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Laura
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
I am an entrepreneur, mother of two girls, pet lover, actuary, and Chief Embracer & Co-Founder of Embrace Pet insurance - not necessarily in that order.
Interests: good food, networking, sunshine, traveling off the beaten track, my daughters ellie and erin, my husband john, my cats lily, rocket & rosie, talking together over dinner, jigsaws
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Exercise is so important, not only in our lives, but also our pets. We have an obligation to make our pets' lives as happy as they can be and exercise is a big part of that. It is fun for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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See this picture? It is my favorite pet exercise picture from Embrace - Hazel doing her doga with us Embracers struggling to keep up. All fun aside, it is important to keep your dog or cat fit as part of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Dr Patrick and I talk about pet health and we kick things off by going over Dr Patrick's top three things a pet owner can do to maximize her pet’s health. We also discuss the following questions: Jenny: perhaps Dr... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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We miss the cats… Cats are unique in so many ways. Cats are an enigma. Cats appear so independent. They take care of themselves. Dogs are just out there. What you see is what you get. Dogs are needier then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Even though you might have pet insurance to protect against costs from unexpected health events, the ideal situation is that your pet has no unexpected health events at all. Wouldn't that be nice? To that effect, we're focusing this month... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Wow, how many dog and cat foods are out there now! Did you know, in our grocery stores, pet food is the number one grossing item? It outsells the next 6 items combined! In 2013, dog and cat owners in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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I love talking pet nutrition with Dr Patrick Mahaney. There is always something new to learn. This month, we cover the following questions: How can I find a good guide for the number of calories my cats should eat per... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
When you think about it, our bodies, and those of our pets, are incredible machines. For example, these machines fix themselves (most times) when things break, and we don't have to eat precise diets to stay alive (not like my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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This month, we are talking pet dentals. It’s Pet Dental Health Month according to the AVMA so it’s as good a time as any to talk about teeth and pets and why keeping teeth healthy is good for your pet’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Embrace friend and advisor, Dr Rex Riggs, talks about why you should go ahead with the expense of a dental cleaning under anesthesia with X-rays. It's needed people! __________________________________________________________________________________________ Periodontal disease is the most common disease seen in our pets.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
Did you know that you cannot tell if your cat or dog has periodontal disease by the color of his or her gums? I did not know that until a few weeks ago. Wouldn't you think that you would see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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This month, we are delving into the topic of pet training. And why would you train your dog or cat? Dr Patrick discusses the reasons for training your dog or cat and answers the questions below. Kristin: My dog is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Dr Rex Riggs gives a veterinarian's perspective on why you should train your dog or cat. _________________________________________________________________________________________ I bet many people don’t think of the health benefits of having a well-trained dog. We see far too many hit by car... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
Just as understanding how you can maximize your pet's health is part of pet parenting, so is maximizing the quality time you spend together. Training isn't just for tricks; training also: strengthens the bond between you and your dog or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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I'm so happy to announce that Embrace is partnering with Dr Marty Becker, also known as America's Veterinarian, to spread the word far and wide about Embrace's affordable and effective pet insurance to prevent economic euthanasia when cats and dogs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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It was rather a chilly 8 degrees here this morning in sunny Cleveland so it made me think of my podcast with Dr Mahaney on winter dangers. Here are the questions we discuss: Carrie: pancreatitis is common during the holidays... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Happy Holidays to everyone! It is a great time of the year that gives us an opportunity to spend cherished time with our family and friends. Enjoy the season. Holidays can also be fun times for our pets, with all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
As we get more news of winter storms causing havoc across the US (even in usually wonderfully warm Phoenix of all places!), we tackle the topic of winter dangers around this time of year. Not just the colder weather but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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When I read this post that Embracer Lea wrote, I had a heavy heart and a tear in my eye. I've known Lyger as long as I've known Lea and he's been a wonderful part of Embrace's history. It's hard... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Continuing on the topic of pet cancer this month, Dr Patrick Mahaney and I talk about the ins and outs of cancer in dogs and cats. Some of the questions we cover are: Do you think cancer is becoming more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Dr Riggs talks about cancer and some of the interesting developments in the human world of cancer that might help our pets. __________________________________________________________________________ Cancer sucks. It sucks when someone we know gets it. It sucks when our pet gets it.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
Several of the Embrace staff members (aka Embracers) are or recently have been going through cancer in their dogs and cats and all the physical and emotional toll that takes. This month we are going to address this difficult health... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
As part of our focus on working dogs and cats this month, I was reminded yesterday how far reaching the benefits of therapy dogs are when the new that Brutus, our kids' school principal's boxer, passed away over the weekend.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
The vast majority of working dogs and cats are assisted by charitable organizations and you can help as well by make a donation. Here are some of our favorites to get you started. Military and Law Enforcement Dogs: SaveAVet.org helps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog
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Today's podcast is on working dogs and cats. There are many different kinds of ways dogs work in society such as dogs that sniff out drugs, bombs, fruit and other banned substances, cadaver dogs, seizure or blood-sugar alert dogs, mold-sniffing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Embrace Pet Insurance Blog