If you’re like many pet owners today, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our plans help make that possible by offering reimbursement levels of 70%, 80% or 90%, after a deductible. We also offer a 100% level of reimbursement.
Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best Insurance, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog, Lassie.
Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering a question about cat health from a comment posted on Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.
This one is from Billy. Billy asks: I’ve noticed my cat sometime shudders as if she’s shaking off a cold. She will be sitting so calmly, and then her little paws just start shaking.” So this one’s a little bit harder to answer without getting more information from Billy. Anytime I see any sort of shuddering and quivering of the muscles, I tend to think of several things. First of all, perhaps the kitty is in pain, or maybe the kitty has some sort of neurological problem. Or it could be just kind of a little quirk type behavior that the kitty has.
I recommend that Billy videotapes this movement that she’s seen in her kitty cat and then take that along with her when she makes an appointment with her veterinarian to take a look at her kitty cat. By actually seeing the behavior that’s going on, that can give her veterinarian a better idea as to what sort of medical problem they might be dealing with. So take advantage of that cell phone camera. Get a good video and go forward from there.
If you have any other questions, please post them on the comments section below, or visit Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. See you next time.
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by Chryssa Rich, Marketing Programs Associate and Pets Best Insurance policyholder.
Recently after taking my dog Jayda to fetch tennis balls in the lake, I noticed she seemed really uncomfortable. Instead of snoozing on the couch, she was pacing around the living room trying to get comfortable. A couple of times, she yipped suddenly and jumped off the couch.
I was baffled. I checked her rump and feet for stickers, and I checked the furniture for bugs. It didn’t make any sense. She and I stood in the living room staring at each other, then I realized – she can’t move her tail!
Jayda’s tail was limp and hanging close to her body (top photo). I asked a number of tail-wagging questions to see if it was just my imagination. “Wanna go for a walk? Should we go? Squirrel!” Jayda’s ears perked up and her front legs danced, but her tail didn’t budge. I started to worry that maybe she’d injured her spinal cord in the lake.
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
1. Bite wounds
Dogs and cats can get bite wounds from many other animals. Especially in the summer months when they’re out and about, and encounter other animals more often. If your dog or cat receives a bite wound, immediately clean the bite wounds with clean water, hydrogen peroxide or diluted betadine. Avoid alcohol, as this will sting! Make an appointment to see your veterinarian, because most puncture wounds will get infected without antibiotics.
2. Lacerations (a.k.a. cuts, tears and rips)
Treat a laceration similar to a bite wound, clean the wound well with clean water or hydrogen peroxide. Apply gentle pressure to the wound to help stop bleeding. Most significant lacerations will require stitches to heal. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide more than once or twice, as it can damage the new healing skin cells. Triple antibiotic ointment is safe to use on pets if the wound is superficial.
Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian and guest blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
As a cat pet parent, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had the delightful experience of stepping out of my warm bed onto a cold, squishy, slimy hairball! I guess that’s the price we have to pay for owning these wonderful, furry grooming machines!
Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?
When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue that are called papillae catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of the hair passes all the way through the digestive track with no problems and is passed out in the feces. But some of the hair can remain in the stomach– gradually accumulating into a wet clump which becomes a hairball. The hairball can irritate the lining of the stomach, and, ultimately, your cat will vomit to get rid of it. Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they usually appear thin and tubelike, rather than round. For all you trivia buffs, the scientific name for a hairball is trichobezor (try-koe-beez-or). Try that word on your friends to be sure to impress!
Labradors consistently make the top of the list of most popular American breeds for a good reason. They are famous for their loving and eager to please temperament. With their ease of training, good nature with children and other pets, along with their extreme intelligence, this breed makes a great family and companion dog. They do require a lot of human contact, exercise and mental stimulation, as boredom can lead to inappropriate behaviors like chewing. Obedience training is best started young. They are average shedders, with a need for only routine grooming.
Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit, www.ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, policies will be underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. To determine the underwriter in your state, please call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.
Please note: This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Pets Best Insurance. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.