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Top 10 things to do with your pet this summer

A dog with pet health insurance runs on the beach with his master.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

The sun is out and your sunscreen is on (don’t forget sunscreen for Fido too– Melanoma is a pet health issue pets have to be wary of too!) Summer is the perfect time to squeeze in some adventure and relaxation.

Here are ten ideas for summertime pet-friendly activities that are guaranteed to please both you and your four-legged best friend.

1. Buy a kiddie pool and invite friends over for a pooch pool party and barbecue for the humans.

2. Find a restaurant with a dog friendly patio and bring a book and order a summer drink. You’ll be amazed at all the people who will stop to say hello and pet Fluffy; it’s a great way to meet people!Read More…

Celebrate that special bond on National Kids and Pets Day!

A dog with dog insurance sits with a baby.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

April 26th is National Kids and Pets day! The special bond between a child and their pets is a pure and unconditional one. This day is designed to recognize and perpetuate the magical link between children and animals. Having dog or cat insurance is a wonderful way to protect the health of our beloved pets and ensure the special bond is also protected.

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Our future lies in our children’s hands, and by allowing them the experience of living with pets, we can help give them the skills necessary to make our world a kinder and better place to live.

Beyond Lassie and Timmy, kids have reaped the benefits of having relationships with animals for generations. Human development has been shown to be influenced by the presence of pets. Studies show significant correlations between and child-animal bond and that child’s social competency and ability to empathize.Read More…

2 Reasons Veterinary Care is Expensive

Dr. Fiona is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and guest blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider, Pets Best.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page today. This question comes from Joe, who asks: Why are you so expensive?

This is a great question. Veterinarians, I think, deal with the misconception that veterinary medicine is overpriced. We go into this profession because we love animals, and regardless of how big our hearts are, at the end of the day, veterinary medicine does cost money. I think there’s a couple big reasons why it is that it’s so expensive.Read More…

3 Reasons Dog Eyes Water

Veterinarian Dr. Fiona discusses your dog health questions for the highly rated pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today, I’m answering some questions from Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. This question comes from Joey, who asks: Why does my dog’s eyes water constantly? It looks like she’s crying, but she’s never in any discomfort.

This could be due to potentially a variety of different problems. If it’s something that he or she’s always done, it’s probably not a big deal. If it’s a new thing, if it’s one-sided, if it’s accompanied by redness, squinting, or more of a thick green discharge; those can potentially be for more serious problems.Read More…

2 Ways Vets Measure Your Dog and Cat’s Health

Dr. Fiona, DVM, is a guest blogger  for the highly rated pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today, I’m answering some questions from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. This question comes from Donald, who asks: How do you assess the health of my pet?

This is a great question. I think it really allows me to explain what your veterinarian is doing when you have those annual exams, and why are they important.

There’s basically two big ways that we can assess the health of a pet:

-One is with a physical exam, and

-Another is with regular blood work

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On a physical exam, specifically the things I’m looking for is your pet’s body condition. Is it overweight? Is it too thin? I’m looking for lumps, bumps, and masses. I look for oral health; it’s a huge issue in pets. Dental disease can be a source of infection, so we want to make sure your pet’s mouth looks really good.Read More…

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