Author Archives: Dr. Fiona Caldwell

Simmer Down! Tips for Calming a Hyperactive Dog

You can train your hyper dog to be better behaved.Dr. Fiona, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, guest blogs for pet insurance provider Pets Best.

Puppy jumping, sloppy kisses and general ‘misbehaving’ is adorable when your puppy is less than 10 pounds, but this behavior can quickly become undesirable as your puppy becomes a full grown adult. Personalities are very individual in every dog, and some just seem to have more uncontainable energy! What should you do when simple uncontrollable joy becomes a little too much to handle? Dog training obedience classes are a great idea for all puppies, high energy or not, but there are some other things you can do to help a particularly overactive dog.

1. Exercise, exercise, exercise…then exercise some more!

A leash walk twice a week just is not enough activity for a high-strung dog. Spot might be better off going on runs with you. Not a runner? Teach your dog to fetch and use a “chuck-it” or other device that will maximize your throwing power and save time.

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First Dogs: A Look at Presidential Pets

Po Obama currently lives in the White House.With the presidential race in full swing and November quickly approaching, the White House is on a lot of Americans’ minds. Regardless of who takes office for the next term, one thing will remain constant; dogs will continue to be a part of the White House and a part of politics. The current First Dog is Bo (pictured here), a Portuguese Water Dog owned by the Obamas. And who can forget Gov. Romney’s family dog, Seamus, who rode on the roof of their car during vacations? Historically, presidential pets have had a place in the White House, and have even been thought to influence voters.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt was running for re-election in 1944, he had been criticized for misusing tax payers’ money following an incident where he sent a ship back from a family vacation to collect his dog, Fala. He is quoted as saying, “You can criticize me, my wife and my family, but you can’t criticize my little dog. He’s Scotch and all these allegations about spending all this money have just made his little soul furious.”1 This speech was credited for turning the election in Roosevelt’s favor!

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Smart Solutions for Cats & Carriers

Cat insurance can help pay for routine visits to keep your cat healthy.Feline visits to the veterinary’s office have declined steadily over the past decade, despite the fact that the population of cats has increased over the years. It’s estimated that over half of household pets are cats, but felines only make up 39% of visits overall in the veterinary clinic1. Possible reasons for this trend include the misconception that indoor cats don’t need cat insurance or regular veterinary check-ups and vaccinations, and due to the fact that, well, getting the cat in the carrier and in the car and in the waiting room and then in the exam room is stressful for the cat, and you! Here are 5 tips for making your cat’s next vet visit smoother:

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Five Pet Hazards to Watch for This Fall

Keep fall a safe time for your pet.Ah, the crisp fall air, chilly mornings and early night-fall are clear indications that autumn has definitely arrived! Fall is a terrific time for family, as the days shorten and the school year starts up full swing. For many people ‘family’ includes the furry, four-legged members as well. And just as predictably as the leaves will change color, there are some changes that go hand in hand with the colder weather that you might consider in order to keep the whole family safe, happy and healthy this fall. Since accidents do happen, always have a pet insurance plan in place as a way to ensure your beloved pet has access to the best treatment available.

1. Antifreeze
Winterizing the family car often includes topping off antifreeze levels. Antifreeze actually tastes sweet, and therefore when left out, or spilled, pets will readily ingest it. Antifreeze is extremely toxic, especially to cats, where even a small amount can be lethal. Always prevent your animal’s exposure to household chemicals, and especially antifreeze. If you are concerned your pet may have been exposed to antifreeze, immediate veterinary attention is warranted.

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Three Reasons Spay & Neuter Prices Vary So Much

Kittens who need to be spayed can get cat insurance.
Two of the most common routine procedures performed on pets are spaying and neutering. The benefits of spaying of a female dog, called routine ovariohysterectomy, and neutering a male dog, castration, include population control, fewer incidents of certain types of cancers and fewer hormonally-driven behaviors.

Because spaying and neutering are such popular procedures, it tends to be one of the most shopped-for veterinary surgeries. Routine pet insurance can help cover the cost, but we often have people call and ask about our prices anyway. The fact that there are such varying prices between vet hospitals and clinics can be confusing. Why would Clinic A cost so much more than Clinic B? Here are some things to recognize when deciding where to take your new best friend for his or her first surgical procedure.

1. Basic Requirements for All Surgeries
Some things must be absolutely standard in every spay and neuter, regardless of the cost. It is unacceptable if the price is lower because one of these standards of care is omitted.

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