with our pets helps us in developing our social skills. As a matter of fact, young adults who look for their pets are said to have deeper social relationships. Moreover, it can also improve the connection of a teenager with his/her community. This was substantiated by a study conducted by psychologists from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additionally, it is said that our relationship with our pets allows us to be more of service to the society and displays our sense of leadership.

Pets and Their Other Roles

Animals can also serve other functions. Because of their distinctive skills and abilities, our pets can provide an array of services to us. For instance, canines can act as service dogs for persons with disabilities (PWDs) due to their acute senses and their capability to learn certain things. As service dogs, they become the eyes, ears, hands and feet of PWDs. These dogs can also aid the police in search and rescue operations. Moreover, dogs can be therapy pets in hospitals that soothe or console patients.

Our relationship with our pets has become an integral part of our lives. As pet owners, we should bear in mind that we are responsible for their physical and emotional needs. Remember that healthy pets make healthy owners.   

Is Your Pet Psychic? It May Sense Danger

As pet owners, there is a strong bond that connects us with our pets. Maybe we’re not aware of it, but this connection is so deep that they become extra perceptive of things that happen around us, especially with those that we feel or experience. For instance, dogs know when we are catching a common cold prior to the manifestation of its symptoms such as sniffling. Is this one of the signs that our pets have visible light spectrum clairvoyance?

Animals can also sense impending earthquakes and disasters. In fact, before Greece was hit by a destructive earthquake in 373 B.C., it was said that rats, snakes and weasels deserted their habitats and moved to safer grounds. Here are examples of things that our pets can sense before they happen:

1. Collapsing building

A book by Michael Streeter narrated how a man was saved by his pooch from a collapsing building. It seemed just an ordinary night when the pet owner went to a pub for a drink. While enjoying his beer, the owner noticed that his dog kept on barking and barking at him. He led his dog out of the pub but it came back and began being a nuisance. He then decided to go home because of his dog’s behaviour. Minutes later, the pub collapsed killing 9 people.

2. Death

In a nursing home in the United States, a cat named Oscar knows when one of the elderly will die. Oscar will go to the bed of an old man or lady and just sit there hours before he/she passes over.

3. Earthquakes

In Ancient Greece, there are records that show how dogs run away from the city of Helice before it was hit by a tragic earthquake. There are also stories in China where dogs seem disturbed or bothered prior to a seismic activity. Scientists believe that the extra sensitive hearing sense of dogs allows them to hear the crumbling of rocks beneath the ground. Seismologists do think that dogs can feel seismic activities on their paws.

4. Tsunamis

Before the deadly 2004 tsunami that devastated some parts of Asia and Africa, animals at Yala National Park moved to higher grounds. More so, some elephants were said to have freed themselves from their chains before their areas were flooded by the waters from the tsunami.

Sexual Diseases in Pets

In the United States, the number of people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is growing at an alarming rate. That being said, did you know that animals are also prone or can have STDs? In fact, at least two major STDs have come from the other members of the animal kingdom. For instance, gonorrheas and syphilis were transmitted to humans by cattle. Aside from chlamydia in humans and mammals, here are some STDs that are common in animals:

1. Canine Herpesvirus

Canine Herpesvirus or CHV is technically different from the human herpes. The mode of transmission of CHV is through sexual intercourse; however, other dogs can be exposed to the virus even in the absence of sexual contact. If you think your dog has shortness of breath or you observed that the colour of your dog’s poop is yellowish to greenish, then it may have CHV. Other symptoms of the disease include tender tummy and blood secretions coming from the nose.

2. Brucellosis

Caused by Brucella canis, Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that is said to be the primary reason of infertility among canines. The major mode of transmission of the disease is by sexual intercourse; however, Brucellosis can also be passed on through bodily fluids. Common symptoms of this bacterial infection are Arthritis, fever, eye inflammation and swelling of the lymph nodes.

3. Feline herpes

As per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, feline herpes is one of the major causes of respiratory infections in cats. Moreover, the virus is said to be aggressive wherein at least 90 percent of felines are infected. Symptoms of feline herpes include anemia, fever, swollen lymph nodes, hair loss and poor appetite.

4. Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumours

Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumours (CTVT) is a sexually transmitted cancer. Yes, cancer. Since these tumours that look like warts turn up on the dog’s penile or vaginal areas, CTVT spreads out when the canine licks, bites or sniffs the affected parts. Usually, CTVT is treated via chemotherapy or radiation. But don’t you worry. Unlike human cancer, CTVT is not that life-threatening.

These STDs can be treated and can be prevented by visiting your veterinarians regularly. Too bad we can’t discuss with our pets how they can practice safe sex.   

What To Do If Your Pet Becomes Disabled?

Pets are considered to be a blessing to a household. They bring a great measure of joy and fulfillment to its owners. Raising pets can be likened to raising your very own children which can be a very satisfying career. This is the reason why a huge number of individuals decide to adopt pets and raise them as their own. With that being said, the raising up process comes with their own set of challenges and risks owners need to consider. One of them is with regards to the issue of disabilities. What should one do if their pet becomes disabled?

Pets are not immune to a number of sickness and diseases. Being exposed to a lot of environmental factors on a regular day to day basis can make them a bit more likely to develop such issues. This is especially true with regards to pets that are not in their tip top shape and form. This is oftentimes the reason why they get sick which can affect their overall health and welfare. Unwanted pet disabilities can also come from accidents and other related incidents you pets have experienced. This has resulted to greatly affecting their day to day activities in the process.

If you pets get injured it is important to call for help right away in particular, the nearest vet. Pet owners are also advised to note hastily move their pets as they risk adding more harm than good with regards to their injuries. Presence of mind is important during these tense situations and owners are advised to stay calm as they wait for further instructions or rush them to the hospital. Disabilities can develop with these accidents and it is important for pet owners to be more accepting about the outcome of the injury.

Pets becoming disabled are not considered to be a lost cause. Many owners today were able to prove their doubters wrong as they were able to live normal lives with their pets. The most important aspect with pets who are disabled is that the measure of love and care should not wane but instead become more intensified. Pets should not feel that they are abandoned during these crucial times as they have little to no understanding on what happened.

It is good to hear that readily available support groups exist over the internet today having members who share the same cause and concern with other pet owners. This is a great place to learn more about pet disabilities while at the same time discuss with fellow members and hear about their own inspiring stories that they are willing to share. Since of these groups have integrated their reach over the internet, just about anyone will be able to join their movement at any given time.

Another noteworthy factor is that you can insure your pet for disability or debilitating illness. As mentioned earlier, no one is safe or free from disabilities pets included. With that being said, when your pets are insured, you as an owner feel that a huge load is taken off your back as you know feel that you pets are kept safe and secured at all times. Of course, it is important to practice caution when dealing with pets but having a steady hand to assist you through insurance can be very reassuring.

Insuring Thoroughbreds in the Horse Racing Industry

Owning thoroughbreds that participate in Australian horse racing contests does not only offers handsome financial returns, but also gives a sense of personal satisfaction. Like athletes, thoroughbreds used in horse racing competitions need to prepare over and over again especially when there’s an upcoming event. More often than not, equine trainings are associated with seemingly endless disbursements – veterinary bills, wages of trainers, farriers, feeds, maintenance costs and other related expenses. Since this venture can be an expensive pursuit, it is important that you insure your thoroughbreds just in case they got sick or injured, or when Mother Nature gets capricious.

Here are some examples of things that are covered by a typical equine insurance:

Commercial General Liability

Since government agencies and some insurance companies regard owning horses for racing competitions as ‘business’, having an insurance policy that covers Commercial General Liability (CGL) is a must. This CGL will insure you from legal accountabilities that may arise during the course of your business. On average, a CGL policy may cost at least $250 per annum depending on your liability limit.

Horse Owner Liability

When your horse destroyed a property or injured someone other than your horse’s care taker, a Horse Owner Liability will cover all the hospitalisation or repair costs. According to insurance professionals, this type of policy is a must-have for all thoroughbred owners. Without it, your ‘business’ may collapse when your horse inadvertently killed or injured someone.

Mortality Insurance

In general, there are two classifications of coverage under mortality insurance: Specified Perils and All Risks Mortality. Specified Perils policy is for deaths caused by fire, lightning, transportation and windstorm. Usually, it costs 0.5% to 1% of the value of your horse. On the other hand, All Risks Mortality policy covers almost all causes of death on horses. However, compared with Specified Peril policy, All Risks Mortality has a higher premium rate. On average, the rate is at least 3 percent.

Other kinds of policy coverage of equine insurance are workman’s compensation (for injured employees); care, custody and control insurance (shields individuals who are looking after someone else’s horse); and loss of use insurance (covers breeding issues, for instance, that may ensue in the future).

Since horses are among the animals that are very susceptible to accidents and injuries, insuring them is a must. That being said, thoroughbred owners must be wise on choosing the policies that their equine insurance should be able to cover.

The Hidden Dangers Your Home Presents To Pets

Like humans, our pets are also susceptible to insects. As a matter of fact, there are pests that can seriously affect the health and well-being of our dogs and cats. While some are merely a nuisance, we should still maintain our houses free from critter infestations. It bears noting that even though we can’t always see these little insects, it is important having our home checked and sprayed regularly to keep nasty pests at bay. Remember that prevention is always better than cure. That being said, we should still be aware of the critter and bugs that pose a threat to our pets so that we’ll know how we can protect our dogs and cats from them. Here are some examples:

1. Fleas and ticks

Fleas live on furs of our pets and thrive from their blood. Contrary to what most people believe, fleas don’t have wings; they jump to their hosts. Their saliva usually causes severe itching and skin irritation. Those pets that are allergic to fleas sometimes lose their fur or develop massive rashes and serious skin infections. More so, these fleas are carriers of larvae of tapeworms.

On the other hand, ticks infect thousands of pets in the United States yearly. Ticks pass on diseases such as Lyme disease, plasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These illnesses, when transmitted to humans, can cause fatigues, fever or worse, damage to our heart and central nervous system.

2. Mosquitoes and Heartworms

Mosquitoes also annoy our pets and are carriers of heartworms. Unlike most pet diseases that manifest early on, heartworm infestation will need several months before plaguing our pets. Heartworms are able to grow up to 14 inches. When not medicated immediately, our pets may die.

3. Giardia

A protozoan parasite, Giardia is picked up by our pets when they drink rainwater. Common symptoms of Giardia infestation are vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and fatigue.

4. Spiders

Though bites of most species of spiders in the country are not lethal, these can still instigate swelling and pain. An example of a deadly spider is the black widow and brown recluse. Their bites can result to pain, paralysis and death.

5. Mites

Dogs and cats are frequently infested by mites. These arachnids can cause skin diseases to our pets and ear complications.

Fido Fiduciary: Are You Covered?

In 2014, pet owners in the United States shelled out over $15 billion for veterinary care. Based on the American Pet Products Association, there was $58 billion-worth of pet related expenses on that same year. A portion of this number, around $870 million to be specific, was devoted to pet insurance. That’s a huge sum for insurance premium. Is it that worth it?

Should You Insure Your Pet or Not?

Insurance isn’t a free bet, but it’s a good one.

Having a pet is a big responsibility. Part of that duty of care involves their health and well being. Don’t get caught short where your pet is concerned. It is a must that you insure all your dependents, may they be two-legged or four-legged. Here are some reasons why fido fiduciary is good for you and your pets:

1. Eliminates financial distresses that are associated with the health of your pets

Veterinary fees shoot up at rates that are beyond belief. When your pet has an insurance coverage, you’ll never have to worry about what to choose between your wallet and your pet. For instance, your dog has a severely broken paw. The veterinarian presented you three options: fix it (costs about $3000), amputate it (costs about $1500), or perform euthanasia. When you have pet insurance, you can opt for the best medical decision for your pet without getting too worked up with its cost.

2. Covers almost everything

A good pet insurance provides financial assistance on almost everything, from loss and theft to liability coverage. On top of that, your usual vet fees for dental care and even expensive alternative treatments (homeopathy, physiotherapy) are covered by a pet insurance.

3. Easy and has flexible terms

Pet owners can choose a plan that suits their budget and needs. In addition, these policies can be paid in varying terms: monthly, quarterly or yearly. There are also a lot of pet insurance companies that reimburse your pet expenses like a child’s play.

4. Lets you choose your vet

In contrast with human insurance policies that may compel us to use specific health care providers, your pet insurance lets you choose your vet. What you only have to do is submit the receipt from your visit to your insurance provider for it to be refunded. More so, insurance policies like these do not treat pets of certain breed or age differently.