Author Archives: Dr. Fiona Caldwell

Top 7 Dog Park Dangers

Two dogs with dog insurance fight in a park.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

U.S. dog parks are the most quickly growing portion of city parks in the US. The dog park is a summertime fun staple for dog owners. It’s a place for friends to meet and allow your dog some off-leash time to explore and play.

Dog parks can be a great way to provide exercise and enrichment to your dog’s everyday life, but the dog park can come with a few possible dangers as well. Accidents and illnesses can occur at any time, it’s always a good idea to have a dog insurance in place. But here is what you need to know about the most common dog park injuries, when to treat at home and when to make an appointment with the vet:

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Doggy Martinis and Other Yummy Summer Pet Treats

A pink dog popsicle.

As a practicing veterinarian and pet insurance enthusiast, I’m constantly asked for yummy, pet-safe recipes. And since summer time is perfect for experimenting with cuisine, why not take the opportunity to bond with your four-legged best friend over a tasty treat tailored for the canine palate that’s yummy for you too?! Here are some summertime recipes to try. But remember to always feed your dog in moderation and in portion sizes appropriate for their size. Treats are only meant to supplement a healthy balanced commercial diet as well. And because food allergies and illness can occur at any time, it’s a good idea to speak with your veterinarian about your pet’s diet and to have pet health insurance as a back up for unforeseen problems.

Canini (yummy for you too)

Ingredients (yields 2)
-3 peeled carrots
-3 peeled oranges
-5 peeled tangerines
-fresh ginger
-dark brown sugar

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Is Your Dog Allergic to Your Cat?

A dog and a cat with pet health insurance sit beside each other.

Dealing with an itchy allergic dog can be a frustrating experience for pet owners and veterinarians alike! It is frustrating because there is no cure and there is no one magic pill that works for every dog. Even diagnosing pet allergies can be far from straightforward. In addition, it is fairly common. All that biting and scratching can take a strain on everyone in the household, but with some persistence and patience an allergy program can be formulated to provide a little relief for everyone.

Kinds of Allergies

-Environmental allergies: True allergies are clinically referred to as Atopic Dermatitis (AD). With this disease pets develops antibodies inappropriately to things in the environment, such as pollens of grasses, trees, and weeds, as well as mold spores, house dust, dust mites, fleas and even other animals, like your cat! Because pet allergies can be difficult to treat, I always recommend pet owners invest in pet insurance while their pets are still young. Enrolling pets while they’re still puppies and kittens may help cover costs for veterinary care throughout the pets’ lives without the worry of exclusion of preexisting conditions.

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Red, White and Chew: Three July 4th Pet Safety Tips

A cat with pet health insurance wears a red, white and blue hat to celebrate July 4th.

Happy Independence day! The fourth of July is a much anticipated time of fun, family and sun. Barbecues, parades and fireworks are sure to be included, encouraging the whole family to get out and celebrate. If you are like millions of Americans that consider your pets family, your four-legged best friend might be a part of the festivities. Here’s how to keep your pet’s health and safety in tact this July fourth.

1. Barbecue safety:
Who can resist those brown eyes as they plead for a bite of your steak? It can be tempting to feed your pet bits of your meal, but most veterinarians will agree that feeding meat and other rich ‘people foods’ to dogs and cats can be problematic.

Rich foods can cause pancreatitis, a dangerous condition causing inflammation of the pancreas that often requires hospitalization.

Bones, in general, should be avoided. Dogs can splinter off sharp shards that can cause intestinal irritation, or they can swallow the whole bone, which can cause a painful and dangerous obstruction. Occasionally this requires surgery to treat– which can be quite costly for pet owners without dog insurance.

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Top 6 Garden Threats to Your Pets

A small puppy with pet insurance sniffs a rose in a garden.

Ah, summertime! If you are like millions of Americans, summertime is a time for outside activities, often in the backyard. Many strive to have a beautiful yard to accompany their homes, but some plants and gardening chemicals can be bad for pet health. Here are some common garden and outside dangers that you might be cautious of if you garden with your pet or spend time with them outside at all.

1. Insecticides
Many commercial insecticides contain organophosphates, which are poisonous to dogs. Symptoms include salivation, trembling, and sometimes urination or defecation. Occasionally low heart rate and seizures can be seen as well. Prognosis with treatment is generally good. Be sure to follow the label on the chemical very carefully and avoid exposure, especially in very small dogs that are close to the ground.

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