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  • 00:43

    Private Exchanges and Pet Insurance

    in Business

    On this morning's program, the hosts will be discussing private health insurance exchanges, pet insurance and more with special guests from Accenture and Hartville Pet Insurance Group.


    For the first segment on today's program, Scott Brown, Private Exchange Offering Lead at Accenture, will be joining the program to discuss the firm's latest private exchange research. Accenture estimates enrollment in private health insurance exchanges doubled to six million individuals for the 2015 plan year. The company projects hypergrowth will continue through 2018, as a number of factors inhibiting early growth will dissipate, while several accelerators will spur further adoption. These factors, combined with the employer’s desire to meet consumers’ demand for choice and flexibility in a retail-like shopping experience, will lead to 40 million members on private exchanges by 2018.


    The second guest on this week's program will be JoAnne Novak, AVP Business Development at Hartville Pet Insurance Group, providers of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.  As one of the oldest and largest pet insurance providers in the U.S., Hartville has committed itself to helping more pet parents have access to reliable and affordable pet insurance plans. According to the American Pet Products Association, roughly 68 percent of U.S. households have a pet, and last year, over $15 billion was spent on veterinary care. In this segment, JoAnne will discuss what’s driving the increasing demand for pet health insurance as a voluntary benefit as well as what makes pet insurance relevant for the workforce in connection with health care consumerism and private exchanges.  

  • 01:26

    Pet Radio-Buzz the Fuzz and Friends

    in Pets

    Buzz the Fuzz is a 20 pound six year old ragdoll who was rescued from a tough living situation, and is now  working as a therapy cat visiting hospitals in New York.  You will hear the whole story of Buzz including his rescue and his new and foreever home.


    Also joining us is Pet Tree Houses, the indoor cat tree that looks like a real tree! Healthycoat, a dog food suppliment and hairball preventative for cats is also here to speak to us.


     

  • 00:31

    Moving Forward: How to Deal with the Death of a Beloved Pet

    in Pets

    Today is the last show for the miniseries How to Deal With the Death of a Beloved pet.  The following topics will be addressed during todays show:



    Gaining resiliency
    Mindfulness, meditations
    Clear mind, caring heart
    What are your inner resources
    Volunteer and give service
    Asking for and being open to support
    When to get a new pet
    Gratitude journal


    This is the final week of this miniseries.  If you have found this information helpful or wish to know more go to www.deathofmypet.com for more info


    If you have a story that you wish to share send it to Judy at judy@deathofmypet.com with PET STORY in the subject line.  

  • 00:30

    Helping the Hurting: How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

    in Pets

    Todays show will be on helping the hurting and what can be done to help others.  The following topics will be discussed:



    Pet loss and children
    Pet loss and the elderly
    Service and companion animals
    Expressing sympathy to others
    Memorial options, tributes & rituals to remember
    How sharing stories helps us heal


    Death is a tough subject to explain especially to children.  Judy Helm Wright can help parents explain the death of a family pet to a child.  This is week five of 6 of the series How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet.  Be sure to continue listening for more useful insights on How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet.


    If you have a story you would like to share send it to judy@deathofmypet.com with PET STORY in the subject line.

  • 02:17

    Pet Radio-Caring for Community Cats , The Pet Cloud, and Who is Aaron Benitez ?

    in Pets

    People who care for colonies of community/feral cats often face resistence and open hostility from their local communities. We will talk about a coulple cases in the news recently with Lora Meisner of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program and Liz Holtz from Alley Cat Allies.


    We will also meet Aaron Benitez, the producer of a series of short videos about his cat Michael and other furry friends.


    Do you know about the pet cloud? The Founder of Figo Pet Insurance will tell us about their Pet Cloud, the first and currently only cloud platform to manage your pet's complete healthcare records, payments, and all aspects of your pets life. Learn more about this tool that changes EVERYTHING in pet healthcare.


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  • 02:07

    Pet Radio-Susan Thixton and the Truth About Pet Food

    in Pets

    Just like so many pet owners, Susan Thixton learned the 'truth' about pet foods the hard way. Her four legged best friend, Sam, died from bone cancer. From that day forward, Susan studied the pet food industry. TruthaboutPetFood.com began in 2004; today pet owners from all over the world visit TruthaboutPetFood learning about pet food regulations, ingredients, and recall alerts. TruthaboutPetFood.com provides a free newsletter and hosts a subscription based pet product review publication Petsumer Report. Susan is also the author of Buyer Beware and co-author of Dinner PAWsible.


    TruthaboutPetFood.com's author is a founding partner of the international pet food consumer association -Association for Truth in Pet Food. Through our consumer association, Susan has advisory position to AAFCO's Pet Food Committee and Ingredient Definitions Committee.


    More guests yet to be announced


     

  • 01:48

    Pet Radio- How to Best Care For Your Senior Cat

    in Pets

    In this weeks show we are examing how to make your senior cat comfortable and have the best quality life possible. Our guests include Tina Modugno who is caring for two senior cats, cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger, and Dr Ruth MacPete. Cats do not often show flagrant signs of pain or illness but there are signs you can look for. Some diseases and other health problems develop in cats at a late age and you should be prepared to know how to deal with them. Like humans, it is just part of aging. Appetite, diet, physical activity and brain function all change, and we want out kitties to be able to enjoy life and be a part of our lives for as long as possible,


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  • 01:20

    Pet Psychic Radio

    in Spirituality

    Wanted Animals Dead or Alive.


    Pet Psychic speaks to your animals!  Call in to hear what they have to say!

  • Pet Psychic Radio

    in Spirituality

    Wanted Animals Dead or Alive.


    Pet Psychic speaks to your animals!  Call in to hear what they have to say!

  • 00:31

    We Love Pet Therapy-Emotional Support & Service Animals

    in Pets

    About Pet Therapy


    A hand reaches out, a wagging tail approaches, and an elderly face breaks into a smile. It's a scene that's increasingly common in the Helena Valley, thanks to volunteers from the Helena Chapter of Intermountain Therapy Animals. Activity directors and health care professionals report that visiting pets reach nursing home residents, hospital patients, retirement home residents and adult day care participants in ways that other therapeutic activities can't.


    The contact may be brief, but it brightens the entire day or week, especially for those who have had pets in the past. In some cases, an animal's visit is transforming. Shy, withdrawn, or depressed people find themselves in animated conversation, angry people relax, and those with memory lapses share detailed recollections of pets they lived with years before. Visiting pets have reached autistic children, stroke victims, Alzheimer's patients, and other "unreachables." Even when nothing dramatic happens, pet visits are important changes of pace for facility residents, bringing excitement, affection, comfort, physical contact and joy.


    In addition, to providing companionship (called Animal Assisted Activity), visiting pets sometimes participate in a facility's therapy program. In Animal Assisted Therapy, a dog might stand while a patient brushes him order to exercise specific arm muscles, or a cat might visit a depressed patient to encourage conversation, or someone in speech therapy might give commands to a dog that does tricks or retrieves objects. Anyone who loves animals is likely to work harder and feel more motivated when one is part of the therapy team.


     

  • 00:28

    Tips For Naming Life Insurance Beneficiareis

    in Legal

    We all know that life insurance is a great way to provide for spouse and children after a person dies.   Experience has shown, however, that the necessary care for naming one or more beneficiaries is often lacking.   Depending on the circumstances, the payment of life insurance proceeds can result in unintended consequences such as court involvement, unnecessary taxes and even the named beneficiaries not receiving the amount that was planned for them.    Today we will discuss some of the most common errors made when naming beneficiaries of life insurance policies and how to avoid them.