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Breed Guide: American Shorthair

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by

An American ShorthairDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the American Shorthair

Weight:  females 8-12lb, males 11-15lb

Points of conformation: One of the larger breeds with sturdy muscling and bones. Broad face with prominent cheeks.

Coat: Dense crisp hair coat

Color: Silver tabby is the most common, but there are many accepted colors and patterns.

Grooming needs: Moderate, light brushing twice weekly is usually sufficient.

Origin: Likely descendents of the British Shorthair.

Behavior Traits: Easy-going temperament.

Is an American Shorthair cat right for You?

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Customer Stories: Why Jena Loves Pets Best

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by

Pets Best has been protecting Jena's dog Macy since 2013.

In honor of September being Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best customers. Today we meet Jena, and her two year old golden retriever, Macy.

I found my 9 month golden retriever, Macy, about a year and a half ago and I fell instantly in love with her! I knew I would be one of those pet owners that would pay thousands of dollars, or do whatever it took to keep my dog healthy, if something happened to her. I spoke with my veterinarian about pet insurance options and he recommended Pets Best. After doing some research and speaking with the wonderful customer service representatives, I enrolled Macy under the plan. The representative I spoke with took the time to walk me through all of my options, the different costs, the services covered, and much more. I also found that the website was very helpful and intuitive. Ultimately, what made me choose to enroll Macy under Pets Best was that they had many different options with deductibles and coinsurance amounts that help fit individual needs and budgets, their customer service department was extremely helpful, without being pushy, and their insurance seemed to cover most services.

Filing claims is so easy, and Pets Best is always very timely to provide reimbursement and an explanation of benefits for Macy. I’ve found that Macy’s coverage is very affordable and well worth the cost. While premiums did increase this year, it was for a good reason; Pets Best will now cover hereditary conditions, which is so great for Macy, because hip dysplasia is common for many dogs, including golden retrievers. Pets Best also offers automatic bill pay which I really appreciate so I don’t have to remember to write a check every month.

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Breed Guide: Papillon

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by

A PapillionDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Papillon

Height (to base of neck): 8-11″

Weight: 9-10lbs

Color: White is the dominant color and patches can include any color.

Origin: Spain

Coat: Single-layered, flat abundant, long and silky.

Life Expectancy: 13-15years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low

Breed Nicknames:

Is a Papillon the Right Dog Breed for You?

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8 Fall-Related Reasons Pets End Up at the Vet

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by

A sick dog lays cuddled up under a blanket.

By veterinarians Dr. Marc and Dr. Fiona, for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Fall is in full swing, bringing a whole slew of new reasons pets are taken to the veterinarian’s office. Here are eight common fall-related reasons dogs and cats visit the vet.

1. Parvovirus

Some infectious diseases seem to have a seasonality to them, Parvo is one of them.  We tend to see an increase in Parvovirus infections this time of year in unvaccinated puppies.  Always make sure your pets are up to date on vaccines!

2. Allergies

Just like in people, the poor air quality, increased dust and pollen from changing seasons can trigger allergies in pets as well. While we occasionally see pets with respiratory symptoms, many will present with itchy skin and ear infections.

3. Arthritis

Cold weather can exacerbate some older pets’ achy joints.

4. Antifreeze Toxicity

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Breed Guide: American Curl

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by

An American BobtailDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the American Curl

Weight: females 5-8lb, males 7-11lb

Points of conformation: Ears have rounded tips that curl back smoothly.  Moderate build with well muscled body and moderately length in the leg.

Coat: Flat, silky with long and short haired varieties accepted. Minimal undercoat.

Color: All colors and patterns accepted.

Grooming needs: Low grooming needs, low shedder.

Origin: Lakeland, CA USA

Behavior Traits: Even tempered and quiet.

Is an American Curl cat right for You?

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