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.
The tinsel has been hung and the lights have been strung; the holiday season is officially upon us! Giving gifts to the ones you love is easy when you take a cue from their four legged friends. Here are 10 pet-related gift ideas for the animal lovers in your life.
1. Pet treat cookbook
Every pet owner is looking for new ways to show their appreciation for the unconditional love and joy pets bring us every day, why not with nutritious home cooked meals? Check out www.amazon.com for the perfect culinary accessory for the chefs in your life.
2. Pet Sitting Services
Arrange for Fido to be well cared for while the animal lover in your life gets to escape for the weekend.
3. Personalized iPhone case
Check out www.winkflash.com, where you can upload your favorite picture of your pal’s pet, creating a gift that will make her smile all year long.
4. Dog breed tree ornaments
Everyone thinks their dog’s breed is the best, and they’re right! Celebrate this by giving a look-a-like ornament to add some cheer to the Christmas tree. Check out www.forloveofadog.com for a selection of breed inspired tree decorations.
5. Bar-top inspired gifts
By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Millions of unwanted animals are euthanized every year in the United States, and most of those are adult and senior pets. When you’re ready to add a dog or cat to your family there are many reasons to choose a senior pet over a puppy or a kitten. Here are five reasons why senior pets make fantastic family members. See if a senior pet is right for you!
1. What You See Is What You Get
Adopting a senior dog or cat takes the guess work out of the future. You don’t have to worry about Fido growing as big as a small horse. There’s no question whether Mittens is going to have long hair or short hair, and there’s no question whether Fluffy will stay under the weight limit that you apartment complex enforces. Adopting a senior dog or cat allows you to choose exactly the right fit for your lifestyle.
2. Senior Pets Come Pre-Trained
Well, most of the time anyway… A majority of senior dogs at shelters already have good manners and basic obedience training. Many of these pets already know the “Sit, Stay, Lay Down,” commands. Best of all, most of them are already house broken or litter box trained. This means less time potty training and more time enjoying walks in the park.
3. Your Shoes Will Thank You
Puppies and kittens are cute, curious creatures. They also go through the teething process, and they love to chew on everything! Young pets are notorious for tearing up shoes, pillows, toys and anything else that tickles their fancy. Adopting a senior pet means that you won’t have to constantly keep an eye out for mischievous play. Trust me; your shoes will thank you!
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
About the German Shepherd
Height (to base of neck): female 22-24″, male 24-26″
Weight: 75-95 lbs
Color: Most colors permitted, black to tan are most common.
Coat: Double coat with soft inner coat and medium length coarse outer coat. Long haired variety exists
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: high
Is a German Shepherd the Right Dog Breed for You?
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for pet insurance agency, Pets Best
Hi, my name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a veterinarian in Boise, Idaho working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some web-based questions for you guys.
Our next question is: “What are the top reasons that cats get runny noses?”
We see a lot of runny noses in cats, and the top four reasons that I see runny noses are, first, infectious problems. Most of these problems are going to be viral in nature. So we see a lot of herpes, calicivirus, things like that, that can actually cause runny noses and discharge in cats. We also see bacterial problems. Fungal issues can cause nasal discharge as well.
The second reason is going to be allergies. So allergies occur in cats just like they do in people. Typically, these cats will have a very clear nasal discharge. You can see a lot of sneezing with these types of problems. Sometimes that’s seasonal, sometimes it’s not.
Third problem it might be dental disease in cats. So with tooth root abscesses, sometimes those will actually communicate with the sinus above the tooth root itself, and those can cause a discharge as well. Sometimes you’ll see that as more of a bloody discharge or what we call serosanguinous, meaning a clear sort of a pinkish discharge as well.
By Dr. Jane Matheys, a veterinarian at The Cat Doctor in Boise, Idaho; and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Many families choose the holidays as the “purrfect” time to add a feline friend to their home. Cats make wonderful companions for all ages, and bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting event. Often, though, people go out and get a cat without considering the long term commitment they are making or the financial aspect of providing excellent care for the cat. Here are some important things to consider before deciding to get a cat.
1. Get the family involved
Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat and agrees to adding a new member to the family. Is anyone in the family allergic to cats? One of the most common reasons people give for surrendering cats to shelters is allergies. If you are not sure you have allergies, you should spend some time around cats to see if you have a reaction before you adopt. If allergies develop later on, will you consider treating the allergy before giving up your cat?