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3 Common Injuries in Medium and Large Breed Dogs

A Pets Best Pet Insurance protected beagle dog with an injury wears a cone while he heals.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

All dog breeds are at risk for injuries. However, medium and larger dogs are at risk for different types of injuries from smaller breeds. Examples of these medium and large breed dogs include Labradors, Shepherds, Hounds, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls and Dobermans.

1. Lacerations and Wounds – wounds and skin lacerations are one of the most common injuries seen in after-hours emergency veterinary hospitals. This is most often a result of a dog fight. Big dogs tend to initiate fights with other animals more often than smaller dogs. While the can do some serious damage with their teeth, they often sustain wounds themselves from the other dog in the scuffle. In the wounds a punctures and very small, they will need to be cleaned but may not need stitches. If the skin is torn, stitches and a drain tube are often needed for proper healing. Any time an animal has a wound or laceration, regardless of the cause, they should be seen by a veterinarian for proper antibiotics and pain medications.

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5 Surprising Pet Health Hazards of Drought

A dog sits.By Dr. Fiona Caldwell, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet health insurance agency.

Examination of old growth tree rings in California suggest this is the driest the state has been in 500 years. California’s governor has asked for a state of emergency as the drought continues on. Drought conditions have far reaching implications. Certainly its impact on the economy has been well documented, but less water has implications for human health, and the health of animals as well! Here are five surprising health consequences droughts have for pets.

1. Apparently the dry, warm weather makes stray cats more interested in mating. Experts aren’t sure why there is a correlation between reproductive activity and dry weather, but area shelters and humane societies have seen a dramatic increase in feral kittens being dropped off in need of homes.

2. As running water dries up there are more and more pools of stagnant water. These pools are common places for animals to congregate and comingle, which can lead to the spread of infectious disease, especially in wild populations. Stagnant water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes and California officials are geared for a large increase in the incidence of West Nile Virus (dogs and cats are immune to this disease though). Interestingly, studies actually show the opposite for another mosquito borne disease, Heartworms. The incidence of heartworm disease actually goes down.[1]

3. All that stagnant water can increase the concentration of chemical run off from industries and farming.Read More…

Cat Breed Guide: Exotic Shorthair

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By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Exotic Shorthair

Weight:  8-14 lb

Points of conformation: Similar to that of the Persian, with a medium sized cobby body, short heavy legs and round head with snub nose.

Coat:  Very soft dense plush double coat is a little longer than shorthair, almost medium in length

Color: All Himalayan and Persian  colors and patterns are accepted.

Grooming needs: Daily grooming is needed.  Face may need regular cleaning to prevent eye matter accumulation.

Origin: Cross of the British Short hair with Persian.

Behavior Traits: Curious and affectionate.

Is an Exotic Shorthair cat right for You?Read More…

Tips for Bad Dog Behavior – Sniffing House Guests

Two dogs meet on a walk and sniff each other to greet one another

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs don’t come with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have awkward behaviors that are acceptable in the dog world, but not so much in the human world. Let’s discuss dogs’ awkward crotch sniff greeting of humans, in particular when they come to your house.

Problem – Crotch Sniffing Your House Guests. You greet your visitors with handshakes or hugs. In the canine kingdom, one dog “greets” another by sticking her nose in the back end of the other dog and sniffing. The canine nose detects details about the other dog, including his age, health condition, what he recently ate, and even his mood. That is why dogs also try to do this when they meet a person.

Solution. Teach your dog to greet two-legged guests in a less-embarrassing manner by reinforcing her compliance when told to “sit” and “stay.” Then place a small treat in your hand just below your dog’s nose and encourage her to paw at the treat. Couple this with “good shake” so your dog learns that sniffing a house guest does not yield him with treats. But when he sits politely and raises a paw to shake to greet then he gets one.

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Getting into Garbage

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By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have naughty behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss your dog’s desire to get into the garbage and some solutions to help curb this behavior.

Problem – Getting into the Garbage Can. As disgusting as it may seem to you, some dogs find “leftovers” in the trash can to be deliciously irresistible. But the contents may cause digestive upset and diarrhea in your dog or be toxic, such as chocolate or household cleaning materials.

Solution. If possible, relocate the trash can inside a space with a door that can close. For example in the kitchen, place the garbage can in the pantry or under the kitchen sink and place childproof latches on the door handles. Also, make the trash can less beckoning by spraying dog repellent in it and sprinkling baking soda (a taste most dogs detest). Finally, invest in a trash can with a sturdy, strong lid your dog can not pry open.

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