By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a practicing veterinarian for 30 years, focusing exclusively on cats for the past 20 years. Dr. McFarland also writes for the cat health insurance agency, Pets Best.
What are you going to get for the love of your life? The holidays are coming and your cat deserves more than the everyday treats he or she gets. First, what not to get: no Christmas sweaters, ugly or otherwise, please.
1. Climbing Tree
Instead, how about a wonderful climbing tree that you can place next to a window? You can find a cat tree to fit any size residence, budget, and most importantly, cat. If you have multiple cats, think multiple perches of varying heights, especially if one or more of your cats is young and athletic. A one-cat household consisting of an older, sedentary cat might opt for a simple shorter tree with just one comfortable curving shelf.
2. Heated Pet Bed
Another great gift is a heated pet bed, especially if your cat is older or has very short, fine fur. I bought a heated pet bed warmer that I can use in any of our cat beds, and my cats love it, especially my 14 year old cat, Jake. He’s a little arthritic, and the warmth helps keep him comfortable and mobile. Please use a warming pad designed for cats, as human heating pads are not safe for cats and can cause serious burns.
3. Teaser Wand
A Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Height (to base of neck): females 21-24″ males 23-26″
Weight: females 55-70 lb, males 65-80 lb
Origin: United States
Coat: Dense, coarse, wavy double coated, with soft woolly inner coat and glossy coarse guard hairs. Water resistant.
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Energy level: Moderate to high
Exercise needs: Moderate to high
Breed Nicknames: Chessie
Is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever the Right Dog Breed for You?
The Chesapeake has been bred to hunt and fetch ducks and the coat color is meant to blend in with their surroundings. They have excellent retrieving skills and can withstand extreme weather and harsh conditions. They tend to be more dominant, territorial and aggressive than other retrievers. They are intelligent and willing to work. Shyness and over-protectiveness are discouraged in breeding lines. They require some grooming and have high need for activity and exercise.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the pet health insurance agency, Pets Best.
Not sure what to get your dog(s) for the holidays? Here are five great gift ideas to say thanks to the pups in your life for their unconditional love all year long. You’ll make their tail wag and several of the items double as a gift for you!
1. Dental chew toys
Dental disease is one of the most common preventable diseases seen by veterinarians. There are toys available that your dog chews on which are designed to remove plaque and prevent tartar formation. This can help stop the progression of dental disease and freshen breath. The added bonus of this is your dog’s better breath when they get in your face to give you kisses – wanted or not! Your local dog store can help you find a dental chew toy that will be best suited for your dog(s).
2. Bowls designed to slow eating
When dogs gulp their food down quickly they often aren’t chewing the kibble. Chewing on their kibble can actually help prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and preventing tartar. In addition, eating quickly can cause excessive air to be swallowed by your dog which then leads to them having gas. And really, no one likes dog gas. There are bowls that are designed to slow down your dog’s eating. With the benefits of eating slowly, both you and your dog will be getting a gift! Your local dog store can help you find a slow eating bowl that will work best for your speed eater dog.
3. Treat Puzzles
In our ninth year of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, we have noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.
Tracking data on 234 dog breeds and 46 cat breeds, we have listed the top 10 breeds for both dogs and cats in 2014.
Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2014
1. Mixed breed
2. Labrador retriever
5. Yorkshire terrier
By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.
A generation ago, we communicated via fax machines and cell phones the size of bricks. Today, we turn to our mobile devices – tablets, smart phones and iPads – to instantly connect with people all over the world or simply in the next room of our homes.
But if you share your home with a dog or two, you need to protect these pricey devices from being the target of canine destruction. According to a national survey performed by Square Trade, pets have destroyed more than eight million smart phones, iPads, laptops, television remotes and other cherished electronic devices – costing pet parents a whopping $8 billion in replacement costs.
In fact, I recently polled my Facebook followers about these high-tech pet hijinks. A chew-happy service pup in training named Muddy crushed two smart phones in her mouth. A Great Dane named Louie stashed three iPhones in his crate and “killed” them by sitting on them. Others reported numerous charging cables bitten in half by her curious puppies who apparently mistake those dangling cords for small prey tail. Far too many reported that their dogs urinated on these gadgets.
There are two reasons for these unwanted canine behaviors.
1. First, dogs investigate their surroundings by sniffing, pawing, chewing and yes, sometimes, urinating on these gadgets. This “p-mail” is a dog’s way of saying to others, “Hey, this is mine. Back off.”