Go Get it Announced As Dogstival Headline Sponsor
With thousands of dogs set to descend on the New Forest this May for Dogstival, the recently launched pet insurance comparison website Go Get it has announced their support as headline event sponsor for 2019.
For Go Get it, part of the Markerstudy group, the investment represents part of a drive to raise awareness of the comparison website to dog-lovers across the south coast and UK wide where monthly insurance premiums from leading providers are compared, often saving owners money.
With the New Forest being home to one of the highest proportions of dog owners in the UK, a reported 39% of households having at least one dog, the partnership provides Go Get it with a ready-made audience to help regarding their pet insurance needs.
Set in the stunning surroundings of Pylewell Park Estate and taking place on 18th and 19th May 2019 the festival is being hosted by local resident, nature-loving TV presenter and renowned dog lover Chris Packham.
Dogstival will connect pet brands and local businesses to engage with more than 10,000 dog owners and dog lovers over the two-day event.
“We are delighted to welcome Go Get it to our first year of Dogstival. Having your pet regularly checked with your local vet, microchipped and insured to the right level are simple but important responsibilities for owners and welfare is a strong message we’re aiming to get across over the weekend. I really like the fact Go Get it team are actual dog owners themselves and want to create a more interactive experience at the event. We’re used to comparison websites for our home or car insurance, so why not pets?" Commented Dogstival Event Director Richard Nowell.
With some of the UK’s leading dog display teams and free ‘have a go activities’ that includes the recent Ace Flyball Team winners from Crufts, Dogstival is creating the best day out a dog could wish for.
There’s also a gentle educational message across the weekend that aims to help owners understand more about the mental and physical well being of their dog, as well as typical behaviour issues that happen in the household.
With the New Forest a magnet for visitors, it’s also a protected national park and home to wild roaming ponies or cattle.
The marshlands are breeding grounds for rare birds and the coastline stretches for over 40 miles making it one of the most treasured places to visit in the country.
That special environment combined with the festivals ‘responsible ownership’ message is just one of the reasons why Go Get it decided to join the fun.
Go Get it brand manager, Yvonne Gosney told us: “At Go Get it we ‘get’ how important pets are.
I have a Jack Russell called Pippa and she is the centre of our family.
We want to make life easier for all owners, so our website does the leg-work for you, comparing pet insurance quotes so you don’t have to, ensuring you get the right quote for you and your dog at the right price.
Dogstival is set to be a great day out for everyone to enjoy with their pooch and we’re thrilled to be supporting it in its first year!”
The partnership that extends to naming rights and event branding both in the build up and across the weekend see’s Go Get it also aim to have a little fun and personality as they engage with the regions dog lovers.
Dogstival will also see a range of charities and wildlife organisations heavily involved.
Led by the RSPCA, the UK’s guardians of animal welfare, organisers are also working closely with the New Forest National Parks, Bird Aware Solent, the Hampshire Countryside Alliance and of course event host Chris Packham.
The wow factor that sets Dogstival apart is their location – Pylewell Park.
Steeped in history as a grand 17th century house, positioned on the south coast of the New Forest with a large agricultural and sporting estate.
The estate is approximately 2,000 acres with a mix of woodland, a 15-acre lake with around 70 acres of open lawn. It also has its own private beach, which four-legged visitors will have access to – a first for a UK dog festival.
Dogstival takes place from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2019 at Pylewell Park, Lymington, Hampshire, SP41 5SJ.
Tickets are priced £13.50 for Adults, £7.50 Children aged 5-16 years, under 5’s go free and are on sale now.
For brands and businesses wishing to take part in their inaugural event, get in touch at email@example.com.
As we all know Chris Packham is a massive advocate for animal welfare, as are we, here are some useful articles about looking after our four legged friends…
Average pet insurance claim rises to £757
Every year, pet insurance saves dog and cat owners hundreds -- sometimes thousands -- of pounds when they find themselves facing unexpected vet bills.
The latest figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) show that insurers paid out a record average of £2m every day in 2017.
- The average claim also hit a new peak, rising to £757, compared with the average annual premium of £324 for dogs and just £171 for cats.
- Average claim pay-outs are up 56% since 2010, reflecting ever increasing costs, the insurance industry group said.
Growing numbers of owners are opting for the peace of mind pet insurance brings.
Across the UK, 3.7 million households now have pet insurance.
That's an 11% increase on the previous year, but it still means that 8.2 million households are choosing to leave their pets uninsured.
If you've never thought about the costs you might face if your beloved pet falls ill or suffers an accident, it's worth knowing that the average cost of surgery amounts to approximately £1,500.
In 2017, some of the most expensive claims included:
- A dog suffering from seizures required £30,000 of treatment
- A Golden Retriever with a fracture required £10,000 of treatment.
- A cat with inflammatory bowel disease required £9,600 of treatment.
What does pet insurance cover?
- Most new policies won't cover the cost of treating pre-existing medical conditions that your pet has, but will reimburse costs for other veterinary fees relating to the cost of diagnosing and treating illnesses and/or injuries.
- This can include the cost of consultations, examinations, tests, x-rays, MRI scans, medication, surgery and hospitalisation, as well as alternative therapies like acupuncture and complementary treatments such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and hydrotherapy.
- You may also be entitled to claim for third-party liability, i.e. if your pet injures someone or damages someone else's property and you are legally responsible; advertising costs to help find your lost or stolen pet and the cost of a reward if someone finds or recovers your pet.
- Pet care costs if you have to go into hospital for emergency medical treatment.
- The cost of your holiday if it is cancelled because your pet falls ill or is injured close to the start of your holiday.
- If you take your pet abroad, you may be covered for overseas vet fees to pay for emergency treatment for your pet.
- And if your pet is lost, stolen, or dies as a result of an injury or an illness before a specified age, you may be able to claim back the purchase price of your pet.
How to claim on your pet insurance
To make a claim, you'll need to call your insurer on their claims line.
You should then complete and submit a claims form, which may include a section for your vet to complete, and provide all relevant evidence and paperwork.
Does your dog feel anxious when you go out?
As many as seven million dogs in the UK may be suffering from separation anxiety, according to the RSPCA.
To your dog, you're the centre of their world and when you're away from them, they can feel frightened, lonely or sad, the animal welfare charity explains.
Research suggests that more than eight in ten dogs find it hard to cope when left alone -- and while some may show visible signs of distress such as barking or destroying things, others will simply sit quietly, feeling worried.
As a result, it can be easy for owners to miss.
The animal welfare charity has launched a campaign, #DogKind, to help owners better understand their dog's emotional needs and raise awareness of separation-related behaviour.
Campaign manager Daisy Hopson said: "We know that owners are the centre of their dog's life. So, when you leave your dog for any period of time, it can be incredibly difficult for them. It's nothing to do with their age, breed or where they've come from. Many dogs don't know how to cope when their owner isn't at home and so are often unhappy when left alone."
To help your dog feel happier when you go out, the RSPCA suggests a range of steps including:
Leave a 'special' toy
When you go out, give your dog something mentally stimulating to occupy their time such as a stuffed 'kong' toy, a meat flavoured chew or a treat ball or cube.
Whatever you choose, it should be a 'special' toy that they only get when you're not there.
Remember to put away this toy when you return and also to take any food treats out of your pet's daily food allowance to avoid overfeeding.
Encourage your dog to relax
Try to take your dog for a walk before you are due to go out so that they have the opportunity to go to the toilet and exercise.
Return half an hour before you plan to leave and feed them a small meal -- your dog will be much more inclined to relax!
Some dogs will bark at the sight of other people or dogs passing by their window or in response to noises outside the home.
Closing the curtains to reduce what your dog can see outside, leaving them in a quieter room or putting the radio on to muffle outside noise can prevent your dog from being disturbed and barking.
Other measures that can help include using a dog sitter or dog walker, and making sure you don't physically punish or shout at your dog if they misbehave while you're out because this could end up increasing their anxiety and making the behaviour worse.
If this advice doesn't ease the separation-related behaviour, talk to your vet who knows you and your dog.
They may refer you to a clinical animal behaviourist, who can help identify the underlying cause of the problem and develop a treatment plan that works for you and your dog.
Does your dog wear an ID tag on its collar?
Putting your contact details on your dog's collar improves the chances that, if you become separated while out on a walk, you'll be reunited very soon.
What's more, it's a legal requirement: since 1992, dog owners have been required to ensure their dog has a collar and tag showing their full contact details -- including name, address and postcode.
In 2016 it also became compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped -- but new research by Dogs Trust reveals that, while over 90% of owners are aware of the new law, many wrongly think this is the only form of identification their dog needs.
"It is great that so many owners are aware of the need for their dog to be microchipped, but it is concerning that this awareness comes at the expense of dogs wearing more visible forms of identification," commented Alex Jackson, head of campaigns at Dogs Trust.
"As outlined in 1992's Control of Dogs Act your dog's tag should display your name, address and postcode, but our research revealed that 16% of people thought that including a telephone number was enough. The details held on the tag and microchip containing the essential details of the owner is one of the simplest ways for a dog to be reunited with its owners should they become accidentally separated. We urge everyone to check they have a tag with the right information on today."
Dogs Trust also stressed the importance of keeping the microchip details up to date when you move house or change phone number. "The simple process of keeping microchip contact details up to date could be the lifesaving difference for a much-loved pet going home to their owner instead of potentially being put to sleep in a local pound if they aren't reunited with their owner within seven days," Jackson explained.
In a Dogs Trust's survey, two in five (41%) owners who have had their dogs microchipped said that they hadn't got around to updating their details.
Jackson warned: "Sadly, there is still a stray dog problem in this country, and the combination of a lack of collar and tag or a microchip that hasn't been updated could be the difference between a dog ending up in a council-run pound or curling up in its bed at home."
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