2 Tips for Pet Winter Diet Needs

Dogs and cats may have winter specific nutrition needs.

From Pets Best, pet health insurance for dogs and cats.

It is important that your pet be fed a high quality diet throughout the year. And based on the time of year, your dogs and cats nutritional needs can vary.

Tip 1

According to Richard Pitcairn, DVM, author of “The Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs And Cats,” exposure to cold weather demands increased calories to keep them warm. He suggests these calories are best supplied by a high-fat diet. Some examples of foods that provide a balanced protein to fat content include lean hamburger or roasted chicken. Never give your dog or cat bones to eat. They can choke on them and/or the bones can splinter off inside of your dog or cat causing further health issues.

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Why Pet Chronic Conditions Are Pricey & How to Manage Costs

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By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Chronic conditions are a fact of life for humans and pets. These diseases are classified as chronic because they last a long time, oftentimes permanently. The frequency of chronic diseases increases as the pet ages.

For example, some common chronic conditions that affect elderly pets include arthritis, liver diseases such as Cushing’s, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and kidney failure. However, young pets can also develop chronic, lifelong conditions such as epilepsy (seizures) and skin allergies (also called atopy).

Pets Best commonly sees pet insurance claims for chronic conditions. For example for dogs, skin allergies (atopy) accounts for 30% of all dog health insurance claims received, Osteoarthritis 10%, and hypothyroidism 7%. For Cats, renal (kidney) failure makes up 25% of all cat health insurance claims received, hyperthyroidism 20%, diabetes mellitus 11%, and allergies 8%.

Managing Chronic Conditions – Why It Costs So Much

Typically, chronic diseases require long term medications. For example, pets with epilepsy will take anti-seizure medication for their whole lives.

Chronic conditions often require close management and monitoring. This means that your pet will become very familiar with his or her veterinarian as they often require periodic blood work and medication dosage changes. While most chronic conditions require some sort of prescription medication management, some require expensive compounded medications that are not easily available. Many pets with chronic conditions end up being surrendered at a shelter or given away because owners can’t afford expensive special medications, regular monitoring, blood work, etc.Read More…

7 Tips to Keep Cats from Dashing Out the Door

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By Arden Moore, a dog and cat behavior expert and author of 26 best-selling pet books. She hosts the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio and is a writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Raise your hand in frustration if you have experienced this scenario even once: As you enter or leave your house, your cat seems to emerge from nowhere and attempts to dash out the door before you can block his path.

Even one successful dash escape can expose your indoor cat to outdoor dangers, such as vehicles and other animals. Your first strategy is to think like a cat. Ask yourself, what makes your indoor cat feel the need to prowl outside? It may be that he sees, smells, and hears other cats roaming the neighborhood. Or, he just may be curious. There is also a chance that your cat, if adopted from a shelter or rescue group, may have spent his kitten hood as an outdoor young stray and misses the outdoors.

It is important to invest the time to break your cat of his dangerous habit of trying to bolt out of any door opened to the outside.

Here are seven tactics to diminish your cat’s scooting-out-an-opened door tendencies:

1. You need to make the doorway an unfriendly place for your cat. Place squirt bottles filled with water on either side of the exit door. Aim low and squirt your charging cat in the chest area with water spray. It should catch him off guard to not want to stand so close to the door anymore.

2. You can also fill an empty soda can with a few pennies and tape the lid shut. Rattle this noise maker when entering or exiting through the door to irritate your cat enough to make him back away. Say, “back!” in a loud, firm voice.

3. Consider tossing your cat a favorite treat or toy away from the door just as you prepare to leave. This distraction technique taps into your cat’s inner hunter mindset.Read More…

Pets Best Veterans Day Donation Match

Pets Best is national sponsor for Dogs on Deployment in 2015.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Pets Best will match up to $1,000 of donations made to Dogs on Deployment for the month of November.  Pets Best is proud to be a leading sponsor of Dogs on Deployment, a nationwide nonprofit connecting military service member with volunteers to board and care for their pets while on deployment.

For the second consecutive year, Pets Best has teamed up with Dogs on Deployment to raise funds toward making a difference in the lives of military members and their pets. The 2015 Dogs on Deployment Military Pet of the Year, Leonidas and his dad, Tim Johanssen are both war veterans, serving time in Afghanistan.  Leonidas is protected with pet health insurance from Pets Best.

Thank our veterans and donate today! 

Friends of Dogs on Deployment save 5% on pet health insurance plans from Pets Best and $40 will be donated to DoD for every submitted pet insurance application.

Dog Breed Guide: Samoyed

A Samoyed dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

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

About the Samoyed

Height (to base of neck): females 19 – 21,” males 21 – 23″

Weight:  50 – 65lb

Color: White to cream.

Origin: Mongolia

Coat: Dense, heavy double coat with soft, short, wooly undercoat and straight, stand-out guard hairs.

Life Expectancy: 12 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: Sammie

Is a Samoyed the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

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